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Download as PDF 16274 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 62 / Friday, March 31, 2006 / Proposed Rules Any parties interested in commenting on this action should do so at this time. DATES: Comments must be received in writing by May 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments, identified by Docket ID Number R03– OAR–2006–0151 by one of the following methods: A. http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the on-line instructions for submitting comments. B. E-mail: frankford.harold@epa.gov. C. Mail: EPA–R03–OAR–2006–0151, Harold A. Frankford, Office of Air Programs, Mailcode 3AP20, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Region III, 1650 Arch Street, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19103. D. Hand Delivery: At the previouslylisted EPA Region III address. Such deliveries are only accepted during the Docket’s normal hours of operation, and special arrangements should be made for deliveries of boxed information. Instructions: Direct your comments to Docket ID No. EPA–R03–OAR–2006– 0151. 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[FR Doc. 06–3108 Filed 3–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Bureau of Land Management 43 CFR Part 4100 [WO–220–1020–24 1A] Grazing Administration—Exclusive of Alaska AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability of the Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to support amendments of the regulations governing grazing administration. The Addendum responds to comments received on the Draft EIS. The Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Statement is available for review through April 29, 2006. DATES: Copies of the Addendum are available at BLM State Offices in 10 western states and the BLM Washington DC office. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a table of BLM State Offices. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E. Lynn Burkett on (202) 468–4110 for information relating to the Addendum or Ted Hudson at (202) 452–3042 for information relating to the rulemaking process. Persons who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact these individuals through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1–800–877–8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Copies of the Addendum are available at the following BLM State Offices: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with PROPOSALS BLM state offices Address Arizona .................................................... California ................................................. Colorado .................................................. Idaho ........................................................ Montana ................................................... Nevada .................................................... New Mexico ............................................. Oregon ..................................................... Utah ......................................................... Wyoming .................................................. Washington, DC ...................................... One North Central Ave., Phoenix, AZ 85004–4427 ................................................ 2800 Cottage Way, Room W–1834, Sacramento, CA 95825–1886 ...................... 2850 Youngfield St., Lakewood, CO 80215–7093 .................................................. 1387 S. Vinnell Way, Boise, ID, 83709–1657 ......................................................... 5001 Southgate Drive, Billings, MT, 59107 ............................................................. 1340 Financial Blvd., Reno, NV 89502 ................................................................... 1474 Rodeo Rd., P.O. Box 27115, Santa Fe, NM, 87507–0115 ........................... 333 S.W. 1st Ave., Portland, OR 97204 ................................................................. 440 West 200 South Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84101 .................................... 5353 Yellowstone Road, P.O. Box 1828, Cheyenne, WY 82009 ........................... 1620 L St., NW., Washington DC 20036 ................................................................ VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Mar 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM Phone Nos. 31MRP1 (602) (916) (303) (208) (406) (775) (505) (503) (801) (307) (202) 417–9500 978–4600 239–3700 373–4001 896–5012 861–6590 438–7501 808–6024 539–4010 775–6001 452–7749 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 62 / Friday, March 31, 2006 / Proposed Rules If you have Internet access, you can download the Addendum by going to http://www.blm.gov/grazing and follow the directions found at that site. During the nine years since implementation of the 1995 grazing reforms, a number of discrete concerns have been raised regarding the administration of grazing management. Among other things, the rulemaking addresses a variety of these discrete, administrative issues related to the current regulatory scheme without altering the fundamental structure of the grazing regulations. The BLM published the proposed rule on December 8, 2003 (68 FR 68452), inviting public comments until February 6, 2004. On January 2, 2004, the BLM issued the Draft EIS for a 60day public comment period which was extended on January 16, 2004 to March 2, 2004 (69 FR 2559). The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued December 2004. Authority: 40 CFR 1506(b). Julie Jacobson, Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior. [FR Doc. E6–4662 Filed 3–30–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–AG–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 [Docket No. 060322083–6083–01; I.D. 032006C] RIN 0648–AU04 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Recreational Grouper Fishery Management Measures National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with PROPOSALS AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would establish a recreational bag limit for Gulf red grouper of one fish per person per day; prohibit the captain and crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat from retaining any Gulf grouper, i.e.,establish a zero bag VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:53 Mar 30, 2006 Jkt 208001 limit for captain and crew; and establish a seasonal closure of the recreational fishery for gag, red grouper, and black grouper in or from the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intended effect of this proposed rule is to maintain recreational landings at levels consistent with the red grouper rebuilding plan while minimizing potential shift of fishing effort to associated grouper species. DATES: Written comments on the proposed rule must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on May 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the proposed rule by any of the following methods: • E-mail: 0648– AU04.Proposed@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following document identifier: 0648–AU04. • Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Andy Strelcheck, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. • Fax: 727–824–5308; Attention: Andy Strelcheck. Copies of the regulatory amendment, which includes a Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), an Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), and an Environmental Assessment (EA) may be obtained from the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: 813–348–1630; fax: 813–348–1711; e-mail: gulfcouncil@gulfcouncil.org. Copies of the regulatory amendment may also be downloaded from the Council’s website at http://www.gulfcouncil.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andy Strelcheck, telephone: 727–824– 5374, fax: 727–824–5308, e-mail: andy.strelcheck@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The reef fish fishery of the Gulf of Mexico is managed under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and is implemented under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Background On July 15, 2004, NMFS implemented Secretarial Amendment 1 to the FMP to establish a red grouper rebuilding plan, including a 5.31 million-lb (2.42 million-kg), gutted weight, commercial quota and a 1.25 million-lb (0.57 million-kg), gutted weight, recreational target catch level for red grouper (69 FR 33315). In 2004, recreational red PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 16275 grouper landings totaled 3.18 million lb (1.44 million kg), gutted weight -significantly exceeding the target catch level. In March 2005, the Council requested NMFS implement interim regulations for the recreational red grouper fishery to return landings to levels specified in Secretarial Amendment 1. NMFS implemented interim regulations in August 2005, to reduce recreational red grouper landings (70 FR 42510, July 25, 2005). Those regulations were amended and extended in January 2006, for an additional 180 days (71 FR 3018, January 19,2006). Provisions of This Proposed Rule The purpose of this proposed rule is to establish more permanent management measures for the recreational grouper fishery consistent with the regulatory amendment prepared by the Council. These measures are needed to restrict recreational red grouper landings to levels specified in the rebuilding plan and to prevent or minimize increases in fishing mortality on gag and black grouper resulting from any shift in fishing effort from red grouper to these species because of the more restrictive recreational red grouper regulations. Gag are not overfished or undergoing overfishing, but landings have been above recommended catch levels since 2000; therefore, gag should not be subjected to increased fishing mortality. Black grouper are included in the seasonal closure because they are similar in appearance to gag and are difficult for many recreational fishermen to distinguish from gag. If black grouper were not included in the seasonal closure, compliance with the closure would be compromised because of the species identification problem. This proposed rule would establish a red grouper recreational bag limit of one fish per person per day; prohibit the captain and crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat from retaining any Gulf grouper ,i.e., establish a zero bag limit for captain and crew; and establish a seasonal closure of the recreational fishery for gag, red grouper, and black grouper in or from the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ) from February 15 to March 15 each year. Cumulatively, these measures are expected to reduce recreational red grouper landings by approximately 34 percent and recreational landings of gag and black grouper by 7 percent. The proposed restriction on possession of any grouper by captain and crew while under charter is intended to restrict allowable bag limits on board for-hire vessels to paying clients who are fishing recreationally, excluding captain and E:\FR\FM\31MRP1.SGM 31MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 62 (Friday, March 31, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 16274-16275]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-4662]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Bureau of Land Management

