FR Notice – Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology 1/19/2017

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
ACTION: Final rule.
SUMMARY: This final rule interprets and provides guidance on the requirement of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) that all fishery management plans (FMPs), with respect to any fishery, establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery. The final rule establishes requirements and provides guidance to regional fishery management councils and the Secretary of Commerce regarding the development, documentation, and review of such methodologies, commonly referred to as Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodologies (SBRMs).
DATES: Effective February 21, 2017.
ADDRESSES: Copies of the Categorical Exclusion/Regulatory Impact Review (RIR)/Final Regulatory Flexibility Act Analysis (FRFAA) prepared for this action can be obtained from:

Karen Abrams,
National Marine Fisheries Service,
1315 East West Highway, Room 13461,
Silver Spring, MD 20910.

An electronic copy of the CE/RIR/RFAA documents as well as copies of public comments received can be viewed at the Federal e-rulemaking portal: (Docket ID:NOAA–NMFS–2012–0092).
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karen Abrams, 301–427–8508, or by email:

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