Meeting of Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs and Executive Directors, 54799 [E6-15540]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 181 / Tuesday, September 19, 2006 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 117. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. The meetings will be held at the Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311; phone: 703–845–1010. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301– 713–2347. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting with the Atlantic CCED will focus on science, coordination, and communication issues between NMFS and the Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Councils (New England, Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils) regarding Atlantic HMS. ADDRESSES: IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: September 14, 2006. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E6–15546 Filed 9–18–06; 8:45 am] Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at (301) 713–2347, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Dated: September 13, 2006. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–15540 Filed 9–18–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 091306C] [I.D. 090706C] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting Meeting of Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs and Executive Directors National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: pwalker on PRODPC60 with NOTICES SUMMARY: NMFS will host a half-day meeting with the Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs and Executive Directors in October 2006. The intent of this meeting is to discuss science, coordination, and communication issues related to Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS). The meeting with the Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs and Executive Directors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2006. DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:49 Sep 18, 2006 Jkt 208001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a public meeting to gather public comments on options to research and manage shark viewing operations in federal waters around Hawaii. DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday October 5, 2006, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Haleiwa Elementary School, 66–505 Haleiwa Rd., Haleiwa, HI 96712. Council address: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54799 telephone: (808) 522–8220; fax: (808) 522–8226. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2001, commercial shark viewing operations began providing and promoting services to swim, dive and snorkel with sharks off the North Shore of Oahu. The operations essentially consist of deploying a protective cage into the water into which individuals enter while sharks swim freely outside of the cage. To keep sharks near the cage for viewing, tour operators often introduce chum (i.e. fish parts) into the water. In 2002, citing concerns of the risk to human safety, particularly, the potential increased risk of shark attacks on individuals not involved in shark feeding operations, the State of Hawaii promulgated regulations prohibiting the feeding of sharks for commercial purposes in state marine waters from 0 to three miles from shore. As a result of the State’s law, commercial shark tour operations relocated into federal waters beyond three miles from shore where there are no rules or regulations in place to control this activity. Currently, the commercial shark viewing operations occur three to four miles offshore of Haleiwa, HI in waters approximately 400 to 600 feet in depth. The precise locations are marked by buoys deployed by the tour operators. Species of sharks encountered during these operations include the galapagos shark (Carcharhinus galapagensis), the sandbar shark (Carcharhinus plumbeus), the hammerhead shark (Sphyrna spp.) and occasionally grey reef sharks (Carcharhinus amblyrhynchos) and tiger sharks (Galeocerdo cuvier). Presently, information on the effects of commercial shark viewing operations on shark behavior and ecology, fish habitat and other user groups are largely anecdotal. As a result, there remains great uncertainty regarding the potential impacts to humans as well as to shark populations and the health of the marine ecosystem in this area. The Council will convene a public meeting to gather public comments on options to research and manage shark viewing operations in federal waters around Hawaii. These include but are not limited to: (1) Conducting research on shark movement and behavior and population numbers in and around the North Shore of Oahu; (2) Recommending the State of Hawaii establish a moratorium on any new shark tour operations; (3) Establishing federal regulations for shark tour operations such as prohibiting or limiting the amount of chum that may be used, requiring shark tour operations to move further offshore, limiting the E:\FR\FM\19SEN1.SGM 19SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 090706C]


Meeting of Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Council Chairs 
and Executive Directors

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: NMFS will host a half-day meeting with the Atlantic Regional 
Fishery Management Council Chairs and Executive Directors in October 
2006. The intent of this meeting is to discuss science, coordination, 
and communication issues related to Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 
(HMS).

DATES: The meeting with the Atlantic Regional Fishery Management 
Council Chairs and Executive Directors will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 
12 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Mark Center, 5000 
Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22311; phone: 703-845-1010.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301-
713-2347.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The meeting with the Atlantic CCED will 
focus on science, coordination, and communication issues between NMFS 
and the Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Councils (New England, 
Mid-Atlantic, South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Fishery 
Management Councils) regarding Atlantic HMS.

Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at (301) 713-2347, 
at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq.

    Dated: September 13, 2006.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-15540 Filed 9-18-06; 8:45 am]
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