Current HMS SAFE Report: Changes to HMS FMP Regulations

Modifications to HMS FMP Regulations at 50 CFR 660 Subpart K Since Implementation of the FMP

2018

  • Based on recommendations from the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), NMFS is issuing regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Citation: 83 FR 19981. Effective date: 06/06/2018.
  • NMFS is issuing regulations under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement a March 2017 recommendation by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) to amend the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). The rule implements Amendment 5 to the HMS FMP and establishes a Federal limited entry (LE) permit system for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery using standards that are very similar to those used in the existing State of California LE permit program for the DGN fishery. Citiation: 83 FR 11146. Published: March 14, 2018. Effective date: April 13, 2018.

2015

  • Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to revise the prohibited species policy for highly migratory species off the U.S. West Coast. This action is necessary to accurately reflect the intent of the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species. Citation: 80 FR 46519. Published: August 5, 2015. Effective: August 5, 2015.
  • Regulations to modify the existing Pacific bluefin tuna (PBF) Thunnus orientalis recreational daily bag limit in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off California, and to establish filleting-at-sea requirements for any tuna species in the U.S. EEZ south of Point Conception, Santa Barbara County, under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA). Citation: 80 FR 44887. Published: July 28, 2015. Effective: July 30, 2015.

2014

  • Advance Notice Of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPR) announcing a control date of June 23, 2014, that may be used as a reference for allocation decisions when considering potential future management actions to limit the number of participants in the large-mesh drift gillnet (DGN) fishery that targets swordfish and thresher sharks. This ANPR is intended to promote public awareness of the Council’s interest and the potential for a future rulemaking. Citation: 79 FR 64161. Published: October 28, 2014. Effective: N/A.

2013

  • Temporary regulations under the authority of Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to: implement an immediate closure of the California thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet (mesh size ≥14 inches) (DGN) fishery if one sperm whale is observed killed or seriously injured in DGN gear off California, and require all DGN fishing vessels to carry a NMFS-trained observer from August 15, 2013 to January 31, 2014 in a 100% observer coverage area (Zone). Citation: 78 FR 54547.  Published: September 4, 2013.  Effective:  September 4, 2013.  (Renewed/extended May 22, 2014, Expired June 23, 2014. Citation: 79 FR 29377.)

2012

  • Final rule under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to modify retention limits for swordfish harvested in the U.S. West Coast-based deep-set tuna longline (DSLL) fishery. Citation:  77 FR 15973.  Published: March 19, 2012.  Effective:  April 18, 2012.

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2011

  • Final rule under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) to implement Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Citation: 76 FR 56327. Published: September 13, 2011. Effective: October 13, 2011.

2009

  • Final rule to initiate collection of a permit fee for vessel owners participating in commercial and charter recreational fishing for highly migratory species (HMS) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off the West Coast of California, Oregon, and Washington. Citation: 74 FR 37177.  Published: July 28, 2009.  Effective: August 29, 2009.

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2007

  • Final rule to implement daily bag limits for sport-caught albacore tuna (Thunnus alalunga) and bluefin tuna (Thunnus orientalis) in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) off California under the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Citation: 72 FR 58258. Published:  October 15, 2007.  Effective:  November 14, 2007.
  • Final rule to amend vessel identification regulations of the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS). Citation: 72 FR 43563. Published: August 06, 2007.  Effective: September 5, 2007
  • Final rule to amend text in the regulations governing closures of the drift gillnet fishery in the Pacific Loggerhead Conservation Area during El Nino events under the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). Citation:  72 FR 31756. Published:  June 8, 2007.  Effective: June 9, 2007.
  • Rule to revise the method for renewing and replacing permits issued under the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS). Citation: 72 FR 10935. Published: March 12, 2007.  Effective: April 11, 2007.

2004

  • Final rule to implement the approved portions of the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (FMP), which was submitted by the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) for review and approval by the Secretary of Commerce and was partially approved on February 4, 2004, under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).  Citation:  69 FR 18444.  Published:  April 07, 2004.  Effective: May 7, 2004

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