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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH73 Publication ID: Spring 2019 
Title: Magnuson-Stevens Act; Fishery Management Councils; Financial Disclosure and Recusal 
Abstract: Current regulations require that fishery management council members disclose any financial interest in harvesting, processing, lobbying, advocacy, or marketing activity that is being, or will be, undertaken within any fishery over which the Fishery Management Council (Council) concerned has jurisdiction. Furthermore, current implementing regulations also require the voting recusal of an appointed Council member when a Council decision would have a significant and predictable effect on the member's financial interests. NMFS received input from the Fishery Management Council Coordination Committee, the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, and the New England Fishery Management Council all calling for further guidance and clarification of financial disclosure requirements of Council members and the regulatory procedures to make determinations on voting recusals of Council members. This proposed action would articulate the guidance necessary to: provide consistency and transparency in the calculation of a Council member's financial interests; provide clarity consistent with statutory language to ensure that any recusal is based on a close causal link between a Council decision and a benefit to a Council member's financial interest; and establish regional procedures for preparing and issuing recusal determinations. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 600   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/16/2018  83 FR 57705   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/06/2019 
Final Action  10/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
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