National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration August 7, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Precious Corals Fisheries
Document Number: E7-15209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Black coral resources in the Au'au Channel, Hawaii, have declined, possibly due to fishing pressure and alien invasive species. Current fishing regulations impose size requirements for the harvest of living black coral colonies of 48 inches (122 cm) in height or one inch (2.54 cm) in stem diameter. Current regulations also exempt certain fishermen from the minimum stem diameter requirement, allowing the harvest of black coral with a 3/4 inch (1.91 cm) stem diameter by anyone who reported black coral harvests to the State of Hawaii within the five years prior to April 17, 2002. This proposed rule would remove that exemption, and is intended to reduce the impacts of fishing on Au'au Channel black coral resources.
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