Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), 54782-54783 [E9-25551]

Download as PDF 54782 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 204 / Friday, October 23, 2009 / Notices Comments may be submitted to NIST by e-mail at structuralsafety@nist.gov, by fax to 301– 869–6275; or by regular mail to the attention of Stephen Cauffman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8611, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8611. The draft report is available at: http://www.bfrl.nist.gov/investigations/ investigations.htm. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for further information may be addressed to: Stephen Cauffman, National Institute of Standards and Technology, 100 Bureau Drive, Stop 8611, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–8611; tel: (301) 975–6051; e-mail: structuralsafety@nist.gov. The report summarizes the NIST study of the collapse of the Dallas Cowboys indoor practice facility that occurred on the afternoon of May 2, 2009, during a severe thunderstorm. The principal findings of this study are summarized in this report and include the definition of the wind environment that affected the practice facility on May 2, 2009, possible factors contributing to the collapse of the facility, and the likely collapse sequence. The report concludes with a recommendation for action for improving the safety of fabric-covered frame structures and ensuring the adequate performance of such structures under design wind loads. Request for Comments: NIST seeks comments on the draft report of its study of the Dallas Cowboys Indoor Practice Facility Collapse, May 2, 2009. NIST will review comments received, make appropriate revisions, and publish the report in a final form following the public comment period. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: October 16, 2009. Patrick Gallagher, Deputy Director, NIST. [FR Doc. E9–25557 Filed 10–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES RIN 0648–XR60 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:24 Oct 22, 2009 Jkt 220001 ACTION: Notification of a proposal for an EFP to conduct experimental fishing; request for comments. SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that the subject EFP application submitted by Wallace and Associates contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The proposed EFP would extend the previously authorized EFP for an additional year, to continue testing the safety and efficacy of harvesting surfclams and ocean quahogs from the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog Georges Bank (GB) Closure Area using a harvesting protocol developed by state and Federal regulatory agencies and endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 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 Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog regulations and 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. The EFP would allow for an exemption from the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog GB Closure Area. 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 November 9, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments on this notice may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NERO.EFP@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: ‘‘Comments on GB PSP Closed Area Exemption.’’ Written comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on GB PSP Closed Area Exemption.’’ Comments may also be PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sent via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281– 9135. Copies of supporting documents referenced in this notice are available from Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, National Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, and are available via the Internet at http:// www.nero.noaa.gov/sfd/clams. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, phone 978–281–9165. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Truex Enterprises of New Bedford, MA, first submitted an application for an EFP on March 30, 2006, and public comment was solicited via the Federal Register on June 19, 2006 (71 FR 35254). On October 2, 2006, the applicant submitted additional information seeking to add states where the product harvested under the EFP could be landed. Due to changes in the EFP Proposal, the notice and comment period was re-initiated and published in the Federal Register on November 14, 2006 (71 FR 66311). At that time, due to lack of concurrence on the Protocol for Onboard Screening and Dockside Testing for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Toxins in Molluscan Shellfish (Protocol) from the state of landing, the EFP was not issued. The applicant subsequently