AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.
SUMMARY: NMFS proposes revisions to the guidelines for National
Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation
and Management Act (MSA) and to the General section of the NS
guidelines. This action is necessary to improve and clarify the
guidance within the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to
facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent
overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks and achieve optimum yield (OY).
DATES: Written comments must be received on or before June 30, 2015.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by
NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059, by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to:
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2012-0059, click the
"Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or
attach your comments.
Mail: Submit written comments to Wesley Patrick, National
Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 1315
East-West Highway, Room 13357, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
Fax: 301-713-1193; Attn: Wesley Patrick.
Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period,
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous
comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Copies of
supporting documents can be obtained from Wesley Patrick (see FOR
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wesley Patrick, 301-427-8563