2006 Monkfish Research Set-aside Program, 54028-54031 [05-18087]

Download as PDF 54028 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 176 / Tuesday, September 13, 2005 / Notices and (5) if neither the exporter nor producer is a firm covered in this review or the original investigation, the cash deposit rate for all other producers or exporters of the subject merchandise will continue to be 99.52 percent ad valorem. This rate is the ‘‘all others’’ rate from the final determination in the original investigation. This notice also serves as a reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of return/ destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and the terms of an APO is a sanctionable violation. This administrative review and this notice are issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i) of the Act. Dated: September 6, 2005. Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Appendix I - Issues and Decision Memorandum I. ANALYSIS OF PROGRAMS A. Programs Determined to Be Not Used 1. Provision of Fertilizer and Machinery 2. Provision of Credit 3. Tax Exemptions 4. Provision of Water and Irrigation Equipment 5. Technical Support 6. Duty Refunds on Imported Raw or Intermediate Materials Used in the Production of Export Goods 7. Program to Improve Quality of Exports of Dried Fruit 8. Iranian Export Guarantee Fund 9. GOI Grants and Loans to Pistachio Farmers 10.Crop Insurance for Pistachios II. TOTAL AD VALOREM RATE III. ANALYSIS OF COMMENTS Comment 1: Use of Adverse Facts Available [FR Doc. 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This program is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be submitted no later than September 19, 2005, to The Manufacturing Council, Room 4043, Washington, DC 20230. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Manufacturing Council Executive Secretariat, Room 4043, Washington, DC 20230 (Phone: 202–482–1369). Interested parties are encouraged to visit The Manufacturing Council Web site (http://www.manufacturing.gov/council) for the most up-to-date information about the meeting and the Council. Dated: September 8, 2005. Sam Giller, Executive Secretary, The Manufacturing Council. [FR Doc. 05–18162 Filed 9–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 050906238–5238–01; ID 090705E] RIN 0648–ZB68 2006 Monkfish Research Set-aside Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; solicitation of proposals for research activities. SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) have set aside 500 monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) to be used for research endeavors under a research set-aside (RSA) program. NMFS is soliciting proposals to utilize the DAS for research activities concerning the monkfish fishery for fishing year 2006 (May 1, 2006–April 30, 2007). Through the allocation of research DAS, the Monkfish RSA Program provides a mechanism to reduce the cost for vessel owners to participate in cooperative monkfish research. The intent of this RSA program is for fishing vessels to utilize these research DAS to conduct monkfish related research, rather than their allocated monkfish DAS, thereby eliminating any cost to the vessel associated with using a monkfish DAS. DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. eastern standard time on October 13, 2005. Delays may be experienced when registering with Grants.gov near the end of a solicitation period. Therefore, NOAA strongly recommends that applicants do not wait until the deadline date to begin the application process through http:// www.grants.gov. ADDRESSES: Electronic application submissions must be transmitted on-line through http://www.grants.gov. Applications submitted through http:// www.grants.gov will be accompanied by a date and time receipt indication on them. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard copy proposals will be accepted, and date recorded when they are received in the program office. Paper applications must be sent to NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Electronic or hard copies received after the deadline will not be considered, and hard copy applications will be returned to the sender. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information may be obtained from Paul Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), by phone 978–465–0492, or by fax 978–465–3116; Philip Haring, Senior Fishery Analyst, NEFMC, by phone 978–465–0492, or by email at pharing@nefmc.org; or Allison Ferreira, Fishery Policy Analyst, NMFS, by phone 978–281–9103, by fax 978–281– 9135, or by e-mail at allison.ferreira@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 176 / Tuesday, September 13, 2005 / Notices Electronic Access Application information is available at http://www.grants.gov. Electronic copies of the Standard Forms for submission of research proposals may be found on the Internet in a PDF (Portable Document Format) version at http://www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/ appkit.shtml under the title ‘‘Grants Management Division-Application Kit.’’ Applicants without Internet access can contact Rich Maney, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, by phone 978– 281–9265, by fax 978–281–9117, or by email at rich.maney@noaa.gov. To apply for this NOAA Federal funding opportunity, please go to http:// www.grants.gov, and use the following funding opportunity ι NMFS-NERO– 2006–2000372. Background Landings from such research trips may be sold to generate funds to help defray research costs. No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, projects funded under the Monkfish RSA Program would be provided with additional opportunity to harvest monkfish, and the catch sold to generate income to offset research costs. Projects funded under an RSA DAS award must enhance the knowledge of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which management decisions are made. The Councils and NMFS will give priority to funding research proposals in the following general subject areas: (1) Research concerning monkfish bycatch and discards; (2) research to minimize bycatch and interactions with sea turtles and other protected species; (3) research to minimize impacts of monkfish fishery on essential fish habitat (EFH), or other sensitive habitats; (4) research to establish an exempted monkfish trawl fishery in the Northern Fishery Management Area; (5) research on the biology or population structure and dynamics of monkfish; (6) tagging studies; (7) mesh and gear selectivity studies, including studies on gear efficiency; and (8) cooperative stock assessment surveys. Please note that the research subject areas listed above are not listed in order of priority. Funding Availability No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, 500 DAS (approximating 519 metric tons of whole monkfish landings) will be set aside for projects under the Monkfish RSA Program. This will provided additional opportunity to VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:06 Sep 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 harvest monkfish, and to sell the additional catch to generate income to offset research costs. Projects funded under an RSA DAS award must enhance the knowledge of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of information on which management decisions are made. The Federal Government (i.e., NMFS) may issue an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), if needed, to provide special fishing privileges in response to research proposals selected under this program. For