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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BL69 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Regulatory Amendment to Revise Monitoring Requirements for Pot Catcher/Processors Participating in Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries 

NMFS is finalizing regulatory changes to revise the monitoring requirements for Pot Gear Catcher/Processors (CPs) participating in Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries. This action is needed to address management challenges through improved observer data collection. This action would require participants to carry a Level 2 observer and comply with pre-cruise meeting notifications. Additionally, this action would require certification and testing standards for participants choosing any of the following voluntary monitoring options: observer sampling stations, motion-compensating platform and flow scales, or additional observers on the vessel. This action would additionally change the location of regulations for the existing monitoring rules for longline CPs and halibut deck sorting and move them under a single subpart with the new regulations.

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 679   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/06/2023  88 FR 43072   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/07/2023 
Final Action  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:
Jon Kurland
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
709 West Ninth Street,
Juneau, AK 99801
Phone:907 586-7638