National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council; April 3-8, 2005, Council Meeting, 13172-13173 [E5-1182]

Download as PDF 13172 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 52 / Friday, March 18, 2005 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 031505A] National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council; April 3–8, 2005, Council Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings. There will also be a Tuesday evening meeting between NMFS, states, and industry on the 2005 whiting exempted fishing permit and a Monday evening meeting sponsored by NMFS and the states to provide an update on the Pacific Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat EIS. DATES: The Council and its advisory entities will meet April 3–8, 2005. The Council meeting will begin on Monday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m., reconvening each day through Friday. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 4 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business. The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel, 1320 Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington 98402; telephone: 253–572–3200. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive Director; telephone: 503–820–2280. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following items are on the Council agenda, but not necessarily in this order: A. Call to Order 1. Opening Remarks and Introductions 2. Roll Call 3. Executive Director’s Report 4. Approve Agenda C. Salmon Management 1. Identify Stocks Not Meeting Conservation Objectives 2. Methodology Review Process for 2005 3. Update on Essential Fish Habitat Review Process 4. Final Action on 2005 Salmon Management Measures ADDRESSES: VerDate jul<14>2003 16:14 Mar 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 D. Pacific Halibut Management 1. Adopt Final 2005 Incidental Halibut Catch Regulations for Salmon Troll and Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries E. Habitat 1. Current Habitat Issues B. Groundfish Management 1. Vermillion Rockfish Assessment 2. Inseason Management Response Policy Final Adoption 3. NMFS Report 4. Terms of Reference for Groundfish Rebuilding Plan Review 5. Implementation of an Expanded Vessel Monitoring System 6. Status of 2005 Groundfish Fisheries and Inseason Adjustments 7. Longline Dogfish Fishery Control Date F. Coastal Pelagic Species Management 1. NMFS Report 2. Fishery Management Plan Amendment 11–Sardine Allocation G. Marine Protected Areas 1. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (NMS), Cordell Bank NMS, Gulf of Farallones NMS, and Monterey Bay NMS Designation Document Comments and Proposed NMS Regulations H. Enforcement Issues 1. U.S. Coast Guard Fishery Enforcement Report I. Highly Migratory Species Management 1. NMFS Report 2. Fishery Management Plan Implementation J. Administrative Matters 1. Report on ‘‘Managing Our Fisheries II’’ Conference 2. Legislative Matters 3. Appointments to Advisory Bodies, Standing Committees, and Other Forums 4. Work Load Priorities and Draft June 2005 Council Meeting Agenda SCHEDULE OF ANCILLARY MEETINGS SUNDAY, April 3, 2005 Klamath Fishery Management Council 3 p.m. MONDAY, April 4, 2005 Council Secretariat 8 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m. Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m. Scientific and Statistical Committee 8 a.m. Habitat Committee 10 a.m. Legislative Committee 10:30 a.m. Special Session: Salmon Ocean Ecology 1 p.m. Enforcement Consultants 4:30 p.m. Special Session: Essential Fish Habitat PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental Impact Statement Review 7 p.m. Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary Tribal Policy Group As necessary Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary TUESDAY, April 5, 2005 Council Secretariat 7 a.m. California State Delegation 7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m. Washington State Delegation 7 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m. Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m. Scientific and Statistical Committee 8 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team 1 p.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel 1 p.m. Special Sessions: Whiting EFP and Video Monitoring Briefing 7 p.m. Enforcement Consultants As necessary Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary Tribal Policy GroupAs necessary Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2005 Council Secretariat 7 a.m. California State Delegation 7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m. Washington State Delegation 7 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team 8 a.m. Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m. Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants As necessary Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary Tribal Policy Group As necessary Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary THURSDAY, April 7, 2005 Council Secretariat 7 a.m. California State Delegation 7 a.m. Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m. Washington State Delegation 7 a.m. Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m. Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m. Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m. Enforcement Consultants As necessary Tribal Policy Group As necessary Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary FRIDAY, April 8, 2005 Council Secretariat 7 a.m. California State Delegation 7 a.m. E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 52 / Friday, March 18, 2005 / Notices Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m. Washington State Delegation 7 a.m. Enforcement Consultants As necessary Salmon Advisory Subpanel As necessary Salmon Technical Team As necessary Tribal Policy Group As necessary Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary Although nonemergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues 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 Council’s 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 Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503–820–2280 at least five days prior to the meeting date. Dated: March 15, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–1182 Filed 3–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 031505D] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of exempted fishing permit application. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice announces receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from John Gauvin and John Gruver. If granted, this permit would be used to continue the development and testing of a salmon excluder device in the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery. It is intended to promote the objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the VerDate jul<14>2003 16:14 Mar 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) by developing a method for reducing salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock trawl fishery. ADDRESSES: Copies of the EFP application are available by writing to Sue Salveson, Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802, Attn: Lori Durall. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, 907–586–7228 or melanie.brown@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS manages the domestic groundfish fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) under the FMP. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared the FMP under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. Regulations governing the groundfish fisheries of the BSAI appear at 50 CFR parts 600 and 679. The FMP and the implementing regulations at §§ 679.6 and 600.745(b) authorize issuance of EFPs to allow fishing that would otherwise be prohibited. Procedures for issuing EFPs are contained in the implementing regulations. NMFS received an application for an EFP from John Gauvin, Principal Investigator and John Gruver of the United Catcher Boats Association. The purpose of the project is to improve the performance of the salmon excluder device developed under an EFP in 2004 and 2005, and to validate the performance of this device for pollock trawls. The goal is to develop a device for pollock trawls that reduces salmon bycatch without significantly lowering catch rates of pollock. The EFP would allow for two types of testing of the salmon excluder device in fall 2005 and spring 2006. In the first experiment, a catcher vessel would be used to test minor adjustments to the current excluder device design to improve performance. The second experiment would be conducted using a catcher/processor for the paired-tow experiment to validate the performance of the excluder device. Depending on the results from the work in 2005 and 2006, the EFP may need to be modified to allow for an additional year of testing. Exemptions from regulations for salmon bycatch limits, observer requirements, salmon savings area closure, the Catcher Vessel Operating Area (CVOA), and total allowable catch amounts (TACs) for groundfish would be necessary to conduct the work. The taking of salmon during the experiment is crucial for determining the effectiveness of the device. Salmon PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13173 taken during the experiment would not be counted toward the chinook and chum salmon bycatch limits under §§ 679.21(e)(1)(vii) and (e)(1)(viii). Potentially, the amount of salmon bycatch by the pollock trawl industry during the EFP period could approach or exceed the salmon bycatch limits. The additional salmon taken during the experiment would create an additional burden on the pollock trawl industry and may lead to closures of the salmon savings areas, if the EFP salmon were counted toward the salmon bycatch limits. Approximately 2,500 chum salmon and 1,500 chinook salmon would be required to support the project. The applicants also have requested an exemption from closures of the Chinook Salmon Savings Areas and the Chum Salmon Savings Area (§§ 679.21(e)(7)(vii) and (e)(7)(viii)). The experiment must be conducted in areas of salmon concentration to ensure a sufficient sample size. The salmon savings areas are areas of known concentration of salmon and provide an ideal location for conducting the experiment and ensuring that the vessels encounter concentrations of salmon. Groundfish taken under the EFP would be exempt from the TACs specified in the annual harvest specifications (§ 679.20). A total of 2,500 metric tons (mt) of groundfish (primarily pollock) would be taken during the EFP work and would not be included in the harvest applied against the Bering Sea groundfish TACs, including the pollock TAC of approximately 1.5 million mt. The 2005 Bering Sea pollock acceptable biological catch is 1.960 million mt, well above the combined TAC and the additional harvest anticipated from the project. Because of the nature of groundfish bycatch in the pollock fishery, the harvest of other groundfish species during the project is expected to be very minor. The experiment using the catcher/ processor would require exemption from the CVOA restriction (§ 679.22(a)(5)) because of the location of the Chinook Salmon Savings Area in the CVOA. Catcher/processors are prohibited from operating in the CVOA during the B season. It would be necessary for the catcher/processor to conduct tows in this area to ensure encountering sufficient pollock and salmon. The EFP would include an exemption from the observer requirements at § 679.50. The applicants would use ‘‘sea samplers’’ who are NMFS-trained observers. They would not be deployed E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 031505A]


