Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 37980-37981 [E9-18189]

Download as PDF 37980 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 145 / Thursday, July 30, 2009 / Notices accepted by Commissioner of Customs: July 16, 2009. Dated: July 24, 2009. Gregory Campbell, Acting Director, IA Subsidies Enforcement Office. [FR Doc. E9–18236 Filed 7–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Evaluate and Notice of Availability of Final Findings. SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Maine Coastal Management Program, the Washington Coastal Management Program, and the Padilla Bay (Washington) National Estuarine Research Reserve. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, Subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. The National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation will be conducted pursuant to sections 312 and 315 of the CZMA and regulations at 15 CFR Part 921, Subpart E and Part 923, Subpart L. Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserves requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Reserve final management plan approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:34 Jul 29, 2009 Jkt 217001 and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meetings during the site visits. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Kate.Barba@noaa.gov. Dates and Times: The Maine Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held September 14–18, 2009. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 15, 2009, at 7 p.m., at the Ellsworth City Hall Auditorium, 1 City Hall Plaza, Ellsworth, Maine. The Washington Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held September 21–25, 2009. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Monday, September 21, 2009, at 6 p.m. at the Washington Department of Ecology Auditorium, 300 Desmond Drive, SE., Lacey, Washington. The Padilla Bay (Washington) National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation site visit will be held September 22–24, 2009. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, September 23, 2009, at 7 p.m. at the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, Interpretive Center Meeting Room, 10441 BayviewEdison Road, Mt. Vernon, Washington. ADDRESSES: Copies of states’ most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM’s evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the states, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding these Programs are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the last public meeting held for a Program. Please direct written comments to Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluation is completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Notice is hereby given of the availability of the final evaluation findings for the Wisconsin Coastal Management Program (CMP) and the Sapelo Island (Georgia) and Wells (Maine) National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs). Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended, require a continuing review of the performance of coastal states with respect to approval of CMPs and the operation and management of NERRs. The State of Wisconsin was found to be implementing and enforcing its federally approved coastal management program, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in CZMA Section 303(2)(A)–(K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. The Sapelo Island and Wells NERRs were found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the NERR System. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Kate.Barba@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Barba, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 563–1182. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419 Coastal Zone Management Program Administration) Dated: July 23, 2009. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E9–18082 Filed 7–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ63 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 145 / Thursday, July 30, 2009 / Notices erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS); notice of public scoping meetings; requests for comments. SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NFS, and EIS in accordance with the national Environmental Policy Act to assess potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures to address several issues regarding the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management Plan. This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed, and for identifying the significant issues related to amendment the plan. This notice is to alert the interested public of the scooping process, the development of the Draft EIS, and to provide for public participation in that process. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., EST, on September 4, 2009. Four public scoping meetings will be held during this comment period. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations. ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods: E-mail to the following address: dogfish3@noaa.gov. Please note on your correspondence and in the subject line of e-mail comments the following identifier: ‘‘Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Comments.’’; Mail or hand deliver to Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council, Room 2115 Federal Building, 300 South New Street, Dover, Delaware 19904– 6790. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Comments.’’; Fax to: (302) 674–5399. The scoping document may also be obtained from the Council office at the previously provided address, or by request to the Council by telephone (302) 674–2331, or via the Internet at http://www.mafmc.org/mid-atlantic/ comments/comments.htm. Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the three public scoping meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Room 2115, Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674– 2331, extension 19. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:34 Jul 29, 2009 Jkt 217001 Meetings Four scoping meetings to facilitate public comment will be held on the following dates and locations: 1. August 10, 2009, 7 p.m., Virginia Marine Fisheries Commission, 2600 Building Meeting Room, 2600 Washington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607; 2. August 11, 2009, 7 p.m., Ocean County Administration Building, Public Hearing Room ι119, 101 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08754; 3. August 12, 2009, 6:30 p.m., New Hampshire Urban Forestry Center, 45 Elwyn Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801; 4. August 13, 2009, 7 p.m., Radisson Plymouth, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. Issues Identified for Discussion under this Amendment (1) Research-Set-Aside (RSA) provision Currently there is no option for allocating a portion of the spiny dogfish quota for research. The Council is considering adding an RSA provision to the FMP. (2) Commercial Quota Allocation Alternatives Currently, the commercial quota for spiny dogfish is allocated seasonally into two periods in the fishing year. Period 1 (May 1 - Oct 31) is allocated 57.9% of the quota and Period 2 (Nov 1 - Apr 30) is allocated 42.1% of the quota. The Council is considering alternative allocation (i.e., geographic) schemes for the Federal quota. (3) Specifying the spiny dogfish quota and/or trip limits by sex The Council is considering modifications to the FMP that would allow for sex-specific annual specification of spiny dogfish quota and/or trip limits. (4) Limited Access Spiny Dogfish Permit Federal spiny dogfish permits are currently available to all vessels. The Council is considering modifying the Federal permit to make it a limited access permit. It is possible that an incidental catch permit would also be established that would be open access. (5) Recreational Spiny Dogfish Fishery To the extent that recreationallycaught spiny dogfish are retained, that component of the overall fishery is not acknowledged in the FMP. The Council is considering adding the recreational fishery to the FMP. The Council may deviate from these examples and develop additional approaches, consistent with their description in the Magnuson-Stevens Act, NS1, and the NS 1 Guidelines. The above issues under consideration are described in greater detail in the PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37981 scoping document itself; copies may be obtained from the Council (see ADDRESSES) or via the Internet at http:// www.mafmc.org.mid-atlantic/ comments/comments.htm. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Bryan, (302) 674–2331, ext. 18, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 27, 2009. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–18189 Filed 7–29–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ53 Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Scoping Meetings AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Scoping Meetings. SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold scoping meetings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the Document for Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Queen Conch Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Amendment X to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Including the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Regulatory Impact Review, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis). DATES AND ADDRESSES: The scoping meetings will be held on the following dates and locations: For Puerto Rico, August 18, 2009, Mayaguez Resort and Casino, Rd. 104, Km. 0.3, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico August 19, 2009, DoubleTree by Hilton San Juan, De Diego Avenue, San Juan, Puerto Rico For the U.S. Virgin Islands, August 18, 2009, Holiday Inn (Windward Passage Hotel) Charlotte Amalie, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands E:\FR\FM\30JYN1.SGM 30JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XQ63


