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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 214 / Monday, November 6, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES requested, must submit a written request to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, Room B–099, within 30 days of the date of publication of this notice. Requests should contain: (1) The party’s name, address and telephone number; (2) the number of participants; and (3) a list of issues to be discussed. See 19 CFR 351.310(c). Issues raised in the hearing will be limited to those raised in the respective case briefs. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.309, interested parties may submit written comments in response to these preliminary results. Unless the time period is extended by the Department, case briefs are to be submitted within 30 days after the date of publication of this notice, and rebuttal briefs, limited to arguments raised in case briefs, are to be submitted no later than five days after the time limit for filing case briefs. 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These requirements, when imposed, shall remain in effect until publication of the final results of the next administrative review. Notification to Importers This notice also serves as a preliminary reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f) to file a certificate regarding PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64941 the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This administrative review and notice are published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221. Dated: October 31, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. E6–18669 Filed 11–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 102706B] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery, Scoping Process National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) and hold scoping meetings; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intent to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, a supplemental environmental impact statement (SEIS) to assess the potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures for managing the Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for identifying the significant issues relating to management of the multispecies fishery. The Council will use the scoping process and the SEIS to develop Amendment 16 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). DATES: The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at public meetings in November and December 2006 (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). Written scoping comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., local time, December 29, 2006. E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 64942 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 214 / Monday, November 6, 2006 / Notices Purpose of Action Amendment 13 established a requirement and a process for a midpoint review of rebuilding progress and adjustments to management measures as necessary to continue rebuilding. As part of this process, each groundfish stock will be assessed in 2008. Stock size and fishing mortality rates will be estimated, and status determination criteria will be reviewed. This information will be used to determine adjustments to Amendment 13 measures that are necessary to continue rebuilding and achieve optimum yield from the fishery. Amendment 16 to the FMP would implement any revisions to management measures necessary to continue the rebuilding programs adopted by Amendment 13. Amendment 16 and its accompanying SEIS will be focused on the adjustments that are necessary to comply with the mid-term adjustment procedures of the FMP, to meet the fishing mortality rate objectives of the FMP, and to ensure FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul that all groundfish stocks rebuild. J. Howard, Executive Director, New In addition to considering England Fishery Management Council, adjustments to the current effort control (978) 465–0492. management system as modified by Amendment 13 and subsequent SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: frameworks, the Council may consider Background other management systems that may replace or supplement the existing effort The NE Multispecies FMP manages controls. Members of the public are cod (Gadus morhua), haddock encouraged to submit proposals for (Melanogrammus aeglefinus), white alternative management schemes during hake (Urophycis tenuis), pollock the scoping process. The Council will (Pollachius virens), Acadian redfish evaluate proposals received and may (Sebastes fasciatus), yellowtail flounder develop them into alternatives that will (Limanda ferrugineus), winter flounder be considered in Amendment 16. To (Psuedopleuronectes americanus), guide in the development of proposals, witch flounder (Glyptocephalus the Council will specify in the scoping cynoglossus), American plaice document the types of issues that must (Hippoglossoides platessoides), be addressed for a proposal to warrant windowpane flounder (Scopthalmus further consideration. A workshop will aquosos), Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus