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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK89 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Regulatory Amendment to Update Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Regulations for Sea Turtle Careful Release Equipment and Techniques in Pelagic Longline, Bottom Longline, and Gillnet Fisheries 

Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) fisheries are managed under the dual authority of both the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act. This action will amend the HMS regulations at 50 CFR part 635 to update the sea turtle safe handling and release requirements in HMS pelagic longline, bottom longline, and gillnet fisheries, consistent with revised technical memoranda issued by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Two revised technical memoranda update the current sea turtle safe handling and release requirements, more clearly describe safe handling techniques, update the names of some required tools, and approve three additional tools for safe handling and release as options to meet existing requirements, which substantively remain unchanged. All previously-authorized tools and gear removal protocols are still approved for use and the needed regulatory changes are minor.

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 635   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Kelly Denit
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1315 East-West Highway, Room 13362,
Silver Spring, MD 20901
Phone:301 427-8500