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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI89 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: Amendment 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for Pacific Coast Groundfish 

This action proposes to implement the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan, which would modify the Federal regulations to protect benthic habitats that are important to groundfish while balancing sustainable fishing practices for important stocks. These regulatory changes would apply in Federal waters off Washington, Oregon, and California, and would complement rules governing state waters. In doing so, this rulemaking would establish and revise essential fish habitat (EFH) conservation areas where the use of bottom trawl gear is prohibited based on the results of the periodic review of EFH, as required by the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, as well as re-open historically productive fishing grounds that were closed to bottom trawling in 2002 to support rebuilding of several overfished groundfish species. NMFS declared these overfished groundfish species rebuilt between 2015 and 2018, so the closures are no longer necessary.

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  06/11/2019  84 FR 27072   
NPRM  08/15/2019  84 FR 41818   
NPRM Comment Period End  09/16/2019 
Final Action  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:
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