Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendments 20 and 21; Trawl Rationalization Program, 26702-26703 [2010-11346]

Download as PDF WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS 26702 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 91 / Wednesday, May 12, 2010 / Proposed Rules Parties may also submit an electronic comment by Internet e-mail. To get filing instructions, filers should send an e-mail to ecfs@fcc.gov, and include the following words in the body of the message: ‘‘get form.’’ A sample form and directions will be sent in response. Parties who choose to file by paper must file an original and four copies of each filing. Filings can be sent by hand or messenger delivery, by commercial overnight courier, or by first-class or overnight U.S. Postal Service mail. All filings must be addressed to the Commission’s Secretary, Office of the Secretary, Federal Communications Commission. All hand-delivered or messenger-delivered paper filings for the Commission’s Secretary must be delivered to FCC Headquarters at 445 12th St., SW., Room TW–A325, Washington, DC 20554. 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This document can also be downloaded in Word and Portable Document Format (PDF) at: http:// www.fcc.gov/cgb/dro/trs.html. Synopsis On April 30, 2010, pursuant to 47 CFR 64.604(c)(5)(iii)(H), NECA submitted its annual payment formulas and funding requirement estimates for the Fund for the period of July 1, 2010, through June 30, 2011. The Bureau seeks comment on NECA’s proposed compensation rates for TRS, STS, CTS, IP CTS, IP Relay, and VRS, for the 2010– 2011 Fund year, as well as on NECA’s proposals for the carrier contribution factor and funding requirement. With respect to VRS, the Bureau is particularly seeking comment on whether the Commission should adopt NECA’s proposed rates for the 2010– 2011 Fund year based on the 2009 average actual historical costs reported in the data submitted to NECA by VRS providers. In this regard, document DA 10–761 also seeks to refresh the record on the Notice of Proposed Rulemaking portion of the 2009 PN and NPRM, which sought comment on whether VRS tiered rates should be recalculated based on data reflecting the actual costs of providing VRS. Telecommunications Relay Services and Speech-to-Speech Services for Individuals with Hearing and Speech Disabilities, Public Notice and Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, CG Docket No. 03–123, FCC 09–39, published at 74 FR 23815, May 21, 2009 (2009 PN and NPRM). In the past, the Commission has relied on projected costs to determine the compensation rate. NECA proposes a set of tiered rates for VRS: Tier I includes monthly minutes up to 50,000; Tier II includes monthly minutes between 50,001 and 500,000; and Tier III includes monthly minutes above 500,000. In one of its proposals, on which the Bureau is particularly seeking comment, NECA then calculates the rate within each tier using weighted averages of VRS providers’ actual historical cost data for 2009, including allowances of 1.6% for cash working capital, 3.2% for growth, and $0.0083 per minute for ongoing E911 and ten-digit numbering costs. This calculation results in rates of $5.7754 for Tier I, $6.0318 for Tier II, and $3.8963 for Tier III. The Bureau also particularly seeks comment on whether the Commission should adopt 2010– 2011 interim Fund Year rates based on NECA’s proposed use of weighted averages in calculating each of the tiers. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 NECA also proposes the following per-minute compensation rates for all other forms of TRS: $2.256 for interstate traditional TRS; $3.1566 for STS; $1.6951 for CTS and IP CTS; $1.2985 for IP Relay. Based on these rates, NECA proposes a carrier contribution factor of between 0.00379 and 0.00908, and a funding requirement of between $280.8 million and $673.3 million. Mark Stone, Deputy Bureau Chief, Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureau, Federal Communications Commission. [FR Doc. 2010–11326 Filed 5–11–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 660 RIN 0648- AY68 Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; Amendments 20 and 21; Trawl Rationalization Program AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Availability of amendments to a fishery management plan; request for comments. SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). Amendment 20 would modify the FMP to create the structure and management details of the trawl rationalization program for the limited entry trawl fishery. Amendment 21 would modify the FMP to allocate the groundfish stocks between trawl and non-trawl fisheries and within trawl fisheries. The trawl rationalization program (Amendments 20 and 21) is intended to increase net economic benefits, create individual economic stability, provide full utilization of the trawl sector allocation, consider environmental impacts, and achieve individual accountability of catch and bycatch. DATES: Comments on Amendments 20 and 21 must be received no later than 5 p.m., local time on July 12, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648- AY68 by any one of the following methods: E:\FR\FM\12MYP1.SGM 12MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 91 / Wednesday, May 12, 2010 / Proposed Rules Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Jamie Goen. • Mail: Barry Thom, Acting Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115–0070, Attn: Jamie Goen. