Proposed Rule Regarding Gold Corals Harvest in the U.S. Pacific Islands
NOAA Fisheries is proposing to extend the current moratorium on the harvest of gold corals in federal waters across the U.S. Pacific Islands (American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, Hawaiʻi, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas). The proposed extension would be for five years—through June 30, 2028. It would prevent potential overfishing and allow time for more research on this slow-growing coral, to ensure any future harvest is sustainable.
NOAA Fisheries welcomes comments on the proposed rule. Comments must be submitted no later than Oct. 23, 2023.