New England Fishery Management Council; Atlantic Sea Scallop; Scoping Process, 6039-6040 [E6-1585]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 24 / Monday, February 6, 2006 / Notices required to submit specific information on habitat restoration projects into the ERAD database through an interactive Web site available over the Internet. The projects that are not funded through the ERA can be voluntarily entered into the database by project managers. Other federal agency and private grant programs may also require recipients to enter project information in the ERAD database. II. Method of Collection Project managers will electronically submit estuary restoration project information via NOAA’s Estuary Restoration Act Database Web site (https://neri.noaa.gov/). The Web site contains a user-friendly data entry interface for project managers to enter and submit project information to the ERAD database. The data entry interface consists of a series of screens, containing several pull-down menus and text boxes, where users can enter specific project information (e.g. location, acreage restored, contacts, monitoring information). To facilitate the collection of information through the data entry interface, NOAA Fisheries provides worksheets containing database fields that can be downloaded and printed from the Web site. These worksheets can be used by project managers to guide information collection, and can then serve as a reference as project managers enter project information through the Web site. The reporting forms are also available in paper format to be sent to project managers as necessary. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0479. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; state, local, and tribal governments; and businesses or other for-profit (limited to organizations in the above categories engaging in estuary habitat restoration). Estimated Number of Respondents: 255. Estimated Time Per Response: Four hours for new projects submitted; and two hours for updates to current projects. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 810. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: None. 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; they also will become a matter of public record. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Dated: January 31, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–1532 Filed 2–3–06; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intent to prepare an amendment to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Placopecten magellanicus (Gmelin)) and to prepare an SEIS to analyze the impacts of any proposed management measures. The Council is also formally re-initiating a public process to determine the scope of alternatives to be addressed in the amendment and SEIS. The purpose of this notification is to alert the interested public of the recommencement of the scoping process and to provide for public participation in compliance with environmental documentation requirements. DATES: The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at public meetings in February 2006. For specific dates and times of the scoping meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written scoping comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., local time, March 6, 2006. ADDRESSES: The Council will take scoping comments at public meetings in New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. For specific locations, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written comments should be submitted by any of the following methods: • Mail: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Mark the outside of the envelope, ‘‘Scoping Comments on Amendment 11 to the Scallop FMP.’’ • E-mail: Scallopscoping@noaa.gov • Fax: (978) 465–3116. Requests for copies of the scoping document and other information should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Correction National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). SUMMARY: This corrects the title of the information collection (OMB Control No. 0648–471) submitted to the Office of Management and Budget for review. The notice was published on January 17, 2006 (Vol. 71, No. 10, page 2514). AGENCY: Correction The title of the information collection was listed as ‘‘Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses.’’ The correct title is ‘‘Highly Migratory Species Scientific Research Permits, Exempted Fishing Permits, and Letters of Authorization’’. Dated: January 31, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–1534 Filed 2–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:55 Feb 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 6039 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 013006A] New England Fishery Management Council; Atlantic Sea Scallop; Scoping Process National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) and notice of reinitiation of scoping process; request for comments. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1 6040 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 24 / Monday, February 6, 2006 / Notices Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950, telephone (978) 465–0492. The scoping document is accessible electronically via the Internet at http:// www.nefmc.org. Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 Background The U.S. Atlantic sea scallop fishery is managed as one stock complex along the east coast from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North Carolina. The Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP became effective on May 15, 1982. The FMP has been amended a number of times since then. In 1994, Amendment 4 began a limited access program for the directed scallop fleet with day-at-sea (DAS) limits and other measures to manage the scallop resource more effectively. Limited access vessels were assigned to different DAS permit categories (full-time, parttime or occasional) according to their 1985–1990 fishing activity. A ‘‘general category’’ permit was created for vessels that did not qualify for limited access. These vessels could apply for a general category permit and land up to 400 lb (181.4 kg) of scallops a day. At the time, this possession limit was deemed suitable and sufficient to accommodate scallop bycatch on long trips and sporadic small-scale scallop fishing near shore by non-qualifying vessels. Until now, the Council has recommended that the general category permit remain open access, meaning any vessel can qualify for a permit. Since 1999, there has been considerable growth in fishing effort and landings by vessels with general category permits, primarily as a result of resource recovery and higher scallop prices. This additional effort has been a contributing factor to why the FMP has been exceeding the fishing mortality targets. Additional measures for the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP are being considered for two reasons: To effectively manage the general category fishery to address capacity, and to change the scallop fishing year to allow better and more timely integration of updated science into the management process. Measures Under Consideration The Council may consider a host of management measures to improve the effectiveness of general category management including, but not limited to, the following: Limited entry for the general category fleet; allocation of scallop resource to the general category fleet; restricting limited access scallop VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:32 Feb 03, 2006 Jkt 205001 vessels from fishing under general category rules; use of output controls such as a hard total allowable catch (hard TAC) for the general category fleet; use of sectors and harvesting cooperatives (dedicated access privileges) for the general category fleet; and limits on the landings of incidental scallop catch. As for a change in the scallop fishing year, the amendment will consider a range of dates in addition to the status quo date of March 1. It is possible that during the scoping process other issues will be raised related to the purpose of this amendment, and if appropriate, those issues will be considered by the Council as well. Scoping Process All persons affected by or otherwise interested in scallop management are invited to participate in determining the scope and significance of issues to be analyzed by submitting written comments (see ADDRESSES) and/or by attending one of the scoping meetings. Scope consists of the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered. Alternatives include the following: not amending the management plan (taking no action), developing an amendment that contains management measures such as those discussed in this notice, or other reasonable courses of action. Impacts may be direct, indirect, or cumulative. This scoping process will also identify and eliminate from detailed analysis issues that are not relevant or feasible. When, after the scoping process is completed, the Council proceeds with the development of an amendment to the Scallop FMP, the Council will prepare an SEIS to analyze the impacts of the range of alternatives under consideration. The Council will hold public hearings to receive comments on the draft amendment and on the analysis of its impacts presented in the SEIS. Scoping Hearing Schedule The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at the following public meetings: 1. Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m., Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, 4 Moore Road, Cape May, NJ 08210; telephone (609) 465–5115. 2. Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801; telephone (603) 431–6774. 3. Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m., Hyannis Airport (Gourley Conference Room) , 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA 02601; telephone (508) 775–2020. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Special Accommodations These meetings are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 31, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–1585 Filed 2–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 011806G] Marine Mammals; File No. 918–1820 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Squalus, Inc., P.O. Box 301, Myakka City, FL 34251 [Marco Peters, Responsible Party] has been issued a permit to import four South American (Patagonian) sea lions (Otaria flavescens) for public display. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 713–2289; fax (301) 427–2521; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTA CT: Kate Swails or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 23, 2005, notice was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 70788) that a request for a public display permit to import one male and three female, captive-born, juvenile sea lions from Park Atlantis, Mexico City, Mexico to Squalus’ facilities in Myakka City, Florida had been submitted by the above-named organization. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 E:\FR\FM\06FEN1.SGM 06FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 24 (Monday, February 6, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6039-6040]
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[FR Doc No: E6-1585]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 013006A]


