Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit, 16642-16643 [E8-6430]

Download as PDF 16642 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices Paras and entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of the publication of this final determination. We will instruct CBP to require a cash deposit or the posting of a bond equal to the weighted-average margin, as indicated in the chart above, as follows: (1) the rate for the respondents will be the rates we have determined in this final determination; (2) if the exporter is not a firm identified in this investigation but the producer is, the rate will be the rate established for the producer of the subject merchandise; (3) the rate for all other producers or exporters will be 10.90 percent. 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E8–6450 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] Billing Code: 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RIN 0648–XG69 In accordance with section 735(d) of the Act, we have notified the International Trade Commission (ITC) of our final determination. As our final determination is affirmative and in accordance with section 735(b)(2) of the Act, the ITC will determine, within 45 days, whether the domestic industry in the United States is materially injured, or threatened with material injury, by reason of imports or sales (or the likelihood of sales) for importation of the subject merchandise. If the ITC determines that material injury or threat of material injury does not exist, the proceeding will be terminated and all securities posted will be refunded or canceled. If the ITC determines that such injury does exist, the Department will issue an antidumping duty order directing CBP to assess antidumping duties on all imports of the subject merchandise entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the effective date of the suspension of liquidation. 17:57 Mar 27, 2008 Appendix Comment 1: Work-in-Process Inventories National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration International Trade Commission Notification VerDate Aug<31>2005 Dated: March 21, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; intent to issue the EFP; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS announces the intent to issue exempted fishing permits (EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels and first receivers that participate in a maximized retention and monitor program for the 2008 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. EFPs are needed to allow vessels to retain catch in excess of the cumulative limits and to retain prohibited species until offloading. EFPs are also needed to allow first receivers to possess catch from a vessel that is in excess of cumulative limits and to used hopper type scales to derive accurate catch weights prior to sorting. Issuance of the EFPs would allow NMFS to collect catch data on incidentally caught species, including salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act, and would allow new components of an overall monitoring program to be investigated before implementation of a regulatory program. DATES: Comments must be received by April 14, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648–XG69 by any one of the following methods: • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Becky Renko • Mail: D. Robert Lohn, Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115–0070, Attn: Becky Renko. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko or Gretchen Arentzen or (206)526(6140. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Magnuson– Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 600.745 which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited. At the March 10–14, 2008, Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting in Sacramento, California, NMFS Northwest Region presented a proposal for issuance of EFPs to vessels and first receivers participating in the 2008 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. If issued, the EFPs would provide for a maximized retention and monitoring program for the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. The proposed maximized retention and monitoring program regulations are intended to allow for the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery to be efficiently prosecuted while providing accurate catch data such that the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirements for this fishery are adequately met. An opportunity for Council discussion and public testimony were provided during the Councils March 2008 meeting in Sacramento, California. The issuance of EFPs would allow approximately 40 vessels to delay sorting of groundfish catch and to retain catch in excess of cumulative trip limits and prohibited species catch until offloading. These activities are otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10) and 660.306(a)(2), respectively. Issuance of the EFPs, to approximately 15 first receivers, will allow first receivers to possess more than a single cumulative limit of a particular species, per vessel, per applicable cumulative limit period. The E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1 sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 61 / Friday, March 28, 2008 / Notices possession of catch in excess of the cumulative