South Atlantic DEIS to Assess Impacts

This NOI is intended to inform the public of the preparation of a DEIS in support of a comprehensive amendment to the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) FMPs.

The NMFS intends to prepare a DEIS to assess impacts on the natural and human environment of management measures proposed in its draft Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 3 (CE-BA 3). CE-BA 3 would amend the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for: the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP); Coral, Coral Reefs, Live/Hardbottom Habitats in the South Atlantic (Coral FMP); the FMP for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources (Coastal Migratory Pelagics FMP) in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic (Dolphin Wahoo FMP); the Golden Crab Fishery of the Atlantic (Golden Crab FMP); the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Shrimp FMP); and Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic (Spiny Lobster FMP).

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the issues to be addressed in CE-BA 3 will be accepted until June 22, 2012, at 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the NOI identified by NOAA-NMFS-

2012-0109 by any of the following methods:

     Electronic submissions: Submit electronic comments via the 

Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the 

instructions for submitting comments.

     Mail: Karla Gore, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 

13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 

and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 

change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 

address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 

accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 

otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept 

anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required field if you wish to 

remain anonymous).

    To submit comments through the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov, click on ``submit a comment,'' then enter ``NOAA-

NMFS-2012-0109'' in the keyword search field and click on ``search.'' 

After you locate the document ``Title,'' click the ``Submit a Comment'' 

link in that row. This will display the comment web form. You can then 

enter your submitter information (unless you prefer to remain 

anonymous), and type your comment on the web form. You can also attach 

additional files (up to 10MB) in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or 

Adobe PDF file formats only.

    To view posted comments during the comment period, enter ``NOAA-

NMFS-2012-0109'' in the keyword search and click on ``search.'' 

Comments received through means not specified in this rule will not be 

considered.

 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karla Gore, Southeast Regional Office, 

NMFS: telephone: 727-824-5305, email: Karla.Gore@noaa.gov.