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Recent Regulations to Protect Sea Turtles

Year Action Title FR Citation Additional Resources
2012 Final Rule Revised Limits on Sea Turtle Interactions in Hawaii Shallow-set Longline Fishery 77 FR 60637, October 4, 2012  
2012 Final Rule NMFS revises the turtle excluder device (TED) requirements to allow the use of new materials and to modify existing approved TED designs 77 FR 29905, May 21, 2012  
2012 Proposed Rule NMFS proposes to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and require turtle excluder devices (TEDs) for all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) 77 FR 27411, May 10, 2012  
2012 Notice Annual Determination for Sea Turtle Observer Requirement 77 FR 474, January 5, 2012 More Information on the Annual Determination
2011 Notice Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions and To Conduct Public Scoping Meetings 76 FR 37050, June 24, 2011 Scoping Document
2011 Notice Petition accepted to revise critical habitat off the coast of Puerto Rico 76 FR 25660, May 5, 2011  
2010 Notice Sea Turtle Observer Requirement Annual Determination for 2011 75 FR 81201, December 27, 2010 More Information on the Annual Determination
2010 Notice Sea Turtle Observer Requirement Annual Determination for 2010 75 FR 27649, May 18, 2010 More Information on the Annual Determination
2010 Proposed Rule NMFS & USFWS Propose to List 9 Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of Loggerhead Sea Turtles Under the ESA; Open for Public Comment Until 06/14/2010 75 FR 12598, March 16, 2010  
2009 Notice NMFS Will Prepare an EIS for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Trawl Fisheries and Will Conduct Public Scoping Meetings 74 FR 21627, May 8, 2009 Scoping Document
2008 Final Rule NMFS Implements Inspection Program in VA Pound Net Fishery 73 FR 68348, November 18, 2008  
2008 Final Rule Final Rule Regarding a Modified Sea Scallop Dredge to Protect Sea Turtles 73 FR 18984, April 8, 2008  
2007 Final Rule Final Rule on Observer Requirement for Fisheries to Monitor Sea Turtle Bycatch 72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007  
2007 Proposed Rule Proposed Rule to Implement an Inspection Program in the Virginia Pound Net Fishery 72 FR 9297, March 1, 2007  
2007 Notice Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Possible Amendments to Turtle Excluder Device (TED) Regulations 72 FR 7382, February 15, 2007 Comment Period Extended (72 FR 12749, March 19, 2007)
2007 Proposed Rule Proposed Rule to Clarify the Process for Closing Drift Gillnet Fisheries to Protect Sea Turtles 72 FR 4225, January 30, 2007  
2006 Proposed Rule Proposed Observer Requirement for Fisheries to Monitor Sea Turtle Bycatch to Monitor Sea Turtle Bycatch 71 FR 76265, December 20, 2006  
2006 Final Rule Sea Scallop Dredge Gear Modification final rule 71 FR 50361, August 25, 2006  
2006 Final Rule Virginia Pound Net final rule 71 FR 36024, June 23, 2006  
2005 Proposed Rule Sea Scallop Dredge Gear Modification proposed rule 70 FR 30660, May 27, 2005  
2004 Notice Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery - Notice of decision on petition for emergency rulemaking 69 FR 63498, November 2, 2004  
2004 Final Rule Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Pelagic Longline final rule 69 FR 40734, July 6, 2004  
2004 Final Rule TED Double Cover Flap Modification final rule 69 FR 31035, June 2, 2004  
2004 Final Rule Virginia Pound Net final rule 69 FR 24997, May 5, 2004  
2004 Final Rule Western Pacific HMS Pelagic Longline final rule 69 FR 17329, April 2, 2004  
2004 Final Rule California Pelagic Longline final rule 69 FR 11540, March 11, 2004  
2003 Final Rule California/Oregon Drift Gillnet final rule 68 FR 69962, December 16, 2003  
2003 Notice 12-Month Finding on a Petition to List the Northern and Florida Panhandle Loggerhead Sea Turtle Subpopulations as Endangered 68 FR 53947, September 15, 2003  
2003 Final Rule TED Opening final rule 68 FR 8456, February 21, 2003  
2002 Final Rule Virginia/North Carolina Large Mesh Gillnet final rule 67 FR 71895, December 3, 2002  
2002 Final Rule Pamlico Sound Gillnet final rule 67 FR 56931, September 6, 2002  

Updated: June 13, 2014