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FR Notice – Mariana Archipelago Bottomfish Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures (May 7, 2021)
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
In this final rule, NMFS implements bottomfish annual catch limits (ACL), and annual catch targets (ACT) and accountability measures (AM) to correct or mitigate any overages, for Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). The ACLs, ACTs, and AMs are effective for fishing years 2020-2022 in Guam, and for 2020-2023 in the CNMI. This rule also makes a minor technical correction to the regulations. This action supports the long-term sustainability of the bottomfish fisheries in the Mariana Archipelago.
This final rule is effective June 7, 2021. This final rule is applicable for Guam fisheries in fishing years 2020, 2021, and 2022, and for CNMI fisheries in 2020, 2021, 2022, and 2023.
Copies of the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for the Mariana Archipelago (FEP) are available from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel. 808-522-8220, fax 808-522-8226, or www.wpcouncil.org.
Copies of the environmental analyses and other supporting documents for this action are available from https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2020-0119, or from Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Mark Fox, PIRO Sustainable Fisheries, 808-725-5171.
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