FR Notice – 2015 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean

SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. pelagice longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2015 because the 2015 catch limit of 500 metic 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, which governs tuna conservation in the EPO from 2014-2016.

DATES: The rule is effective 12 a.m. local time August 12, 2015, through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2015.

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