NOAA High Seas Permit Program Revisions

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In October, NOAA Fisheries published a final rule to improve the administration of the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act (HSFCA) and the monitoring of U.S. fishing vessels operating on the high seas.

The rule includes:

– adjustments to permitting and reporting procedures for all U.S. fishing vessels on the high seas.

–  requirements for the installation and operation of enhanced mobile transceiver units for vessel monitoring

– requirements for carrying observers on vessels

– reporting of transshipments taking place on the high seas

–  requirements for protection of vulnerable marine ecosystems.

The requirements went in effect on January 14, 2016.

source: NOAA Fisheries