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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI86 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Requirements to Safeguard Fishery Observers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean 
Abstract: This rulemaking action would domestically implement recently adopted resolutions on improving observer safety at sea by parties to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP), including the United States. The resolutions are binding for IATTC member nations and AIDCP Parties, and under the Tuna Conventions Act, 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. and the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended. These resolutions aim to strengthen protections for observers required in longline and transshipment observer programs required under the IATTC and on purse seine vessels required by the AIDCP. In implementing them, this rulemaking proposes to include provisions that detail responsibilities for vessel owners and operators, responsibilities for IATTC and AIDCP members to which fishing vessels are flagged, responsibilities for members that have jurisdiction over ports, and responsibilities for observer providers. The action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations as a Member of the IATTC and AIDCP. 
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 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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
Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov