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NOAA Fisheries Announces Public Hearings for Draft Amendment 9 (Smoothhound Shark and Gillnet Management Measures)

Posted September 18, 2014

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule on Draft Amendment 9 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) on August 7, 2014, to consider management measures in the smoothhound shark and other Atlantic shark fisheries (79 FR 46217).  The proposed management measures would: 1) establish an effective date for previously-adopted smoothhound shark management measures finalized in Amendment 3 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (Amendment 3) (75 FR 30484) and the 2011 HMS Trawl Rule (76 FR 49368), 2) increase the smoothhound shark annual quota previously finalized in Amendment 3 using updated landings data, 3) implement the smooth dogfish-specific provisions in the Shark Conservation Act of 2010 (P.L. 111-348), 4) implement the Atlantic shark gillnet requirements of a 2012 Shark Biological Opinion, and 5) modify current regulations related to the use of vessel monitoring systems by Atlantic shark fishermen using gillnet gear.

NMFS will host two public hearings and two webinars to provide the opportunity for public comment on the measures described in the proposed rule and Draft Amendment 9 (Table 1). 

NMFS has also requested time on the meeting agendas of the relevant Regional Fishery Management Councils (i.e., the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils), as well as with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf of Mexico Marine Fisheries Commission, to briefly present information on the proposed rule and Draft Amendment 9.  Please see the Council and Commission agendas for more information.

The comment period for Draft Amendment 9 ends on November 14, 2014.  Written public comments can be submitted electronically or by mail.  Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal.  Go to!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0100, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.  Submit written comments to Margo Schulze-Haugen, NMFS/SF1, 1315 East West Highway, National Marine Fisheries Service, SSMC3, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  Please mark the outside of the envelope “Comments on Draft Amendment 9 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP” and include the identifier NOAA-NMFS-2014-0100 when submitting comments. 

Table 1.  Dates, times, and locations of upcoming public hearings.

Date and Time of Public Hearing Meeting Locations Location Contact Information
September 24, 2014
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Participant pass code: 5372339

October 7, 2014
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Toms River, NJ

Public Administration Building
Freeholders Meeting Room 119
101 Hooper Ave.
Toms River, NJ 08753


October 15, 2014


5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Manteo, NC

Dare Country Administration Building
Commissioner’s Meeting Room
954 Marshall C. Collins Drive
Manteo, NC 27954


November 4, 2014
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Participant pass code: 9570597


This notice is a courtesy to HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery.  For further information, contact LeAnn Hogan, Steve Durkee, or Alexis Jackson at 301-427-8503.  The Federal Register notice for these public hearings can be found here.


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