New Regulations for Scientific Research Activities and Exempted Fishing

NOAA Fisheries Service has issued new and revised definitions for certain regulatory terms, and procedural and technical changes to the regulations addressing scientific research activities, exempted fishing, and exempted educational activities under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This final rule is designed to clarify the requirements, ensure that the necessary information is made available to complete analyses, and provide for expedited review of permit applications where possible. The changes take effect September 24, 2009.

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source: NOAA Fish News