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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ63 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program; Regulatory Amendment; Third-Party Video Storage and Program Revisions 

In response to a Pacific Fishery Management Council recommendation, on June 28 2019, NMFS published a Final Rule to implement an Electronic Monitoring (EM) program in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program (84 FR 31146). The EM program allows vessels participating in the Trawl Rationalization Program the option to use electronic systems (cameras, sensors, recording and data storage devices) in lieu of human observers to meet 100 percent catch monitoring and accounting requirements. Vessels participating in the Trawl Rationalization Program are not required to use EM, and may choose a combination of monitoring types that best suits the operating plan of individual businesses when considering cost and efficiency. Regulations currently require third-party video review service providers to store EM data, including raw video, for at least three years. This proposed rule would decrease the data retention period to reduce EM program costs, include measures to clarify and streamline program regulations, and reduce public burden while continuing to meet objectives of the Trawl Rationalization Program.

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  08/00/2020 
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:
Barry Thom
Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100,
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:503 231-6266