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The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things
Document Number: 2017-03682
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Telecommunications and Information Administration
In response to requests for additional time, the Department of Commerce is extending the closing deadline for submitting comments to a request for public comments entitled ``The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.'' 82 FR 4313 (Jan. 13, 2017). In the request for comment, the Department is seeking broad input from all interested stakeholdersincluding the private industry, researchers, academia, and civil societyon the issues and proposed approach, current initiatives, and next steps laid out in the green paper ``Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.'' Through this notice, the Department extends the comment period to March 13, 2017.
Temporary General License: Extension of Validity
Document Number: 2017-03664
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
On March 24, 2016, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) published a final rule, Temporary General License. The March 24 final rule created a temporary general license that restored, for a specified time period, the licensing requirements and policies under the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) for exports, reexports, and transfers (in-country) as of March 7, 2016, to two entities (ZTE Corporation and ZTE Kangxun) that were added to the Entity List on March 8, 2016. At this time, the U.S. Government has decided to extend the temporary general license until March 29, 2017. In order to implement this decision, this final rule revises the temporary general license to remove the expiration date of February 27, 2017, and to substitute the date of March 29, 2017. This final rule makes no other changes to the EAR.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03658
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List Thorny Skate as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)
Document Number: 2017-03644
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, have completed a comprehensive status review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for thorny skate (Amblyraja radiata) in response to a petition to list this species. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report, and taking into account ongoing efforts to protect this species, we have determined that the listing of a Northwest Atlantic (NWA) distinct population segment (DPS) or a U.S. DPS is not warranted at this time. While the petition only sought the listing of one of two alternative DPSs, we exercised our discretion to consider whether the listing of the species at the taxonomic level is warranted. We conclude that thorny skate is not currently in danger of extinction throughout all or a significant portion of its range or likely to become so in the foreseeable future.
New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03642
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its NEFMC External Peer Review Management Strategy Evaluation of Atlantic Herring Acceptable Biological Catch Control Rules from to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03641
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public workshop of its Habitat Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Continuation of Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: 2017-03639
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the determinations by the Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') and the International Trade Commission (the ``ITC'') that revocation of the antidumping duty (``AD'') duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') would likely lead to a continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, the Department is publishing a notice of continuation of the AD duty order.
Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber From Poland: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2017-03638
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from Poland is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber From the Republic of Korea: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2017-03637
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber From Brazil: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2017-03631
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from Brazil is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
Emulsion Styrene-Butadiene Rubber From Mexico: Preliminary Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, Postponement of Final Determination, and Extension of Provisional Measures
Document Number: 2017-03625
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) preliminarily determines that emulsion styrene-butadiene rubber (ESB rubber) from Mexico is being, or is likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016.
Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
Document Number: 2017-03597
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the Washington coastal Dungeness crab sub-loan in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Capacity Reduction (Buyback) Program has been repaid. Therefore, Buyback fee collections on Washington coastal Dungeness crab sub-loan will cease for all landings after January 31, 2017.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; 3D Nation Requirements and Benefits Elevation Data Study Questionnaire
Document Number: 2017-03594
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03506
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce
The Western Pacific Stock Assessment Review (WPSAR) Steering Committee will convene a public meeting to discuss and approve the 5- year calendar for stock assessments, and to address any other concerns related to the WPSAR process: https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/peer_reviews/ wpsar/index.php. The steering committee consists of the Executive Director of the Council, the Director of the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and the Regional Administrator of the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office.
Xanthan Gum From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2013-2014
Document Number: 2017-03505
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on xanthan gum from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For these final results, we have treated Neimenggu Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (aka Inner Mongolia Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd.)/Shandong Fufeng Fermentation Co., Ltd./Xinjiang Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (collectively, ``Fufeng''), Deosen Biochemical Ltd./Deosen Biochemical (Ordos) Ltd. (collectively, ``Deosen''), and A.H.A. International Co., Ltd. (``AHA'') as mandatory respondents. The period of review (``POR'') is July 19, 2013, through June 30, 2014. The Department published its Preliminary Results on August 7, 2015 and issued post-preliminary results on August 5, 2016. We gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Results and post-preliminary results, and based upon our analysis of the comments received, we made certain changes to the dumping margin calculations for these final results of review.
