North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 14229-14230 [E8-5207]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 52 / Monday, March 17, 2008 / Notices Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)713–0376, 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 following document identifier: File No. 932–1905/PRT– 009526. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Carrie Hubard, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301)713– 2289. The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR parts 18 and 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 17 and 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). The applicant requests authorization to (1) carry out activities pursuant to section 109(h), 112(c), and Title IV of the MMPA that involve threatened and endangered marine mammal species under NMFS jurisdiction; (2) harass marine mammals incidental to all MMHSRP activities in the U.S.; (3) conduct research activities on marine mammals in the U.S.; and (4) collect, receive, transfer, import, export, analyze, and curate marine mammal specimens. All threatened and endangered marine mammal species under NMFS jurisdiction are considered target species for stranding/emergency response activities. All species under NMFS jurisdiction are target species for research activities. Specimens from all species of marine mammals under NMFS or USFWS jurisdiction may be received, transferred, imported, exported, analyzed, and archived. Type and manner of take includes Level A harassment during emergency response and research activities including capture; sedation/anesthesia; biological sampling (e.g., blood, blubber, muscle, respiratory gases, swabs); and removing entangling gear/material. Level B harassment may occur from close approach, hazing away from hazardous or harmful situations, photo- pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Mar 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 identification, and aerial and vessel surveys. The number of threatened and endangered animals that may be rescued and/or sampled is dependent on the number of incidents that occur and the ability to respond. The number of marine mammals that may be involved in research annually is as follows: approximately 400 pinnipeds (all species); 200 small cetaceans (all species); and 100 large whales (all species). An unlimited number of marine mammal specimens may be received, collected, imported, or exported annually. Non-target animals that may be incidentally harassed during any MMHSRP activity in the U.S. include any marine mammal under NMFS and USFWS jurisdictions. Geographic locations of the takes could include any area in the U.S. and U.S. waters. Specimen samples may be imported/ exported world-wide. The applicant has requested a 5–year permit. The NMFS MMHSRP has prepared a draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321.et seq.). The DEIS includes analysis of activities proposed in this permit application. The DEIS is available on the following web site: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/ eis.htm. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: March 7, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Dated: March 7, 2008. Timothy J. VanNorman, Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E8–5307 Filed 3–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODES 3510–22–S, 4310–55–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XG35 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00029 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14229 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings, April 1–7, 2008, in Anchorage, AK. DATES: The meetings will be held on April 1, 2008 through April 7, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff, telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1 continuing through Tuesday April 7, 2008. The Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, March 31 and continue through Friday April 4. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 31 and continue through Wednesday March 2, 2008. The Enforcement Committee will meet Tuesday, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Iliamna Room. The Ecosystem Committee will meet Wednesday, April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Dillingham/Katmai Room. The Council will meet Tuesday, April 8, with Alaska Board of Fisheries, and may discuss any of the items listed in this notice, or other issues involving state/federal authorities for parallel fisheries or Board proposals with federal waters relevance. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions. Council Plenary Session: The agenda for the Council’s plenary session will include the following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the issues identified. 1. Reports Executive Director’s Report NMFS Management Report (NMFS Enforcement/NOAA General Counsel) Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report U.S. Coast Guard Report U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Report Protected Species Report (including Aleutian Island Pollock EFP report) 2. Steller Sea lion (SSL) Issues: Review final SSL Recovery Plan; SSL Mitigation Committee report on proposals and preliminary recommendations on measures. E:\FR\FM\17MRN1.SGM 17MRN1 14230 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 52 / Monday, March 17, 2008 / Notices pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES 3. BSAI Crab Issues: Report from Crab Committee; Refine problem statement and elements/options for analysis of 90/ 10 modifications; BSAI Crab Arbitrator Immunity discussion paper; Final action on BSAI Crab Arbitration Regulations; Final action on BSAI ‘‘C’’ Share active participation; Final action on St. George protection measures. 4. Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Issues: Initial review of GOA sideboards for BSAI Crab vessels. 5. License Limitation Program (LLP) Trawl Recency: Final action to eliminate latent trawl licenses/area endorsements. 6. Observer Program: Receive Observer Advisory Committee report; Final action on Observer Program regulation package. 7. Halibut Charter Management: Initial review of Charter Halibut 2C/3A Catch Sharing Plan analysis; Report on the Charter Halibut Logbook Program. 8. Bycatch Issues: Preliminary review of BSAI Salmon Bycatch Environmental Impact Statement; receive scoping report; refine problem statement/ alternatives; Discussion paper on GOA Crab and Salmon Bycatch. 9. Groundfish Management: Review EFP application for Trawl Salmon Excluder; Review EFP application for CGOA Rockfish Electronic Monitoring (Phase II); Initial review of Vessel Monitoring System Exemption for dinglebar gear; Final action on GOA ’Other Species’ ABC/OFL specifications; Initial review of 4E Seabird Avoidance measures (T). 10. AFA Issue: Receive action on Amendment 62/62 (single geographic location) and affirm or repeal. (T) 11. Scallop Management: Review Stock Assessment Fishery Evaluation report. 12. Ecosystem Based Management: Report from Ecosystem Committee; preliminary review of Arctic FMP. (Council only) 13. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking. 14. Other Business The SSC agenda will include the following issues: 1. Steller Sea lions 2. GOA Sideboards 3. Halibut Charter 4. Salmon Bycatch 5. Groundfish Management 6. Scallop SAFE 7. Ecosystem Management 8. Crab Model Review The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as the Council, except for ι1 reports. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http:// www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/. VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:19 Mar 14, 2008 Jkt 214001 Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen at (907) 271–2809 at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. Dated: March 11, 2008. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 52 (Monday, March 17, 2008)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN: 0648-XG35


