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Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 5642 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 19 / Friday, January 30, 2009 / Notices resources to effectively inform management. FBNMS, in conjunction with Territorial and Federal agencies as well as other entities, will work to resolve these needs. Spill Prevention, Contingency Planning and Response—The risk from vessel traffic and other hazards is a significant threat to marine resources. The potential for a catastrophic oil spill remains a primary concern and while advances in maritime safety have been made since the sanctuary was designated, better coordination is needed for response to these threats. Oil spills cause immediate and potentially long term harm to marine resources as well as socioeconomic impacts to coastal communities. Climate Change—Climate change is widely acknowledged, yet there is considerable uncertainty about current and future consequences at local, ecosystem, and oceanic scales. 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Specifically, the Condition Report includes information on the status and trends of water quality, habitat, living resources, and maritime archaeological resources and the human activities that affect them. The report serves as a supporting document for the Management Plan Review Process to inform constituents who desire to participate in that process. In addition, a State of the Sanctuary Report was completed for 2002–2003. This report outlines major accomplishments and highlights specific management plan activities. An update covering accomplishments from 2003–2008 has also been created. The condition report, State of the Sanctuary Report and the 2003–2008 Update are available to the general public in advance of scoping meetings and on the internet at: http://fagatelebay.noaa.gov/ html/management_plan.html. 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(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: January 26, 2009. Daniel J. Basta, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. [FR Doc. E9–2092 Filed 1–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM63 Magnuson–Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of a proposal to conduct exempted fishing; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that the subject exempted fishing permit (EFP) application submitted by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI), which would exempt participating vessels from Scallop gear restrictions, possession restrictions, Great South Channel (GSC) Southern New England (SNE)/Georges Bank (GB) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure restrictions, and GSC Cape Cod (CC)/ Gulf of Maine (GOM) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure restrictions, should be issued for public comment. The Assistant Regional Administrator has also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Northeast Multispecies FMP, and other Northeast Regional FMPs. However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made. DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 17, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by e–mail. The mailbox address for providing e–mail comments is scallop.efp.gmri@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e–mail comment the following document identifier: ‘‘Comments on twine–top EFP.’’ Written comments may also be mailed to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 19 / Friday, January 30, 2009 / Notices Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope, ‘‘Comments on twine–top EFP.’’ Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281– 9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl McGarrity, Fishery Management Specialist, phone: 978–281–9174, fax: 978–281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the 2008 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set Aside (RSA) Program request for proposals, NMFS received a proposal from GMRI entitled, ‘‘An evaluation of hanging ratio and mesh orientation of twine–tops on selectivity and bycatch in the general category scallop dredge fishery in scallop limited access areas.’’ The grant was approved by NOAA Grants on July 27, 2008, as NOAA Award No. NA08NMF4540667. GMRI proposes to determine if changes to the dredge twine–top configuration on a 10.5–ft (3.2 m) general category scallop dredge will affect species selectivity and reduce finfish bycatch. Comparisons of catches will be made between panels with twine–top configurations of 2:1 hanging ratio, 3:1 hanging ratio with meshes elongated in the fore/aft direction, and 3:1 hanging ratio with meshes elongated laterally (perpendicular to the fore/aft direction). Research is to be conducted within the Elephant Trunk Access Areas (March/ April 2009) and the Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area (GSCDEA) (May/June 2009). Three general category scallop vessels using New Bedford style scallop dredges will be given a set of the three twine–top configurations, and will use one configuration per day for 12 days. It is expected that three tows per day will be completed, and vessels will spend 12 days in each of the two scallop access areas. The grant authorizes GMRI to land 14,400 lb (6,531.73 kg) of scallops each from the Elephant Trunk Access Area and GSCDEA (total of 28,800 lb (13,063.46 kg)), with the proceeds from landed scallops compensating participating vessel owners and defraying research costs. Vessels will stay within the daily landing limit of 400 lb (181.4 kg). This EFP would exempt participating vessels from Scallop gear restrictions specified at 50 CFR 648.51(b)(2), possession restrictions found throughout part 648, Great South Channel (GSC) Southern New England (SNE)/Georges Bank (GB) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure restrictions at § 648.80(a)(18)(ii)(C), and GSC Cape Cod (CC)/Gulf of Maine VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:54 Jan 29, 2009 Jkt 217001 (GOM) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure restrictions at § 648.80(a)(18)(ii)(D). 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. The applicant may place requests for 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 minimal so as not to change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 26, 2009. Emily H. Menashes Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–1999 Filed 1–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XM97 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scallop Plan Team. The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Scallop Plan Team will meet February 20–21, 2009, in Anchorage, AK. DATES: The meeting will be held on February 20, 2009, from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and February 21, 2009, from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 West 3rd Avenue, Fireweed Room, Anchorage, AK. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Stram, Council staff, telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda: Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) description plan for revisions; Final Rule on Annual Catch Limits (ACLs) discussion of plans SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 5643 to revise Scallop FMP for ACL compliance; Review current regulations on VMS requirements; Review update on Scallop Observer Program; Review any pending BOF actions or regulatory changes; Status of Statewide Scallop Stocks and preparation of the SAFE report; Review ageing techniques and protocol issues and update; Review and revise research priorities. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen, at (907) 271–2809, at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. Dated: February 27, 2009. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–2057 Filed 1–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration Docket No. 0812021556–9052–02 Public Telecommunications Facilities Program: Closing Date AGENCY: National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Amended Solicitation of Applications. SUMMARY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) announces that it is extending the solicitation period for applications for the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP) replacement digital television translator projects. NTIA will accept applications for these projects until Monday, May 18, 2009. DATES: Applications for replacement digital television translator projects E:\FR\FM\30JAN1.SGM 30JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XM63


