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Section 648.72(c) of the regulations implementing the fishery management plan (FMP) for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries authorizes the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), to suspend annually, by publication of a notification in the
At its June 2012 meeting, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) voted to recommend that the Regional Administrator suspend the minimum size limit for Atlantic surfclams for the 2013 fishing year. Commercial surfclam data for 2012 were analyzed to determine the percentage of surfclams that were smaller than the minimum size requirement. The analysis indicated that 5.6 percent of the overall commercial landings were composed of surfclams that were less than 4.75 in (120 mm). Based on these data, the Regional Administrator concurs with the Council's recommendation and suspends the minimum size limit for Atlantic surfclams from January 1 through December 31, 2013.
The FMP for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries requires that NMFS issue notification in the
This action is authorized by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866.
16 U.S.C. 1801