Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Adjustment to Exempted Fishing Permit, 75677-75678 [E8-29441]

Download as PDF 75677 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 240 / Friday, December 12, 2008 / Notices Department’’) to determine, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, whether any foreign government is providing a subsidy with respect to any article of cheese subject to an in–quota rate of duty, as defined in section 702(h) of the Act, and to publish an annual list and quarterly updates to the type and amount of those subsidies. We hereby provide the Department’s quarterly update of subsidies on articles of cheese that were imported during the period July 1, 2008 through September 30, 2008. The Department has developed, in consultation with the Secretary of Agriculture, information on subsidies (as defined in section 702(h) of the Act) being provided either directly or indirectly by foreign governments on articles of cheese subject to an in–quota rate of duty. The appendix to this notice lists the country, the subsidy program or programs, and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available. The Department will incorporate additional programs which are found to constitute subsidies, and additional information on the subsidy programs listed, as the information is developed. The Department encourages any person having information on foreign government subsidy programs which benefit articles of cheese subject to an in–quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20230. This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act. Dated: December 5, 2008. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. APPENDIX SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ON CHEESE SUBJECT TO AN IN–QUOTA RATE OF DUTY Country Program(s) Gross Subsidy ($/lb) 27 European Union Member States ............ Canada ........................................................ Norway ......................................................... ...................................................................... ...................................................................... Switzerland .................................................. European Union Restitution Payments Export Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese Indirect (Milk) Subsidy Consumer Subsidy Total Deficiency Payments [FR Doc. E8–29532 Filed 12–11–08; 8:45 am] necessary before a final determination is made to reissue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be reissued that would allow one commercial fishing vessel to conduct fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. This EFP, which would continue to enable researchers to study the effects of climate on the distribution and catch rates of monkfish, would adjust the exemptions from the NE multispecies regulations as follows: Gulf of Maine (GOM) Rolling Closure Area (RCA) I, rather than RCA III. The exemption from NE multispecies effort control measures will remain the same as with the original EFP. Regulations under the Magnuson–Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs. DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 29, 2008. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: DA8–272@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on Revised UMES Monkfish EFP .’’ • Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM08 Magnuson–Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Adjustment to Exempted Fishing Permit jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an amendment to an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted by the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a preliminary determination that the adjusted activities authorized under this amended EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies and Monkfish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). However, further review and consultation may be VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:56 Dec 11, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 $ $ $ $ $ $ Net Subsidy ($/lb) 0.00 0.33 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 $0.00 $ 0.33 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.00 envelope ‘‘Comments on UMES monkfish EFP, DA8–272.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9244. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP amendment was submitted on October 15, 2008, by Andrea K. Johnson, Ph.D., Research Assistant Professor at UMES, for a project funded under the New England and Mid–Atlantic Fishery Management Councils’ Monkfish Research Set–Aside (RSA) Program. The primary goal of this study is to investigate the influence of temperature on monkfish distribution and abundance, as well as determine age and growth patterns, spawning frequency, feeding rates, and cannibalism. This information will provide information on the biology of monkfish that could be used to enhance the management of this species. The original EFP granted an exemption for one vessel to fish for monkfish using gillnets inside the GOM RCA III during May 2008. The vessel originally issued the EFP later decided not to participate in this project and a new vessel was issued the EFP on October 14, 2008. With this change to a new vessel, the research area was revised to reflect the new vessel owner’s familiarity with monkfish fishing grounds. This EFP revision would grant an exemption for the new vessel to fish in 30-minute square number 122, rather than 137, inside the GOM RCA I during E:\FR\FM\12DEN1.SGM 12DEN1 75678 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 240 / Friday, December 12, 2008 / Notices March 2009. Fishing activity is currently taking place through December 2008 and researchers would like to continue in March 2009, but will need this revised exemption to do so. It is expected that this location, within the RCA, would provide access to large monkfish and would avoid gear interactions between the research gillnet gear and trawl gear. The need to switch RCA exemptions is due to the change in location and vessel from the original research proposal. Allowing an exemption in RCA I rather than RCA III will provide consistency with the rest of the research that is being conducted in that area and will avoid further delays in the project. The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. AGENCY: Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XM08


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic 
Fisheries; Adjustment to Exempted Fishing Permit

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), 
has made a preliminary determination that an amendment to an Exempted 
Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted by the University of 
Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES) contains all of the required information 
and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional 
Administrator has made a preliminary determination that the adjusted 
activities authorized under this amended EFP would be consistent with 
the goals and objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies and 
Monkfish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). However, further review and 
consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to 
reissue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional 
Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be reissued that would 
allow one commercial fishing vessel to conduct fishing operations that 
are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of 
the Northeastern United States. This EFP, which would continue to 
enable researchers to study the effects of climate on the distribution 
and catch rates of monkfish, would adjust the exemptions from the NE 
multispecies regulations as follows: Gulf of Maine (GOM) Rolling 
Closure Area (RCA) I, rather than RCA III. The exemption from NE 
multispecies effort control measures will remain the same as with the 
original EFP. Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act require publication of this 
notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment 
on applications for proposed EFPs.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before December 29, 2008.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: DA8-272@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line 
``Comments on Revised UMES Monkfish EFP .''
     Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE 
Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the 
outside of the envelope ``Comments on UMES monkfish EFP, DA8-272.''
     Fax: (978) 281-9135.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9244.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP amendment was 
submitted on October 15, 2008, by Andrea K. Johnson, Ph.D., Research 
Assistant Professor at UMES, for a project funded under the New England 
and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils' Monkfish Research Set-
Aside (RSA) Program. The primary goal of this study is to investigate 
the influence of temperature on monkfish distribution and abundance, as 
well as determine age and growth patterns, spawning frequency, feeding 
rates, and cannibalism. This information will provide information on 
the biology of monkfish that could be used to enhance the management of 
this species.
    The original EFP granted an exemption for one vessel to fish for 
monkfish using gillnets inside the GOM RCA III during May 2008. The 
vessel originally issued the EFP later decided not to participate in 
this project and a new vessel was issued the EFP on October 14, 2008. 
With this change to a new vessel, the research area was revised to 
reflect the new vessel owner's familiarity with monkfish fishing 
grounds. This EFP revision would grant an exemption for the new vessel 
to fish in 30-minute square number 122, rather than 137, inside the GOM 
RCA I during

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March 2009. Fishing activity is currently taking place through December 
2008 and researchers would like to continue in March 2009, but will 
need this revised exemption to do so. It is expected that this 
location, within the RCA, would provide access to large monkfish and 
would avoid gear interactions between the research gillnet gear and 
trawl gear. The need to switch RCA exemptions is due to the change in 
location and vessel from the original research proposal. Allowing an 
exemption in RCA I rather than RCA III will provide consistency with 
the rest of the research that is being conducted in that area and will 
avoid further delays in the project.
    The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the 
EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be 
granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to 
facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts 
that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP 
request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the 
exempted fishing activity would be prohibited.

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

    Dated: December 5, 2008.
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-29441 Filed 12-11-08; 8:45 am]
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