National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration December 17, 2012 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 2012-30322
Type: Rule
Date: 2012-12-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is transferring 40 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota from the Reserve category to the General category for the remainder of the 2012 fishing year. NMFS also is adjusting the Atlantic tunas General category BFT daily retention limit to two large medium or giant BFT for the January 2013 subquota period (i.e., from January 1 through March 31, 2013, or until the available subquota for that period is reached, whichever comes first). This action is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments, and applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels when fishing commercially for BFT.
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