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Pelagics Fishery Ecosystem Plan

The Pelagics FEP was approved in 2009 and codified in 2010.

Draft revised Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan with Appendices for public review 3/1/16

Click on the links for PDFs for Pelagics FEP and Final Rule.

Click here for Appendix 1 – Essential Fish Habitat Descriptions for Pacific Pelagic Fishery Ecosystem Plan Management Unit Species

Amendment Amendment Type Federal Register Notice / Publication date Description of Action
Regulatory
 

2/3/2016

81 FR 5619

 

Exempted longline vessels greater than 50 meters in length from the 2002 Large Vessel Prohibited Area between 12 and 50 nautical miles around Swains, Tutuila, and the Manua Islands in American Samoa.
FEP
 12/30/13
78 FR 79388
Catch and effort limits for the US Participating Territories; Specification of annual bigeye tuna catch limits for the US Participating Territories.
FEP
 6/03/13
78 FR 32996
 Establishes management measures for non-commercial and recreational fishing within the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument, Marianas Trench Marine National Monument and Rose Atoll Marine National Monument; prohibits commercial fishing within monument
FEP
American Samoa longline gear configuration modifications to reduce sea turtle interactions.
FEP
Omnibus amendment that establishes a mechanism for  specifying annual catch limits.
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FEP
Establishes a purse seine area closure and longline area closure in CNMI. The final rule only approved  the longline closure.
FEP
Disapproval:
7/11/11 
76 FR 40764
Establishes a purse seine area closure in American Samoa. The purse seine area closure was disapproved.
FEP
09/03/10
75 FR 54044
Establishes eligibility requirements and procedures for reviewing and approving community development plans. The intent is to promote participation of island communities i in fisheries that they traditionally depend on, but may not have the capabilities to support continued and substantial participation.