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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH62 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Pacific Island Pelagic Fisheries; Exemption for Longline Vessels to Fish in Portions of the Large Vessel Prohibited Area in American Samoa 

Current Federal regulations prohibit vessels, defined as vessels equal to or greater than 50 ft in length, from fishing for pelagic management unit species within the large vessel prohibited area 12 nautical miles from American Samoa (the "large vessel prohibited area"). This action would implement a decision by the Western Pacific Regional Fishery Management Council on an exemption for longline vessels 50 ft and longer holding an American Samoa longline limited entry permit to fish within certain portions of the area.

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: Deregulatory 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 665   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  06/00/2020 
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 
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