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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK70 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Clarify Definitions of Venting Tools and Descending Devices Under the DESCEND Act 
Abstract:

The DESCEND Act was signed on January 12, 2021, and becomes effective on January 12, 2022.  It adds a new section 321 to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, which requires commercial and recreational fishermen to possess a venting tool or descending device that is rigged and ready for use when fishing for reef fish in the Gulf of Mexico Exclusive Economic Zone.  The Act defines both venting tools and descending devices.  This proposed rule would clarify the statutory definitions.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed 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
NPRM  11/09/2021  86 FR 62137   
NPRM Comment Period End  12/09/2021 
Final Action  01/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: State 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
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