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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ59 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Pacific Cod Parallel State Waters Fisheries 

In accordance to the North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and the Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and in response to a Council recommendation, this rulemaking action proposes regulatory amendments that would align the permitting, licensing, and participation requirements for vessels that harvest Pacific cod during concurrent federal and state waters seasons in BSAI management areas. This action would require trawl, hook-and-line, and pot gear vessels with Federal Fishing Permits (FFP) that fish in state waters during the parallel seasons to have an appropriate license issued through the Federal License Limitation Program (LLP) that corresponds to the license they are required to have to participate in the Pacific cod fishery in Federal waters.  Through their FFP, those vessels would also be required to adhere to Federal seasonal closures and other management measures for their sector when participating in the parallel seasons.  Additionally, the proposed regulations would limit the period of time in which a vessel may relinquish its FFP, and then reapply for a new FFP.  Lengthening the amount of time that must pass before a person can reapply for an FFP would make it more difficult to circumvent the proposed regulation by temporarily surrendering the FFP.


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
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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