2009 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program, 28668 [E9-14263]

Download as PDF 28668 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 115 / Wednesday, June 17, 2009 / Notices Dated: June 12, 2009. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–14267 Filed 6–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 080626787–8788–01] RIN 0648–XP54 2009 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; reallocation of set-aside days-at-sea. dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES SUMMARY: NMFS notifies the public of the reallocation of monkfish research days-at-sea (DAS) as exempted DAS. These are DAS that were set aside under the 2009 Monkfish Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program, but were not distributed through the NOAA grant process. These exempted DAS may be used for the conduct of monkfish related research activities during fishing year (FY) 2009 (May 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010). Requests for a monkfish DAS exemption must be submitted with a complete application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP). DATES: Effective June 17, 2009 through April 30, 2010. Projects involving the use of exempted DAS, under this program, must be completed on or before April 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: Applications for an EFP must be sent to the Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allison McHale, Fishery Policy Analyst, by phone 978–281–9103 or by fax 978– 281–9135. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (70 FR 21927, April 28, 2005) established the Monkfish RSA Program, which annually sets aside 500 monkfish DAS from the total number of monkfish DAS allocated to limited access monkfish vessels to be used for cooperative monkfish research programs. Amendment 2 also established a Monkfish Exemption VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:33 Jun 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 Program, which requires the Regional Administrator (RA) to reallocate as exempted DAS any monkfish research DAS not allocated through the Monkfish RSA Program. These exempted DAS may be then used by vessels for the conduct of monkfish research activities during the current fishing year (e.g., FY 2009). On July 11, 2008, NMFS published a notice in the Federal Register announcing the 2009 Monkfish RSA Program (73 FR 40052), and solicited proposals for monkfish research activities to be conducted under this RSA program. Five proposals were received as part of this solicitation, and three were granted awards totaling 449 monkfish research DAS. As a result, there are 51 DAS available to be reallocated as exempted DAS during FY 2009. Therefore, the RA, pursuant to the regulations governing the monkfish fishery at 50 CFR 648.92(c)(1)(v), reallocates these unused research DAS from the FY 2009 Monkfish RSA Program, as exempted DAS, that may be used for the conduct of monkfish research projects during FY 2009. All requests for monkfish DAS exemptions under the Monkfish DAS Exemption Program must be submitted to the RA along with a complete application for an EFP. The requirements for submitting a complete EFP application are provided in the regulations implementing the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act at § 600.745(b). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM35 New Conservation and Management Measures and Resolutions for Antarctic Marine Living Resources Under the Auspices of CCAMLR AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Final notice. Dated: June 11, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–14263 Filed 6–16–09; 8:45 am] SUMMARY: NMFS notifies the public that the United States has accepted conservation and management measures and resolutions pertaining to fishing in Antarctic waters managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (Commission or CCAMLR). The Commission adopted these measures at its twenty-seventh meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, October 27 to November 7, 2008. The measures have been agreed upon by the Member countries of CCAMLR, including the United States, in accordance with Article IX of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (the Convention). The measures include: measures previously adopted by the Commission and remaining in force; measures adopted for the 2008/2009 fishing season to restrict overall catches, research catch and bycatch of certain species of finfish, squid, krill and crabs; restrict fishing in certain areas; restrict use of certain fishing gear; specify implementation and inspection obligations supporting the Catch Documentation Scheme of Contracting Parties; promote compliance with CCAMLR measures by non-Contracting Party vessels; and require vessels engaged in bottom fishing to report data on benthic organisms recovered by their gear. This notice includes a summary of the 22 new measures adopted at the twenty-seventh meeting of CCAMLR. The full text of all measures adopted by CCAMLR can be found on CCAMLR’s Web site—www.ccamlr.org. DATES: These measures are effective on June 17, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robert Gorrell, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, Room 13463, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC3, NMFS, Silver Spring, MD 20910; tel: 301–713–2341; fax 301– 713–1193; e-mail Robert.Gorrell@noaa.gov. BILLING CODE 3510–22–S SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Classification This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from review under Executive Order 12866. Pursuant to 5 U.S.C.553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior notice and opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and comment would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest because the action is administrative in nature, and because it provides the public (i.e., researchers) the opportunity to reduce costs associated with conducting monkfish related research activities. Additionally, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 30–day delay in effective date because the action is administrative in nature. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\17JNN1.SGM 17JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No. 080626787-8788-01]
RIN 0648-XP54


2009 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program

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

ACTION:  Notice; reallocation of set-aside days-at-sea.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS notifies the public of the reallocation of monkfish 
research days-at-sea (DAS) as exempted DAS. These are DAS that were set 
aside under the 2009 Monkfish Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program, but 
were not distributed through the NOAA grant process. These exempted DAS 
may be used for the conduct of monkfish related research activities 
during fishing year (FY) 2009 (May 1, 2009, through April 30, 2010). 
Requests for a monkfish DAS exemption must be submitted with a complete 
application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP).

DATES:  Effective June 17, 2009 through April 30, 2010. Projects 
involving the use of exempted DAS, under this program, must be 
completed on or before April 30, 2010.

ADDRESSES:  Applications for an EFP must be sent to the Regional 
Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, One Blackburn Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Allison McHale, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, by phone 978-281-9103 or by fax 978-281-9135.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (70 FR 
21927, April 28, 2005) established the Monkfish RSA Program, which 
annually sets aside 500 monkfish DAS from the total number of monkfish 
DAS allocated to limited access monkfish vessels to be used for 
cooperative monkfish research programs. Amendment 2 also established a 
Monkfish Exemption Program, which requires the Regional Administrator 
(RA) to reallocate as exempted DAS any monkfish research DAS not 
allocated through the Monkfish RSA Program. These exempted DAS may be 
then used by vessels for the conduct of monkfish research activities 
during the current fishing year (e.g., FY 2009).
    On July 11, 2008, NMFS published a notice in the Federal Register 
announcing the 2009 Monkfish RSA Program (73 FR 40052), and solicited 
proposals for monkfish research activities to be conducted under this 
RSA program. Five proposals were received as part of this solicitation, 
and three were granted awards totaling 449 monkfish research DAS. As a 
result, there are 51 DAS available to be reallocated as exempted DAS 
during FY 2009. Therefore, the RA, pursuant to the regulations 
governing the monkfish fishery at 50 CFR 648.92(c)(1)(v), reallocates 
these unused research DAS from the FY 2009 Monkfish RSA Program, as 
exempted DAS, that may be used for the conduct of monkfish research 
projects during FY 2009.
    All requests for monkfish DAS exemptions under the Monkfish DAS 
Exemption Program must be submitted to the RA along with a complete 
application for an EFP. The requirements for submitting a complete EFP 
application are provided in the regulations implementing the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act at Sec.  600.745(b).

Classification

    This action is required by 50 CFR part 648 and is exempt from 
review under Executive Order 12866.
    Pursuant to 5 U.S.C.553(b)(B), there is good cause to waive prior 
notice and opportunity for public comment on this action, as notice and 
comment would be unnecessary and contrary to the public interest 
because the action is administrative in nature, and because it provides 
the public (i.e., researchers) the opportunity to reduce costs 
associated with conducting monkfish related research activities. 
Additionally, there is good cause under 5 U.S.C. 553(d)(3) to waive the 
30-day delay in effective date because the action is administrative in 
nature.

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

    Dated: June 11, 2009.
Kristen C. Koch,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-14263 Filed 6-16-09; 8:45 am]
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