Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals, 39676-39677 [E8-15604]

Download as PDF 39676 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 133 / Thursday, July 10, 2008 / Notices Dated: July 2, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–15605 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] in the following office(s): SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan, Kate Swails, or Carrie Hubard, (301)713–2289. The requested amendments have been granted under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). Both permits were amended to extend the expiration dates from June 30, 2008 to June 30, 2009. Issuance of these permit amendments, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit amendments: (1) were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Documents may be reviewed in the following locations: Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115–0700; phone (206)526–6150; fax (206)526–6426; Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. 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Special Accommodations DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XI98 Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s (CFMC) Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a meeting. The AP meeting will be held on August 6, 2008, from 9:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Best Western San Juan Airport Hotel, Luis Munoz Marin Airport, Carolina, Puerto Rico. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 268 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1108, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918–1920; telephone: (787) 766–5926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The AP will meet to discuss the items contained in the following agenda: •Call to order •Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) /Accountability Measures (AM) Guidelines Summary Presentation •Discussion on ACLs/AMs for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands •Recommendations of the AP to the CFMC •Other Business The meeting is open to the public, and will be conducted in English. Fishers and other interested persons are invited to attend and participate with oral or written statements regarding agenda issues. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or request for sign language interpretation and/other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. Miguel A. Rolon, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 268 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1108, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918–1920, telephone: (787) 766–5926, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: July 7, 2008. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–15656 Filed 7–9–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XI46 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; affirmative finding. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has granted a request for an affirmative finding for the Republic of El Salvador under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding will allow yellowfin tuna harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by El Salvadorian-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under El Salvadorian jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Republic of El Salvador and obtained from the InterAmerican Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the U.S. Department of State. The affirmative finding is effective from April 1, 2008, through March 31, 2013, subject to annual review by NMFS. 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Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation must request an affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS will review the affirmative finding and determine whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation. An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP. As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the Republic of El Salvador or obtained from the IATTC and the Department of State and has determined that El Salvador has met the MMPA’s requirements to receive an affirmative finding. After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued the Republic of El Salvador’s affirmative finding, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by El Salvadorian- VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:58 Jul 09, 2008 Jkt 214001 flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under El Salvadorian jurisdiction. El Salvador’s affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2013, subject to subsequent annual reviews by NMFS. Dated: July 2, 2008. 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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 133 (Thursday, July 10, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 39676-39677]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-15604]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XI46


Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals

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

ACTION: Notice; affirmative finding.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant 
Administrator) has granted a request for an affirmative finding for the 
Republic of El Salvador under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). 
This affirmative finding will allow yellowfin tuna harvested in the 
eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the 
International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by El Salvadorian-
flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under El 
Salvadorian jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The 
affirmative finding was based on review of documentary evidence 
submitted by the Republic of El Salvador and obtained from the Inter-
American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the U.S. Department of 
State.

DATES: The affirmative finding is effective from April 1, 2008, through 
March 31, 2013, subject to annual review by NMFS.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regional Administrator, Southwest 
Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 
90802-4213; phone 562-980-4000; fax 562-980-4018.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows the 
entry into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine 
vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the 
harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether 
to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided 
by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the 
Department of State.
    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation 
is meeting its obligations under the IDCP and obligations of membership 
in the IATTC. Every 5 years, the government of the harvesting nation 
must request an affirmative finding and submit the required documentary 
evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, 
NMFS will review the affirmative finding and determine whether the 
harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may 
provide information related to compliance with IDCP and IATTC measures 
directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to 
release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative 
finding determination without an application from the harvesting 
nation.
    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the 
Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the 
requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a 
nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on 
violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the IDCP.
    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 
216.24(f), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence 
submitted by the Republic of El Salvador or obtained from the IATTC and 
the Department of State and has determined that El Salvador has met the 
MMPA's requirements to receive an affirmative finding.
    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant 
Administrator issued the Republic of El Salvador's affirmative finding, 
allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin 
tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by 
El Salvadorian-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels 
operating under El Salvadorian jurisdiction. El Salvador's affirmative 
finding will remain valid through March 31, 2013, subject to subsequent 
annual reviews by NMFS.

    Dated: July 2, 2008.
John Oliver
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Operations, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-15604 Filed 7-9-08; 8:45 am]
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