2016 Annual Determination To Implement The Sea Turtle Observer Requirement

2015-12-29T15:00:13+00:00 December 29, 2015|
Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas).  Researchers continue to learn new things about this endangered turtle's diet, especially during their early life stages (the lost years). In 2015, green turtle nest counts reached a new record high with 27,975 nests laid on the 26 core Index Nesting Beach Survey beaches during the 109-day sea turtle index-nesting season. (Credit: John Starrett/FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

(Click to enlarge) Green sea turtle (Chelonia mydas). Researchers continue to learn new things about this endangered turtle’s diet, especially during their early life stages (the lost years). In 2015, green turtle nest counts reached a new record high with 27,975 nests laid on the 26 core Index Nesting Beach Survey beaches during the 109-day sea turtle index-nesting season. (Credit: John Starrett/FWC Fish and Wildlife Research Institute)

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is providing notification that the agency will not identify additional fisheries to observe on the Annual Determination (AD) for 2016, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).

(From the Federal Register) — Through the AD, NMFS identifies U.S. fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon NMFS’ request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate measures to prevent or reduce sea turtle takes, and implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes. Fisheries identified on the 2015 AD (see Table 1) remain on the AD for a 5-year period and are required to carry observers upon NMFS’ request until December 31, 2019.

Read the full article here: https://www.federalregister.gov/articles/2015/12/24/2015-32425/2016-annual-determination-to-implement-the-sea-turtle-observer-requirement.