NMFS Regulatory Guidelines on Confidentiality of Fisheries Statistics and Public Access to Fisheries Observer Data

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NAMA joins 27 other organizations to express our concern about pending revisions to the National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) regulatory guidelines on Confidentiality of Fisheries Statistics. The recent Obama Administration memorandum halting work on federal regulations left unfinished at the end of the Bush Administration includes the proposed rule on confidentiality of statistics, which has languished at the Fisheries Service for nearly two years. The groups urge NOAA to take the opportunity to thoughtfully review and revise as necessary the draft regulations to ensure that all proposed revisions support public access to fisheries observer data and other fisheries information to the maximum extent allowed by the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Public access to such information is vital to ensure that fisheries management decisions are made in a manner consistent with public trust management of the nation’s marine resources.

Confidentiality rule letter to NOAA_APO sign-on_17 Feb 09