Seafood Import Monitoring Program Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

This proposed rule would add species or groups of species to the Seafood Import Monitoring Program (SIMP) established pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). In addition, this proposed rule would amend SIMP regulations to clarify the responsibilities of the importer of record; amend the definition of importer of record to more closely align with the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) definition; amend the language requiring chain of custody records to be made available for audit or inspection to add a requirement that such records be made available through digital means if requested by NMFS; clarify the Aggregated Harvest Report criteria; and clarify the application of SIMP requirements to imports into the Pacific Insular Areas.

Comment submission
DATES: Written comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before March 28, 2023. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2022–0119, by any of the following methods: Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to and enter NOAA–NMFS–2022–0119 in the Search box. Click on the ‘‘Comment’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. Mail: Submit written comments to Rachael Confair, Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway (F/IS5), Silver Spring, MD 20910. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). The draft Regulatory Impact Review and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Assessment supplementing this proposed rule are available on Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of information requirements contained in this proposed rule may be submitted to the Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce and by submission to Information Collection Review public/do/PRAMain).

Additional Species

The other species (new and previously evaluated) are: Anchovies; Billfish (Marlins, Spearfishes, Sailfishes); Catfish (Family Ictaluridae); Crabs, Blue (other); Crab, Dungeness; Crab, Blue King; Crab, Brown King; Crab, Golden King; Crab, Snow; Cuttlefish; Crustaceans (other); Eels; Flounder, Southern; Flounder, Summer; Haddock; Halibut, Atlantic; Halibut, Pacific; Perch, Lake (Yellow); Lobster, American; Lobster, Spiny and Rock; Mackerel; Menhaden; Mussels; Octopus; Opah (Sunfish, Moonfish); Oyster; Orange Roughy; Queen Conch; Red Drum; Snappers (Family Lutjanidae); Sablefish; Salmon, Atlantic; Salmon, Chinook; Salmon, Chum; Salmon, Coho; Salmon, Pink; Salmon, Sockeye; Scallops; Sea bass; Seaweed (Algae); Shellfish (Class Bivalvia); Skates and Rays; Sole; Squid; Sturgeon caviar; Tilapia; Toothfish; Trout; Tunas (other and bonitos); Wahoo; Walleye (Alaskan) Pollock; Weakfish; and Whiting, Pacific.