43 CFR Part 4100

[WO-220-1020-24 1A]


Grazing Administration--Exclusive of Alaska

AGENCY: Bureau of Land Management, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The Bureau of Land Management (BLM) announces the availability 
of the Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) to 
support amendments of the regulations governing grazing administration. 
The Addendum responds to comments received on the Draft EIS.

DATES: The Addendum to the Final Environmental Impact Statement is 
available for review through April 29, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the Addendum are available at BLM State Offices in 
10 western states and the BLM Washington DC office. See the 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a table of BLM State Offices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  E. Lynn Burkett on (202) 468-4110 for 
information relating to the Addendum or Ted Hudson at (202) 452-3042 
for information relating to the rulemaking process. Persons who use a 
telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD) may contact these 
individuals through the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 1-
800-877-8330, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Copies of the Addendum are available at the 
following BLM State Offices:

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       BLM state offices               Address             Phone Nos.
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Arizona.......................  One North Central         (602) 417-9500
                                 Ave., Phoenix, AZ
                                 85004-4427.
California....................  2800 Cottage Way,         (916) 978-4600
                                 Room W-1834,
                                 Sacramento, CA 95825-
                                 1886.
Colorado......................  2850 Youngfield St.,      (303) 239-3700
                                 Lakewood, CO 80215-
                                 7093.
Idaho.........................  1387 S. Vinnell Way,      (208) 373-4001
                                 Boise, ID, 83709-
                                 1657.
Montana.......................  5001 Southgate Drive,     (406) 896-5012
                                 Billings, MT, 59107.
Nevada........................  1340 Financial Blvd.,     (775) 861-6590
                                 Reno, NV 89502.
New Mexico....................  1474 Rodeo Rd., P.O.      (505) 438-7501
                                 Box 27115, Santa Fe,
                                 NM, 87507-0115.
Oregon........................  333 S.W. 1st Ave.,        (503) 808-6024
                                 Portland, OR 97204.
Utah..........................  440 West 200 South        (801) 539-4010
                                 Suite 500, Salt Lake
                                 City, UT 84101.
Wyoming.......................  5353 Yellowstone          (307) 775-6001
                                 Road, P.O. Box 1828,
                                 Cheyenne, WY 82009.
Washington, DC................  1620 L St., NW.,          (202) 452-7749
                                 Washington DC 20036.
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If you have Internet access, you can download the Addendum by going to 
http://www.blm.gov/grazing and follow the directions found at that 
site.
    During the nine years since implementation of the 1995 grazing 
reforms, a number of discrete concerns have been raised regarding the 
administration of grazing management. Among other things, the 
rulemaking addresses a variety of these discrete, administrative issues 
related to the current regulatory scheme without altering the 
fundamental structure of the grazing regulations.
    The BLM published the proposed rule on December 8, 2003 (68 FR 
68452), inviting public comments until February 6, 2004. On January 2, 
2004, the BLM issued the Draft EIS for a 60-day public comment period 
which was extended on January 16, 2004 to March 2, 2004 (69 FR 2559). 
The Final Environmental Impact Statement was issued December 2004.

    Authority: 40 CFR 1506(b).

 Julie Jacobson,
Deputy Assistant Secretary of the Interior.
[FR Doc. E6-4662 Filed 3-30-06; 8:45 am]
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