example, vessels participating in an approved research project may be authorized by the Northeast Regional Administrator, NMFS, to harvest monkfish in excess of established possession limits. Because this is the first year of the Monkfish RSA Program, information on the number of awards issued in previous fishing years, and the income generated from those awards, is not available. Funds generated from landings harvested and sold under the Monkfish RSA Program shall be used to cover the cost of research activities, including vessel costs. For example, the funds may be used to pay for gear modifications, monitoring equipment, the salaries of research personnel, or vessel operation costs. The Federal Government shall not be liable for any costs incurred in the conduct of the project. Specifically, the Federal Government is not liable for any costs incurred by the researcher or vessel owner should the sale of catch not fully reimburse the researcher or vessel owner for his/her expenses. Statutory Authority Issuing grants is consistent with sections 303(b)(11), 402(e), and 404(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C. 1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881(c), respectively. The ability to set aside monkfish DAS for research purposes was established in the final rule implementing Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (70 FR 21927, April 28, 2005), and codified in the regulations at 50 CFR 648.92(c). CFDA Number In the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, the program number is 11.454, and the program name is Unallied Management Projects. Eligibility 1. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, commercial organizations, individuals, state, local, and Native American tribal PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54029 governments. Federal agencies and institutions are not eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Additionally, employees of any Federal agency or Regional Fishery Management Council (Council) are ineligible to submit an application under this program. However, Council members who are not Federal employees may submit an application. 2. DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to the RSA program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening the participation of historically black colleges and universities, Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and institutions that work in under served areas. DOC/NOAA encourages proposals involving any of the above institutions. 3. DOC/NOAA encourages applications from members of the fishing community and applications that involve fishing community cooperation and participation. Cost Sharing Requirements None required. Evaluation and Selection Procedures NMFS will solicit written technical evaluations from the Council members who make up the Monkfish Research Set-Aside Committee (Committee) and from up to three or more appropriate private and public sector experts to determine the technical merit of the proposal and to provide a rank score of the project based on the criteria described in the Evaluation Criteria section of this document. Following completion of the technical evaluation, NMFS will convene a review panel, including the Committee and technical experts, to review and individually critique the scored proposals to enhance NOAA’s understanding of the proposals. Initial successful applicants may be required, in consultation with NMFS, to further refine/modify the study methodology as a condition of project approval. No consensus recommendations will be made by the Committee members, technical experts, or by the review panel. Evaluation Criteria 1. Importance and/or relevance of the proposed project: This criterion ascertains whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed work and/or relevance to NOAA, Federal, regional, state or local activities. (25 points) 2. Technical/scientific merit: This criterion assesses whether the approach is technically sound and/or innovative, E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 54030 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 176 / Tuesday, September 13, 2005 / Notices if the methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project goals and objectives. (25 points) 3. Overall qualifications of the project: This criterion assesses whether the applicant, and team members, possess the necessary education, experience, training, facilities and administrative resources to accomplish the project. (15 points) 4. Project costs: This criterion evaluates the budget to determine if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time frame. (25 points) 5. Outreach and education: This criterion assesses whether the project involves a focused and effective education and outreach strategy regarding NOAA’s mission to protect the Nation’s natural resources. (10 points) The merit review ratings shall provide a rank order to the Selecting Official (the Northeast Regional Administrator) for final funding recommendations. A program officer may first make recommendations to the Selecting Official applying the selection factors. The Selecting Official shall award in the rank order unless the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon one or more of the following factors: 1. Availability of funding. 2. Balance/distribution of funds: a. Geographically b. By type of institutions c. By type of partners d. By research areas e. By project types 3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or considered for funding by NOAA or other Federal agencies. 4. Program priorities and policy factors. 5. Applicant’s prior award performance. 6. Partnerships and/or Participation of targeted groups. 7. Adequacy of information necessary to conduct a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and determination. Key program policy factors (see item 4 above) to be considered by the Selecting Official are: (1) the time of year the research activities are to be conducted; (2) the ability of the proposal to meet the applicable experimental fishing requirements; (3) redundancy of research projects; and (4) logistical concerns. Therefore, the highest scoring projects may not necessarily be selected for an award. All approved research must be conducted in accordance with provisions approved by NOAA, and provided in an EFP issued by NMFS. Unsuccessful applications VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:06 Sep 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 will be returned to the submitter. Successful applications will be incorporated into the award document. For proposals that request exemptions from existing regulations (e.g., possession limits, closed areas, etc.), the impacts of the proposed exemptions must be analyzed. Any applicants who request regulatory exemptions that extend beyond the 500 DAS set-aside implemented in Amendment 2 may be required to adhere to the regulations governing the issuance of an EFP by NMFS. As appropriate, NMFS will consult with the Councils and successful applicants to secure the information required for granting an exemption if issuance of an EFP is necessary for the research to be conducted. No research or usage of research DAS will be allowed until NMFS notifies the applicant that the applicant’s EFP request is approved. NEPA Requirements NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required by NEPA, for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA Federal assistance opportunities, including special fishing privileges. Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the following NOAA NEPA website: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov, including our NOAA Administrative Order 216–6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/ NAO216l6lTOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality implementation regulations, http:// ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/ toclceq.htm. Consequently, as part of an applicant’s package, and under the description of program activities, applicants are required to provide detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, sites, species, and habitat to be affected, possible construction activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of nonindigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). The impacts of the 500 DAS set-aside were analyzed in the Final Supplemental Impact Statement prepared for Amendment 2. Therefore, if the applicant does not request additional regulatory exemptions beyond the use of research DAS, additional NEPA analysis may not be required. However, if the research proposal requests exemptions from regulations that extend beyond the 500 DAS set-aside, applicants may be required to provide additional specific PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 information that will serve as the basis for any required impact analyses. Applicants may also be requested to assist NOAA in drafting an environmental assessment if NOAA determines such an assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to reduce or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts associated with their proposed research activity. The failure to do so shall be grounds for the denial of an application. Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements The Department of Commerce PreAward Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this solicitation. Reporting Requirements Recipients will be required to submit the following financial and performance (technical) reports. These reports are to be submitted electronically unless the recipient does not have Internet access, in which case hard copy submissions will be accepted. Financial Status Reports (SF–269 and SF–272) are required to be submitted to the Grants Officer semi-annually. Performance or progress reports are required to be submitted to the NOAA Program Officer semi-annually. The final report is due 90 days after the award expiration. Universal Identifier Applicants should be aware that they are required to provide a Dun and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177), Federal Register for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number request line at 1–866–705–5711 or via the internet (http:// www.dunandbradstreet.com). Executive Order 12372 Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 12372 ‘‘Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.’’ Limitation of Liability Funding for programs listed in this notice is contingent upon the availability of Fishing Year 2005 Monkfish RSA DAS. In no event will NOAA or DOC be responsible for application preparation costs if these programs fail to receive a DAS award or E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 176 / Tuesday, September 13, 2005 / Notices are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to obligate any available funds. The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this solicitation. Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA) This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the PRA. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, 269, 272, and CD– 346 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 0348– 0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348– 0046, 0348–0039, 0348–0003, and 0605– 0001. Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently valid OMB control number. Executive Order 12866 This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes of Executive Order 12866. Executive Order 13132 (Federalism) It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 13132. Administrative Procedure Act/ Regulatory Flexibility Act Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) do not apply. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been prepared. Dated: September 7, 2005. James W. Balsiger, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–18087 Filed 9–12–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Aug<18>2005 16:06 Sep 12, 2005 Jkt 205001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 030805A] Incidental Take of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Seismic Retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, San Francisco Bay, CA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) has been issued to the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seismic retrofit construction of the RichmondSan Rafael Bridge (the Bridge), San Francisco Bay (SFB), CA. DATES: This authorization is effective from September 06, 2005 to September 06, 2006. ADDRESSES: A copy of the application may be obtained by writing to Stephen L. Leathery, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or by telephoning the contacts listed here. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at this address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Layne Bolen, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext. 117 or Monica DeAngelis, NMFS Southwest Region, (562) 980–3232. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and regulations are issued. An authorization may be granted if the Secretary finds that the total taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses, and that the PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54031 permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Subsection 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by which citizens of the United States can apply for an authorization to incidentally take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment. Except for certain categories of actions not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment]. Summary of Request On December 16, 2004, NMFS received a letter from CALTRANS requesting reauthorization of an IHA that was first issued to it on December 16, 1997 (62 FR 67045, December 23, 1997), was renewed on January 8, 2000 (65 FR 2375, January 14, 2000), September 19, 2001 (66 FR 49165, September 26, 2001), September 23, 2002 (67 FR 61323, September 30, 2002), and November 19, 2003 (68 FR 66076, November 25, 2003). The authorization renewal request is for the possible harassment of small numbers of Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and possibly some California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), incidental to seismic retrofit construction of the Bridge. The Bridge is being seismically retrofitted to withstand a future severe earthquake. Construction is scheduled to extend through the year 2005. A detailed description of the work planned is contained in the Final Natural Environmental Study/Biological Assessment for the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project (CALTRANS, 1996). As in the previous IHAs, activities will include excavation around pier bases, hydro-jet cleaning, installation of steel casings around the piers with a crane, installation of micropiles, and installation of precast concrete jackets. Foundation construction will require approximately 2 months per pier, with construction occurring on more than one pier at a E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 050906238-5238-01; ID 090705E]
RIN 0648-ZB68


