Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops, 51448-51450 [E8-20422]

Download as PDF 51448 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 3, 2008 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Rhea Moss at 808–944–2161 (voice) or 808–973–2941 (fax). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, the Secretary of Commerce has appointed 20 members to the WCPFC Permanent Advisory Committee. Four additional members are mandated by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act, who are (1) the chair of the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Advisory Committee or the chair’s designee; and (2) officials of the fisheries management authorities of American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (or their designees). The Committee is established to support the work of the U.S. National Section to the WCPFC in an advisory capacity with respect to U.S. participation in the WCPFC. NMFS, Pacific Islands Region, provides administrative and technical support to the Committee. As this is the first meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee, it will set its agenda and consider its organization, prescribe its practices and procedures, as well as elect a chairperson. The Permanent Advisory Committee will also receive information on: (1) 2006 and 2007 WCPFC activities; (2) status of the stocks and fisheries in 2006 and 2007; (3) issues related to the development of conservation and management measures for bigeye and yellowfin tuna and other species for 2008 and beyond; (4) implementation of the WCPFC’s Regional Observer Programme and Vessel Monitoring System and other compliance mechanisms; (5) issues related to the impacts of fishing on non-target, associated and dependent species, such as sea turtles, seabirds and sharks; and (6) other issues, as necessary. 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 Rhea Moss, NMFS, 808–944–2161(voice) or 808– 973–2941 (fax), at least 7 days prior to the meeting date. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Authority: P.L. 109–479, Sec. 501, et seq. VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:59 Sep 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below. DATES: The meeting is scheduled for: September 10, 2008 from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at SSMC 3, Room # 12836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. 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Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–20407 Filed 8–28–08; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board 1. Discussion and consideration of the Draft Report on the Review of the NOAA Climate Research and Modeling Program, submitted to the SAB by the Climate Working Group. 2. SAB Strategic Planning—for future meetings and for the upcoming Administration transition. 3. Discussion and consideration of the way forward for the SAB on Oceans and Human Health. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: August 27, 2008. Mark E. Brown, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E8–20425 Filed 9–2–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XK05 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 October, November, and December 2008. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet new regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. Also, the Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is 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 2009 and announced in the Federal Register. DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held October 9, November 6, and December 4, 2008. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held October 14, November 19 and 25, and December 17, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details. ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in Norfolk, VA; Dania Beach, FL; and Panama City, FL. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in Kenner, LA; Kitty Hawk, NC; Indian Rocks Beach, FL; and Dedham, MA. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details on workshop locations. E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 3, 2008 / Notices 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/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 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 which first receives Atlantic sharks. 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. 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 which first receives Atlantic sharks has been submitted with the permit renewal application. Additionally, trucks or other conveyances which are extensions of a dealer’s place of business must possess a copy of a valid dealer or proxy Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate. Sixteen free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops were held in 2007. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. October 9, 2008, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Meeting Room 1, Norfolk, VA 23503. 2. November 6, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern University Oceanagraphic Center, 800 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 33004. 3. December 4, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., NMFS Panama City Laboratory, 3500 Delwood Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32408. VerDate Aug<31>2005 22:59 Sep 02, 2008 Jkt 214001 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 who fish with longline or gillnet gear, 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 October, November, and December 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 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51449 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. October 14, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hilton New Orleans Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062. 2. November 19, 2008, from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 North Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949. 3. November 25, 2008, from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Holiday Inn Habourside, 401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785. 4. December 17, 2008, from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., Hilton Boston/Dedham, 25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026. Registration To register for a scheduled Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Aquatic Release Conservation ((877) 411–4272), 1640 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, E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 51450 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 171 / Wednesday, September 3, 2008 / Notices 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: August 27, 2008. Emily H. Menashes 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-XK05


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 October, November, and December 2008. Certain 
fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet 
new regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. Specifically, 
the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all 
federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. Also, the Protected Species 
Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is 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 2009 and 
announced in the Federal Register.

DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held October 
9, November 6, and December 4, 2008.
    The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification 
Workshops will be held October 14, November 19 and 25, and December 17, 
2008.
    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details.

ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in 
Norfolk, VA; Dania Beach, FL; and Panama City, FL.
    The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification 
Workshops will be held in Kenner, LA; Kitty Hawk, NC; Indian Rocks 
Beach, FL; and Dedham, MA.
    See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details on workshop 
locations.

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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 which first receives Atlantic sharks. 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. 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 which 
first receives Atlantic sharks has been submitted with the permit 
renewal application. Additionally, trucks or other conveyances which 
are extensions of a dealer's place of business must possess a copy of a 
valid dealer or proxy Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop 
certificate. Sixteen free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops were 
held in 2007.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    1. October 9, 2008, from 12 p.m. - 5 p.m., Mary D. Pretlow Anchor 
Branch Library, 111 W. Ocean View Avenue, Meeting Room 1, Norfolk, VA 
23503.
    2. November 6, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., Nova Southeastern 
University Oceanagraphic Center, 800 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL 
33004.
    3. December 4, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., NMFS Panama City 
Laboratory, 3500 Delwood Beach Road, Panama City, FL 32408.

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 who fish with longline or gillnet gear, 
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 October, November, and December 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. October 14, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hilton New Orleans 
Airport, 901 Airline Drive, Kenner, LA 70062.
    2. November 19, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 5353 
North Virginia Dare Trail, Kitty Hawk, NC 27949.
    3. November 25, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Holiday Inn Habourside, 
401 2nd Street, Indian Rocks Beach, FL 33785.
    4. December 17, 2008, from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Hilton Boston/Dedham, 
25 Allied Drive, Dedham, MA 02026.

Registration

    To register for a scheduled Protected Species Safe Handling, 
Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Aquatic Release 
Conservation ((877) 411-4272), 1640 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,

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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: August 27, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-20422 Filed 9-2-08; 8:45 am]
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