February 24, 2017

For fisheries regulations, a Trump edict signals uncertainty

From: Portland Press Herald

There’s some dispute about how routine rules would be affected, but larger actions would be all but undoable under the presidential executive order.


However, on Feb. 2 the acting head of OMB’s Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs issued an advisory memo that clarified that the president’s order applied only to “significant regulatory actions” as defined under a 1993 executive order issued by President Bill Clinton. The memo is posted at the White House’s website, suggesting it has presidential approval.

The good news for fishermen: The vast majority of federal fisheries regulations do not meet this standard, meaning routine closures and assessments should proceed as they always have.

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