2006 Monkfish Research Set-aside Program

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

ACTION: Notice; solicitation of proposals for research activities.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery 
Management Councils (Councils) have set aside 500 monkfish days-at-sea 
(DAS) to be used for research endeavors under a research set-aside 
(RSA) program. NMFS is soliciting proposals to utilize the DAS for 
research activities concerning the monkfish fishery for fishing year 
2006 (May 1, 2006-April 30, 2007). Through the allocation of research 
DAS, the Monkfish RSA Program provides a mechanism to reduce the cost 
for vessel owners to participate in cooperative monkfish research. The 
intent of this RSA program is for fishing vessels to utilize these 
research DAS to conduct monkfish related research, rather than their 
allocated monkfish DAS, thereby eliminating any cost to the vessel 
associated with using a monkfish DAS.

DATES: Applications must be received on or before 5 p.m. eastern 
standard time on October 13, 2005. Delays may be experienced when 
registering with Grants.gov near the end of a solicitation period. 
Therefore, NOAA strongly recommends that applicants do not wait until 
the deadline date to begin the application process through http://
www.grants.gov.

ADDRESSES: Electronic application submissions must be transmitted on-
line through http://www.grants.gov. Applications submitted through 
http://www.grants.gov will be accompanied by a date and time receipt 
indication on them. If an applicant does not have Internet access, hard 
copy proposals will be accepted, and date recorded when they are 
received in the program office. Paper applications must be sent to 
NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930. Electronic or hard copies received after the deadline will not 
be considered, and hard copy applications will be returned to the 
sender.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Information may be obtained from Paul 
Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council 
(NEFMC), by phone 978-465-0492, or by fax 978-465-3116; Philip Haring, 
Senior Fishery Analyst, NEFMC, by phone 978-465-0492, or by email at 
pharing@nefmc.org; or Allison Ferreira, Fishery Policy Analyst, NMFS, 
by phone 978-281-9103, by fax 978-281-9135, or by e-mail at 
allison.ferreira@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

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Electronic Access

    Application information is available at http://www.grants.gov. 
Electronic copies of the Standard Forms for submission of research 
proposals may be found on the Internet in a PDF (Portable Document 
Format) version at http://www.ago.noaa.gov/grants/appkit.shtml under 
the title ``Grants Management Division-Application Kit.'' Applicants 
without Internet access can contact Rich Maney, NMFS, Northeast 
Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, by phone 
978-281-9265, by fax 978-281-9117, or by email at rich.maney@noaa.gov.
    To apply for this NOAA Federal funding opportunity, please go to 
http://www.grants.gov, and use the following funding opportunity 
 NMFS-NERO-2006-2000372.

