50 CFR 600.751 - Determination of need for a fishery negotiation panel.
A Council or NMFS may establish an FNP to assist in the development of specific fishery conservation and management measures. In determining whether to establish an FNP, NMFS or the Council, as appropriate, shall consider whether:
(a) There is a need for specific fishery conservation and management measures.
(b) There are a limited number of identifiable interests that will be significantly affected by the conservation and management measure.
(c) There is a reasonable likelihood that an FNP can be convened with a balanced representation of persons who:
(g) The Council or NMFS has adequate resources and is willing to commit such resources, including technical assistance, to an FNP.
(h) The use of an FNP is in the public interest.