Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings, 75226 [E6-21235]

Download as PDF 75226 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 240 / Thursday, December 14, 2006 / Proposed Rules these losses, the nature of these changes and their net impact cannot be determined. List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 622 Fisheries, Fishing, Puerto Rico, Reporting and recordkeeping requirements, Virgin Islands. Dated: December 8, 2006. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. For the reasons set out in the preamble, 50 CFR part 622 is proposed to be amended as follows: (a) * * * (1) * * * (v) Red snapper—3.315 million lb (1.504 million kg), round weight. * * * * * (3) Recreational quota for red snapper. The following quota applies to persons who harvest red snapper other than under commercial vessel permits for Gulf reef fish and the commercial quota specified in paragraph (a)(1)(v) of this section—3.185 million lb (1.445 million kg), round weight. * * * * * [FR Doc. 06–9676 Filed 12–11–06; 10:01 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PART 622—FISHERIES OF THE CARIBBEAN, GULF, AND SOUTH ATLANTIC DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 1. The authority citation for part 622 continues to read as follows: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. 2. In § 622.37, paragraph (d)(1)(iv) is suspended and paragraph (d)(1)(vi) is added to read as follows: 50 CFR Part 648 § 622.37 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings Size limits. * * * * * (d) * * * (1) * * * (vi) Red snapper—16 inches (40.6 cm), TL, for a fish taken by a person subject to the bag limit specified in § 622.39(b)(1)(iii) and 13 inches (38.1 cm), TL, for a fish taken by a person not subject to the bag limit. * * * * * 3. In § 622.39, paragraphs (b)(1)(iii) and (b)(1)(v) are suspended and paragraphs (b)(1)(viii) and (b)(1)(ix) are added to read as follows: § 622.39 Bag and possession limits. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with PROPOSAL * * * * * (b) * * * (1) * * * (viii) Red snapper—2. However, no red snapper may be retained by the captain or crew of a vessel operating as a charter vessel or headboat—their bag limit is zero. (ix) Gulf reef fish, combined, excluding those specified in paragraphs (b)(1)(i), (ii), (iv), (vi), (vii), and (viii) of this section and excluding dwarf sand perch and sand perch—20, but not to exceed 10 vermilion snapper. * * * * * 4. In § 622.42, paragraphs (a)(1)(i) and (a)(2) are suspended and paragraphs (a)(1)(v) and (a)(3) are added to read as follows: § 622.42 * * Quotas. * VerDate Aug<31>2005 * * 17:28 Dec 13, 2006 Jkt 211001 [I.D. 120606A] National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearing meetings; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is developing Amendment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP to implement a rebuilding plan to rebuild the scup stock to the stock level associated with maximum sustainable yield (BMSY) and make the scup Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs) currently addressed and modified through the annual specification setting process modifiable though frameworks to the FMP. Written comments will be accepted until January 26, 2007. All public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. The dates and locations of the meetings are as follows: • Monday, January 22, 2007: Hilton Garden Inn Providence Airport/ Warwick, One Thuber Street,Warwick, RI 02886. • Tuesday, January 23, 2007: Best Western East End, 1830 Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901. • Wednesday, January 24, 2007: Holiday Inn, 290 State Highway 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00082 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Comments may be submitted through any of the following methods: • Mail: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Dover, DE 19904 • Fax: 302–674–5399 • Email: info@mafmc.org FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management, 302–674–2331, ext. 19. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Background The purpose of these public meetings is to allow stakeholder groups and interested parties to comment on actions proposed in Amendment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP. In August 2005, NMFS notified the Council that the scup stock has officially been designated as overfished. Therefore, the purpose of this amendment is to develop a rebuilding plan for the scup stock, thereby preventing overfishing and rebuilding the scup stock to the level associated with maximum sustainable yield (BMSY). In addition, the scup Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs) currently addressed and modified through the annual specification setting process would be made modifiable through frameworks to the FMP. This action is needed to improve the timing of implementation of modifications to the GRAs and allow those actions to be expedited through framework documents as opposed to annual specifications. The Amendment document that will be used at the meetings will be mailed to all entities on the Council’s mailing list. Additional copies are readily available from the above address or via the Internet at https://www.mafmc.org/mid-atlantic/ comments/comments.htm . Special Accommodations The hearings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Jan Bryan (302–674–2331 ext: 18) at the Mid-Atlantic Council office at least 5 days prior to the hearing date. Dated: December 6, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–21235 Filed 12–13–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\14DEP1.SGM 14DEP1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 240 (Thursday, December 14, 2006)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: E6-21235]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 648

[I.D. 120606A]


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearing meetings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council is developing 
Amendment 14 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP to 
implement a rebuilding plan to rebuild the scup stock to the stock 
level associated with maximum sustainable yield (BMSY) and 
make the scup Gear Restricted Areas (GRAs) currently addressed and 
modified through the annual specification setting process modifiable 
though frameworks to the FMP.

DATES: Written comments will be accepted until January 26, 2007. All 
public hearings will begin at 7 p.m. The dates and locations of the 
meetings are as follows:
     Monday, January 22, 2007: Hilton Garden Inn Providence 
Airport/Warwick, One Thuber Street,Warwick, RI 02886.
     Tuesday, January 23, 2007: Best Western East End, 1830 
Route 25, Riverhead, NY 11901.
     Wednesday, January 24, 2007: Holiday Inn, 290 State 
Highway 37 East, Toms River, NJ 08753.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted through any of the following 
methods:
     Mail: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Dover, DE 19904
     Fax: 302-674-5399
     Email: info@mafmc.org

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director 
of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management, 302-674-2331, ext. 19.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The purpose of these public meetings is to allow stakeholder groups 
and interested parties to comment on actions proposed in Amendment 14 
to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass FMP. In August 2005, 
NMFS notified the Council that the scup stock has officially been 
designated as overfished. Therefore, the purpose of this amendment is 
to develop a rebuilding plan for the scup stock, thereby preventing 
overfishing and rebuilding the scup stock to the level associated with 
maximum sustainable yield (BMSY). In addition, the scup Gear 
Restricted Areas (GRAs) currently addressed and modified through the 
annual specification setting process would be made modifiable through 
frameworks to the FMP. This action is needed to improve the timing of 
implementation of modifications to the GRAs and allow those actions to 
be expedited through framework documents as opposed to annual 
specifications. The Amendment document that will be used at the 
meetings will be mailed to all entities on the Council's mailing list. 
Additional copies are readily available from the above address or via 
the Internet at https://www.mafmc.org/mid-atlantic/comments/comments.htm 
.

Special Accommodations

    The hearings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Jan Bryan (302-674-2331 ext: 18) at the Mid-
Atlantic Council office at least 5 days prior to the hearing date.

    Dated: December 6, 2006.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-21235 Filed 12-13-06; 8:45 am]
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