>Proposed Rule: Implementation of Restrictions on Vessels Engaged in Illegal, Unregulated, and Unreported Fishing Activities

>The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) proposes regulations to implement international fishery conservation and management measures adopted by various multilateral fishery agreements. These measures pertain to vessels identified as having engaged in illegal, unregulated, and unreported (IUU) fisheries activities. As a party to these agreements, the United States is obligated to take certain actions against listed IUU vessels in a manner consistent with U.S. laws and policies. The proposal would, among other things, restrict entry into any port or place of the U.S. and access to various port services by IUU vessels. It would also prohibit the provision of listed port services to IUU vessels by persons and business entities subject to U.S. jurisdiction. Comments on the proposal should be submitted by Feb. 25, 2010.