limits is otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10). In addition, the EFPs will include an allowance for first receivers to use hopper type scales to derive an accurate total catch weight prior to sorting. Regulations pertaining to sorting at § 660.370(h)(6) and prohibitions at § 660.306(a)(7) require vessels to sort the catch before weighing. Issuance of these EFPs will allow for the collection of information on the catch of salmon, non-whiting groundfish, and other non-groundfish species incidentally taken with Pacific whiting. These data are needed to monitor the attainment of the shore– based whiting allocation while assuring that the fishery specifications (bycatch limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) are not exceeded. Because whiting flesh deteriorates rapidly once the fish are caught, whiting must be minimally handled and immediately chilled to maintain the flesh quality. Allowing Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to retain unsorted catch will also enable whiting quality to be maintained. At the June 2007 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting, the PFMC recommended that NMFS implement a maximized retention program in Federal regulations that would allow full retention of Pacific whiting catch by the vessels and delivered to first receivers on shore. NMFS Northwest Region is in the process of transitioning the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery from a maximized retention and monitoring program conducted under a state-run EFP to a Federal regulatory program. Though it was expected that the program would be in place at the start of the 2008 fishing season, it will not be possible given the complexity of the rulemaking and other workload priorities. The EFP, as proposed, would be used to investigate the new components of the overall monitoring program before regulatory implementation. The EFP would be in effect until the effective date of the new Federal maximized retention and monitoring program, later in 2008. Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and monitoring program would require Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to dump unsorted catch directly below deck and would allow unsorted catch to be landed, providing that an electronic monitoring system (EMS) is used on all fishing trips to verify retention of catch at sea. The EMS is an effective tool for accurately monitoring catch retention and VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:57 Mar 27, 2008 Jkt 214001 identifying the time and location of discard events. The EFP would include provisions for EMS, paid for by the vessels, similar to the 2007 EFP and similar to the proposed Federal regulatory program. Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and monitoring program would also require first receivers to have on shore monitoring conducted by catch monitors. Catch monitors would be third party employees, paid for by industry, and trained to NMFS standards. The EFP would include provisions for third party catch monitors from a NMFS specified provider. Like the proposed Federal regulatory program, catch monitors used under the EFP would be trained in techniques that would be used for the verification of fish ticket data and in species identification. Catch monitor duties would include overseeing the sorting, weighing, and recordkeeping process, as well as gathering information on incidentally caught salmon. Catch monitors would verify the accuracy of electronic fish ticket data used to manage the Pacific whiting shoreside fishery such that inaccurate or delayed information does not result in any fishery specifications (bycatch limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) being exceeded. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 25, 2008. Alan D. Risenhoover Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–6430 Filed 3–27–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XG68 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Oversight Committee in April, 2008, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16643 be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. This meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at 5:30 p.m. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Providence Biltmore Hotel, 11 Dorrance Street, Providence, RI 02903; telephone: (401) 421–0700; fax: (401) 455–3040. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. ADDRESSES: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Committee will recommend final action on Framework Adjustment 6 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) following a review of the draft Framework Adjustment 6 document and the decision of the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (which will have voted on Framework 6 at their Council meeting on April 9). Based on the recent stock assessment and change in stock status, the Councils are considering eliminating the backstop measure adopted in Framework Adjustment 4, an action that would reduce or eliminate monkfish days-at-sea in fishing year 2009 if landings exceed the catch targets in either or both of the two management areas during this current fishing year. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 25, 2008. William D. Chappell, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG69


