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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BE42 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Sablefish Permit Stacking Program Review, Phase 1 Measures 
Abstract: This action is comprised of the following three measures. First, this action would require that landings that include any amount of sablefish be recorded on an electronic fish ticket that documents all species landed, which is needed to improve catch accounting and to enforce sablefish tier limits in the primary fishery such that the integrity of the catch share program is maintained. This action will also create a limited exemption from the own/hold control rules for the permit stacking program to create a limited exemption from the control limit on the number of limited entry fixed gear permits owned or held by a single entity. The need for this measure is to accommodate fishing enterprises that participate in both the Alaskan fixed gear sablefish and halibut IFQ program (Alaska IFQ program) and the West Coast primary sablefish fishery. Finally, this action would allow a vessel to be registered to a limited entry fixed gear permit and limited entry trawl endorsed permit at the same time. 
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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/01/2016  81 FR 34947   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/01/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
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: No 
Agency Contact:
William Stelle Jr.
Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1,
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone:206 526-6150