Background

    Landings from such research trips may be sold to generate funds to 
help defray research costs. No Federal funds are provided for research 
under this notification. Rather, projects funded under the Monkfish RSA 
Program would be provided with additional opportunity to harvest 
monkfish, and the catch sold to generate income to offset research 
costs. Projects funded under an RSA DAS award must enhance the 
knowledge of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of 
information on which management decisions are made. The Councils and 
NMFS will give priority to funding research proposals in the following 
general subject areas: (1) Research concerning monkfish bycatch and 
discards; (2) research to minimize bycatch and interactions with sea 
turtles and other protected species; (3) research to minimize impacts 
of monkfish fishery on essential fish habitat (EFH), or other sensitive 
habitats; (4) research to establish an exempted monkfish trawl fishery 
in the Northern Fishery Management Area; (5) research on the biology or 
population structure and dynamics of monkfish; (6) tagging studies; (7) 
mesh and gear selectivity studies, including studies on gear 
efficiency; and (8) cooperative stock assessment surveys. Please note 
that the research subject areas listed above are not listed in order of 
priority.

Funding Availability

    No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. 
Rather, 500 DAS (approximating 519 metric tons of whole monkfish 
landings) will be set aside for projects under the Monkfish RSA 
Program. This will provided additional opportunity to harvest monkfish, 
and to sell the additional catch to generate income to offset research 
costs. Projects funded under an RSA DAS award must enhance the 
knowledge of the monkfish fishery resource or contribute to the body of 
information on which management decisions are made. The Federal 
Government (i.e., NMFS) may issue an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), if 
needed, to provide special fishing privileges in response to research 
proposals selected under this program. For example, vessels 
participating in an approved research project may be authorized by the 
Northeast Regional Administrator, NMFS, to harvest monkfish in excess 
of established possession limits. Because this is the first year of the 
Monkfish RSA Program, information on the number of awards issued in 
previous fishing years, and the income generated from those awards, is 
not available.
    Funds generated from landings harvested and sold under the Monkfish 
RSA Program shall be used to cover the cost of research activities, 
including vessel costs. For example, the funds may be used to pay for 
gear modifications, monitoring equipment, the salaries of research 
personnel, or vessel operation costs. The Federal Government shall not 
be liable for any costs incurred in the conduct of the project. 
Specifically, the Federal Government is not liable for any costs 
incurred by the researcher or vessel owner should the sale of catch not 
fully reimburse the researcher or vessel owner for his/her expenses.

Statutory Authority

    Issuing grants is consistent with sections 303(b)(11), 402(e), and 
404(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 
16 U.S.C. 1853(b)(11), 16 U.S.C. 1881a(e), and 16 U.S.C. 1881(c), 
respectively.
    The ability to set aside monkfish DAS for research purposes was 
established in the final rule implementing Amendment 2 to the Monkfish 
Fishery Management Plan (70 FR 21927, April 28, 2005), and codified in 
the regulations at 50 CFR 648.92(c).

CFDA Number

    In the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance, the program number 
is 11.454, and the program name is Unallied Management Projects.

Eligibility

    1. Eligible applicants include, but are not limited to, 
institutions of higher education, hospitals, other nonprofits, 
commercial organizations, individuals, state, local, and Native 
American tribal governments. Federal agencies and institutions are not 
eligible to receive Federal assistance under this notice. Additionally, 
employees of any Federal agency or Regional Fishery Management Council 
(Council) are ineligible to submit an application under this program. 
However, Council members who are not Federal employees may submit an 
application.
    2. DOC/NOAA supports cultural and gender diversity and encourages 
women and minority individuals and groups to submit applications to the 
RSA program. In addition, DOC/NOAA is strongly committed to broadening 
the participation of historically black colleges and universities, 
Hispanic serving institutions, tribal colleges and universities, and 
institutions that work in under served areas. DOC/NOAA encourages 
proposals involving any of the above institutions.
    3. DOC/NOAA encourages applications from members of the fishing 
community and applications that involve fishing community cooperation 
and participation.

