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FR Notice – Identification of Nations or Entities Engaged in Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing, Bycatch of Protected Living Marine Resources, or Shark Fishing on the High Seas (April 14, 2022)

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


Notice; request for information.


NMFS is seeking information regarding nations or entities whose vessels are engaged in illegal, unreported, or unregulated (IUU) fishing; fishing practices that result in the bycatch of protected living marine resources (PLMRs) without a regulatory program comparable in effectiveness to that of the United States; and/or fishing activities in waters beyond any national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks without a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States. Such information will be reviewed for the purposes of the identification of nations or entities pursuant to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Moratorium Protection Act).


Information should be received on or before December 31, 2022. However, we encourage submission of information as early as possible.


Information may be submitted either by mail to: NMFS Office of International Affairs, Trade, and Commerce, Attn.: Moratorium Protection Act Information, F/IATC 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or electronically to:


Ellie Bors, phone (240) 429-4461, or email

Click here for complete FR Notice.

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