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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ09 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications to Reduce Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast 

In response to recent recommendations from the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) to reduce the risk of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in commercial trap/pot fisheries along the U.S. East Coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to propose regulations to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan). In April 2019, the TRT recommended that state and Federal East Coast fisheries reduce vertical lines through gear reconfigurations and potential lobster trap allocation caps, as well as modify fishing gear to reduce the breaking strength of rope. The TRT also recommended additional buoy line marking and additions or modifications to areas that are already closed to trap/pot fishing. The state government members of the TRT are collaborating with the TRT's industry representatives to scope and develop the appropriate management measures to achieve the TRT’s recommendations for fisheries operating in state waters. Based on what state measures are developed, this rulemaking action would propose comparable management measures for fisheries operating in Federal waters.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Regulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 229   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1387 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
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:
Donna Wieting
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400