Cost Sharing Requirements

    None required.

Evaluation and Selection Procedures

    NMFS will solicit written technical evaluations from the Council 
members who make up the Monkfish Research Set-Aside Committee 
(Committee) and from up to three or more appropriate private and public 
sector experts to determine the technical merit of the proposal and to 
provide a rank score of the project based on the criteria described in 
the Evaluation Criteria section of this document. Following completion 
of the technical evaluation, NMFS will convene a review panel, 
including the Committee and technical experts, to review and 
individually critique the scored proposals to enhance NOAA's 
understanding of the proposals. Initial successful applicants may be 
required, in consultation with NMFS, to further refine/modify the study 
methodology as a condition of project approval. No consensus 
recommendations will be made by the Committee members, technical 
experts, or by the review panel.

Evaluation Criteria

    1. Importance and/or relevance of the proposed project: This 
criterion ascertains whether there is intrinsic value in the proposed 
work and/or relevance to NOAA, Federal, regional, state or local 
activities. (25 points)
    2. Technical/scientific merit: This criterion assesses whether the 
approach is technically sound and/or innovative,

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if the methods are appropriate, and whether there are clear project 
goals and objectives. (25 points)
    3. Overall qualifications of the project: This criterion assesses 
whether the applicant, and team members, possess the necessary 
education, experience, training, facilities and administrative 
resources to accomplish the project. (15 points)
    4. Project costs: This criterion evaluates the budget to determine 
if it is realistic and commensurate with the project needs and time 
frame. (25 points)
    5. Outreach and education: This criterion assesses whether the 
project involves a focused and effective education and outreach 
strategy regarding NOAA's mission to protect the Nation's natural 
resources. (10 points)
    The merit review ratings shall provide a rank order to the 
Selecting Official (the Northeast Regional Administrator) for final 
funding recommendations. A program officer may first make 
recommendations to the Selecting Official applying the selection 
factors. The Selecting Official shall award in the rank order unless 
the proposal is justified to be selected out of rank order based upon 
one or more of the following factors:
1. Availability of funding.
2. Balance/distribution of funds:
    a. Geographically
    b. By type of institutions
    c. By type of partners
    d. By research areas
    e. By project types
3. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or considered 
for funding by NOAA or other Federal agencies.
4. Program priorities and policy factors.
5. Applicant's prior award performance.
    6. Partnerships and/or Participation of targeted groups.
7. Adequacy of information necessary to conduct a National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) analysis and determination.
    Key program policy factors (see item 4 above) to be considered by 
the Selecting Official are: (1) the time of year the research 
activities are to be conducted; (2) the ability of the proposal to meet 
the applicable experimental fishing requirements; (3) redundancy of 
research projects; and (4) logistical concerns. Therefore, the highest 
scoring projects may not necessarily be selected for an award. All 
approved research must be conducted in accordance with provisions 
approved by NOAA, and provided in an EFP issued by NMFS. Unsuccessful 
applications will be returned to the submitter. Successful applications 
will be incorporated into the award document.
    For proposals that request exemptions from existing regulations 
(e.g., possession limits, closed areas, etc.), the impacts of the 
proposed exemptions must be analyzed. Any applicants who request 
regulatory exemptions that extend beyond the 500 DAS set-aside 
implemented in Amendment 2 may be required to adhere to the regulations 
governing the issuance of an EFP by NMFS. As appropriate, NMFS will 
consult with the Councils and successful applicants to secure the 
information required for granting an exemption if issuance of an EFP is 
necessary for the research to be conducted. No research or usage of 
research DAS will be allowed until NMFS notifies the applicant that the 
applicant's EFP request is approved.

