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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI82 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Rescission of the Fishing Activity Prohibition in the U.S.S. Monitor Marine Sanctuary 

The proposed action would rescind the NMFS regulations (15 CFR 600.705) that prohibit all fishing activity under 15 CFR part 924 in the U.S.S. Monitor Marine Sanctuary. The NMFS prohibition on all fishing activity is broader than, and inconsistent with, the general Sanctuary regulations, which specifically prohibit bottom fishing (e.g., using bottom tending gear). The NMFS and National Ocean Service (NOS) reassessed the fishing prohibition and concluded that the broader prohibition is unnecessary given existing Sanctuary regulations (15 CFR 922.61) and the Sanctuary's main objective of maritime heritage protection.

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 600   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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