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Final Annual Determination for 2024


Endangered Species Act
Action Status


NOAA Fisheries will not identify additional fisheries to observe on the 2024 Annual Determination (AD), pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act. Through the AD, NOAA Fisheries identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle bycatch in a given fishery, evaluate measures to prevent or reduce sea turtle bycatch, and implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes. Fisheries identified on the 2020 and 2023 ADs remain on the AD for a 5-year period and are required to carry observers upon request until September 29, 2025, for the 2020 AD and December 31, 2027, for the 2023 AD.

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 11/22/2023