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Unified Agenda 0648-AW49

Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Western Pacific Pelagic Fisheries; Amendment 18 to the Pelagics Fishery Management Plan; Shallow-Set Longline Swordfish Fishery

Summary

Amendment 18 removes the annual limit on the number of fishing gear deployments (sets) for the Hawaii-based pelagic longline fishery. The amendment also revises the current maximum limit on the number of physical interactions that occur annually between loggerhead sea turtles and vessels registered for use under Hawaii longline limited access permits while shallow-setting. Other measures currently applicable to the fishery remain unchanged. Amendment 18 is intended to increase opportunities for the shallow-set fishery to sustainably harvest swordfish and other fish species, without jeopardizing the continued existence of sea turtles and other protected resources.

Timeline

6 actions from March 18th, 2009 to January 8th, 2010

  • March 18th, 2009
  • May 18th, 2009
    • Notice of Availability Comment Period End
  • June 19th, 2009
  • August 3rd, 2009
    • NPRM Comment Period End
  • December 10th, 2009
  • January 8th, 2010

Contacts

Alvin Katekaru
Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries
Phone 808 944-2207
Fax 808 973-2941
1601 Kapiolani Boulevard,
Honolulu HI 96814

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