Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing Permits, 24397 [05-9147]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 88 / Monday, May 9, 2005 / Notices Hawthorn Suites, Ltd, 1110 West 8th Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501 Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Council staff, Phone: 907–271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting will be to discuss the Board of Fisheries proposal #455 (state water pollock fisheries within Steller Sea lion critical habitat). This will be an initial organizational meeting to discuss information needs, process and timing relative to potential actions by the Board of Fisheries or Council. ADDRESSES: Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen at 907–271–2809 at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. Dated: May 4, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–2227 Filed 5–6–05; 8:45 am] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This meeting will be advertised in the local newspapers. Written comments will be accepted until May 30, 2005. They may be sent to Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813 or via fax to (808) 522–8226. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: May 4, 2005. Emily Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–2226 Filed 5–6–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 3510–22–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE [I.D. 032805A] National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing Permits [I.D. 050405C] AGENCY: AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. There are two shark tour operations based in Haleiwa. The operations are banned from operating in Hawaii State Waters. The staff of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a public scoping meeting to: (1) gather comment on shark viewing operations in Federal waters, and (2) to disseminate and gather information on the Council’s Community Based Management initiatives. DATES: The public scoping meeting will be held on Monday, May 23, 2005, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Haleiwa Alii Beach Park, John Kalili Surf Center, Oahu, HI. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; SUMMARY: NMFS has decided not to proceed at this time with issuing exempted fishing permits (EFPs) for conducting bycatch reduction research in the following regions of the Atlantic Ocean: North of Cape Hatteras, South of Cape Hatteras, and Gulf of Mexico (GOM) until such time as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) can be prepared to further assess the impacts associated with fishing in existing pelagic longline closed areas. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Stirratt, 301–713–2347; fax: 301–713–1917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EFPs are requested and issued under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and/or the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Regulations at 50 CFR 600.745 and 50 CFR 635.32 govern scientific research activity, exempted fishing, and exempted educational Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Scoping Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public scoping meeting. SUMMARY: VerDate jul<14>2003 18:18 May 06, 2005 Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24397 activity with respect to Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS). Six Atlantic pelagic longline vessels requested exemptions from certain regulations applicable to the harvest and landing of Atlantic HMS in order to conduct bycatch reduction research in the following regions of the Atlantic Ocean: North of Cape Hatteras, South of Cape Hatteras, and GOM. Specifically, the permitted pelagic longline vessels proposed to test gear modifications and/ or various fishing techniques to avoid incidentally-caught white marlin, blue marlin, bluefin tuna, and sea turtles, while allowing for the targeted catches of allowed species. The proposal included research in areas currently closed to pelagic longline fishing. NMFS has considered the public comments received, as requested in the Federal Register (70 FR 17069) on April 4, 2005, and has decided not to proceed with issuing exempted fishing permits until such time as an EIS can be prepared to further assess the impacts associated with fishing in existing pelagic longline closed areas. NMFS believes that bycatch reduction research in the pelagic longline fishery is important to compare or evaluate different bycatch reduction fishing methodologies, explore new bycatch reduction gear technologies, and investigate ways to tailor and refine existing time/area closures. Thus, NMFS will proceed with bycatch reduction research in areas currently open to pelagic longline fishing. Bycatch reduction information will be gathered via research efforts conducted outside of closed areas, consistent with a NMFSissued cooperative research grant. Further consideration of bycatch reduction research inside of closed areas may occur upon completion of an EIS. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 3, 2005. John H. Dunnigan Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 032805A]


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing Permits

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: NMFS has decided not to proceed at this time with issuing 
exempted fishing permits (EFPs) for conducting bycatch reduction 
research in the following regions of the Atlantic Ocean: North of Cape 
Hatteras, South of Cape Hatteras, and Gulf of Mexico (GOM) until such 
time as an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) can be prepared to 
further assess the impacts associated with fishing in existing pelagic 
longline closed areas.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Heather Stirratt, 301-713-2347; fax: 
301-713-1917.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: EFPs are requested and issued under the 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and/or the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act 
(16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Regulations at 50 CFR 600.745 and 50 CFR 
635.32 govern scientific research activity, exempted fishing, and 
exempted educational activity with respect to Atlantic Highly Migratory 
Species (HMS).
    Six Atlantic pelagic longline vessels requested exemptions from 
certain regulations applicable to the harvest and landing of Atlantic 
HMS in order to conduct bycatch reduction research in the following 
regions of the Atlantic Ocean: North of Cape Hatteras, South of Cape 
Hatteras, and GOM. Specifically, the permitted pelagic longline vessels 
proposed to test gear modifications and/or various fishing techniques 
to avoid incidentally-caught white marlin, blue marlin, bluefin tuna, 
and sea turtles, while allowing for the targeted catches of allowed 
species. The proposal included research in areas currently closed to 
pelagic longline fishing.
    NMFS has considered the public comments received, as requested in 
the Federal Register (70 FR 17069) on April 4, 2005, and has decided 
not to proceed with issuing exempted fishing permits until such time as 
an EIS can be prepared to further assess the impacts associated with 
fishing in existing pelagic longline closed areas. NMFS believes that 
bycatch reduction research in the pelagic longline fishery is important 
to compare or evaluate different bycatch reduction fishing 
methodologies, explore new bycatch reduction gear technologies, and 
investigate ways to tailor and refine existing time/area closures. 
Thus, NMFS will proceed with bycatch reduction research in areas 
currently open to pelagic longline fishing. Bycatch reduction 
information will be gathered via research efforts conducted outside of 
closed areas, consistent with a NMFS-issued cooperative research grant. 
Further consideration of bycatch reduction research inside of closed 
areas may occur upon completion of an EIS.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: May 3, 2005.
John H. Dunnigan
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 05-9147 Filed 5-3-05; 4:16 pm]
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