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information.NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamie Goen, phone: 206–526–4656, fax: 206–526–6736, and e-mail jamie.goen@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with PROPOSALS Electronic Access This notice of availability is accessible via the Internet at the Office of the Federal Register’s Website at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/ index.html. Background information and documents are available at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s website at http://www.pcouncil.org/. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) requires that each regional fishery management council submit any FMP or plan amendment it prepares to NMFS for review and approval, disapproval, or partial approval. The Magnuson-Stevens Act also requires that NMFS, upon receiving an FMP or amendment, immediately publish a notice that the FMP or amendment is available for public review and comment. NMFS will consider public comments received during the comment period described above in determining whether to approve Amendments 20 and 21 to the FMP. Amendment 20 would modify the FMP to create the structure and management details of the trawl rationalization program for the limited entry trawl fishery. Amendment 21 would modify the FMP to allocate the groundfish stocks between trawl and VerDate Mar<15>2010 13:12 May 11, 2010 Jkt 220001 non-trawl fisheries and within trawl fisheries. The trawl rationalization program would consist of: (1) an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shore-based trawl fleet; and (2) cooperative (coop) programs for the atsea trawl fleet. The trawl rationalization program (Amendments 20 and 21) is intended to increase net economic benefits, create individual economic stability, provide full utilization of the trawl sector allocation, consider environmental impacts, and achieve individual accountability of catch and bycatch. NMFS will review Amendments 20 and 21 in their entirety. However, due to the complexity of the proposed fishery management measures, the proposed rule that will publish shortly after this notice of availability (NOA) for the FMP amendments, proposes only certain key components that would be necessary to have permits and endorsements issued in time for use in the 2011 fishery and in order to have the 2011 harvest specifications reflect the new allocation scheme. Specifically, the proposed rule would establish the formal allocations set forth under Amendment 21 and establish procedures for initial issuance of permits, endorsements, and quota shares under the IFQ and Coop programs. In addition, the proposed rule would restructure the entire Pacific Coast groundfish regulations at 50 CFR part 660 to more closely track the organization of the proposed management measures and to make the total groundfish regulations clearer. If Amendments 20 and 21 are approved, NMFS plans to propose additional program details in a future proposed rule. Such additional details would include: Program components applicable to IFQ gear switching, observer programs, retention requirements, equipment requirements, catch monitors, catch weighing requirements, coop permits/agreements, first receiver site licenses, quota share accounts, vessel accounts, further tracking and monitoring components, and economic data collection requirements. NMFS is also planning a future rule for the cost recovery program based on a recommended methodology yet to be developed by the Council. NMFS welcomes comments on the proposed FMP amendments through the end of the comment period. In order to encourage more informed public comment on the amendments, the preamble to the proposed rule includes a general description of the full trawl rationalization program, including general descriptions of program details PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 26703 that will be implemented through additional rulemakings at a later date. A proposed rule to implement initial allocations and appeals for Amendment 20 and the provisions of Amendment 21 has been submitted by the Council for Secretarial review and approval. NMFS expects to publish and request public review and comment on the proposed regulations to implement Amendments 20 and 21 in the near future. Public comments on the proposed rule must be received by the end of the comment period on the amendment to be considered in the approval/disapproval decision on the amendment, which must occur no later than within 30 days of the end of the comment period. All comments received by the end of the comment period for the amendment, whether specifically directed to the amendments or the proposed rule, will be considered in the approval/ disapproval decision. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 7, 2010. James P. Burgess Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–11346 Filed 5–11–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 697 [Docket No. 0912011421–0200–01] RIN 0648-AY41 Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; Weakfish Fishery AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Proposed rule; request for comments. SUMMARY: NMFS proposes to decrease the incidental catch allowance for weakfish caught in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ), from 150 lb (68 kg) to no more than 100 lb (45 kg) per day or trip, whichever is longer in duration. The intent of this proposed rule is to modify regulations for the Atlantic coast stock of weakfish to be more compatible with Addendum IV to Amendment 4 of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (Commission) Interstate Fishery Management Plan (ISFMP) for weakfish. Such action is authorized in the Atlantic E:\FR\FM\12MYP1.SGM 12MYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 75, Number 91 (Wednesday, May 12, 2010)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 26702-26703]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2010-11346]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 660

