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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BH65 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: Amendment 9 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific; Modifications to the Limited Entry Permit Program for the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery 
Abstract: This action would implement the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council's Amendment 9 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pacific Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (Pelagics Fishery Ecosystem Plan). Amendment 9 would modify the longline limited entry program. The management objectives of the limited entry program are to: 1) prevent local depletion; 2) maintain sustained community participation in the fishery; 3) ensure opportunities for participation by indigenous American Samoans; 4) reduce gear conflicts; and 5) minimize fish bycatch. Amendment 9's modifications are intended to reduce programmatic barriers that may be limiting small vessel participation in the fishery. 
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  10/00/2020 
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