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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH94 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Regulatory Amendment to Establish an Annual Renewal Requirement for Charter Halibut Permits 
Abstract: In response to requests from charter halibut fishery stakeholders, this action would propose the creation of an annual renewal requirement for Charter Halibut Permits. In 2010, NMFS implemented a Charter Halibut Limited Access Program that issued a limited number of Charter Halibut Permits to persons who operate in the guided sport (charter) halibut fishery in the waters of International Pacific Halibut Commission Regulatory Areas 2C and 3A. Permits were issued to individuals and to non-individual entities (e.g., partnerships or corporations). Twenty-six percent (253) of the total permits were non-transferable, and are intended to be retired upon the death of the individual permit holder, or, in the case of business entities, if the ownership structure dissolves or changes in a manner where the regulations call for the permit to be retired. The annual renewal of Charter Halibut Permits is intended to facilitate retirement of non-transferable permits, to improve enforcement of permit ownership caps and the use of valid permits, and to gather information on changes in permit ownership and participation among permit holders. 
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 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 to 773k   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/08/2019  84 FR 38912   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/09/2019 
Final Action  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  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