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

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ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS); notice of public scoping meetings; requests for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) 
announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NFS, and EIS in 
accordance with the national Environmental Policy Act to assess 
potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures to 
address several issues regarding the Spiny Dogfish Fishery Management 
Plan.
    This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of 
issues to be addressed, and for identifying the significant issues 
related to amendment the plan. This notice is to alert the interested 
public of the scooping process, the development of the Draft EIS, and 
to provide for public participation in that process.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., EST, on 
September 4, 2009. Four public scoping meetings will be held during 
this comment period. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, 
and locations.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following 
methods:
    E-mail to the following address: dogfish3@noaa.gov. Please note on 
your correspondence and in the subject line of e-mail comments the 
following identifier: ``Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Comments.'';
    Mail or hand deliver to Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, Mid-
Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Room 2115 Federal Building, 300 
South New Street, Dover, Delaware 19904-6790. Mark the outside of the 
envelope ``Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Comments.'';
    Fax to: (302) 674-5399.
    The scoping document may also be obtained from the Council office 
at the previously provided address, or by request to the Council by 
telephone (302) 674-2331, or via the Internet at http://www.mafmc.org/mid-atlantic/comments/comments.htm.
    Comments may also be provided verbally at any of the three public 
scoping meetings. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and 
locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Daniel T. Furlong, Executive Director, 
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 300 S. New Street, Room 2115, 
Dover, DE 19904; telephone: (302) 674-2331, extension 19.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Meetings

    Four scoping meetings to facilitate public comment will be held on 
the following dates and locations:
    1. August 10, 2009, 7 p.m., Virginia Marine Fisheries Commission, 
2600 Building Meeting Room, 2600 Washington Ave., Newport News, VA 
23607;
    2. August 11, 2009, 7 p.m., Ocean County Administration Building, 
Public Hearing Room 119, 101 Hooper Ave, Toms River, NJ 08754;
    3. August 12, 2009, 6:30 p.m., New Hampshire Urban Forestry Center, 
45 Elwyn Rd, Portsmouth, NH 03801;
    4. August 13, 2009, 7 p.m., Radisson Plymouth, 180 Water Street, 
Plymouth, MA 02360.

Issues Identified for Discussion under this Amendment

(1) Research-Set-Aside (RSA) provision
    Currently there is no option for allocating a portion of the spiny 
dogfish quota for research. The Council is considering adding an RSA 
provision to the FMP.
(2) Commercial Quota Allocation Alternatives
    Currently, the commercial quota for spiny dogfish is allocated 
seasonally into two periods in the fishing year. Period 1 (May 1 - Oct 
31) is allocated 57.9% of the quota and Period 2 (Nov 1 - Apr 30) is 
allocated 42.1% of the quota. The Council is considering alternative 
allocation (i.e., geographic) schemes for the Federal quota.
(3) Specifying the spiny dogfish quota and/or trip limits by sex
    The Council is considering modifications to the FMP that would 
allow for sex-specific annual specification of spiny dogfish quota and/
or trip limits.
(4) Limited Access Spiny Dogfish Permit
    Federal spiny dogfish permits are currently available to all 
vessels. The Council is considering modifying the Federal permit to 
make it a limited access permit. It is possible that an incidental 
catch permit would also be established that would be open access.
(5) Recreational Spiny Dogfish Fishery
    To the extent that recreationally-caught spiny dogfish are 
retained, that component of the overall fishery is not acknowledged in 
the FMP. The Council is considering adding the recreational fishery to 
the FMP.
    The Council may deviate from these examples and develop additional 
approaches, consistent with their description in the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act, NS1, and the NS 1 Guidelines. The above issues under consideration 
are described in greater detail in the scoping document itself; copies 
may be obtained from the Council (see ADDRESSES) or via the Internet at 
http://www.mafmc.org.mid-atlantic/comments/comments.htm.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Bryan, (302) 674-2331, ext. 
18, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: July 27, 2009.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-18189 Filed 7-29-09; 8:45 am]
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