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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AU14 Publication ID: Fall 2008 
Title: Amend Subsistence Halibut Fishing Regulations in Waters In and Off Alaska 
Abstract: This regulatory action amends the subsistence fishery rules for Pacific halibut in waters in and off Alaska. This action proposes six changes to the subsistence halibut regulations that would: (1) Revise the subsistence gear restrictions in Kodiak and add seasonal gear and vessel limits in Sitka Sound; (2) add the village of Naukati to the list of eligible subsistence halibut communities; (3) implement a possession limit to enhance enforcement; (4) revise the definition of charter vessel; (5) revise regulations allowing customary trade; and (6) allow the use of special permits within non-subsistence use areas by tribes eligible for the permits. Additional administrative revisions to regulations include converting the gear and harvest restrictions from text to table format and revising language to consistently refer to Sitka Sound rather than Sitka LAMP. These regulations are necessary to address subsistence halibut management concerns in densely populated areas. This action is intended to support the conservation and management provisions of the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Completed Actions 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679    50 CFR 300    50 CFR 902   
Legal Authority: 16 USC 1801 et seq    16 USC 773 et seq   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  04/14/2008  73 FR 20008   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/14/2008    
Final Action  09/24/2008  73 FR 54932   
Additional Information: Action description modified since 2005 RIN.
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-AK16, Related to 0648-AR88 
Agency Contact:
James Balisger
Regional Administrator
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, P.O. Box 21668,
Juneau, AK 99802
Phone:907 586-7221
Fax:907 586-7249
Email: james.balsiger@noaa.gov