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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BB64 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; High Seas Transshipment Prohibitions 
Abstract: Pursuant to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, the Secretary of Commerce is authorized to implement regulations to carry out the obligations of the United States under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), including the implementation of decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission). At its Sixth Regular Session, in December 2009, the Commission adopted provisions for transshipments of highly migratory species fish in the Commission's area of competence, including a provision that requires Commission members to prohibit vessels (other than purse seine vessels, which are prohibited from transshipping anywhere at sea) flying their flags from transshipping on the high seas in the Convention Area, subject to certain considerations. This rulemaking would implement the Commission's decision on high seas transshipments. 
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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
ANPRM  02/15/2012  77 FR 8758   
ANPRM Comment Period End  04/16/2012 
NPRM  02/00/2017 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
Small Entities Affected: No  Federalism: No 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: No 
RIN Data Printed in the FR: No 
Related RINs: Related to 0648-BA85 
Agency Contact:
Michael Tosatto
Regional Administrator, Pacific Islands Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1845 Wasp Boulevard, Building 176,
Honolulu, HI 96818
Phone:808 725-5000