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Regulatory Services Division

The Regulations Unit coordinates and oversees the procedures and processing of all documents, including proposed and final regulations, for publication in the Federal Register, ensuring that such documents are in the required format and are concisely, clearly written.  

The Sustainable Fisheries Regulatory Services Division encompasses a variety of programmatic activities to support and manage our Nation's living marine resources through the development and analysis of national fisheries legislation and policy. We provide oversight and guidance on activities to analyze the economic and social impacts associated with proposed management programs. We also review and process all documents before publication in the Federal Register. Regulatory Services oversees operations and administration of the eight Regional Fishery Management Councils, and conducts the annual Council nomination and appointment process.

Fishery Management Council Support  
The Division provides oversight and support for Regional Fishery Management Council operations and administration through the development of national policies, guidance and regulations. In addition, the Division provides oversight of the procedures and policies governing the nomination and appointment of Council members, as well as processing all documentation as a basis for Secretarial appointment decisions.  
Social Analysis  
We prepare Social Science Guidelines regarding the analysis of social impacts associated with proposed fishery management programs, including effects on dependent fishing communities. We review social impact assessment of specific management actions using the Operational Guidelines, and work with authors and managers regarding those reviews.  
Contact the Regulatory Services Division: (301) 427-8505  
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