Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas Other Than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund, 37575-37576 [2017-16988]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices Julie A. Neer, SEDAR Coordinator; (843) 571– 4366. Email: Julie.neer@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a multistep process including: (1) Data Workshop, (2) a series of assessment webinars, and (3) A Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a report that compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The assessment webinars produce a report that describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The product of the Review Workshop is an Assessment Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, HMS Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO’s; International experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The items of discussion during the assessment webinar I are as follows: 1. Using datasets and initial assessment analysis recommended from the Data Workshop, panelists will employ assessment models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and management criteria, and project future conditions. 2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 2 business days prior to each workshop. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 7, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–16933 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF518 Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas Other Than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of agency decision. AGENCY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. DATES: This agency decision is valid from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the MCP, identified by NOAA–NMFS– 2017–0077, from the Federal eRulemaking Portal, http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= NOAA-NMFS-2017-0077, or from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220, www.wpcouncil.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–725–5171. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37575 Section 204(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), and at the request and in consultation with the Council, to negotiate and enter into a Pacific Insular Area fishery agreement (PIAFA). A PIAFA would allow foreign fishing within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to a Pacific Insular Area other than American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands, that is, in the EEZ around the Pacific Remote Island Areas (PRIA). The PRIA are Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Palmyra Atoll. Before entering into a PIAFA for the PRIA, the Council must develop and submit to the Secretary a 3year MCP that details the uses for funds collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA. NMFS is the designee of the Secretary for MCP review and approval. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires any payments received under a PIAFA, and any funds or contributions received in support of conservation and management objectives for the PRIA MCP, to be deposited into the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund (Fund) for use by the Council. Additionally, amounts received by the Secretary attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the MagnusonStevens Act for violations by foreign vessels occurring in the EEZ off the PRIA are deposited into the Fund for use by the Council. Section 204(e)(7)(C) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act also authorizes the Council to use the Fund to meet conservation and management objectives in the State of Hawaii, if funds remain after implementing the PRIA MCP. An MCP must be consistent with the Council’s fishery ecosystem plans (FEPs), identify conservation and management objectives (including criteria for determining when such objectives have been met), and prioritize planned marine conservation projects. Although no foreign fishing in the PRIA is being considered at this time, the Council reviewed and approved the draft MCP for PRIA in June 2017 and sent the MCP to NMFS for review on July 7, 2017. The PRIA MCP contains five conservation and management objectives, consistent with the PRIA and Pelagic FEPs: 1. Support quality research and monitoring to obtain the most complete scientific information available to assess SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\11AUN1.SGM 11AUN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES 37576 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 154 / Friday, August 11, 2017 / Notices and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach. 2. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council’s decision-making process. 3. Promote regional cooperation to manage domestic and international fisheries. 4. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to ensure safety at sea. 5. Support Western Pacific community demonstration projects and Western Pacific Community Development Program to promote participation and access to fisheries for eligible communities. In addition, the PRIA MCP contains seven conservation and management objectives, consistent with the Hawaii FEP: 1. Support quality research and monitoring to obtain the most complete scientific information available to assess and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach. 2. Promote an ecosystem approach to fisheries management including reducing bycatch in fisheries, minimizing impacts on marine habitats and protected species, and addressing climate change adaptation and mitigation. 3. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council’s decision-making process. 4. Recognize the importance of island cultures and traditional fishing practices in managing fishery resources and foster opportunities for participation. 5. Promote responsible domestic fisheries development to provided longterm economic growth and stability by reducing foreign imports and increasing local seafood production. 6. Promote regional cooperation and capacity-building to manage domestic and international fisheries. 7. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to ensure safety at sea. Please refer to the MCP for planned projects and activities designed to meet each conservation and management objective, for the evaluative criteria, and for the priority rankings. This notice announces that NMFS has reviewed the MCP for the PRIA, and has determined that it satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act. Accordingly, NMFS has approved the MCP for the 3-year period from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:18 Aug 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 This MCP supersedes the MCP previously approved for the period August 4, 2014, through August 3, 2017 (79 FR 44753, August 1, 2014). Dated: August 8, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–16988 Filed 8–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE United States Patent and Trademark Office Patent Examiner Employment Application Proposed extension of an existing information collection; comment request. ACTION: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: 0651–0042 (Patent Examiner Employment Application). DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before October 10, 2017. SUMMARY: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Email: InformationCollection@ uspto.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 154 (Friday, August 11, 2017)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-16988]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF518


Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas Other Than 
American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands; Western Pacific 
Sustainable Fisheries Fund

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) 
for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the 
Northern Mariana Islands.

