Fall 2021 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations, 5200-5212 [2021-28219]

Download as PDF 5200 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Office of the Secretary 13 CFR Ch. III 15 CFR Subtitle A; Subtitle B, Chs. I, II, III, VII, VIII, IX, and XI 19 CFR Ch. III 37 CFR Chs. I, IV, and V 48 CFR Ch. 13 50 CFR Chs. II, III, IV, and VI Fall 2021 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations Office of the Secretary, Commerce. ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda. AGENCY: In compliance with Executive Order 12866, entitled ‘‘Regulatory Planning and Review,’’ and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, as amended, the Department of Commerce (Commerce), in the spring and fall of each year, publishes in the Federal Register an agenda of regulations under development or review over the next 12 months. Rulemaking actions are grouped according to pre-rulemaking, proposed rules, final rules, long-term actions, and rulemaking actions completed since the spring 2021 agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide information to the public on regulations that are currently under review, being proposed, or recently issued by Commerce. It is expected that this information will enable the public to participate more effectively in the Department’s regulatory process. Commerce’s fall 2021 regulatory agenda includes regulatory activities that are expected to be conducted during the period November 1, 2021, through October 31, 2022. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Specific: For additional information about specific regulatory actions listed in the agenda, contact the individual identified as the contact person. General: Comments or inquiries of a general nature about the agenda should be directed to Asha Mathew, Chief Counsel for Regulation, Office of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202–482–3151. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Commerce hereby publishes its fall 2021 Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions pursuant to khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS2 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 601 et seq. Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to publish an agenda of those regulations that are under consideration. By memorandum of August 16, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget issued guidelines and procedures for the preparation and publication of the fall 2021 Unified Agenda. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires agencies to publish, in the spring and fall of each year, a regulatory flexibility agenda that contains a brief description of the subject of any rule likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities. The internet is the basic means for disseminating the Unified Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced ability to obtain information from the Agenda database. In this edition of Commerce’s regulatory agenda, a list of the most important significant regulatory and deregulatory actions and a Statement of Regulatory Priorities are included in the Regulatory Plan, which appears in both the online Unified Agenda and in part II of the issue of the Federal Register that includes the Unified Agenda. Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act, Commerce’s printed agenda entries include only: (1) Rules that are in the Agency’s regulatory flexibility agenda, in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities; and (2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act’s Agenda requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in the Unified Agenda published on the internet. In addition, for fall editions of the Agenda, Commerce’s entire Regulatory Plan will continue to be printed in the Federal Register. Within Commerce, the Office of the Secretary and various operating units may issue regulations. Among these operating units, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Industry and Security, and the Patent and Trademark PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Office issue the greatest share of Commerce’s regulations. A large number of regulatory actions reported in the Agenda deal with fishery management programs of NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). To avoid repetition of programs and definitions, as well as to provide some understanding of the technical and institutional elements of NMFS’ programs, an ‘‘Explanation of Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries’’ is provided below. Explanation of Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) (the Act) governs the management of fisheries within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States (EEZ). The EEZ refers to those waters from the outer edge of the State boundaries, generally 3 nautical miles, to a distance of 200 nautical miles. For fisheries that require conservation and management measures, eight Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) prepare and submit to NMFS Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for the fisheries within their respective areas in the EEZ. Membership of these Councils is comprised of representatives of the commercial and recreational fishing sectors in addition to environmental, academic, and government interests. Council members are nominated by the governors and ultimately appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. The Councils are required by law to conduct public hearings on the development of FMPs and FMP amendments. Consistent with applicable law, environmental and other analyses are developed that consider alternatives to proposed actions. Pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Councils also recommend actions to NMFS deemed necessary or appropriate to implement FMPs. The proposed regulations, FMPs, and FMP amendments are subject to review and approval by NMFS, based on consistency with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and other applicable law. The Council process for developing FMPs and amendments makes it difficult for NMFS to determine the significance and timing of some regulatory actions under consideration by the Councils at the time the semiannual regulatory agenda is published. Commerce’s fall 2021 regulatory agenda follows. Leslie Kiernan, General Counsel. E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 5201 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 212 .................... Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain: Licensing Procedures. 0605–AA60 GENERAL ADMINISTRATION—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 213 .................... Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion ................................................................ 0605–AA53 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION—PROPOSED RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 214 .................... Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for Puerto Rico, Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Croix, Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Thomas/St. John. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing With Respect to U.S. Territories. International Fisheries; South Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Implementation of Amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty. Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing; Fisheries Enforcement; High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act. Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to Implement an Electronic Monitoring Program for Bottom Trawl and Non-Whiting Midwater Trawl Vessels. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Research and Data Collection in Support of Spatial Fisheries Management. Establish National Insurance Requirements for Observer Providers .............................................................. Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan ..................................................... Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan ......................................................... West Coast Vessel Monitoring Exemptions ..................................................................................................... Conservation and Management Measures for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2022 and Beyond. Silky Shark Regulations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2022 and Beyond .................................................. Emergency Purse Seine Observer Waivers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean ..................................................... Amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule ............................................. Establishment of Time-Area Closures for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. 215 .................... 216 .................... 217 .................... 218 .................... 219 .................... 220 221 222 223 224 .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 225 226 227 228 .................... .................... .................... .................... 0648–BD32 0648–BF41 0648–BG04 0648–BG11 0648–BH70 0648–BI10 0648–BJ33 0648–BK17 0648–BK68 0648–BK73 0648–BK84 0648–BK87 0648–BK88 0648–BI88 0648–BK04 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION—FINAL RULE STAGE Title 229 .................... Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region. Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; Traceability Information Program for Seafood. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species: Amendment 13 on Bluefin Tuna Management ........................................ Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal ............................................................................... Amendment and Updates to the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan ....................................................... Designation of Critical Habitat for the Threatened Caribbean Corals ............................................................. Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications to Reduce Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast. Designation of Critical Habitat for Threatened Indo-Pacific Reef-Building Corals .......................................... Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of the Bearded Seal ............... Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Management Plan ............................................. 230 .................... 231 232 233 234 235 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. .................... .................... .................... .................... .................... 236 .................... 237 .................... 238 .................... 0648–BH72 0648–BH87 0648–BI08 0648–BC56 0648–BF90 0648–BG26 0648–BJ09 0648–BJ52 0648–BJ65 0648–BI01 NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION—LONG-TERM ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 239 .................... Implementation of a Program for Transshipments by Large Scale Fishing Vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 0648–BD59 5202 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda NATIONAL OCEANIC AND ATMOSPHERIC ADMINISTRATION—COMPLETED ACTIONS Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 240 .................... International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Requirements to Safeguard Fishery Observers. Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment ........................................................................................................... Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska to Reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program. 2021 Pacific Whiting Harvest Specifications Including Interim Tribal Allocation; Pacific Coast Groundfish .. Reducing Disturbances to Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins From Human Interactions ......................................... Revision to Critical Habitat Designation for Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales ........................... Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation ................................................................ 241 .................... 242 .................... 243 244 245 246 .................... .................... .................... .................... 0648–BG66 0648–BH67 0648–BJ73 0648–BK25 0648–AU02 0648–BH95 0648–BG01 PATENT AND TRADEMARK OFFICE—FINAL RULE STAGE Regulation Identifier No. Sequence No. Title 247 .................... Changes To Implement Provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 (Reg Plan Seq No. 15) .. 0651–AD55 References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) General Administration (ADMIN) Proposed Rule Stage 212. Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain: Licensing Procedures Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined Abstract: The Department is seeking public input regarding establishing a licensing process for entities to seek preapproval before engaging in or continuing to engage in potentially regulated ICTS Transactions under the ‘‘Securing the Information and Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain’’ rule. Timetable: Action Date ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. 03/29/21 04/28/21 FR Cite 86 FR 16312 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Joe Bartles, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202 482–3084, Email: jbartles@doc.gov. RIN: 0605–AA60 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS2 Abstract: The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Act of 2018 (Act) (15 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.) authorizes the establishment of an orderly program for a program of research, education, and promotion, including funds for marketing and market research activities, that is designed to promote the use of concrete masonry products in construction and building (a checkoff program). The Act allows industry to submit a proposed order establishing such a program. If the Secretary determines that such a proposed order is consistent with and will effectuate the purpose of the Act, the Secretary is directed to publish the proposed order in the Federal Register not later than 90 days after receiving the order. Timetable: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) General Administration (ADMIN) Final Rule Stage Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. 08/24/20 10/08/20 85 FR 52059 09/15/21 11/29/21 86 FR 51456 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Asha Mathew, Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202 306–0487, Email: amathew@doc.gov. RIN: 0605–AA53 213. Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 8701 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 FR Cite PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Proposed Rule Stage National Marine Fisheries Service 214. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for Puerto Rico, Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Croix, Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Thomas/St. John Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: In response to a recommendation of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council, this action would establish three new Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) (Puerto Rico FMP, St. Thomas/St. John FMP and St. Croix FMP) and repeal and replace the existing U.S. Caribbean-wide FMPs (the FMP for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the USVI, the FMP for Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and the USVI, and the FMP for the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the USVI). For each of the Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Croix FMPs, the action would also modify the composition of the stocks to be managed; organize those stocks for effective management; establish status determination criteria, management reference points, and accountability measures for managed stocks; identify essential fish habitat for stocks new to management; and establish framework measures. Timetable: E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date Notice of Availability. Comment Period End. NPRM .................. 06/26/20 FR Cite 85 FR 38350 08/25/20 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Andrew J. Strelcheck, Acting Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 727 824–5305, Email: andy.strelcheck@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BD32 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 215. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing With Respect to U.S. Territories Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq. Abstract: This action would establish rules and/or procedures to address the treatment of U.S.-flagged purse seine vessels and their fishing activities in regulations issued by the National Marine Fisheries Service that implement decisions of the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Commission), of which the United States is a member. Under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, the National Marine Fisheries Service exercises broad discretion when determining how it implements Commission decisions, such as purse seine fishing restrictions. The National Marine Fisheries Service intends to examine the potential impacts of the domestic implementation of Commission decisions, such as purse seine fishing restrictions, on the economies of the U.S. territories that participate in the Commission, and examine the connectivity between the activities of U.S.-flagged purse seine fishing vessels and the economies of the territories. Based on that and other information, the National Marine Fisheries Service might propose regulations that mitigate adverse economic impacts of purse seine fishing restrictions on the U.S. territories and/ or that, in the context of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), recognize that one or more of the U.S. territories have their own purse seine fisheries that are VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 distinct from the purse seine fishery of the United States and that are consequently subject to special provisions of the Convention and of Commission decisions. Timetable: Action Date ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. 10/23/15 11/23/15 FR Cite 80 FR 64382 04/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725–5000, Email: michael.tosatto@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BF41 216. International Fisheries; South Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Implementation of Amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 973 et seq. Abstract: Under authority of the South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988, this rule would implement recent amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America (also known as the South Pacific Tuna Treaty). The rule would include modification to the procedures used to request licenses for U.S. vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery, including changing the annual licensing period from Juneto-June to the calendar year, and modifications to existing reporting requirements for purse seine vessels fishing in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The rule would implement only those aspects of the Treaty amendments that can be implemented under the existing South Pacific Tuna Act. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite PO 00000 Frm 00005 RIN: 0648–BG04 217. Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing; Fisheries Enforcement; High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114–81 Abstract: This proposed rule would make conforming amendments to regulations implementing the various statutes amended by the Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 114– 81). The Act amends several regional fishery management organization implementing statutes as well as the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act. It also provides authority to implement two new international agreements under the Antigua Convention, which amends the Convention for the establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization Agreement on Port State Measures to Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (Port State Measures Agreement), which restricts the entry into U.S. ports by foreign fishing vessels that are known to be or are suspected of engaging in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. This proposed rule would also implement the Port State Measures Agreement. To that end, this proposed rule would require the collection of certain information from foreign fishing vessels requesting permission to use U.S. ports. It also includes procedures to designate and publicize the ports to which foreign fishing vessels may seek entry and procedures for conducting inspections of these foreign vessels accessing U.S. ports. Further, the rule would establish procedures for notification of: The denial of port entry or port services for a foreign vessel, the withdrawal of the denial of port services if applicable, the taking of enforcement action with respect to a foreign vessel, or the results of any inspection of a foreign vessel to the flag nation of the vessel and other competent authorities as appropriate. Timetable: 12/00/21 Action Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725–5000, Email: michael.tosatto@noaa.gov. Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 5203 NPRM .................. Date FR Cite 02/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 5204 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda 20910, Phone: 301 427–8286, Email: alexa.cole@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BG11 218. Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan To Implement an Electronic Monitoring Program for Bottom Trawl and Non-Whiting Midwater Trawl Vessels Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: The proposed action would implement a regulatory amendment to the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to allow bottom trawl and midwater trawl vessels targeting non-whiting species the option to use electronic monitoring (video cameras and associated sensors) in place of observers to meet requirements for 100-percent observer coverage. By allowing vessels the option to use electronic monitoring to meet monitoring requirements, this action is intended to increase operational flexibility and reduce monitoring costs for the fleet. