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International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Fishing Restrictions in the Eastern Pacific Ocean
SUMMARY: NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act of 1950, as amended, to implement decisions of the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). At its Eighty-fifth Meeting in June 2013, the IATTC adopted a number of resolutions, some of which require rulemaking to implement domestically in the United States. This proposed rule would implement one of these decisions: The Resolution on a Multiannual Program for the Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean during 2014-2016 (Resolution C-13-01). This proposed rule would: Extend the effective period of the current regulations in the IATTC Convention Area in 2014 through 2016; and provide purse seine owners with greater flexibility by allowing for an exemption to the closure periods due to force majeure. The existing regulations include a 500-metric ton bigeye tuna (Thunnus obesus) calendar year catch limit applicable to longline vessels greater than 24 meters in overall length and a 62-day closure period applicable each year to purse seine vessels of class size 4 to 6 (greater than 182 metric tons). The proposed rule would also include an exemption to the purse seine closures due to force majeure. Implementation of Resolution C-13-01 is necessary for the United States to satisfy its obligations as a member of the IATTC.
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[FR Doc. 2014-02333 Filed 2-4-14; 8:45 am]