50 C.F.R. § 665.52   Monk seal emergency protective measures.

Title 50 - Wildlife and Fisheries

Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
Subpart D—Western Pacific Crustacean Fisheries

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§ 665.52   Monk seal emergency protective measures.

(a) Determination of emergency. If, at any time during the process described in §665.51, the Regional Administrator determines that an emergency exists involving monk seal mortality related to the lobster fishery and that measures are needed immediately to protect the monk seal population, the Regional Administrator will—

(1) Notify the interested parties of this determination and request their immediate advice and comments.

(2) Forward a recommendation for emergency action and any advice and comments received from interested parties to the Assistant Administrator.

(b) Implementation of emergency measures. If the Assistant Administrator agrees with the recommendation for emergency action—

(1) The Regional Administrator will determine the appropriate emergency protective measures.

(2) NMFS will publish the emergency protective measures in the Federal Register.

(3) The Regional Administrator will notify the interested parties of the emergency protective measures. Holders of permits to fish in Permit Area I will be notified by certified mail. Permit holders that the Regional Administrator knows are on the fishing grounds also will be notified by radio.

(c) Effective dates. (1) Emergency protective measures are effective against a permit holder at 12:01 a.m., local time, of the day following the day the permit holder receives actual notice of the measures.

(2) Emergency protective measures are effective for 10 days from the day following the day the first permit holder is notified of the protective measures.

(3) Emergency protective measures may be extended for an additional 10 days, if necessary, to allow the completion of the procedures set out in §665.51.

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