Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 46892-46893 [E6-13307]

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E6–13362 Filed 8–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3410–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 080906D] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting and public hearing. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 134th meeting to consider and take action on pending recommendations regarding fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) commensurate with the provisions of Proclamation 8031 which established the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. The Council will also hold a public hearing during this 134th Council meeting. The 134th Council meeting and public hearing will be held at 2 p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time) on Wednesday, August 30, 2006. For specific dates, times and locations of the public hearing, and the agenda for the 134th Council meeting, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The 134th Council meeting and public hearing will be held at the Council’s office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813. For participants residing in American Samoa, the Northern Mariana Islands, Hawaii and the continental United States, the 134th Council meeting telephone conference call-in-number is: 1–888–482–3560; Access Code: 522– 8220. For Guam and international participants, the call-in-number is: 1– 647–723–3959; Access Code: 522–8220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 telephone: (808) 522–8220; fax: (808) 522–8226. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Information On June 15, 2006, President George W. Bush signed Presidential Proclamation No. 8031 establishing the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument (NWHI monument). The proclamation set apart and reserved the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for the purpose of protecting the historic objects, landmarks, prehistoric structures and other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon lands owned and controlled by the Federal Government of the United States. Proclamation No. 8031 directs the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior (the Secretaries) to prohibit access into the NWHI monument unless authorized, and limit or regulate virtually all activities through a permit and zoning system among other measures. In establishing the NWHI monument, Proclamation No. 8031 assigns primary management responsibility of marine areas of the NWHI monument to the Secretary of Commerce, NOAA, in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior. The proclamation assigns the Secretary of the Interior, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with sole responsibility for management of the areas of the monument that overlay the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the Battle of Midway National Memorial and the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, in consultation with the Secretary of Commerce. Proclamation No. 8031 also requires the Secretary of Commerce to manage the NWHI monument in consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Hawaii and directs the Secretaries to promulgate any additional regulations needed for the proper care and management of the monument objects identified above, to the extent authorized by law. At this 134th meeting, the Council will consider and take action on pending recommendations regarding fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands commensurate with the provisions of Proclamation 8031 which established the NWHI monument. 134th Council Meeting Agenda 1. Introductions 2. Approval of Agenda 3. Implementation of Fishing Regulations for the NWHI Monument 4. Public Hearing 5. Council Discussion and Action 6. Other Business E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 157 / Tuesday, August 15, 2006 / Notices 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 134th meeting. Council action will be restricted to those issues 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 This meeting is 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: August 9, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–13307 Filed 8–14–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Availability of Final Contracting Policy National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of Availability of Final Revised Contracting Policy. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The NOAA National Ocean Service (NOS) is publishing its updated contracting policy for hydrographic services per NOAA’s 2005 plans to review and update the subject policy. DATES: No comments are solicited through this notice. ADDRESSES: Ashley Chappell, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Station 6113, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ashley Chappell, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, NOAA (N/CS), 1315 East West Highway, Station 6113, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; Telephone: 301–713–2770 ext. 148; fax (301) 713–4019, Attention: Ashley Chappell; E-mail ashley.chappell@noaa.gov. VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:41 Aug 14, 2006 Jkt 208001 The contracting policy for hydrographic services within the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS) is final. 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NOAA then issued a Federal Register notice publishing and soliciting comments on its 1996 policy. The majority of comments were from private sector mapping firms and in general were supportive of NOAA’s existing policy. Upon review of the public comments and in consultation with the Panel, NOAA concluded that a moderate revision of its existing policy was the appropriate approach. On April 7, 2006, NOAA issued a second Federal Register notice publishing and soliciting comments on its draft revised policy. Two comments were received. One was generally supportive and the second detailed several concerns. Two concerns were that NOAA’s efforts (1) did not respond to the congressional request and (2) that the revised policy mistakenly focused solely on NOAA’s hydrographic services. As noted, personnel met with congressional staff and then provided Congress a report outlining the scope of NOAA’s intended efforts. That strategy included utilizing the Panel as the primary mechanism for engaging the public, including the private mapping community, in reexamining the contracting policy. In terms of the scope, the congressional language requesting NOAA to undertake this effort appeared in the ‘‘Mapping and PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46893 Charting’’ section of the annual appropriations report that addresses only NOAA’s hydrographic services. The second comment disagreed with the draft policy’s conclusion that acquisition of geospatial data is a core agency mission and that the agency should maintain a core capability. Upon review, NOAA concludes its legal authorities provide language indicating acquisition of data is a core agency mission and that the agency should maintain an adequate operational capability. For example, the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act says that the NOAA administrator ‘‘shall acquire and disseminate hydrographic data.’’ (33 U.S.C. 892a(a)(1)). The Act authorizes NOAA to procure vessels, equipment and technologies in order to ‘‘maintain operational expertise in hydrographic data acquisition and hydrographic services.’’ (33 U.S.C. 892a(b)(1)). NOAA Hydrographic Services Contracting Policy NOAA recognizes that qualified commercial sources can provide competent, professional, cost-effective hydrographic services to NOAA in support of its mapping and charting mission for enhancing navigation safety. NOAA also recognizes that the provision of hydrographic services, including the acquisition and dissemination of hydrographic and shoreline data, is a core mission requirement of NOAA under the 1947 Coast and Geodetic Survey Act and the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998 (as amended). In the interest of public and environmental safety, the Federal government’s responsibility for executing its hydrographic services missions is manifest and non-delegable. Therefore, it is incumbent upon NOAA, as recommended by the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (the Panel), to maintain its operational hydrographic services core capability, and contract for the remainder of its hydrographic services to the extent of available funding. In general, it is the intent of NOAA to contract for hydrographic services when qualified commercial sources exist, and when such contracts are the most cost effective method of conducting these functions. This policy documents the framework and conditions under which contracting will be employed to ensure an open and consistent approach. To support this policy, NOAA will maintain a dialogue with private sector organizations and constituent groups. For the purposes of this policy, the term ‘‘hydrographic services’’ is defined to include: Geodesy, hydrography, E:\FR\FM\15AUN1.SGM 15AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 080906D]


