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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK09 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Fisheries off West Coast States; Highly Migratory Fisheries; Amendment 6 to Fishery Management Plan for West Coast Highly Migratory Species Fisheries; Authorization of Deep-Set Buoy Gear 

Based on the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) recommendation, this rule would implement Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) through regulations at 50 CFR 660 subpart K for the authorization and management of deep-set buoy gear for targeting swordfish and other marketable HMS. At present, only two commercial gear types, drift gillnet and harpoon, are authorized to harvest the stock of swordfish in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.  In implementing Amendment 6, this action would propose operational specifications for deep-set buoy gear and criteria for permitting its use in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast.  The purpose of these proposed regulations implementing Amendment 6 to the HMS FMP is to provide additional opportunities to fish for swordfish and other HMS in federal waters off the U.S. West Coast in the interest of achieving optimum yield while minimizing to the extent practicable interactions with protected species and potential conflicts with other gear types.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Scott Rumsey
Acting Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100,
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:503 872-2791