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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-AV63 Publication ID: Spring 2008 
Title: Initial Implementation of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act 
Abstract: This action will implement, in part, the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (WCPFC) Implementation Act, which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate regulations needed to carry out the obligations of the United States under the WCPFC. The action will include regulations applicable to owners and operators of U.S. vessels used to fish for highly migratory fish stocks in the western and central Pacific ocean, possibly including requirements to, among others, obtain authorization to fish, carry position-fixing transmitters as part of a vessel monitoring system, accommodate observers from a regional observer program, report fishing activity, accept boarding and inspection by authorized inspectors of other members of the Commission, and to prohibit transshipping at sea from purse seine vessels. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Proposed Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: uncollected 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 300    15 CFR 902   
Legal Authority: 44 USC 3501 et seq    PL 109-479   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  10/00/2008    
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Agency Contact:
Dr. Charles Karnella
Pacific Islands Area Office
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Suite 1110, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard,
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700
Phone:808 973-2985
Fax:808 973-2941
Email: charles.karnella@noaa.gov