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 134th meeting to consider and take action on pending 
recommendations regarding fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 
(NWHI) commensurate with the provisions of Proclamation 8031 which 
established the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Marine National Monument. 
The Council will also hold a public hearing during this 134th Council 
meeting.

DATES: The 134th Council meeting and public hearing will be held at 2 
p.m. (Hawaii Standard Time) on Wednesday, August 30, 2006. For specific 
dates, times and locations of the public hearing, and the agenda for 
the 134th Council meeting, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The 134th Council meeting and public hearing will be held at 
the Council's office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 
96813. For participants residing in American Samoa, the Northern 
Mariana Islands, Hawaii and the continental United States, the 134th 
Council meeting telephone conference call-in-number is: 1-888-482-3560; 
Access Code: 522-8220. For Guam and international participants, the 
call-in-number is: 1-647-723-3959; Access Code: 522-8220.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background Information

    On June 15, 2006, President George W. Bush signed Presidential 
Proclamation No. 8031 establishing the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 
Marine National Monument (NWHI monument). The proclamation set apart 
and reserved the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands for the purpose of 
protecting the historic objects, landmarks, prehistoric structures and 
other objects of historic or scientific interest that are situated upon 
lands owned and controlled by the Federal Government of the United 
States. Proclamation No. 8031 directs the Secretary of Commerce and the 
Secretary of the Interior (the Secretaries) to prohibit access into the 
NWHI monument unless authorized, and limit or regulate virtually all 
activities through a permit and zoning system among other measures.
    In establishing the NWHI monument, Proclamation No. 8031 assigns 
primary management responsibility of marine areas of the NWHI monument 
to the Secretary of Commerce, NOAA, in consultation with the Secretary 
of the Interior. The proclamation assigns the Secretary of the 
Interior, through the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) with sole 
responsibility for management of the areas of the monument that overlay 
the Midway Atoll National Wildlife Refuge, the Battle of Midway 
National Memorial and the Hawaiian Islands National Wildlife Refuge, in 
consultation with the Secretary of Commerce. Proclamation No. 8031 also 
requires the Secretary of Commerce to manage the NWHI monument in 
consultation with the Secretary of the Interior and the State of Hawaii 
and directs the Secretaries to promulgate any additional regulations 
needed for the proper care and management of the monument objects 
identified above, to the extent authorized by law.
    At this 134th meeting, the Council will consider and take action on 
pending recommendations regarding fishing in the Northwestern Hawaiian 
Islands commensurate with the provisions of Proclamation 8031 which 
established the NWHI monument.

134th Council Meeting Agenda

    1. Introductions
    2. Approval of Agenda
    3. Implementation of Fishing Regulations for the NWHI Monument
    4. Public Hearing
    5. Council Discussion and Action
    6. Other Business

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    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 134th meeting. Council action will 
be restricted to those issues 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

    This meeting is 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: August 9, 2006.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-13307 Filed 8-14-06; 8:45 am]
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