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Proposed and Interim Final Rules

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Final Rules and Notices

April 2014. Notice. NMFS is requesting information about any individual's or company's plan or intent to seek authorization for a U.S. purse seine vessel to participate in the western and central Pacific Ocean purse seine fishery. View the information request in the Federal Register here.

Instructions on how to respond to the request for information can be found here.

September 2013. Final Rule. 2013-2014 annual bigeye tuna catch limits for U.S. pelagic longline fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean. The final rule is effective October 23, 2013. View the final rule in the Federal Register and supporting documentation here. A copy of the Compliance Guide for this final rule is available here.

May 2013. Final Rule. 2013-2014 fishing restrictions and observer requirements for purse seine fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean. View the Federal Register notice and supporting documentation here. A copy of the Compliance Guide for this final rule is available here.

December 2012. Final Rule. WCPFC transshipping, bunkering, reporting and purse siene discard requirements. View the Federal Register notice and supporting documentation here. A copy of the Compliance Guide for the 2012 WCPFC transshipping, bunkering, reporting and purse siene discard requirements is available here.

Procedures to request licenses and a system to allocate licenses under the South Pacific Tuna Treaty (Effective 3 January 2011):

Initial Implementation of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Effective 21 April 2010):

Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits in Longline Fisheries in 2009, 2010, and 2011 (Effective December 12, 2009):

Fishing Restrictions and Observer Requirements in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2009-2011 and Turtle Mitigation Requirements in Purse Seine Fisheries (Effective August 2009 and Sea Turtle requirements effective October 2009):