U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment, 37331-37332 [05-12774]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / Notices Written comments must be submitted on or before August 29, 2005. ADDRESSES: 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 should be directed to the attention of Jogindar S. Dhillon, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 2150, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–2150, telephone: (301) 975– 5521 or via e-mail to jogindar.dhillon@nist.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION I. Abstract The National Voluntary Conformity Assessment System Evaluation (NVCASE) Program is a voluntary program to evaluate organizations that carry out activities related to laboratory testing, product certification, and quality system registration. Any interested organizations provide information to the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) to support their conformance with established criteria for any of these activities. The information provided is used to conduct a NVCASE evaluation. Based on NVCASE evaluations, NIST provides recognition to qualified U.S. organizations. The ultimate goal is to help U.S. manufacturers satisfy applicable product requirements mandated by other countries through conformity assessment procedures conducted in this country prior to export. NVCASE recognition (1) provides other governments with a basis for having confidence that qualifying U.S. conformity assessment bodies (CABs) are competent, and (2) facilitates the acceptance of U.S. products in foreign-regulated markets based on U.S. conformity assessment results. 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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 23, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–12782 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Availability of Seats for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice and request for applications. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): Recreational Diving, Diving Operations, Oil and Gas Industry, Recreational Fishing, Commercial Fishing, Research, Education, and Conservation. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37331 applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the Sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3year terms, pursuant to the Council’s Charter. DATES: Applications are due by August 15, 2005. ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from Shelley Du Puy at Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary, 1200 Briarcrest, Suite 4000, Bryan, Texas 77802. Completed applications should be sent to the same address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shelley Du Puy, 1200 Briarcrest, Suite 4000, Bryan, Texas 77802, 979–846– 5942, Flowergarden@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Located in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico, the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary includes three separate areas, known as East Flower Garden, West Flower Garden, and Stetson Banks. The Sanctuary was designated on January 17, 1992. Stetson Bank was added to the Sanctuary in 1996. The Sanctuary Advisory Council will consist of no more than 11 members; 8 nongovernmental voting members and 3 governmental non-voting members. The Council may serve as a forum for consultation and deliberation among its members and as a source of advice to the Sanctuary manager regarding the management of the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. (Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program.) Dated: June 23, 2005. Daniel J. Basta, Director, National Marine Sanctuary Program, National Ocean Services, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 05–12773 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–M DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting, notice of public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1 37332 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 124 / Wednesday, June 29, 2005 / Notices Task Force. The meeting will be held in Koror, Palau. This meeting, the 14th biannual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Held in Koror, Palau, this is the first Coral Reef Task Force meeting to be held outside the United States states, territories, or commonwealths and provides an opportunity to learn about coral reef science and management strategies in the Freely Associated States. This meeting has time allotted for public comment and provides exhibit space. All public comment must be submitted in written format at the meeting if able to attend or prior to the meeting if unable to attend. If you plan to attend, please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed below. Registration for public comment and exhibit space is also available at this site. Those who wish to attend but cannot due to travel and other considerations can find background materials at the Web site listed below and may submit written statements to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address listed below. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence. DATES: The meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2005, 8:30–5:30 and Monday, November 7, 2005, 8:30– 5:30. Advance public comments can be submitted from Monday, October 3, 2005–Friday, October 22, 2005. Location: The meeting will be held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural Center, located at Medalaii, Koror 96940, Koror, Palau. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Dieveney, U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Coordinator, Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 (phone: 301–713–2989 ext. 200, Fax: 301–713– 4389, e-mail: Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov, or visit the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Presidential Executive Order 13089 in 1998, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force mission is to lead, coordinate, and strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve and protect coral reef ecosystems. Cochaired by the Departments of Commerce and Interior, Task Force members include leaders of 12 Federal agencies, seven U.S. States and territories, and three freely associated states. For more information about the meeting, traveling to Palau, registering, VerDate jul<14>2003 17:40 Jun 28, 2005 Jkt 205001 and submitting public comment go to http://www.coralreef.gov. Dated: June 22, 2005. David Kennedy, Manager, Coral Reef Conservation Program. [FR Doc. 05–12774 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 