Western Pacific General Longline Regulation Summary

May 17, 2019

A summary of fishing regulations in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone around Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas.

This guide summarizes regulations for vessels that use pelagic longline gear to catch, land, or transship management unit species in the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone around Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, and the Pacific Remote Island Areas. 

Longline gear means fishing gear consisting of a mainline longer than 1 nm suspended horizontally in the water column, anchored, floating, or attached to a vessel, and from which branch or dropper lines with hooks are attached. 

For the complete official fishing regulations, refer to Title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR), Parts 229, 300, 404, 600, and 665. Regulations are subject to change, and any discrepancies between this summary and the regulations will be resolved in favor of the regulations published in the Federal Register and the CFR. 

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on 09/13/2019