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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK76 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Regulatory Amendment to Remove GOA Sablefish IFQ Pot Tags and Notary Requirements 

After receiving a three-year review of Amendment 101 to the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) the North Pacific Fishery Management Council requested at the April 2021 meeting that NMFS initiate rulemaking under the authority of section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act to remove the requirement for a notary certification on Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program transfer application forms and remove the requirement for IFQ fishermen using longline pot gear in the GOA to obtain and mark their gear with pot tags. The purpose of this action is to reduce administrative burden on the regulated fishing industry and NMFS. This action is expected to reduce costs to IFQ fishery participants by approximately $100,000 per year due to the reduction in costs for purchasing and administering the GOA Sablefish IFQ pot tag program. Removal of the collection-of-information requirements on fishery management program application forms is expected to reduce costs to the regulated public by a de minimus amount but these changes would streamline public submission process and NMFS’ review of application forms.

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 679    50 CFR 680    50 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/06/2021  86 FR 55560   
NPRM Comment Period End  11/05/2021 
Final Action  12/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses, Governmental Jurisdictions  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
James Balsiger
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
709 West Ninth Street,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:907 586-7221