RIN 0648- AY68


Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 
Management Plan; Amendments 20 and 21; Trawl Rationalization Program

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

ACTION: Availability of amendments to a fishery management plan; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces that the Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council) has submitted Amendments 20 and 21 to the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for review by the Secretary of 
Commerce (Secretary). Amendment 20 would modify the FMP to create the 
structure and management details of the trawl rationalization program 
for the limited entry trawl fishery. Amendment 21 would modify the FMP 
to allocate the groundfish stocks between trawl and non-trawl fisheries 
and within trawl fisheries. The trawl rationalization program 
(Amendments 20 and 21) is intended to increase net economic benefits, 
create individual economic stability, provide full utilization of the 
trawl sector allocation, consider environmental impacts, and achieve 
individual accountability of catch and bycatch.

DATES: Comments on Amendments 20 and 21 must be received no later than 
5 p.m., local time on July 12, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648- AY68 by any 
one of the following methods:

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    Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via 
the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Jamie Goen.
     Mail: Barry Thom, Acting Administrator, Northwest Region, 
NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115-0070, Attn: Jamie Goen.
    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 
and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 
change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 
address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information.NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter N/A in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jamie Goen, phone: 206-526-4656, fax: 
206-526-6736, and e-mail jamie.goen@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Electronic Access

    This notice of availability is accessible via the Internet at the 
Office of the Federal Register's Website at http://www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index.html. Background information and documents are available at 
the Pacific Fishery Management Council's website at http://www.pcouncil.org/.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act) requires that each regional fishery management 
council submit any FMP or plan amendment it prepares to NMFS for review 
and approval, disapproval, or partial approval. The Magnuson-Stevens 
Act also requires that NMFS, upon receiving an FMP or amendment, 
immediately publish a notice that the FMP or amendment is available for 
public review and comment. NMFS will consider public comments received 
during the comment period described above in determining whether to 
approve Amendments 20 and 21 to the FMP.
    Amendment 20 would modify the FMP to create the structure and 
management details of the trawl rationalization program for the limited 
entry trawl fishery. Amendment 21 would modify the FMP to allocate the 
groundfish stocks between trawl and non-trawl fisheries and within 
trawl fisheries. The trawl rationalization program would consist of: 
(1) an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the shore-based trawl 
fleet; and (2) cooperative (coop) programs for the at-sea trawl fleet. 
The trawl rationalization program (Amendments 20 and 21) is intended to 
increase net economic benefits, create individual economic stability, 
provide full utilization of the trawl sector allocation, consider 
environmental impacts, and achieve individual accountability of catch 
and bycatch.
    NMFS will review Amendments 20 and 21 in their entirety. However, 
due to the complexity of the proposed fishery management measures, the 
proposed rule that will publish shortly after this notice of 
availability (NOA) for the FMP amendments, proposes only certain key 
components that would be necessary to have permits and endorsements 
issued in time for use in the 2011 fishery and in order to have the 
2011 harvest specifications reflect the new allocation scheme. 
Specifically, the proposed rule would establish the formal allocations 
set forth under Amendment 21 and establish procedures for initial 
issuance of permits, endorsements, and quota shares under the IFQ and 
Coop programs. In addition, the proposed rule would restructure the 
entire Pacific Coast groundfish regulations at 50 CFR part 660 to more 
closely track the organization of the proposed management measures and 
to make the total groundfish regulations clearer.
    If Amendments 20 and 21 are approved, NMFS plans to propose 
additional program details in a future proposed rule. Such additional 
details would include: Program components applicable to IFQ gear 
switching, observer programs, retention requirements, equipment 
requirements, catch monitors, catch weighing requirements, coop 
permits/agreements, first receiver site licenses, quota share accounts, 
vessel accounts, further tracking and monitoring components, and 
economic data collection requirements. NMFS is also planning a future 
rule for the cost recovery program based on a recommended methodology 
yet to be developed by the Council. NMFS welcomes comments on the 
proposed FMP amendments through the end of the comment period. In order 
to encourage more informed public comment on the amendments, the 
preamble to the proposed rule includes a general description of the 
full trawl rationalization program, including general descriptions of 
program details that will be implemented through additional rulemakings 
at a later date.
    A proposed rule to implement initial allocations and appeals for 
Amendment 20 and the provisions of Amendment 21 has been submitted by 
the Council for Secretarial review and approval. NMFS expects to 
publish and request public review and comment on the proposed 
regulations to implement Amendments 20 and 21 in the near future. 
Public comments on the proposed rule must be received by the end of the 
comment period on the amendment to be considered in the approval/
disapproval decision on the amendment, which must occur no later than 
within 30 days of the end of the comment period. All comments received 
by the end of the comment period for the amendment, whether 
specifically directed to the amendments or the proposed rule, will be 
considered in the approval/disapproval decision.

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

    Dated: May 7, 2010.
James P. Burgess
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-11346 Filed 5-11-10; 8:45 am]
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