The Department of Commerce’s National Marine Fisheries Service is proposing to make the following revisions to its regulations implementing the trade monitoring program for frozen and fresh Dissostichus species, commonly marketed or referred to as Chilean sea bass or Patagonian toothfish. Comments on this proposed rule are due by June 5.

- clarify that NMFS will deny the preapproval certificate required to legally import these goods for any shipment determined to have been taken, possessed, transported, or sold (1) in violation of any U.S. treaty or any foreign law or regulation or (2) in contravention of any binding conservation measure adopted by an international agreement or organization to which the U.S. is a party

- specify the circumstances under which NMFS will deny issuance of the re-export or export document required to legally re-export or export these goods

- clarify that the applicable authorization must be received prior to re-export or export

- remove the prohibition on imports of toothfish harvested from Food and Agriculture Organization Statistical Areas 51 and 57 (located in the Southern and Indian oceans)

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