Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 17455-17456 [E6-4983]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 66 / Thursday, April 6, 2006 / Notices b. Report on the International Scientific Committee for tuna and tuna like species in the North Pacific, including stock assessments for North Pacific albacore tuna, northern bluefin tuna and striped marlin 6. Management options for bigeye tuna catches by the Hawaii tuna longline fishery 7. Management options for the Hawaii swordfish longline fishery 8. Fishing effort increase in the Hawaii longline fishery 9. Hawaii offshore mixed line fisheries for tunas 10. South Pacific albacore fisheries 11. Other business The order in which the agenda items are addressed may change. The PPT will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the PPT for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Plan Team action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issue arising after publication of this document that requires emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 3, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–4982 Filed 4–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES [I.D. 033106D] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:52 Apr 05, 2006 Jkt 208001 Notice of public meeting and public hearing. ACTION: SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 132nd meeting to consider and take final action on recommendations to limit fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI). The Council will also hold a public hearing during this 132nd Council meeting. DATES: The 132nd Council meeting and public hearing will be held on Thursday, April 20, 2006. For specific dates, times and locations of the public hearing, and the agenda for the 132nd Council meeting, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The 132nd Council meeting and public hearing will be held at the Council’s office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. The 132nd Council meeting telephone conference call-in-number is: (866) 867– 8289, passcode 1683776. For Guam and International Participants, the call-innumber is: (813) 276–1442, passcode 1683776. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522–8220; fax: (808) 522–8226. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Information On January 18, 2006, the Council was informed by the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, that NOAA is developing alternatives in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for the proposed NWHI National Marine Sanctuary that would enable the Council to continue to recommend management measures to limit bottomfish and pelagic fisheries through regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), consistent with the goals and objectives of the proposed sanctuary. While the preferred alternative has not been selected, the range of alternatives under consideration includes a regulatory regime allowing commercial bottomfishing and non-longline pelagic fishing to continue either: (1) indefinitely, (2) until 2025, or (3) for 5 years with a ban on fishing thereafter. The Council was also informed that if, by May 1, 2006, it transmits for Secretarial review, an amendment to the Bottomfish and Pelagics Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) and corresponding proposed regulations implementing limits to bottomfish and pelagic fishing, NOAA may review those Magnuson-Stevens Act regulations PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17455 as potential mechanisms to implement NOAA’s preferred alternative for the proposed sanctuary, rather than implementing the alternative via the National Marine Sanctuaries Act. At its 131st Council meeting held March 13–16, 2006, the Council took initial action and recommended that limited fishing be allowed in federal waters of the proposed NWHI National Marine Sanctuary and managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (except for recreational fishing at Midway Atoll), consistent with all codified federal regulations and subject to the following restrictions: a. A closure be established indefinitely for all harvests of crustacean, precious coral and coral reef ecosystem species; b. All commercial and recreational fishing be subject to Magnuson-Stevens Act permit and logbook reporting requirements c. Recreational fishing permits be issued on a case-by case basis, and that the Council will evaluate the need for further management; d. Limited-entry NWHI bottomfish permits be capped at 14, with 7 permits for the Ho’omalu Zone and 7 permits for the Mau Zone (the two Community Development Program permits for indigenous use to be included in the latter and issued as previously recommended by the Council); e. The annual bottomfish catch be limited to 381,500 lbs (85% of Maximum Sustainable Yield); f. Non-longline commercial pelagic fishing permits be capped at three (3); g. The annual commercial pelagic catch by the non-longline pelagic fishery and the limited-entry bottomfish fishery be limited to 180,000 lbs.; h. No-take Marine Protected Areas be established around French Frigate Shoals and West of 174 W longitude; i. The use-or-lose requirements for renewal of commercial bottomfish permits be removed; j. Relinquished or revoked commercial bottomfish permits be reissued by NMFS in accordance with the existing procedures for Ho’omalu Zone permits and as described in the Council’s previous recommendation for Mau Zone permits; and k. Federally permitted research regarding fishery and ecosystem conservation and management would be allowed in Federal waters. The Council will consider final action on these proposed limits to fishing in the NWHI at this 132nd meeting. E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 17456 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 66 / Thursday, April 6, 2006 / Notices 132nd Council Meeting Agenda Thursday, April 20, 2006, 1 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time 