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BH70 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 219. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Research and Data Collection in Support of Spatial Fisheries Management Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: This rulemaking would address conducting research in areas currently closed to fishing for Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS)—during various times or by certain gear—to collect fishery-dependent data. A number of time/area closures or gearrestricted areas have been implemented over the years through various rulemakings, limiting fishing for Atlantic highly migratory species in those areas for a variety of reasons including reducing bycatch. These time/ area closures have been implemented in consultation with the HMS Advisory Panel to protect species consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act (e.g., VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 to reduce bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery off the east coast of Florida), the Endangered Species Act (e.g., to protect sea turtles in the North Atlantic), and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (e.g., to protect spawning bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Mexico). Fishery-dependent data supports effective fisheries management, and areas that restrict fishing effort often have a commensurate decrease in fisherydependent data collection. Programs to facilitate research and data collection, such as those that would be covered by this rulemaking, could assess the efficacy of closed areas, improve sustainable management of highly migratory species, and may provide benefits to commercial and recreational fishermen. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 09/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: 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, Email: kelly.denit@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BI10 220. Establish National Insurance Requirements for Observer Providers Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1855(d) Abstract: NMFS is proposing to establish uniform, nationally applicable minimum insurance requirements for companies that provide observer or atsea monitor services for federally managed fisheries subject to monitoring requirements. This action would supersede outdated or inappropriate regulatory insurance requirements thereby easing the regulatory and cost burden for observer/at-sea monitor providers. Additionally, this action would mitigate potential liability risks associated with observer and at-sea monitor deployments for vessel owners and shore side processors that are subject to monitoring requirements. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Evan Howell, Director, Office of Science and Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8100, Email: evan.howell@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BJ33 221. Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: This action proposes measures recommended by the New England Fishery Management Council in Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The Council developed this action to implement measures to improve the reliability and accountability of catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery to ensure there is a precise and accurate representation of catch (landings and discards). The purpose of this action is to adjust the existing industry-funded monitoring program to improve accounting and accuracy of collected catch data. Specifically, this action would set a fixed target coverage rate as a percentage of fishing trips to replace the current annual method for calculating a coverage target. This action would exclude from the monitoring requirement all trips in geographic areas with low groundfish catch; allow for increased coverage when federal funding is available to reimburse industry’s costs; set a baseline coverage target for which there is no reimbursement for industry’s costs in the absence of federal funding; approve electronic monitoring technologies as an alternative to human at-sea monitors; require periodic evaluation of the monitoring program; allow for waivers from monitoring for good cause; and grant authority to the Northeast Regional Administrator to streamline industry’s reporting requirements. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. Date FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, Phone: 978 281–9283, Email: michael.pentony@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK17 222. • Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: The New England Fishery Management Council developed E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Amendment 21 to allow for more controlled access to the scallop resource by the limited access and limited access general category (LAGC) fleets and increase monitoring in ways that support a growing directed scallop fishery in Federal waters, including the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM). Additionally, Amendment 21 considers adjusting the LAGC individual fishing quota (IFQ) program to support overall economic performance while allowing for continued participation in the LAGC fishery at varying levels. This action would: (1) Change the Annual Catch Limit flow chart to account for biomass in NGOM as part of Overfishing Limit and the Acceptable Biological Catch to be consistent with other portions of scallop resource management; (2) Develop landings limits for all permit categories in NGOM and establish an 800,000-pound NGOM Set-Aside trigger for the NGOM directed fishery with a sharing agreement for access by all permit categories for allocation above the trigger. Pounds above the trigger would be split 5 percent for the NGOM fleet and 95 percent for limited access and LAGC IFQ fleets; (3) Expand the Scallop Industry Funded Observer program to monitor directed scallop fishing in the NGOM by using a portion of the NGOM allocation to off-set monitoring costs; (4) Allocate 25,000 pounds of the NGOM allocation to increase the overall Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) and support Scallop RSA compensation fishing; (5) Increase the LAGC IFQ possession limit to 800 pounds per trip only for access area trips; (6) Prorate the daily observer compensation rate in 12-hour increments for observed LAGC IFQ trips longer than one day; and (7) Allow for temporary transfers of IFQ from limited access vessels with IFQ to LAGC IFQonly vessels. Timetable: Action Date khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 10/05/21 11/04/21 86 FR 54903 12/00/21 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: On June 11, 2020, NMFS published the final rule (85 FR 35594) Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery to revise monitoring provisions. This revision increased the position transmission rate for vessels participating in the limited entry groundfish fishery, (‘‘limited entry A’’ endorsed permit), any vessels using non-groundfish trawl gear (ridgeback prawn, California halibut, and sea cucumber trawl) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and any vessels that use open access gear to take and retain or possess groundfish in the EEZ or land groundfish taken in the EEZ (salmon troll, prawn trap, Dungeness crab, halibut longline, California halibut line gear, and sheepshead trap). This action would address an omission in the June 11, 2020, rulemaking that inadvertently left out the exemption for the pink shrimp trawl fishery from the position transmission rate increase that was included in the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s recommendation for action. In April 2016, the Council recommended that vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery be exempt from increasing position transmission rates from once every hour to once every 15 minutes. This fishery is not subject to Rockfish Conservation Area restrictions, therefore additional monitoring for participating vessels is not necessary. This rulemaking would add this exemption into the regulations as well as make other minor, non-substantive clarifications in the regulations that were implemented in the June 11, 2020, rule. Timetable: Action FR Cite Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, Phone: 978 281–9283, Email: michael.pentony@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK68 VerDate Sep<11>2014 223. • West Coast Vessel Monitoring Exemptions Jkt 256001 Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 10/26/21 11/26/21 FR Cite 86 FR 59109 01/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK73 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 5205 224. • Conservation and Management Measures for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2022 and Beyond Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951; 16 U.S.C. 952; 16 U.S.C. 953; 16 U.S.C. 954; . . . Abstract: The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) is expected to adopt by consensus a Resolution for Conservation Measures for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in October 2021. The Resolution is binding for IATTC member nations, and under the Tuna Conventions Act, 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. NMFS must implement the Resolution domestically. This proposed rule would implement the provisions for tropical tuna for 2022 and beyond. In addition to rolling over measures from the 2021 Resolution, this Resolution may include an increase in purse seine closure days, changes to force majeure provisions, updates to fish aggregating device measures. The Resolution is intended to prevent overfishing of tropical tuna (bigeye, yellowfin, and skipjack) in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The following provisions that would be included in the proposed rule were also in the regulations implemented for 2021. The rule will continue to prohibit purse seine vessels of class sizes 4–6 (carrying capacity greater than 182 mt) from fishing for tropical tuna in the EPO for a period of at least 72 days. The rule would continue to require a closure of the fishery for yellowfin, bigeye, and skipjack tunas by purse-seine vessels within the area of 96W and 110W and between 4° N and 3° S from 0000 hours on 9 October to 2400 hours on 8 November. The rule would carry over all provisions included in the Measures of the Longline Fishery and Other Provisions section of the Resolution. As of August 23, 2021, 17 U.S. purse seine vessels of class size 4–6 are registered to fish in the IATTC Convention Area that would be impacted by these measures. Owners and operators of these vessels are familiar with these measures. In addition to sending professional representatives and lobbyists, many personally attended the June and August IATTC Meetings and were closely involved in briefings and discussions with State Department and NMFS leadership and staff. The action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not expected to trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or congressional interest. NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 12866. Based on that review, this action E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 5206 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on the economy. Furthermore, this action would not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or raise novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK84 Action khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to maintain existing regulations on silky shark for 2022 and beyond, implemented under the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution on silky shark, under the authority of the Tuna Conventions Act. The IATTC Resolution on silky shark is expected to be adopted at the October 2021 session of the 98th Meeting of the IATTC. This proposed rule would maintain existing domestic implementing regulations pertaining to the prohibition on retention, transshipment, storing, and landing any part or whole carcass of silky shark on U.S. purse seine and longline vessels, as well as the specified exceptions to this prohibition for purse seine vessels. These existing regulations in the proposed rule would apply to United States purse seine and longline vessels authorized to fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and would not impose additional burden. These regulations on silky shark have not been and are not expected to be opposed by domestic commercial fishing interests. The action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international obligations as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 Date NPRM .................. 225. • Silky Shark Regulations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 2022 and Beyond VerDate Sep<11>2014 expected to trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or congressional interest. NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 12866. Based on that review, this action is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on the economy. Furthermore, this action would not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or raise novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O. Timetable: FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK87 226. • Emergency Purse Seine Observer Waivers in the Eastern Pacific Ocean Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951; 16 U.S.C. 952; 16 U.S.C. 953; 16 U.S.C. 954; 16 U.S.C. 955; 16 U.S.C. 956; 16 U.S.C. 957; 16 U.S.C. 958; 16 U.S.C. 959; 16 U.S.C. 960; 16 U.S.C. 961; 16 U.S.C. 962 Abstract: On March 27, 2020, NMFS published a temporary rule for an emergency action in response to the COVID–19 Pandemic (85 FR 17285), that provides the authority to waive observer coverage requirements implemented under certain statutes, including the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Tuna Conventions Act. That temporary rule was extended and is currently in effect until March 26, 2022 (86 FR 16307), or until the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that the COVID–19 Pandemic is no longer a public health emergency, whichever is earlier. Pursuant to the emergency rule, and in accordance with exemption procedures adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC), NMFS WCR established procedures, subject to revocation or extension as circumstances warrant, for issuing temporary exemptions on an individual PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 basis to the observer requirements under 50 CFR 216.24(e) and 50 CFR 300.25(e)(4)(iv). With travel restrictions continuing to be enforced at American Samoa and other port states where observers embark on United States flagged purse seine vessels, placement of observers is not always possible. If the temporary rule expires in March 2022, and is not renewed, NMFS will no longer possess the emergency authority to issue observer waivers in these cases. With the potential for travel restrictions that prevent the placement of observers continuing beyond March 2022, NMFS is proposing to implement an emergency waiver provision to allow NMFS to issue temporary written waivers from the observer requirements, on a case-by-case basis, in accordance with IATTC exemption procedures. NMFS is undertaking this action under the authority of the Tuna Conventions Act and the Marine Mammal Protection Act to satisfy the obligations of the United States as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not expected to trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or congressional interest. NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 12866. Based on that review, this action is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on the economy. Furthermore, this action would not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or raise novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President’s priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. Date FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK88 227. Amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike Reduction Rule Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Abstract: NMFS has completed a review of the North Atlantic right whale vessel speed rule (per 50 CFR 224.105; 78 FR 73726, December 9, 2013). Through this action, NMFS invites comment on the report as well as information that may inform potential revisions to existing management strategies and regulations to further reduce the risk of vessel strikes of North Atlantic right whales. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. FR Cite 05/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BI88 228. Establishment of Time-Area Closures for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1382 et seq. Abstract: This rulemaking action under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) proposes to establish mandatory time-area closures of Hawaiian spinner dolphins’ essential daytime habitats at five selected sites in the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). In considering public comments in response to a separate proposed rule related to spinner dolphin interactions (81 FR 57854), NMFS intends these regulatory measures to prevent take of Hawaiian spinner dolphins from occurring in inshore marine areas at essential daytime habitats, and where high levels of disturbance from human activities are most prevalent. Timetable: Action Date khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 09/28/21 12/27/21 FR Cite 86 FR 53844 02/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 RIN: 0648–BK04 Action DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Final Rule Stage National Marine Fisheries Service 229. Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: This action, recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, would modify data reporting for owners or operators of federally permitted for-hire vessels (charter vessels and headboats) in the Gulf of Mexico, requiring them to declare the type of trip (for-hire or other) prior to departing for any trip, and electronically submit trip-level reports prior to off-loading fish at the end of each fishing trip. The declaration would include the expected return time and landing location. Landing reports would include information about catch and effort during the trip. The action would also require that these reports be submitted via approved hardware that includes a global positioning system attached to the vessel that is capable, at a minimum, of archiving global positioning system locations. This requirement would not preclude the use of global positioning system devices that provide real-time location data, such as the currently approved vessel monitoring systems. Timetable: Action Date Notice of Availability. NPRM .................. Correction ............ Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period End. Comment Period Extended End. Final Rule ............ Final Rule Effective. Final Action; Announcement of Effectiveness for Delayed Provisions. Delay of Effective Date. Delay of Effective Date Effective. PO 00000 Frm 00009 FR Cite 06/21/18 83 FR 28797 10/26/18 11/08/18 11/20/18 83 FR 54069 83 FR 55850 83 FR 58522 11/26/18 01/09/19 07/21/20 01/05/21 85 FR 44005 09/14/21 86 FR 51014 11/02/21 86 FR 60374 Final Action Effective. Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 FR Cite 12/13/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Andrew J. Strelcheck, Acting Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 727 824–5305, Email: andy.strelcheck@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BH72 230. Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; Traceability Information Program for Seafood Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Pub. L. 115–141 Abstract: On December 9, 2016, NMFS issued a final rule that established a risk-based traceability program to track seafood from harvest to entry into U.S. commerce. The final rule included, for designated priority fish species, import permitting and reporting requirements to provide for traceability of seafood products offered for entry into the U.S. supply chain, and to ensure that these products were lawfully acquired and are properly represented. Shrimp and abalone products were included in the final rule to implement the Seafood Import Monitoring Program, but compliance with Seafood Import Monitoring Program requirements for those species was stayed indefinitely due to the disparity between Federal reporting programs for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone products relative to the requirements that would apply to imports under Seafood Import Monitoring Program. In section 539 of the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2018, Congress mandated lifting the stay on inclusion of shrimp and abalone in Seafood Import Monitoring Program and authorized the Secretary of Commerce to require comparable reporting and recordkeeping requirements for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone. This rulemaking would establish permitting, reporting and recordkeeping requirements for domestic producers of shrimp and abalone from the point of production to entry into commerce. Timetable: Action 12/13/21 Date 5207 NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Date 10/11/18 11/26/18 FR Cite 83 FR 51426 5208 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date Final Action ......... FR Cite 11/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8286, Email: alexa.cole@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BH87 231. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species: Amendment 13 on Bluefin Tuna Management Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: NOAA/NMFS proposes to revise the management measures for Atlantic bluefin tuna fisheries. Potential management measures could include modifications to pelagic longline and purse seine fisheries as well as other bluefin tuna fisheries, which would increase flexibility for fishery participants. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period Extended End. Final Action ......... FR Cite 05/21/21 07/20/21 86 FR 27686 07/20/21 86 FR 38262 09/09/21 06/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: 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, Email: kelly.denit@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BI08 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 232. