Affected Species: Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 bottomfish.
Annual catch limit of 492,000 lb implemented for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian islands
Tuesday, June 25, 2019, 17:00 (GMT + 9)
This final rule establishes an annual catch limit (ACL) of 492,000 lb for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) for each of the three fishing years 2018-19, 2019-20, and 2020-21.
If NOAA Fisheries projects that the fishery will reach the ACL in any given fishing year, NOAA Fisheries would close the commercial and non-commercial fisheries for MHI Deep 7 bottomfish in federal waters for the remainder of that fishing year as an accountability measure.
Hawaii is the 50th and most recent state to have joined the United States, having received statehood on August 21, 1959.Hawaii is the only U.S. state geographically located in Oceania, although it is governed as a part of North America, and the only one composed entirely of islands. It is the northernmost island group in Polynesia, occupying most of an archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean
This rule also makes housekeeping changes to the federal bottomfish fishing regulations. This rule supports the long-term sustainability of Deep 7 bottomfish.
The final rule is effective July 24, 2019. The final rule is applicable in fishing years 2018-2019, 2019-2020 and 2020-2021.
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council developed five fishery ecosystem plans for fisheries in the Pacific Islands region, and has amended them, as necessary. These plans incorporated and replaced five fishery management plans.
The original plans are available from the council.