Upon receiving proposed regulations the Secretary initiates a similar review as to whether the regulation is consistent with the FMP. Within 15 days the Secretary must affirm (and publish for comment) the regulations, or deny them. If denied, the Secretary must notify the council of the inconsistencies and make recommendations to repair the defects.
The Secretary also has the ability to make necessary changes to the proposed regulations of his own accord and then publish them for comment.
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The Powers of the Secretary
The Secretary Review of Proposed Regulations: