Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits, 61025-61027 [E6-17177]

Download as PDF 61025 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 17, 2006 / Notices TABLE 1 - SPECIES OF CONCERN LIST—Continued Common Name Scientific Name Family Area of Concern 1 bumphead parrotfish Bolbometopon muricatum Scaridae Indo-Pacific-Red Sea and East Africa to the Line Islands and Samoa; north to Yaeyama, south to the Great Barrier Reef and New Caledonia; Paulau, Caroline, Mariana in Micronesia; in U.S. it occurs in Guam, American Samoa, CNMI and the Pacific Remote Island Areas (Wake Islands). Atlantic wolffish Anarhichas lupus Anarhichadidae Atlantic-Georges Bank and western Gulf of Maine. white marlin Tetrapturus albidus Istiophoridae Atlantic. cowcod Sebastes levis Scorpaenidae Pacific-Central OR to central Baja California and Guadalupe Island, Mexico. bocaccio Sebastes paucispinis Scorpaenidae Pacific-Southern DPS (Northern CA to Mexico). Atlantic halibut Hippoglossus hippoglossus Pleuronectidae Atlantic-Labrador to southern New England. speckled hind Epinephelus drummondhayi Serranidae Atlantic-NC to Gulf of Mexico. warsaw grouper Epinephelus nigritus Serranidae Atlantic-MA southward to Gulf of Mexico. Nassau grouper Epinephelus striatus Serranidae Atlantic-NC southward to Gulf of Mexico. Lingula reevii Lingulidae Pacific-Hawaii, only Kaneohe Bay. pink abalone Haliotis corrugata Haliotidae Pacific-Point Conception, CA, to Bahia de Tortuga, Baja California. black abalone Haliotis cracherodii Haliotidae Pacific-OR, CA, Baja California. green abalone Haliotis fulgens Haliotidae Pacific-Point Conception, CA, to Bahia Magdalena, Baja California. pinto abalone Haliotis kamtschatkana Haliotidae Pacific-Sitka, AK, to Point Conception, CA. Hawaiian reef coral Montipora dilitata Acroporidae Pacific-Hawaii (Kaneohe Bay, Midway atoll, and Maro Reef). ivory bush coral Oculina varicosa Oculinidae Atlantic-West Indies, Bermuda, NC, FL, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean. Brachiopoda inarticulate brachiopod Mollusks Anthozoans (Corals) 1 Defines the general geographic area or populations of concern for the species. DPS = distinct population segment, which is a species for purposes of the ESA. ESU = evolutionarily significant unit, which is a DPS or species for purposes of the ESA [FR Doc. E6–17249 Filed 10–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES [I.D. 101206A] Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 04:06 Oct 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 Notice; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject exempted fishing permit (EFP) application contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Based on preliminary review of this project, a Categorical Exclusion (CE) from requirements to prepare either an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) appears to be justified. However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would allow two commercial fishing vessels to conduct E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES 61026 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 17, 2006 / Notices fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. The EFP, which would enable the applicants to investigate the feasibility of using a trawl net with buoyant ground cables and a buoyant sweep to reduce seabed contact and improve species selectivity, would allow for exemptions from the FMP as follows: Gulf of Maine (GOM) Rolling Closure Areas II, III, IV, and V for two vessels; and an exemption from the days-at-sea (DAS) effort control requirements for one vessel. Regulations under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 1, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on the Buoyant Ground Cables Study.’’ Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281–9135, or submitted via e-mail to: DA6– 213@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Grant, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9145, fax (978) 281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A complete application for an EFP was submitted on August 21, 2006, by Kelo Pinkham of the F/V Jeanne C for a joint project with Dana Morse, of Maine Sea Grant, that is funded by the Northeast Consortium (NEC). The primary goal of this research is to develop and test a trawl net with buoyant ground cables and a buoyant sweep to reduce seabed contact and increase species selectivity. The intent of the applicants is to demonstrate that the experimental net, if successful, could potentially be suitable as an alternate gear for vessels fishing in areas requiring a haddock separator trawl and/or fishing areas of hard bottom with the use of mid-water doors. The project would be conducted during the fall of 2006 and spring of 2007 and would include flume tank trials and 25 days of at-sea trials. An experimental otter trawl net, which would have floats incorporated along both the ground cables and the sweep, as well as drop chains integrated along the sweep, would first be constructed and flume tested. After the flume trials, one vessel would conduct 5 days of at- VerDate Aug<31>2005 04:06 Oct 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 sea research using video cameras and a net-mind system to tune the performance of the net. A net-mind system is a net monitoring system that enables monitoring and managing the performance of the trawl. During these first 5 at-sea days, the net would have an open codend. After determining the best configuration of ground cables, floats, drop chains, and sweep position using the cameras and net-mind system, the experimental net would be transferred to the second vessel for fishing trials. This second vessel would conduct an additional 20 at-sea days of research, during which the experimental net would be compared with a standard design otter trawl net as a control during experimental fishing. During these comparative fishing trials, this single vessel would conduct four 2-hour tows per day, alternating each tow between fishing the experimental net and fishing the control net. Cameras mounted on the nets and on tow sleds would be used to monitor the seabed before and after towing, as well as net performance and fish behavior in the mouth of the net. All fish caught would be weighed and as many fish as possible would be measured. All undersized fish, and fish that cannot legally be retained, would be returned to the sea as quickly as practicable after measurement and examination. The overall catch estimates expected for this project can be found in Table 1. The applicants anticipate that a total of 20,000 lb (9,072 kg) of haddock and pollock (combined), the two target species, would be harvested throughout the course of the study, along with 14,000 lb (6,350 kg) of non-targeted catch and discards, including 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) of GOM cod. The estimated cod catch is 66 percent of the current daily possession limit of 600 lb (272 kg) (50 percent of the daily limit of 800 lb (363 kg ) proposed in Framework Adjustment 42) for the proposed number of DAS. All legal-sized fish, within the possession limit, would be sold, with the proceeds returned to the NEC for the purpose of enhancing future research. TABLE 1: ESTIMATED TARGETED CATCH, NON-TARGETED CATCH AND DISCARD BY SPECIES—Continued Targeted Catch Non-Targeted Catch and Discards Cod 0 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) Gray Sole 0 2,000 lb (907 kg) American Plaice 0 2,000 lb (907 kg) Monkfish 0 2,000 lb (907 kg) Species All at-sea research would be conducted from two fishing vessels, each of which would be fishing in a different area. This EFP would cover the F/V Ocean Reporter (permit # 221596, O.N. 694848) and the F/V Jeanne C (permit # 230524, O.N. 610415). The F/ V Ocean Reporter would conduct the 5 days of at-sea video and gear tuning work in the area between the western border of the Western GOM Closure Area (42°15′ N. lat., 70°15′ W. long.; and 43°15′ N. lat., 70°15′ W. long.) and the shore. The F/V Jeanne C would conduct the 20 days of at-sea experimental fishing in an area northeast of the Western GOM Closure Area and northwest of the Cashes Ledge Closure Area (see Table 2). Both vessels would fish exclusively outside the Western GOM Closed Area. TABLE 2: COORDINATES FOR EXPERIMENTAL FISHING AREA BY F/V JEANNE C Point N. Lat. W. Long. 1 43°38′ 69°40′ 2 43°38′ 69°21′ 3 43°20′ 69°40′ 4 43°20′ 69°21′ 5 43°38′ 69°40′ TABLE 1: ESTIMATED TARGETED CATCH, NON-TARGETED CATCH AND The applicants have asked for an DISCARD BY SPECIES exemption to the regulations at 50 CFR Targeted Catch Non-Targeted Catch and Discards Haddock 10,000 lb (4,536 kg) 0 Pollock 10,000 lb (4,536 kg) 0 Species PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 648.81(f)(1)(ii) through (v), GOM Rolling Closure Areas II, III, IV, and V, for both the F/V Ocean Reporter and F/V Jeanne C (for 5 DAS and 20 DAS, respectively) due to a belief that there will be a better mixture of flounders, pollock, haddock, and cod for testing the experimental gear present in the waters of the western GOM during these seasonal closures. Operation during these seasonal E:\FR\FM\17OCN1.SGM 17OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 200 / Tuesday, October 17, 2006 / Notices closures would also increase the availability of the commercial vessels to work with scientists on the project because these coastal day boats are unable to conduct normal commercial fishing operations during these seasonal closures. The applicants have also requested an exemption to the DAS regulations at 50 CFR 648.82(a) for the F/V Ocean Reporter while conducting the 5 at-sea days of video and gear tuning work because the researchers would tow the nets with the codend open. With the exception of a small number of fish that could be gilled by the net mesh, no fish would be removed from the water during these 5 at-sea days of video and gear tuning work. During the 20 at-sea days of comparative fishing trials, the F/ V Jeanne C would use A DAS and would be subject to all day and trip possession limits. The applicants may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 12, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–17177 Filed 10–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 100306G] Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Maintenance Dredging Around Pier 39, San Francisco, California National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental take authorization; request for comments. bajohnson on PROD1PC69 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the Bay Marina Management Incorporated (BMMI) for the re-issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to VerDate Aug<31>2005 04:06 Oct 18, 2006 Jkt 211001 dredging on the west side of the Pier 39 Marina on the San Francisco waterfront, CA. NMFS issued an IHA for these activities in October, 2005; however, BMMI will be unable to complete the work by the time the 2005 IHA expires on October 16, 2006. Therefore, BMMI has requested a new IHA to cover the completion of the previously analyzed and authorized action. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to BMMI for the take, by Level B Harassment only, of small numbers of California sea lions and Pacific harbor seals. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than November 16, 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 PR1.100306G@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided 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#applications. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext 166. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 61027 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, 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 September 14, 2006, NMFS received a request from BMMI to reissue an IHA for the take, by harassment, of small numbers of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) and Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) incidental to the maintenance dredging the I, J, and K Docks on the west side of Pier 39 Marina on the San Francisco waterfront, California. NMFS issued an IHA for these activities in October, 2005 (70 FR 69955); however, BMMI will be unable to complete the work by the time the 2005 IHA expires on October 16, 2006. Therefore BMMI has asked for a new IHA to cover the completion of the previously analyzed and authorized action. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 101206A]


