Modifications to the American Samoa Longline Fishery Limited Entry Program
NOAA Fisheries proposes to modify the American Samoa longline fishery limited entry program to consolidate vessel class sizes, modify permit eligibility requirements, and reduce the minimum harvest requirements for small vessels. The intent of this proposed rule is to reduce regulatory barriers that may be limiting small vessel participation in the fishery, and provide for sustained community and indigenous American Samoan participation in the fishery. This proposed rule also makes several administrative updates to remove outdated regulations. NOAA Fisheries is accepting comments on the proposed rule through September 2, 2021.