Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific

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Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. This agency decision is effective from August 4, 2020, through August 3, 2023. Read the…
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Published
10/15/2020

Marine Conservation Plan for Guam; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Guam. This agency decision is effective from August 4, 2020, through August 3, 2023.   Read the Federal Register notice and supporting documentation
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Published
09/09/2020

Sea Turtle Limits in the Hawaii Shallow-Set Longline Fishery

NOAA Fisheries proposes to revise measures that govern interactions between the Hawaii shallow-set pelagic longline fishery and sea turtles. Based on recommendations from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), we would lower the…
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Published
02/04/2020

Amendment 10 to the Pelagic FEP - Sea Turtle Limits in the Hawaii Shallow-set Longline Fishery (0648-BJ27)

NOAA Fisheries announces that the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council proposes to amend the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific. Amendment 10 would facilitate management of Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery…
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Published
01/23/2020

Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Bigeye Tuna Fishery Closure

NOAA Fisheries is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean because the fishery will reach the 2019 allocation limit for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands. This action is necessary…
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Effective
11/04/2019

2019 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for American Samoa

NOAA Fisheries announces a valid specified fishing agreement that allocates up to 1,000 metric tons (t) of the 2019 bigeye tuna limit for the Territory of American Samoa to U.S. longline fishing vessels. The agreement supports the long-term…
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Effective
10/28/2019

Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure

NOAA Fisheries is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and central Pacific Ocean because the fishery has reached the 2019 catch limit. This action is necessary to ensure compliance with NOAA Fisheries regulations that…
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Issued
07/24/2019

2019 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits

In this final rule, NOAA Fisheries specifies a 2019 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands). NOAA Fisheries will allow…
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Published
07/18/2019

Proposed Information Collection for U.S. Territorial Catch and Fishing Effort Limits

The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as…
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Published
09/18/2018

Marine Conservation Plan for American Samoa

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a marine conservation plan (MCP) for American Samoa, valid from July 25, 2018, through July 24, 2021.
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Published
08/22/2018

Marine Conservation Plan for Guam

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Guam, valid from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. 
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Published
08/16/2017

Marine Conservation Plan for the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for the Northern Mariana Islands, valid from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. 
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Published
08/09/2017

2020 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for American Samoa

NOAA Fisheries announces a valid specified fishing agreement that allocates up to 1,000 metric tons (t) of the 2020 bigeye tuna limit for American Samoa to U.S. longline fishing vessels. The agreement supports the long-term sustainability of fishery…
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Published
10/07/2020

Final Rule for Sea Turtle Limits in the Hawaii Shallow-Set Longline Fishery 

This final rule revises measures that govern interactions between the Hawaii shallow-set pelagic longline fishery and sea turtles. This rule lowers the annual fleet interaction limit (“hard cap”) for leatherback sea turtles from 26 to 16, and removes…
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Effective
09/17/2020

2019 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA Fisheries announces a valid specified fishing agreement that allocates up to 1,000 metric tons (t) of the 2019 bigeye tuna limit for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to U.S. longline fishing vessels. The agreement supports…
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Published
08/01/2019

Temporary Closure of the 2019 Hawaii Shallow-set Pelagic Longline Fishery

This final rule closes the Hawaii shallow-set pelagic longline fishery north of the Equator for all vessels registered under the Hawaii longline limited access program. The shallow-set fishery has reached the annual limit of 17 physical interactions…
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Published
03/28/2019

Loggerhead Interactions in the Hawaii Shallow-set Pelagic Longline Fishery

This final rule revises from 34 to 17 the annual number of allowable incidental interactions that may occur between the Hawaii shallow-set pelagic longline fishery and North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles, in compliance with an order of the U.S…
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Effective
01/01/2019

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 02/22/2019