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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG15 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Amendment 47 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs 
Abstract: This action is expected to benefit fishermen, shoreside processors, and communities that participate in the Tanner crab fisheries by exempting custom-processed Bering Sea Tanner crab from counting toward the individual processing quota use cap for the facility that processes the crab. The individual processing quota use cap is intended to prevent excessive consolidation by limiting the amount of crab that can be processed by a company. All active crab processors hold individual processing quota, and some individual processing quota is held by persons who do not own processing facilities. Custom processing occurs when an individual processing quota holder contracts with an unaffiliated facility to process the crab. Under current regulations, custom processed Tanner crab counts against the individual processing quota use cap of the processing facility even though the individual processing quota is held by another person. Due to consolidation in recent years, the processing facilities available in the Bering Sea region are constrained by individual processing quota use caps, resulting in more Tanner crab being available for harvest than can be legally processed. Harvesters, shoreside processors, and communities that participate in the Tanner crab fishery have limited alternatives to mitigate the resulting negative economic effects that could occur from a substantial amount of Tanner crab remaining unharvested. This action would enable fishermen to harvest and deliver Tanner crab to processors able to process that crab, and would likely not result in excessive consolidation of processing due to the participation of the existing facilities in other Bering Sea crab fisheries and the need to maintain throughput in the facility. The National Marine Fisheries Service has previously exempted custom processed crab from use caps in other Bering Sea crab fisheries. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 680   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.    Pub. L. 108-447    Pub. L. 109-241    Pub. L. 109-479    Pub. L. 111-281   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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
Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov