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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF51 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology 
Abstract: In 2004, the National Marine Fisheries Service published a technical memorandum that provided information that could be used to develop standardized objectives, protocols, and precision goals for data collection to assess bycatch that would support improved understanding of stock- and fishery-specific trends and inform research priorities for minimizing bycatch while supporting the use of a variety of data collection forms. The National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing an interpretive rule building on the 2004 technical memorandum and addressing section 303(a)(11) requirements of the Magnuson Stevens Act, that would ensure, in cooperation with the Fishery Management Councils, consistent minimum standards for collection, documentation, and data reporting methodologies, including consideration of factors needed for management goals such as characteristics of sampling design, practicable scientific methods and techniques available for quality control and improvement, and ecosystem impacts. 
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 600   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  02/25/2016  81 FR 9413   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/25/2016 
Final Action  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Alan Risenhoover
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 713-2334
Fax:301 713-0596
Email: alan.risenhoover@noaa.gov