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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF79 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: Revision to the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances Policy 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (jointly Services), are proposing revisions to the Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances policy under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. The Services propose to add a definition of "net conservation benefit" to this policy and to eliminate references to the confusing requirement of "other necessary properties" to clarify the level of conservation effort each agreement needs to include in order for the Service to approve an agreement. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is proposing changes to its regulations regarding Candidate Conservation Agreements with Assurances to make them consistent with these proposed changes to the policy. 
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 222   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Draft Policy  05/04/2016  81 FR 26817   
Draft Policy Comment Period End  07/05/2016 
Final Action  12/00/2016 
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:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400