062405C] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States and Coral and Coral Reefs Fishery in the South Atlantic; Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces the receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from David R. Griffin on behalf of The North Carolina Aquariums. If granted, the EFP would authorize the applicant, with certain conditions, to collect up to 50 red porgy and up to 500 lb (227 kg) of live rock. Specimens would be collected from Federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2005 and 2006, and displayed at three North Carolina Aquarium facilities located on Roanoke Island, near Morehead City, and south of Wilmington, North Carolina. DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on July 14, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application may be sent via fax to 727– 824–5308 or mailed to: Julie Weeder, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Comments may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is nc.aquarium@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail document the following text: Comment on North Carolina Aquariums EFP Application. The application and related documents are available for review upon written request to the address above or the email address below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Julie Weeder, 727–551–5753; fax 727–824– 5308; e-mail julie.weeder@noaa.gov. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The EFP is requested under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745(b) concerning exempted fishing. According to the applicant, The North Carolina Aquariums are operated by the North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources. Their mission is to inspire appreciation and conservation of North Carolina’s aquatic environments through display of live animals found in the state. The proposed collection for public display involves activities otherwise prohibited by regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plans (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fisheries of the South Atlantic Region and the Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region. The applicant requires authorization to harvest and possess up to 50 red porgy and up to 500 lb (227 kg) of live rock. Collections would occur in Federal waters off the coast of North Carolina during 2005 and 2006. Red porgy would be captured using hookand-line, and SCUBA divers would collect live rock by hand at depths ranging from 40 ft (12 m) to 130 ft (40 m). NMFS finds that this application warrants further consideration. Based on a preliminary review, NMFS intends to issue an EFP. Possible conditions the agency may impose on this permit, if it is indeed granted, include but are not limited to: Reduction in the number of fish and/or live rock to be collected; prohibition of harvest of live rock; restrictions on the size of fish to be collected; prohibition of the harvest of any fish with visible external tags; and specification of locations, dates, and/or seasons allowed for collection of red porgy and/or live rock. A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on a NMFS review of public comments received on the application, conclusions of environmental analyses conducted pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act, and consultations with the affected states, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard. The applicant requests a 12-month effective period for the EFP. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 24, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E5–3396 Filed 6–28–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\29JNN1.SGM 29JNN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 29, 2005)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting, notice of public comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral 
Reef

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Task Force. The meeting will be held in Koror, Palau. This meeting, the 
14th bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a 
forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state 
and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Held in 
Koror, Palau, this is the first Coral Reef Task Force meeting to be 
held outside the United States states, territories, or commonwealths 
and provides an opportunity to learn about coral reef science and 
management strategies in the Freely Associated States. This meeting has 
time allotted for public comment and provides exhibit space. All public 
comment must be submitted in written format at the meeting if able to 
attend or prior to the meeting if unable to attend. If you plan to 
attend, please register in advance by visiting the Web site listed 
below. Registration for public comment and exhibit space is also 
available at this site.
    Those who wish to attend but cannot due to travel and other 
considerations can find background materials at the Web site listed 
below and may submit written statements to the e-mail, fax, or mailing 
address listed below. A written summary of the meeting will be posted 
on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Saturday, November 5, 2005, 8:30-
5:30 and Monday, November 7, 2005, 8:30-5:30. Advance public comments 
can be submitted from Monday, October 3, 2005-Friday, October 22, 2005.
    Location: The meeting will be held at the Ngarachamayong Cultural 
Center, located at Medalaii, Koror 96940, Koror, Palau.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Beth Dieveney, U.S. Coral Reef Task 
Force Coordinator, Coral Reef Conservation Program, 1305 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland, 20910 (phone: 301-713-2989 ext. 200, 
Fax: 301-713-4389, e-mail: Beth.Dieveney@noaa.gov, or visit the U.S. 
Coral Reef Task Force Web site at http://www.coralreef.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Presidential Executive Order 
13089 in 1998, the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force mission is to lead, 
coordinate, and strengthen U.S. government actions to better preserve 
and protect coral reef ecosystems. Co-chaired by the Departments of 
Commerce and Interior, Task Force members include leaders of 12 Federal 
agencies, seven U.S. States and territories, and three freely 
associated states. For more information about the meeting, traveling to 
Palau, registering, and submitting public comment go to http://www.coralreef.gov.

    Dated: June 22, 2005.
David Kennedy,
Manager, Coral Reef Conservation Program.
[FR Doc. 05-12774 Filed 6-28-05; 8:45 am]
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