be held at a Groundfish Oversight hippoglossus), and ocean pout Committee meeting on November 3, (Macrozoarces americanus). These 2006, to develop advice on these species are managed as 19 individual standards. The Council will use the stocks. The Council has managed these information from the workshop to species as a unit under the FMP since establish the standards at the Council 1985. Management measures include meeting on November 14 - 16, 2006. limited and open access permit This information should be available categories, limits on fishing time shortly after the Council meeting. through days-at-sea (DAS) allocations, Proposals should be as fully developed gear requirements, closed areas, and as possible when submitted in order to retention limits. These measures have facilitate a prompt review and decision been adopted through a series of on whether to include the proposal in amendments and adjustments to the the amendment. Because of the limited original FMP. The most recent time available for the development of amendment (Amendment 13, this amendment, the Council may not implemented on May 1, 2004) consider alternative management established rebuilding programs for 12 schemes that are suggested outside of stocks. For most of these overfished the scoping process. stocks, the goal is to rebuild to a The Northeast Fisheries Science biomass that will support maximum Center is planning to assess stocks of wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) and cusk sustainable yield by 2014. The Council will take scoping comments at public meetings in Ellsworth, Maine; Portland, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; Gloucester, Massachusetts; Fairhaven, Massachusetts; South Kingstown, Rhode Island; Riverhead, New York; and New York City, New York. For specific locations and times, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written comments and requests for copies of the scoping document and other information should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950, telephone (978) 465–0492. Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 465–3116 or via e-mail to comments@nefmc.org. Include in the subject line the following identifier: ‘‘Groundfish Amendment 16 Scoping Comments.’’ The scoping document is/ will be accessible electronically via the Internet at http://www.nefmc.org. rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:31 Nov 03, 2006 Jkt 211001 PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 (Brosme brosme) in 2007. The Council will consider the results of those assessments when developing this action and may adopt measures necessary to manage those stocks. Measures Under Consideration The Council may consider several types of management measures to continue the multispecies rebuilding program including, but not limited to: • Changes to the current DAS management system, such as modifications to DAS allocation and use, changes to gear requirements, modified possession limits, additions or changes to seasonal and year-round closed areas, or changes to special management programs; • Recreational fishery measures such as seasons, bag limits, or area closures; • Total allowable catch management systems; • Area management systems; • Individual quota systems, including individual transferable quota systems; and • Sector management systems. The types of measures under consideration include those described in Amendment 13 as well as alternative management systems that may be suggested during this scoping process. Information on specific topics for which the Council is soliciting comment is in the scoping document, which will be available on the Council web site (http://www.nefmc.org) on or about November 15. Scoping Process It is the Council’s and NMFS’s intent to encourage all persons affected by or otherwise interested in the management of NE multispecies to participate in the process to determine the scope and significance of issues to be analyzed in the SEIS and amendment. All such persons are encouraged to submit written comments (see ADDRESSES) or comment at one of the scoping meetings. Persons submitting written comments may wish to address the specific measures introduced in the previous section. The scope of the SEIS consists of the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered. Alternatives may include the following: not amending the FMP (taking no action); developing an amendment that contains management measures such as those discussed in this notice; or other reasonable courses of action. Impacts may be direct, indirect, or cumulative. This scoping process also will identify and eliminate from further detailed analysis issues that are not significant. After the scoping process is E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 214 / Monday, November 6, 2006 / Notices rwilkins on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES completed, the Council will proceed with the development of Amendment 16 and the Council will prepare an SEIS to analyze the impacts of the range of alternatives considered in the amendment. To ensure that the fishery continues to meet the Amendment 13 rebuilding objectives, any revisions to management measures