Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment, 43126-43127 [05-14722]

Download as PDF 43126 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 26, 2005 / Notices used for high resolution and high contrast imaging of thin-sectioned tissues of animals of major economic importance to U.S. agriculture. Basic and applied research on selected diseases of importance to the U.S. livestock and poultry industries will be conducted to: 1. Reduce economic losses from animal disease for the livestock and poultry industries and the associated rural agricultural communities. 2. Reduce or eliminate pre–harvest contamination/infection of animals with food–borne human pathogens. 3. Prevent suffering and death caused by diseases. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: July 6, 2005. Docket Number: 05–031. Applicant: University of Illinois, Department of Crop Sciences, 384A Edward R. Madigan Lab, 1201 West Gregory Drive, Urbana, IL . Instrument: Qarray2 Microarraying System. Manufacturer: Genetix, Ltd., United Kingdom. Intended Use: The instrument is intended to be used in genomics research to ‘‘print’’ thousands of DNA specimens representing laboratory– produced soybean genes onto glass slides in a process known as microarray. The glass slide microarrays produced with the Qarray2 instrument will then be exposed to tissue extracts and used to determine how and when the genes are active or ‘‘expressed’’ in the plant, providing information on plant growth, disease resistance and production of nutritionally significant compounds. The instrument will also be used for instruction in several lab courses. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: July 8, 2005. Docket Number: 05–020. Applicant: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093–0332. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model Technai G2 Sphera. Manufacturer: FEI Company, The Netherlands. Intended Use: See notice at 70 FR 36117, June 22, 2005. Order Date: December 9, 2004. Docket Number: 05–021. Applicant: University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093–0332. Instrument: Electron Microscope, Model Technai G2 Polara. Manufacturer: FEI Company, The Netherlands. Intended Use: See notice at 70 FR 36117, June 22, 2005. Order Date: December 9, 2004. Comments: None received. Decision: Approved. No instrument of equivalent scientific value to the foreign instrument, for such purposes as these instruments are intended to be used, was being manufactured in the United States at the time the instruments were ordered. Reasons: Each foreign instrument is a conventional transmission electron microscope (CTEM) and is intended for research or scientific educational uses requiring a CTEM. We know of no CTEM, or any other instrument suited to these purposes, which was being manufactured in the United States either at the time of order of each instrument OR at the time of receipt of application by U.S. Customs and Border Protection. Gerald A. Zerdy, Program Manager Statutory Import Programs Staff. [FR Doc. 05–14731 Filed 7–25–05; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment International Trade Administration University of California, San Diego, et al., Notice of Consolidated Decision on Applications for Duty–Free Entry of Electron Microscopes This is a decision consolidated pursuant to Section 6(c) of the Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Materials Importation Act of 1966 (Pub. L. 89–651, 80 Stat. 897; 15 CFR part 301). Related records can be viewed between 8:30 A.M. and 5:00 P.M. in Suite 4100W, Franklin Court Building, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1099 14th Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 23:45 Jul 25, 2005 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S [I.D. 071905C] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate jul<14>2003 Gerald A. Zerdy, Program Manager Statutory Import Programs Staff. [FR Doc. 05–14730 Filed 7–25–05; 8:45 am] Jkt 205001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); supplement. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) are evaluating the environmental impacts of a range of management actions for red porgy, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, snowy grouper, and PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 golden tilefish in a DEIS. These management actions are being developed in a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). This notice is intended to supplement notices published in January 2002 and in September 2003, announcing the preparation of DEISs for FMP Amendments 13 and 13B, respectively. DATES: Written comments on the scope of the DEIS will be accepted through August 25, 2005. ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Jack McGovern, NMFS Southeast Region, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, phone: 727–824– 5305; fax: 727–824–5308; e-mail: John.McGovern@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer; toll free 1–866–SAFMC–10 or 843–571– 4366; kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper grouper fishery operating in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone is managed under the FMP. Following Council preparation, this FMP was approved and implemented by NMFS in March 1983, under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The Council began developing FMP Amendment 13 in 2001 to address multiple Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements, as well as the scheduled sunset of regulations protecting the Oculina Experimental Closed Area, and other administrative issues. The Notice of Intent (NOI) for the DEIS associated with FMP Amendment 13 was published in the Federal Register on January 31, 2002 (67 FR 4696). A subsequent notice announcing the division of actions in FMP Amendment 13 into FMP Amendments 13A and 13B was published on September 12, 2003 (68 FR 53706). FMP Amendment 13A contained a single action to extend the regulations in the Oculina Experimental Closed Area, and was supported by an Environmental Assessment. The remaining actions in FMP Amendment 13 were transferred to FMP Amendment 13B, for which the Council continued to prepare a DEIS. Stock assessments have been completed for red porgy, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, golden tilefish, and