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final rule to list the Arctic ringed seal as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. The ESA requires designation of critical habitat at the time a species is listed as threatened or endangered, or within one year of listing if critical habitat is not then determinable. This rulemaking would VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 designate critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. The critical habitat designation would be in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas within the current range of the species. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. Proposed Rule .... Notice of Public Hearings. Comment Period Extended. Proposed Rule 2 Proposed Rule 2 Comment Period End. Public Hearing ..... Public Hearing Comment Period End. Comment Period Extended 2. Comment Period Extended 2 End. Final Action ......... FR Cite 12/03/14 12/09/14 01/13/15 79 FR 71714 79 FR 73010 80 FR 1618 02/02/15 80 FR 5498 01/08/21 03/09/21 86 FR 1452 02/01/21 03/09/21 86 FR 7686 03/09/21 86 FR 13517 04/08/21 03/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BC56 233. Amendment and Updates to the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq. Abstract: Serious injury and mortality of the Western North Atlantic shortfinned pilot whale stock incidental to the Category I Atlantic pelagic longline fishery continues at levels exceeding their Potential Biological Removal. This proposed action would examine a number of management measures to amend the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury of shortfinned pilot whales taken in the Atlantic Pelagic Longline fishery to below Potential Biological Removal. Potential management measures may include changes to the current limitations on mainline length, new requirements to use weak hooks (hooks with reduced breaking strength), and non-regulatory measures related to determining the best procedures for safe handling and release of marine mammals. The need for the proposed action is to ensure the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan meets its Marine Mammal Protection Act mandated short- and long-term goals. Timetable: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Date 12/15/20 02/16/21 FR Cite 85 FR 81168 12/00/21 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BF90 234. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Threatened Caribbean Corals Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Abstract: NMFS listed 5 Caribbean corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act on October 10, 2014. Critical habitat shall be designated to the maximum extent prudent and determinable at the time a species is proposed for listing (50 CFR 424.12). We concluded that critical habitat was not determinable for the 5 corals at the time of listing. However, we anticipated that critical habitat would be determinable in the future given on-going research. We, therefore, announced in the final listing rules that we would propose critical habitat in separate rulemakings. This rule proposes to designate critical habitat for the 5 Caribbean coral species listed in 2014. A separate proposed critical habitat rule is being prepared for the 15 Indo-Pacific corals listed as threatened in 2014. The proposed designation for the Caribbean corals may include marine waters in Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Navassa Island, and Flower Garden Banks containing essential features that support all stages of life history of the corals. The proposed rule is not likely to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely affect the economy. NMFS has contacted the Departments of the Navy, Air Force, and Army as well as the U.S. Coast Guard requesting information related to potential national security impacts that may result from the critical habitat designation. Based on information provided, we concluded that there will be an impact on national security in only 1 area offshore Dania Beach, FL, and will propose to exclude it from the designations. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Date 11/27/20 FR Cite 85 FR 76302 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda Action Date NPRM Comment Period End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 01/26/21 06/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BG26 235. Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications To Reduce Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1387 et seq. Abstract: In response to recent recommendations from the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) to reduce the risk of North Atlantic right whale entanglement in commercial trap/pot fisheries along the U.S. East Coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to propose regulations to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan). Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. Correction ............ FR Cite 12/31/20 03/01/21 85 FR 86878 09/17/21 10/18/21 86 FR 51970 12/00/21 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BJ09 236. Designation of Critical Habitat for Threatened Indo-Pacific Reef-Building Corals Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Abstract: On September 10, 2014, NMFS listed 20 species of reef-building corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, 15 in the IndoPacific and five in the Caribbean. Of the 15 Indo-Pacific species, seven occur in U.S. waters of the Pacific Islands VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 Region, including in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. This proposed rule would designate critical habitat for the seven species in U.S. waters (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata). A separate proposed rule will designate critical habitat for the listed Caribbean coral species. The proposed designation may cover coral reef habitat around 13 island or atoll units in the Pacific Islands Region, including three in American Samoa, one in Guam, seven in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and two in Pacific Remote Island Areas, containing essential features that support reproduction, growth, and survival of the listed coral species. NMFS has contacted the Departments of the Navy, Air Force, and Army as well as the U.S. Coast Guard requesting information related to potential national security impacts that may result from the critical habitat designation. Based on information provided, we will determine whether to propose to exclude any areas based on national security impacts. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Extended. NPRM Comment Period Extended End. Second NPRM Comment Period Extended. Second Extended Comment Period End. Third NPRM Comment Period Extended. Third NPRM Comment Period Extended End. Final Rule ............ FR Cite 11/27/20 01/26/21 85 FR 76262 12/23/20 85 FR 83899 02/25/21 02/09/21 03/29/21 86 FR 16325 05/26/21 Frm 00011 Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Abstract: NMFS published a final rule to list the Beringia Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of bearded seals as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012, thereby triggering the requirement under section 4 of the ESA to designate critical habitat for the Beringia DPS to the maximum extent prudent and determinable. NMFS has already initiated rulemaking to establish critical habitat for Arctic ringed seals, which were also listed as threatened under the ESA in December 2012, and that action is proceeding separately. This rulemaking action proposes to designate critical habitat in areas occupied by bearded seals in U.S. waters over the continental shelf in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas. Impacts from the designation of critical habitat for Beringia DPS bearded seals would stem from the statutory requirement that Federal agencies consult with NMFS under section 7 of the ESA to ensure that any action they carry out, authorize, or fund is not likely to result in the destruction or adverse modification of bearded seal critical habitat. Federal agencies are already required to consult with NMFS under section 7 of the ESA to ensure that any action they authorize, fund, or carry out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the Beringia DPS of bearded seals. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Public Hearing ..... Public Hearing Comment Period End. Comment Period Extended. Comment Period Extended End. Final Action ......... Date FR Cite 01/08/21 03/09/21 86 FR 1433 02/01/21 03/09/21 86 FR 7686 03/09/21 86 FR 13518 04/08/21 03/00/22 06/00/22 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BJ52 PO 00000 237. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct Population Segment of the Bearded Seal 86 FR 8749 03/27/21 5209 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BJ65 E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 5210 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda NOS/ONMS 238. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Management Plan Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is proposing a draft revised management plan and revised regulations for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or Sanctuary). The proposed regulations would revise and provide greater clarity to existing regulations, and make minor technical corrections. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... 07/06/20 09/04/20 for the United States to satisfy its international obligations under the 1949 Convention for the Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna, to which it is a Contracting Party. Timetable: Action Date Final Action ......... FR Cite To Be Determined Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BD59 FR Cite 85 FR 40143 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 11/00/21 Completed Actions Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Jessica Kondel, Policy and Planning Division Chief, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, Building SSMC4, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240 533– 0647. RIN: 0648–BI01 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Long-Term Actions khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 National Marine Fisheries Service 239. Implementation of a Program for Transshipments by Large Scale Fishing Vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. Abstract: This rule would implement the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission program to monitor transshipments by large-scale tuna fishing vessels, and would govern transshipments by U.S. large-scale tuna fishing vessels and carrier, or receiving, vessels. The rule would establish: criteria for transshipping in port; criteria for transshipping at sea by longline vessels to an authorized carrier vessel with an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission observer onboard and an operational vessel monitoring system; and require the Pacific Transshipment Declaration Form, which must be used to report transshipments in the InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission Convention Area. This rule is necessary VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 240. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Requirements To Safeguard Fishery Observers Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq. Abstract: This rule would establish requirements to enhance the safety of fishery observers on highly migratory species fishing vessels. This rule would be issued under the authority of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, and pursuant to decisions made by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. This action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, to which it is a Contracting Party. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. FR Cite 10/20/20 11/19/20 85 FR 66513 07/07/21 08/06/21 86 FR 35653 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725–5000, Email: michael.tosatto@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BG66 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 241. Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: This action would implement the New England Fishery Management Council’s Omnibus DeepSea Coral Amendment. The Amendment would implement measures that reduce impacts of fishing gear on deep-sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and on the outer continental shelf. In doing so, this action would prohibit the use of mobile bottom-tending gear in two areas in the Gulf of Maine (Mount Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge), and it would prohibit the use of all gear (with an exception for red crab pots) along the outer continental shelf in waters deeper than a minimum of 600 meters. Timetable: Action Notice of Availability. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. Date FR Cite 08/26/19 84 FR 44596 01/03/20 02/18/20 85 FR 285 06/25/21 07/26/21 86 FR 33553 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, Phone: 978 281–9283, Email: michael.pentony@ noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BH67 242. Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska To Reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish Program Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: In response to a recommendation by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council, this action implements Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Gulf of Alaska. This action would reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska (CGOA) Rockfish Program (RP) fisheries and modify specific implementing regulations to improve program effectiveness and efficiency. This action includes the following revisions to the RP: Remove the RP sunset date; authorize NMFS to reallocate unharvested RP Pacific cod and unused rockfish incidental catch allowances; remove specific harvesting limits created under the Crab Rationalization Program prior to the implementation of E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda the RP; and remove or modify equipment and reporting requirements to improve operational efficiency, clarify regulations and remove unnecessary requirements. This action allows for the continued existence of the successful CGOA RP and maintains the benefits realized under the program. This action also builds upon the existing benefits of the RP by implementing minor regulatory changes that improve clarity, consistency and removes unnecessary regulatory requirements. Timetable: Action Date Notice of Availability. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. FR Cite 07/28/20 85 FR 45367 09/04/20 10/05/20 85 FR 55243 03/01/21 03/31/21 86 FR 11895 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 586– 7221, Email: jim.balsiger@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BJ73 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 243. 2021 Pacific Whiting Harvest Specifications Including Interim Tribal Allocation; Pacific Coast Groundfish Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Abstract: This rule would establish the 2021 adjusted U.S. Total Allowable Catch (TAC) level, interim tribal and non-tribal allocations, allocations for three commercial whiting sectors, and research and bycatch set-asides. Through this rulemaking, NMFS sets the U.S. TAC based on the coastwide TAC determined under the terms of the Agreement with Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Agreement) and the Pacific Whiting Act of 2006 (Whiting Act), the interim allocation for the tribal fishery, the fishery harvest guideline, called the non-tribal allocation, and set asides for research and bycatch. As in prior years, the tribal allocation is an interim allocation that is not intended to set precedent for future years. The harvest specifications that would be implemented by this action would be in effect in time for the Pacific Whiting fishery that opens May 15, 2021 through December 31, 2021. Timetable: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Revised Proposed Rule. Revised Proposed Rule Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. FR Cite 02/16/21 03/18/21 86 FR 9473 05/04/21 86 FR 23659 05/19/21 06/23/21 06/23/21 86 FR 32804 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, Phone: 503 231–6266, Email: barry.thom@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BK25 244. Reducing Disturbances to Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins From Human Interactions Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq. Abstract: This action implements regulatory measures under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect Hawaiian spinner dolphins that are resting in protected bays from take due to close approach interactions with humans. Timetable: Action Date ANPRM ............... ANPRM Comment Period End. NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. NPRM Comment Period Reopened. NPRM Comment Period Reopened End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. FR Cite 12/12/05 01/11/06 70 FR 73426 08/24/16 10/23/16 81 FR 57854 11/16/16 81 FR 80629 12/01/16 09/28/21 10/28/21 86 FR 53818 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–AU02 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 4702 5211 245. Revision to Critical Habitat Designation for Endangered Southern Resident Killer Whales Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Abstract: The proposed action would revise the designation of critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale distinct population segment, pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered Species Act. Critical habitat for this population is currently designated within inland waters of Washington. In response to a 2014 petition, NMFS is proposing to expand the designation to include areas occupied by Southern Resident killer whales in waters along the U.S. West Coast. Impacts from the designation would stem mainly from Federal agencies’ requirement to consult with NMFS, under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act, to ensure that any action they carry out, permit (authorize), or fund will not result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat of a listed species. Federal agencies are already required to consult on effects to the currently designated critical habitat in inland waters of Washington, but consultation would be newly required for actions affecting the expanded critical habitat areas. Federal agencies are also already required to consult within the Southern Resident killer whales’ range (including along the U.S. West Coast) to ensure that any action they carry out, permit, or fund will not jeopardize the continued existence of the species; this requirement would not change with a revision to the critical habitat designation. Timetable: Action NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. Date FR Cite 09/19/19 12/18/19 84 FR 49214 08/02/21 09/01/21 86 FR 41668 Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427–8400, Email: kimberly.damon-randall@noaa.gov. RIN: 0648–BH95 246. Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. Abstract: On December 2, 2014, pursuant to section 304 of the National E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4 5212 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 20 / Monday, January 31, 2022 / UA: Reg Flex Agenda khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with PROPOSALS4 Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Sanctuary Nomination Process (79 FR 33851), a coalition of community groups submitted a nomination asking NOAA to designate an area of Wisconsin’s Lake Michigan waters as a national marine sanctuary. The area is a region that includes 875 square miles of Lake Michigan waters and bottomlands adjacent to Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties and the cities of Port Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers. It includes 80 miles of shoreline and extends 9 to 14 miles from the shoreline. The area contains an extraordinary collection of submerged maritime heritage resources (shipwrecks) as demonstrated by the listing of 15 shipwrecks on the National Register of Historic Places. The area includes 39 known shipwrecks, 123 reported vessel losses, numerous other historic maritime-related features, and is adjacent to communities that have embraced their centuries-long relationship with Lake Michigan. NOAA completed its review of the nomination in accordance with the Sanctuary Nomination Process and on February 5, 2015, added the area to the inventory of VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jan 28, 2022 Jkt 256001 nominations that are eligible for designation. On October 7, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of intent to begin the designation process and asked for public comment on making this area a national marine sanctuary. Designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act would allow NOAA to supplement and complement work by the State of Wisconsin and other Federal agencies to protect this collection of nationally significant shipwrecks. Timetable: Action Date NPRM .................. NPRM Comment Period End. Final Action ......... Final Action Effective. Notification of Effective Date of Final Rule. FR Cite 01/09/17 03/31/17 82 FR 2269 06/23/21 08/16/21 86 FR 32737 08/17/21 86 FR 45860 Frm 00014 Fmt 4701 Sfmt 9990 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC) Patent and Trademark Office (PTO) Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes. Agency Contact: Russ Green, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric PO 00000 Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 989 766–3359, Email: russ.green@ noaa.gov. Jessica Kondel, Policy and Planning Division Chief, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 EastWest Highway, Building SSMC4, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240 533– 0647. RIN: 0648–BG01 Final Rule Stage 247. Changes To Implement Provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act of 2020 Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 15 in part II of this issue of the Federal Register. RIN: 0651–AD55 [FR Doc. 2021–28219 Filed 1–28–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–12–P E:\FR\FM\31JAP4.SGM 31JAP4

