| Final environmental assessment to revise the vessel capacity limit in the purse seine fishery in the eastern Pacific Ocean in accordance with Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C-02-03, RIN 0648-AY75 - :4091 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Final environmental assessment to revise the vessel capacity limit in the purse seine fishery in the eastern Pacific Ocean in accordance with Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Resolution C-02-03, RIN 0648-AY75
  • Published Date:
    2010
Filetype[PDF-1.73 MB]


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  • Corporate Authors:
    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Southwest Region, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing regulations under authority of the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended to revise the current U.S. vessel carrying capacity limit for the purse seine fishery which targets tuna species in the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) Convention Area. The revision would make vessel capacity limits consistent with the amount authorized under resolutions adopted by the IATTC, which currently is 31,775 cubic meters, or about 27,147 metric tons. Currently, the U.S. fleet capacity limit is 8,969 metric tons. The exemption for small purse seine vessels to be on the IATTC Vessel Register would also be removed so all U.S. purse seine vessels that fish for tuna in the lATTC Convention Area would be required to be listed on the Vessel Register and categorized as active in order to use purse seine gear to fish for tuna in the lATTC Convention Area. However, small vessels which do not primarily fish for tuna would be exempt from the frivolous request provisions for active status regulations due to the fact that these vessels only opportunistically fish for tuna off the west coast of California in the summer and fall months when tuna schools occasionally come close enough to shore. These revisions would ensure that the United States is satisfying its obligations as a member of the IATTC and not exceeding its allotted capacity in the fishery, while allowing for controlled operational flexibility for the U.S. industry consistent with the lATTC management framework"--Cover letter; Portfolio comprised of three related PDF documents digitized and organized by: NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) staff.

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