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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ70 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Emergency Measures to Address Observer Coverage During the Outbreak of the COVID-19 Coronavirus 

NMFS is taking emergency action pursuant to the emergency provisions in 305(c)(3)(C) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act to provide the ability in all U.S. fisheries to waive observer coverage under certain circumstances during the evolving outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus. This emergency rule is being taken to ensure the public health and safety of fishermen, observers, or other persons in the area. No socioeconomic impacts are expected by this rule beyond any caused by the outbreak of the COVID-19 coronavirus itself.

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 600   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.    5 U.S.C. 561 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Emergency Rule  03/27/2020  85 FR 17285   
Emergency Rule Effective  03/24/2020 
Extension; Emergency Rule  09/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer M. Wallace
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8500