Background

The Department of Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is accepting comments through June 6 on the proposed revision of an information collection used to allow tracking and verification of “dolphin-safe” and “non-dolphin safe” tuna products from catch through the U.S. market. This collection already includes permit applications, notifications, tuna tracking forms, reports, and certifications that provide information on vessel characteristics and operations in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean, the origin of tuna and tuna products, chain of custody recordkeeping requirements and certain other information necessary to implement the International Dolphin Conservation Program Act. NOAA is now proposing to also incorporate the chain of custody recordkeeping requirements in a March 22 interim final rule modifying the regulations on dolphin-safe tuna labeling.

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