Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries Management in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and the Gulf of Alaska, 35395-35396 [05-12104]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 117 / Monday, June 20, 2005 / Notices Estimated Number of Respondents: 12,000. Estimated Time Per Response: Less than 2 minutes for a response card, and 2 hours for focus group participation. The average estimated response time is expected to be less than 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 3,022. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information will have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, e.g., the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: June 14, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–12032 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Monitoring of Fish Trap Fishing in the Gulf of Mexico National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), DOC. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: 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. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 19, 2005. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:24 Jun 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6625, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Beverly D. Lambert, 727– 824–5347 or Beverly.Lambert@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract Any person using fish traps to participate in the commercial reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico must make an appointment with NMFS in order for the fish traps to be inspected. This is a one-time requirement. Fishermen will also be required to make telephone reports when initiating and terminating fishing trips. This information is needed to monitor fish trap fishing. I. Method of Collection The information is submitted via a toll-free telephone call. II. Data OMB Number: 0648–0392. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations, individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 86. Estimated Time Per Response: 5 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 251. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35395 they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: June 14, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–12031 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 031705F] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries Management in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and the Gulf of Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Approval of amendments to fishery management plans. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces the approval of Amendment 83 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) and Amendment 75 to the FMP for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The amendments make housekeeping revisions to the FMPs. The revisions update harvest, ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, consolidate text, and reorganize the documents. The intent of this action is to update information in the FMPs and to make them easier to read. This action promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMPs, and other applicable laws. DATES: The amendments were approved on June 13, 2005. ADDRESSES: Copies of Amendments 83 and 75 are available from the Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802, Attn: Lori Durall, or from the Alaska Region website at http:// www.fakr.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, 907–586–7228 or melanie.brown@noaa.gov. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that each Regional Fishery Management Council submit any FMP amendment it prepares to NMFS for review and approval, disapproval, or partial SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 35396 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 117 / Monday, June 20, 2005 / Notices approval by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared and the Secretary approved the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA in 1978 and the FMP for the Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI in 1981. Both FMPs have been amended numerous times. Amendments 83 and 75 revise the FMPs by (1) updating harvest, ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, (2) consolidating text, and (3) reorganizing the documents. These revisions update information in the FMPs and make them easier to read. Amendments 83 and 75 also revise the harvest specifications process set forth in the FMPs to be consistent with Amendments 81 and 74 to the groundfish FMPs (69 FR 31091, June 2, 2004). Amendments 81 and 74 were approved by the Secretary on August 23, 2004, and added new policy objectives to the FMPs, including the objective to adopt conservative harvest levels for multi-species and single species fisheries. Amendments 83 and 75 revise the FMPs’ description of the harvest specifications process by requiring total allowable catch for species or species groups to be set equal to or less than the acceptable biological catch. This revision ensures that harvest levels are conservative and consistent with the FMP management policy and objectives to prevent overfishing. Response to Comments A notice of availability (NOA) for Amendments 83 and 75 to the FMPs, which described the proposed amendments and invited comments from the public, was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2005, (70 FR 15067). The comment period ended May 23, 2005. NMFS received one comment which is summarized and responded to below. Comment: Insufficient information is provided in the NOA. This proposed action should be republished with more explanation. Response: The NOA provided a description of the action and several methods of receiving more detailed information. As explained in the NOA, the action is primarily housekeeping revisions that do not substantively change the FMPs. The only substantive change is the limitation on setting total allowable catch, which was explained in detail in the NOA. The intent of a NOA is to provide the public with notice of a pending decision by the Secretary and to allow for prior public review and comment. The details of proposed FMP amendments are readily available, if more information is needed beyond that provided in the VerDate jul<14>2003 17:24 Jun 17, 2005 Jkt 205001 NOA. Because the action was described in enough detail in the NOA to allow the public to understand the nature of the action and additional information was available by mail, phone, NMFS Alaska Region website, and NMFS staff contacts listed in the NOA, the NOA was sufficient to notify the public of the proposed action and to allow for public comments. Therefore, no additional Federal Register notice is needed for this action. Dated: June 14, 2005. Anne M. Lange Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–12104 Filed 6–17–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service [I.D. 052605A] Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 1008–1637; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA100875 AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Receipt of application. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that John Wise, Ph.D., Maine Center for Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Southern Maine, P.O. Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104, has applied in due form for an amendment to Permit No. 1008–1637–01. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before July 20, 2005. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment (See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301) 427–2521, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing email comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: File No. 1008–1637/ MA100875. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Jennifer Skidmore, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit amendment is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.); the Regulations Governing the Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals (50 CFR parts 18 and 216); the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 17 and 222–226). Permit No. 1008–1637–01 authorizes Dr. Wise to receive and import and export (to and from Canada) hard and soft parts from all marine mammal species under NMFS jurisdiction for purposes of developing cell lines to determine tissue levels of metals in marine mammal species and to establish a national resource of cell lines for use as model systems in the investigation of various factors related to marine mammal health (e.g., toxicity of metals, virology, etc.). The cell lines may not be sold for profit or used for commercial purposes. Marine mammal parts may be obtained and cell lines developed from the following sources: import from stranded dead marine mammals collected as part of governmentauthorized marine mammal stranding response operations along the coast of British Columbia, Canada; stranded dead marine mammals in the United States (U.S.); marine mammals that have died during rehabilitation efforts in the U.S.; animals killed during subsistence harvests; soft parts that are discharged naturally by a living threatened or endangered species in the wild; animals that died incidental to commercial fishing if such taking is legal, or other legal operations of the U.S. and Canada; and specimens collected during permitted research activities in the U.S. Exports to Canada of such parts or cell lines are authorized. E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 117 (Monday, June 20, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 35395-35396]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 05-12104]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 031705F]


