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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK81 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Federal Mandatory Logbook for Washington, Oregon and California Commercial Groundfish Fixed-gear Fisheries 

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) West Coast Region (WCR) proposes to implement a Federally-mandated logbook program for fixed gear groundfish fisheries that occur in the exclusive economic zone off the U.S. Pacific Coast under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. In the 2009-2010 Groundfish Harvest Specifications and Management Measures action, the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) recommended that the NMFS WCR initiate rulemaking for a mandatory logbook requirement for the limited entry and open access fixed gear non-nearshore fishing fleets.  In the proposed rule for the 2009-2010 harvest specifications (73 FR 80516; December 31, 2008), NMFS determined that development and implementation of a Federal logbook system would take more time than is available for this rulemaking. Therefore, it is under consideration for implementation in the future (pp 80538). However, implementation never occurred due to lack of resources and competing priorities.  NMFS intends for this rulemaking to fulfill the Council’s 2008 request. A fixed gear logbook has broad applicability and utility for the management of the fixed gear fisheries.  The proposed fixed gear logbook would collect set-level effort data including location of set and retrieval, number of hooks, and time of day for gear deployment. This data will contribute to stock assessments, inform managers about catch and discards on non-observed trips and vessels, support economic analysis, and provide effort information to evaluate groundfish fishery interactions with Endangered Species Act (ESA) listed species, such as seabirds and humpback whales. In addition, implementation of a fixed gear logbook is a terms and condition implementing Reasonable and Prudent Measure 4 from the 2017 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Biological Opinion evaluating the impact of the groundfish fisheries on ESA-listed seabirds (FWS O1EOFWOO-2017-F-03 16).  The ESA Workgroup has recommended a fixed gear logbook numerous times (June 2019; April 2017; June 2015).  Finally, a fixed gear logbook would provide vital area-specific catch information to support potential future actions such as opening up areas of the non-trawl Rockfish Conservation Area.

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.    16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.    16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
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:
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