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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 47 / Monday, March 10, 2008 / Notices manner so that OCRM has an opportunity to address them. The DEIS discloses the environmental consequences associated with OCRM’s review of amendments to the State of Washington’s federally-approved coastal management program (CMP). OCRM’s approval of Washington’s request to incorporate changes into the Washington CMP would allow the State to continue its certification as a federally-approved CMP, receive Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) funds to implement the revised program, and conduct State and federal consistency reviews based on the revised program policy. 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E8–4711 Filed 3–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF69 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) that would exempt Atlantic herring (herring) vessels from the Management Area 1A (Area 1A) herring trawl gear restriction period contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The 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 Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made. DATES: Comments on this document must be received on or before March 25, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is herring.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: ‘‘Comments on GMRI herring EFP.’’ 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 GMRI herring EFP.’’ Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281– 9135. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12707 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Silva, Cooperative Research Program Specialist, phone: 978–281– 9326, fax: 978–281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pending final approval by NOAA’s Grants Management Division, the Science Director for NMFS’s Northeast Fisheries Science Center has preliminarily selected an Atlantic Herring Research Set Aside (RSA) proposal submitted by GMRI to conduct a study entitled: ‘‘Effects of Fishing on Herring Aggregations,’’ which would assess the effects of midwater trawling on herring aggregations. GMRI proposes to survey a herring aggregation using acoustic sonar prior to, during, and following trawl fishing pressure. Due to concern that other fishing vessels, particularly other herring midwater trawl vessels, fishing in the study area could interfere with the survey, GMRI submitted an EFP application to conduct its research during the herring midwater trawl gear restriction period, as specified at 50 CFR 648.202(a) and detailed below, thereby ensuring midwater trawl vessels will not be fishing in the study area. Amendment 1 to the FMP implemented a provision that vessels fishing for herring may not use, deploy, or fish with midwater trawl gear in Area 1A from June 1 through September 30. This measure was implemented due to concern about the potential impacts of midwater trawl fishing on the inshore Gulf of Maine (GOM) herring resource and other bycatch species. These concerns relate primarily to the importance of herring as a forage species for other fish, marine mammals, and seabirds, and the localized impact that midwater trawl fishing effort may have on schools of herring in nearshore areas. Additional concern was expressed by purse seine and weir fishers that midwater trawl gear may disperse herring schools and prevent herring schools from coming inshore, thereby limiting fishing opportunities for these respective gear types. Finally, data suggest there may be differences in the species composition of bycatch and mortality of bycatch between purse seine and midwater trawl gear. Therefore, restricting midwater trawl gear in Area 1A from June through October is intended to: (1) Increase herring availability as forage for various fish, marine mammal, and seabird species; (2) improve fishing opportunities for purse seine and weir fishers; and (3) reduce bycatch and bycatch mortality resulting from midwater trawling in Area 1A. Technical reviewers and panelists for E:\FR\FM\10MRN1.SGM 10MRN1 12708 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 47 / Monday, March 10, 2008 / Notices the 2008/2009 Herring RSA Program noted that the proposed research would provide important information that would improve the understanding of midwater trawling effects on herring aggregations. GMRI requests that a single vessel or paired vessels perform, under sonar surveillance, midwater trawling for up to four nights using standard midwater trawl gear in Area 1A between June 1 and September 30, 2008. Vessels would conduct five or fewer tows per night, with each tow lasting 2 to 4 hr. All trawling operations would be monitored by GMRI staff. All herring caught during the survey would be deducted from GMRI’s Area 1A Herring RSA Program compensation allocation of 1,350 mt. Vessels conducting the survey would not be allowed to exceed their Area 1A compensation allocation while fishing under the EFP. Project investigators propose that sonar data prior to, during, and following trawl fishing pressure will illuminate the effect of midwater trawling on herring aggregations. 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. The applicant may place requests for 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 minimal so as not to change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 5, 2008. Emily H. Menashes Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–4645 Filed 3–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF83 pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Spring Species Working Group Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Mar 07, 2008 Jkt 214001 SUMMARY: The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors on March 27–28, 2008. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including the 2007 Commission meeting results; research and management activities; global and domestic initiatives related to ICCAT; consultations required under section 971d(c)(6) of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act; the results of the meetings of the Committee’s Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species. DATES: The open sessions of the Committee meeting will be held on March 27, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., and on March 28, 2008, from 9 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. and from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Closed sessions will be held on March 27, 2008, from 2:45 p.m. to approximately 6 p.m. and on March 28, 2008, from 9:15 a.m. to 11 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Hotel Washington-Silver Spring, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone: 301–589– 5200. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Wulff at (301) 713–2276. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT will meet in open session to receive and discuss information on: (1) the 2007 ICCAT meeting results and U.S. implementation of ICCAT decisions; (2) 2008 ICCAT and NMFS research and monitoring activities; (3) 2008 ICCAT activities; (4) global and domestic initiatives related to ICCAT; (5) consultations required under section 971d(c)(6) of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act; (6) the results of the meetings of the Committee’s Species Working Groups; and (7) other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species. The public will have access to the open sessions of the meeting, but there will be no opportunity for public comment during the session. The Committee will meet in its Species Working Groups for a portion of the afternoon of March 27, 2008, and of the morning of March 28, 2008. These sessions are not open to the public, but the results of the species working group discussions will be reported to the full Advisory Committee during the Committee’s morning and afternoon open session on March 28, 2008. The Committee may also go into executive session on the afternoon of March 28, PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2008, to discuss sensitive information relating to upcoming intersessional meetings of ICCAT. This session would also be closed to the public. Special Accommodations The meeting location is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Ryan Wulff at (301) 713–2276 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: March 5, 2008. Rebecca J. Lent, Director, Office of International Affairs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–4698 Filed 3–7–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XG14 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) via conference call. The conference call will be held March 25, 2008, at 1 p.m. EDT. DATES: The meeting will be held via conference call and listening stations will be available. For specific locations see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Assane Diagne, Economist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF69


