Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits, 17821-17822 [E9-8887]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 73 / Friday, April 17, 2009 / Notices the research project is terminated for any reason prior to completion, any unused funds collected from catch sold to pay for research expenses may be refunded to NOAA. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 13, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–8889 Filed 4–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XO29 Magnuson–Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits mstockstill on PROD1PC66 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 Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under this EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue an EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would allow 24 commercial fishing vessels to conduct compensation fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. This EFP, which would enable vessels to harvest monkfish granted through the Monkfish Research Set– Aside (RSA) Program, would grant exemptions from the monkfish days–at– sea (DAS) possession limits in the Southern and Northern Fishery Management Areas. Regulations under the Magnuson– Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:13 Apr 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs. DATES: Comments must be received on or before May 4, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: DA9–071@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on Monkfish RSA Harvest 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 monkfish RSA harvest EFP, DA9–071.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9244. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP was submitted by Gulf of Maine Research Institute on March 5, 2009, for a project selected under the New England and Mid– Atlantic Fishery Management Councils’ Monkfish RSA Program. The project itself will investigate a multi–method approach for determining age in monkfish through lab trials utilizing monkfish samples obtained through a previously issued Letter of Authorization. This EFP would grant an exemption from monkfish possession limits to 24 vessels for the purpose of harvesting RSA to fund this research project (i.e. compensation fishing). Funds generated by the compensation fishing will be used to pay for laboratory equipment, as well as salaries and stipends for principal investigators. Compensation fishing for this research would occur from May 2009 through April 2010. The 24 fishing industry collaborators would have access to 203 monkfish DAS that will be awarded to the project through the Monkfish RSA Program. The applicant states that these vessels must be able to land at least 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) of whole monkfish (904 lb (410 kg) tail weight) per trip to achieve the goal of $2,800 per RSA DAS. In order to achieve this target catch, these fishing activities would require an exemption from monkfish DAS possession limits at 50 CFR 648.94(b)(2). This exemption would provide these 24 vessels with the flexibility they need to generate sufficient income to meet projected costs of the research activity, while minimizing operating expenses. Based on the preliminary award of 203 DAS, this would require a total catch of 609,000 lb (276,238 kg) of whole monkfish (183,434 lb (83,204 kg) tail weight). Operating under this total PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17821 landings cap, compensation fishing would continue until the required goal of 609,000 lb (276,238 kg) of whole monkfish is met, or until the awarded DAS have been fully utilized, whichever occurs first. Aside from this exemption, fishing activity would be conducted under normal commercial practices. 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. If the research project is terminated for any reason prior to completion, any unused funds collected from catch sold to pay for research expenses may be refunded to NOAA. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 13, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–8890 Filed 4–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XO34 Magnuson–Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits 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 Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under this EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 17822 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 73 / Friday, April 17, 2009 / Notices issue an EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would allow 24 commercial fishing vessels to conduct research and compensation fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. This EFP, which would enable vessels to harvest monkfish granted through the Monkfish Research Set– Aside (RSA) Program, would grant exemptions from the monkfish days–at– sea (DAS) possession limits in the Southern (SFMA) and Northern (NFMA) Fishery Management Areas, as well as exempt vessels from monkfish minimum size limits for on–board tagging purposes only. 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 May 4, 2009. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: DA9–072@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on Monkfish Tagging 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 monkfish tagging EFP, DA9–072.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Bryant, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9244. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP was submitted on March 5, 2009, for a project selected under the New England and Mid– Atlantic Fishery Management Councils’ Monkfish RSA Program. The specific goals of the project are to determine monkfish movement patterns and compare 2009 migratory patterns to those observed in 2007. This EFP would grant an exemption from monkfish possession limits to 24 vessels for the purpose of harvesting RSA to fund this research project (i.e. compensation fishing). Funds generated by the compensation fishing will be used to pay for laboratory equipment, as well as salaries and stipends for principal investigators. This EFP would also exempt vessels from the monkfish minimum size restrictions for the purpose of tagging monkfish during compensation fishing activities. No VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:13 Apr 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 undersized monkfish would be landed for sale. Fishing would occur in the NFMA in statistical areas 513 and 514. In the SFMA, research would occur in statistical areas 536, 537, 612, 613, 614, 615, 645, and 631. These statistical areas break down into five study regions: The NFMA; northeast SFMA; offshore SFMA; central SFMA; and southern SFMA. Standard commercial gillnet net gear would be used following normal commercial operating procedures. The total number of days fishing will not exceed 141. The total number of hauls per day will be four, with a total of 50 nets per vessel, and a soak time of 24 to 72 hours. Researchers will tag 1,000 monkfish using T–bar tags in each of the five regions, for a total of 5,000 tagged individuals. In order to possess undersized monkfish on board vessels for the purpose of tagging, this research activity requires an exemption from monkfish minimum size limits at 50 CFR 648.93. No fish below minimum size would be landed for sale. Compensation fishing would occur May 2009 through April 2010, with tagging conducted in May through June 2009, except in the southern region of the SFMA, where tagging would be conducted in March through April 2010. The 24 fishing industry collaborators would have access to 141 monkfish DAS that have been preliminarily awarded to the project through the Monkfish RSA Program. The applicant states that these vessels must be able to land at least 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) of whole monkfish (904 lb (410 kg) tail weight) per trip to achieve the goal of $2,800 per RSA DAS. In order to achieve this target catch, these fishing activities would require an exemption from monkfish DAS possession limits at § 648.94(b)(2). This exemption would provide these 24 vessels with the flexibility they need to generate sufficient income to meet projected costs of the research activity, while minimizing operating expenses. Based on the preliminary award of 141 DAS, this would require a total catch of 423,000 lb (191,870 kg) of whole monkfish (127,410 lb (57,792 kg) tail weight). Operating under this total landings cap, compensation fishing would continue until the required goal of 423,000 lb (191,870 kg) of whole monkfish is met, or until the awarded DAS have been fully utilized, whichever occurs first. Aside from these exemptions, fishing activity will be conducted under normal commercial practices. The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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. If the research project is terminated for any reason prior to completion, any unused funds collected from catch sold to pay for research expenses may be refunded to NOAA. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 13, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–8887 Filed 4–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XO37 Magnuson–Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of exempted fishing permit application. 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 contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. 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 Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued 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. E:\FR\FM\17APN1.SGM 17APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XO34


