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Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice that Vendor Will Provide Year 2004 Cage Tags

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National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.


Notice of vendor to provide year 2004 cage tags.


NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog allocation owners that they will be required to purchase their year 2004 cage tags from a vendor. The intent of this notice is to comply with regulations for the surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries and to promote efficient distribution of cage tags.


Written inquiries may be sent to Douglas W. Christel, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Start Printed Page 62441Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.

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Douglas W. Christel, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281-9141; fax 978-281-9135; e-mail

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The Federal Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries regulations at 50 CFR 648.75(b) authorize the Regional Administrator of the Northeast Region, NMFS, to specify in the Federal Register a vendor from whom cage tags, required under the fishery management plan, shall be purchased. Notice is hereby given that National Band and Tag Company of Newport, Kentucky, is the authorized vendor of cage tags required for the year 2004 Federal surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. Detailed instructions for purchasing these cage tags will be provided in a letter to allocation owners in these fisheries within the next several weeks.

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Authority: 16 U.S.C. 18 01 et. seq.

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Dated: October 28, 2003.

Bruce C. Morehead,

Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. 03-27687 Filed 11-3-03; 8:45 am]