New regs for Friday: Bumblebees, farmers, fishermen

New regs for Friday: Bumblebees, farmers, fishermen
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President Trump’s regulatory moratorium captures protections for bumblebees in Friday’s edition of the Federal Register. 

Here’s what is happening:

Bumblebees: The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is delaying new protections for bumblebees to comply with President Trump’s regulatory moratorium.

The FWS listed the rusty patched bumblebee as an endangered species on Jan. 11 but said Thursday it will delay those protections until March 21.

Farmers: The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is delaying new rules for genetically engineered organisms.

The USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service proposed changes to the rules for importing and releasing GEOs into the environment on Jan. 19, but is now extending the comment period to give the public more time to consider the changes.

The delay does not appear to be related to Trump’s regulatory moratorium.

The public has until June 19 to comment.

Fish: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is loosening regulations for Gulf Coast fishermen.

The NMFS said Thursday it is revising the rules surrounding the yellowtail snapper, which it expects will help fishermen “achieve optimum yield and decrease the regulatory burden.”

The changes go into effect in 30 days.