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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG03 Publication ID: Spring 2022 
Title: Revisions to the Regulations for Commercial Use of Feathers 

This proposed rule would revise existing regulations regarding the common eider (Somateria mollissima), a unique, Migratory Bird Treaty Act-protected species of hen that naturally sheds breast down, or eiderdown, during nesting to insulate the eggs and hatchlings. Under existing 50 CFR part 20 regulations, any person that legally purchases eiderdown in a foreign country may import the eiderdown into the United States for their own personal use. Because eiderdown is collected from nests and not from birds killed by hunting, eiderdown unintentionally falls outside the scope of the regulations at 50 CFR 20.91. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service proposes revisions to existing regulations to include eiderdown.

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  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 20   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  09/00/2022 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Division of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217