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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL64 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Modification to the General Requirements for Vessels Fishing in the Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization's Regulatory Area 

At its June 2022 meeting the New England Fishery Management Council requested NMFS propose a rulemaking that was initially in response to an industry request to make modifications to the general requirements for vessels fishing in the Northwest Atlantic Fishery Organization’s Regulatory Area for the 2022 fishing year.  NMFS further analyzed the request and concluded that allowing additional flexibility will provide an overall benefit to current and future vessels that participate in this fishery. Pursuant to section 305(d) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, NMFS is drafting a proposed rule to modify the gear stowage requirement and considering allowing a vessel to conduct gear maintenance while steaming through the United States’ Exclusive Economic Zone which is currently prohibited.

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 648   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Michael Pentony
Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
55 Great Republic Drive,
Gloucester, MA 01930
Phone:978 281-9283