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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ85 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Revisions to the Trade Monitoring Program for Toothfish 

NMFS is proposing to revise its Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act (AMLRCA) regulations at 50 CFR 300 Subpart G that implement the trade monitoring program for toothfish.  The United States is a member of the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (CCAMLR) and has implemented, as part of its toothfish trade monitoring program, the CCAMLR catch documentation scheme (CDS) for toothfish that was initiated to inhibit trade of illegal catches. This action will remove a specific import prohibition on catches from certain areas of the Indian Ocean and make allowances for an online option for seafood importers to apply for preapproval certificates for imports of frozen toothfish. This action will also revise the process to obtain a preapproval certificate for imports of frozen toothfish. The regulations will be amended to reflect the availability of an online application, as an alternative to existing fillable electronic forms. This online application will decrease the processing time for preapproval certificates and serve to facilitate entry processing for importers.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously 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. 2431 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/05/2023  88 FR 29043   
NPRM Comment Period End  06/05/2023 
NPRM Comment Period Reopened  06/15/2023  88 FR 39216   
NPRM Reopened Comment Period End  06/30/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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