received concurrence from the state of landing and the state where the product is to be processed for the Protocol and EFP, and an EFP was authorized through the end of calendar year 2008. The EFP was subsequently renewed for 1 year, and is due to expire on December 31, 2009. The current applicant, Wallace & Associates, of Cambridge, MD, requests an extension of the previously authorized EFP to allow the catch and retention for sale of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs from within the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog GB Closure Area. This area, located east of 69°00′ W. long. and south of 42°20′ N. lat., has been closed since May 25, 1990. This closure was implemented based on advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) after samples of surfclams from the area tested positive for the toxins (saxotoxins) that cause PSP. These toxins are produced by the alga Alexandrium fundyense, which can form blooms commonly referred to as red tides. Red tide blooms, also known as harmful algal blooms (HABs), can produce toxins that accumulate in filterfeeding shellfish. Shellfish contaminated with the saxotoxin, if eaten in large enough quantity, can cause illness or death from PSP. Due, in part, to the inability to test and monitor E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1 CPrice-Sewell on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 204 / Friday, October 23, 2009 / Notices this area for the presence of PSP, this closure was made permanent through Amendment 12 to the FMP in 1999. The primary goal of the proposed study is to test the efficacy of the Protocol that was developed by state and Federal regulatory agencies to test for presence of saxotoxins in shellfish, and thus has been in a trial period through previous EFPs since 2006. This protocol would facilitate the harvest of shellfish from waters susceptible to HABs, which produce the saxotoxins, but that are not currently under rigorous water quality monitoring programs by either state or Federal management agencies. The Protocol details procedures and reporting for harvesting, testing, and landing of shellfish harvested from areas that are susceptible to HABs prior to the shellfish from entering commerce. A copy of the Protocol is available from the NMFS Northeast Region website: http:// www.nero.noaa.gov/sfd/clams. The proposed project would conduct a trial for the sampling protocol in an exemption zone within the larger 1990 GB Closure Area with the F/V Sea Watcher I (Federal permit #410565, O.N. 1160720). The exemption zone would not include any Northeast multispecies or essential fish habitat year-round closure areas. This proposed exempted fishing activity would occur during the 2010 calendar year, using surfclam and ocean quahog quota allocated to Truex Enterprises under the Federal individual transferable quota (ITQ) program. The applicant has estimated a harvest of 176,000 bushels (9,370,240 L) of surfclams and 80,000 bushels (4,259,200 L) of ocean quahogs from the exemption area. The exemption area has been tested in cooperation with the FDA from 2006 to the present. No samples collected during that time were below acceptable levels for saxotoxins (80?g toxin/100g of shellfish). The applicant has obtained endorsements for the EFP and the Protocol from the States of New Jersey and Delaware, the states in which it intends to land and process the product harvested under the EFP, respectively. Each state is responsible for regulating the molluscan shellfish industry within its jurisdiction and ensuring the safety of shellfish harvested within or entering its borders. The Protocol and the pilot project that would be authorized by this EFP have also since been endorsed by the executive board of the Interstate Shellfish Sanitation Conference. The applicants may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the course of research. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further public notice if VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:24 Oct 22, 2009 Jkt 220001 they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and result in only a minimal change in the scope or impacts of the initially approved EFP request. In accordance with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6, a Categorical Exclusion or other appropriate National Environmental Policy Act document would be completed prior to the issuance of the EFP. Further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue the EFP. After publication of this document in the Federal Register, the EFP, if approved, may become effective following the public comment period. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 20, 2009. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XR60


