This Jan 16 story from Q13 Fox News has some valuable quotes, including this one from Brian Gorman of NOAA/NMFS:
“I expect it’s something that will have to go through a lot of hoops. It could take as long as 90 days but by this spring we should have regulations in place,” says Gorman.
Gorman says the Department of Commerce is now reviewing the plan. Then it goes to the Office of Management and Budget for approval before local fisheries officials get final word.
We’ve requested an interview with Senator Maria Cantwell, chair of the committee which oversees this issue, to discuss her commitment to protecting the orcas. We hope to have that for you when she returns to Washington later this month.