Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 15, 44260-44261 [E6-12650]

Download as PDF 44260 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Further, we request that parties submitting written comments provide the Department with a diskette containing an electronic copy of the public version of such comments. Unless the deadline for issuing the final results of review is extended, the Department will issue the final results of this administrative review, including the results of its analysis of issues raised in the written comments, within 120 days of publication of the preliminary results in the Federal Register. Assessment Rates In accordance with 19 CFR § 351.212(b)(1), in these preliminary results of review, we calculated importer/customer–specific assessment rates for Vita’s subject merchandise. Since Vita did not report the entered value for its sales, we calculated per– unit assessment rates for its merchandise by summing, on an importer or customer–specific basis, the dumping margins calculated for all U.S. sales to the importer or customer, and dividing this amount by the total quantity of those sales. If the importer/ customer–specific assessment rate is above de minimis (i.e., 0.50 percent ad valorem or greater), we will instruct CBP to assess the importer/customer– specific rate uniformly, as appropriate, on all entries of subject merchandise during the POR that were entered by the importer or sold to the customer. To determine whether the per–unit duty assessment rates were de minimis (i.e., less than 0.50 percent ad valorem), in accordance with the requirement set forth in 19 CFR § 351.106(c)(2), we calculated importer/customer–specific ad valorem ratios based on the estimated entered value. For TROFCO, the respondent receiving a dumping margin based upon AFA, we will instruct CBP to liquidate entries according to the AFA ad valorem rate. Within 15 days of publication of the final results of review, the Department will issue instructions to CBP directing it to assess the final importer/customer– specific assessment rates (if above de minimis) uniformly on all entries of subject merchandise made by the relevant importer during the POR. The Department clarified its ‘‘automatic assessment’’ regulation on May 6, 2003 (68 FR 23954). This clarification applies to POR entries of subject merchandise produced by companies examined in this review (i.e., companies for which a dumping margin was calculated) where the companies did not know that their merchandise was destined for the United States. In such instances, we will instruct CBP to liquidate unreviewed entries at the all–others rate if there is VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 no rate for the intermediate company(ies) involved in the transaction. For a full discussion of this clarification, see Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Proceedings: Assessment of Antidumping Duties, 68 FR 23954 (May 6, 2003). Dated: July 31, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–12654 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] Cash Deposit Requirements DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The following cash deposit requirements will be effective for all shipments of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the publication date of the final results of this administrative review, as provided by section 751(a)(1) of the Act: (1) The cash deposit rate for the reviewed companies will be the rate established in the final results of this review (except that if the rate for a particular company is de minimis, i.e., less than 0.5 percent, no cash deposit will be required for that company); (2) for previously investigated or reviewed companies not listed above, the cash deposit rate will continue to be the company–specific rate published for the most recent period; (3) if the exporter is not a firm covered in this review, a prior review, or the less–than-fair–value (LTFV) investigation, but the manufacturer is, the cash deposit rate will be the rate established for the most recent period for the manufacturer of the subject merchandise; and (4) the cash deposit rate for all other manufacturers or exporters will continue to be the ‘‘all others’’ rate of 24.64 percent, which is the ‘‘all others’’ rate established in the LTFV investigation. These cash deposit rates, when imposed, shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping and duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S [I.D. 072806B] Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 15 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement; supplement; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) is preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the environmental impacts of a range of management actions proposed in its draft Amendment 15 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan of the South Atlantic (FMP). This notice is intended to supplement notices published in January 2002, September 2003, and July 2005, announcing the preparations of DEISs for FMP Amendments 13, 13B, and 13C, respectively. DATES: Comments on the scope of the DEIS will be accepted through September 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Jack McGovern, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; Phone: 727–824– 5311; Fax: 727–824–5308; email: John.McGovern@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, toll free 1–866–SAFMC–10 or 843–571– 4366; kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper grouper fishery operating in the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone is managed under the FMP. Following Council preparation, this FMP was approved and implemented by NMFS in March 1983, under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The actions proposed in FMP Amendment 15 originated from the