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FR Notice – 2016 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits (Request for Comments)

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes a 2016 limit of 2,000 metric tons (mt) of longline- caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory  (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands). NMFS would allow each territory to  allocate up to 1,000 mt each year to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a specified fishing agreement that meets established criteria. As an accountability measure, NMFS would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.

DATES: NMFS must receive comments by July 22, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2015–0140, by either of the following methods:

  • Electronic Submission: Submit all
    electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0140, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
  • Mail: Send written comments to
    Michael D. Tosatto, Regional
    Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands
    Region (PIR), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg.
    176, Honolulu, HI 96818.

 

Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period,  may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential  business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

NMFS prepared environmental analyses that describe the potential impacts on the human environment that would result from the proposed catch limits and accountability measures. The environmental analyses are available at www.regulations.gov. The information contained in the environmental analyses is not repeated here.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, NMFS PIRO Sustainable Fisheries, 808–725–5176.

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