NEPA Requirements

    NOAA must analyze the potential environmental impacts, as required 
by NEPA, for applicant projects or proposals which are seeking NOAA 
Federal assistance opportunities, including special fishing privileges. 
Detailed information on NOAA compliance with NEPA can be found at the 
following NOAA NEPA website: http://www.nepa.noaa.gov, including our 
NOAA Administrative Order 216-6 for NEPA, http://www.nepa.noaa.gov/
NAO216_6_TOC.pdf, and the Council on Environmental Quality 
implementation regulations, http://ceq.eh.doe.gov/nepa/regs/ceq/toc_
ceq.htm.
    Consequently, as part of an applicant's package, and under the 
description of program activities, applicants are required to provide 
detailed information on the activities to be conducted, locations, 
sites, species, and habitat to be affected, possible construction 
activities, and any environmental concerns that may exist (e.g., the 
use and disposal of hazardous or toxic chemicals, introduction of non-
indigenous species, impacts to endangered and threatened species, 
aquaculture projects, and impacts to coral reef systems). The impacts 
of the 500 DAS set-aside were analyzed in the Final Supplemental Impact 
Statement prepared for Amendment 2. Therefore, if the applicant does 
not request additional regulatory exemptions beyond the use of research 
DAS, additional NEPA analysis may not be required. However, if the 
research proposal requests exemptions from regulations that extend 
beyond the 500 DAS set-aside, applicants may be required to provide 
additional specific information that will serve as the basis for any 
required impact analyses. Applicants may also be requested to assist 
NOAA in drafting an environmental assessment if NOAA determines such an 
assessment is required. Applicants will also be required to cooperate 
with NOAA in identifying and implementing feasible measures to reduce 
or avoid any identified adverse environmental impacts associated with 
their proposed research activity. The failure to do so shall be grounds 
for the denial of an application.

Pre-Award Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative 
Agreements

    The Department of Commerce Pre-Award Notification Requirements for 
Grants and Cooperative Agreements contained in the Federal Register 
notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 78389), are applicable to this 
solicitation.

Reporting Requirements

    Recipients will be required to submit the following financial and 
performance (technical) reports. These reports are to be submitted 
electronically unless the recipient does not have Internet access, in 
which case hard copy submissions will be accepted. Financial Status 
Reports (SF-269 and SF-272) are required to be submitted to the Grants 
Officer semi-annually. Performance or progress reports are required to 
be submitted to the NOAA Program Officer semi-annually. The final 
report is due 90 days after the award expiration.

Universal Identifier

    Applicants should be aware that they are required to provide a Dun 
and Bradstreet Data Universal Numbering System (DUNS) number during the 
application process. See the October 30, 2002 (67 FR 66177), Federal 
Register for additional information. Organizations can receive a DUNS 
number at no cost by calling the dedicated toll-free DUNS Number 
request line at 1-866-705-5711 or via the internet (http://
www.dunandbradstreet.com).

Executive Order 12372

    Applications under this program are subject to Executive Order 
12372 ``Intergovernmental Review of Federal Programs.''

Limitation of Liability

    Funding for programs listed in this notice is contingent upon the 
availability of Fishing Year 2005 Monkfish RSA DAS. In no event will 
NOAA or DOC be responsible for application preparation costs if these 
programs fail to receive a DAS award or

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are cancelled because of other agency priorities. Publication of this 
announcement does not oblige NOAA to award any specific project or to 
obligate any available funds. The Department of Commerce Pre-Award 
Notification Requirements for Grants and Cooperative Agreements 
contained in the Federal Register notice of December 30, 2004 (69 FR 
78389), are applicable to this solicitation.

Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA)

    This document contains collection-of-information requirements 
subject to the PRA. The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF-LLL, 
269, 272, and CD-346 has been approved by the Office of Management and 
Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 0348-0043, 0348-0044, 
0348-0040, 0348-0046, 0348-0039, 0348-0003, and 0605-0001. 
Notwithstanding any other provision of law, no person is required to 
respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to 
comply with, a collection of information subject to the requirements of 
the PRA unless that collection of information displays a currently 
valid OMB control number.

Executive Order 12866

    This notice has been determined to be not significant for purposes 
of Executive Order 12866.

Executive Order 13132 (Federalism)

    It has been determined that this notice does not contain policies 
with Federalism implications as that term is defined in Executive Order 
13132.

Administrative Procedure Act/Regulatory Flexibility Act

    Prior notice and an opportunity for public comment are not required 
by the Administrative Procedure Act or any other law for rules 
concerning public property, loans, grants, benefits, and contracts (5 
U.S.C. 553(a)(2)). Because notice and opportunity for comment are not 
required pursuant to 5 U.S.C. 553 or any other law, the analytical 
requirements of the Regulatory Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) 
do not apply. Therefore, a regulatory flexibility analysis has not been 
prepared.

    Dated: September 7, 2005.
James W. Balsiger,
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-18087 Filed 9-12-05; 8:45 am]
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