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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK80 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program Delay 

The Electronic Monitoring (EM) program provides flexibility to vessels participating in the West Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program by allowing the option to use electronic systems (cameras, sensors, recording and data storage devices) in lieu of human observers to meet 100 percent catch monitoring and accounting requirements.  On June 28 2019, NMFS published a Final Rule to implement an Electronic Monitoring (EM) program in the Trawl Rationalization Program (84 FR 31146) as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and established an implementation date of January 1, 2021.  At its June 2020 meeting, the Council recommended a delay in program implementation to provide additional time for industry and prospective service providers to prepare for implementation, and increase participation when the EM program was implemented.  NMFS published a final rule (85 FR 74614; November 23, 2020) that revised implementation of the EM program until January 1, 2022.

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   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  10/06/2021  86 FR 5525   
Interim Final Rule Effective  10/06/2021 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  11/05/2021 
Final Action  12/00/2021 
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