National Marine Fisheries Service

02/15/2024 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 02/15/2024 14:34

NOAA Fisheries Implements the Prohibition of Commercial Fishing in the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument

NOAA Fisheries is defining the boundary coordinates of the Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument area and reflecting the prohibition on commercial fishing in the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act regulations.

The Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument was established by Presidential Proclamation, under the authority of the Antiquities Act. Presidential Proclamations 9496 and 10287 prohibit commercial fishing in the Monument and direct the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate regulations necessary to implement the commercial fishing prohibition. This final rulemaking incorporates the Monument boundaries and commercial fishing prohibition into the Magnuson-Stevens Act regulations at 50 CFR 600.

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