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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ40 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Regulatory Amendment to Adjust the North Pacific Observer Program Partial Coverage Fee 

In response to a recommendation by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, this action would modify the fee percentage assessed on groundfish and halibut landings made by vessels operating in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska management areas. This action would increase the observer fee from 1.25 percent to 1.65 percent of the ex-vessel value of landings made by vessels that are not in the full coverage category. Fee revenues are used to fund deployment of observers and electronic monitoring (EM) in the partial coverage category of the North Pacific Observer Program. This action is necessary to provide additional funding to deploy observers and EM in the partial coverage category to better meet monitoring objectives for the North Pacific Observer Program. Section 313 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act establishes that data collected by well- trained, independent observers and EM are a cornerstone of the sustainable management of Federal fisheries off Alaska.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  03/09/2020  85 FR 13618   
NPRM Comment Period End  04/08/2020 
Final Action  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Organizations  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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