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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ42 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Pot Catcher/Processor License Limitation Program Adjustment 
Abstract:

In response to a recommendation by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), this action announces the establishment of a control date for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Pacific cod pot catcher/processor sector. Currently, pot catcher/processor vessels fishing for Pacific cod in the BSAI are required to have a License Limitation Program (LLP) that is endorsed for fishing Pacific cod by gear type, operational type, and area. The Council is evaluating participation and effort in the BSAI Pacific cod catcher/processor fishery in response to a potential need to control entry and participation in the Pacific cod pot catcher/processor sector. Specifically, the Council is considering options to address and potentially eliminate latent Bering Sea pot catcher/processor endorsed LLPs (which are LLP endorsements not recently utilized) in order to increase stability for Pacific cod-dependent pot catcher/processors, maintain consistently low rates of halibut and crab bycatch, and ensure that condensed fishing seasons do not result in safety-at-sea concerns. The Council may use the control date if it decides to recommend removing latent BSAI Pacific cod endorsements on pot catcher/processor LLPs to limit participation in the sector. Any fishing activity after the control date would not be assured to be considered should the Council recommend and NMFS implement a regulatory amendment to remove latent LLP endorsements. This announcement is intended, in part, to promote awareness of the potential eligibility criteria for future access to discourage speculative entry into the BSAI Pacific cod sector while the Council and NMFS consider whether and how access to the sector should be further controlled.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed 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
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  12/10/2019  84 FR 67421   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/10/2019 
NPRM  04/00/2021 
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
Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov