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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ62 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Designate the Proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary 

In accordance with section 304(a) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA), as amended, and based on the area’s qualities described in the community-based nomination submitted to NOAA on January 17, 2017 (https://, NOAA initiated a process to consider designating a portion of eastern Lake Ontario in New York as a national marine sanctuary (April 17, 2019, 84 FR 16005). The designation process, as required by the NMSA, is being conducted concurrently with a public process under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NOAA is moving forward with the designation process of the proposed Lake Ontario National Marine Sanctuary with the release of alternatives for the draft environmental impact statement and proposed regulations. The final rule will be the final stage of the designation process.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Other Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 15 CFR 922   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/19/2023  88 FR 3334   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/20/2023 
Final Rule  11/00/2023 
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:
Jessica Kondel
Policy and Planning Division Chief
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1305 East West Highway, Building SSMC4,
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Phone:240 676-4646