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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ09 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications to Reduce Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast 

In response to recent recommendations from the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) to reduce the risk of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in commercial trap/pot fisheries along the U.S. East Coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to propose regulations to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan).

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 229   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1387 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Judicial    05/31/2021 

Overall Description of Deadline: By court order, the current Biological Opinion providing coverage to the relevant fisheries under the Endangered Species Act will be vacated on this date. NMFS aims to issue a new Biological Opinion by this date, which would consider a final rulemaking action, to provide the fisheries with the appropriate coverage.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  12/31/2020  85 FR 86878   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/01/2021 
Final Action  09/17/2021  86 FR 51970   
Final Action Effective  10/18/2021 
Correction  12/00/2021 
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:
Kim Damon-Randall
Director, Office of Protected Resources
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8400