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Title 50Chapter VIPart 665Subpart C → §665.269


Title 50: Wildlife and Fisheries
PART 665—FISHERIES IN THE WESTERN PACIFIC
Subpart C—Hawaii Fisheries


§665.269   Quotas.

(a) General. The quotas limiting the amount of precious coral that may be taken in any precious coral permit area during the fishing year are listed in §665.269(d). Only live coral is counted toward the quota. The accounting period for all quotas begins July 1, 1983.

(b) Conditional bed closure. A conditional bed will be closed to all nonselective coral harvesting after the quota for one species of coral has been taken.

(c) Reserves and reserve release. The quotas for exploratory area X-P-H will be held in reserve for harvest by vessels of the United States in the following manner:

(1) At the start of the fishing year, the reserve for the Hawaii exploratory areas will equal the quota minus the estimated domestic annual harvest for that year.

(2) As soon as practicable after December 31 each year, the Regional Administrator will determine the amount harvested by vessels of the United States between July 1 and December 31 of the year that just ended on December 31.

(3) NMFS will release to TALFF an amount of Hawaii precious coral for each exploratory area equal to the quota minus two times the amount harvested by vessels of the United States in that July 1-December 31 period.

(4) NMFS will publish in the Federal Register a notification of the Regional Administrator's determination and a summary of the information on which it is based as soon as practicable after the determination is made.

(d) Quotas for precious coral permit areas.

Type of coral bedName of coral bedHarvest quota in kilogramsNumber of
years
Established BedsAu'au ChannelBlack: 5,0002
   Makapu'uPink: 2,0002
      Gold: 0 (zero)   
      Bamboo: 5002
Conditional Beds180 Fathom BankPink: 2221
      Gold: 671
      Bamboo: 561
   Brooks BankPink: 4441
      Gold: 1331
      Bamboo: 1111
   Kaena PointPink: 671
      Gold: 201
      Bamboo: 171
   Keahole PointPink: 671
      Gold: 201
      Bamboo: 171
RefugiaWestpacAll: 0 (zero)   
Exploratory AreaHawaii1,000 per area (all species combined except black corals)1

Notes:

1. No fishing for coral is authorized in refugia.

2. A moratorium on gold coral harvesting is in effect through June 30, 2023.

[75 FR 2205, Jan. 14, 2010, as amended at 83 FR 27717, June 14, 2018]

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