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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF37 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Pacific Island Fisheries; Marianas Archipelago Bottomfish; Remove the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Medium and Large Vessel Bottomfish Prohibited Areas 
Abstract: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council recommended amending its Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Marianas Archipelago. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, Amendment 4 would remove the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands medium and large vessel (vessels 40 ft and longer) bottomfish prohibited areas, originally established to reduce fishing pressure and maintain optimum yield. Information collected since then indicates the closed areas can safely be opened. The intent of Amendment 4 is to improve the viability of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands bottomfish fishery and achieve optimum yield from the fishery. 
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 665   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  05/25/2016  81 FR 33196   
NPRM  06/13/2016  81 FR 38123   
NPRM Comment Period End  07/28/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  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:
Michael Tosatto
Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176,
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone:808 725-5000
Email: michael.tosatto@noaa.gov