E:\FR\FM\04AUN1.SGM 04AUN1 gechino on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 150 / Friday, August 4, 2006 / Notices Council’s work on Amendment 13, which contained a broad range of actions to define management reference points, end overfishing and rebuild overfished stocks, consider a multispecies approach to management, address bycatch, modify permit renewal and transferability requirements, and address the scheduled sunset of regulations protecting the Oculina Experimental Closed Area. NMFS published a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS in association with Amendment 13 in the Federal Register on January 31, 2002 (67 FR 4696), then later supplemented that notice on September 12, 2003 (68 FR 53706) and, again, on July 26, 2005 (70 FR 46126). The first NOI supplement announced the Council’s intent to transfer the Oculina Experimental Closed Area action from Amendment 13 to Snapper Grouper FMP Amendment 13A, and the remaining actions in Amendment 13 to Snapper Grouper FMP Amendment 13B. This decision was intended to ensure the Council adequate time to fully evaluate a range of actions to address overfishing, rebuilding, and other issues in the snapper grouper fishery without compromising the Council’s ability to act on the Oculina Experimental Closed Area before its scheduled sunset date of June 27, 2004. The second NOI supplement announced the Council’s intent to address overfishing and a few other priority actions in a regulatory amendment, which later became Amendment 13C. This decision was intended to ensure extended debate about multispecies management and other actions in Amendment 13B did not delay Council action to effectively address overfishing of snowy grouper, golden tilefish, vermilion snapper, and black sea bass. During its December 2005 meeting, the Council decided to transfer from Amendment 13B to Amendment 15 actions to define management reference points and rebuilding plans, as needed, for the select stocks addressed in Amendment 13C. This action is intended to ensure the timely implementation of biological reference points, status determination criteria, and rebuilding schedules and strategies for these stocks before the Southeast Data Assessment and Review assessments describing their status become outdated. The Council also will consider in Amendment 15: establishing a strategy to ensure stock rebuilding stays on schedule should the total allowable catch levels specified in rebuilding plans be exceeded; adjusting the golden tilefish fishing year and trip limit VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:39 Aug 03, 2006 Jkt 208001 strategy; eliminating the 12–inch (30.5– cm) total length minimum size limit regulation for the queen snapper and silk snapper; requiring a Federal commercial snapper grouper permit to sell snapper grouper species harvested in Federal waters of the South Atlantic and limiting sales to only those fish captured on commercial trips; establishing a deep-water grouper unit to further minimize bycatch of deepwater grouper species; implementing measures to minimize bycatch mortality of sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish; establishing a method to monitor and assess bycatch in the snapper grouper fishery; and modifying commercial snapper grouper permit renewal and transferability requirements. All other actions referenced above and not evaluated in Amendments 13A, 13B, 13C, or 15 continue to remain in Amendment 13B. This NOI supplement announces the Council’s intent to prepare a DEIS in association with Amendment 15. A Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the DEIS, as well as a 45–day public comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and to NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6. The Council will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and before voting to submit the final amendment to NMFS for Secretarial consideration. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final amendment and FEIS during the Secretarial review period, and will consider all public comments prior to agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final amendment. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 31, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–12650 Filed 8–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 073106D] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44261 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a public meeting of the Ad Hoc Grouper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel (AHGIFQAP). The AHGIFQAP meeting will convene at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, August 22 and conclude no later than 3 p.m. on Thursday, August 24, 2006. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Quorum Hotel Tampa, 700 North Westshore Boulevard, 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: Stu Kennedy, Fishery Biologist, telephone (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council has begun deliberation of a Dedicated Access Privilege System (DAP) for the Commercial grouper fishery. The Council has appointed an AHGIFQAP composed of commercial grouper fishermen and others knowledgeable about DAP systems to assist in the development of such a program. The Panel will discuss the scope and the general configuration of an IFQ program for the Gulf of Mexico commercial grouper fishery. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the AHGIFQAP 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 AHGIFQAP 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: Special Accommodations 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. 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 150 (Friday, August 4, 2006)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-12650]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 072806B]