included in Amendment 16 need to be implemented by May 1, 2009. In order to incorporate the latest catch and survey data into the proposed adjustment, the assessment of groundfish stocks scheduled for 2008 (the Groundfish Assessment and Review Meeting, or GARM) cannot be conducted until August 2008. Therefore, because of the lengthy process involved with evaluating the impacts of any changes to the FMP, the Council and NMFS propose to start the environmental review process as early as possible. As such, it will be necessary to develop and publish a draft SEIS for Amendment 16 using the best available data prior to the August 2008 GARM. The intent is to fully evaluate an adequate range of alternatives in the draft SEIS to project the full range of likely impacts resulting from any proposed adjustments to management measures. The Council will then hold public hearings to receive comments on the draft amendment and on the analysis of its impacts presented in the draft SEIS. Once the GARM has evaluated the status of groundfish stocks in August 2008, that information will be incorporated into the final SEIS to further refine the precision of the impact analysis presented in the draft SEIS. Scoping Hearing Schedule The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at the followingpublic meetings: 1. Monday, November 27, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn, US Route 1&3, Ellsworth, ME 04605; telephone:(207) 667–9341. 2. Tuesday, November 28, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Eastland Park Hotel, 157 High Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775–5411. 3. Wednesday, November 29, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH; telephone:(603) 431–6774. 4. Thursday, November 30, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Massachusetts Department of Marine Fisheries Annisquam River Station, 30 Emerson Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01950; (978) 282–0308. 5. Tuesday, December 5, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Best Western East End, 1830 Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901; telephone: (631) 369–2200. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:31 Nov 03, 2006 Jkt 211001 6. Wednesday, December 6, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn South Kingstown, 3009 Tower Hill Road, So. Kingstown, RI 02674; telephone: (401) 789–1051. 7. Thursday, December 7, 2006, from 5 – 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn Express, 110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719; telephone: (508) 997–1281. 8. Wednesday, December 12, 2006, from 7 – 9 p.m.; Skyline Hotel,725 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019; telephone: (212) 586–3400. Special Accommodations These meetings are accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 30, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–18682 Filed 11–3–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 103006C] Marine Mammals; File No. 373–1868 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Point Reyes Bird Observatory (PRBO) Conservation Science (Dr. William J. Sydeman, Responsible Party), 3820 Cypress Drive, # 11 Petaluma, CA 94954 has applied in due form for a permit for scientific research on pinnipeds in California. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments on the new applications, amendment requests must be received on or before December 6, 2006. ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64943 CA 90802–4213; phone (562)980–4001; fax (562)980–4018. Written comments or requests for a public hearing on these applications should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)427–2521, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the relevant document identifier: File No. 373–1868. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Dr. Tammy Adams, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The PRBO proposes to study and monitor population trends, health, and ecology of pinnipeds in California, specifically at the Farallon Islands, Point Reyes Peninsula, Ano Nuevo Island, San Francisco Bay, and in Sonoma County near the Russian River. Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) and northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) are the primary species of study; researchers will also remotely survey California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), and northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) and their responses to changes in the environment. By monitoring these species, managers will be alerted to changes in the condition of pinniped populations and of the coastal marine ecosystems of central California. Research and monitoring activities will include (1) capture and handling of harbor seals and northern elephant seals in order to dye-mark, attach flipper tags and scientific instruments, and collect tissue samples, (2) surveys and photodocumentation of all species in order to quantify numbers by sex and age class annually and seasonally, and (3) incidental Level B disturbances related to research activities. An estimated E:\FR\FM\06NON1.SGM 06NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 102706B]