DATES: This agency decision is valid from August 4, 2017, through 
August 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the MCP, identified by NOAA-NMFS-
2017-0077, from the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0077, or from the 
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., 
Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808-522-8220, www.wpcouncil.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, Sustainable Fisheries, 
NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808-725-5171.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 204(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), and at the request and in 
consultation with the Council, to negotiate and enter into a Pacific 
Insular Area fishery agreement (PIAFA). A PIAFA would allow foreign 
fishing within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to a 
Pacific Insular Area other than American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern 
Mariana Islands, that is, in the EEZ around the Pacific Remote Island 
Areas (PRIA). The PRIA are Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, 
Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Palmyra 
Atoll. Before entering into a PIAFA for the PRIA, the Council must 
develop and submit to the Secretary a 3-year MCP that details the uses 
for funds collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA. NMFS is the 
designee of the Secretary for MCP review and approval.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires any payments received under a 
PIAFA, and any funds or contributions received in support of 
conservation and management objectives for the PRIA MCP, to be 
deposited into the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund (Fund) 
for use by the Council. Additionally, amounts received by the Secretary 
attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act for violations by foreign vessels occurring in the EEZ off the PRIA 
are deposited into the Fund for use by the Council. Section 
204(e)(7)(C) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act also authorizes the Council to 
use the Fund to meet conservation and management objectives in the 
State of Hawaii, if funds remain after implementing the PRIA MCP.
    An MCP must be consistent with the Council's fishery ecosystem 
plans (FEPs), identify conservation and management objectives 
(including criteria for determining when such objectives have been 
met), and prioritize planned marine conservation projects. Although no 
foreign fishing in the PRIA is being considered at this time, the 
Council reviewed and approved the draft MCP for PRIA in June 2017 and 
sent the MCP to NMFS for review on July 7, 2017.
    The PRIA MCP contains five conservation and management objectives, 
consistent with the PRIA and Pelagic FEPs:
    1. Support quality research and monitoring to obtain the most 
complete scientific information available to assess

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and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach.
    2. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship 
principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council's 
decision-making process.
    3. Promote regional cooperation to manage domestic and 
international fisheries.
    4. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the 
most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to 
ensure safety at sea.
    5. Support Western Pacific community demonstration projects and 
Western Pacific Community Development Program to promote participation 
and access to fisheries for eligible communities.
    In addition, the PRIA MCP contains seven conservation and 
management objectives, consistent with the Hawaii FEP:
    1. Support quality research and monitoring to obtain the most 
complete scientific information available to assess and manage 
fisheries within an ecosystem approach.
    2. Promote an ecosystem approach to fisheries management including 
reducing bycatch in fisheries, minimizing impacts on marine habitats 
and protected species, and addressing climate change adaptation and 
mitigation.
    3. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship 
principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council's 
decision-making process.
    4. Recognize the importance of island cultures and traditional 
fishing practices in managing fishery resources and foster 
opportunities for participation.
    5. Promote responsible domestic fisheries development to provided 
long-term economic growth and stability by reducing foreign imports and 
increasing local seafood production.
    6. Promote regional cooperation and capacity-building to manage 
domestic and international fisheries.
    7. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the 
most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance, and to 
ensure safety at sea.
    Please refer to the MCP for planned projects and activities 
designed to meet each conservation and management objective, for the 
evaluative criteria, and for the priority rankings.
    This notice announces that NMFS has reviewed the MCP for the PRIA, 
and has determined that it satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-
Stevens Act. Accordingly, NMFS has approved the MCP for the 3-year 
period from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020. This MCP supersedes 
the MCP previously approved for the period August 4, 2014, through 
August 3, 2017 (79 FR 44753, August 1, 2014).

    Dated: August 8, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-16988 Filed 8-10-17; 8:45 am]
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