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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF54 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Amendment 113 to the FMP for Groundfish of the BSAI to Establish a Catcher Vessel Fishing Period and Shoreside Processing Delivery Requirements for Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod 

This rule would restrict participation in the Aleutian Islands Pacific cod fishery. This action is necessary to provide stability to catcher vessels that participate in the Aleutian Islands Pacific cod fishery and the shoreside processors to which they deliver, and to the communities in which these processors are located. Specifically, this rule would establish catch limits for Pacific cod in the Aleutian Islands and the Bering Sea. The revised allocation is intended to provide catcher vessels with a sufficient opportunity to harvest Pacific cod in an inshore fishery by restricting participation in the fisheries by catcher processors that can harvest significantly larger volumes of Pacific cod further offshore. This rule may include provisions to relieve the restrictions on catcher processor participation if catcher vessels would not be able to harvest the allocation or Aleutian Islands shoreside processors would not be able to process catcher vessel harvests of Pacific cod.

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 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  07/19/2016  81 FR 46883   
NPRM  08/01/2016  81 FR 50444   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/31/2016 
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: Yes 
Agency Contact:
James Balsiger
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
709 West Ninth Street,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:907 586-7221
Fax:907 586-7465