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DOC/NOAA RIN: 0648-BA84 Publication ID: Fall 2023 
Title: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Restrictions on Fishing in Proximity to Data Buoys 

This rule would implement conservation and management measures of the Western Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission), of which the United States is a member. The rule would prohibit highly migratory species fishing vessels of the United States, while on the high seas in the Commission's area of competence, from: 1) fishing within one nautical mile of a data buoy and from interacting with a data buoy and 2) taking on board a data buoy. It would require domestic highly migratory species fishing vessels that become entangled with data buoys while in the Commission's area of competence to remove the entangled fishing gear with as little damage to the data buoy as possible.

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 
CFR Citation: 50 CFR 300   
Legal Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.   
Legal Deadline:  None
Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  11/00/2023 
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:
Sarah Malloy
Acting 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