Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice that Vendor Will Provide Year 2009 Cage Tags, 61021 [E8-24509]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 200 / Wednesday, October 15, 2008 / Notices This agency decision is effective October 6, 2008. ADDRESSES: Copies of the MCP are available from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220, fax 808– 522–8226. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Alvin Katekaru, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, at (808)944–2207. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under Section 204(e)(1)(A)of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) and in consultation with the Council, may negotiate and enter into a Pacific Insular Area fishery agreement (PIAFA) to allow foreign fishing within waters of the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands, and at the request and with the concurrence of, and in consultation with, the Governor of the Pacific Insular Area to which the PIAFA applies. Section 204(e)(4) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act requires that prior to entering into a PIAFA, the appropriate Governor and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) shall develop a three-year MCP containing detailing the uses for funds to be collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA. Any payments received under a PIAFA shall be deposited into the United States Treasury and then covered over to the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area for which funds were collected. In the case of violations by foreign fishing vessels occurring within the EEZ off any Pacific Insular Area, any amount received by the Secretary which is attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act, including such sums collected from the forfeiture and disposition or sale of property seized subject to its authority, after payment of direct costs of the enforcement action to all entities involved in such action, shall be deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area adjacent to the EEZ in which the violation occurred, to be used for fisheries enforcement and for implementation of a MCP. The MCP to be approved by the Secretary must be consistent with the Council’s fishery management plans, identify conservation and management objectives (including criteria for determining when such objectives have been met), and prioritize planned marine conservation projects. At its 138th meeting held in June 2007, the Council approved the MCP for jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES DATES: VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:32 Oct 14, 2008 Jkt 217001 the Northern Mariana Islands and recommended its submission to the Secretary for approval. NMFS, designee of the Secretary, received the MCP on March 10, 2008. Following a review of the MCP, NMFS informed the Council and Government of the Commonwealth of the Mariana Islands (CNMI) that the MCP was incomplete. On September 23, 2008, the Department of Lands and Natural Resources, CNMI, submitted an amended MCP to NMFS. The MCP contains 12 objectives, listed below, which are consistent with the Council’s five existing fishery management plans: 1. Data collection and reporting; 2. Resource assessment and monitoring; 3. Incidental catch, bycatch, and protected species interaction; 4. Habitat assessment and monitoring; 5. Management procedures; 6. Surveillance and enforcement; 7. Domestic fisheries development; 8. Marine conservation education; 9. Public participation; 10. Regional cooperation; 11. Performance evaluation; and 12. Western Pacific demonstration projects. The MCP identifies 19 programs or projects associated with the MCP objectives for potential funding under a PIAFA. The top ten projects in order of priority are: 1. EEZ enforcement program; 2. Subsistence and recreational harvest monitoring system; 3. Commercial harvest monitoring system; 4. Charter fishing economic impact study; 5. Analysis of data on pelagic fishery resources; 6. CNMI commercial fisheries baseline assessment; 7. Regional fisheries meeting and conferences funding assistance; 8. Recreational and subsistence fishing economic impact and use study; 9. Fisheries technology program; and 10. Local auction marketplace feasibility study. This notice announces that NMFS has determined that the MCP for the Northern Mariana Islands satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and has approved the MCP for a three-year period: October 6, 2008, through October 6, 2011. 61021 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XK55 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice that Vendor Will Provide Year 2009 Cage Tags National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Notice of vendor to provide year 2009 cage tags. ACTION: SUMMARY: NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog allocation owners that they will be required to purchase their year 2009 cage tags from the National Band and Tag Company. The intent of this notice is to comply with regulations for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries and to promote efficient distribution of cage tags. Written inquiries may be sent to Edward Stern, National Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930–2298. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward Stern, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9177; fax (978) 281–9135. The Federal Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fishery regulations at 50 CFR 648.75(b) authorize the Regional Administrator of the Northeast Region, NMFS, to specify in the Federal Register a vendor from whom cage tags, required under the Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan (FMP), shall be purchased. Notice is hereby given that National Band and Tag Company of Newport, Kentucky, is the authorized vendor of cage tags required for the year 2009 Federal surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. Detailed instructions for purchasing these cage tags will be provided in a letter to allocation owners in these fisheries from NMFS within the next several weeks. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 9, 2008. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–24485 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] October 7, 2008. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–24509 Filed 10–14–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\15OCN1.SGM 15OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 200 (Wednesday, October 15, 2008)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XK55


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam 
and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice that Vendor Will Provide Year 2009 
Cage Tags

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

ACTION: Notice of vendor to provide year 2009 cage tags.

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SUMMARY: NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog allocation owners that 
they will be required to purchase their year 2009 cage tags from the 
National Band and Tag Company. The intent of this notice is to comply 
with regulations for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries 
and to promote efficient distribution of cage tags.

ADDRESSES: Written inquiries may be sent to Edward Stern, National 
Marine Fisheries Service, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn 
Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-2298.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Edward Stern, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9177; fax (978) 281-9135.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Federal Atlantic surfclam and ocean 
quahog fishery regulations at 50 CFR 648.75(b) authorize the Regional 
Administrator of the Northeast Region, NMFS, to specify in the Federal 
Register a vendor from whom cage tags, required under the Atlantic 
Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery Management Plan (FMP), shall be 
purchased. Notice is hereby given that National Band and Tag Company of 
Newport, Kentucky, is the authorized vendor of cage tags required for 
the year 2009 Federal surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. Detailed 
instructions for purchasing these cage tags will be provided in a 
letter to allocation owners in these fisheries from NMFS within the 
next several weeks.

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

    October 7, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-24509 Filed 10-14-08; 8:45 am]
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