SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2016, because the 2016 catch limit of 500 metric tons is expected to be reached. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding the applicable catch limit established by the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C– 13–01 (Multiannual Program for the Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2014–2016).
DATES: The rule is effective 12 a.m. local time July 25, 2016, through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2016.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Taylor Debevec, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–980–4066.
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