Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Western Pacific Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; Guam Bottomfish Management Measures, 41770-41771 [E6-11752]

Download as PDF sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 41770 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices and higher. Ball bearing steels, as defined in the HTSUS. Tool steels, as defined in the HTSUS. Silico–manganese (as defined in the HTSUS) or silicon electrical steel with a silicon level exceeding 2.25 percent. ASTM specifications A710 and A736. USS abrasion–resistant steels (USS AR 400, USS AR 500). All products (proprietary or otherwise) based on an alloy ASTM specification (sample specifications: ASTM A506, A507). Non–rectangular shapes, not in coils, which are the result of having been processed by cutting or stamping and which have assumed the character of articles or products classified outside chapter 72 of the HTSUS. The merchandise subject to this review is classified in the HTSUS at subheadings: 7208.10.15.00, 7208.10.30.00, 7208.10.60.00, 7208.25.30.00, 7208.25.60.00, 7208.26.00.30, 7208.26.00.60, 7208.27.00.30, 7208.27.00.60, 7208.36.00.30, 7208.36.00.60, 7208.37.00.30, 7208.37.00.60, 7208.38.00.15, 7208.38.00.30, 7208.38.00.90, 7208.39.00.15, 7208.39.00.30, 7208.39.00.90, 7208.40.60.30, 7208.40.60.60, 7208.53.00.00, 7208.54.00.00, 7208.90.00.00, 7211.14.00.90, 7211.19.15.00, 7211.19.20.00, 7211.19.30.00, 7211.19.45.00, 7211.19.60.00, 7211.19.75.30, 7211.19.75.60, and 7211.19.75.90. Certain hot–rolled carbon steel flat products covered by this review, including: vacuum degassed fully stabilized; high strength low alloy; and the substrate for motor lamination steel may also enter under the following tariff numbers: 7225.11.00.00, 7225.19.00.00, 7225.30.30.50, 7225.30.70.00, 7225.40.70.00, 7225.99.00.90, 7226.11.10.00, 7226.11.90.30, 7226.11.90.60, 7226.19.10.00, 7226.19.90.00, 7226.91.50.00, 7226.91.70.00, 7226.91.80.00, and 7226.99.00.00. Subject merchandise may also enter under 7210.70.30.00, 7210.90.90.00, 7211.14.00.30, 7212.40.10.00, 7212.40.50.00, and 7212.50.00.00. Although the HTSUS subheadings are provided for convenience and U.S. Customs purposes, the written description of the merchandise under review is dispositive. Final Rescission of Review Because neither Angang nor Baosteel made shipments to the United States of subject merchandise during the POR, VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 and because we did not receive any comments on our Preliminary Rescission, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(3) and consistent with our practice, we are rescinding this review of the antidumping duty order on certain hot–rolled carbon steel flat products from the PRC for the period of November 1, 2004, to October 31, 2005. See, e.g., Polychloroprene Rubber from Japan: Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 66 FR 45005 (August 27, 2001). The cash deposit rate for Angang and Baosteel will continue to be the rate established in the most recently completed segment of this proceeding. This notice is published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: July 14, 2006. Stephen J. Claeys, Deputy Assistant Secretaryfor Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–11744 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration collection of adequate fishery information for effective management. DATES: Comments on the amendment must be received by September 22, 2006. Comments on FMP Amendment 9, identified by 0648– AT94, should be sent to any of the following addresses: • E-mail: AT94Guam@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier ‘‘AT94 Guam Bottomfish.’’ Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10 megabyte file size. • Federal e-Rulemaking portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: William L. Robinson, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700. Copies of the FMP, Amendment 9, the Environmental Assessment (EA), Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA) may be obtained from William L. Robinson. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Harman, NMFS PIR, 808–944– 2271. ADDRESSES: FMP Amendment 9, developed by the WPFMC, has been submitted to NMFS for review under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. (MagnusonStevens Act). This notice announces that the amendment is available for public review and comment for 60 days. NMFS will consider public comments received during the comment period in determining whether to approve, partially approve, or disapprove FMP Amendment 9. The bottomfish fishery operating in Federal waters around Guam is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (FMP), but aside from restrictions on the use of certain destructive fishing methods that apply to the bottomfish fisheries throughout the western Pacific, the Guam fishery is mostly unregulated at this time. Potential developments in the fishery, however, led the WPFMC to prepare FMP Amendment 9. The Guam-based small-boat bottomfish fishery is a mix of subsistence, recreational, and limited commercial fishing, particularly in the summer months when weather conditions are calm. There are currently three primary sources of fisheriesSUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [I.D. 071106G] RIN 0648–AT94 Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Western Pacific Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; Guam Bottomfish Management Measures National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Announcement of availability of FMP amendment; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bottomfish and Seamount Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (FMP Amendment 9) would prohibit large vessels, i.e., those 50 ft (15.2 m) or longer, from fishing for bottomfish in Federal waters within 50 nm (92.6 km) around Guam, and would establish Federal permitting and reporting requirements for these large bottomfish fishing vessels. The amendment is intended to maintain viable bottomfish catch rates by small vessels in the fishery, to sustain participation by smaller vessels in the fishery, to maintain traditional patterns of the bottomfish supply to local Guam markets, and to provide for the PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 141 / Monday, July 24, 2006 / Notices dependent fisheries data for Guam: a boat-based and shoreline-based creel surveys conducted by staff of the Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR), a voluntary fish dealer trip ticket invoice system coordinated by DAWR staff, and a voluntary data collection system established and coordinated by the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative with data submitted to and processed by DAWR staff. Based on the current FMP reporting and management requirements, these data collection programs can provide adequate information about Guam’s inshore bottomfish fisheries that are conducted by smaller vessels. Thus, the amendment does not intend to establish additional data collection requirements on smaller vessels. There is a potential component of Guam’s bottomfish fishery in which fishermen in relatively large vessels (i.e., greater than 50 ft or 15.2 m in length) target deep-slope fish species, particularly onaga (longtail red snapper, or flame snapper, Etelis coruscans). This fishery is currently inactive, but several vessels have operated in the past. The fish were caught on offshore banks in Federal waters, landed at Guam’s commercial port, and rather than entering the local market, exported by air to foreign markets, especially Japan. The activity occurred on some or all of Guam’s southern banks, including Galvez, 11–Mile, Santa Rosa, White Tuna, and Baby Banks. Most of the vessels fishing on these southern banks targeted the shallow-water bottomfish complex, but some targeted the deepwater complex. The banks to the north of Guam, including Rota Bank, and far to the west of Guam, including Bank A, appear not to have been fished at this time. The potential for large-vessel bottomfish fishing activity to resume on the offshore banks prompted concerns about fishery information being inadequate for effective management, the potential for small-vessel catch rates to decline to non-viable levels, threats to sustained participation by smallervessels in the fishery, and disruptions to traditional patterns of supply of bottomfish products to the local market. Thus, FMP Amendment 9 has the following objectives: • To ensure that adequate information is routinely collected for the largevessel, export-oriented bottomfish fishery in Federal waters around Guam; • To maintain adequate opportunities for small-scale commercial, recreational, and subsistence bottomfish fishermen in Federal waters around Guam; VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:54 Jul 21, 2006 Jkt 208001 • To provide for sustained community participation by smaller vessels in the Guam bottomfish fishery; and • To encourage consistent availability of fresh, locally caught deepwater bottomfish products to Guam consumers. After considering a wide range of management options, including many options suggested by the public during a public scoping process, the WPFMC recommended several measures that would be established under FMP Amendment 9, including the following: • A Federal fishing permit that would be required for large vessels, i.e., 50 ft (15.2 m) or greater in length, to fish for bottomfish in authorized areas around Guam; • A Federal fishing logbook, in which the large bottomfish vessels would be required to record their daily catch and effort information to be supplied to NMFS; and • A bottomfish area closure, encompassing Federal waters within 50 nm (92.6 km) around Guam, in which large vessels targeting bottomfish would be prohibited from fishing. NMFS seeks public comment on FMP Amendment 9, which must be received by September 22, 2006, to be considered by NMFS when it decides whether to approve, partially approve, or disapprove the amendment. NMFS will review FMP Amendment 9 to determine whether it complies with the MagnusonStevens Act, the National Standards of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law. In the near future, NMFS intends to publish in the Federal Register a proposed rule to implement FMP Amendment 9. Dated: July 18, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–11752 Filed 7–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 071806E] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. 41771 Hoc Shrimp Effort Working Group (SEWG). The SEWG meeting will convene at 9 a.m. on Monday, August 7, 2006 and conclude no later than 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 8, 2006. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Quorum Hotel Tampa, 200 N. Westshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33609; telephone: (813) 289–8200. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assane Diagne, Economist, telephone: (813) 348–1630. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene meetings of the Ad Hoc Shrimp Effort Working Group (SEWG) to begin evaluating shrimp effort in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. The working group, appointed by the Council during its March 2006, regular meeting, is charged with providing the Council with alternatives for determining the appropriate level of effort in the shrimp fishery in the EEZ. The group also will discuss the level of effort necessary to achieve optimum yield in the shrimp fishery and what level of effort would derive the maximum benefits of that fishery. The SEWG includes fishery biologists, economists and others knowledgeable about shrimp effort in the Gulf of Mexico. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the SEWG for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the SEWG will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. Copies of the agenda can be obtained by calling (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Special Accommodations SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene one public meeting of the Ad This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Tina Trezza at the Council (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24JYN1.SGM 24JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 141 (Monday, July 24, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 41770-41771]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-11752]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 071106G]
RIN 0648-AT94


Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Western Pacific Bottomfish and 
Seamount Groundfish Fisheries; Guam Bottomfish Management Measures

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

ACTION: Announcement of availability of FMP amendment; request for 
comments.

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SUMMARY: Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bottomfish and 
Seamount Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (FMP 
Amendment 9) would prohibit large vessels, i.e., those 50 ft (15.2 m) 
or longer, from fishing for bottomfish in Federal waters within 50 nm 
(92.6 km) around Guam, and would establish Federal permitting and 
reporting requirements for these large bottomfish fishing vessels. The 
amendment is intended to maintain viable bottomfish catch rates by 
small vessels in the fishery, to sustain participation by smaller 
vessels in the fishery, to maintain traditional patterns of the 
bottomfish supply to local Guam markets, and to provide for the 
collection of adequate fishery information for effective management.

DATES: Comments on the amendment must be received by September 22, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments on FMP Amendment 9, identified by 0648-AT94, should 
be sent to any of the following addresses:
     E-mail: AT94Guam@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of 
the e-mail comment the following document identifier ``AT94 Guam 
Bottomfish.'' Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must 
not exceed a 10 megabyte file size.
     Federal e-Rulemaking portal: www.regulations.gov. Follow 
the instructions for submitting comments.
     Mail: William L. Robinson, Regional Administrator, NMFS, 
Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700.
    Copies of the FMP, Amendment 9, the Environmental Assessment (EA), 
Regulatory Impact Review (RIR), and Initial Regulatory Flexibility 
Analysis (IRFA) may be obtained from William L. Robinson.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Harman, NMFS PIR, 808-944-2271.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FMP Amendment 9, developed by the WPFMC, has 
been submitted to NMFS for review under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. (Magnuson-
Stevens Act). This notice announces that the amendment is available for 
public review and comment for 60 days. NMFS will consider public 
comments received during the comment period in determining whether to 
approve, partially approve, or disapprove FMP Amendment 9.
    The bottomfish fishery operating in Federal waters around Guam is 
managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Bottomfish and Seamount 
Groundfish Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (FMP), but aside 
from restrictions on the use of certain destructive fishing methods 
that apply to the bottomfish fisheries throughout the western Pacific, 
the Guam fishery is mostly unregulated at this time. Potential 
developments in the fishery, however, led the WPFMC to prepare FMP 
Amendment 9.
    The Guam-based small-boat bottomfish fishery is a mix of 
subsistence, recreational, and limited commercial fishing, particularly 
in the summer months when weather conditions are calm. There are 
currently three primary sources of fisheries-

