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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BF23 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Purse Seine Fishing Restrictions During Closure Periods 

This rule removed the regulatory restriction that prohibited U.S. purse seine vessels from conducting bunkering (i.e., fueling) operations in the U.S. exclusive economic zone and on the high seas between the latitudes of 20 degrees N. and 20 degrees S., in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, after announcement that the fishing day limit has been reached. This action complied with conservation and management measures adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean. This action removed an unnecessary restriction on bunkering operations that are otherwise authorized under international and U.S. laws and regulations.

Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final 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
Interim Final Rule  08/25/2015  80 FR 51478   
Interim Final Rule Effective  08/25/2015 
Interim Final Rule Comment Period End  09/24/2015 
Final Action  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-BF03 
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