June 15, 2004, is under consideration as a possible control date for the king mackerel fishery in the exclusive economic zone of the South Atlantic and Mid-Atlantic regions. This control date replaces an existing control date of October 16, 1995. Anyone who entered the fishery after June 15, 2004 , would not be assured of future access. However, establishing a control date does not commit the Councils or NOAA Fisheries to any particular management regime or criteria for entry into the commercial Atlantic group king mackerel fishery. Fishermen are not guaranteed future participation in a fishery regardless of their entry date or intensity of participation in the fishery before or after the control date. Other qualifying criteria, such as documentation of landings and sales, may be applied for future entry into the fishery.
Comments may be sent to 0648-AV02.ANPR@noaa.gov through January 4, 2007.
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