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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF01 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; American Lobster Fishery; Consideration of Expanded Harvester and Biological Sampling Requirements for American Lobster 

In response to recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, this rulemaking action proposes to cap and reduce individual and aggregate trap caps in the Offshore Area 3 lobster fishery and cap the number of permits a permit holder may have in nearshore Area 2. It also proposes to implement components of the Commission's Addendum XXVI to the American Lobster Management Plan. Among other things, the Addendum requires the lobster harvesting states to implement a trip-level reporting requirement with expanded data elements for all lobster fishermen in their respective jurisdictions, and recommends complementary action for Federal lobster permit holders. We propose to implement the mandatory trip-level harvester reporting requirement through this action. Finally, this action also proposes to make some minor administrative changes to the lobster trap transfer program, consider allowing the use of a substitute vessel to tend lobster gear in certain circumstances, and will remove some outdated text from the Federal lobster regulation at 50 CFR 697.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 697   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  11/15/2017  82 FR 52871   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/15/2017 
Second ANPRM  06/14/2018  83 FR 27747   
Second ANPRM Comment Period End  07/16/2018 
NPRM  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283