Subject: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Nationa (fwd)

Michael Williamson (
Wed, 19 Feb 1997 12:19:05 -0500 (EST)

J. Michael Williamson
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   Wheelock College, 200 The Riverway, Boston, MA 02215
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Date: Wed, 19 Feb 97 11:57:00 GMT 

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and ...

  WASHINGTON,DC (FedNet,18-FEB-97) -- NMFS proposes a plan to reduce the
bycatch and mortality of several marine mammal stocks that occur
incidental to fishing for swordfish and thresher shark with drift
gillnet gear offshore California and Oregon. The draft plan was
submitted by the Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Team (PCTRT)
pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). NMFS seeks comment
on the draft Pacific Offshore Cetacean Take Reduction Plan (PCTRP), a
NMFS proposed change to the draft plan, and proposed regulations to
implement the plan.
   DATES: Comments on the draft plan, NMFS' proposed change to the plan,
and the proposed rule to implement the plan must be received by March
31, 1997.
   AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanicand
A tmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
   ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments.