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Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific

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Tori Line Requirement for Stern-Setting Vessels in Hawaiʻi Deep-Set Longline Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is replacing blue-dyed bait and strategic offal discharge requirements with a new tori line (bird-scaring streamer) requirement. The rule applies to Hawaiʻi longline vessels that stern-set above 23° N latitude.
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Effective
04/01/2024

Catch and Retention Limits for Striped Marlin in Western and Central Pacific North of Equator

Catch and Retention Limits for Striped Marlin in Western and Central Pacific North of Equator
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Comments Close
03/27/2024

Bycatch Reporting Amendments to Pacific Islands Fishery Ecosystem Plans

NOAA Fisheries announces proposed amendments to the Pacific Islands region fishery ecosystem plans. The amendments would ensure these plans clearly describe the bycatch reporting methods used to assess the amount and type of bycatch in the fisheries.
Comments Close
04/09/2024

Marine Conservation Plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, valid from effective from August 4, 2023, through August 3, 2026.
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Published
12/08/2023

Permits Available for American Samoa Longline Limited Entry

NOAA Fisheries is accepting applications for American Samoa longline limited entry permits.
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Published
10/06/2023

2023 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

NOAA Fisheries announces a fishing agreement between the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands and the Hawaiʻi Longline Association regarding CNMI’s 2023 longline bigeye tuna catch limits.
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Published
10/03/2023

Permit Amendment—Testing Tori Lines in Hawaiʻi Shallow-Set Longline Fishery

NOAA Fisheries is amending an experimental fishing permit to investigate the use of bird-deterring lines to increase operational flexibility in the Hawaiʻi swordfish fishery.
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Published
09/29/2023

Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas

Notice of agency decision; Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund.
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Published
05/26/2023

Biological Opinion on Hawaiʻi Deep-Set Longline Fishery

NOAA Fisheries issued a biological opinion on the authorization of the Hawaiʻi deep-set longline fishery.
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Published
05/18/2023

Biological Opinion on American Samoa Longline Fishery

NOAA Fisheries issued a biological opinion on the authorization of the American Samoa longline fishery.
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Published
05/15/2023

2022 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for American Samoa

American Samoa to allocate up to 1,500 metric tons of its 2022 bigeye tuna limit to U.S. longline fishing vessels.
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Published
08/29/2022

Marine Conservation Plan for American Samoa

NOAA Fisheries announces approval of a marine conservation plan (MCP) for American Samoa valid from July 25, 2021 through July 24, 2024.
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Published
08/05/2021

Amendment 9 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific

Notification of availability of a fishery ecosystem plan amendment; request for comments. 
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Published
06/30/2021

Marine Conservation Plan for Guam; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund

September 9, 2020. Marine Conservation Plan for Guam; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund.
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Published
09/09/2020

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 interactions with sea turtles to ensure a continued supply of fresh domestic swordfish to U.S. markets, consistent with sea turtle conservation.
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Published
01/23/2020

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 req
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Published
09/18/2018

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

2023 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits

Final rule on 2023 limits for longline-caught bigeye tuna in American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Published
06/15/2023

Final Rule Regarding Pelagic Longline Gear and Operational Requirements

Pacific Island Fisheries; Final Rule regarding Pelagic Longline Gear and Operational Requirements
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Published
04/28/2022

Electronic Logbooks in the Hawaiʻi and American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fisheries

NOAA Fisheries will require the use of electronic logbooks in the Hawaii deep-set and shallow-set longline fisheries and for Class C and D vessels in the American Samoa pelagic longline fishery.
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Published
11/01/2021

Exemption for U.S. Longline Vessels to Fish in Portions of the American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area

Final rule removes a regulatory exemption that allowed certain large U.S. Longline Vessels to fish in portions of the American Samoa Large Vessel Prohibited Area.
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Effective
07/06/2021
Published
01/12/2021

Swordfish Trip Limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery

Final rule; Swordfish Trip Limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery; effective December 10, 2020. 
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Effective
12/10/2020

Correction: 2020 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands

Pacific Island Fisheries; 2020 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands; Correction
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Published
12/02/2020

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

Pacific Island Fisheries; 2020 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for American Samoa
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Published
10/07/2020
Effective
09/17/2020

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 Island.
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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 sustainability
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Effective
10/28/2019

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.
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Published
08/01/2019

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.
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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).
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Published
07/18/2019

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.
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Effective
01/01/2019

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 01/09/2024