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic 
Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator) 
has made a preliminary determination that the subject exempted fishing 
permit (EFP) application contains all the required information and 
warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator 
has also made a preliminary determination that the activities 
authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and 
objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan 
(FMP). Based on preliminary review of this project, a Categorical 
Exclusion (CE) from requirements to prepare either an Environmental 
Impact Statement (EIS) or an Environmental Assessment (EA) under the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) appears to be justified. 
However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a 
final determination is made to issue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces 
that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an 
EFP be issued that would allow two commercial fishing vessels to 
conduct

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fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations 
governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. The EFP, 
which would enable the applicants to investigate the feasibility of 
using a trawl net with buoyant ground cables and a buoyant sweep to 
reduce seabed contact and improve species selectivity, would allow for 
exemptions from the FMP as follows: Gulf of Maine (GOM) Rolling Closure 
Areas II, III, IV, and V for two vessels; and an exemption from the 
days-at-sea (DAS) effort control requirements for one vessel.
    Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act require publication of this notification to provide 
interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for 
proposed EFPs.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 1, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, 
Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 1 Blackburn 
Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope 
``Comments on the Buoyant Ground Cables Study.'' Comments may also be 
sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281-9135, or submitted via e-mail to: 
DA6-213@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Grant, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9145, fax (978) 281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: A complete application for an EFP was 
submitted on August 21, 2006, by Kelo Pinkham of the F/V Jeanne C for a 
joint project with Dana Morse, of Maine Sea Grant, that is funded by 
the Northeast Consortium (NEC). The primary goal of this research is to 
develop and test a trawl net with buoyant ground cables and a buoyant 
sweep to reduce seabed contact and increase species selectivity. The 
intent of the applicants is to demonstrate that the experimental net, 
if successful, could potentially be suitable as an alternate gear for 
vessels fishing in areas requiring a haddock separator trawl and/or 
fishing areas of hard bottom with the use of mid-water doors.
    The project would be conducted during the fall of 2006 and spring 
of 2007 and would include flume tank trials and 25 days of at-sea 
trials. An experimental otter trawl net, which would have floats 
incorporated along both the ground cables and the sweep, as well as 
drop chains integrated along the sweep, would first be constructed and 
flume tested. After the flume trials, one vessel would conduct 5 days 
of at-sea research using video cameras and a net-mind system to tune 
the performance of the net. A net-mind system is a net monitoring 
system that enables monitoring and managing the performance of the 
trawl. During these first 5 at-sea days, the net would have an open 
codend. After determining the best configuration of ground cables, 
floats, drop chains, and sweep position using the cameras and net-mind 
system, the experimental net would be transferred to the second vessel 
for fishing trials. This second vessel would conduct an additional 20 
at-sea days of research, during which the experimental net would be 
compared with a standard design otter trawl net as a control during 
experimental fishing. During these comparative fishing trials, this 
single vessel would conduct four 2-hour tows per day, alternating each 
tow between fishing the experimental net and fishing the control net. 
Cameras mounted on the nets and on tow sleds would be used to monitor 
the seabed before and after towing, as well as net performance and fish 
behavior in the mouth of the net.
    All fish caught would be weighed and as many fish as possible would 
be measured. All undersized fish, and fish that cannot legally be 
retained, would be returned to the sea as quickly as practicable after 
measurement and examination. The overall catch estimates expected for 
this project can be found in Table 1. The applicants anticipate that a 
total of 20,000 lb (9,072 kg) of haddock and pollock (combined), the 
two target species, would be harvested throughout the course of the 
study, along with 14,000 lb (6,350 kg) of non-targeted catch and 
discards, including 8,000 lb (3,629 kg) of GOM cod. The estimated cod 
catch is 66 percent of the current daily possession limit of 600 lb 
(272 kg) (50 percent of the daily limit of 800 lb (363 kg ) proposed in 
Framework Adjustment 42) for the proposed number of DAS. All legal-
sized fish, within the possession limit, would be sold, with the 
proceeds returned to the NEC for the purpose of enhancing future 
research.

