Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, 58789-58790 [E6-16486]

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[I.D. 092706A] Paperwork Reduction Act This document contains collection-ofinformation requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA). The use of Standard Forms 424, 424A, 424B, SF–LLL, and CD–346 has been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) under the respective control numbers 0348–0043, 0348–0044, 0348–0040, 0348–0046, and 0605–0001. SUMMARY: The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 Oct 04, 2006 Jkt 211001 Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for nominations. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58789 assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill a vacancy and bring the Committee to its full compliment of 21 members. DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before November 20, 2006. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Laurel Bryant, Executive Director, MAFAC, Office of Constituent Services, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway #9508, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Bryant, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 713–2379 x171; e-mail: Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The establishment of MAFAC was approved by the Secretary on December 28, 1970, and initially chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5, U.S.C. App.2, on February 17, 1971. The Committee meets twice a year with supplementary subcommittee meetings as determined necessary by the Secretary. No less that 15 and no more than 21 individuals may serve on the Committee. Membership is comprised of highly qualified individuals representing commercial and recreational fisheries interests, environmental organizations, academic institutions, governmental, tribal and consumer groups from a balance of geographical regions, including the Hawaiian, Pacific and the U.S. Virgin Islands. A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee or a member of a Regional Fishery Management Council. Selected candidates must pass security checks and submit financial disclosure forms. Membership is voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, service is without pay. Each submission should include the submitting person or organization’s name and affiliation, a cover letter describing the nominee’s qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee, a curriculum vitae and or resume of nominee, and no more than three supporting letters describing the E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1 58790 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 193 / Thursday, October 5, 2006 / Notices nominee’s qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee. Selfnominations are acceptable. The following contact information should accompany each nominee’s submission: name, address, phone number, fax number, and e-mail address (if available). Nominations should be sent to (see ADDRESSES) and must be received by (see DATES). The full text of the Committee Charter and its current membership can be viewed at the NMFS’s web page at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mafac.htm. Dated: October 2, 2006. William T. Hogarth, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–16486 Filed 10–4–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 090706B] Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Seismic Testing and Calibration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico, Fall 2006 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental take authorization; request for comments. mstockstill on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting an acoustic calibration and seismic testing program in the northern Gulf of Mexico in Fall, 2006. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposed IHA for these activities. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than November 6, 2006. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.090706B@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:42 Oct 04, 2006 Jkt 211001 here. Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10–megabyte file size. A copy of the application containing a list of the references used in this document may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext 166. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses, and that the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ’’...an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by which citizens of the United States can apply for an authorization to incidentally take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment. Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment]. Section 101(a)(5)(D) establishes a 45– day time limit for NMFS review of an application followed by a 30–day public notice and comment period on any proposed authorizations for the incidental harassment of marine mammals. Within 45 days of the close of the comment period, NMFS must either issue or deny issuance of the authorization. Summary of Request On June 2, 2006, NMFS received an application from L-DEO for the taking, by Level B harassment, of several species of marine mammals incidental to conducting, with research funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF), an acoustic calibration and seismic testing program in the northern Gulf of Mexico in Fall, 2006. This project will be conducted with L-DEO’s new seismic vessel, the R/V Marcus G. Langseth (Langseth), which will deploy different configurations of airguns and a different bottom-mapping sonar than used previously by L-DEO. L-DEO requests that it be issued an IHA allowing Level B Harassment takes of marine mammals incidental to the planned seismic surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. The primary purpose of the calibration program is to obtain measurement data to better understand the sound fields around various configurations of the 36–airgun array and the GI guns, during seismic operations in different water depths. The data will be used to verify and refine model-based estimates of ‘‘safety radii’’ for different configurations of the 36–airgun array and the GI guns that will be used during future seismic surveys to be conducted by L-DEO. Such data are important to better define the distances within which mitigation may be necessary in order to avoid exposing marine mammals to received sound levels above those believed to have adverse effects, as well as to develop a better general understanding of the impact of man-made acoustic sources on marine mammals. Description of the Specified Activity The Langseth is expected to depart Mobile, AL in late October 2006 (at the earliest) and will transit to the survey area in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The survey will encompass an area between 24oN. and 31oN. and between 83°W. and 96°W., which is within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the U.S.A. The proposed study will consist of three phases: (1) an initial testing/ E:\FR\FM\05OCN1.SGM 05OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 092706A]


Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee

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

ACTION: Notice; request for nominations.

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SUMMARY: The Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) 
is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to 
advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning 
living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department 
of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to 
assist in the development and implementation of Departmental 
regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of 
the NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties 
involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in 
managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable 
expertise in a field related to the management of living marine 
resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two 
annual meetings. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no 
more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking 
qualified nominees to fill a vacancy and bring the Committee to its 
full compliment of 21 members.

DATES: Nominations must be postmarked on or before November 20, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Laurel Bryant, Executive 
Director, MAFAC, Office of Constituent Services, NMFS, 1315 East-West 
Highway 9508, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laurel Bryant, MAFAC Executive 
Director; (301) 713-2379 x171; e-mail: Laurel.Bryant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The establishment of MAFAC was approved by 
the Secretary on December 28, 1970, and initially chartered under the 
Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5, U.S.C. App.2, on February 17, 1971. 
The Committee meets twice a year with supplementary subcommittee 
meetings as determined necessary by the Secretary. No less that 15 and 
no more than 21 individuals may serve on the Committee. Membership is 
comprised of highly qualified individuals representing commercial and 
recreational fisheries interests, environmental organizations, academic 
institutions, governmental, tribal and consumer groups from a balance 
of geographical regions, including the Hawaiian, Pacific and the U.S. 
Virgin Islands.
    A MAFAC member cannot be a Federal employee or a member of a 
Regional Fishery Management Council. Selected candidates must pass 
security checks and submit financial disclosure forms. Membership is 
voluntary, and except for reimbursable travel and related expenses, 
service is without pay.
    Each submission should include the submitting person or 
organization's name and affiliation, a cover letter describing the 
nominee's qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee, a 
curriculum vitae and or resume of nominee, and no more than three 
supporting letters describing the

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nominee's qualifications and interest in serving on the Committee. 
Self-nominations are acceptable. The following contact information 
should accompany each nominee's submission: name, address, phone 
number, fax number, and e-mail address (if available).
    Nominations should be sent to (see ADDRESSES) and must be received 
by (see DATES). The full text of the Committee Charter and its current 
membership can be viewed at the NMFS's web page at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/
mafac.htm.

    Dated: October 2, 2006.
William T. Hogarth,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E6-16486 Filed 10-4-06; 8:45 am]
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