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DOI/FWS RIN: 1018-BG03 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Commercial Use of Feathers 

FWS proposes to revise its regulations under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act regarding the common eider (Somateria mollissima). Common eider hens shed breast down during nesting to insulate the eggs and hatchlings. Eiderdown is used to make comforters, pillows, and similar items, and some countries allow the sustainable collection and exportation of eiderdown that does not result in the take of birds. However, import of these items into the United States for commercial purposes is prohibited due to current regulations, which limit commercial use of feathers to feathers of migratory waterfowl killed by hunting in the United States and personal use of feathers to feathers of lawfully taken migratory game birds. FWS proposes to allow commercial use of feathers lawfully hunted or harvested internationally and clarify that personal use of migratory game bird feathers may include feathers lawfully harvested from nests where authorized internationally.   

Agency: Department of the Interior(DOI)  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 20   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 703 to 712   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  01/00/2024 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  Government Levels Affected: Federal, State, Tribal 
Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Eric L. Kershner
Chief, Division of Conservation, Permits, and Regulations
Department of the Interior
United States Fish and Wildlife Service
5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: MB,
Falls Church, VA 22041
Phone:703 358-2376
Fax:703 358-2217