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Fall 2021 Semiannual Agenda of Regulations

AGENCY: Office of the Secretary, Commerce.

ACTION: Semiannual Regulatory Agenda.

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SUMMARY: In compliance with Executive Order 12866, entitled 
``Regulatory Planning and Review,'' and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 
as amended, the Department of Commerce (Commerce), in the spring and 
fall of each year, publishes in the Federal Register an agenda of 
regulations under development or review over the next 12 months. 
Rulemaking actions are grouped according to pre-rulemaking, proposed 
rules, final rules, long-term actions, and rulemaking actions completed 
since the spring 2021 agenda. The purpose of the Agenda is to provide 
information to the public on regulations that are currently under 
review, being proposed, or recently issued by Commerce. It is expected 
that this information will enable the public to participate more 
effectively in the Department's regulatory process.
    Commerce's fall 2021 regulatory agenda includes regulatory 
activities that are expected to be conducted during the period November 
1, 2021, through October 31, 2022.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 
    Specific: For additional information about specific regulatory 
actions listed in the agenda, contact the individual identified as the 
contact person.
    General: Comments or inquiries of a general nature about the agenda 
should be directed to Asha Mathew, Chief Counsel for Regulation, Office 
of the Assistant General Counsel for Legislation and Regulation, U.S. 
Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, telephone: 202-482-3151.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Commerce hereby publishes its fall 2021 
Unified Agenda of Federal Regulatory and Deregulatory Actions pursuant 
to Executive Order 12866 and the Regulatory Flexibility Act, 5 U.S.C. 
601 et seq. Executive Order 12866 requires agencies to publish an 
agenda of those regulations that are under consideration. By memorandum 
of August 16, 2021, the Office of Management and Budget issued 
guidelines and procedures for the preparation and publication of the 
fall 2021 Unified Agenda. The Regulatory Flexibility Act requires 
agencies to publish, in the spring and fall of each year, a regulatory 
flexibility agenda that contains a brief description of the subject of 
any rule likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial 
number of small entities.
    The internet is the basic means for disseminating the Unified 
Agenda. The complete Unified Agenda is available online at 
www.reginfo.gov, in a format that offers users a greatly enhanced 
ability to obtain information from the Agenda database.
    In this edition of Commerce's regulatory agenda, a list of the most 
important significant regulatory and deregulatory actions and a 
Statement of Regulatory Priorities are included in the Regulatory Plan, 
which appears in both the online Unified Agenda and in part II of the 
issue of the Federal Register that includes the Unified Agenda.
    Because publication in the Federal Register is mandated for the 
regulatory flexibility agendas required by the Regulatory Flexibility 
Act, Commerce's printed agenda entries include only:
    (1) Rules that are in the Agency's regulatory flexibility agenda, 
in accordance with the Regulatory Flexibility Act, because they are 
likely to have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of 
small entities; and
    (2) Rules that the Agency has identified for periodic review under 
section 610 of the Regulatory Flexibility Act.
    Printing of these entries is limited to fields that contain 
information required by the Regulatory Flexibility Act's Agenda 
requirements. Additional information on these entries is available in 
the Unified Agenda published on the internet. In addition, for fall 
editions of the Agenda, Commerce's entire Regulatory Plan will continue 
to be printed in the Federal Register.
    Within Commerce, the Office of the Secretary and various operating 
units may issue regulations. Among these operating units, the National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Bureau of Industry 
and Security, and the Patent and Trademark Office issue the greatest 
share of Commerce's regulations.
    A large number of regulatory actions reported in the Agenda deal 
with fishery management programs of NOAA's National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS). To avoid repetition of programs and definitions, as 
well as to provide some understanding of the technical and 
institutional elements of NMFS' programs, an ``Explanation of 
Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries'' is provided below.

Explanation of Information Contained in NMFS Regulatory Entries

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 
U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) (the Act) governs the management of fisheries 
within the Exclusive Economic Zone of the United States (EEZ). The EEZ 
refers to those waters from the outer edge of the State boundaries, 
generally 3 nautical miles, to a distance of 200 nautical miles. For 
fisheries that require conservation and management measures, eight 
Regional Fishery Management Councils (Councils) prepare and submit to 
NMFS Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for the fisheries within their 
respective areas in the EEZ. Membership of these Councils is comprised 
of representatives of the commercial and recreational fishing sectors 
in addition to environmental, academic, and government interests. 
Council members are nominated by the governors and ultimately appointed 
by the Secretary of Commerce. The Councils are required by law to 
conduct public hearings on the development of FMPs and FMP amendments. 
Consistent with applicable law, environmental and other analyses are 
developed that consider alternatives to proposed actions.
    Pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Councils also recommend 
actions to NMFS deemed necessary or appropriate to implement FMPs. The 
proposed regulations, FMPs, and FMP amendments are subject to review 
and approval by NMFS, based on consistency with the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act and other applicable law. The Council process for developing FMPs 
and amendments makes it difficult for NMFS to determine the 
significance and timing of some regulatory actions under consideration 
by the Councils at the time the semiannual regulatory agenda is 
published.
    Commerce's fall 2021 regulatory agenda follows.

Leslie Kiernan,
General Counsel.

