Notice of Public Hearings for Measures to End Bottomfish Overfishing in the Hawaii Archipelago, 25558-25559 [E6-6502]

Download as PDF 25558 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 83 / Monday, May 1, 2006 / Proposed Rules conclusion of each calendar year. This report must contain; (1) An estimate of the number of marine mammals disturbed by the authorized activities, (2) Results of the monitoring required in § 216.115 (b), and (c) any additional information required by the Letter of Authorization. A final annual monitoring report must be submitted to the NMFS within 30 days after receiving comments from NMFS on the draft report. If no comments are received from NMFS, the draft report will be considered to be the final annual monitoring report. (d) A draft comprehensive monitoring report on all marine mammal monitoring and research conducted during the period of these regulations must be submitted to the Director, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS at least 120 days prior to expiration of this subpart or 120 days after the expiration of this subpart if renewal of this subpart will not be requested. 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(b) Each Letter of Authorization will set forth: (1) Permissible methods of incidental taking; (2) Means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the species, its habitat, and on the availability of the species for subsistence uses (i.e., mitigation); and (3) Requirements for mitigation, monitoring and reporting. (c) Issuance and renewal of the Letter of Authorization will be based on a determination that the total number of marine mammals taken by the activity as a whole will have no more than a negligible impact on the affected species or stock of marine mammal(s). VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:26 Apr 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 (d) The U.S. Citizen, i.e., the MBNMS, operating under an LOA must clearly describe in any permits issued to the individuals conducting fireworks displays, any requirements of the LOA that the individuals conducting fireworks are responsible for. § 216.118 Renewal of Letters of Authorization. (a) A Letter of Authorization issued under § 216.106 and § 216.117 for the activity identified in § 216.110(a) will be renewed annually upon: (1) Notification to NMFS that the activity described in the application submitted under § 216.116 will be undertaken and that there will not be a substantial modification to the described work, mitigation or monitoring undertaken during the upcoming 12 months; (2) Timely receipt of the monitoring reports required under § 216.115(b), and the Letter of Authorization issued under § 216.117, which has been reviewed and accepted by NMFS; and (3) A determination by the NMFS that the mitigation, monitoring and reporting measures required under § 216.114 and the Letter of Authorization issued under §§ 216.106 and 216.117, were undertaken and will be undertaken during the upcoming annual period of validity of a renewed Letter of Authorization. (b) If a request for a renewal of a Letter of Authorization issued under §§ 216.106 and 216.118 indicates that a substantial modification to the described work, mitigation or monitoring undertaken during the upcoming season will occur, the NMFS will provide the public a period of 30 days for review and comment on the request. Review and comment on renewals of Letters of Authorization are restricted to: (1) New cited information and data indicating that the determinations made in this document are in need of reconsideration, and (2) Proposed changes to the mitigation and monitoring requirements contained in these regulations or in the current Letter of Authorization. (c) A notice of issuance or denial of a renewal of a Letter of Authorization will be published in the Federal Register. § 216.119 Modifications to Letters of Authorization. (a) Except as provided in paragraph (b) of this section, no substantive modification (including withdrawal or suspension) to the Letter of Authorization by NMFS, issued pursuant to §§ 216.106 and 216.117 and PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 subject to the provisions of this subpart shall be made until after notification and an opportunity for public comment has been provided. For purposes of this paragraph, a renewal of a Letter of Authorization under § 216.118, without modification (except for the period of validity), is not considered a substantive modification. (b) If the Assistant Administrator determines that an emergency exists that poses a significant risk to the wellbeing of the species or stocks of marine mammals specified in § 216.110(b), a Letter of Authorization issued pursuant to §§ 216.106 and 216.117 may be substantively modified without prior notification and an opportunity for public comment. Notification will be published in the Federal Register within 30 days subsequent to the action. [FR Doc. E6–6504 Filed 4–28–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 [I.D. 042406G] Notice of Public Hearings for Measures to End Bottomfish Overfishing in the Hawaii Archipelago National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces three public hearings on the Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement, Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region, Measures to End Bottomfish Overfishing in the Hawaii Archipelago (DSEIS). The DSEIS was prepared pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as amended, the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations, and NOAA Administrative Order Series 216–6 Environmental Review Procedures for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act. DATES: The public hearings will be held May 18, 22, and 25, 