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dependent fisheries data for Guam: a boat-based and shoreline-based 
creel surveys conducted by staff of the Division of Aquatic and 
Wildlife Resources (DAWR), a voluntary fish dealer trip ticket invoice 
system coordinated by DAWR staff, and a voluntary data collection 
system established and coordinated by the Guam Fishermen's Cooperative 
with data submitted to and processed by DAWR staff. Based on the 
current FMP reporting and management requirements, these data 
collection programs can provide adequate information about Guam's 
inshore bottomfish fisheries that are conducted by smaller vessels. 
Thus, the amendment does not intend to establish additional data 
collection requirements on smaller vessels.
    There is a potential component of Guam's bottomfish fishery in 
which fishermen in relatively large vessels (i.e., greater than 50 ft 
or 15.2 m in length) target deep-slope fish species, particularly onaga 
(longtail red snapper, or flame snapper, Etelis coruscans). This 
fishery is currently inactive, but several vessels have operated in the 
past. The fish were caught on offshore banks in Federal waters, landed 
at Guam's commercial port, and rather than entering the local market, 
exported by air to foreign markets, especially Japan. The activity 
occurred on some or all of Guam's southern banks, including Galvez, 11-
Mile, Santa Rosa, White Tuna, and Baby Banks. Most of the vessels 
fishing on these southern banks targeted the shallow-water bottomfish 
complex, but some targeted the deep-water complex. The banks to the 
north of Guam, including Rota Bank, and far to the west of Guam, 
including Bank A, appear not to have been fished at this time.
    The potential for large-vessel bottomfish fishing activity to 
resume on the offshore banks prompted concerns about fishery 
information being inadequate for effective management, the potential 
for small-vessel catch rates to decline to non-viable levels, threats 
to sustained participation by smaller-vessels in the fishery, and 
disruptions to traditional patterns of supply of bottomfish products to 
the local market.
    Thus, FMP Amendment 9 has the following objectives:
     To ensure that adequate information is routinely collected 
for the large-vessel, export-oriented bottomfish fishery in Federal 
waters around Guam;
     To maintain adequate opportunities for small-scale 
commercial, recreational, and subsistence bottomfish fishermen in 
Federal waters around Guam;
     To provide for sustained community participation by 
smaller vessels in the Guam bottomfish fishery; and
     To encourage consistent availability of fresh, locally 
caught deepwater bottomfish products to Guam consumers.
    After considering a wide range of management options, including 
many options suggested by the public during a public scoping process, 
the WPFMC recommended several measures that would be established under 
FMP Amendment 9, including the following:
     A Federal fishing permit that would be required for large 
vessels, i.e., 50 ft (15.2 m) or greater in length, to fish for 
bottomfish in authorized areas around Guam;
     A Federal fishing logbook, in which the large bottomfish 
vessels would be required to record their daily catch and effort 
information to be supplied to NMFS; and
     A bottomfish area closure, encompassing Federal waters 
within 50 nm (92.6 km) around Guam, in which large vessels targeting 
bottomfish would be prohibited from fishing.
    NMFS seeks public comment on FMP Amendment 9, which must be 
received by September 22, 2006, to be considered by NMFS when it 
decides whether to approve, partially approve, or disapprove the 
amendment. NMFS will review FMP Amendment 9 to determine whether it 
complies with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the National Standards of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, and other applicable law. In the near future, 
NMFS intends to publish in the Federal Register a proposed rule to 
implement FMP Amendment 9.

    Dated: July 18, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-11752 Filed 7-21-06; 8:45 am]
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