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               General Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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212.......................  Securing the Information           0605-AA60
                             and Communications
                             Technology and Services
                             Supply Chain: Licensing
                             Procedures.
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                General Administration--Final Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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213.......................  Concrete Masonry Products          0605-AA53
                             Research, Education, and
                             Promotion.
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  National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Proposed Rule Stage
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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214.......................  Comprehensive Fishery              0648-BD32
                             Management Plan for
                             Puerto Rico,
                             Comprehensive Fishery
                             Management Plan for St.
                             Croix, Comprehensive
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for St. Thomas/St. John.
215.......................  International Fisheries;           0648-BF41
                             Western and Central
                             Pacific Fisheries for
                             Highly Migratory Species;
                             Treatment of U.S. Purse
                             Seine Fishing With
                             Respect to U.S.
                             Territories.
216.......................  International Fisheries;           0648-BG04
                             South Pacific Tuna
                             Fisheries; Implementation
                             of Amendments to the
                             South Pacific Tuna Treaty.
217.......................  Illegal, Unreported, and           0648-BG11
                             Unregulated Fishing;
                             Fisheries Enforcement;
                             High Seas Driftnet
                             Fishing Moratorium
                             Protection Act.
218.......................  Regulatory Amendment to            0648-BH70
                             the Pacific Coast
                             Groundfish Fishery
                             Management Plan to
                             Implement an Electronic
                             Monitoring Program for
                             Bottom Trawl and Non-
                             Whiting Midwater Trawl
                             Vessels.
219.......................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BI10
                             Species; Research and
                             Data Collection in
                             Support of Spatial
                             Fisheries Management.
220.......................  Establish National                 0648-BJ33
                             Insurance Requirements
                             for Observer Providers.
221.......................  Amendment 23 to the                0648-BK17
                             Northeast Multispecies
                             Fishery Management Plan.
222.......................  Amendment 21 to the                0648-BK68
                             Atlantic Sea Scallop
                             Fishery Management Plan.
223.......................  West Coast Vessel                  0648-BK73
                             Monitoring Exemptions.
224.......................  Conservation and                   0648-BK84
                             Management Measures for
                             Tropical Tunas in the
                             Eastern Pacific Ocean for
                             2022 and Beyond.
225.......................  Silky Shark Regulations in         0648-BK87
                             the Eastern Pacific Ocean
                             in 2022 and Beyond.
226.......................  Emergency Purse Seine              0648-BK88
                             Observer Waivers in the
                             Eastern Pacific Ocean.
227.......................  Amendments to the North            0648-BI88
                             Atlantic Right Whale
                             Vessel Strike Reduction
                             Rule.
228.......................  Establishment of Time-Area         0648-BK04
                             Closures for Hawaiian
                             Spinner Dolphins Under
                             the Marine Mammal
                             Protection Act.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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229.......................  Generic Amendment to the           0648-BH72
                             Fishery Management Plans
                             for the Reef Fish
                             Resources of the Gulf of
                             Mexico and Coastal
                             Migratory Pelagic
                             Resources in the Gulf of
                             Mexico and Atlantic
                             Region.
230.......................  Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries         0648-BH87
                             Conservation and
                             Management Act;
                             Traceability Information
                             Program for Seafood.
231.......................  Atlantic Highly Migratory          0648-BI08
                             Species: Amendment 13 on
                             Bluefin Tuna Management.
232.......................  Designation of Critical            0648-BC56
                             Habitat for the Arctic
                             Ringed Seal.
233.......................  Amendment and Updates to           0648-BF90
                             the Pelagic Longline Take
                             Reduction Plan.
234.......................  Designation of Critical            0648-BG26
                             Habitat for the
                             Threatened Caribbean
                             Corals.
235.......................  Atlantic Large Whale Take          0648-BJ09
                             Reduction Plan
                             Modifications to Reduce
                             Serious Injury and
                             Mortality of Large Whales
                             in Commercial Trap/Pot
                             Fisheries Along the U.S.
                             East Coast.
236.......................  Designation of Critical            0648-BJ52
                             Habitat for Threatened
                             Indo-Pacific Reef-
                             Building Corals.
237.......................  Designation of Critical            0648-BJ65
                             Habitat for the Beringia
                             Distinct Population
                             Segment of the Bearded
                             Seal.
238.......................  Monterey Bay National              0648-BI01
                             Marine Sanctuary
                             Regulations and
                             Management Plan.
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   National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration--Long-Term Actions
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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239.......................  Implementation of a                0648-BD59
                             Program for
                             Transshipments by Large
                             Scale Fishing Vessels in
                             the Eastern Pacific Ocean.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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240.......................  International Fisheries;           0648-BG66
                             Western and Central
                             Pacific Fisheries for
                             Highly Migratory Species;
                             Requirements to Safeguard
                             Fishery Observers.
241.......................  Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral             0648-BH67
                             Amendment.
242.......................  Amendment 111 to the               0648-BJ73
                             Fishery Management Plan
                             for Groundfish of the
                             Gulf of Alaska to
                             Reauthorize the Central
                             Gulf of Alaska Rockfish
                             Program.
243.......................  2021 Pacific Whiting               0648-BK25
                             Harvest Specifications
                             Including Interim Tribal
                             Allocation; Pacific Coast
                             Groundfish.
244.......................  Reducing Disturbances to           0648-AU02
                             Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins
                             From Human Interactions.
245.......................  Revision to Critical               0648-BH95
                             Habitat Designation for
                             Endangered Southern
                             Resident Killer Whales.
246.......................  Wisconsin-Lake Michigan            0648-BG01
                             National Marine Sanctuary
                             Designation.
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                                                           Regulation
       Sequence No.                    Title             Identifier No.
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247.......................  Changes To Implement               0651-AD55
                             Provisions of the
                             Trademark Modernization
                             Act of 2020 (Reg Plan Seq
                             No. 15).
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References in boldface appear in The Regulatory Plan in part II of this
  issue of the Federal Register.

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

General Administration (ADMIN)

Proposed Rule Stage

212. Securing the Information and Communications Technology and 
Services Supply Chain: Licensing Procedures

    Legal Authority: Not Yet Determined
    Abstract: The Department is seeking public input regarding 
establishing a licensing process for entities to seek pre-approval 
before engaging in or continuing to engage in potentially regulated 
ICTS Transactions under the ``Securing the Information and 
Communications Technology and Services Supply Chain'' rule.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   03/29/21  86 FR 16312
ANPRM Comment Period End............   04/28/21  .......................
NPRM................................   11/00/21  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Joe Bartles, Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202 482-3084, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0605-AA60

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

General Administration (ADMIN)

Final Rule Stage

213. Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and Promotion

    Legal Authority: 15 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.
    Abstract: The Concrete Masonry Products Research, Education, and 
Promotion Act of 2018 (Act) (15 U.S.C. 8701 et seq.) authorizes the 
establishment of an orderly program for a program of research, 
education, and promotion, including funds for marketing and market 
research activities, that is designed to promote the use of concrete 
masonry products in construction and building (a checkoff program). The 
Act allows industry to submit a proposed order establishing such a 
program. If the Secretary determines that such a proposed order is 
consistent with and will effectuate the purpose of the Act, the 
Secretary is directed to publish the proposed order in the Federal 
Register not later than 90 days after receiving the order.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   08/24/20  85 FR 52059
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/08/20  .......................
Final Action........................   09/15/21  86 FR 51456
Final Action Effective..............   11/29/21  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Asha Mathew, Department of Commerce, 1401 
Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 202 306-0487, 
Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0605-AA53

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Proposed Rule Stage

National Marine Fisheries Service

214. Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for Puerto Rico, 
Comprehensive Fishery Management Plan for St. Croix, Comprehensive 
Fishery Management Plan for St. Thomas/St. John

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: In response to a recommendation of the Caribbean Fishery 
Management Council, this action would establish three new Fishery 
Management Plans (FMPs) (Puerto Rico FMP, St. Thomas/St. John FMP and 
St. Croix FMP) and repeal and replace the existing U.S. Caribbean-wide 
FMPs (the FMP for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands (USVI), the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto 
Rico and the USVI, the FMP for Queen Conch Resources of Puerto Rico and 
the USVI, and the FMP for the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and 
Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the USVI). For each of the Puerto 
Rico, St. Thomas/St. John, and St. Croix FMPs, the action would also 
modify the composition of the stocks to be managed; organize those 
stocks for effective management; establish status determination 
criteria, management reference points, and accountability measures for 
managed stocks; identify essential fish habitat for stocks new to 
management; and establish framework measures.
    Timetable:

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Notice of Availability..............   06/26/20  85 FR 38350
Comment Period End..................   08/25/20  .......................
NPRM................................   11/00/21  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Andrew J. Strelcheck, Acting Regional 
Administrator, Southeast Region, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 727 824-5305, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BD32

215. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for 
Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing With 
Respect to U.S. Territories

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would establish rules and/or procedures to 
address the treatment of U.S.-flagged purse seine vessels and their 
fishing activities in regulations issued by the National Marine 
Fisheries Service that implement decisions of the Commission for the 
Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the 
Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Commission), of which the United 
States is a member. Under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries 
Convention Implementation Act, the National Marine Fisheries Service 
exercises broad discretion when determining how it implements 
Commission decisions, such as purse seine fishing restrictions. The 
National Marine Fisheries Service intends to examine the potential 
impacts of the domestic implementation of Commission decisions, such as 
purse seine fishing restrictions, on the economies of the U.S. 
territories that participate in the Commission, and examine the 
connectivity between the activities of U.S.-flagged purse seine fishing 
vessels and the economies of the territories. Based on that and other 
information, the National Marine Fisheries Service might propose 
regulations that mitigate adverse economic impacts of purse seine 
fishing restrictions on the U.S. territories and/or that, in the 
context of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly 
Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean 
(Convention), recognize that one or more of the U.S. territories have 
their own purse seine fisheries that are distinct from the purse seine 
fishery of the United States and that are consequently subject to 
special provisions of the Convention and of Commission decisions.
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ANPRM...............................   10/23/15  80 FR 64382
ANPRM Comment Period End............   11/23/15  .......................
NPRM................................   04/00/22  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BF41

216. International Fisheries; South Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 
Implementation of Amendments to the South Pacific Tuna Treaty

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 973 et seq.
    Abstract: Under authority of the South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988, 
this rule would implement recent amendments to the Treaty on Fisheries 
between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the 
Government of the United States of America (also known as the South 
Pacific Tuna Treaty). The rule would include modification to the 
procedures used to request licenses for U.S. vessels in the western and 
central Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery, including changing the 
annual licensing period from June-to-June to the calendar year, and 
modifications to existing reporting requirements for purse seine 
vessels fishing in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The rule 
would implement only those aspects of the Treaty amendments that can be 
implemented under the existing South Pacific Tuna Act.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BG04

217. Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing; Fisheries 
Enforcement; High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act

    Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-81
    Abstract: This proposed rule would make conforming amendments to 
regulations implementing the various statutes amended by the Illegal, 
Unreported and Unregulated Fishing Enforcement Act of 2015 (Pub. L. 
114-81). The Act amends several regional fishery management 
organization implementing statutes as well as the High Seas Driftnet 
Fishing Moratorium Protection Act. It also provides authority to 
implement two new international agreements under the Antigua 
Convention, which amends the Convention for the establishment of an 
Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission, and the United Nations Food 
and Agriculture Organization Agreement on Port State Measures to 
Prevent, Deter, and Eliminate Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated 
Fishing (Port State Measures Agreement), which restricts the entry into 
U.S. ports by foreign fishing vessels that are known to be or are 
suspected of engaging in illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing. 
This proposed rule would also implement the Port State Measures 
Agreement. To that end, this proposed rule would require the collection 
of certain information from foreign fishing vessels requesting 
permission to use U.S. ports. It also includes procedures to designate 
and publicize the ports to which foreign fishing vessels may seek entry 
and procedures for conducting inspections of these foreign vessels 
accessing U.S. ports. Further, the rule would establish procedures for 
notification of: The denial of port entry or port services for a 
foreign vessel, the withdrawal of the denial of port services if 
applicable, the taking of enforcement action with respect to a foreign 
vessel, or the results of any inspection of a foreign vessel to the 
flag nation of the vessel and other competent authorities as 
appropriate.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International 
Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver 
Spring, MD

