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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL24 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: ●International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for HMS; Extension of Period to Implement Decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Related to the COVID-19  

Under authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.), this proposed action would extend the time period by which NMFS may issue temporary specifications under the regulations at 50 CFR 300.228 to implement short-notice decisions adopted by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC) to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic, including decisions regarding purse seine observer coverage, at sea transshipment observer coverage, and at sea transshipment for purse seine vessels. The new regulations will include a sunset clause in which temporary specifications will automatically revert back to a period of less than one year on December 31, 2023.

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 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
Interim Final Rule  06/07/2022  87 FR 34584   
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  07/07/2022 
Interim Final Rule Effective  06/07/2022 
Final Action  08/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Tosatto
Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176,
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone:808 725-5000