NMFS proposes to revise the annual number of allowable incidental interactions that may occur between the Hawaii-based shallow-set pelagic longline fishery and leatherback and loggerhead sea turtles. NMFS also proposes administrative housekeeping changes to the regulations relating to the shallow-set longline fishery. The proposed rule would implement terms and conditions of the current biological opinion on this fishery, and clarify the regulations.
Agency Contact: Adam Bailey, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS PIR, 808-944-2248.
This is a proposed regulation. Comments were due on July 11, 2012.