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Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Amendment

Proposed Rule; Request For Comments; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Amendment

NOAA Fisheries Service announces that the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils have submitted an Omnibus Amendment to all 13 Fishery Management Plans of the Greater Atlantic Region to establish a Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM). This also includes a draft Environmental Assessment and preliminary Regulatory Impact Review. These documents must be reviewed and approved by the Secretary of Commerce.  We are also requesting comments from the public.

The proposed measures include: bycatch reporting and monitoring mechanisms; analytical techniques and allocation of at-sea fisheries observers; an SBRM performance standard; a review and reporting process; framework adjustment and annual specifications provisions; a prioritization process; and provisions for industry-funded observers and observer set-aside programs.