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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ04 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Omega Mesh Measurement Gauge Method for Measuring Net Mesh Size 
Abstract:

The proposed action would amend the regulations governing how fishing net mesh size is measured in the Northeast. This change approves the use of the Omega Mesh Measurement Gauge (Omega gauge) as an acceptable method to measure net mesh size. The Omega gauge is an automated, handheld electronic device for measuring net mesh size for the purpose of enforcing minimum mesh size regulations. The Omega gauge is easier to use than the traditional wedge gauge, and should improve efficiency and safety and reduce human error.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously 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 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
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:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283
Fax:978 281-9207
Email: michael.pentony@noaa.gov