New England Fishery Management Council; Atlantic Sea Scallop; 
Scoping Process

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact 
statement (SEIS) and notice of re-initiation of scoping process; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces 
its intent to prepare an amendment to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) (Placopecten magellanicus (Gmelin)) and to 
prepare an SEIS to analyze the impacts of any proposed management 
measures. The Council is also formally re-initiating a public process 
to determine the scope of alternatives to be addressed in the amendment 
and SEIS. The purpose of this notification is to alert the interested 
public of the re-commencement of the scoping process and to provide for 
public participation in compliance with environmental documentation 
requirements.

DATES: The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at public 
meetings in February 2006. For specific dates and times of the scoping 
meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written scoping comments must 
be received on or before 5 p.m., local time, March 6, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The Council will take scoping comments at public meetings in 
New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and New Jersey. For specific locations, 
see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Written comments should be submitted by any of the following 
methods:
     Mail: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England 
Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 
01950. Mark the outside of the envelope, ``Scoping Comments on 
Amendment 11 to the Scallop FMP.''
     E-mail: Scallopscoping@noaa.gov
     Fax: (978) 465-3116.
    Requests for copies of the scoping document and other information 
should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England 
Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street,

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Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950, telephone (978) 465-0492. The scoping 
document is accessible electronically via the Internet at http://
www.nefmc.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The U.S. Atlantic sea scallop fishery is managed as one stock 
complex along the east coast from Maine to Cape Hatteras, North 
Carolina. The Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP became effective on May 15, 
1982. The FMP has been amended a number of times since then. In 1994, 
Amendment 4 began a limited access program for the directed scallop 
fleet with day-at-sea (DAS) limits and other measures to manage the 
scallop resource more effectively. Limited access vessels were assigned 
to different DAS permit categories (full-time, part-time or occasional) 
according to their 1985-1990 fishing activity. A ``general category'' 
permit was created for vessels that did not qualify for limited access. 
These vessels could apply for a general category permit and land up to 
400 lb (181.4 kg) of scallops a day. At the time, this possession limit 
was deemed suitable and sufficient to accommodate scallop bycatch on 
long trips and sporadic small-scale scallop fishing near shore by non-
qualifying vessels. Until now, the Council has recommended that the 
general category permit remain open access, meaning any vessel can 
qualify for a permit. Since 1999, there has been considerable growth in 
fishing effort and landings by vessels with general category permits, 
primarily as a result of resource recovery and higher scallop prices. 
This additional effort has been a contributing factor to why the FMP 
has been exceeding the fishing mortality targets. Additional measures 
for the Atlantic Sea Scallop FMP are being considered for two reasons: 
To effectively manage the general category fishery to address capacity, 
and to change the scallop fishing year to allow better and more timely 
integration of updated science into the management process.

Measures Under Consideration

    The Council may consider a host of management measures to improve 
the effectiveness of general category management including, but not 
limited to, the following: Limited entry for the general category 
fleet; allocation of scallop resource to the general category fleet; 
restricting limited access scallop vessels from fishing under general 
category rules; use of output controls such as a hard total allowable 
catch (hard TAC) for the general category fleet; use of sectors and 
harvesting cooperatives (dedicated access privileges) for the general 
category fleet; and limits on the landings of incidental scallop catch. 
As for a change in the scallop fishing year, the amendment will 
consider a range of dates in addition to the status quo date of March 
1.
    It is possible that during the scoping process other issues will be 
raised related to the purpose of this amendment, and if appropriate, 
those issues will be considered by the Council as well.

Scoping Process

    All persons affected by or otherwise interested in scallop 
management are invited to participate in determining the scope and 
significance of issues to be analyzed by submitting written comments 
(see ADDRESSES) and/or by attending one of the scoping meetings. Scope 
consists of the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be 
considered. Alternatives include the following: not amending the 
management plan (taking no action), developing an amendment that 
contains management measures such as those discussed in this notice, or 
other reasonable courses of action. Impacts may be direct, indirect, or 
cumulative.
    This scoping process will also identify and eliminate from detailed 
analysis issues that are not relevant or feasible. When, after the 
scoping process is completed, the Council proceeds with the development 
of an amendment to the Scallop FMP, the Council will prepare an SEIS to 
analyze the impacts of the range of alternatives under consideration. 
The Council will hold public hearings to receive comments on the draft 
amendment and on the analysis of its impacts presented in the SEIS.

Scoping Hearing Schedule

    The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at the following 
public meetings:
    1. Tuesday, February 21, 7 p.m., Rutgers Cooperative Research & 
Extension, 4 Moore Road, Cape May, NJ 08210; telephone (609) 465-5115.
    2. Wednesday, February 22, 7 p.m., Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn 
Road, Portsmouth, NH 03801; telephone (603) 431-6774.
    3. Thursday, February 23, 7 p.m., Hyannis Airport (Gourley 
Conference Room) , 480 Barnstable Road, Hyannis, MA 02601; telephone 
(508) 775-2020.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are accessible to people with physical disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: January 31, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-1585 Filed 2-3-06; 8:45 am]
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