1. Introductions 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Limits to Fishing in the NWHI 4. Public Hearing 5. Council Discussion and Action 6. Other Business Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before the Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal Council action during its 132nd meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issue arising after publication of this document that requires emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 3, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–4983 Filed 4–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary Defense Science Board Department of Defense. Notice of Advisory Committee Meetings. AGENCY: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES ACTION: SUMMARY: The Defense Science Board 2006 Summer Study will meet in closed session on August 7–18, 2006; at the Beckman Center, Irvine, CA. At this meeting, the Defense Science Board will discuss interim findings and recommendations resulting from two ongoing Task Force activities: 21st Century Strategic Technology Vectors and Information Management for NetCentric Operations. The mission of the Defense Science Board is to advise the Secretary of Defense and the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:52 Apr 05, 2006 Jkt 208001 and Logistics on scientific and technical matters as they affect the perceived needs of the Department of Defense. At this meeting, the Board will develop recommendations regarding: the operational value enabled by networks and networking and their impact on innovations across the Enterprise; the underlying framework, architecture, processes and organizational structures that are in place or being pursued to deliver the power of information to the DoD enterprise as well as potential external partners; and the state of the art in knowledge utilization. The Board will also review and develop recommendations regarding: previous attempts by DoD to identify critical technologies in order to derive lessons that would help illuminate the current challenge; identify the National Security objectives for the 21st century and the operational missions that U.S. military will be called upon to support these objectives; identify new operational capabilities needed for the proposed missions; identify the critical science technology, and other related enablers of the desired capabilities; assess current S&T investment plans’ relevance to the needed operational capabilities and enablers and recommend needed changes to the plans; identify mechanisms to accelerate and assure the transition of technology into U.S. military capabilities; and review and recommend changes as needed, the current processes by which national security objectives and needed operational capabilities are used to develop and prioritize science, technology, and other related enablers, and how those enablers are then developed. In accordance with Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, Pub. L. No. 92–463, as amended (5 U.S.C. App. 2), it has been determined that this meeting concerns matters listed in 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(1) and that, accordingly, this meeting will be closed to the public. Ms. Debra Rose, Executive Officer, Defense Science Board, 3140 Defense Pentagon, Room 3C553, Washington, DC 20301– 3140, via e-mail at debra.rose@osd.mil, or via phone at (703) 571–0084. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: March 31, 2006. L.M. Bynum, OSD Federal Register Liaison Officer, Department of Defense. [FR Doc. 06–3300 Filed 4–5–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–M PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Corps of Engineers, Department of the Army Supplemental Notice of Intent To Prepare a Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR) for a Permit Application for the Berths 136–147 Terminal Improvement Project, Also Known as the TraPac Container Terminal in the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, CA AGENCY: U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, DOD. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI). SUMMARY: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) Los Angeles District in conjunction with the Los Angeles Harbor Department (Port) is examining the feasibility of waterside, terminal and transportation improvements at Berths 136–147 in the Port of Los Angeles. The Corps is considering the Port’s application for a Department of the Army permit under Clean Water Act section 404 and River and Harbor Act section 10 to conduct dredge and fill activities and construct one new wharf approximately 705 feet and seismically upgrade two wharves approximately 3,022 feet in length associated with the proposed project. Major project elements to be covered in the Draft EIS/EIR include: wharf construction and landside improvements. The landside developments will include expansion, redevelopment and construction of marine terminal facilities, and transportation infrastructure improvements including construction of grade separations, and potential realignment of road and railways. The primary Federal involvement is the discharge of dredge and/or fill materials within waters of the United States, work (e.g. dredging) and structures in or affecting navigable waters of the United States, and potential impacts on the human environment from such activities. Therefore, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Corps is requiring the preparation of an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prior to rendering a final decision on the Port’s permit application. The Corps may ultimately make a determination to permit or deny the above project or permit or deny modified versions of the above project. Pursuant to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the Port will serve as Lead Agency for the Preparation of an Environmental Impact E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 033106D]


Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting and public hearing.

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SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold its 132nd meeting to consider and take final action on 
recommendations to limit fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 
(NWHI). The Council will also hold a public hearing during this 132nd 
Council meeting.

DATES: The 132nd Council meeting and public hearing will be held on 
Thursday, April 20, 2006. For specific dates, times and locations of 
the public hearing, and the agenda for the 132nd Council meeting, see 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The 132nd Council meeting and public hearing will be held at 
the Council's office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 
96813. The 132nd Council meeting telephone conference call-in-number 
is: (866) 867-8289, passcode 1683776. For Guam and International 
Participants, the call-in-number is: (813) 276-1442, passcode 1683776.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; 
telephone: (808) 522-8220; fax: (808) 522-8226.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background Information

    On January 18, 2006, the Council was informed by the Under 
Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere, that NOAA is 
developing alternatives in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement for 
the proposed NWHI National Marine Sanctuary that would enable the 
Council to continue to recommend management measures to limit 
bottomfish and pelagic fisheries through regulations under the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), consistent with the goals and objectives of the proposed 
sanctuary. While the preferred alternative has not been selected, the 
range of alternatives under consideration includes a regulatory regime 
allowing commercial bottomfishing and non-longline pelagic fishing to 
continue either: (1) indefinitely, (2) until 2025, or (3) for 5 years 
with a ban on fishing thereafter.
    The Council was also informed that if, by May 1, 2006, it transmits 
for Secretarial review, an amendment to the Bottomfish and Pelagics 
Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) and corresponding proposed regulations 
implementing limits to bottomfish and pelagic fishing, NOAA may review 
those Magnuson-Stevens Act regulations as potential mechanisms to 
implement NOAA's preferred alternative for the proposed sanctuary, 
rather than implementing the alternative via the National Marine 
Sanctuaries Act.
    At its 131st Council meeting held March 13-16, 2006, the Council 
took initial action and recommended that limited fishing be allowed in 
federal waters of the proposed NWHI National Marine Sanctuary and 
managed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act (except for recreational fishing 
at Midway Atoll), consistent with all codified federal regulations and 
subject to the following restrictions:
    a. A closure be established indefinitely for all harvests of 
crustacean, precious coral and coral reef ecosystem species;
    b. All commercial and recreational fishing be subject to Magnuson-
Stevens Act permit and logbook reporting requirements
    c. Recreational fishing permits be issued on a case-by case basis, 
and that the Council will evaluate the need for further management;
    d. Limited-entry NWHI bottomfish permits be capped at 14, with 7 
permits for the Ho'omalu Zone and 7 permits for the Mau Zone (the two 
Community Development Program permits for indigenous use to be included 
in the latter and issued as previously recommended by the Council);
    e. The annual bottomfish catch be limited to 381,500 lbs (85% of 
Maximum Sustainable Yield);
    f. Non-longline commercial pelagic fishing permits be capped at 
three (3);
    g. The annual commercial pelagic catch by the non-longline pelagic 
fishery and the limited-entry bottomfish fishery be limited to 180,000 
lbs.;
    h. No-take Marine Protected Areas be established around French 
Frigate Shoals and West of 174 W longitude;
    i. The use-or-lose requirements for renewal of commercial 
bottomfish permits be removed;
    j. Relinquished or revoked commercial bottomfish permits be 
reissued by NMFS in accordance with the existing procedures for 
Ho'omalu Zone permits and as described in the Council's previous 
recommendation for Mau Zone permits; and
    k. Federally permitted research regarding fishery and ecosystem 
conservation and management would be allowed in Federal waters.
    The Council will consider final action on these proposed limits to 
fishing in the NWHI at this 132nd meeting.

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132nd Council Meeting Agenda

Thursday, April 20, 2006, 1 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time

    1. Introductions
    2. Approval of Agenda
    3. Limits to Fishing in the NWHI
    4. Public Hearing
    5. Council Discussion and Action
    6. Other Business
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before the Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal Council action during its 132nd meeting. Council action will 
be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and 
any issue arising after publication of this document that requires 
emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take 
final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522-8220 
(voice) or (808) 522-8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting 
date.

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

    Dated: April 3, 2006.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-4983 Filed 4-5-06; 8:45 am]
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