Xanthan Gum From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, Final Determination of No Shipments, Final Partial Rescission; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2017-03504
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') has conducted an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on xanthan gum from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For these final results, we have treated Neimenggu Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (a.k.a. Inner Mongolia Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd.)/Shandong Fufeng Fermentation Co., Ltd./Xinjiang Fufeng Biotechnologies Co., Ltd. (collectively, ``Fufeng''), Deosen Biochemical Ltd./Deosen Biochemical (Ordos) Ltd. (collectively, ``Deosen''), and A.H.A. International Co., Ltd. (``AHA'') as mandatory respondents. The period of review (``POR'') is July 01, 2014, through June 30, 2015. The Department published its Preliminary Results of review on August 15, 2016. We gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Results, and based upon our analysis of the comments received, we have not made any changes to the dumping margin calculations for these final results of review.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 2015-2016
Document Number: 2017-03503
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 9, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Department) published in the Federal Register the preliminary results of the eleventh administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain warmwater shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam). We continue find that the mandatory respondents in this review do not qualify for a separate rate and are, therefore, considered part of the Vietnam-Wide Entity during the period of review (POR) February 1, 2015, through January 31, 2016.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 2017-03497
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan (Plan) and codified regulations for the International Pacific Halibut Commission's (IPHC or Commission) regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (Area 2A). In addition, NMFS proposes to implement the portions of the Plan and management measures that are not implemented through the IPHC. These measures include the sport fishery allocations and management measures for Area 2A. These actions are intended to conserve Pacific halibut, provide angler opportunity where available, and minimize bycatch of overfished groundfish species.
National Sunshine Week Public Event
Document Number: 2017-03481
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census
The Bureau of the Census (U.S. Census Bureau) is announcing the following event, ``Strengthening Transparency through Open Data and Access to Information,'' in recognition of National Sunshine Week. In recognizing open government, the Census Bureau will hold public speaker sessions to educate and engage the public in open data and information efforts.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States, Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery Off the Atlantic States, and Coral and Coral Reefs Fishery in the South Atlantic; Exempted Fishing Permit
Document Number: 2017-03458
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from Dr. Janelle Fleming, on behalf of the Eastern Carolina Artificial Reef Association (ECARA). If granted, the EFP would authorize the deployment of Maine lobster traps, crab pot Christmas trees, and geometric reef balls (fish attracting devices) at several sites in the Federal waters off North Carolina to determine the efficacy of these gear types for attracting and collecting invasive lionfish.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery; 2017-2019 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Specifications
Document Number: 2017-03441
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We are approving specifications for the 2017 Atlantic deep-sea red crab fishery, including an annual catch limit and total allowable landings limit. We are also projecting quotas for 2018-2019. This action is necessary to establish allowable red crab harvest levels that will prevent overfishing and allow harvesting of optimum yield. This action is intended to establish the allowable 2017 harvest levels, consistent with the Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Impacts of Marine Debris on Tourism-dependent Communities
Document Number: 2017-03433
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03430
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Tilefish Monitoring Committee of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.
Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology
Document Number: 2017-03426
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Visiting Committee on Advanced Technology (VCAT or Committee), National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), will meet by webinar in an open session on Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time. The VCAT is composed of not fewer than 9 members appointed by the NIST Director, a majority of whom are eminent in such fields as business, research, new product development, engineering, labor, education, management consulting, environment, and international relations.
Monosodium Glutamate From Indonesia: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2017-03418
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 25, 2016, the Department of Commerce (Department) published its preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on monosodium glutamate (MSG) from Indonesia. The administrative review covers one exporter of the subject merchandise, PT Cheil Jedang Indonesia (CJI). The period of review (POR) is May 8, 2014, through October 31, 2015. We continue to find that sales of subject merchandise by CJI were not made at prices less than normal value during the POR. The final weighted- average dumping margin is listed below in the section entitled ``Final Results of Review.''
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Bravo Wharf Recapitalization Project
Document Number: 2017-03410
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that we have revised an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) issued to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, one species of marine mammal during construction activities associated with a wharf recapitalization project at Naval Station Mayport, Florida. The project has been delayed and the effective dates revised accordingly.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer
Document Number: 2017-03379
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2017 commercial summer flounder quota to the Commonwealth of Virginia. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provision. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for North Carolina and Virginia.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2017-03378
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2017 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Emerging Technology and Research Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03377
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03374
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Transportation and Related Equipment Technical Advisory Committee: Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03351
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee: Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03348
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
National Sea Grant Advisory Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03345
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Board. Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP) in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/ NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.a spx. Time and Dates: The announced meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 6, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST, and Tuesday, March 7, 2017 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. EST.
Marine Mammals; File No. 20465
Document Number: 2017-03344
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) Marine Mammal Laboratory, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-6349 (Responsible Party: Dr. John Bengtson), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on 21 species of marine mammals.
