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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH23 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Lobster Framework Adjustment 
Abstract: This rule proposes to implement a joint action of the Mid-Atlantic and the New England Fishery Management Councils that would improve bycatch monitoring on lobster pot vessels that have no other Federal fishing permits, and therefore do not need to submit vessels trip reports by incorporating these vessels into the region's standardized bycatch reporting methodology. The 2015 Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Amendment excluded vessels that do not submit trip reports from the standardized bycatch reporting methodology. As a result, these vessels are not in the standardized bycatch reporting methodology analysis and are not assigned at-sea observers under the standardized bycatch reporting methodology. This could potentially bias discard estimates for this gear. The framework adjustment would ensure all active lobster pot vessels are included in the standardized bycatch reporting methodology analysis. This change would better meet the Magnuson-Stevens Act requirement for Fishery Management Plans to establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in the fishery. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283
Fax:978 281-9207
Email: michael.pentony@noaa.gov