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish 
Fisheries Management in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management 
Area and the Gulf of Alaska

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

ACTION: Approval of amendments to fishery management plans.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the approval of Amendment 83 to the Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian 
Islands Management Area (BSAI) and Amendment 75 to the FMP for 
Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The amendments make 
housekeeping revisions to the FMPs. The revisions update harvest, 
ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, consolidate text, and 
reorganize the documents. The intent of this action is to update 
information in the FMPs and to make them easier to read. This action 
promotes the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMPs, and 
other applicable laws.

DATES: The amendments were approved on June 13, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Copies of Amendments 83 and 75 are available from the 
Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, 
Juneau, AK 99802, Attn: Lori Durall, or from the Alaska Region website 
at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, 907-586-7228 or 
melanie.brown@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that each 
Regional Fishery Management Council submit any FMP amendment it 
prepares to NMFS for review and approval, disapproval, or partial

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approval by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). The North Pacific 
Fishery Management Council (Council) prepared and the Secretary 
approved the FMP for Groundfish of the GOA in 1978 and the FMP for the 
Groundfish Fishery of the BSAI in 1981. Both FMPs have been amended 
numerous times.
    Amendments 83 and 75 revise the FMPs by (1) updating harvest, 
ecosystem, and socioeconomic information, (2) consolidating text, and 
(3) reorganizing the documents. These revisions update information in 
the FMPs and make them easier to read.
    Amendments 83 and 75 also revise the harvest specifications process 
set forth in the FMPs to be consistent with Amendments 81 and 74 to the 
groundfish FMPs (69 FR 31091, June 2, 2004). Amendments 81 and 74 were 
approved by the Secretary on August 23, 2004, and added new policy 
objectives to the FMPs, including the objective to adopt conservative 
harvest levels for multi-species and single species fisheries. 
Amendments 83 and 75 revise the FMPs' description of the harvest 
specifications process by requiring total allowable catch for species 
or species groups to be set equal to or less than the acceptable 
biological catch. This revision ensures that harvest levels are 
conservative and consistent with the FMP management policy and 
objectives to prevent overfishing.

Response to Comments

    A notice of availability (NOA) for Amendments 83 and 75 to the 
FMPs, which described the proposed amendments and invited comments from 
the public, was published in the Federal Register on March 24, 2005, 
(70 FR 15067). The comment period ended May 23, 2005. NMFS received one 
comment which is summarized and responded to below.
    Comment: Insufficient information is provided in the NOA. This 
proposed action should be republished with more explanation.
    Response: The NOA provided a description of the action and several 
methods of receiving more detailed information. As explained in the 
NOA, the action is primarily housekeeping revisions that do not 
substantively change the FMPs. The only substantive change is the 
limitation on setting total allowable catch, which was explained in 
detail in the NOA.
    The intent of a NOA is to provide the public with notice of a 
pending decision by the Secretary and to allow for prior public review 
and comment. The details of proposed FMP amendments are readily 
available, if more information is needed beyond that provided in the 
NOA. Because the action was described in enough detail in the NOA to 
allow the public to understand the nature of the action and additional 
information was available by mail, phone, NMFS Alaska Region website, 
and NMFS staff contacts listed in the NOA, the NOA was sufficient to 
notify the public of the proposed action and to allow for public 
comments. Therefore, no additional Federal Register notice is needed 
for this action.

    Dated: June 14, 2005.
Anne M. Lange
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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