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Maggie Mooney-Seus
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 13, 2011
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930-2276
NOAA Proposes Protective Regulations for Gulf of Maine Atlantic Sturgeon PDF/Print version
Tagged sturgeon swimming away
Atlantic sturgeon. Credit: University of Maine

To submit comments on:

Endangered and threatened species; proposed protective regulations for the Gulf of Maine distinct population segment of Atlantic sturgeon
RIN No. 0648-AY96

Online: http://www.regulations.gov

Fax: 978-281-9394
Attention: Lynn Lankshear

Mail or hand delivery: Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, NMFS, Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930

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NOAA's Fisheries Service has proposed protective regulations on taking Gulf of Maine Atlantic sturgeon, a population currently proposed for listing as threatened under the federal Endangered Species Act.

NOAA proposes to prohibit most takes, allowing them under very narrow circumstances for scientific research, assisting stranded fish, and salvage purposes.  Other protective prohibitions allowed by the act would apply. Comments are being accepted through August 9, 2011.

A decision on listing the population is expected next fall. If NOAA determines that a listing is not warranted, then no final rule containing protective regulations will be published and the proposed rule announced today will be withdrawn.

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