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Temporary Closure of the U.S. Purse Seine Fishery on the High Seas

NOAA Fisheries announces the closure of the U.S. purse seine fishery on the high seas in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention…
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Effective
09/18/2018

Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for the U.S. Purse Seine Fishery in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

NOAA Fisheries is intending to develop an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to meet requirements under the National Environmental Policy Act for the continued authorization of the U.S. purse seine fishery in the western and central Pacific Ocean…
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Published
08/23/2018

Submit Comments for Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for the Area of Overlapping Jurisdiction in the Pacific Ocean

Overlap Between the Convention Areas of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission and the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. NOAA Fisheries publishes an advance notice of proposed rulemaking to seek public input about management of U…
Published
05/10/2018

Fishing Effort Limits for U.S. Purse Seine Vessels in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean

This interim final rule establishes limits on fishing effort by U.S. purse seine vessels in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and on the high seas between the latitudes of 20° N. and 20° S. in the area of application of the Convention on the…
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Effective
07/31/2019

Implementing Recent Decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission

NOAA Fisheries publishes a final rule to implement recent decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission. These regulations implement catch limits for the U.S. longline fleet operating in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO),…
Effective
08/30/2018

Fishing Restrictions for Tropical Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2018 to 2020

NOAA Fisheries is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C-17-02 (Conservation Measures for Tropical Tunas in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2018-2020 and Amendment to Resolution C-17-01), which was adopted at the…
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Published
04/11/2018

Fishing Effort and Catch Limits and Other Restrictions and Requirements for Highly Migratory Species

A final rule to establish a framework to specify limits on fishing effort and catches, other fisheries restrictions and requirements, and to require, among other things, that certain U.S. fishing vessels obtain “IMO numbers”; and final specifications…
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Published
10/01/2015

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 10/10/2018