Advance notice of proposed rulemaking​; request for comments; American Lobster Fishery; Control Date for Lobster Conservati​on Management Areas

nmfs_logoAt the request of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, this notice announces a control date that may be applicable, but not limited to, limiting the number of permits or traps a business entity may own in Lobster Conservation Management Area 3 or in any of the Lobster Conservation Management Areas. NOAA Fisheries NMFS intends this notice to promote awareness of possible rulemaking, alert interested parties of potential eligibility criteria for future access, and discourage speculative entry into and/or investment in the American lobster fishery while the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and NOAA Fisheries NMFS consider if and how participation in the American lobster fishery should be controlled. The deadline for providing comments on this action is February 26, 2014Click here for more information  14:31

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