Final Annual Determination for 2018

Overview

Loggerhead turtle

A loggerhead turtle swims in the ocean

Description
2018 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement
Authority
Endangered Species Act
Fishing Type
Commercial
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
06/09/2018

Summary

NOAA Fisheries publishes its final Annual Determination for 2018, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act. Through the Annual Determination, NOAA Fisheries identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take fisheries observers upon NOAA Fisheries' request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate measures to prevent or reduce sea turtle takes and to implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes. Fisheries identified on the 2018 Annual Determination will be eligible to carry observers as of the effective date of this rulemaking, and will remain on the Annual Determination for a five-year period until December 31, 2022.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 06/25/2018