Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Scoping Meeting, 24397 [E5-2226]

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. [FR Doc. 05–9147 Filed 5–3–05; 4:16 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMITTEE FOR THE IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE AGREEMENTS Rescheduling of Consideration of Requests for Textile and Apparel Safeguard Action on Imports from China and Solicitations of Public Comments May 5, 2005. The Committee for the Implementation of Textile Agreements (the Committee) AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\09MYN1.SGM 09MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 88 (Monday, May 9, 2005)]
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[FR Doc No: E5-2226]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 050405C]


Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Scoping 
Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public scoping meeting.

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SUMMARY: 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; 
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]
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