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20910, Phone: 301 427-8286, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BG11

218. Regulatory Amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan To Implement an Electronic Monitoring Program for 
Bottom Trawl and Non-Whiting Midwater Trawl Vessels

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action would implement a regulatory 
amendment to the Pacific Fishery Management Council's Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to allow bottom trawl and midwater 
trawl vessels targeting non-whiting species the option to use 
electronic monitoring (video cameras and associated sensors) in place 
of observers to meet requirements for 100-percent observer coverage. By 
allowing vessels the option to use electronic monitoring to meet 
monitoring requirements, this action is intended to increase 
operational flexibility and reduce monitoring costs for the fleet.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BH70

219. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Research and Data Collection in 
Support of Spatial Fisheries Management

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking would address conducting research in 
areas currently closed to fishing for Atlantic highly migratory species 
(HMS)--during various times or by certain gear--to collect fishery-
dependent data. A number of time/area closures or gear-restricted areas 
have been implemented over the years through various rulemakings, 
limiting fishing for Atlantic highly migratory species in those areas 
for a variety of reasons including reducing bycatch. These time/area 
closures have been implemented in consultation with the HMS Advisory 
Panel to protect species consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries 
Conservation and Management Act (e.g., to reduce bycatch in the pelagic 
longline fishery off the east coast of Florida), the Endangered Species 
Act (e.g., to protect sea turtles in the North Atlantic), and the 
Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (e.g., to protect spawning bluefin tuna 
in the Gulf of Mexico). Fishery-dependent data supports effective 
fisheries management, and areas that restrict fishing effort often have 
a commensurate decrease in fishery-dependent data collection. Programs 
to facilitate research and data collection, such as those that would be 
covered by this rulemaking, could assess the efficacy of closed areas, 
improve sustainable management of highly migratory species, and may 
provide benefits to commercial and recreational fishermen.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: 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, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BI10

220. Establish National Insurance Requirements for Observer Providers

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1855(d)
    Abstract: NMFS is proposing to establish uniform, nationally 
applicable minimum insurance requirements for companies that provide 
observer or at-sea monitor services for federally managed fisheries 
subject to monitoring requirements. This action would supersede 
outdated or inappropriate regulatory insurance requirements thereby 
easing the regulatory and cost burden for observer/at-sea monitor 
providers. Additionally, this action would mitigate potential liability 
risks associated with observer and at-sea monitor deployments for 
vessel owners and shore side processors that are subject to monitoring 
requirements.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Evan Howell, Director, Office of Science and 
Technology, National Marine Fisheries Service, Department of Commerce, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8100, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BJ33

221. Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action proposes measures recommended by the New 
England Fishery Management Council in Amendment 23 to the Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The Council developed this action 
to implement measures to improve the reliability and accountability of 
catch reporting in the commercial groundfish fishery to ensure there is 
a precise and accurate representation of catch (landings and discards). 
The purpose of this action is to adjust the existing industry-funded 
monitoring program to improve accounting and accuracy of collected 
catch data. Specifically, this action would set a fixed target coverage 
rate as a percentage of fishing trips to replace the current annual 
method for calculating a coverage target. This action would exclude 
from the monitoring requirement all trips in geographic areas with low 
groundfish catch; allow for increased coverage when federal funding is 
available to reimburse industry's costs; set a baseline coverage target 
for which there is no reimbursement for industry's costs in the absence 
of federal funding; approve electronic monitoring technologies as an 
alternative to human at-sea monitors; require periodic evaluation of 
the monitoring program; allow for waivers from monitoring for good 
cause; and grant authority to the Northeast Regional Administrator to 
streamline industry's reporting requirements.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9283, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK17

222.  Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery 
Management Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: The New England Fishery Management Council developed

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Amendment 21 to allow for more controlled access to the scallop 
resource by the limited access and limited access general category 
(LAGC) fleets and increase monitoring in ways that support a growing 
directed scallop fishery in Federal waters, including the Northern Gulf 
of Maine (NGOM). Additionally, Amendment 21 considers adjusting the 
LAGC individual fishing quota (IFQ) program to support overall economic 
performance while allowing for continued participation in the LAGC 
fishery at varying levels. This action would: (1) Change the Annual 
Catch Limit flow chart to account for biomass in NGOM as part of 
Overfishing Limit and the Acceptable Biological Catch to be consistent 
with other portions of scallop resource management; (2) Develop 
landings limits for all permit categories in NGOM and establish an 
800,000-pound NGOM Set-Aside trigger for the NGOM directed fishery with 
a sharing agreement for access by all permit categories for allocation 
above the trigger. Pounds above the trigger would be split 5 percent 
for the NGOM fleet and 95 percent for limited access and LAGC IFQ 
fleets; (3) Expand the Scallop Industry Funded Observer program to 
monitor directed scallop fishing in the NGOM by using a portion of the 
NGOM allocation to off-set monitoring costs; (4) Allocate 25,000 pounds 
of the NGOM allocation to increase the overall Scallop Research Set-
Aside (RSA) and support Scallop RSA compensation fishing; (5) Increase 
the LAGC IFQ possession limit to 800 pounds per trip only for access 
area trips; (6) Prorate the daily observer compensation rate in 12-hour 
increments for observed LAGC IFQ trips longer than one day; and (7) 
Allow for temporary transfers of IFQ from limited access vessels with 
IFQ to LAGC IFQ-only vessels.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/05/21  86 FR 54903
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/04/21  .......................
Final Action........................   12/00/21  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9283, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK68

223.  West Coast Vessel Monitoring Exemptions

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: On June 11, 2020, NMFS published the final rule (85 FR 
35594) Vessel Movement, Monitoring, and Declaration Management for the 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery to revise monitoring provisions. This 
revision increased the position transmission rate for vessels 
participating in the limited entry groundfish fishery, (``limited entry 
A'' endorsed permit), any vessels using non-groundfish trawl gear 
(ridgeback prawn, California halibut, and sea cucumber trawl) in the 
Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), and any vessels that use open access 
gear to take and retain or possess groundfish in the EEZ or land 
groundfish taken in the EEZ (salmon troll, prawn trap, Dungeness crab, 
halibut longline, California halibut line gear, and sheepshead trap). 
This action would address an omission in the June 11, 2020, rulemaking 
that inadvertently left out the exemption for the pink shrimp trawl 
fishery from the position transmission rate increase that was included 
in the Pacific Fishery Management Council's recommendation for action. 
In April 2016, the Council recommended that vessels in the pink shrimp 
trawl fishery be exempt from increasing position transmission rates 
from once every hour to once every 15 minutes. This fishery is not 
subject to Rockfish Conservation Area restrictions, therefore 
additional monitoring for participating vessels is not necessary. This 
rulemaking would add this exemption into the regulations as well as 
make other minor, non-substantive clarifications in the regulations 
that were implemented in the June 11, 2020, rule.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   10/26/21  86 FR 59109
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/21  .......................
Final Action........................   01/00/22  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK73

224.  Conservation and Management Measures for Tropical Tunas 
in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2022 and Beyond

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951; 16 U.S.C. 952; 16 U.S.C. 953; 16 
U.S.C. 954; . . .
    Abstract: The Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) is 
expected to adopt by consensus a Resolution for Conservation Measures 
for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in October 2021. The 
Resolution is binding for IATTC member nations, and under the Tuna 
Conventions Act, 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq. NMFS must implement the 
Resolution domestically. This proposed rule would implement the 
provisions for tropical tuna for 2022 and beyond. In addition to 
rolling over measures from the 2021 Resolution, this Resolution may 
include an increase in purse seine closure days, changes to force 
majeure provisions, updates to fish aggregating device measures. The 
Resolution is intended to prevent overfishing of tropical tuna (bigeye, 
yellowfin, and skipjack) in the eastern Pacific Ocean. The following 
provisions that would be included in the proposed rule were also in the 
regulations implemented for 2021. The rule will continue to prohibit 
purse seine vessels of class sizes 4-6 (carrying capacity greater than 
182 mt) from fishing for tropical tuna in the EPO for a period of at 
least 72 days. The rule would continue to require a closure of the 
fishery for yellowfin, bigeye, and skipjack tunas by purse-seine 
vessels within the area of 96W and 110W and between 4[deg] N and 3[deg] 
S from 0000 hours on 9 October to 2400 hours on 8 November. The rule 
would carry over all provisions included in the Measures of the 
Longline Fishery and Other Provisions section of the Resolution. As of 
August 23, 2021, 17 U.S. purse seine vessels of class size 4-6 are 
registered to fish in the IATTC Convention Area that would be impacted 
by these measures. Owners and operators of these vessels are familiar 
with these measures. In addition to sending professional 
representatives and lobbyists, many personally attended the June and 
August IATTC Meetings and were closely involved in briefings and 
discussions with State Department and NMFS leadership and staff. The 
action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its international 
obligations as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not expected to 
trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or 
congressional interest. NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 
12866. Based on that review, this action

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is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million 
or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on the economy. 
Furthermore, this action would not create a serious inconsistency or 
otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by another agency; 
or materially alter the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user 
fees, or loan programs or the rights and obligations of recipients 
thereof; or raise novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, 
the President's priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   11/00/21  .......................
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK84

225.  Silky Shark Regulations in the Eastern Pacific Ocean in 
2022 and Beyond

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to 
maintain existing regulations on silky shark for 2022 and beyond, 
implemented under the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) 
Resolution on silky shark, under the authority of the Tuna Conventions 
Act. The IATTC Resolution on silky shark is expected to be adopted at 
the October 2021 session of the 98th Meeting of the IATTC. This 
proposed rule would maintain existing domestic implementing regulations 
pertaining to the prohibition on retention, transshipment, storing, and 
landing any part or whole carcass of silky shark on U.S. purse seine 
and longline vessels, as well as the specified exceptions to this 
prohibition for purse seine vessels. These existing regulations in the 
proposed rule would apply to United States purse seine and longline 
vessels authorized to fish in the eastern Pacific Ocean, and would not 
impose additional burden. These regulations on silky shark have not 
been and are not expected to be opposed by domestic commercial fishing 
interests. The action is necessary for the United States to satisfy its 
international obligations as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not 
expected to trigger either opposition from any sector of the public or 
congressional interest. NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 
12866. Based on that review, this action is not expected to have an 
annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, or have an 
adverse effect in a material way on the economy. Furthermore, this 
action would not create a serious inconsistency or otherwise interfere 
with an action taken or planned by another agency; or materially alter 
the budgetary impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan 
programs or the rights and obligations of recipients thereof; or raise 
novel or policy issues arising out of legal mandates, the President's 
priorities, or the principles set forth in this E.O.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK87

