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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BM29 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: ●West Coast Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Program; Regulatory Amendment; Service Provider Revisions 

The Electronic Monitoring program allows vessels participating in the Trawl Rationalization Program the option to use electronic systems (cameras, sensors, recording and data storage devices) in lieu of human observers to meet 100 percent catch monitoring and accounting requirements. Currently, the fishery continues under exempted fishing permits (EFPs) with Pacific States Marine Fisheries Commission (PSMFC) conducting the video review process for the industry. However, timely review and submission of the data has been challenging, and the current inability of PSMFC to meet these timelines under the EFP has caused concern regarding the deadlines and the potential increase in costs associated with increasing the amount of personnel to meet the video review workload and deadlines. Therefore, this rulemaking will modify submission deadlines in federal regulations specific to vessel feedback reports, summary reports, and logbook submissions by EM service providers.  Additionally, this rulemaking will clarify regulations on how EM discard data should be estimated via the video review process. This action is necessary because the current regulatory deadlines for EM service providers may be too restrictive. This action is expected to provide cost savings and more flexibility, while still meeting the data collection and data quality requirements of the EM program.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 660   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  07/26/2023  88 FR 48180   
NPRM Comment Period End  08/25/2023 
Final Action  11/00/2023 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: Federal, Local, State, Tribal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Jennifer Quan
Regional Administrator - West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
DC 20230
Phone:562 980-4001