(a) Application for annual permits. U.S. vessel owners and operators must have a valid permit issued by the Russian
Federation obtained pursuant to a complete application submitted through NMFS before
fishing in the Russian EZ or for Russian fishery resources. Application forms and copies of applicable laws and regulations of the Russian Federation
may be obtained from NMFS Headquarters.
(b) Other application information. Applications for motherships, processing or transport vessels must identify the
type of fishing gear to be employed or the fishing quotas if the vessel has received
or is requesting a quota. To facilitate processing, NMFS requests that permit applications for more than 10
vessels be grouped by type and fishing area, and provide the name, address, telephone,
and FAX number(s) of an individual who will be the official point of contact for an
(c) Review of Applications. NMFS will review each application, and, if it is complete, forward it to the Department
of State for submission to the competent authorities of the Russian Federation. NMFS will notify the permit applicant when the permit is submitted to the Russian
Federation. NMFS will return incomplete applications to the applicant.
(d) Direct Communication. U.S. applicants may communicate directly with the Russian Federation with regard
to the status of their applications or permits and are encouraged to do so. Owners and operators should make direct contact and work with Russian industry and
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