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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK79 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Amendment 5 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the American Samoa Archipelago and Proposed Rule; Bottomfish Rebuilding 

The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) proposes to amend the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the American Samoa (AS) Archipelago. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, Amendment 5 would implement a rebuilding plan for AS bottomfish, which NMFS determined to be overfished and experiencing overfishing in February 2020. The Council recommended this proposed action pursuant to section 304(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, which requires the Council to prepare and NMFS to implement a rebuilding plan within two years of determination of an overfished condition. The Council developed the rebuilding plan in coordination with NMFS, the AS Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, and other interested and affected parties.

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: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: Undetermined 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 665   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory  Statuary deadline for implementation of the rebuilding plan.  02/09/2022 
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Undetermined 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Tosatto
Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176,
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone:808 725-5000