National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management 
Council; April 3-8, 2005, Council Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
advisory entities will hold public meetings. There will also be a 
Tuesday evening meeting between NMFS, states, and industry on the 2005 
whiting exempted fishing permit and a Monday evening meeting sponsored 
by NMFS and the states to provide an update on the Pacific Groundfish 
Essential Fish Habitat EIS.

DATES: The Council and its advisory entities will meet April 3-8, 2005. 
The Council meeting will begin on Monday, April 4, at 3:30 p.m., 
reconvening each day through Friday. All meetings are open to the 
public, except a closed session will be held from 3:30 p.m. until 4:30 
p.m. on Monday, April 4 to address litigation and personnel matters. 
The Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its 
scheduled business.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Sheraton Tacoma Hotel, 1320 
Broadway Plaza, Tacoma, Washington 98402; telephone: 253-572-3200.
    Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE 
Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, OR 97220.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Dr. Donald O. McIsaac, Executive 
Director; telephone: 503-820-2280.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following items are on the Council 
agenda, but not necessarily in this order:
    A. Call to Order
    1. Opening Remarks and Introductions
    2. Roll Call
    3. Executive Director's Report
    4. Approve Agenda
    C. Salmon Management
    1. Identify Stocks Not Meeting Conservation Objectives
    2. Methodology Review Process for 2005
    3. Update on Essential Fish Habitat Review Process
    4. Final Action on 2005 Salmon Management Measures
    D. Pacific Halibut Management
    1. Adopt Final 2005 Incidental Halibut Catch Regulations for Salmon 
Troll and Fixed Gear Sablefish Fisheries
    E. Habitat
    1. Current Habitat Issues
    B. Groundfish Management
    1. Vermillion Rockfish Assessment
    2. Inseason Management Response Policy Final Adoption
    3. NMFS Report
    4. Terms of Reference for Groundfish Rebuilding Plan Review
    5. Implementation of an Expanded Vessel Monitoring System
    6. Status of 2005 Groundfish Fisheries and Inseason Adjustments
    7. Longline Dogfish Fishery Control Date
    F. Coastal Pelagic Species Management
    1. NMFS Report
    2. Fishery Management Plan Amendment 11-Sardine Allocation
    G. Marine Protected Areas
    1. Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (NMS), Cordell Bank 
NMS, Gulf of Farallones NMS, and Monterey Bay NMS Designation Document 
Comments and Proposed NMS Regulations
    H. Enforcement Issues
    1. U.S. Coast Guard Fishery Enforcement Report
    I. Highly Migratory Species Management
    1. NMFS Report
    2. Fishery Management Plan Implementation
    J. Administrative Matters
    1. Report on ``Managing Our Fisheries II'' Conference
    2. Legislative Matters
    3. Appointments to Advisory Bodies, Standing Committees, and Other 
Forums
    4. Work Load Priorities and Draft June 2005 Council Meeting Agenda

SCHEDULE OF ANCILLARY MEETINGS

    SUNDAY, April 3, 2005
    Klamath Fishery Management Council 3 p.m.
    MONDAY, April 4, 2005
    Council Secretariat 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m.
    Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m.
    Scientific and Statistical Committee 8 a.m.
    Habitat Committee 10 a.m.
    Legislative Committee 10:30 a.m.
    Special Session: Salmon Ocean Ecology 1 p.m.
    Enforcement Consultants 4:30 p.m.
    Special Session: Essential Fish Habitat
    Environmental Impact Statement Review 7 p.m.
    Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary
    Tribal Policy Group As necessary
    Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary
    TUESDAY, April 5, 2005
    Council Secretariat 7 a.m.
    California State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Washington State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m.
    Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m.
    Scientific and Statistical Committee 8 a.m.
    Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team 1 p.m.
    Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel 1 p.m.
    Special Sessions: Whiting EFP and Video
    Monitoring Briefing 7 p.m.
    Enforcement Consultants As necessary
    Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary
    Tribal Policy GroupAs necessary
    Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary
    WEDNESDAY, April 6, 2005
    Council Secretariat 7 a.m.
    California State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Washington State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team 8 a.m.
    Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m.
    Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m.
    Enforcement Consultants As necessary
    Klamath Fishery Management Council As necessary
    Tribal Policy Group As necessary
    Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary
    THURSDAY, April 7, 2005
    Council Secretariat 7 a.m.
    California State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Washington State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Groundfish Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Groundfish Management Team 8 a.m.
    Salmon Advisory Subpanel 8 a.m.
    Salmon Technical Team 8 a.m.
    Enforcement Consultants As necessary
    Tribal Policy Group As necessary
    Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary
    FRIDAY, April 8, 2005
    Council Secretariat 7 a.m.
    California State Delegation 7 a.m.

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    Oregon State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Washington State Delegation 7 a.m.
    Enforcement Consultants As necessary
    Salmon Advisory Subpanel As necessary
    Salmon Technical Team As necessary
    Tribal Policy Group As necessary
    Tribal and Washington Technical Group As necessary
    Although nonemergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal Council action during this meeting. Council action will be 
restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any 
issues 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 Council's 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 Ms. Carolyn Porter at 503-820-2280 
at least five days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: March 15, 2005.
Emily Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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