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

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 Exempted Fishing Permit 
(EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants 
further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a 
preliminary determination that the activities authorized under this EFP 
would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Monkfish 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation 
may be necessary before a final determination is made to

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issue an EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional 
Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would 
allow 24 commercial fishing vessels to conduct research and 
compensation fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the 
regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. 
This EFP, which would enable vessels to harvest monkfish granted 
through the Monkfish Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program, would grant 
exemptions from the monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) possession limits in the 
Southern (SFMA) and Northern (NFMA) Fishery Management Areas, as well 
as exempt vessels from monkfish minimum size limits for on-board 
tagging purposes only.
    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 May 4, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: DA9-072@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line 
``Comments on Monkfish Tagging 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 monkfish tagging EFP, DA9-072.''
     Fax: (978) 281-9135.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP was submitted on 
March 5, 2009, for a project selected under the New England and Mid-
Atlantic Fishery Management Councils' Monkfish RSA Program. The 
specific goals of the project are to determine monkfish movement 
patterns and compare 2009 migratory patterns to those observed in 2007. 
This EFP would grant an exemption from monkfish possession limits to 24 
vessels for the purpose of harvesting RSA to fund this research project 
(i.e. compensation fishing). Funds generated by the compensation 
fishing will be used to pay for laboratory equipment, as well as 
salaries and stipends for principal investigators. This EFP would also 
exempt vessels from the monkfish minimum size restrictions for the 
purpose of tagging monkfish during compensation fishing activities. No 
undersized monkfish would be landed for sale.
    Fishing would occur in the NFMA in statistical areas 513 and 514. 
In the SFMA, research would occur in statistical areas 536, 537, 612, 
613, 614, 615, 645, and 631. These statistical areas break down into 
five study regions: The NFMA; northeast SFMA; offshore SFMA; central 
SFMA; and southern SFMA. Standard commercial gillnet net gear would be 
used following normal commercial operating procedures. The total number 
of days fishing will not exceed 141. The total number of hauls per day 
will be four, with a total of 50 nets per vessel, and a soak time of 24 
to 72 hours. Researchers will tag 1,000 monkfish using T-bar tags in 
each of the five regions, for a total of 5,000 tagged individuals. In 
order to possess undersized monkfish on board vessels for the purpose 
of tagging, this research activity requires an exemption from monkfish 
minimum size limits at 50 CFR 648.93. No fish below minimum size would 
be landed for sale. Compensation fishing would occur May 2009 through 
April 2010, with tagging conducted in May through June 2009, except in 
the southern region of the SFMA, where tagging would be conducted in 
March through April 2010.
    The 24 fishing industry collaborators would have access to 141 
monkfish DAS that have been preliminarily awarded to the project 
through the Monkfish RSA Program. The applicant states that these 
vessels must be able to land at least 3,000 lb (1,361 kg) of whole 
monkfish (904 lb (410 kg) tail weight) per trip to achieve the goal of 
$2,800 per RSA DAS. In order to achieve this target catch, these 
fishing activities would require an exemption from monkfish DAS 
possession limits at Sec.  648.94(b)(2). This exemption would provide 
these 24 vessels with the flexibility they need to generate sufficient 
income to meet projected costs of the research activity, while 
minimizing operating expenses. Based on the preliminary award of 141 
DAS, this would require a total catch of 423,000 lb (191,870 kg) of 
whole monkfish (127,410 lb (57,792 kg) tail weight). Operating under 
this total landings cap, compensation fishing would continue until the 
required goal of 423,000 lb (191,870 kg) of whole monkfish is met, or 
until the awarded DAS have been fully utilized, whichever occurs first.
    Aside from these exemptions, fishing activity will be conducted 
under normal commercial practices.
    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. If the research project 
is terminated for any reason prior to completion, any unused funds 
collected from catch sold to pay for research expenses may be refunded 
to NOAA.

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

    Dated: April 13, 2009.
Kristen C. Koch,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-8887 Filed 4-16-09; 8:45 am]
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