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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK87 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●Silky Shark Regulations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2022 and Beyond 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to maintain existing regulations on silky shark for 2022 and beyond, implemented under the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution on silky shark, under the authority of the Tuna Conventions Act. The IATTC Resolution on silky shark is expected to be adopted at the October 2021 session of the 98th Meeting of the IATTC. This proposed rule would maintain existing domestic implementing regulations pertaining to the prohibition on retention, transshipment, storing, and landing any part or whole carcass of silky shark on U.S. purse seine and longline vessels, as well as the specified exceptions to this prohibition for purse seine vessels. These existing regulations in the proposed rule would apply to United States purse seine and longline vessels authorized to fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and would not impose additional burden. These regulations on silky shark have not been and are not expected to be opposed by domestic commercial fishing interests. The action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not expected to trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or congressional interest.  NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 12866. Based on that review, this action is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on the economy. Furthermore, this action would not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or raise novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O.

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 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2021 
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