2005, respectively. For specific dates, times and locations of the public hearings, and the agenda see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The DSEIS is accessible electronically through the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office Web site at http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/pir or at the Western Pacific Fishery E:\FR\FM\01MYP1.SGM 01MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 83 / Monday, May 1, 2006 / Proposed Rules Management Council (Council) website at http://www/wpcouncil.org. State of Hawaii public libraries were provided with copies of the DSEIS to be made available for inspection. Copies of the DSEIS may also be obtained from Keith Schultz, NEPA Specialist; 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808–944–2276. Please specify when requesting if you would prefer a hard copy of the document, otherwise a CD may be provided. State of Hawaii public libraries were also provided with copies of the DSEIS. Comments or questions submitted on the DSEIS must be received by May 30, 2006. Written comments should be submitted by mail to: William L. Robinson, Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814. Comments may be submitted by facsimile (fax) to 808–973– 2941. Electronic comments may be submitted by e-mail to include in the comment subject line the following document identifier: Bottomfish Overfishing DSEIS, or through the internet at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.. A copy of your comments should be submitted to Rodney F. Weiher, PhD., NEPA Coordinator, by mail to the NOAA Strategic Planning Office (PPI/ SP), SSMC3, Room 15603, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; by fax to 301–713–0585; or by email to nepa.comments@noaa.gov. The public comment period began on April 14, 2006, with the publication of the Notice of Availability of the DSEIS in the Federal Register by the Environmental Protection Agency and will continue until May 30, 2006. Written and oral comments will be given equal weight, and NMFS will consider all comments received by May 30, 2006, in preparing the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Comments received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with PROPOSAL general information on the NEPA process or to request a copy of the VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:26 Apr 28, 2006 Jkt 208001 25559 DSEIS, contact: Keith Schultz, NEPA Specialist, as indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this document. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: the targeting, possession, landing, or selling of any of Hawaii’s Deep 7 bottomfish species from Middle and Penguin Banks. Background Information On May 27, 2005, the Regional Administrator for the NMFS Pacific Islands Region notified the Council that overfishing of the bottomfish species complex is occurring within the Hawaiian Archipelago. In accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Council is preparing an amendment to the Bottomfish FMP to end overfishing in the bottomfish complex in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bottomfish in the Hawaiian Archipelago are a collection, or complex, of deep-slope snappers, groupers, and jacks. The primary species addressed in the DSEIS are the ‘‘Deep 7’’ bottomfish species. The Deep 7 bottomfish species are: onaga (Etelis corsucans), ehu (Eetelis carbunculus), gindai (Pristipomoides zonatus), kalekale (Pristipomoides sieboldii), hapuupuu (Epinephelus quernus), opakapaka (Pristipomoides filamentosus), and lehi (Aphareus rutilans). The DSEIS examines Hawaii’s bottomfish fisheries, describes the alternatives being considered to end the overfishing, and identifies the impacts associated with each alternative. Guideline Hearing Agenda Proposed Federal Action The proposed Federal action in the DSEIS is the approval of an amendment to end overfishing of Hawaii’s archipelagic bottomfish multi-species stock complex by the Secretary of Commerce and the implementation and enforcement of the amendment’s regulatory measures by NMFS. The proposed Federal action in the DSEIS would be the implementation of a seasonal closure between May 1 and August 31 prohibiting the targeting, possession, landing, or selling of any of Hawaii’s Deep 7 bottomfish species. However, if the State of Hawaii does not commit to promulgate seasonal closure regulations, the proposed Federal action would be the implementation of a closure of Middle and Penguin Banks to PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 All attendees wishing to comment during the public hearing must register during the registration period for the hearing. Availability of the DSEIS The following format will be used as a guideline for conducting the hearing. 1. Open the Hearing 2. Introductions and Hearing Procedures 3. Presentation of the Proposed Action and the Alternatives 4. Opportunity for Public to Ask Questions to Clarify Points Made in the Presentation 5. Public Comment 6. Close the Hearing Dates, Times and Locations of Public Hearings (1) Maui, HI—Thursday, May 18, 2006, from 7–9 p.m., at the Maui Beach Hotel, 170 Maahumanu Ave., Maui, island of Maui Beach Hotel, 170 Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732; (2) Kauai, HI—Monday, May 22, 2006, from 7–9 p.m., at the Chiefess Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou St, Lihue, HI 96766; and (3) Honolulu, HI—Thursday, May 25, 2006, from 7–9 p.m. at the Ala Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, Oahu. Special Accommodations These hearings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Keith Schultz, 808–944–2276, at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 25, 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