North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
advisory committees will hold public meetings, April 1-7, 2008, in 
Anchorage, AK.

DATES: The meetings will be held on April 1, 2008 through April 7, 
2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd 
Avenue, Anchorage, AK 99501.
    Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 
4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff, 
telephone: (907) 271-2809.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will begin its plenary session 
at 8 a.m. on Tuesday, April 1 continuing through Tuesday April 7, 2008. 
The Council's Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, March 
31 and continue through Friday April 4. The Scientific and Statistical 
Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, March 31 and continue 
through Wednesday March 2, 2008. The Enforcement Committee will meet 
Tuesday, April 2, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the Iliamna Room. The 
Ecosystem Committee will meet Wednesday, April 2, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 
p.m. in the Dillingham/Katmai Room. The Council will meet Tuesday, 
April 8, with Alaska Board of Fisheries, and may discuss any of the 
items listed in this notice, or other issues involving state/federal 
authorities for parallel fisheries or Board proposals with federal 
waters relevance. All meetings are open to the public, except executive 
sessions.
    Council Plenary Session: The agenda for the Council's plenary 
session will include the following issues. The Council may take 
appropriate action on any of the issues identified.
1. Reports
    Executive Director's Report
    NMFS Management Report (NMFS Enforcement/NOAA General Counsel)
    Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report
    U.S. Coast Guard Report
    U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Report
    Protected Species Report (including Aleutian Island Pollock EFP 
report)
2. Steller Sea lion (SSL) Issues: Review final SSL Recovery Plan; SSL 
Mitigation Committee report on proposals and preliminary 
recommendations on measures.

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3. BSAI Crab Issues: Report from Crab Committee; Refine problem 
statement and elements/options for analysis of 90/10 modifications; 
BSAI Crab Arbitrator Immunity discussion paper; Final action on BSAI 
Crab Arbitration Regulations; Final action on BSAI ``C'' Share active 
participation; Final action on St. George protection measures.
4. Gulf of Alaska Groundfish Issues: Initial review of GOA sideboards 
for BSAI Crab vessels.
5. License Limitation Program (LLP) Trawl Recency: Final action to 
eliminate latent trawl licenses/area endorsements.
6. Observer Program: Receive Observer Advisory Committee report; Final 
action on Observer Program regulation package.
7. Halibut Charter Management: Initial review of Charter Halibut 2C/3A 
Catch Sharing Plan analysis; Report on the Charter Halibut Logbook 
Program.
8. Bycatch Issues: Preliminary review of BSAI Salmon Bycatch 
Environmental Impact Statement; receive scoping report; refine problem 
statement/alternatives; Discussion paper on GOA Crab and Salmon 
Bycatch.
9. Groundfish Management: Review EFP application for Trawl Salmon 
Excluder; Review EFP application for CGOA Rockfish Electronic 
Monitoring (Phase II); Initial review of Vessel Monitoring System 
Exemption for dinglebar gear; Final action on GOA 'Other Species' ABC/
OFL specifications; Initial review of 4E Seabird Avoidance measures 
(T).
10. AFA Issue: Receive action on Amendment 62/62 (single geographic 
location) and affirm or repeal. (T)
11. Scallop Management: Review Stock Assessment Fishery Evaluation 
report.
12. Ecosystem Based Management: Report from Ecosystem Committee; 
preliminary review of Arctic FMP. (Council only)
13. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking.
14. Other Business
    The SSC agenda will include the following issues:
    1. Steller Sea lions
    2. GOA Sideboards
    3. Halibut Charter
    4. Salmon Bycatch
    5. Groundfish Management
    6. Scallop SAFE
    7. Ecosystem Management
    8. Crab Model Review
    The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as 
the Council, except for 1 reports. The Agenda is subject to 
change, and the latest version will be posted at http://
www.fakr.noaa.gov/npfmc/.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen at (907) 271-2809 at 
least 7 working days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: March 11, 2008.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-5207 Filed 3-14-08; 8:45 am]
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