North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 5643 [E9-2057]

Download as PDF 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. 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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 19 (Friday, January 30, 2009)]
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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.

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SUMMARY: 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 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]
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