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This final rule implements a Secretarial Amendment to (1) supersede Amendment 1 to the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Sea Scallops (FMP), (2) provide authority to the Director, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Director) to grant exemptions from the regulations for the conduct of experimental fishery operations beneficial to the sea scallop resource or fishery and (3) make a change in the sampling criteria used to measure compliance with the meat count standard.

Final Rule