comments. SUMMARY: This action proposes changes for 1999 to the List of Fisheries (LOF) as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and proposes changes to the regulations implementing section 118 of the MMPA. The proposed LOF for 1999 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. Under the MMPA, a commercial fishery is to be placed on the LOF in one of three categories based upon the level of serious injury and mortality of marine mammals that occurs incidental to that fishery. The categorization of a fishery in the LOF determines whether the fishery is subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan requirements. DATES: Comments on the proposed rule must be received by November 9, 1998
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