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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BK82 Publication ID: Fall 2021 
Title: ●International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2022-2024 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean 

NMFS proposes a rule to implement a binding resolution that is expected to be adopted by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in the late summer or fall of 2021. This resolution is expected to establish commercial Pacific bluefin tuna catch limits applicable to 2022-2024. Similar catch limits have been in place since 2015 and the future Resolution is expected to increase the catch limit, providing either similar or reduced economic burden to the U.S. fishing industry. Pacific bluefin tuna is overfished throughout the Pacific Ocean, and commercial catch limits are necessary to aid in rebuilding of the stock. Limits on catch are strongly supported by the environmental community and are expected by domestic commercial fishing interests. NMFS will implement this resolution by regulation under the Tuna Conventions Act.

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: Undetermined  Unfunded Mandates: No 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2021 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Undetermined  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:
Barry Thom
Regional Administrator, West Coast Region
Department of Commerce
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100,
Portland, OR 97232
Phone:503 231-6266