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
South Atlantic Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 15

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement; supplement; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) is 
preparing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) to assess the 
environmental impacts of a range of management actions proposed in its 
draft Amendment 15 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan of 
the South Atlantic (FMP). This notice is intended to supplement notices 
published in January 2002, September 2003, and July 2005, announcing 
the preparations of DEISs for FMP Amendments 13, 13B, and 13C, 
respectively.

DATES: Comments on the scope of the DEIS will be accepted through 
September 5, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be sent to Jack McGovern, National Marine 
Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, 
St. Petersburg, FL 33701; Phone: 727-824-5311; Fax: 727-824-5308; 
email: John.McGovern@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 
Officer, toll free 1-866-SAFMC-10 or 843-571-4366; 
kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper grouper fishery operating in the 
South Atlantic exclusive economic zone is managed under the FMP. 
Following Council preparation, this FMP was approved and implemented by 
NMFS in March 1983, under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
    The actions proposed in FMP Amendment 15 originated from the

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Council's work on Amendment 13, which contained a broad range of 
actions to define management reference points, end overfishing and 
rebuild overfished stocks, consider a multispecies approach to 
management, address bycatch, modify permit renewal and transferability 
requirements, and address the scheduled sunset of regulations 
protecting the Oculina Experimental Closed Area. NMFS published a 
notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an EIS in association with Amendment 
13 in the Federal Register on January 31, 2002 (67 FR 4696), then later 
supplemented that notice on September 12, 2003 (68 FR 53706) and, 
again, on July 26, 2005 (70 FR 46126).
    The first NOI supplement announced the Council's intent to transfer 
the Oculina Experimental Closed Area action from Amendment 13 to 
Snapper Grouper FMP Amendment 13A, and the remaining actions in 
Amendment 13 to Snapper Grouper FMP Amendment 13B. This decision was 
intended to ensure the Council adequate time to fully evaluate a range 
of actions to address overfishing, rebuilding, and other issues in the 
snapper grouper fishery without compromising the Council's ability to 
act on the Oculina Experimental Closed Area before its scheduled sunset 
date of June 27, 2004.
    The second NOI supplement announced the Council's intent to address 
overfishing and a few other priority actions in a regulatory amendment, 
which later became Amendment 13C. This decision was intended to ensure 
extended debate about multispecies management and other actions in 
Amendment 13B did not delay Council action to effectively address 
overfishing of snowy grouper, golden tilefish, vermilion snapper, and 
black sea bass.
    During its December 2005 meeting, the Council decided to transfer 
from Amendment 13B to Amendment 15 actions to define management 
reference points and rebuilding plans, as needed, for the select stocks 
addressed in Amendment 13C. This action is intended to ensure the 
timely implementation of biological reference points, status 
determination criteria, and rebuilding schedules and strategies for 
these stocks before the Southeast Data Assessment and Review 
assessments describing their status become outdated.
    The Council also will consider in Amendment 15: establishing a 
strategy to ensure stock rebuilding stays on schedule should the total 
allowable catch levels specified in rebuilding plans be exceeded; 
adjusting the golden tilefish fishing year and trip limit strategy; 
eliminating the 12-inch (30.5-cm) total length minimum size limit 
regulation for the queen snapper and silk snapper; requiring a Federal 
commercial snapper grouper permit to sell snapper grouper species 
harvested in Federal waters of the South Atlantic and limiting sales to 
only those fish captured on commercial trips; establishing a deep-water 
grouper unit to further minimize bycatch of deep-water grouper species; 
implementing measures to minimize bycatch mortality of sea turtles and 
smalltooth sawfish; establishing a method to monitor and assess bycatch 
in the snapper grouper fishery; and modifying commercial snapper 
grouper permit renewal and transferability requirements. All other 
actions referenced above and not evaluated in Amendments 13A, 13B, 13C, 
or 15 continue to remain in Amendment 13B.
    This NOI supplement announces the Council's intent to prepare a 
DEIS in association with Amendment 15. A Federal Register notice will 
announce the availability of the DEIS, as well as a 45-day public 
comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on 
Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental 
Policy Act and to NOAA's Administrative Order 216-6. The Council will 
consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the Final 
Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS), and before voting to submit the 
final amendment to NMFS for Secretarial consideration. NMFS will 
announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final 
amendment and FEIS during the Secretarial review period, and will 
consider all public comments prior to agency action to approve, 
disapprove, or partially approve the final amendment.

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

    Dated: July 31, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-12650 Filed 8-3-06; 8:45 am]
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