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing 
Permit

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

ACTION: Notice; intent to issue the EFP; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the intent to issue exempted fishing permits 
(EFPs) to Pacific whiting shoreside vessels and first receivers that 
participate in a maximized retention and monitor program for the 2008 
Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. EFPs are needed to allow vessels to 
retain catch in excess of the cumulative limits and to retain 
prohibited species until offloading. EFPs are also needed to allow 
first receivers to possess catch from a vessel that is in excess of 
cumulative limits and to used hopper type scales to derive accurate 
catch weights prior to sorting. Issuance of the EFPs would allow NMFS 
to collect catch data on incidentally caught species, including 
salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act, and would allow new 
components of an overall monitoring program to be investigated before 
implementation of a regulatory program.

DATES: Comments must be received by April 14, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648-XG69 by any 
one of the following methods:
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Becky Renko
     Mail: D. Robert Lohn, Administrator, Northwest Region, 
NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070, Attn: Becky 
Renko.
    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 
and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 
change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 
address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept 
anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted 
in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Becky Renko or Gretchen Arentzen or 
(206)526(6140.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 
600.745 which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing 
activities that would otherwise be prohibited. At the March 10-14, 
2008, Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting in 
Sacramento, California, NMFS Northwest Region presented a proposal for 
issuance of EFPs to vessels and first receivers participating in the 
2008 Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. If issued, the EFPs would 
provide for a maximized retention and monitoring program for the 
Pacific whiting shoreside fishery. The proposed maximized retention and 
monitoring program regulations are intended to allow for the Pacific 
whiting shoreside fishery to be efficiently prosecuted while providing 
accurate catch data such that the Endangered Species Act and Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act requirements for this 
fishery are adequately met. An opportunity for Council discussion and 
public testimony were provided during the Councils March 2008 meeting 
in Sacramento, California.
    The issuance of EFPs would allow approximately 40 vessels to delay 
sorting of groundfish catch and to retain catch in excess of cumulative 
trip limits and prohibited species catch until offloading. These 
activities are otherwise prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 
660.306(a)(10) and 660.306(a)(2), respectively.
    Issuance of the EFPs, to approximately 15 first receivers, will 
allow first receivers to possess more than a single cumulative limit of 
a particular species, per vessel, per applicable cumulative limit 
period. The

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possession of catch in excess of the cumulative limits is otherwise 
prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR 660.306(a)(10). In addition, the 
EFPs will include an allowance for first receivers to use hopper type 
scales to derive an accurate total catch weight prior to sorting. 
Regulations pertaining to sorting at Sec.  660.370(h)(6) and 
prohibitions at Sec.  660.306(a)(7) require vessels to sort the catch 
before weighing.
    Issuance of these EFPs will allow for the collection of information 
on the catch of salmon, non-whiting groundfish, and other non-
groundfish species incidentally taken with Pacific whiting. These data 
are needed to monitor the attainment of the shore-based whiting 
allocation while assuring that the fishery specifications (bycatch 
limits, species allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) 
are not exceeded. Because whiting flesh deteriorates rapidly once the 
fish are caught, whiting must be minimally handled and immediately 
chilled to maintain the flesh quality. Allowing Pacific whiting 
shoreside vessels to retain unsorted catch will also enable whiting 
quality to be maintained.
    At the June 2007 Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) meeting, 
the PFMC recommended that NMFS implement a maximized retention program 
in Federal regulations that would allow full retention of Pacific 
whiting catch by the vessels and delivered to first receivers on shore. 
NMFS Northwest Region is in the process of transitioning the Pacific 
whiting shoreside fishery from a maximized retention and monitoring 
program conducted under a state-run EFP to a Federal regulatory 
program. Though it was expected that the program would be in place at 
the start of the 2008 fishing season, it will not be possible given the 
complexity of the rulemaking and other workload priorities. The EFP, as 
proposed, would be used to investigate the new components of the 
overall monitoring program before regulatory implementation. The EFP 
would be in effect until the effective date of the new Federal 
maximized retention and monitoring program, later in 2008.
    Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and 
monitoring program would require Pacific whiting shoreside vessels to 
dump unsorted catch directly below deck and would allow unsorted catch 
to be landed, providing that an electronic monitoring system (EMS) is 
used on all fishing trips to verify retention of catch at sea. The EMS 
is an effective tool for accurately monitoring catch retention and 
identifying the time and location of discard events. The EFP would 
include provisions for EMS, paid for by the vessels, similar to the 
2007 EFP and similar to the proposed Federal regulatory program.
    Proposed Federal regulations for a maximized retention and 
monitoring program would also require first receivers to have on shore 
monitoring conducted by catch monitors. Catch monitors would be third 
party employees, paid for by industry, and trained to NMFS standards. 
The EFP would include provisions for third party catch monitors from a 
NMFS specified provider. Like the proposed Federal regulatory program, 
catch monitors used under the EFP would be trained in techniques that 
would be used for the verification of fish ticket data and in species 
identification. Catch monitor duties would include overseeing the 
sorting, weighing, and recordkeeping process, as well as gathering 
information on incidentally caught salmon. Catch monitors would verify 
the accuracy of electronic fish ticket data used to manage the Pacific 
whiting shoreside fishery such that inaccurate or delayed information 
does not result in any fishery specifications (bycatch limits, species 
allocations, OYs, and biological opinion thresholds) being exceeded.

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

    Dated: March 25, 2008.
Alan D. Risenhoover
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E8-6430 Filed 3-27-08; 8:45 am]
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