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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM17 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Fisheries of the United States; Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; National Standard 4, 8, and 9 Guidelines 

Under the authority of 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has received initial public comment on potential revisions to the National Standard 4, 8, and 9 guidelines, at 50 CFR 600.325, 50 CFR 600.345, and 50 CFR 600.350, respectively, through an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM).  NOAA is considering changes to the guidelines for these national standards in response to several ongoing fishery management challenges and recently issued executive orders regarding the climate crisis, equity, and environmental justice. NMFS is currently processing the approximately 400 comments received during the comment period for the ANPRM to determine if revisions to one or more of the National Standard 4, 8, and 9 guidelines are necessary. The Agency requested feedback and conducted public outreach with the Regional Fishery Management Councils, Tribes, and interested stakeholders to determine if changes to the guidelines are needed. Specifically, the Agency presented to each Council, held 2 webinars specific to Tribes, and one national webinar open to all members of the public. If the Agency decides revisions to the Guidelines are warranted, we will publish a proposed rule, anticipated in March 2024, and offer additional opportunities for feedback and comment. The comments received to date provide helpful feedback on the potential issues and ways forward.

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 325    50 CFR 345    50 CFR 350   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  05/15/2023  88 FR 30934   
ANPRM Comment Period End  09/12/2023 
NPRM  03/00/2024 
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:
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