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast 
Multispecies Fishery, Scoping Process

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

ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare a supplemental environmental impact 
statement (SEIS) and hold scoping meetings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces 
its intent to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, a supplemental 
environmental impact statement (SEIS) to assess the potential effects 
on the human environment of alternative measures for managing the 
Northeast (NE) multispecies fishery pursuant to the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act. This notice announces a public 
process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed and for 
identifying the significant issues relating to management of the 
multispecies fishery. The Council will use the scoping process and the 
SEIS to develop Amendment 16 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management 
Plan (FMP).

DATES: The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at public 
meetings in November and December 2006 (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). 
Written scoping comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., local 
time, December 29, 2006.

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ADDRESSES: The Council will take scoping comments at public meetings in 
Ellsworth, Maine; Portland, Maine; Portsmouth, New Hampshire; 
Gloucester, Massachusetts; Fairhaven, Massachusetts; South Kingstown, 
Rhode Island; Riverhead, New York; and New York City, New York. For 
specific locations and times, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written 
comments and requests for copies of the scoping document and other 
information should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, 
Newburyport, MA 01950, telephone (978) 465-0492. Comments may also be 
sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 465-3116 or via e-mail to 
comments@nefmc.org. Include in the subject line the following 
identifier: ``Groundfish Amendment 16 Scoping Comments.'' The scoping 
document is/will be accessible electronically via the Internet at 
http://www.nefmc.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council, (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The NE Multispecies FMP manages cod (Gadus morhua), haddock 
(Melanogrammus aeglefinus), white hake (Urophycis tenuis), pollock 
(Pollachius virens), Acadian redfish (Sebastes fasciatus), yellowtail 
flounder (Limanda ferrugineus), winter flounder (Psuedopleuronectes 
americanus), witch flounder (Glyptocephalus cynoglossus), American 
plaice (Hippoglossoides platessoides), windowpane flounder (Scopthalmus 
aquosos), Atlantic halibut (Hippoglossus hippoglossus), and ocean pout 
(Macrozoarces americanus). These species are managed as 19 individual 
stocks. The Council has managed these species as a unit under the FMP 
since 1985. Management measures include limited and open access permit 
categories, limits on fishing time through days-at-sea (DAS) 
allocations, gear requirements, closed areas, and retention limits. 
These measures have been adopted through a series of amendments and 
adjustments to the original FMP. The most recent amendment (Amendment 
13, implemented on May 1, 2004) established rebuilding programs for 12 
stocks. For most of these overfished stocks, the goal is to rebuild to 
a biomass that will support maximum sustainable yield by 2014.

Purpose of Action

    Amendment 13 established a requirement and a process for a mid-
point review of rebuilding progress and adjustments to management 
measures as necessary to continue rebuilding. As part of this process, 
each groundfish stock will be assessed in 2008. Stock size and fishing 
mortality rates will be estimated, and status determination criteria 
will be reviewed. This information will be used to determine 
adjustments to Amendment 13 measures that are necessary to continue 
rebuilding and achieve optimum yield from the fishery. Amendment 16 to 
the FMP would implement any revisions to management measures necessary 
to continue the rebuilding programs adopted by Amendment 13. Amendment 
16 and its accompanying SEIS will be focused on the adjustments that 
are necessary to comply with the mid-term adjustment procedures of the 
FMP, to meet the fishing mortality rate objectives of the FMP, and to 
ensure that all groundfish stocks rebuild.
    In addition to considering adjustments to the current effort 
control management system as modified by Amendment 13 and subsequent 
frameworks, the Council may consider other management systems that may 
replace or supplement the existing effort controls. Members of the 
public are encouraged to submit proposals for alternative management 
schemes during the scoping process. The Council will evaluate proposals 
received and may develop them into alternatives that will be considered 
in Amendment 16. To guide in the development of proposals, the Council 
will specify in the scoping document the types of issues that must be 
addressed for a proposal to warrant further consideration. A workshop 
will be held at a Groundfish Oversight Committee meeting on November 3, 
2006, to develop advice on these standards. The Council will use the 
information from the workshop to establish the standards at the Council 
meeting on November 14 - 16, 2006. This information should be available 
shortly after the Council meeting. Proposals should be as fully 
developed as possible when submitted in order to facilitate a prompt 
review and decision on whether to include the proposal in the 
amendment. Because of the limited time available for the development of 
this amendment, the Council may not consider alternative management 
schemes that are suggested outside of the scoping process.
    The Northeast Fisheries Science Center is planning to assess stocks 
of wolffish (Anarhichas lupus) and cusk (Brosme brosme) in 2007. The 
Council will consider the results of those assessments when developing 
this action and may adopt measures necessary to manage those stocks.

Measures Under Consideration

    The Council may consider several types of management measures to 
continue the multispecies rebuilding program including, but not limited 
to:
     Changes to the current DAS management system, such as 
modifications to DAS allocation and use, changes to gear requirements, 
modified possession limits, additions or changes to seasonal and year-
round closed areas, or changes to special management programs;
     Recreational fishery measures such as seasons, bag limits, 
or area closures;
     Total allowable catch management systems;
     Area management systems;
     Individual quota systems, including individual 
transferable quota systems; and
     Sector management systems.
    The types of measures under consideration include those described 
in Amendment 13 as well as alternative management systems that may be 
suggested during this scoping process. Information on specific topics 
for which the Council is soliciting comment is in the scoping document, 
which will be available on the Council web site (http://www.nefmc.org) 
on or about November 15.

