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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM23 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Electronic Reporting Requirements 

Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) are managed under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), id. 971 et seq., the implementing statute for binding recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas. The ANPRM considered options to: (1) streamline logbook reporting by converting existing commercial paper logbooks to electronic logbooks; (2) expand logbook reporting to recreational and commercial permit holders via electronic logbooks, to be consistent with Agency efforts in other fisheries and to augment data collected for fishery management; (3) collect additional information through existing electronic reporting mechanisms for dealers and recreational permit holders to augment data collected for fishery management; and (4) facilitate HMS reporting including considering ways to incentivize reporting compliance (or penalize noncompliance) and offering an electronic reporting platform for HMS Exempted Fishing Permit Program permit holders. This action is being taken pursuant to the rulemaking authority under section 304(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 16 U.S.C. 1854(c). The ANPRM comment period ended in August 2023. The comments received provide helpful feedback on the potential issues and ways forward, which are under consideration by the Agency. The Agency's proposed actions for this rulemaking will be based in part on feedback and public comments received on the ANPRM.

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.    16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  05/12/2023  88 FR 30699   
ANPRM Comment Period End  08/18/2023 
NPRM  06/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
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