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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH72 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region 
Abstract: This action, recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, would modify data reporting for owners or operators of federally permitted for-hire vessels (charter vessels and headboats) in the Gulf of Mexico, requiring them to declare the type of trip (for-hire or other) prior to departing for any trip, and electronically submit trip-level reports prior to off-loading fish at the end of each fishing trip. The declaration would include the expected return time and landing location. Landing reports would include information about catch and effort during the trip. The action would also require that these reports be submitted via approved hardware that includes a global positioning system attached to the vessel that is capable, at a minimum, of archiving global positioning system locations. This requirement would not preclude the use of global positioning system devices that provide real-time location data, such as the currently approved vessel monitoring systems. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 622   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  06/21/2018  83 FR 28797   
NPRM  10/26/2018  83 FR 54069   
Correction  11/08/2018  83 FR 55850   
Comment Period Extended  11/20/2018  83 FR 58522   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/26/2018 
Comment Period Extended End  01/09/2019 
Final Rule  07/21/2020  85 FR 44005   
Final Rule Effective  01/05/2021 
Final Action; Announcement of Effectiveness for Delayed Provisions  09/14/2021  86 FR 51014   
Delay of Effective Date  11/02/2021  86 FR 60374   
Delay of Effective Date Effective  12/13/2021 
Final Action Effective  12/13/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Andrew J. Strelcheck
Acting Regional Administrator, Southeast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
263 13th Avenue South,
St. Petersburg, FL 33701
Phone:727 824-5305
Email: andy.strelcheck@noaa.gov