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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BG04 Publication ID: Fall 2016 
Title: ●International Fisheries; South Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Modifications to License Request Procedures and License Allocation System 
Abstract: Under authority of the South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988, this rule would modify the procedures used to request licenses for U.S. vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery, as managed under the Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America (Treaty). Licenses under the Treaty are issued by the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency after applications are approved by the National Marine Fisheries Service. The Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency recently changed its annual licensing period from June-to-June to the calendar year. This rule would align the licensing period used in the National Marine Fisheries Service's license application procedures, which still use a June-June licensing period, with the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency's calendar-year licensing period. The rule also would revise the system for allocating Treaty licenses with respect to the treatment of applicants whose vessels have been lost or destroyed. 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time 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. 973   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2016 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  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:
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