Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits, 13357-13358 [E6-3703]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 15, 2006 / Notices 57672), and a fourth notice fore the FY 2003 indirect cost rates appeared on May 20, 2005 (70 FR 29280). Cotton’s reports on these indirect rates can also be found on the DARP Web site at http://www.darp.noaa.gov. Cotton reaffirmed that the Direct Labor Cost Base is the most appropriate indirect allocation method for the development of the FY 2004 indirect cost rates. The DARP’s Indirect Cost Rates and Policies sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Damage Assessment Center (DAC) ................................ Restoration Center (RC) ....... General Counsel for Natural Resources (GCNR) ........... BILLING CODE 3510–JE–M DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 031006A] The DARP will apply the indirect cost rates fro FY 2004 as recommended by Cotton for each of the DARP component organizations as provided in the following table: DARP component organization Dated: March 9, 2006. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Response and Restoration, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 06–2477 Filed 3–14–06; 8:45 am] FY 2004 indirect rate (percent) Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant 165.39 Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) These rates are based on the Direct application submitted by the Mount Labor Cost Base allocation methodology. Desert Oceanarium (MDO), Southwest The FY 2004 rates will be applied to Harbor, ME, contains all of the required all damage assessment and restoration information and warrants further consideration. The EFP would allow case costs incurred between October 1, one fishing vessel to fish for, retain, and 2003 and September 30, 2004. DARP land small numbers of regulated fish will use the FY 2004 indirect cost rates species, and several unmanaged fish for future fiscal years until subsequent and invertebrate species, for the purpose year-specific rates can be developed. of public display. The Assistant For cases that have settled and for Regional Administrator has made a cost claims paid prior to the effective preliminary determination that the date of the fiscal year in question, the activities authorized under this EFP DARP will not re-open any resolved would be consistent with the goals and matters for the purpose of applying the objectives of the Fishery Management revised rates in this policy for these Plans (FMPs) for these species. fiscal years. For cases not settled and However, further review and cost claims not paid prior to the consultation may be necessary before a effective date of the fiscal year in final determination is made to issue an question, costs will be recalculated EFP. using the revised rates in this policy for Regulations under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and these fiscal years. Where a responsible Management Act require publication of party has agreed to pay costs using this notification to provide interested previous year’s indirect rates, but has parties the opportunity to comment on not yet made the payment because the applications for proposed EFPs. settlement documents are not finalized, DATES: Comments must be received on the costs will not be recalculated. or before March 30, 2006. The DARP indirect cost rate polices ADDRESSES: Written comments should and procedures published in the be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Federal Register on December 7, 2000 (65 FR 76611), on December 2, 2002 (67 Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, FR 71537), October 6, 2003 (68 FR MA 01930. Mark the outside of the 57672), and May 20, 2005 (70 FR 29280) envelope ‘‘Comments on MDO remain in effect except as updated by Specimen Collection, DA6–043.’’ this notice. Comments may also be sent via fax to (978) 281–9135. Comments may also be VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:27 Mar 14, 2006 213.03 181.46 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 13357 submitted via e-mail to the following address: DA6–043@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail ‘‘Comments on MDO Specimen Collection.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Potts, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9341. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MDO submitted an application for an EFP on February 9, 2006, to collect several species of fish and invertebrates for public display. The target species would include American plaice (dab), winter flounder (blackback), yellowtail flounder, witch flounder (grey sole), Atlantic halibut, monkfish, eel pouts, sculpins, sea raven, Atlantic cod, lumpfish, Atlantic wolffish, spiny dogfish, little skate, barndoor skate, and various species of the Phyla Arthropoda (excluding lobsters) and Echinodermata. One chartered fishing vessel would use a shrimp otter trawl with 2–inch (5.08–cm) mesh to collect marine fish and invertebrates for a maximum of 4 days—2 days during the period May 16– 28, 2006, and 2 days during the period June 23–30, 2006. The specimens would be cared for in chilled and aerated seawater while on board the fishing vessel and would be transferred live to tanks the day they are caught. The fish would be brought to shore, maintained in tanks for public display for a period of time not to exceed 5 months, and would be returned to the sea in October 2006. Collection would be made within the Small Mesh Northern Shrimp Fishery Exemption Area, specifically within an area off the coast of Maine. Because the shrimp fishery will be closed at the time of the proposed collection, and this area lies within the Gulf of Maine Regulated Mesh Area, an exemption from the Northeast (NE) multispecies minimum mesh requirements of 6–inch (15.24– cm) diamond/6.5–inch (16.51–cm) square mesh at 50 CFR 648.80(a)(3) would be required. The applicant would retain a maximum of six individuals per species, juveniles and adults combined, with the exception of Atlantic halibut. In addition to an exemption from the NE multispecies minium mesh requirements, the applicant would only be permitted to retain a total of one Atlantic halibut with a minimum length of 36 inches (91.44 cm). The applicant has requested the following exemptions from the NE Multispecies and Monkfish Fishery Management Plans: Effort control program requirements at §§ 648.82(a) and 648.92(a); minimum fish sizes at §§ 648.83(a)(1) and 648.93(a)(1); and monkfish possession E:\FR\FM\15MRN1.SGM 15MRN1 13358 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 50 / Wednesday, March 15, 2006 / Notices restrictions at § 648.94(b)(6). The EFP would also exempt the vessels from the possession and landing restrictions for the NE skate complex fishery at § 648.322(c). Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 10, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 031006A]


