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Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan

The goal of the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan (Plan) is to reduce serious injuries and deaths of several marine mammal stocks incidental to the California/Oregon thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet fishery.

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