Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program Restructuring and Centralization; Correction, 54768-54769 [E6-15493]

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That technical amendment authorizes the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center to perform certain mariner credentialing functions in addition to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, who currently perform those functions. At the end of a transitional period, most credentialing functions will be consolidated at a centralized location. The amendment also makes technical changes to the mariner credentialing appellate process. The technical amendment is organizational in nature and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. DATES: Effective September 20, 2006. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, call Gerald Miante, Project Manager, Maritime Personnel Qualifications Division (G–PSO–1), U.S. Coast Guard, PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 telephone 202–372–1407. If you have questions on viewing the docket, call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202–493– 0402. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background and Purpose The Coast Guard is correcting a technical amendment that appeared in the Federal Register on August 21, 2006 (71 FR 48480). That technical amendment authorizes the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center to perform certain mariner credentialing functions in addition to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, who currently perform those functions. At the end of a transitional period, most credentialing functions will be consolidated at a centralized location. The amendment also makes technical changes to the mariner credentialing appellate process. The technical amendment is organizational in nature and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public. This correction adds a word in the preamble, and adds two words and removes a word in three different places in the regulatory text. In FR Doc. E6–13781 the Federal Register of Monday, August 21, 2006, the following corrections are made: 1. On page 48481, in the first column, the first full sentence is corrected to read ‘‘We expect the economic impact of this rule to be so minimal that a full Regulatory evaluation is not necessary.’’ § 1.01–15 [Corrected] 2. On page 48482, in the first column, the first sentence of § 1.01–15 paragraph (c) is corrected to read as follows: ‘‘The Commanding Officer of the National Maritime Center has been designated and delegated to give direction to Coast Guard activities relating to marine safety functions consisting of the licensing, credentialing, certificating, shipment and discharge of seamen; referring to the processing Regional Examination Center (REC) or cognizant OCMI violations of law, negligence, misconduct, unskillfulness, incompetence or misbehavior of persons applying for or holding merchant mariner’s documents, licenses, certificates or credentials issued by the Coast Guard; suspension or withdrawal of course approvals; and recommending possible suspension or revocation under 46 U.S.C. Chapter 77 of licenses, credentials, certificates and merchant mariner’s documents.’’ I 3. On page 48482, in the first column, the last sentence of § 1.01–15 paragraph (c) is corrected to read as follows: ‘‘A list of Regional Examination Center I E:\FR\FM\19SER1.SGM 19SER1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 19, 2006 / Rules and Regulations locations is available through the Coast Guard Web site at http://www.uscg.mil.’’ § 10.105 [Corrected] 4. On page 48482, in the third column, the last sentence of § 10.105 paragraph (a) is corrected to read as follows: ‘‘A list of Regional Examination Center locations is available through the Coast Guard Web site at http://www.uscg.mil.’’ I Dated: September 12, 2006. Stefan G. Venckus, Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, United States Coast Guard. [FR Doc. E6–15493 Filed 9–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–15–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 665 [Docket No. 060317076–6076–01; I.D. 031606D] RIN 0648–AU41 Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Hawaii-based Shallow-set Longline Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Temporary rule. ycherry on PROD1PC64 with RULES AGENCY: SUMMARY: This rule extends an emergency rule that removed the delay in effectiveness for closing the Hawaiibased shallow-set longline fishery as a result of interaction limits for sea turtles. The intended effect of the emergency action is to afford enhanced protection for sea turtles via timely closure of the fishery. DATES: Effective September 19, 2006, through March 19, 2007. ADDRESSES: In accordance with the Endangered Species Act, a Biological Opinion, dated February 23, 2004, was prepared for this fishery, which operates under the Fishery Management Plan for the Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific Region (FMP). Also, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) dated March 30, 2001, and a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (SEIS) dated March 5, 2004, were prepared for this fishery under the FMP. Copies of the Biological Opinion, EIS and SEIS are available from William L. Robinson, Administrator, Pacific VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:03 Sep 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Harman, Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, phone: 808–944–2271. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access This Federal Register document is accessible via the Internet at the Government Printing Office website at www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html. Background NMFS manages the pelagic longline fishery for swordfish, tunas, and related species in the western Pacific, according to the FMP prepared by the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (WPFMC) under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Regulations governing fishing by U.S. vessels in accordance with the FMP appear at subpart H of 50 CFR part 600 and at 50 CFR part 665. The regulations at § 665.33(b)(1) governing western Pacific pelagic fisheries establish maximum annual limits on the numbers of physical interactions that occur between longline fishing gear and sea turtles. These limits apply to physical interactions experienced by vessels registered under Hawaii longline limited-access permits while engaged in shallow-set longline fishing. There are calendar-year annual limits on physical interactions for two different turtle species, one for leatherback sea turtles set at 16, and one for loggerhead sea turtles set at 17. Interactions with turtles are monitored using data from scientific observers placed by NMFS aboard all vessels engaged in shallow-set longline fishing. NMFS is required to maintain 100 percent observer coverage in the Hawaii shallow-set longline fishery under the 2004 Biological Opinion. The current regulations at § 665.33(b)(2) prescribe that, as soon as the physical interaction limit for either of the two turtle species has been determined to have been reached in a given year, the shallow-set component of the Hawaii-based longline fishery must be closed by NMFS for the remainder of the calendar year, after giving permit holders at least seven days advance notice. Once that component of the fishery is closed, no vessel registered under a Hawaii longline limited-access permit may engage in shallow-set longline fishing north of the Equator. Based on the best information available on fishing activity levels and PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 54769 anticipated turtle interaction rates at the time when the regulations were first implemented, the seven-day delay in effectiveness offered by the advance notice provision was thought to be adequate to provide notice of the fishery closure to vessels at sea. The delay was intended to give NMFS adequate time to notify permit holders and vessel operators of the closure, and to give operators adequate time to cease fishing and begin to return to port, while still affording adequate protection to sea turtles. Fishing activity levels and rates of turtle interactions in early 2006 were, however, higher than expected, resulting in the fishery quickly reaching the limit on turtle interactions. To respond to the recent greater fishing activity and turtle interaction rates, and to prevent additional adverse impacts to turtles, immediate implementation of the fishery closure was facilitated by issuance of the emergency rule that removed the delay in effectiveness in closing the fishery. Additionally, more effective means of providing notification to fishermen now exist. At the time when the current regulations were implemented, NMFS observers placed aboard longline vessels were not issued satellite telephones, and other communication methods were considered ineffective for notifying the fleet of a closure. Currently, however, NMFS observers carry satellite telephones and are placed on all vessels conducting shallow-set fishing trips. This makes immediate and effective communication possible between NMFS and each vessel at sea. The emergency rule that removed the delay in effectiveness in closing the fishery was published on March 22, 2006 (71 FR 14416), and effective on March 20, 2006. When the 2006 fishery was closed, NMFS notified the operator of each Hawaii-based shallow-set longline vessel, directly via the communication devices available to the NMFS observer placed on the vessel. This allowed for immediate closure of the fishery, and the limit on turtle interactions was not exceeded. The shallow-set fishery was closed on March 20, 2006, both by direct notice to vessels, and by Federal Register notice on March 24, 2006 (71 FR 14824). The WPFMC has agreed with the need for the extension for one additional period of not more than 180 days as authorized under section 305(c)(3)(B) of Magnuson-Stevens Act. The WPFMC is currently developing a regulatory amendment to permanently remove the delay in effectiveness. At its 133rd meeting in Pago Pago, American Samoa, the WPFMC voted to recommend the modification of the regulations to E:\FR\FM\19SER1.SGM 19SER1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 181 (Tuesday, September 19, 2006)]
[Rules and Regulations]
[Pages 54768-54769]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-15493]


