Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Process, 39063 [E9-18751]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 149 / Wednesday, August 5, 2009 / Notices issuance of the notice to rescind the administrative review in part. We are issuing this notice in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4) of the Department’s regulations. Dated: July 28, 2009. John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. E9–18598 Filed 8–4–04; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–AY12 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Process srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS); notice of public scoping meetings; requests for comments. SUMMARY: The New England and MidAtlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) announce their intention to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an 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 amending the plan. This notice is to alert the interested public of the scoping 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. 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 ADDRESSES: VerDate Nov<24>2008 18:54 Aug 04, 2009 Jkt 217001 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’’; or • 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 https://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: Mr. Daniel T. Furlong, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, Room 2115 Federal Building, 300 S. New St., Dover, DE 19904–6790, (telephone 302–674– 2331). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Meetings Four scoping meetings to facilitate public comment will be held on the following dates and locations: 1. August 10, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Virginia Marine Fisheries Commission, 2600 Building Meeting Room, 2600 Washington Ave., Newport News, VA 23607; 2. August 11, 2009, 7:00 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, 7:00 p.m., Radisson Plymouth, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. 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. 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 to support research projects. The Councils are considering adding an RSA provision to the FMP. PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39063 (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 percent of the quota and Period 2 (Nov 1–Apr 30) is allocated 42.1 percent of the quota. The Councils are considering alternative allocation (i.e., geographic) schemes for the Federal quota. (3) Specifying the spiny dogfish quota and/or trip limits by sex: The Councils are considering modifications to the FMP that would allow for sex-specific annual specification of spiny dogfish commercial quota and/or trip limits. (4) Limited Access Spiny Dogfish Permit: Federal spiny dogfish permits are currently available to all vessels. The Councils are 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 Councils are considering adding management measures for the recreational fishery to the FMP. Following the scoping process, the Councils may develop additional approaches and alternatives (including No Action) to address these issues, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. 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 https://www.mafmc.org /comments/comments.htm. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 30, 2009. Kristen C. Koch, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–18751 Filed 8–4–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XP99 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and E:\FR\FM\05AUN1.SGM 05AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-AY12


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Spiny Dogfish Amendment 
3 Scoping Process

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

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 New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils 
(Councils) announce their intention to prepare, in cooperation with 
NMFS, an 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 amending the plan. This notice is to alert the interested 
public of the scoping 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''; 
or
     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 https://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: Mr. Daniel T. Furlong, Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council, Room 2115 Federal Building, 300 S. New St., 
Dover, DE 19904-6790, (telephone 302-674-2331).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Meetings

    Four scoping meetings to facilitate public comment will be held on 
the following dates and locations:
    1. August 10, 2009, 7:00 p.m., Virginia Marine Fisheries 
Commission, 2600 Building Meeting Room, 2600 Washington Ave., Newport 
News, VA 23607;
    2. August 11, 2009, 7:00 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, 7:00 p.m., Radisson Plymouth, 180 Water Street, 
Plymouth, MA 02360.

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.

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 to support 
research projects. The Councils are 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 
percent of the quota and Period 2 (Nov 1-Apr 30) is allocated 42.1 
percent of the quota. The Councils are considering alternative 
allocation (i.e., geographic) schemes for the Federal quota.
    (3) Specifying the spiny dogfish quota and/or trip limits by sex: 
The Councils are considering modifications to the FMP that would allow 
for sex-specific annual specification of spiny dogfish commercial quota 
and/or trip limits.
    (4) Limited Access Spiny Dogfish Permit: Federal spiny dogfish 
permits are currently available to all vessels. The Councils are 
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 Councils are 
considering adding management measures for the recreational fishery to 
the FMP.
    Following the scoping process, the Councils may develop additional 
approaches and alternatives (including No Action) to address these 
issues, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act. 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 https://www.mafmc.org /comments/comments.htm.

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

    Dated: July 30, 2009.
Kristen C. Koch,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-18751 Filed 8-4-09; 8:45 am]
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