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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BJ27 Publication ID: Spring 2020 
Title: ●Amendment 10 to the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific; Managing Loggerhead and Leatherback Sea Turtle Interactions in the Hawaii Shallow-Set Longline Fishery 
Abstract:

This rulemaking action proposes to implement Western Pacific Fishery Management Council’s recommendation to amend the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (Amendment 10). In implementing the Amendment, this rulemaking proposes to establish measures to manage interactions between the Hawaii shallow-set pelagic longline fishery and leatherback and North Pacific loggerhead sea turtles. Measures would include an annual fleet-wide interaction limit for leatherback turtles and individual fishing trip interaction limits for leatherback and loggerhead turtles. This action is necessary to comply with the terms and conditions of the most recent Endangered Species Act biological opinion for the fishery, while maintaining a sustainable domestic seafood supply.

 
Agency: Department of Commerce(DOC)  Priority: Substantive, Nonsignificant 
RIN Status: First time published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: No  Unfunded Mandates: No 
EO 13771 Designation: Not subject to, not significant 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 665   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Timetable:
Action Date FR Cite
Notice of Availability  01/23/2020  85 FR 3889   
NPRM  02/04/2020  85 FR 6131   
NPRM Comment Period End  03/20/2020 
Final Action  06/00/2020 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: No  Government Levels Affected: None 
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
Email: michael.tosatto@noaa.gov