Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; U.S. Atlantic Swordfish Fishery Public Meetings, 54030-54031 [E6-15197]

Download as PDF 54030 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 13, 2006 / Notices Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern standard time, on October 13, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application may be sent via fax to 727– 824–5308 or mailed to: Sarah DeVido, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is Sarah.DeVido@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail document the following text: Comment on Patterson-Hartig EFP Application. The application and related documents are available for review upon written request to the address above or the email address below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah DeVido, 727–824–5305; fax 727– 824–5308; e-mail: Sarah.DeVido@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The EFP is requested under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745(b) concerning exempted fishing. The described research is part of the cooperative research program (NMFS Cooperative Research Program Grant NA06NMF45400601). The Cooperative Research Program is a means of involving commercial and/or recreational fishermen in the collection of fundamental fisheries information. Resource collection efforts support the development and evaluation of fisheries management and regulatory options. The proposed collection for scientific research involves activities otherwise prohibited by regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the South Atlantic Region. The applicants require authorization to harvest and possess undersized and outof-season king mackerel for scientific research activities during the period from October 1, 2006, through July 31, 2008. Specimens would be collected from Federal waters off the southeast coast of Florida by trolling artificial lures and rigged dead baits during the specified sampling period. Sampling would occur year round when migratory fish are present, collecting up to 500 fish per year. Biological samples would be extracted from the specimens. Data collections for this study will support estimations of growth and age (from otolith thin sections), analyses of reproductive biology (from gonadal thin sections), and population and mixing dynamics (from shape and chemical analyses of otoliths). hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Sep 12, 2006 Jkt 208001 NMFS finds this application warrants further consideration. Based on a preliminary review, NMFS intends to issue an EFP. Possible conditions the agency may impose on this permit, if it is indeed granted, include but are not limited to: The use of only artificial lures and rigged dead baits during trolling sampling trips; and prohibition of conducting research within marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries, or special management zones, or over artificial reefs, without additional authorization. A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on a NMFS review of public comments received on the application, consultations with the affected states, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard, and a determination that it is consistent with all applicable laws. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 8, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–15192 Filed 9–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 081606A] Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; U.S. Atlantic Swordfish Fishery Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; additional public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: On August 31, 2006, NMFS published in the Federal Register a notice announcing five public meetings to obtain from U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery participants and other members of the public recommendations regarding potential management measures so as to fully harvest the swordfish quota allocated to the United States by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). In response to requests from swordfish fishery participants in South Florida, NMFS is adding an additional meeting in Fort Lauderdale, FL, in September 2006. DATES: The public meeting will be held on September 27, 2006, from 7–9 p.m. ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Broward County Main PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sari Kiraly at (301) 713–2347. A notice announcing five public meetings (in Houma, LA; Manahawkin, NJ; Peabody, MA; Manteo, NC; and Panama City, FL) to obtain recommendations regarding potential management measures so as to fully harvest the Atlantic swordfish quota allocated to the United States by ICCAT was published in the Federal Register on August 31, 2006 (71 FR 51803). This notice announces an additional meeting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery is managed under the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks, and regulations at 50 CFR part 635 under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA) (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). Regulations issued under the authority of ATCA implement the recommendations of ICCAT. In the last several years, the U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery has not fully harvested the available quota allocated by ICCAT. The adjusted 2005 North Atlantic swordfish total quota was 6,336.1 mt dw, which included a baseline quota of 2,937.6 and a quota carry-over of 3,398.5 mt dw. The total U.S. North Atlantic quota allocation for the 2006 fishing year is 2,937.6 mt dw, and the carry-over is yet to be determined. NMFS anticipates that the pending September 2006 stock assessment may identify the North Atlantic swordfish stock as fully rebuilt. Fishermen and others have asked NMFS to assist in revitalizing this fishery. Also, at its November 2006 meeting ICCAT will likely review swordfish management measures and quota allocations. Therefore, NMFS is considering potential management measures for the U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery that would address factors limiting the ability to catch the allocated quota, and to aid in revitalizing the fishery so that swordfish are harvested in a sustainable and economically viable manner, while bycatch is minimized to the extent practicable. At the September 27, 2006 public meeting NMFS wishes to obtain recommendations from swordfish fishery participants and other members of the public regarding potential management measures for the fishery to fully harvest the available quota. E:\FR\FM\13SEN1.SGM 13SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 177 / Wednesday, September 13, 2006 / Notices Special Accommodations The meeting will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Sari Kiraly at (301) 713–2347, no later than September 20, 2006. Dated: September 7, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–15197 Filed 9–12–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patemt amd Trademark Office hsrobinson on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). 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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 177 (Wednesday, September 13, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54030-54031]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-15197]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 081606A]


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; U.S. Atlantic Swordfish 
Fishery Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice; additional public meeting.

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SUMMARY: On August 31, 2006, NMFS published in the Federal Register a 
notice announcing five public meetings to obtain from U.S. Atlantic 
swordfish fishery participants and other members of the public 
recommendations regarding potential management measures so as to fully 
harvest the swordfish quota allocated to the United States by the 
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas 
(ICCAT). In response to requests from swordfish fishery participants in 
South Florida, NMFS is adding an additional meeting in Fort Lauderdale, 
FL, in September 2006.

DATES: The public meeting will be held on September 27, 2006, from 7-9 
p.m.

ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be held at the Broward County Main 
Library, 100 South Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33301.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sari Kiraly at (301) 713-2347.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A notice announcing five public meetings (in 
Houma, LA; Manahawkin, NJ; Peabody, MA; Manteo, NC; and Panama City, 
FL) to obtain recommendations regarding potential management measures 
so as to fully harvest the Atlantic swordfish quota allocated to the 
United States by ICCAT was published in the Federal Register on August 
31, 2006 (71 FR 51803). This notice announces an additional meeting.

Background

    The U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery is managed under the Fishery 
Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish and Sharks, and 
regulations at 50 CFR part 635 under the authority of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et 
seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA) (16 U.S.C. 971 et 
seq.). Regulations issued under the authority of ATCA implement the 
recommendations of ICCAT. In the last several years, the U.S. Atlantic 
swordfish fishery has not fully harvested the available quota allocated 
by ICCAT. The adjusted 2005 North Atlantic swordfish total quota was 
6,336.1 mt dw, which included a baseline quota of 2,937.6 and a quota 
carry-over of 3,398.5 mt dw. The total U.S. North Atlantic quota 
allocation for the 2006 fishing year is 2,937.6 mt dw, and the carry-
over is yet to be determined. NMFS anticipates that the pending 
September 2006 stock assessment may identify the North Atlantic 
swordfish stock as fully rebuilt. Fishermen and others have asked NMFS 
to assist in revitalizing this fishery. Also, at its November 2006 
meeting ICCAT will likely review swordfish management measures and 
quota allocations. Therefore, NMFS is considering potential management 
measures for the U.S. Atlantic swordfish fishery that would address 
factors limiting the ability to catch the allocated quota, and to aid 
in revitalizing the fishery so that swordfish are harvested in a 
sustainable and economically viable manner, while bycatch is minimized 
to the extent practicable. At the September 27, 2006 public meeting 
NMFS wishes to obtain recommendations from swordfish fishery 
participants and other members of the public regarding potential 
management measures for the fishery to fully harvest the available 
quota.

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Special Accommodations

    The meeting will be physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Sari Kiraly at (301) 713-2347, no 
later than September 20, 2006.

    Dated: September 7, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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