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Comment period on bluefin plan extended again

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You've got even more time to comment on the proposed amendments to the Atlantic bluefin tuna management plan. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announced on Wednesday, Dec. 11 that it is extending for the second time the public comment period on Amendment 7 to the Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan.

The public comment period was set to expire on Dec. 10. NMFS extended it to Jan. 10. For the announcement and where to send comments, see http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2013-12-11/html/2013-29549.htm.

NMFS initially announced the public comment period in August and set it to expire on Oct. 23. But in September, it extended it to December. See stories linked to below for details.

The proposed amendment would involve control of “bluefin incidental catch (landings and dead discards) in the pelagic longline fishery, enhance reporting in all categories, and ensure U.S. compliance with” international law.

NMFS says it is extending the comment period for several reasons: it got requests to, the government shutdown delayed its ability to respond, and the complexity of the matter.

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