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FR Notice: 2023 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits (June 15, 2023)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
NMFS specifies a 2023 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), the territories). NMFS will allow each territory to allocate up to 1,500 t in 2023 to U.S. longline fishing vessels through specified fishing agreements that meet established criteria. The overall allocation limit among all territories, however, may not exceed 3,000 t. As an accountability measure, NMFS will monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. These catch limits and accountability measures support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
The final specifications are effective June 15, 2023, through December 31, 2023. The deadline to submit a specified fishing agreement pursuant to 50 CFR 665.819(b)(3) for review is December 12, 2023.
Copies of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (FEP) are available from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220, or www.wpcouncil.org.
Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, the Council and NMFS prepared environmental analyses that support this action and are available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket/NOAA-NMFS-2022-0117.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Keith Kamikawa, NMFS PIRO Sustainable Fisheries, 808–725–5177.
For Complete FR Notice, click here.