Ladies and Gentlemen,
On Thursday, July 24th NOAA submitted a notice to the Federal Register petitioning the prohibition of Pacific bluefin tuna fishing.
Public comments in response to the petition will be accepted until September 22nd, 2014.
It is critical that you submit comments in response to the proposed management changes.
HOW TO SUBMIT A COMMENT:
We HIGHLY recommend you submit a comment via mail on letterhead. This method often has more weighted value than electronic submissions and is more likely to be read.
- Mail: Submit written comments to: Mark Helvey, NMFS West Coast Region, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Ste. 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802. Attn: Pacific Bluefin Tuna.
- Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0076, click the “Comment Now!” icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
All comments will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. NMFS will also accept anonymous comments (enter “N/A” in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous).
WHAT TO INCLUDE IN YOUR COMMENT:
Please make an effort to include the following in your comment:
- Name (unless you want to be anonymous)
- Occupation (owner of CPFV vessel? Operator? Crew?)
- Experience in the industry (number of years, etc.)
- How does fishing for Pacific bluefin tuna affect you? Your business?
- How would closing access to Pacific bluefin tuna affect you? Your business?
- How important is the opportunity to catch Pacific bluefin tuna?
- Do you rely on the opportunity to catch Pacific bluefin tuna for business?
- In your professional opinion, is the Pacific bluefin stock down or up as compared to historical averages?
- In any given year, do you observe (not necessarily catch) multiple sizes of fish (a diversity of age-classes)? Or just one age-class? (the more age-class diversity we see = healthier stock)
- Are there given years where Pacific bluefin sustains your business (when yellowfin is not present)?
- Comment on this being a relatively low retention fishery in US waters
- Typically, do you fish for Pacific bluefin every year? (this is important to make regulators understand you don’t fish for it every year)
We encourage ALL individuals who could be impacted (family members, crew, etc) to submit a comment – the more comments = more support. Spread the word.
If you have any questions on how to submit a comment, please call the SAC office.