Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Notice of Crab Rationalization Program Public Workshop, 20736 [E5-1874]

Download as PDF 20736 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 76 / Thursday, April 21, 2005 / Notices March 25, 2005. Sam D. Hamilton, Regional Director, Southeast Region, Fish and Wildlife Service. Dated: March 3, 2005. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Marine Mammal and Marine Turtle Conservation Division, National Marine Fisheries Service. March 9, 2005. Ren Lohoefener, Acting Regional Director, Southwest Region, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 05–8032 Filed 4–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 041805A] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Notice of Crab Rationalization Program Public Workshop National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public workshop. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS will present a public workshop on the new Crab Rationalization Program (Program) for participants in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) king and Tanner crab fisheries. At this workshop, NMFS will provide an overview of the Program, discuss the key Program elements, provide information on the application process, and answer questions. This workshop is specifically intended to address issues related to the Arbitration System portion of the Program. NMFS is conducting this public workshop to provide assistance to fishery participants in complying with the requirements of this new Program. Workshop will be held May 9, 2005. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: Workshop will be held in Seattle, WA. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheela McLean, 907–586–7032 or sheela.mclean@noaa.gov. DATES: On March 2, 2005, NMFS published a final rule implementing the Crab Rationalization Program (Program) as Amendments 18 and 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs. In January 2004, the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate jul<14>2003 17:46 Apr 20, 2005 Jkt 205001 U.S. Congress amended section 313(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act through the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108–199, section 801). As amended, section 313(j)(1) requires the Secretary to approve and implement by regulation the Program, as it was approved by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) between June 2002 and April 2003, and all trailing amendments, including those reported to Congress on May 6, 2003. In June 2004, the Council consolidated its actions on the Program into the Council motion, which is contained in its entirety in Amendment 18. Additionally, in June 2004, the Council developed Amendment 19, which represents minor changes necessary to implement the Program. The Notice of Availability for these amendments was published in the Federal Register on September 1, 2004 (69 FR 53397). NMFS approved Amendments 18 and 19 on November 19, 2004. NMFS published a proposed rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 in the Federal Register on October 29, 2004 (69 FR 63200). NMFS conducted four public workshops in March and April in Alaska, Oregon, and Washington to provide assistance to fishery participants in complying with the requirements of this new Program (70 FR 10992). At these workshops, NMFS provided an overview of the Program, discussed the key Program elements, and provide information on the application process. The May 9, 2005 workshop is intended to specifically focus on the Arbitration System. Elements related to economic data collection, monitoring and enforcement, electronic reporting, quota share and individual fishing quota application and transfer provisions, the appeals process, fee collection, and the loan program may be addressed secondarily. Additionally, NMFS will answer questions from workshop participants. For further information on the Crab Rationalization Program, please visit the NMFS Alaska Region Internet site at www.fakr.noaa.gov. Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations NMFS will hold the public workshop as follows: Monday, May 9, 2005, 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)–Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 Northwest 57th Street, Seattle, WA. Special Accommodations This workshop is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Sheela McLean PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least five working days before the workshop date. Dated: April 18, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–1874 Filed 4–20–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 041505G] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings. See SUPPLEMRNTARY INFORMATION for specific meeting schedule. DATES: The meetings will be held May 9 - 12, 2005. ADDRESSES: These meetings will be held at the Palace Casino Resort, 158 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 3018 North U.S. Highway 301, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Wayne E. Swingle, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: 813.228.2815. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Council Meetings - Shedule Wednesday, May 11, 2005 8:30 a.m. – Convene. 8:45 a.m. – 12 Noon - Receive public testimony on (a) Final Shrimp Amendment 13/EA and (b) Exempted fishing permits (if any). 1 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. - Receive a report on the Administration’s Ocean Action Plan. 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. - Receive a presentation on major law enforcement issues regarding red snapper violations and illegal seafood imports. 2:45 p.m. – 3 p.m. - Receive the National State Fishery Directors’ Meeting report. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m. - Receive the Shrimp Management Committee report. 4 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. - Receive the AP Selection Committee Report (CLOSED SESSION). E:\FR\FM\21APN1.SGM 21APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 041805A]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Notice of 
Crab Rationalization Program Public Workshop

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

ACTION: Notice of public workshop.

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SUMMARY: NMFS will present a public workshop on the new Crab 
Rationalization Program (Program) for participants in the Bering Sea 
and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) king and Tanner crab fisheries. At this 
workshop, NMFS will provide an overview of the Program, discuss the key 
Program elements, provide information on the application process, and 
answer questions. This workshop is specifically intended to address 
issues related to the Arbitration System portion of the Program. NMFS 
is conducting this public workshop to provide assistance to fishery 
participants in complying with the requirements of this new Program.

DATES: Workshop will be held May 9, 2005. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: Workshop will be held in Seattle, WA.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sheela McLean, 907-586-7032 or 
sheela.mclean@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 2, 2005, NMFS published a final 
rule implementing the Crab Rationalization Program (Program) as 
Amendments 18 and 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/ 
Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs. In January 2004, the U.S. 
Congress amended section 313(j) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act through the 
Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 (Pub. L. No. 108-199, section 
801). As amended, section 313(j)(1) requires the Secretary to approve 
and implement by regulation the Program, as it was approved by the 
North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) between June 2002 
and April 2003, and all trailing amendments, including those reported 
to Congress on May 6, 2003. In June 2004, the Council consolidated its 
actions on the Program into the Council motion, which is contained in 
its entirety in Amendment 18. Additionally, in June 2004, the Council 
developed Amendment 19, which represents minor changes necessary to 
implement the Program. The Notice of Availability for these amendments 
was published in the Federal Register on September 1, 2004 (69 FR 
53397). NMFS approved Amendments 18 and 19 on November 19, 2004. NMFS 
published a proposed rule to implement Amendments 18 and 19 in the 
Federal Register on October 29, 2004 (69 FR 63200).
    NMFS conducted four public workshops in March and April in Alaska, 
Oregon, and Washington to provide assistance to fishery participants in 
complying with the requirements of this new Program (70 FR 10992). At 
these workshops, NMFS provided an overview of the Program, discussed 
the key Program elements, and provide information on the application 
process.
    The May 9, 2005 workshop is intended to specifically focus on the 
Arbitration System. Elements related to economic data collection, 
monitoring and enforcement, electronic reporting, quota share and 
individual fishing quota application and transfer provisions, the 
appeals process, fee collection, and the loan program may be addressed 
secondarily. Additionally, NMFS will answer questions from workshop 
participants. For further information on the Crab Rationalization 
Program, please visit the NMFS Alaska Region Internet site at 
www.fakr.noaa.gov.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    NMFS will hold the public workshop as follows:
    Monday, May 9, 2005, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Pacific Standard Time (PST)-
Leif Erickson Hall, 2245 Northwest 57th Street, Seattle, WA.

Special Accommodations

    This workshop is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Sheela McLean 
(see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least five working days before 
the workshop date.

    Dated: April 18, 2005.
Emily Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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