226.  Emergency Purse Seine Observer Waivers in the Eastern 
Pacific Ocean

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951; 16 U.S.C. 952; 16 U.S.C. 953; 16 
U.S.C. 954; 16 U.S.C. 955; 16 U.S.C. 956; 16 U.S.C. 957; 16 U.S.C. 958; 
16 U.S.C. 959; 16 U.S.C. 960; 16 U.S.C. 961; 16 U.S.C. 962
    Abstract: On March 27, 2020, NMFS published a temporary rule for an 
emergency action in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic (85 FR 17285), 
that provides the authority to waive observer coverage requirements 
implemented under certain statutes, including the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act and Tuna Conventions Act. That temporary rule was 
extended and is currently in effect until March 26, 2022 (86 FR 16307), 
or until the Secretary of Health and Human Services determines that the 
COVID-19 Pandemic is no longer a public health emergency, whichever is 
earlier. Pursuant to the emergency rule, and in accordance with 
exemption procedures adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna 
Commission (IATTC), NMFS WCR established procedures, subject to 
revocation or extension as circumstances warrant, for issuing temporary 
exemptions on an individual basis to the observer requirements under 50 
CFR 216.24(e) and 50 CFR 300.25(e)(4)(iv). With travel restrictions 
continuing to be enforced at American Samoa and other port states where 
observers embark on United States flagged purse seine vessels, 
placement of observers is not always possible. If the temporary rule 
expires in March 2022, and is not renewed, NMFS will no longer possess 
the emergency authority to issue observer waivers in these cases. With 
the potential for travel restrictions that prevent the placement of 
observers continuing beyond March 2022, NMFS is proposing to implement 
an emergency waiver provision to allow NMFS to issue temporary written 
waivers from the observer requirements, on a case-by-case basis, in 
accordance with IATTC exemption procedures. NMFS is undertaking this 
action under the authority of the Tuna Conventions Act and the Marine 
Mammal Protection Act to satisfy the obligations of the United States 
as a Member of the IATTC. This rule is not expected to trigger either 
opposition from any sector of the public or congressional interest. 
NMFS has considered this action under E.O. 12866. Based on that review, 
this action is not expected to have an annual effect on the economy of 
$100 million or more, or have an adverse effect in a material way on 
the economy. Furthermore, this action would not create a serious 
inconsistency or otherwise interfere with an action taken or planned by 
another agency; or materially alter the budgetary impact of 
entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs or the rights and 
obligations of recipients thereof; or raise novel or policy issues 
arising out of legal mandates, the President's priorities, or the 
principles set forth in this E.O.
    Timetable:

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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK88

227. Amendments to the North Atlantic Right Whale Vessel Strike 
Reduction Rule

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

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    Abstract: NMFS has completed a review of the North Atlantic right 
whale vessel speed rule (per 50 CFR 224.105; 78 FR 73726, December 9, 
2013). Through this action, NMFS invites comment on the report as well 
as information that may inform potential revisions to existing 
management strategies and regulations to further reduce the risk of 
vessel strikes of North Atlantic right whales.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   05/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BI88

228. Establishment of Time-Area Closures for Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins 
Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1382 et seq.
    Abstract: This rulemaking action under the Marine Mammal Protection 
Act (MMPA) proposes to establish mandatory time-area closures of 
Hawaiian spinner dolphins' essential daytime habitats at five selected 
sites in the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI). In considering public 
comments in response to a separate proposed rule related to spinner 
dolphin interactions (81 FR 57854), NMFS intends these regulatory 
measures to prevent take of Hawaiian spinner dolphins from occurring in 
inshore marine areas at essential daytime habitats, and where high 
levels of disturbance from human activities are most prevalent.
    Timetable:

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NPRM................................   09/28/21  86 FR 53844
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/27/21
Final Action........................   02/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK04

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Final Rule Stage

National Marine Fisheries Service

229. Generic Amendment to the Fishery Management Plans for the Reef 
Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and Coastal Migratory Pelagic 
Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action, recommended by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council, would modify data reporting for owners or operators 
of federally permitted for-hire vessels (charter vessels and headboats) 
in the Gulf of Mexico, requiring them to declare the type of trip (for-
hire or other) prior to departing for any trip, and electronically 
submit trip-level reports prior to off-loading fish at the end of each 
fishing trip. The declaration would include the expected return time 
and landing location. Landing reports would include information about 
catch and effort during the trip. The action would also require that 
these reports be submitted via approved hardware that includes a global 
positioning system attached to the vessel that is capable, at a 
minimum, of archiving global positioning system locations. This 
requirement would not preclude the use of global positioning system 
devices that provide real-time location data, such as the currently 
approved vessel monitoring systems.
    Timetable:

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Notice of Availability..............   06/21/18  83 FR 28797
NPRM................................   10/26/18  83 FR 54069
Correction..........................   11/08/18  83 FR 55850
Comment Period Extended.............   11/20/18  83 FR 58522
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/18
Comment Period Extended End.........   01/09/19
Final Rule..........................   07/21/20  85 FR 44005
Final Rule Effective................   01/05/21
Final Action; Announcement of          09/14/21  86 FR 51014
 Effectiveness for Delayed
 Provisions.
Delay of Effective Date.............   11/02/21  86 FR 60374
Delay of Effective Date Effective...   12/13/21
Final Action Effective..............   12/13/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Andrew J. Strelcheck, Acting Regional 
Administrator, Southeast Region, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 263 13th Avenue South, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33701, Phone: 727 824-5305, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BH72

230. Magnuson-Stevens Fisheries Conservation and Management Act; 
Traceability Information Program for Seafood

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; Pub. L. 115-141
    Abstract: On December 9, 2016, NMFS issued a final rule that 
established a risk-based traceability program to track seafood from 
harvest to entry into U.S. commerce. The final rule included, for 
designated priority fish species, import permitting and reporting 
requirements to provide for traceability of seafood products offered 
for entry into the U.S. supply chain, and to ensure that these products 
were lawfully acquired and are properly represented. Shrimp and abalone 
products were included in the final rule to implement the Seafood 
Import Monitoring Program, but compliance with Seafood Import 
Monitoring Program requirements for those species was stayed 
indefinitely due to the disparity between Federal reporting programs 
for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone products relative to the 
requirements that would apply to imports under Seafood Import 
Monitoring Program. In section 539 of the Consolidated Appropriations 
Act, 2018, Congress mandated lifting the stay on inclusion of shrimp 
and abalone in Seafood Import Monitoring Program and authorized the 
Secretary of Commerce to require comparable reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements for domestic aquaculture of shrimp and abalone. This 
rulemaking would establish permitting, reporting and recordkeeping 
requirements for domestic producers of shrimp and abalone from the 
point of production to entry into commerce.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/11/18  83 FR 51426
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/26/18

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Final Action........................   11/00/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International 
Affairs and Seafood Inspection, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 301 427-8286, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BH87

231. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species: Amendment 13 on Bluefin Tuna 
Management

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: NOAA/NMFS proposes to revise the management measures for 
Atlantic bluefin tuna fisheries. Potential management measures could 
include modifications to pelagic longline and purse seine fisheries as 
well as other bluefin tuna fisheries, which would increase flexibility 
for fishery participants.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   05/21/21  86 FR 27686
NPRM Comment Period End.............   07/20/21
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   07/20/21  86 FR 38262
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   09/09/21
Final Action........................   06/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: 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, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BI08

232. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Arctic Ringed Seal

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Marine Fisheries Service published a final 
rule to list the Arctic ringed seal as a threatened species under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012. The ESA requires 
designation of critical habitat at the time a species is listed as 
threatened or endangered, or within one year of listing if critical 
habitat is not then determinable. This rulemaking would designate 
critical habitat for the Arctic ringed seal. The critical habitat 
designation would be in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas 
within the current range of the species.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/03/14  79 FR 71714
Proposed Rule.......................   12/09/14  79 FR 73010
Notice of Public Hearings...........   01/13/15  80 FR 1618
Comment Period Extended.............   02/02/15  80 FR 5498
Proposed Rule 2.....................   01/08/21  86 FR 1452
Proposed Rule 2 Comment Period End..   03/09/21
Public Hearing......................   02/01/21  86 FR 7686
Public Hearing Comment Period End...   03/09/21
Comment Period Extended 2...........   03/09/21  86 FR 13517
Comment Period Extended 2 End.......   04/08/21
Final Action........................   03/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BC56

233. Amendment and Updates to the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.
    Abstract: Serious injury and mortality of the Western North 
Atlantic short-finned pilot whale stock incidental to the Category I 
Atlantic pelagic longline fishery continues at levels exceeding their 
Potential Biological Removal. This proposed action would examine a 
number of management measures to amend the Pelagic Longline Take 
Reduction Plan to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury of 
short-finned pilot whales taken in the Atlantic Pelagic Longline 
fishery to below Potential Biological Removal. Potential management 
measures may include changes to the current limitations on mainline 
length, new requirements to use weak hooks (hooks with reduced breaking 
strength), and non-regulatory measures related to determining the best 
procedures for safe handling and release of marine mammals. The need 
for the proposed action is to ensure the Pelagic Longline Take 
Reduction Plan meets its Marine Mammal Protection Act mandated short- 
and long-term goals.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/15/20  85 FR 81168
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/16/21
Final Action........................   12/00/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BF90

234. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Threatened Caribbean 
Corals

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: NMFS listed 5 Caribbean corals as threatened under the 
Endangered Species Act on October 10, 2014. Critical habitat shall be 
designated to the maximum extent prudent and determinable at the time a 
species is proposed for listing (50 CFR 424.12). We concluded that 
critical habitat was not determinable for the 5 corals at the time of 
listing. However, we anticipated that critical habitat would be 
determinable in the future given on-going research. We, therefore, 
announced in the final listing rules that we would propose critical 
habitat in separate rulemakings. This rule proposes to designate 
critical habitat for the 5 Caribbean coral species listed in 2014. A 
separate proposed critical habitat rule is being prepared for the 15 
Indo-Pacific corals listed as threatened in 2014. The proposed 
designation for the Caribbean corals may include marine waters in 
Florida, Puerto Rico, U.S. Virgin Islands, Navassa Island, and Flower 
Garden Banks containing essential features that support all stages of 
life history of the corals. The proposed rule is not likely to have an 
annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more or adversely 
affect the economy. NMFS has contacted the Departments of the Navy, Air 
Force, and Army as well as the U.S. Coast Guard requesting information 
related to potential national security impacts that may result from the 
critical habitat designation. Based on information provided, we 
concluded that there will be an impact on national security in only 1 
area offshore Dania Beach, FL, and will propose to exclude it from the 
designations.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/27/20  85 FR 76302

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NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/26/21
Final Rule..........................   06/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BG26

235. Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan Modifications To Reduce 
Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot 
Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1387 et seq.
    Abstract: In response to recent recommendations from the Atlantic 
Large Whale Take Reduction Team (TRT) to reduce the risk of North 
Atlantic right whale entanglement in commercial trap/pot fisheries 
along the U.S. East Coast, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) 
intends to propose regulations to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take 
Reduction Plan (Plan).
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   12/31/20  85 FR 86878
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/01/21
Final Action........................   09/17/21  86 FR 51970
Final Action Effective..............   10/18/21
Correction..........................   12/00/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BJ09

236. Designation of Critical Habitat for Threatened Indo-Pacific Reef-
Building Corals

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: On September 10, 2014, NMFS listed 20 species of reef-
building corals as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, 15 in 
the Indo-Pacific and five in the Caribbean. Of the 15 Indo-Pacific 
species, seven occur in U.S. waters of the Pacific Islands Region, 
including in American Samoa, Guam, the Commonwealth of the Mariana 
Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. This proposed rule would 
designate critical habitat for the seven species in U.S. waters 
(Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora 
speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora 
aculeata). A separate proposed rule will designate critical habitat for 
the listed Caribbean coral species. The proposed designation may cover 
coral reef habitat around 13 island or atoll units in the Pacific 
Islands Region, including three in American Samoa, one in Guam, seven 
in the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands, and two in Pacific Remote 
Island Areas, containing essential features that support reproduction, 
growth, and survival of the listed coral species. NMFS has contacted 
the Departments of the Navy, Air Force, and Army as well as the U.S. 
Coast Guard requesting information related to potential national 
security impacts that may result from the critical habitat designation. 
Based on information provided, we will determine whether to propose to 
exclude any areas based on national security impacts.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   11/27/20  85 FR 76262
NPRM Comment Period End.............   01/26/21
NPRM Comment Period Extended........   12/23/20  85 FR 83899
NPRM Comment Period Extended End....   02/25/21
Second NPRM Comment Period Extended.   02/09/21  86 FR 8749
Second Extended Comment Period End..   03/27/21
Third NPRM Comment Period Extended..   03/29/21  86 FR 16325
Third NPRM Comment Period Extended     05/26/21
 End.
Final Rule..........................   06/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BJ52