snowy grouper through the Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review process. The assessments revealed that: all the stocks, except red porgy, are subjected to overfishing; all the stocks, except for golden tilefish and vermilion snapper, are overfished (the biomass level of E:\FR\FM\26JYN1.SGM 26JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 142 / Tuesday, July 26, 2005 / Notices vermilion snapper is unknown); and the red porgy stock is recovering as planned, indicating the rebuilding schedule approved for that stock in FMP Amendment 12 would support a moderate harvest increase. It is anticipated that management actions proposed in FMP Amendment 13B will not be implemented until 2007. The Council decided at its June 2005 Council meeting to consider management actions for these five recently assessed stocks in a regulatory amendment as the most practical avenue to address necessary management measures. Regulatory amendments differ from FMP amendments in that they allow the Council to implement specific regulations through abbreviated rulemaking. The FMP outlines the actions that may be implemented and/ or adjusted using this regulatory framework process. This NOI is intended to inform the public that management actions previously considered in FMP Amendment 13B for select stocks are being developed in a regulatory amendment. Proposed actions in this regulatory amendment would address overfishing of black sea bass, vermilion snapper, golden tilefish, and snowy grouper, and increase red porgy harvest to a level supported by the approved rebuilding schedule for that stock. Management measures currently being evaluated for the commercial sector in this DEIS include new or adjusted: catch quotas, size limits, trip limits, seasonal closures, fishing year start dates, and gear restrictions. Management measures currently being evaluated for the recreational sector include new or adjusted: catch allocations, bag limits, size limits, and seasonal closures. The Council will continue to work on FMP Amendment 13B while preparing the regulatory amendment. Management actions still being considered in FMP Amendment 13B would: redefine, divide into multispecies units, and identify indicator species within the snapper grouper fishery management unit; review and define, as needed, management reference points for snapper grouper stocks; review and define, as needed, rebuilding schedules and strategies for overfished stocks; reduce directed and incidental fishing mortality on select species through new or adjusted catch quotas, seasonal closures, size limits, and/or bag limits; and change permit renewal and transferability provisions. Amendment 13B also will include a bycatch practicability analysis. The full suite of alternatives currently being considered in the regulatory amendment can be VerDate jul<14>2003 23:45 Jul 25, 2005 Jkt 205001 obtained from the Council (see ADDRESSES for contact information). The DEIS and/or final EIS (FEIS) associated with this amendment may include additional management measures identified during the public comment processes. A Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the DEIS associated with this amendment, as well as the 45-day public comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and to NOAA Administrative Order 216–6. NMFS and the Council will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the FEIS. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of the FEIS for public review and will consider all public comments prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the amendment. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 21, 2005. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–14722 Filed 7–25–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was established by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice. DATE AND TIME: The meeting will be held Thursday, August 18, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Friday, August 19, 2005, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Location: The New England Center, 15 Strafford Avenue, University of New Hampshire (UNH), Durham, New Hampshire 03824; Telephone: 603–862– 2801. The times and agenda topics are PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43127 subject to change. Refer to the Web site listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Captain Roger L. Parsons, NOAA, Designated Federal Officer (DFO), Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: 301–713–2770, Fax: 301–713–4019; e-mail: Hydroservices.panel@noaa.gov or visit the NOAA HSRP Web site at http:// nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/ocs/hsrp/ hsrp.htm. The meeting will be open to public participation for verbal comments and questions at the end of the day on August 18 and 19, 2005, with a 30minute period that will be extended if needed. Each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments (at least 30 copies) should be submitted to the DFO by August 12, 2005. Written comments received by the HSRP DFO after August 12, 2005, will be distributed to the HSRP, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Approximately 40 seats will be available for the public, on a first-come, first-served basis. Matters To Be Considered: Topics planned for discussion include: (1) Workgroup Reports and Proposed Recommendations on: NOAA Hydrographic Surveying Cost Analysis, National Ocean Service Mapping and Charting Contracting Policy and Expansion Strategy, NOAA Hydrographic Service User Requirements, NOAA Hydrographic Services’ Role in the Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS), and Suggested Revisions to the Reauthorization of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act, (2) Overview and Government Perspectives on NOAA Contracting Strategies, (3) Emerging Technologies and Educational Curriculum in Surveying, Analysis and Data Processing through NOAA’s Joint Hydrographic Center at UNH, (4) Progress Report on IOOS Development, (5) NOAA Electronic Navigational Chart Data Encryption Policy and (6) Public Statements. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: July 19, 2005. Captain Roger L. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 071905C]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Regulatory Amendment

