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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK56 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Harvest Specifications for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 Pacific Mackerel Fishing Years; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan  

Pursuant to the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, each June adopts and recommends to NMFS harvest specifications and management measures for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. exclusive economic zone off the Pacific coast of California, Oregon, and Washington for the upcoming two fishing years. The Pacific mackerel fishing season begins on July 1 and ends June 30. NMFS plans to issue proposed and final rules to implement those harvest specifications for the 2021-2022 and 2022-2023 fishing years as recommended by the Council at its June 2021 meeting. Harvest specifications include harvest guidelines for each fishing year, which will serve as the primary commercial harvest quotas.  Management measures include incidental catch limitations in the event an annual catch target is reached. The CPS FMP and its implementing regulations require NMFS to set these annual harvest specifications, including the harvest guideline, for the Pacific mackerel fishery based on the annual specification framework and control rules in the FMP.  This framework and the control rules have been in place for a number of years and the affected public is widely aware of them. Therefore we do not expect any opposition or serious controversy related with this action. These annual quotas are based in large part on the results of biennial stock assessments that provide biomass estimates from which the quotas are calculated. The annual ex-vessel revenue generated by this fishery over the last ten years has averaged only one million dollars.  For these reasons, NMFS has determined that this action is not significant.

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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/01/2021  86 FR 48969   
NPRM Comment Period End  10/01/2021 
Final Action  11/00/2021 
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:
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