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

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional 
Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject 
Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application from the Gulf of Maine 
Research Institute (GMRI) that would exempt Atlantic herring (herring) 
vessels from the Management Area 1A (Area 1A) herring trawl gear 
restriction period contains all the required information and warrants 
further consideration. The 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 Atlantic 
Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and 
consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made.

DATES: Comments on this document must be received on or before March 
25, 2008.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 
providing e-mail comments is herring.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: 
``Comments on GMRI herring EFP.'' 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 GMRI herring EFP.'' Comments may also be 
sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281-9135.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Silva, Cooperative Research 
Program Specialist, phone: 978-281-9326, fax: 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 
    Pending final approval by NOAA's Grants Management Division, the 
Science Director for NMFS's Northeast Fisheries Science Center has 
preliminarily selected an Atlantic Herring Research Set Aside (RSA) 
proposal submitted by GMRI to conduct a study entitled: ``Effects of 
Fishing on Herring Aggregations,'' which would assess the effects of 
midwater trawling on herring aggregations. GMRI proposes to survey a 
herring aggregation using acoustic sonar prior to, during, and 
following trawl fishing pressure. Due to concern that other fishing 
vessels, particularly other herring midwater trawl vessels, fishing in 
the study area could interfere with the survey, GMRI submitted an EFP 
application to conduct its research during the herring midwater trawl 
gear restriction period, as specified at 50 CFR 648.202(a) and detailed 
below, thereby ensuring midwater trawl vessels will not be fishing in 
the study area.
    Amendment 1 to the FMP implemented a provision that vessels fishing 
for herring may not use, deploy, or fish with midwater trawl gear in 
Area 1A from June 1 through September 30. This measure was implemented 
due to concern about the potential impacts of midwater trawl fishing on 
the inshore Gulf of Maine (GOM) herring resource and other bycatch 
species. These concerns relate primarily to the importance of herring 
as a forage species for other fish, marine mammals, and seabirds, and 
the localized impact that midwater trawl fishing effort may have on 
schools of herring in nearshore areas. Additional concern was expressed 
by purse seine and weir fishers that midwater trawl gear may disperse 
herring schools and prevent herring schools from coming inshore, 
thereby limiting fishing opportunities for these respective gear types. 
Finally, data suggest there may be differences in the species 
composition of bycatch and mortality of bycatch between purse seine and 
midwater trawl gear. Therefore, restricting midwater trawl gear in Area 
1A from June through October is intended to: (1) Increase herring 
availability as forage for various fish, marine mammal, and seabird 
species; (2) improve fishing opportunities for purse seine and weir 
fishers; and (3) reduce bycatch and bycatch mortality resulting from 
midwater trawling in Area 1A. Technical reviewers and panelists for

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the 2008/2009 Herring RSA Program noted that the proposed research 
would provide important information that would improve the 
understanding of midwater trawling effects on herring aggregations.
    GMRI requests that a single vessel or paired vessels perform, under 
sonar surveillance, midwater trawling for up to four nights using 
standard midwater trawl gear in Area 1A between June 1 and September 
30, 2008. Vessels would conduct five or fewer tows per night, with each 
tow lasting 2 to 4 hr. All trawling operations would be monitored by 
GMRI staff. All herring caught during the survey would be deducted from 
GMRI's Area 1A Herring RSA Program compensation allocation of 1,350 mt. 
Vessels conducting the survey would not be allowed to exceed their Area 
1A compensation allocation while fishing under the EFP. Project 
investigators propose that sonar data prior to, during, and following 
trawl fishing pressure will illuminate the effect of midwater trawling 
on herring aggregations.
    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. The applicant may place requests for 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 minimal 
so as not to change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP 
request.

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

    Dated: March 5, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-4645 Filed 3-7-08; 8:45 am]
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