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

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

ACTION: Notification of a proposal to conduct exempted fishing; 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 the subject exempted fishing 
permit (EFP) application submitted by the Gulf of Maine Research 
Institute (GMRI), which would exempt participating vessels from Scallop 
gear restrictions, possession restrictions, Great South Channel (GSC) 
Southern New England (SNE)/Georges Bank (GB) Yellowtail Flounder Peak 
Spawning Closure restrictions, and GSC Cape Cod (CC)/Gulf of Maine 
(GOM) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure restrictions, should be 
issued for public comment. The Assistant Regional Administrator has 
also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized 
under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the 
Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP), the Northeast 
Multispecies FMP, and other Northeast Regional FMPs. However, further 
review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination 
is made.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before February 17, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 
providing e-mail comments is scallop.efp.gmri@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: 
``Comments on twine-top EFP.'' Written comments may also be mailed to 
Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast

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Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark 
the outside of the envelope, ``Comments on twine-top EFP.'' Comments 
may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281-9135.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cheryl McGarrity, Fishery Management 
Specialist, phone: 978-281-9174, fax: 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In response to the 2008 Atlantic Sea Scallop 
Research Set Aside (RSA) Program request for proposals, NMFS received a 
proposal from GMRI entitled, ``An evaluation of hanging ratio and mesh 
orientation of twine-tops on selectivity and bycatch in the general 
category scallop dredge fishery in scallop limited access areas.'' The 
grant was approved by NOAA Grants on July 27, 2008, as NOAA Award No. 
NA08NMF4540667. GMRI proposes to determine if changes to the dredge 
twine-top configuration on a 10.5-ft (3.2 m) general category scallop 
dredge will affect species selectivity and reduce finfish bycatch.
    Comparisons of catches will be made between panels with twine-top 
configurations of 2:1 hanging ratio, 3:1 hanging ratio with meshes 
elongated in the fore/aft direction, and 3:1 hanging ratio with meshes 
elongated laterally (perpendicular to the fore/aft direction). Research 
is to be conducted within the Elephant Trunk Access Areas (March/April 
2009) and the Great South Channel Scallop Dredge Exemption Area 
(GSCDEA) (May/June 2009). Three general category scallop vessels using 
New Bedford style scallop dredges will be given a set of the three 
twine-top configurations, and will use one configuration per day for 12 
days. It is expected that three tows per day will be completed, and 
vessels will spend 12 days in each of the two scallop access areas. The 
grant authorizes GMRI to land 14,400 lb (6,531.73 kg) of scallops each 
from the Elephant Trunk Access Area and GSCDEA (total of 28,800 lb 
(13,063.46 kg)), with the proceeds from landed scallops compensating 
participating vessel owners and defraying research costs. Vessels will 
stay within the daily landing limit of 400 lb (181.4 kg).
    This EFP would exempt participating vessels from Scallop gear 
restrictions specified at 50 CFR 648.51(b)(2), possession restrictions 
found throughout part 648, Great South Channel (GSC) Southern New 
England (SNE)/Georges Bank (GB) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning 
Closure restrictions at Sec.  648.80(a)(18)(ii)(C), and GSC Cape Cod 
(CC)/Gulf of Maine (GOM) Yellowtail Flounder Peak Spawning Closure 
restrictions at Sec.  648.80(a)(18)(ii)(D).
    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. The applicant may place requests for 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 minimal 
so as not to change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP 
request.

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

    Dated: January 26, 2009.
Emily H. Menashes
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-1999 Filed 1-29-09; 8:45 am]
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