Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops, 11621-11622 [E8-4126]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 4, 2008 / Notices ACTION: Notice of Appeal. SUMMARY: This announcement provides notice that Mr. G. Walter Swain has filed an administrative appeal with the Department of Commerce asking that the Secretary override the State of Delaware’s objection to Mr. Swain’s proposed construction of a marina and associated structures at the confluence of Cedar Creek and Mispillion River, in Milford, Delaware. ADDRESSES: Materials from the appeal record will be available at the NOAA Office of General Counsel for Ocean Services, 1305 East-West Highway, Room 6111, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and on the following Web site: http:// www.ogc.doc.gov/czma.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Street, Attorney-Advisor, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, 301–713–7390, thomas.street@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES I. Notice of Appeal On February 4, 2008, Mr. G. 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[FR Doc. 08–917 Filed 3–03–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–M DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF67 Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public workshops. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops to be held in April, May, and June 2008. Fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet new regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops are mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops are mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be held in 2008 and announced in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11621 The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held April 24, May 22, and June 19, 2008. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held April 8, May 21, and June 18 and 25, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details. ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in Tampa, FL; Wilmington, NC; and Jefferson, LA. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in Gulfport, MS; Kitty Hawk, NC; Indian Rocks Beach, FL; and Manahawkin, NJ. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details on workshop locations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Fairclough by phone:(727) 824–5399, or by fax: (727) 824–5398. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The workshop schedules, registration information, and a list of frequently asked questions regarding these workshops are posted on the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ workshops/. DATES: Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop Effective December 31, 2007, an Atlantic shark dealer may not receive, purchase, trade, or barter for Atlantic shark unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate is on the premises of each business listed under the shark dealer permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Dealers who attend and successfully complete a workshop will be issued a certificate for each place of business that is permitted to receive sharks. Dealers may send a proxy to an Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop, however, if a dealer opts to send a proxy, the dealer must designate a proxy for each place of business covered by the dealer’s permit. Only one certificate will be issued to each proxy. A proxy must be a person who: is currently employed by a place of business covered by the dealer’s permit; is a primary participant in the identification, weighing, and/or first receipt of fish as they are offloaded from a vessel; and fills out dealer reports. Additionally, after December 31, 2007, an Atlantic shark dealer may not renew a Federal shark dealer permit unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate for each business location has been submitted with the permit renewal application. Sixteen free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops were held in 2007. E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1 11622 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 43 / Tuesday, March 4, 2008 / Notices Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. April 24, 2008, from 10:30 a.m. 3:30 p.m. North Tampa Branch Library, 8916 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33604. 2. May 22, 2008, from 9:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Northeast Regional Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405. 3. June 19, 2008, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rosedale Library, 4036 Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, LA 70121. Registration To register for a scheduled Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop, please contact Eric Sander by email at esander@peoplepc.com or by phone at (386) 852–8588. Registration Materials To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct permits, participants will need to bring the following items to the workshop: Atlantic shark dealer permit holders must bring proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit, and proof of identification. Atlantic shark dealer proxies must bring documentation from the shark dealer acknowledging that the proxy is attending the workshop on behalf of the Atlantic shark dealer, a copy of the appropriate permit, and proof of identification. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Workshop Objectives The shark identification workshops are designed to reduce the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the dealer reporting form and increase the accuracy of species-specific dealer-reported information. Reducing the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks will improve quota monitoring and the data used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer permit holders or their proxies to properly identify Atlantic shark carcasses. Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop Effective January 1, 2007, shark limited access and swordfish limited access permit holders must submit a copy of their Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew either permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). As such, vessel owners who have not attended a workshop and received a NMFS certificate must attend one of the workshops offered in April, May, or June 2008 to fish with or renew either VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Mar 03, 2008 Jkt 214001 permit. Additionally, new shark and swordfish limited access permit applicants must attend a Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop and must submit a copy of their workshop certificate before such permits will be issued. In addition to certifying permit holders, all longline and gillnet vessel operators fishing on a vessel issued a limited access swordfish or limited access shark permit are required to attend a Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop. Vessels that have been issued a limited access swordfish or limited access shark permit may not fish unless both the vessel owner and operator have valid workshop certificates. Vessel operators must possess on board the vessel valid workshop certificates for both the vessel owner and the operator at all times. Seven free Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops were held in 2006, and 34 were held in 2007. Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. April 8, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Magnolia Plantation Hotel, 16391 Robinson Road, Gulfport, MS 39503. 2. May 21, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. 3. June 18, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Harborside & Gulfview Beach Resort, 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33795. 4. June 25, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holiday Inn, 151 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. Registration To register for a scheduled Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Aquatic Release Conservation ((877) 411–4272), 1870 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 32117. Registration Materials To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct permits, participants will need to bring the following items with them to the workshop: Individual vessel owners must bring a copy of the appropriate permit(s), a copy of the vessel registration or documentation, and proof of identification. Representatives of a business owned or co-owned vessel must bring proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit(s), and proof of identification. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Vessel operators must bring proof of identification. Workshop Objectives The protected species safe handling, release, and identification workshops are designed to teach longline and gillnet fishermen the required techniques for the safe handling and release of entangled and/or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and smalltooth sawfish. Identification of protected species will also be taught at these workshops in an effort to improve reporting. Additionally, individuals attending these workshops will gain a better understanding of the requirements for participating in these fisheries. The overall goal for these workshops is to provide participants the skills needed to reduce the mortality of protected species, which may prevent additional regulations on these fisheries in the future. Grandfathered Permit Holders Participants in the industry– sponsored workshops on safe handling and release of sea turtles that were held in Orlando, FL (April 8, 2005) and in New Orleans, LA (June 27, 2005) were issued a NOAA workshop certificate in December 2006 that is valid for three years. Grandfathered permit holders must include a copy of this certificate when renewing limited access shark and limited access swordfish permits each year. Failure to provide a valid NOAA workshop certificate may result in a permit denial. Dated: February 27, 2008. James P. Burgess Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–4126 Filed 3–3–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS Notice of Meeting The next meeting of the U.S. Commission of Fine Arts is scheduled for 20 March 2008, at 10 a.m. in the Commission’s offices at the National Building Museum, Suite 312, Judiciary Square, 401 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20001–2728. Items of discussion may include buildings, parks and memorials. Draft agendas and additional information regarding the Commission are available on our Web site: http:// www.cfa.gov. Inquiries regarding the agenda and requests to submit written or oral statements should be addressed to Thomas Luebke, Secretary, U.S. E:\FR\FM\04MRN1.SGM 04MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF67


Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and 
Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops

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

ACTION: Notice of public workshops.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops 
and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification 
Workshops to be held in April, May, and June 2008. Fishermen and shark 
dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet new regulatory 
requirements and maintain valid permits. The Atlantic Shark 
Identification Workshops are mandatory for all federally permitted 
Atlantic shark dealers. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, 
and Identification Workshops are mandatory for vessel owners and 
operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, 
and have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. 
Additional free workshops will be held in 2008 and announced in the 
Federal Register.

DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held April 
24, May 22, and June 19, 2008.
    The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification 
Workshops will be held April 8, May 21, and June 18 and 25, 2008.
    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details.

ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in 
Tampa, FL; Wilmington, NC; and Jefferson, LA.
    The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification 
Workshops will be held in Gulfport, MS; Kitty Hawk, NC; Indian Rocks 
Beach, FL; and Manahawkin, NJ.
    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details on workshop 
locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Fairclough by phone:(727) 824-
5399, or by fax: (727) 824-5398.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The workshop schedules, registration 
information, and a list of frequently asked questions regarding these 
workshops are posted on the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/
hms/workshops/.

Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop

    Effective December 31, 2007, an Atlantic shark dealer may not 
receive, purchase, trade, or barter for Atlantic shark unless a valid 
Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate is on the premises 
of each business listed under the shark dealer permit (71 FR 58057; 
October 2, 2006). Dealers who attend and successfully complete a 
workshop will be issued a certificate for each place of business that 
is permitted to receive sharks.
    Dealers may send a proxy to an Atlantic Shark Identification 
Workshop, however, if a dealer opts to send a proxy, the dealer must 
designate a proxy for each place of business covered by the dealer's 
permit. Only one certificate will be issued to each proxy. A proxy must 
be a person who: is currently employed by a place of business covered 
by the dealer's permit; is a primary participant in the identification, 
weighing, and/or first receipt of fish as they are offloaded from a 
vessel; and fills out dealer reports. Additionally, after December 31, 
2007, an Atlantic shark dealer may not renew a Federal shark dealer 
permit unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop 
certificate for each business location has been submitted with the 
permit renewal application. Sixteen free Atlantic Shark Identification 
Workshops were held in 2007.

