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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH48 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Regulatory Amendments to Procedures for the Active and Inactive Vessel Register 

This action revises regulations governing management of the well volume capacity limit for U.S. purse seine vessels fishing for tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean and implements Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C-18-06. The United States is obligated to manage U.S. purse seine well volume capacity in the IATTC Convention Area within the limit established by the IATTC. The IATTC Regional Vessel Register (Register) is used for this purpose, as well as for recording a list of all vessels authorized to fish for tuna or tuna-like species in the IATTC Convention Area. This rule's revisions allow for more efficient and effective utilization of the U.S. fleet capacity. The rule also implements Resolution C-18-06, expanding International Maritime Organization vessel identification number requirements to vessels under 100 gross registered tons or gross tonnage, and 12 meters in length or greater fishing on the high seas in the IATTC Convention Area.

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 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  03/29/2018  83 FR 13466   
ANPRM Comment Period End  04/30/2018 
NPRM  04/16/2019  84 FR 15556   
NPRM Comment Period End  05/16/2019 
Final Rule  12/20/2019  84 FR 70040   
Final Rule Effective  01/21/2020 
Correcting Amendment  02/13/2020  85 FR 8198   
Correcting Amendment Effective  02/13/2020 
Final Action  06/10/2020  85 FR 35379   
Final Action Effective  06/10/2020 
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:
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