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ACTION: Notice of public meeting, public hearing, and scoping meetings. NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September and October 2008. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public. A public hearing and scoping meetings will be held in conjunction with the AP meeting. DATES: The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 2008; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, October 2, 2008. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for public hearing and scoping meeting dates, times, and locations. ADDRESSES: All meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301– 713–2347. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided for the establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for HMS. NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. The AP has previously consulted with NMFS on: the HMS FMP (April 1999), Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003), Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999), the Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006), and Amendments 1 and 2 to the Consolidated HMS FMP (April 2008). The September and October 2008 AP meeting will focus on conservation and management options for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. NMFS is considering several amendments to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, including an amendment to update essential fish habitat, an amendment to rebuild blacknose sharks which are overfished with overfishing occurring, and an amendment to improve permitting and reporting and address other relevant management issues in Caribbean HMS fisheries. As listed in the table below, NMFS will hold a public hearing and ebenthall on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:43 Sep 15, 2008 Jkt 214001 scoping meetings to receive comments from the AP and members of the public. Public Hearing and Scoping Meetings Date Location Public hearing for Essential Fish Habitat Draft Amendment 1 to the Consolidated HMS FMP September 30, 2008; 3:30–4:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 Scoping meeting for Small Coastal Shark Draft Amendment 3 to the Consolidated HMS FMP October 1, 2008; 3:30– 4:30 p.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 Scoping meeting for Caribbean Draft Amendment 4 to the Consolidated HMS FMP October 2, 2008; 8:30– 9:30 a.m. Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave., Silver Spring, MD 20910 Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Othel Freeman at (301) 713–2347, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Dated: September 11, 2008. James P. Burgess Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–21596 Filed 9–15–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XK34 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Target and Missile Launch Activities at San Nicolas Island, CA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for letter of authorization; request for comments and information. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 authorization for the take of marine mammals incidental to vehicle launches from San Nicolas Island (SNI), California, for the period 2009 2014. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of the Navy’s request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy’s application and request. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than October 16, 2008. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.0648XK34@noaa.gov. Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10– megabyte file size. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Nachman, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713–2289, ext. 156. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability A copy of the Navy’s application may be obtained by writing to the address specified above (ADDRESSES), telephoning the contact listed above (FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm. The Navy’s Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Point Mugu Sea Range was made available to the public in March, 2002. To obtain a copy of the FEIS, contact Steven Schwartz, Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division (NAWCWD), via email at steven.schwartz@navy.mil. Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) if certain findings are made and regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization for incidental takings may be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XK41


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly 
Migratory Species Advisory Panel

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public meeting, public hearing, and scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) 
Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September and October 2008. The intent 
of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and 
management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public. A public 
hearing and scoping meetings will be held in conjunction with the AP 
meeting.

DATES: The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Tuesday, 
September 30, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1, 
2008; and from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon on Thursday, October 2, 2008. See 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for public hearing and scoping meeting dates, 
times, and locations.

ADDRESSES: All meetings will be held at the Crowne Plaza Hotel, 8777 
Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301-
713-2347.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the 
Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104-297, provided for the 
establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of 
information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan 
(FMP) for HMS. NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views 
of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments 
for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. The AP has 
previously consulted with NMFS on: the HMS FMP (April 1999), Amendment 
1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003), Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP 
(April 1999), the Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006), and Amendments 1 
and 2 to the Consolidated HMS FMP (April 2008). The September and 
October 2008 AP meeting will focus on conservation and management 
options for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. NMFS is 
considering several amendments to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, 
including an amendment to update essential fish habitat, an amendment 
to rebuild blacknose sharks which are overfished with overfishing 
occurring, and an amendment to improve permitting and reporting and 
address other relevant management issues in Caribbean HMS fisheries. As 
listed in the table below, NMFS will hold a public hearing and scoping 
meetings to receive comments from the AP and members of the public.

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   Public Hearing and
    Scoping Meetings               Date                  Location
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Public hearing for       September 30, 2008;      Crowne Plaza Hotel,
 Essential Fish Habitat   3:30-4:30 p.m.           8777 Georgia Ave.,
 Draft Amendment 1 to                              Silver Spring, MD
 the Consolidated HMS                              20910
 FMP
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Scoping meeting for      October 1, 2008; 3:30-   Crowne Plaza Hotel,
 Small Coastal Shark      4:30 p.m.                8777 Georgia Ave.,
 Draft Amendment 3 to                              Silver Spring, MD
 the Consolidated HMS                              20910
 FMP
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Scoping meeting for      October 2, 2008; 8:30-   Crowne Plaza Hotel,
 Caribbean Draft          9:30 a.m.                8777 Georgia Ave.,
 Amendment 4 to the                                Silver Spring, MD
 Consolidated HMS FMP                              20910
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Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Othel Freeman at (301) 713-2347, at least 7 days 
prior to the meeting.

    Dated: September 11, 2008.
James P. Burgess
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-21596 Filed 9-15-08; 8:45 am]
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