Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery off the Southern Atlantic States; Amendment 18, 4944-4945 [E9-1730]

Download as PDF 4944 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 17 / Wednesday, January 28, 2009 / Notices include public hearings to receive comments. A Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the DEIS associated with this amendment, as well as a 45-day public comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and to NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6. The Council will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), and before voting to submit the final amendment to NMFS for Secretarial review, approval, and implementation. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final amendment and FEIS for public review during the Secretarial review period, and will consider all public comments prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final amendment. Scoping Meetings, Times, and Locations All meetings will begin at 3 p.m. In addition to the Comprehensive ACL Amendment, the Council intends to scope additional amendments at this series of meetings, for which separate notices have been prepared. The meetings will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for information packets or for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Monday, January 26, 2009—Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; phone: 843–308–9330. Tuesday, January 27, 2009—Bridge Pointe Hotel, 101 Howell Rd., New Bern, NC 28582; phone: 252–636–3637. Tuesday, February 3, 2009—Key Largo Grande, 97000 Overseas Hwy., Key Largo, FL 33037; phone: 305–852– 5553. Wednesday, February 4, 2009— Doubletree Hotel, 2080 N. Atlantic Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931; phone: 321– 783–9222. Thursday, February 5, 2009—Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Ave., Pooler, GA 31322; phone: 912– 748–8888. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 22, 2009. Alan D. Risenhoover Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–1728 Filed 1–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:30 Jan 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM54 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper– Grouper Fishery off the Southern Atlantic States; Amendment 18 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); notice of scoping meetings; request for comments. SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) intends to prepare a DEIS to assess the impacts on the natural and human environment of the management measures proposed in its draft Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper–Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP). DATES: Written comments on the scope of the issues to be addressed in the DEIS will be accepted until February 27, 2009, at 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent by any of the following methods: • E–mail: 0648–XM54@noaa.gov. • Fax: 727–824–5308; Attn: Nikhil Mehta. • Mail: Nikhil Mehta, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Scoping documents are available from the Council’s Web site at www.safmc.net. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone: 843–571–4366, toll free 1–866– SAFMC–10; fax: 843–769–4520; e–mail: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper–grouper fishery of the South Atlantic region in the exclusive economic zone is managed under the FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and implemented by NMFS under the authority of the Magnuson– Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 622. Of the 98 species managed by the Council, 73 of these are included in the snapper–grouper management complex. A NOI for Amendment 18 was published on January 22, 2008 (73 FR 3701), and contained notice of PO 00000 Frm 00032 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 consideration of developing a limited access privilege (LAP) program for the commercial snapper–grouper fishery in the South Atlantic. However, the Council has postponed consideration of a LAP program for the entire snapper– grouper fishery. A second NOI for Amendment 18 was published on April 7, 2008 (73 FR 18782) to announce the development of an amendment to establish a rebuilding plan for the red snapper stock and various management measures to end its overfishing. The Council subsequently moved these items to Amendment 17. This NOI is intended to inform the public of the preparation of a DEIS in support of the new Amendment 18 to the FMP. During its December 2008 meeting, the Council decided to transfer the following items from Amendment 17 to Amendment 18: Actions to extend the management range of snapper–grouper north of the Council’s current jurisdiction; designate essential fish habitat for snapper– grouper species in the extended management range (New England and Mid–Atlantic); change the golden tilefish fishing year; separate snowy grouper quota into regions; and improve data reporting. The Council is considering extending the range of the snapper–grouper fishery management plan for some species northward in order to conserve and manage these species. The current boundaries would not be changed for golden tilefish, black sea bass, and scup since they are considered separate stocks north and south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and are managed by the Mid–Atlantic Council. The Council is considering modifying the start date of the golden tilefish fishing year to ensure that the regulations for golden tilefish do not impact select fishermen disproportionately. The Council is considering regional quotas for snowy grouper to offer a fair opportunity to fishermen in both southern and northern areas. The Council is also considering actions to improve the accuracy, timing, and quantity of fisheries statistics collected by the current data collection programs for fisheries the Council manages. In addition to actions listed above, the Council may consider in Amendment 18 limits on participation and effort in the golden tilefish and black sea bass fisheries, and state or regional Annual Catch Limits (ACL) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for the recreational harvest of gag. The Council is concerned that increased restrictions imposed through Amendments 13C and 16 will increase the incentive to target: E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 17 / Wednesday, January 28, 2009 / Notices sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES 1. Golden tilefish in the bottom longline and hook–and–line fisheries. 2. Black sea bass in the pot fishery. Currently, there is no limit to the number of pot tags issued to fishermen who target black sea bass or the number of pots that can be fished. Fishermen may be leaving large numbers of pots fishing for multiple days due to vessel or weather problems, and these pots could unnecessarily kill many black sea bass. The Council is further concerned that in the gag recreational fishery, fishermen in some areas could have an advantage and catch part of the allowable catch sooner than those in other areas. Additionally, in Amendment 18 the Council may consider modifying the individual transferable quota (ITQ) program currently in place for the South Atlantic wreckfish fishery to conform with the Magnuson–Stevens Act requirements on holding excessive shares in a LAP program. Furthermore, the Maguson–Stevens Act requires periodic reviews of LAP programs, and if needed, allows for modifications to meet the goals of the program. Following publication of this NOI, the Council will conduct public scoping meetings to determine the range of issues to be addressed in the DEIS and the associated Amendment 18. A Federal Register notice will announce the availability of the DEIS associated with this amendment, as well as a 45day public comment period, pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and to NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6. The Council will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), and before voting to submit the final amendment to NMFS for Secretarial review, approval, and implementation. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final amendment and FEIS for public review during the Secretarial review period, and will consider all public comments prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final amendment. Scoping Meetings, Times, and Locations All meetings will begin at 3 p.m. In addition to Amendment 18, the Council intends to scope additional amendments at this series of meetings. Separate NOIs will be prepared for each amendment. The meetings will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for information packets or for sign language interpretation or other VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:30 Jan 27, 2009 Jkt 217001 auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Monday, January 26, 2009 —Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; phone: 843–308–9330. Tuesday, January 27, 2009—Bridge Point Hotel, 101 Howell Road, New Bern, NC 28582; phone: 252–636–3637. Tuesday, February 3, 2009—Key Largo Grande, 97000 Overseas Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037; phone: 305–852– 5553. Wednesday, February 4, 2009— Doubletree Hotel, 2080 N. Atlantic Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931; phone: 321–783–9222. Thursday, February 5, 2009—Mighty Eight Air Force Museum, 175 Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322; phone: 912– 748–8888. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 22, 2009. Alan D. Risenhoover Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–1730 Filed 1–27–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM82 Marine Mammals; File No. 14142 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Niladri Basu, Ph.D., Department of Environmental Health Sciences, University of Michigan, 109 South Observatory Road, Ann Arbor, MI 48109–2029, has applied in due form for a permit to import marine mammal parts for scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before February 27, 2009. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/index.cfm, and then selecting File No. 14142 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4945 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; and Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978)281–9300; fax (978)281– 9333. Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)427–2521, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: File No. 14142. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Skidmore or Amy Sloan, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The applicant is requesting a permit to authorize the importation of samples opportunistically obtained from colleagues at the National Environmental Research Institute (NERI) of Denmark (Roskilde, Denmark). The applicant is requesting authorization to import tissues (brain, liver, muscle, kidney, skin) from up to 100 individuals (hunter-killed, stranded) from each of the following species from Greenland, Faroe Islands, and Denmark: ringed seals (Phoca hispida), pilot whale (Globicephala melas), hooded seal (Cystopora cristata), harp seal (Pagophilus groenlandicus), narwhal (Monodon monoceros), beluga (Delphinapterus leucas), harbour porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), harbour seal (Phoca vitulina), grey seal (Haliocherus grypus). No takes of live animals would be authorized under this permit and there would be no non-target species taken incidentally under this E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 17 (Wednesday, January 28, 2009)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XM54


