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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH37 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Revise Seafood Inspection Program Regulations 

The current regulations for Inspection and Certification by the NMFS Seafood Inspection Program have not been significantly updated since the 1970s. They contain outdated language, procedures, and definitions, and have many inconsistencies with current practices of the Seafood Inspection Program. This rule would update and revise the Seafood Inspection Program's implementing regulations by updating and adding definitions, eliminating, and updating certain procedures, and clarifying current language and titles (e.g., sampler vs. inspector). The updates and changes are necessary to reflect current operating procedures of the Seafood Inspection Program, and modern business practices (e.g., use of credit cards and the Internet). In addition, the regulations for the U.S. Standards for Grades of Fish and Fishery Products would be revised to increase uniformity in inspection results, decrease inspection time, and maintain fairness, reliability, and validity of inspection results. Sample size, sample unit, grading procedures, and grade determinations will all be updated and codified in the regulations.

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 260   
Legal Authority: 7 U.S.C. 1621 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  10/15/2019  84 FR 55130   
ANPRM Comment Period End  12/16/2019 
NPRM  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  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:
Alexa Cole
Director, Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:301 427-8286