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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK73 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●West Coast Vessel Monitoring Exemptions 

On June 11, 2020, NMFS published the final rule (85 FR 35594) Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery to revise monitoring provisions. This revision increased the position transmission rate for vessels participating in the limited entry groundfish fishery, ("limited entry A” endorsed permit), any vessels using non-groundfish trawl gear (ridgeback prawn, California halibut, and sea cucumber trawl) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and any vessels that use open access gear to take and retain or possess groundfish in the EEZ or land groundfish taken in the EEZ (salmon troll, prawn trap, Dungeness crab, halibut longline, California halibut line gear, and sheepshead trap). This action would address an omission in the June 11, 2020, rulemaking that inadvertently left out the exemption for the pink shrimp trawl fishery from the position transmission rate increase that was included in the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s recommendation for action.  In April 2016, the Council recommended that vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery be exempt from increasing position transmission rates from once every hour to once every 15 minutes.  This fishery is not subject to Rockfish Conservation Area restrictions, therefore additional monitoring for participating vessels is not necessary.  This rulemaking would add this exemption into the regulations as well as make other minor, non-substantive clarifications in the regulations that were implemented in the June 11, 2020, rule.

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 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/26/2021  86 FR 59109   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/26/2021 
Final Action  01/00/2022 
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:
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