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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI99 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Revisions to the Seabird Avoidance Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan 

In response to a recommendation by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, this proposed rule would require commercial groundfish bottom longline vessels 26 feet length overall (LOA) and longer managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to deploy streamer lines or to set gear during civil twilight when fishing in Federal waters north of 36 degrees N. latitude. The purpose of this proposed rule is to reduce interactions between seabirds, especially Endangered Species Act listed species, and groundfish longline gear. The action is necessary to fulfill terms and conditions of a 2017 biological opinion published by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service to minimize takes of endangered short-tailed albatross by the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/12/2019  84 FR 48094   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/15/2019 
Final Rule  12/00/2019 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
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