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Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    1. April 24, 2008, from 10:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. North Tampa Branch 
Library, 8916 North Boulevard, Tampa, FL 33604.
    2. May 22, 2008, from 9:30 p.m. - 3 p.m. Northeast Regional 
Library, 1241 Military Cutoff Road, Wilmington, NC 28405.
    3. June 19, 2008, from 10 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Rosedale Library, 4036 
Jefferson Highway, Jefferson, LA 70121.

Registration

    To register for a scheduled Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop, 
please contact Eric Sander by email at esander@peoplepc.com or by phone 
at (386) 852-8588.
Registration Materials
    To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct 
permits, participants will need to bring the following items to the 
workshop:
    Atlantic shark dealer permit holders must bring proof that the 
individual is an agent of the business (such as articles of 
incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit, and proof of 
identification.
    Atlantic shark dealer proxies must bring documentation from the 
shark dealer acknowledging that the proxy is attending the workshop on 
behalf of the Atlantic shark dealer, a copy of the appropriate permit, 
and proof of identification.

Workshop Objectives

    The shark identification workshops are designed to reduce the 
number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the 
dealer reporting form and increase the accuracy of species-specific 
dealer-reported information. Reducing the number of unknown and 
improperly identified sharks will improve quota monitoring and the data 
used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer 
permit holders or their proxies to properly identify Atlantic shark 
carcasses.

Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop

    Effective January 1, 2007, shark limited access and swordfish 
limited access permit holders must submit a copy of their Protected 
Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop certificate 
in order to renew either permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). As 
such, vessel owners who have not attended a workshop and received a 
NMFS certificate must attend one of the workshops offered in April, 
May, or June 2008 to fish with or renew either permit. Additionally, 
new shark and swordfish limited access permit applicants must attend a 
Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop 
and must submit a copy of their workshop certificate before such 
permits will be issued.
    In addition to certifying permit holders, all longline and gillnet 
vessel operators fishing on a vessel issued a limited access swordfish 
or limited access shark permit are required to attend a Protected 
Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop. Vessels 
that have been issued a limited access swordfish or limited access 
shark permit may not fish unless both the vessel owner and operator 
have valid workshop certificates. Vessel operators must possess on 
board the vessel valid workshop certificates for both the vessel owner 
and the operator at all times. Seven free Protected Species Safe 
Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops were held in 2006, and 
34 were held in 2007.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    1. April 8, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Magnolia Plantation Hotel, 
16391 Robinson Road, Gulfport, MS 39503.
    2. May 21, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 N. 
Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.
    3. June 18, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holiday Inn Harborside & 
Gulfview Beach Resort, 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33795.
    4. June 25, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. Holiday Inn, 151 Route 72 
East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.

Registration

    To register for a scheduled Protected Species Safe Handling, 
Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Aquatic Release 
Conservation ((877) 411-4272), 1870 Mason Ave., Daytona Beach, FL 
32117.
Registration Materials
    To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct 
permits, participants will need to bring the following items with them 
to the workshop:
    Individual vessel owners must bring a copy of the appropriate 
permit(s), a copy of the vessel registration or documentation, and 
proof of identification.
    Representatives of a business owned or co-owned vessel must bring 
proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such as articles 
of incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit(s), and proof of 
identification.
    Vessel operators must bring proof of identification.

Workshop Objectives

    The protected species safe handling, release, and identification 
workshops are designed to teach longline and gillnet fishermen the 
required techniques for the safe handling and release of entangled and/
or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, and 
smalltooth sawfish. Identification of protected species will also be 
taught at these workshops in an effort to improve reporting. 
Additionally, individuals attending these workshops will gain a better 
understanding of the requirements for participating in these fisheries. 
The overall goal for these workshops is to provide participants the 
skills needed to reduce the mortality of protected species, which may 
prevent additional regulations on these fisheries in the future.

Grandfathered Permit Holders

    Participants in the industry-sponsored workshops on safe handling 
and release of sea turtles that were held in Orlando, FL (April 8, 
2005) and in New Orleans, LA (June 27, 2005) were issued a NOAA 
workshop certificate in December 2006 that is valid for three years. 
Grandfathered permit holders must include a copy of this certificate 
when renewing limited access shark and limited access swordfish permits 
each year. Failure to provide a valid NOAA workshop certificate may 
result in a permit denial.

    Dated: February 27, 2008.
James P. Burgess
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-4126 Filed 3-3-08; 8:45 am]
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