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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BI45 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management Enhancement for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan 

This rulemaking action would implement the Pacific Fishery Management Council's action to implement various measures that provide more efficient and effective monitoring, improve enforcement of restricted areas, and reduce costs for the Pacific coast groundfish fleet. This action would: increase the required frequency of signals transmitted from type-approved vessel monitoring system (VMS) units from once per hour to every 15 minutes to provide finer-scale vessel location data; allow vessels to use alternative VMS units; add a VMS declaration to indicate when a vessel is testing gear; allow vessels participating in the midwater trawl whiting fishery to change their declaration while at-sea to select a new whiting fishery; and allow vessels to move pot gear from one management area to another during a single trip while retaining fish from the primary management 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 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/10/2019  84 FR 54579   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/12/2019 
Final Action  06/11/2020  85 FR 35594   
Final Action Effective  07/13/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
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