Scoping Process

    It is the Council's and NMFS's intent to encourage all persons 
affected by or otherwise interested in the management of NE 
multispecies to participate in the process to determine the scope and 
significance of issues to be analyzed in the SEIS and amendment. All 
such persons are encouraged to submit written comments (see ADDRESSES) 
or comment at one of the scoping meetings. Persons submitting written 
comments may wish to address the specific measures introduced in the 
previous section. The scope of the SEIS consists of the range of 
actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered. Alternatives may 
include the following: not amending the FMP (taking no action); 
developing an amendment that contains management measures such as those 
discussed in this notice; or other reasonable courses of action. 
Impacts may be direct, indirect, or cumulative.
    This scoping process also will identify and eliminate from further 
detailed analysis issues that are not significant. After the scoping 
process is

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completed, the Council will proceed with the development of Amendment 
16 and the Council will prepare an SEIS to analyze the impacts of the 
range of alternatives considered in the amendment.
    To ensure that the fishery continues to meet the Amendment 13 
rebuilding objectives, any revisions to management measures included in 
Amendment 16 need to be implemented by May 1, 2009. In order to 
incorporate the latest catch and survey data into the proposed 
adjustment, the assessment of groundfish stocks scheduled for 2008 (the 
Groundfish Assessment and Review Meeting, or GARM) cannot be conducted 
until August 2008. Therefore, because of the lengthy process involved 
with evaluating the impacts of any changes to the FMP, the Council and 
NMFS propose to start the environmental review process as early as 
possible. As such, it will be necessary to develop and publish a draft 
SEIS for Amendment 16 using the best available data prior to the August 
2008 GARM. The intent is to fully evaluate an adequate range of 
alternatives in the draft SEIS to project the full range of likely 
impacts resulting from any proposed adjustments to management measures. 
The Council will then hold public hearings to receive comments on the 
draft amendment and on the analysis of its impacts presented in the 
draft SEIS. Once the GARM has evaluated the status of groundfish stocks 
in August 2008, that information will be incorporated into the final 
SEIS to further refine the precision of the impact analysis presented 
in the draft SEIS.

Scoping Hearing Schedule

    The Council will discuss and take scoping comments at the 
followingpublic meetings:
    1. Monday, November 27, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn, US 
Route 1&3, Ellsworth, ME 04605; telephone:(207) 667-9341.
    2. Tuesday, November 28, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Eastland Park 
Hotel, 157 High Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775-5411.
    3. Wednesday, November 29, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Urban Forestry 
Center, 45 Elwyn Road, Portsmouth, NH; telephone:(603) 431-6774.
    4. Thursday, November 30, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Massachusetts 
Department of Marine Fisheries Annisquam River Station, 30 Emerson 
Avenue, Gloucester, MA 01950; (978) 282-0308.
    5. Tuesday, December 5, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Best Western East 
End, 1830 Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901; telephone: (631) 369-2200.
    6. Wednesday, December 6, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn South 
Kingstown, 3009 Tower Hill Road, So. Kingstown, RI 02674; telephone: 
(401) 789-1051.
    7. Thursday, December 7, 2006, from 5 - 8 p.m.; Holiday Inn 
Express, 110 Middle Street, Fairhaven, MA 02719; telephone: (508) 997-
1281.
    8. Wednesday, December 12, 2006, from 7 - 9 p.m.; Skyline Hotel,725 
10th Avenue, New York, NY 10019; telephone: (212) 586-3400.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are accessible to people with physical disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: October 30, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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