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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG23 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●Protected Species Hard Caps for the California/Oregon Large-Mesh Drift Gillnet Fishery 
Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service intends to establish two-year rolling hard caps (i.e., limits) on the numbers of certain marine mammals and sea turtles observed killed or injured in the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery. The caps would be established for five marine mammal species and four sea turtle species. When any of the caps are reached or exceeded, the fishery would close for the rest of the fishing season and possibly through the following season. This measure was recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council in September 2015. 
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 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
William Stelle Jr.
Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
7600 Sand Point Way Northeast, Building 1,
Seattle, WA 98115
Phone:206 526-6150
Email: will.stelle@noaa.gov