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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ07 Publication ID: Fall 2019 
Title: ●Rule to Modify Individual Fishing Quota Program Medical and Beneficiary Transfer Provisions 

This rulemaking action proposes to modify the medical and beneficiary transfer provisions of the Pacific halibut and sablefish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. As recommended by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), the proposed changes are intended to simplify management of the medical and beneficiary provisions while meeting the objective of having an owner/operator fishery in the catcher vessel sector of the IFQ Program. The proposed action modifies several elements in each of the two provisions to more closely align with the Council's original intent. The medical lease provision currently allows persons with a medical condition to temporarily transfer their annual quota under specific conditions and for a limited amount of time. This action expands the regulatory definition of "certified medical professional" and revises regulations to allow the provision to be used for any medical reason for 3 of the 7 most recent years. The beneficiary lease provision currently allows annual IFQ to be transferred to beneficiaries for up to three years after the death of the quota holder to allow time for the estate to be settled and finalize a change in quota ownership. This action expands the provision to include transfer to the holder's estate and defines "immediate family member." 

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679   
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: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Balsiger
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
709 West Ninth Street,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:907 586-7221
Fax:907 586-7465