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DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY

Coast Guard

46 CFR Parts 1, 5, 10, 12 and 13

[USCG-2006-25535]
RIN 1625-ZA09


Mariner Licensing and Documentation Program Restructuring and 
Centralization; Correction

AGENCY: Coast Guard, DHS.

ACTION: Technical amendment; correction.

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SUMMARY: The Coast Guard is correcting a technical amendment that 
appeared in the Federal Register on August 21, 2006. That technical 
amendment authorizes the Commanding Officer, National Maritime Center 
to perform certain mariner credentialing functions in addition to 
Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, who currently perform those 
functions. At the end of a transitional period, most credentialing 
functions will be consolidated at a centralized location. The amendment 
also makes technical changes to the mariner credentialing appellate 
process. The technical amendment is organizational in nature and will 
have no substantive effect on the regulated public.

DATES: Effective September 20, 2006.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: If you have questions on this rule, 
call Gerald Miante, Project Manager, Maritime Personnel Qualifications 
Division (G-PSO-1), U.S. Coast Guard, telephone 202-372-1407. If you 
have questions on viewing the docket, call Ms. Renee V. Wright, Program 
Manager, Docket Operations, telephone 202-493-0402.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background and Purpose

    The Coast Guard is correcting a technical amendment that appeared 
in the Federal Register on August 21, 2006 (71 FR 48480). That 
technical amendment authorizes the Commanding Officer, National 
Maritime Center to perform certain mariner credentialing functions in 
addition to Officers in Charge, Marine Inspection, who currently 
perform those functions. At the end of a transitional period, most 
credentialing functions will be consolidated at a centralized location. 
The amendment also makes technical changes to the mariner credentialing 
appellate process. The technical amendment is organizational in nature 
and will have no substantive effect on the regulated public.
    This correction adds a word in the preamble, and adds two words and 
removes a word in three different places in the regulatory text.
    In FR Doc. E6-13781 the Federal Register of Monday, August 21, 
2006, the following corrections are made:
    1. On page 48481, in the first column, the first full sentence is 
corrected to read ``We expect the economic impact of this rule to be so 
minimal that a full Regulatory evaluation is not necessary.''


Sec.  1.01-15  [Corrected]

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2. On page 48482, in the first column, the first sentence of Sec.  
1.01-15 paragraph (c) is corrected to read as follows: ``The Commanding 
Officer of the National Maritime Center has been designated and 
delegated to give direction to Coast Guard activities relating to 
marine safety functions consisting of the licensing, credentialing, 
certificating, shipment and discharge of seamen; referring to the 
processing Regional Examination Center (REC) or cognizant OCMI 
violations of law, negligence, misconduct, unskillfulness, incompetence 
or misbehavior of persons applying for or holding merchant mariner's 
documents, licenses, certificates or credentials issued by the Coast 
Guard; suspension or withdrawal of course approvals; and recommending 
possible suspension or revocation under 46 U.S.C. Chapter 77 of 
licenses, credentials, certificates and merchant mariner's documents.''

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3. On page 48482, in the first column, the last sentence of Sec.  1.01-
15 paragraph (c) is corrected to read as follows: ``A list of Regional 
Examination Center

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locations is available through the Coast Guard Web site at http://
www.uscg.mil.''


Sec.  10.105  [Corrected]

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4. On page 48482, in the third column, the last sentence of Sec.  
10.105 paragraph (a) is corrected to read as follows: ``A list of 
Regional Examination Center locations is available through the Coast 
Guard Web site at http://www.uscg.mil.''

    Dated: September 12, 2006.
Stefan G. Venckus,
Chief, Office of Regulations and Administrative Law, United States 
Coast Guard.
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