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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK49 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: Reduce Incidental Bycatch and Mortality of Sea Turtles in the Southeast U.S. Shrimp Fisheries 
Abstract:

As a result of new information on sea turtle bycatch in shrimp trawls and turtle excluder device (TED) testing, NMFS conducted an evaluation of the southeast U.S. shrimp fisheries that resulted in a final environmental impact statement (FEIS) in November 2019 in support of a rule to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require TEDs in skimmer trawl vessels 40 feet and greater in length.  The rule was promulgated under the authority of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and its purpose was to aid in the protection and recovery of listed sea turtle populations by reducing incidental bycatch and mortality of small sea turtles in the Southeastern U.S. shrimp fisheries. Additional TED testing has resulted in producing TED designs that are effective on skimmer trawl vessels less than 40 feet in length.  Therefore, NMFS is considering additional ESA rulemaking to protect and conserve threatened and endangered sea turtles in the southeast U.S. shrimp fisheries.  Pursuant to EO 13990 the president has asked us to review this rule.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 223   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  04/20/2021  86 FR 20475   
ANPRM Comment Period End  05/20/2021 
NPRM  09/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Federalism: Undetermined 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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
Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov