Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit and Transshipment Requirements
The special coral reef ecosystem permit is required for anyone fishing for coral reef ecosystem management unit species in a low-use MPA, fishing for species on the list of Potentially Harvested Coral Reef Taxa, or using fishing gear not specifically allowed in the regulations.
The permit expires 1 year after the date of issuance.
Permit holder must submit a logbook to NOAA Fisheries within 30 days of each landing of coral reef harvest.
A transshipment permit is required for any receiving vessel used to land or transship potentially harvested coral reef taxa, or any coral reef ecosystem management unit species caught in a low-use MPA. Exceptions to this permit requirement are made for anyone issued a permit to fish under the other western Pacific fishery management plans (pelagic, bottomfish and seamount groundfish, crustacean, or precious corals) who catch coral reef management unit species incidentally while fishing for the management unit species covered by the permit they possess.
Permit holders must submit a logbook to NOAA Fisheries within 7 days following the date the vessel arrived in port to land transshipped fish. Regulations governing this fishery can be found in the Code of Federal Regulations, Title 50, Part 665, Subparts B, C, D, and E.
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