FR Notice – Restrictions on Fishing for Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Aug. 7, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–16–05 (Resolution on the Management of Shark Species) of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) adopted in July 2016. Per the Resolution, this proposed rule would require purse seine vessel owners, operators, and crew to follow specified release requirements for sharks in the  eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO). The rule would also prohibit longline vessels targeting tuna or  swordfish in the EPO from using ‘‘shark lines’’ (a type of fishing gear used on longline vessels to target sharks). This proposed rule is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.
DATES: Comments on the proposed rule and supporting documents must be submitted in writing by
September 6, 2017.

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