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic 
Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), 
has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit 
(EFP) application submitted by the Mount Desert Oceanarium (MDO), 
Southwest Harbor, ME, contains all of the required information and 
warrants further consideration. The EFP would allow one fishing vessel 
to fish for, retain, and land small numbers of regulated fish species, 
and several unmanaged fish and invertebrate species, for the purpose of 
public display. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a 
preliminary determination that the activities authorized under this EFP 
would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery 
Management Plans (FMPs) for these species. However, further review and 
consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to 
issue an EFP.
    Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act require publication of this notification to provide 
interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for 
proposed EFPs.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before March 30, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, 
Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ``Comments on 
MDO Specimen Collection, DA6-043.'' Comments may also be sent via fax 
to (978) 281-9135. Comments may also be submitted via e-mail to the 
following address: DA6-043@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the 
e-mail ``Comments on MDO Specimen Collection.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Potts, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9341.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MDO submitted an application for an EFP 
on February 9, 2006, to collect several species of fish and 
invertebrates for public display. The target species would include 
American plaice (dab), winter flounder (blackback), yellowtail 
flounder, witch flounder (grey sole), Atlantic halibut, monkfish, eel 
pouts, sculpins, sea raven, Atlantic cod, lumpfish, Atlantic wolffish, 
spiny dogfish, little skate, barndoor skate, and various species of the 
Phyla Arthropoda (excluding lobsters) and Echinodermata.
    One chartered fishing vessel would use a shrimp otter trawl with 2-
inch (5.08-cm) mesh to collect marine fish and invertebrates for a 
maximum of 4 days--2 days during the period May 16-28, 2006, and 2 days 
during the period June 23-30, 2006. The specimens would be cared for in 
chilled and aerated seawater while on board the fishing vessel and 
would be transferred live to tanks the day they are caught. The fish 
would be brought to shore, maintained in tanks for public display for a 
period of time not to exceed 5 months, and would be returned to the sea 
in October 2006.
    Collection would be made within the Small Mesh Northern Shrimp 
Fishery Exemption Area, specifically within an area off the coast of 
Maine. Because the shrimp fishery will be closed at the time of the 
proposed collection, and this area lies within the Gulf of Maine 
Regulated Mesh Area, an exemption from the Northeast (NE) multispecies 
minimum mesh requirements of 6-inch (15.24-cm) diamond/6.5-inch (16.51-
cm) square mesh at 50 CFR 648.80(a)(3) would be required.
    The applicant would retain a maximum of six individuals per 
species, juveniles and adults combined, with the exception of Atlantic 
halibut. In addition to an exemption from the NE multispecies minium 
mesh requirements, the applicant would only be permitted to retain a 
total of one Atlantic halibut with a minimum length of 36 inches (91.44 
cm). The applicant has requested the following exemptions from the NE 
Multispecies and Monkfish Fishery Management Plans: Effort control 
program requirements at Sec. Sec.  648.82(a) and 648.92(a); minimum 
fish sizes at Sec. Sec.  648.83(a)(1) and 648.93(a)(1); and monkfish 
possession

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restrictions at Sec.  648.94(b)(6). The EFP would also exempt the 
vessels from the possession and landing restrictions for the NE skate 
complex fishery at Sec.  648.322(c).
    Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted 
fishing activity would be prohibited.

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

    Dated: March 10, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-3703 Filed 3-14-06; 8:45 am]
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