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FR notice: Experimental Fishing Permit (Mar. 18, 2022)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice; issuance of permit.
NMFS is issuing an experimental fishing permit (EFP) to the Hawaii Longline Association (HLA) to evaluate the risk of seabird interactions in the Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery when setting fishing gear one hour before and one hour after local sunset and using tori lines instead of required blue-dyed bait and strategic offal discharge as seabird mitigation measures. The intent of the EFP is to conduct a preliminary evaluation of potential alternative effective methods of discouraging seabird interactions while providing operational flexibility during setting in the shallow-set longline fishery.
The EFP is authorized from March 24, 2022, through September 24, 2023.
Copies of the EFP, HLA’s application, and supporting documents are available at
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Heather Cronin, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, tel (808) 725-5179.
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