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

ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement (DEIS); supplement.

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SUMMARY: NMFS and the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council 
(Council) are evaluating the environmental impacts of a range of 
management actions for red porgy, black sea bass, vermilion snapper, 
snowy grouper, and golden tilefish in a DEIS. These management actions 
are being developed in a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management 
Plan for the Snapper Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region 
(FMP). This notice is intended to supplement notices published in 
January 2002 and in September 2003, announcing the preparation of DEISs 
for FMP Amendments 13 and 13B, respectively.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the DEIS will be accepted 
through August 25, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Jack McGovern, NMFS Southeast 
Region, 263 13\th\ Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701, phone: 727-
824-5305; fax: 727-824-5308; e-mail: John.McGovern@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 
Officer; toll free 1-866-SAFMC-10 or 843-571-4366; 
kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper grouper fishery operating in the 
South Atlantic exclusive economic zone is managed under the FMP. 
Following Council preparation, this FMP was approved and implemented by 
NMFS in March 1983, under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
    The Council began developing FMP Amendment 13 in 2001 to address 
multiple Magnuson-Stevens Act requirements, as well as the scheduled 
sunset of regulations protecting the Oculina Experimental Closed Area, 
and other administrative issues. The Notice of Intent (NOI) for the 
DEIS associated with FMP Amendment 13 was published in the Federal 
Register on January 31, 2002 (67 FR 4696). A subsequent notice 
announcing the division of actions in FMP Amendment 13 into FMP 
Amendments 13A and 13B was published on September 12, 2003 (68 FR 
53706). FMP Amendment 13A contained a single action to extend the 
regulations in the Oculina Experimental Closed Area, and was supported 
by an Environmental Assessment. The remaining actions in FMP Amendment 
13 were transferred to FMP Amendment 13B, for which the Council 
continued to prepare a DEIS.
    Stock assessments have been completed for red porgy, black sea 
bass, vermilion snapper, golden tilefish, and snowy grouper through the 
Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review process. The assessments 
revealed that: all the stocks, except red porgy, are subjected to 
overfishing; all the stocks, except for golden tilefish and vermilion 
snapper, are overfished (the biomass level of

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vermilion snapper is unknown); and the red porgy stock is recovering as 
planned, indicating the rebuilding schedule approved for that stock in 
FMP Amendment 12 would support a moderate harvest increase.
    It is anticipated that management actions proposed in FMP Amendment 
13B will not be implemented until 2007. The Council decided at its June 
2005 Council meeting to consider management actions for these five 
recently assessed stocks in a regulatory amendment as the most 
practical avenue to address necessary management measures. Regulatory 
amendments differ from FMP amendments in that they allow the Council to 
implement specific regulations through abbreviated rulemaking. The FMP 
outlines the actions that may be implemented and/or adjusted using this 
regulatory framework process.
    This NOI is intended to inform the public that management actions 
previously considered in FMP Amendment 13B for select stocks are being 
developed in a regulatory amendment. Proposed actions in this 
regulatory amendment would address overfishing of black sea bass, 
vermilion snapper, golden tilefish, and snowy grouper, and increase red 
porgy harvest to a level supported by the approved rebuilding schedule 
for that stock. Management measures currently being evaluated for the 
commercial sector in this DEIS include new or adjusted: catch quotas, 
size limits, trip limits, seasonal closures, fishing year start dates, 
and gear restrictions. Management measures currently being evaluated 
for the recreational sector include new or adjusted: catch allocations, 
bag limits, size limits, and seasonal closures.
    The Council will continue to work on FMP Amendment 13B while 
preparing the regulatory amendment. Management actions still being 
considered in FMP Amendment 13B would: redefine, divide into 
multispecies units, and identify indicator species within the snapper 
grouper fishery management unit; review and define, as needed, 
management reference points for snapper grouper stocks; review and 
define, as needed, rebuilding schedules and strategies for overfished 
stocks; reduce directed and incidental fishing mortality on select 
species through new or adjusted catch quotas, seasonal closures, size 
limits, and/or bag limits; and change permit renewal and 
transferability provisions. Amendment 13B also will include a bycatch 
practicability analysis. The full suite of alternatives currently being 
considered in the regulatory amendment can be obtained from the Council 
(see ADDRESSES for contact information). The DEIS and/or final EIS 
(FEIS) associated with this amendment may include additional management 
measures identified during the public comment processes.
    A Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the 
DEIS associated with this amendment, as well as the 45-day public 
comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on 
Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental 
Policy Act and to NOAA Administrative Order 216-6. NMFS and the Council 
will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the 
FEIS. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of 
the FEIS for public review and will consider all public comments prior 
to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the 
amendment.

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

    Dated: July 21, 2005.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-14722 Filed 7-25-05; 8:45 am]
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