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Snapper-Grouper Fishery off the Southern Atlantic States; Amendment 18

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

ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement (DEIS); notice of scoping meetings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) 
intends to prepare a DEIS to assess the impacts on the natural and 
human environment of the management measures proposed in its draft 
Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper 
Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP).

DATES: Written comments on the scope of the issues to be addressed in 
the DEIS will be accepted until February 27, 2009, at 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be sent by any of the following methods:
     E-mail: 0648-XM54@noaa.gov.
     Fax: 727-824-5308; Attn: Nikhil Mehta.
     Mail: Nikhil Mehta, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, 263 
13\th\ Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
    Scoping documents are available from the Council's Web site at 
www.safmc.net.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information 
Officer, South Atlantic Fisheries Management Council, 4055 Faber Place 
Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone: 843-571-4366, toll 
free 1-866-SAFMC-10; fax: 843-769-4520; e-mail: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The snapper-grouper fishery of the South 
Atlantic region in the exclusive economic zone is managed under the 
FMP. The FMP was prepared by the Council and implemented by NMFS under 
the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson Stevens Act) by regulations at 50 CFR part 
622. Of the 98 species managed by the Council, 73 of these are included 
in the snapper-grouper management complex.
    A NOI for Amendment 18 was published on January 22, 2008 (73 FR 
3701), and contained notice of consideration of developing a limited 
access privilege (LAP) program for the commercial snapper-grouper 
fishery in the South Atlantic. However, the Council has postponed 
consideration of a LAP program for the entire snapper-grouper fishery. 
A second NOI for Amendment 18 was published on April 7, 2008 (73 FR 
18782) to announce the development of an amendment to establish a 
rebuilding plan for the red snapper stock and various management 
measures to end its overfishing. The Council subsequently moved these 
items to Amendment 17.
    This NOI is intended to inform the public of the preparation of a 
DEIS in support of the new Amendment 18 to the FMP. During its December 
2008 meeting, the Council decided to transfer the following items from 
Amendment 17 to Amendment 18:
Actions to extend the management range of snapper-grouper north of the 
Council's current jurisdiction; designate essential fish habitat for 
snapper-grouper species in the extended management range (New England 
and Mid-Atlantic); change the golden tilefish fishing year; separate 
snowy grouper quota into regions; and improve data reporting. The 
Council is considering extending the range of the snapper-grouper 
fishery management plan for some species northward in order to conserve 
and manage these species. The current boundaries would not be changed 
for golden tilefish, black sea bass, and scup since they are considered 
separate stocks north and south of Cape Hatteras, North Carolina, and 
are managed by the Mid-Atlantic Council. The Council is considering 
modifying the start date of the golden tilefish fishing year to ensure 
that the regulations for golden tilefish do not impact select fishermen 
disproportionately. The Council is considering regional quotas for 
snowy grouper to offer a fair opportunity to fishermen in both southern 
and northern areas. The Council is also considering actions to improve 
the accuracy, timing, and quantity of fisheries statistics collected by 
the current data collection programs for fisheries the Council manages.
    In addition to actions listed above, the Council may consider in 
Amendment 18 limits on participation and effort in the golden tilefish 
and black sea bass fisheries, and state or regional Annual Catch Limits 
(ACL) and Annual Catch Targets (ACTs) for the recreational harvest of 
gag. The Council is concerned that increased restrictions imposed 
through Amendments 13C and 16 will increase the incentive to target:

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    1. Golden tilefish in the bottom longline and hook-and-line 
fisheries.
    2. Black sea bass in the pot fishery.
Currently, there is no limit to the number of pot tags issued to 
fishermen who target black sea bass or the number of pots that can be 
fished. Fishermen may be leaving large numbers of pots fishing for 
multiple days due to vessel or weather problems, and these pots could 
unnecessarily kill many black sea bass. The Council is further 
concerned that in the gag recreational fishery, fishermen in some areas 
could have an advantage and catch part of the allowable catch sooner 
than those in other areas.
    Additionally, in Amendment 18 the Council may consider modifying 
the individual transferable quota (ITQ) program currently in place for 
the South Atlantic wreckfish fishery to conform with the Magnuson-
Stevens Act requirements on holding excessive shares in a LAP program. 
Furthermore, the Maguson-Stevens Act requires periodic reviews of LAP 
programs, and if needed, allows for modifications to meet the goals of 
the program.
    Following publication of this NOI, the Council will conduct public 
scoping meetings to determine the range of issues to be addressed in 
the DEIS and the associated Amendment 18. A Federal Register notice 
will announce the availability of the DEIS associated with this 
amendment, as well as a 45-day public comment period, pursuant to 
regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality for 
implementing the National Environmental Policy Act and to NOAA's 
Administrative Order 216-6. The Council will consider public comments 
received on the DEIS in developing the final environmental impact 
statement (FEIS), and before voting to submit the final amendment to 
NMFS for Secretarial review, approval, and implementation. NMFS will 
announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final 
amendment and FEIS for public review during the Secretarial review 
period, and will consider all public comments prior to final agency 
action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final 
amendment.

Scoping Meetings, Times, and Locations

    All meetings will begin at 3 p.m. In addition to Amendment 18, the 
Council intends to scope additional amendments at this series of 
meetings. Separate NOIs will be prepared for each amendment. The 
meetings will be physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for information packets or for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT).
    Monday, January 26, 2009 --Hilton Garden Inn, 5265 International 
Blvd., North Charleston, SC 29418; phone: 843-308-9330.
    Tuesday, January 27, 2009--Bridge Point Hotel, 101 Howell Road, New 
Bern, NC 28582; phone: 252-636-3637.
    Tuesday, February 3, 2009--Key Largo Grande, 97000 Overseas 
Highway, Key Largo, FL 33037; phone: 305-852-5553.
    Wednesday, February 4, 2009--Doubletree Hotel, 2080 N. Atlantic 
Avenue, Cocoa Beach, FL 32931; phone: 321-783-9222.
    Thursday, February 5, 2009--Mighty Eight Air Force Museum, 175 
Bourne Avenue, Pooler, GA 31322; phone: 912-748-8888.

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

    Dated: January 22, 2009.
Alan D. Risenhoover
Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-1730 Filed 1-27-09; 8:45 am]
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