Whaling Provisions; Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Quotas, 7539 [E6-1973]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 29 / Monday, February 13, 2006 / Notices Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) by February 24, 2006. Dated: February 8, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–1968 Filed 2–10–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 060202024–6024–01; I.D. 012506C] Whaling Provisions; Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Quotas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for bowhead whales, and other limitations deriving from regulations adopted at the 2002 Special Meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). For 2006, the quota is 75 bowhead whales struck. This quota and other limitations will govern the harvest of bowhead whales by members of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC). DATES: Effective February 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Office of International Affairs, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri McCarty, (301) 713–9090. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Aboriginal subsistence whaling in the United States is governed by the Whaling Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 916 et seq.). Regulations that implement the Act, found at 50 CFR 230.6, require the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to publish, at least annually, aboriginal subsistence whaling quotas and any other limitations on aboriginal subsistence whaling deriving from regulations of the IWC. At the 2002 Special Meeting of the IWC, the Commission set quotas for aboriginal subsistence use of bowhead whales from the Bering-ChukchiBeaufort Seas stock. The bowhead quota was based on a joint request by the United States and the Russian Federation, accompanied by documentation concerning the needs of VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:38 Feb 10, 2006 Jkt 208001 two Native groups: Alaska Eskimos and Chukotka Natives in the Russian Far East. This action by the IWC thus authorized aboriginal subsistence whaling by the AEWC for bowhead whales. This aboriginal subsistence harvest is conducted in accordance with a cooperative agreement between NOAA and the AEWC. The IWC set a 5-year block quota of 280 bowhead whales landed. For each of the years 2003 through 2007, the number of bowhead whales struck may not exceed 67, except that any unused portion of a strike quota from any year, including 15 unused strikes from the 1998 through 2002 quota, may be carried forward. No more than 15 strikes may be added to the strike quota for any one year. At the end of the 2005 harvest, there were 15 unused strikes available for carry-forward, so the combined strike quota for 2006 is 82 (67 + 15). This arrangement ensures that the total quota of bowhead whales landed and struck in 2006 will not exceed the quotas set by the IWC. Under an arrangement between the United States and the Russian Federation, the Russian natives may use no more than seven strikes, and the Alaska Eskimos may use no more than 75 strikes. NOAA is assigning 75 strikes to the Alaska Eskimos. The AEWC will allocate these strikes among the 10 villages whose cultural and subsistence needs have been documented in past requests for bowhead quotas from the IWC, and will ensure that its hunters use no more than 75 strikes. Other Limitations The IWC regulations, as well as the NOAA regulation at 50 CFR 230.4(c), forbid the taking of calves or any whale accompanied by a calf. NOAA regulations (at 50 CFR 230.4) contain a number of other prohibitions relating to aboriginal subsistence whaling, some of which are summarized here. Only licensed whaling captains or crew under the control of those captains may engage in whaling. They must follow the provisions of the relevant cooperative agreement between NOAA and a Native American whaling organization. The aboriginal hunters must have adequate crew, supplies, and equipment. They may not receive money for participating in the hunt. No person may sell or offer for sale whale products from whales taken in the hunt, except for authentic articles of Native handicrafts. Captains may not continue to whale after the relevant quota is taken, after the season has been closed, or if their licenses have been suspended. PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7539 They may not engage in whaling in a wasteful manner. Dated: February 7, 2006. William T. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 060202024-6024-01; I.D. 012506C]


Whaling Provisions; Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Quotas

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for 
bowhead whales, and other limitations deriving from regulations adopted 
at the 2002 Special Meeting of the International Whaling Commission 
(IWC). For 2006, the quota is 75 bowhead whales struck. This quota and 
other limitations will govern the harvest of bowhead whales by members 
of the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC).

DATES: Effective February 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Office of International Affairs, National Marine Fisheries 
Service, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheri McCarty, (301) 713-9090.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Aboriginal subsistence whaling in the United 
States is governed by the Whaling Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 916 et 
seq.). Regulations that implement the Act, found at 50 CFR 230.6, 
require the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to publish, at least 
annually, aboriginal subsistence whaling quotas and any other 
limitations on aboriginal subsistence whaling deriving from regulations 
of the IWC.
    At the 2002 Special Meeting of the IWC, the Commission set quotas 
for aboriginal subsistence use of bowhead whales from the Bering-
Chukchi-Beaufort Seas stock. The bowhead quota was based on a joint 
request by the United States and the Russian Federation, accompanied by 
documentation concerning the needs of two Native groups: Alaska Eskimos 
and Chukotka Natives in the Russian Far East.
    This action by the IWC thus authorized aboriginal subsistence 
whaling by the AEWC for bowhead whales. This aboriginal subsistence 
harvest is conducted in accordance with a cooperative agreement between 
NOAA and the AEWC.
    The IWC set a 5-year block quota of 280 bowhead whales landed. For 
each of the years 2003 through 2007, the number of bowhead whales 
struck may not exceed 67, except that any unused portion of a strike 
quota from any year, including 15 unused strikes from the 1998 through 
2002 quota, may be carried forward. No more than 15 strikes may be 
added to the strike quota for any one year. At the end of the 2005 
harvest, there were 15 unused strikes available for carry-forward, so 
the combined strike quota for 2006 is 82 (67 + 15).
    This arrangement ensures that the total quota of bowhead whales 
landed and struck in 2006 will not exceed the quotas set by the IWC. 
Under an arrangement between the United States and the Russian 
Federation, the Russian natives may use no more than seven strikes, and 
the Alaska Eskimos may use no more than 75 strikes.
    NOAA is assigning 75 strikes to the Alaska Eskimos. The AEWC will 
allocate these strikes among the 10 villages whose cultural and 
subsistence needs have been documented in past requests for bowhead 
quotas from the IWC, and will ensure that its hunters use no more than 
75 strikes.

Other Limitations

    The IWC regulations, as well as the NOAA regulation at 50 CFR 
230.4(c), forbid the taking of calves or any whale accompanied by a 
calf.
    NOAA regulations (at 50 CFR 230.4) contain a number of other 
prohibitions relating to aboriginal subsistence whaling, some of which 
are summarized here. Only licensed whaling captains or crew under the 
control of those captains may engage in whaling. They must follow the 
provisions of the relevant cooperative agreement between NOAA and a 
Native American whaling organization. The aboriginal hunters must have 
adequate crew, supplies, and equipment. They may not receive money for 
participating in the hunt. No person may sell or offer for sale whale 
products from whales taken in the hunt, except for authentic articles 
of Native handicrafts. Captains may not continue to whale after the 
relevant quota is taken, after the season has been closed, or if their 
licenses have been suspended. They may not engage in whaling in a 
wasteful manner.

    Dated: February 7, 2006.
William T. Hogarth,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-1973 Filed 2-10-06; 8:45 am]
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