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic 
Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP)

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

ACTION: Notification of a proposal for an EFP to conduct experimental 
fishing; 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 the subject EFP application 
submitted by Wallace and Associates contains all the required 
information and warrants further consideration. The proposed EFP would 
extend the previously authorized EFP for an additional year, to 
continue testing the safety and efficacy of harvesting surfclams and 
ocean quahogs from the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog Georges Bank 
(GB) Closure Area using a harvesting protocol developed by state and 
Federal regulatory agencies and endorsed by the U.S. Food and Drug 
Administration (FDA). 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 
Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog regulations and 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. The EFP would allow for an exemption from the Atlantic surfclam 
and ocean quahog GB Closure Area. 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 November 9, 2009.

ADDRESSES: Comments on this notice may be submitted by e-mail. The 
mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NERO.EFP@noaa.gov. 
Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following 
document identifier: ``Comments on GB PSP Closed Area Exemption.'' 
Written comments should be sent to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional 
Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic 
Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope 
``Comments on GB PSP Closed Area Exemption.'' Comments may also be sent 
via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281-9135.
    Copies of supporting documents referenced in this notice are 
available from Anna Macan, Fishery Management Specialist, National 
Marine Fisheries Service, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930, and are available via the Internet at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/sfd/clams.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anna Macan, Fishery Management 
Specialist, phone 978-281-9165.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Truex Enterprises of New Bedford, MA, first 
submitted an application for an EFP on March 30, 2006, and public 
comment was solicited via the Federal Register on June 19, 2006 (71 FR 
35254). On October 2, 2006, the applicant submitted additional 
information seeking to add states where the product harvested under the 
EFP could be landed. Due to changes in the EFP Proposal, the notice and 
comment period was re-initiated and published in the Federal Register 
on November 14, 2006 (71 FR 66311). At that time, due to lack of 
concurrence on the Protocol for Onboard Screening and Dockside Testing 
for Paralytic Shellfish Poisoning (PSP) Toxins in Molluscan Shellfish 
(Protocol) from the state of landing, the EFP was not issued. The 
applicant subsequently received concurrence from the state of landing 
and the state where the product is to be processed for the Protocol and 
EFP, and an EFP was authorized through the end of calendar year 2008. 
The EFP was subsequently renewed for 1 year, and is due to expire on 
December 31, 2009.
    The current applicant, Wallace & Associates, of Cambridge, MD, 
requests an extension of the previously authorized EFP to allow the 
catch and retention for sale of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs 
from within the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog GB Closure Area. 
This area, located east of 69[deg]00' W. long. and south of 42[deg]20' 
N. lat., has been closed since May 25, 1990. This closure was 
implemented based on advice from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration 
(FDA) after samples of surfclams from the area tested positive for the 
toxins (saxotoxins) that cause PSP. These toxins are produced by the 
alga Alexandrium fundyense, which can form blooms commonly referred to 
as red tides. Red tide blooms, also known as harmful algal blooms 
(HABs), can produce toxins that accumulate in filter-feeding shellfish. 
Shellfish contaminated with the saxotoxin, if eaten in large enough 
quantity, can cause illness or death from PSP. Due, in part, to the 
inability to test and monitor

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this area for the presence of PSP, this closure was made permanent 
through Amendment 12 to the FMP in 1999.
    The primary goal of the proposed study is to test the efficacy of 
the Protocol that was developed by state and Federal regulatory 
agencies to test for presence of saxotoxins in shellfish, and thus has 
been in a trial period through previous EFPs since 2006. This protocol 
would facilitate the harvest of shellfish from waters susceptible to 
HABs, which produce the saxotoxins, but that are not currently under 
rigorous water quality monitoring programs by either state or Federal 
management agencies. The Protocol details procedures and reporting for 
harvesting, testing, and landing of shellfish harvested from areas that 
are susceptible to HABs prior to the shellfish from entering commerce. 
A copy of the Protocol is available from the NMFS Northeast Region 
website: http://www.nero.noaa.gov/sfd/clams.
    The proposed project would conduct a trial for the sampling 
protocol in an exemption zone within the larger 1990 GB Closure Area 
with the F/V Sea Watcher I (Federal permit 410565, O.N. 
1160720). The exemption zone would not include any Northeast 
multispecies or essential fish habitat year-round closure areas. This 
proposed exempted fishing activity would occur during the 2010 calendar 
year, using surfclam and ocean quahog quota allocated to Truex 
Enterprises under the Federal individual transferable quota (ITQ) 
program. The applicant has estimated a harvest of 176,000 bushels 
(9,370,240 L) of surfclams and 80,000 bushels (4,259,200 L) of ocean 
quahogs from the exemption area. The exemption area has been tested in 
cooperation with the FDA from 2006 to the present. No samples collected 
during that time were below acceptable levels for saxotoxins (80?g 
toxin/100g of shellfish).
    The applicant has obtained endorsements for the EFP and the 
Protocol from the States of New Jersey and Delaware, the states in 
which it intends to land and process the product harvested under the 
EFP, respectively. Each state is responsible for regulating the 
molluscan shellfish industry within its jurisdiction and ensuring the 
safety of shellfish harvested within or entering its borders. The 
Protocol and the pilot project that would be authorized by this EFP 
have also since been endorsed by the executive board of the Interstate 
Shellfish Sanitation Conference.
     The applicants may request minor modifications and extensions to 
the EFP throughout the course of research. EFP modifications and 
extensions may be granted without further public notice if they are 
deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and 
result in only a minimal change in the scope or impacts of the 
initially approved EFP request.
    In accordance with NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-6, a 
Categorical Exclusion or other appropriate National Environmental 
Policy Act document would be completed prior to the issuance of the 
EFP.
    Further review and consultation may be necessary before a final 
determination is made to issue the EFP. After publication of this 
document in the Federal Register, the EFP, if approved, may become 
effective following the public comment period.

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

    Dated: October 20, 2009.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-25551 Filed 10-22-09; 8:45 am]
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