50 CFR Part 660

[I.D. 042406G]


Notice of Public Hearings for Measures to End Bottomfish 
Overfishing in the Hawaii Archipelago

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces three public hearings on the Draft Supplemental 
Environmental Impact Statement, Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish 
Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region, Measures to End Bottomfish 
Overfishing in the Hawaii Archipelago (DSEIS). The DSEIS was prepared 
pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), as 
amended, the Council on Environmental Quality NEPA regulations, and 
NOAA Administrative Order Series 216-6 Environmental Review Procedures 
for Implementing the National Environmental Policy Act.

DATES: The public hearings will be held May 18, 22, and 25, 2005, 
respectively. For specific dates, times and locations of the public 
hearings, and the agenda see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The DSEIS is accessible electronically through the NMFS 
Pacific Islands Regional Office Web site at http://swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/
pir or at the Western Pacific Fishery

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    Management Council (Council) website at http://www/wpcouncil.org. 
State of Hawaii public libraries were provided with copies of the DSEIS 
to be made available for inspection. Copies of the DSEIS may also be 
obtained from Keith Schultz, NEPA Specialist; 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, 
Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814, 808-944-2276. Please specify when 
requesting if you would prefer a hard copy of the document, otherwise a 
CD may be provided. State of Hawaii public libraries were also provided 
with copies of the DSEIS.
    Comments or questions submitted on the DSEIS must be received by 
May 30, 2006. Written comments should be submitted by mail to: William 
L. Robinson, Pacific Islands Regional Administrator, National Marine 
Fisheries Service, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Honolulu, HI 96814. Comments 
may be submitted by facsimile (fax) to 808-973-2941. Electronic 
comments may be submitted by e-mail to include in the comment subject 
line the following document identifier: Bottomfish Overfishing DSEIS, 
or through the internet at the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://
www.regulations.gov.. A copy of your comments should be submitted to 
Rodney F. Weiher, PhD., NEPA Coordinator, by mail to the NOAA Strategic 
Planning Office (PPI/SP), SSMC3, Room 15603, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; by fax to 301-713-0585; or by e-mail to 
nepa.comments@noaa.gov.
    The public comment period began on April 14, 2006, with the 
publication of the Notice of Availability of the DSEIS in the Federal 
Register by the Environmental Protection Agency and will continue until 
May 30, 2006. Written and oral comments will be given equal weight, and 
NMFS will consider all comments received by May 30, 2006, in preparing 
the Final Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement. Comments 
received after that date will be considered to the extent practicable.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For general information on the NEPA 
process or to request a copy of the DSEIS, contact: Keith Schultz, NEPA 
Specialist, as indicated in the ADDRESSES section of this document.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background Information

    On May 27, 2005, the Regional Administrator for the NMFS Pacific 
Islands Region notified the Council that overfishing of the bottomfish 
species complex is occurring within the Hawaiian Archipelago. In 
accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Council is preparing an 
amendment to the Bottomfish FMP to end overfishing in the bottomfish 
complex in the Hawaiian Archipelago. Bottomfish in the Hawaiian 
Archipelago are a collection, or complex, of deep-slope snappers, 
groupers, and jacks. The primary species addressed in the DSEIS are the 
``Deep 7'' bottomfish species. The Deep 7 bottomfish species are: onaga 
(Etelis corsucans), ehu (Eetelis carbunculus), gindai (Pristipomoides 
zonatus), kalekale (Pristipomoides sieboldii), hapuupuu (Epinephelus 
quernus), opakapaka (Pristipomoides filamentosus), and lehi (Aphareus 
rutilans). The DSEIS examines Hawaii's bottomfish fisheries, describes 
the alternatives being considered to end the overfishing, and 
identifies the impacts associated with each alternative.

Proposed Federal Action

    The proposed Federal action in the DSEIS is the approval of an 
amendment to end overfishing of Hawaii's archipelagic bottomfish multi-
species stock complex by the Secretary of Commerce and the 
implementation and enforcement of the amendment's regulatory measures 
by NMFS. The proposed Federal action in the DSEIS would be the 
implementation of a seasonal closure between May 1 and August 31 
prohibiting the targeting, possession, landing, or selling of any of 
Hawaii's Deep 7 bottomfish species. However, if the State of Hawaii 
does not commit to promulgate seasonal closure regulations, the 
proposed Federal action would be the implementation of a closure of 
Middle and Penguin Banks to the targeting, possession, landing, or 
selling of any of Hawaii's Deep 7 bottomfish species from Middle and 
Penguin Banks.

Guideline Hearing Agenda

    All attendees wishing to comment during the public hearing must 
register during the registration period for the hearing.

Availability of the DSEIS

    The following format will be used as a guideline for conducting the 
hearing.
    1. Open the Hearing
    2. Introductions and Hearing Procedures
    3. Presentation of the Proposed Action and the Alternatives
    4. Opportunity for Public to Ask Questions to Clarify Points Made 
in the Presentation
    5. Public Comment
    6. Close the Hearing
    Dates, Times and Locations of Public Hearings
    (1) Maui, HI--Thursday, May 18, 2006, from 7-9 p.m., at the Maui 
Beach Hotel, 170 Maahumanu Ave., Maui, island of Maui Beach Hotel, 170 
Kaahumanu Avenue, Kahului, HI 96732;
    (2) Kauai, HI--Monday, May 22, 2006, from 7-9 p.m., at the Chiefess 
Kamakahelei Middle School, 4431 Nuhou St, Lihue, HI 96766; and
    (3) Honolulu, HI--Thursday, May 25, 2006, from 7-9 p.m. at the Ala 
Moana Hotel, 410 Atkinson Drive, Honolulu, Oahu.

Special Accommodations

    These hearings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Keith Schultz, 808-944-2276, at 
least five (5) business days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: April 25, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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