NMFS Fishing Vessel Capital Construction Fund Procedure Changes


A Rule by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration on 05/30/2017.

Summary of the final rule.

NMFS hereby amends the Capital Construction Fund (CCF) regulations to eliminate provisions that no longer meet the needs of CCF participants, and to simplify and clarify the regulations to better implement the purposes of the underlying statute. These amendments eliminate the minimum cost for reconstruction projects, requirements for minimum annual deposits and the requirement that any vessel acquired with CCF funds must be reconstructed, regardless of vessel condition. The new regulations also prohibit withdrawals of funds under the CCF program (program) for projects that increase harvesting capacity, unless the project is subject to a limited access system in which the fisheries management authority establishes harvesting limits.

Effective June 29, 2017.

Copies of the Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact Review/Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EA/RIR/FRFA) prepared for this action may be obtained from Paul Marx, Chief, Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: Capital Construction Fund Rulemaking, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or by calling Richard VanGorder (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or on the Capital Construction Fund Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/?mb/?financial_?services/?ccf.htm.

Send comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule to Richard VanGorder at the address specified above and also to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Office of Management and Budget (OMB), Washington, DC 20503 (Attention: NOAA Desk Officer) or email to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov, or fax to (202) 395-7825.

For further information, please contact Richard VanGorder at 301-427-8784 or via email at Richard.VanGorder@noaa.gov.


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