Seamless Refined Copper Pipe and Tube From Mexico: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Final Determination of No Shipments; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2017-03338
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 12, 2016, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on seamless refined copper pipe and tube from Mexico. The review covers three producers/exporters of the subject merchandise, GD Affiliates S. de R.L. de C.V. (Golden Dragon), Nacional de Cobre, S.A. de C.V. (Nacobre), and IUSA, S.A. de C.V. (IUSA). The period of review (POR) is November 1, 2014, through October 31, 2015. No interested party submitted comments on the preliminary results. The final results do not differ from the preliminary results.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; File Nos. 15682, 16094, 17845, 19627, 20197, 20452, 20341, and 20658
Document Number: 2017-03334
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that permits and permit amendments have been issued to the following entities: RIN 0648-XA888; Permit No. 15682-01: Mithriel MacKay, Ph.D., 1394 Alameda Ave., Spring Hill, FL 34609; RIN 0648-XA599; Permit No. 16094-04: Alaska Department of Fish and Game, Wildlife Conservation, 1255 West 8th Street, Juneau, AK 99811- 5526 (Responsible Party: Robert Small, Ph.D.); RIN 0648-XC599; Permit No. 17845-03: Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., Keiki Kohola Project, 4945 Coral Way, Oxnard, CA 93035; RIN 0648-XE469; Permit No. 19627: NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Room 207, Miami, FL 33149 (Responsible Party: Dr. Bonnie Ponwith); RIN 0648-XE684; Permit No. 20197: NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 025433 (Responsible Party: Dr. Jon Hare); RIN 0648-XE773; Permit No. 20341: Craig Matkin, North Gulf Oceanic Society, 3430 Main St., Suite B1, Homer, AK 99603; RIN 0648-XE913; Permit No. 20452: SMRU Consulting North America, LLC, P.O. Box 764, Friday Harbor, WA 98250; RIN 0648-XE915; Permit No. 20658: Joseph Wilson, 1st Augustine's Yard, Gaunts Lane, Bristol, BS1 5DE, United Kingdom;
Endangered Species; File No. 20315
Document Number: 2017-03333
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Kristen Hart, Ph.D., U.S. Geological Survey, 3205 College Ave., Davie, Florida, 33314 has applied in due form for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03310
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a joint public meeting of its Whiting Committee and Advisory Panel to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 16; Technical Amendment
Document Number: 2017-03291
Type: Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is hereby making a technical amendment to our regulations without altering the substance of the regulations. These changes will clarify our regulations to make them more easily understood by the public. As a result of a previously published final rule to implement Regulatory Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper- Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), that published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2016, NMFS has identified a section of the regulations for black sea bass pot commercial trip limits in need of clarification. This rule does not make any substantive changes to the regulations governing South Atlantic snapper-grouper or to other species managed by NMFS.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; Framework Amendment 4
Document Number: 2017-03290
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2017-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in Framework Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagics Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (FMP) as prepared and submitted jointly by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council and South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Councils). For the recreational sector, this proposed rule would establish bag and vessel limits, and revise the minimum size limit and accountability measures (AMs) for Atlantic migratory group cobia (Atlantic cobia). This proposed rule would also establish a commercial trip limit for Atlantic cobia. Framework Amendment 4 and this proposed rule apply to the commercial and recreational harvest of Atlantic cobia in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from Georgia through New York. The purpose of Framework Amendment 4 and this proposed rule is to slow the rate of harvest of Atlantic cobia and reduce the likelihood that landings will exceed the commercial and recreational annual catch limits (ACL), thereby triggering the AMs and reducing harvest opportunities.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement; Scoping Process; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2017-03236
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NFMS, an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. An environmental impact statement may be necessary to provide analytic support for Amendment 23 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 23 would revise the monitoring and reporting system for the multispecies (groundfish) fishery. The purpose of this notice is to announce a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed, and to alert the interested public of the scoping process, the potential development of a draft environmental impact statement, and the opportunity for participation in that process.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; St. George Reef Lighthouse Restoration, Maintenance, and Tour Operations at Northwest Seal Rock, Del Norte County, California
Document Number: 2017-03233
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that we have issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society (Society) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during aircraft operations, lighthouse renovation, light maintenance activities, and tour operations on the St. George Reef Lighthouse Station on Northwest Seal Rock (NWSR) in the northeast Pacific ocean, off Del Norte County, California.
Council Coordination Committee Meeting; Addendum
Document Number: 2017-03232
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (CCC), consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors on February 28-March 1, 2017. The intent of this meeting is to discuss issues of relevance to the Councils and NMFS, including issues related to the implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. Agenda items include discussions on budget allocations for FY2017 and budget planning for FY2018; an update on current joint science initiatives, including Ecosystem Based Fisheries Management; the FY2017 legislative outlook; updates on planning for the CCC Scientific Coordination Committee meeting, NMFS bycatch reduction strategy, the NMFS National Standard 1 guidance and implementation, Marine Recreational Information Program updates, stock assessment improvement plan; and other topics related to implementation of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act. All sessions are open to the public.
Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe and Tube Products From Turkey: Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2014-2015
Document Number: 2017-03205
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is amending its final results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on welded carbon steel standard pipe and tube products (welded pipe and tube) from Turkey for the period May 1, 2014, through April 30, 2015, to correct ministerial errors. The amended final weighted- average dumping margins for the reviewed firms are listed below in the section entitled, ``Amended Final Results.''
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2017-03199
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 125th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting; Joint Advisory Group Meeting consisting of the Council's Advisory Panel (AP), Non-Commercial Fisheries Advisory Committee (NCFAC), Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), and Community Demonstration Projects Program Advisory Panel (CDPP-AP); and its 169th Council Meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2017-03198
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a meeting via webinar that is open to the public.
Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Actions
Document Number: 2017-03195
Type: Notice
Date: 2017-02-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), invites comments on a proposed extension of an existing information collection: Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB) Actions.