  Table 1: Estimated Targeted Catch, Non-Targeted Catch and Discard by
                                 Species
------------------------------------------------------------------------
                                                 Non-Targeted Catch and
      Species             Targeted Catch                Discards
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Haddock             10,000 lb (4,536 kg)       0
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Pollock             10,000 lb (4,536 kg)       0
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Cod                 0                          8,000 lb (3,629 kg)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Gray Sole           0                          2,000 lb (907 kg)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
American Plaice     0                          2,000 lb (907 kg)
------------------------------------------------------------------------
Monkfish            0                          2,000 lb (907 kg)
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    All at-sea research would be conducted from two fishing vessels, 
each of which would be fishing in a different area. This EFP would 
cover the F/V Ocean Reporter (permit  221596, O.N. 694848) and 
the F/V Jeanne C (permit  230524, O.N. 610415). The F/V Ocean 
Reporter would conduct the 5 days of at-sea video and gear tuning work 
in the area between the western border of the Western GOM Closure Area 
(42[deg]15' N. lat., 70[deg]15' W. long.; and 43[deg]15' N. lat., 
70[deg]15' W. long.) and the shore. The F/V Jeanne C would conduct the 
20 days of at-sea experimental fishing in an area northeast of the 
Western GOM Closure Area and northwest of the Cashes Ledge Closure Area 
(see Table 2). Both vessels would fish exclusively outside the Western 
GOM Closed Area.

   Table 2: Coordinates for Experimental Fishing Area by F/V Jeanne C
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    Point                N. Lat.                      W. Long.
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1             43[deg]38'                    69[deg]40'
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2             43[deg]38'                    69[deg]21'
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3             43[deg]20'                    69[deg]40'
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4             43[deg]20'                    69[deg]21'
------------------------------------------------------------------------
5             43[deg]38'                    69[deg]40'
------------------------------------------------------------------------

    The applicants have asked for an exemption to the regulations at 50 
CFR 648.81(f)(1)(ii) through (v), GOM Rolling Closure Areas II, III, 
IV, and V, for both the F/V Ocean Reporter and F/V Jeanne C (for 5 DAS 
and 20 DAS, respectively) due to a belief that there will be a better 
mixture of flounders, pollock, haddock, and cod for testing the 
experimental gear present in the waters of the western GOM during these 
seasonal closures. Operation during these seasonal

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closures would also increase the availability of the commercial vessels 
to work with scientists on the project because these coastal day boats 
are unable to conduct normal commercial fishing operations during these 
seasonal closures.
    The applicants have also requested an exemption to the DAS 
regulations at 50 CFR 648.82(a) for the F/V Ocean Reporter while 
conducting the 5 at-sea days of video and gear tuning work because the 
researchers would tow the nets with the codend open. With the exception 
of a small number of fish that could be gilled by the net mesh, no fish 
would be removed from the water during these 5 at-sea days of video and 
gear tuning work. During the 20 at-sea days of comparative fishing 
trials, the F/V Jeanne C would use A DAS and would be subject to all 
day and trip possession limits.
    The applicants may request minor modifications and extensions to 
the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be 
granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to 
facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts 
that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP 
request.

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

    Dated: October 12, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-17177 Filed 10-16-06; 8:45 am]
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