237. Designation of Critical Habitat for the Beringia Distinct 
Population Segment of the Bearded Seal

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: NMFS published a final rule to list the Beringia Distinct 
Population Segment (DPS) of bearded seals as a threatened species under 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2012, thereby triggering 
the requirement under section 4 of the ESA to designate critical 
habitat for the Beringia DPS to the maximum extent prudent and 
determinable. NMFS has already initiated rulemaking to establish 
critical habitat for Arctic ringed seals, which were also listed as 
threatened under the ESA in December 2012, and that action is 
proceeding separately. This rulemaking action proposes to designate 
critical habitat in areas occupied by bearded seals in U.S. waters over 
the continental shelf in the northern Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort 
Seas. Impacts from the designation of critical habitat for Beringia DPS 
bearded seals would stem from the statutory requirement that Federal 
agencies consult with NMFS under section 7 of the ESA to ensure that 
any action they carry out, authorize, or fund is not likely to result 
in the destruction or adverse modification of bearded seal critical 
habitat. Federal agencies are already required to consult with NMFS 
under section 7 of the ESA to ensure that any action they authorize, 
fund, or carry out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence 
of the Beringia DPS of bearded seals.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/08/21  86 FR 1433
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/09/21
Public Hearing......................   02/01/21  86 FR 7686
Public Hearing Comment Period End...   03/09/21
Comment Period Extended.............   03/09/21  86 FR 13518
Comment Period Extended End.........   04/08/21
Final Action........................   03/00/22
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BJ65

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NOS/ONMS

238. Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Regulations and Management 
Plan

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.
    Abstract: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 
(NOAA) is proposing a draft revised management plan and revised 
regulations for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or 
Sanctuary). The proposed regulations would revise and provide greater 
clarity to existing regulations, and make minor technical corrections.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   07/06/20  85 FR 40143
NPRM Comment Period End.............   09/04/20
Final Action........................   11/00/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Jessica Kondel, Policy and Planning Division Chief, 
Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, Building SSMC4, Silver Spring, 
MD 20910, Phone: 240 533-0647.
    RIN: 0648-BI01

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Long-Term Actions

National Marine Fisheries Service

239. Implementation of a Program for Transshipments by Large Scale 
Fishing Vessels in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would implement the Inter-American Tropical 
Tuna Commission program to monitor transshipments by large-scale tuna 
fishing vessels, and would govern transshipments by U.S. large-scale 
tuna fishing vessels and carrier, or receiving, vessels. The rule would 
establish: criteria for transshipping in port; criteria for 
transshipping at sea by longline vessels to an authorized carrier 
vessel with an Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission observer onboard 
and an operational vessel monitoring system; and require the Pacific 
Transshipment Declaration Form, which must be used to report 
transshipments in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission 
Convention Area. This rule is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its international obligations under the 1949 Convention for the 
Establishment of an Inter-American Tropical Tuna, to which it is a 
Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Final Action........................           To Be Determined
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BD59

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)

Completed Actions

240. International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for 
Highly Migratory Species; Requirements To Safeguard Fishery Observers

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would establish requirements to enhance the 
safety of fishery observers on highly migratory species fishing 
vessels. This rule would be issued under the authority of the Western 
and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, and 
pursuant to decisions made by the Commission for the Conservation and 
Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central 
Pacific Ocean. This action is necessary for the United States to 
satisfy its obligations under the Convention on the Conservation and 
Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central 
Pacific Ocean, to which it is a Contracting Party.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   10/20/20  85 FR 66513
NPRM Comment Period End.............   11/19/20
Final Action........................   07/07/21  86 FR 35653
Final Action Effective..............   08/06/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Tosatto, Regional Administrator, Pacific 
Islands Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176, 
Honolulu, HI 96818, Phone: 808 725-5000, Email: 
[email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BG66

241. Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This action would implement the New England Fishery 
Management Council's Omnibus Deep-Sea Coral Amendment. The Amendment 
would implement measures that reduce impacts of fishing gear on deep-
sea corals in the Gulf of Maine and on the outer continental shelf. In 
doing so, this action would prohibit the use of mobile bottom-tending 
gear in two areas in the Gulf of Maine (Mount Desert Rock and Outer 
Schoodic Ridge), and it would prohibit the use of all gear (with an 
exception for red crab pots) along the outer continental shelf in 
waters deeper than a minimum of 600 meters.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   08/26/19  84 FR 44596
NPRM................................   01/03/20  85 FR 285
NPRM Comment Period End.............   02/18/20
Final Action........................   06/25/21  86 FR 33553
Final Action Effective..............   07/26/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, Greater 
Atlantic Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, Phone: 978 281-9283, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BH67

242. Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the 
Gulf of Alaska To Reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska Rockfish 
Program

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: In response to a recommendation by the North Pacific 
Fishery Management Council, this action implements Amendment 111 to the 
Fishery Management Plan for the Gulf of Alaska. This action would 
reauthorize the Central Gulf of Alaska (CGOA) Rockfish Program (RP) 
fisheries and modify specific implementing regulations to improve 
program effectiveness and efficiency. This action includes the 
following revisions to the RP: Remove the RP sunset date; authorize 
NMFS to reallocate unharvested RP Pacific cod and unused rockfish 
incidental catch allowances; remove specific harvesting limits created 
under the Crab Rationalization Program prior to the implementation of

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the RP; and remove or modify equipment and reporting requirements to 
improve operational efficiency, clarify regulations and remove 
unnecessary requirements. This action allows for the continued 
existence of the successful CGOA RP and maintains the benefits realized 
under the program. This action also builds upon the existing benefits 
of the RP by implementing minor regulatory changes that improve 
clarity, consistency and removes unnecessary regulatory requirements.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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Notice of Availability..............   07/28/20  85 FR 45367
NPRM................................   09/04/20  85 FR 55243
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/05/20
Final Action........................   03/01/21  86 FR 11895
Final Action Effective..............   03/31/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: James Balsiger, Regional Administrator, Alaska 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 709 West Ninth Street, Juneau, AK 99801, Phone: 907 
586-7221, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BJ73

243. 2021 Pacific Whiting Harvest Specifications Including Interim 
Tribal Allocation; Pacific Coast Groundfish

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
    Abstract: This rule would establish the 2021 adjusted U.S. Total 
Allowable Catch (TAC) level, interim tribal and non-tribal allocations, 
allocations for three commercial whiting sectors, and research and 
bycatch set-asides. Through this rulemaking, NMFS sets the U.S. TAC 
based on the coastwide TAC determined under the terms of the Agreement 
with Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Agreement) and the Pacific Whiting 
Act of 2006 (Whiting Act), the interim allocation for the tribal 
fishery, the fishery harvest guideline, called the non-tribal 
allocation, and set asides for research and bycatch. As in prior years, 
the tribal allocation is an interim allocation that is not intended to 
set precedent for future years. The harvest specifications that would 
be implemented by this action would be in effect in time for the 
Pacific Whiting fishery that opens May 15, 2021 through December 31, 
2021.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   02/16/21  86 FR 9473
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/18/21
Revised Proposed Rule...............   05/04/21  86 FR 23659
Revised Proposed Rule Comment Period   05/19/21
 End.
Final Action........................   06/23/21  86 FR 32804
Final Action Effective..............   06/23/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Barry Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast 
Region, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232, Phone: 503 231-6266, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BK25

244. Reducing Disturbances to Hawaiian Spinner Dolphins From Human 
Interactions

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.
    Abstract: This action implements regulatory measures under the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act to protect Hawaiian spinner dolphins that 
are resting in protected bays from take due to close approach 
interactions with humans.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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ANPRM...............................   12/12/05  70 FR 73426
ANPRM Comment Period End............   01/11/06
NPRM................................   08/24/16  81 FR 57854
NPRM Comment Period End.............   10/23/16
NPRM Comment Period Reopened........   11/16/16  81 FR 80629
NPRM Comment Period Reopened End....   12/01/16
Final Action........................   09/28/21  86 FR 53818
Final Action Effective..............   10/28/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-AU02

245. Revision to Critical Habitat Designation for Endangered Southern 
Resident Killer Whales

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.
    Abstract: The proposed action would revise the designation of 
critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale 
distinct population segment, pursuant to section 4 of the Endangered 
Species Act. Critical habitat for this population is currently 
designated within inland waters of Washington. In response to a 2014 
petition, NMFS is proposing to expand the designation to include areas 
occupied by Southern Resident killer whales in waters along the U.S. 
West Coast. Impacts from the designation would stem mainly from Federal 
agencies' requirement to consult with NMFS, under section 7 of the 
Endangered Species Act, to ensure that any action they carry out, 
permit (authorize), or fund will not result in the destruction or 
adverse modification of critical habitat of a listed species. Federal 
agencies are already required to consult on effects to the currently 
designated critical habitat in inland waters of Washington, but 
consultation would be newly required for actions affecting the expanded 
critical habitat areas. Federal agencies are also already required to 
consult within the Southern Resident killer whales' range (including 
along the U.S. West Coast) to ensure that any action they carry out, 
permit, or fund will not jeopardize the continued existence of the 
species; this requirement would not change with a revision to the 
critical habitat designation.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   09/19/19  84 FR 49214
NPRM Comment Period End.............   12/18/19
Final Action........................   08/02/21  86 FR 41668
Final Action Effective..............   09/01/21
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Kim Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected 
Resources, Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 
301 427-8400, Email: [email protected].
    RIN: 0648-BH95

246. Wisconsin-Lake Michigan National Marine Sanctuary Designation

    Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.
    Abstract: On December 2, 2014, pursuant to section 304 of the 
National

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Marine Sanctuaries Act and the Sanctuary Nomination Process (79 FR 
33851), a coalition of community groups submitted a nomination asking 
NOAA to designate an area of Wisconsin's Lake Michigan waters as a 
national marine sanctuary. The area is a region that includes 875 
square miles of Lake Michigan waters and bottomlands adjacent to 
Manitowoc, Sheboygan, and Ozaukee counties and the cities of Port 
Washington, Sheboygan, Manitowoc, and Two Rivers. It includes 80 miles 
of shoreline and extends 9 to 14 miles from the shoreline. The area 
contains an extraordinary collection of submerged maritime heritage 
resources (shipwrecks) as demonstrated by the listing of 15 shipwrecks 
on the National Register of Historic Places. The area includes 39 known 
shipwrecks, 123 reported vessel losses, numerous other historic 
maritime-related features, and is adjacent to communities that have 
embraced their centuries-long relationship with Lake Michigan. NOAA 
completed its review of the nomination in accordance with the Sanctuary 
Nomination Process and on February 5, 2015, added the area to the 
inventory of nominations that are eligible for designation. On October 
7, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of intent to begin the designation 
process and asked for public comment on making this area a national 
marine sanctuary. Designation under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act 
would allow NOAA to supplement and complement work by the State of 
Wisconsin and other Federal agencies to protect this collection of 
nationally significant shipwrecks.
    Timetable:

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               Action                    Date            FR Cite
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NPRM................................   01/09/17  82 FR 2269
NPRM Comment Period End.............   03/31/17
Final Action........................   06/23/21  86 FR 32737
Final Action Effective..............   08/16/21
Notification of Effective Date of      08/17/21  86 FR 45860
 Final Rule.
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    Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes.
    Agency Contact: Russ Green, Department of Commerce, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1401 Constitution Avenue, 
Washington, DC 20230, Phone: 989 766-3359, Email: [email protected].
    Jessica Kondel, Policy and Planning Division Chief, Department of 
Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-
West Highway, Building SSMC4, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Phone: 240 533-
0647.
    RIN: 0648-BG01

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE (DOC)

Patent and Trademark Office (PTO)

Final Rule Stage

247. Changes To Implement Provisions of the Trademark Modernization Act 
of 2020

    Regulatory Plan: This entry is Seq. No. 15 in part II of this issue 
of the Federal Register.
    RIN: 0651-AD55

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