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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AI84 Publication ID: Fall 1998 
Title: Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Take Reduction Plan Regulations and Emergency Regulations 
Abstract: The Marine Mammal Protection Act amendments of 1994 (Public Law 103-238) provide for the development and implementation of take reduction plans to assist in the recovery or prevent the depletion of strategic marine mammal stocks. These take reduction plans shall be developed by take reduction teams, comprised of representatives of Federal, state, and other government agencies, as well as other non-governmental organizations. In some cases, take reduction plans may recommend regulatory measures for effective implementation. NMFS must publish proposed regulations to implement such plans for public review and comment during a period not to exceed 90 days. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 229   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1361 et seq The Marine Mammal Protection Act   
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan  07/22/1997  62 FR 39157   
Interim Final Rule  07/22/1997  62 FR 39157   
NPRM Gulf of Maine Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan  08/13/1997  62 FR 43302   
NPRM  08/15/1997  62 FR 43302   
Final Action Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan  10/03/1997  62 FR 51805   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/14/1997    
Final Action  10/00/1998    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
Agency Contact:
Vicki Cornish
Fishery Biologist, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-2322

Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400