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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI35 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Amendment 21-4 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan: Trawl Catch Share Program 5-Year Review Follow-On Actions 

Based on the Pacific Fishery Management Council's and NOAA Fisheries 5-year review of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Trawl Catch Share Program, completed in 2017, this rulemaking action proposes to implement the Council's recommendation to adjust the Program. Proposed adjustments are aimed at modifying outdated Program regulations and making the Program more effective, specifically by: changing bycatch hard caps for canary rockfish and widow rockfish in the at-sea whiting sector to set asides; removing the formulas used to determine at-sea whiting sector set-aside amounts of canary rockfish, widow rockfish, darkblotched rockfish, and Pacific ocean perch, and instead determining appropriate amounts through the adaptive biennial harvest specification process; allowing post-season quota trading for vessel accounts in deficit at the end of the year; eliminating the September 1st expiration deadline for unused quota not transferred to a vessel account; setting permit ownership accumulation limits for the whiting Catcher Processor sector; and requiring new economic data collections for Catcher Processor permit owners and quota share owners to better evaluate Catch Share program performance. Similar collections are currently required for the shorebased catcher and at-sea mothership sectors; this action would provide complete economic performance data for all sectors of the Catch Share Program.

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  08/30/2019  84 FR 45706   
NPRM  10/10/2019  84 FR 54561   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/29/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Barry Thom
Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100,
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:503 231-6266