Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Issuance of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), 58352-58353 [2010-24022]

Download as PDF 58352 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 185 / Friday, September 24, 2010 / Notices Department is closed. See Notice of Clarification: Application of ‘‘Next Business Day’’ Rule for Administrative Determination Deadlines Pursuant to the Tariff Act of 1930, As Amended, 70 FR 24533 (May 10, 2005). Accordingly, the deadline for completion of the preliminary results of this full sunset review is now no later than December 20, 2010. This notice is issued in accordance with sections 751(c)(5)(B) and (C) of the Act. Dated: September 20, 2010. Susan H. Kuhbach, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2010–24019 Filed 9–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XR61 Marine Mammals; File No. 14535 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Colleen Reichmuth, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, Long Marine Laboratory, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA, has been issued a permit amendment (Permit No. 14535–01). DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before October 25, 2010. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)713–0376; Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone (907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249; and Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213; phone (562)980–4001; fax (562)980–4018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Jennifer Skidmore, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 29, 2010, notice was published in the Federal Register (75 FR 37388) that a srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Sep 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 request for a permit amendment to conduct research on captive pinnipeds for scientific research had been submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). Permit No. 14535–01 authorizes the addition of two non-releasable animals of each of the following species to the captive research program: ringed seal (Phoca hispida), bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus), and spotted seal (Phoca largha). The purpose is to expand the comparative understanding of basic perceptual and cognitive function among pinnipeds and to assess potential impacts of human noise on marine mammals. The amendment is for the duration of the permit, which expires on December 31, 2014. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Dated: September 17, 2010. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–24040 Filed 9–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XZ24 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Issuance of an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). ACTION: Notification of issuance of a revised EFP to conduct exempted fishing. AGENCY: The Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS, has issued a revised EFP in support of a drop chain small mesh net study conducted by the University of Rhode Island (URI). The study aims to reduce summer flounder discard mortality in the Loligo small-mesh SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 fishery. The revised EFP includes an exemption for participating vessels from the Trimester III Loligo mesh size restrictions. This exemption is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Heil, Fishery Management Specialist, (978) 281–9257. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 26, 2009, an EFP was issued to URI in support of a study that would test the effectiveness of a drop chain small mesh net in its ability to reduce catches of summer flounder in the small mesh fishery. The original EFP included exemptions from the summer flounder size restrictions specified at 50 CFR 648.103, scup size restrictions at § 648.124, scup possession limits at § 648.125, and squid and butterfish possession restrictions at § 648.25. The exemption from summer flounder size restrictions was granted to allow vessels to retain and land summer flounder for a delayed mortality monitoring period. The remaining exemptions were granted to allow incidental catch species to be temporarily retained for data collection purposes. Field work for this project began in April 2010, and 8 of the project’s proposed 12 fishing trips have been completed. Research trips are conducted aboard two commercial fishing vessels, as normal fishing operations, using standard Loligo squid nets. Research trips conducted since April 2010 have used experimental and control nets with a codend mesh size of 1 7/8 in. (48 mm), consistent with the Loligo mesh size restrictions in place at the time. Amendment 10 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP implemented an increase to the minimum mesh size for Loligo squid, from 1 7/8 in. (48 mm) to 2 1/8 in. (54 mm), during Trimester I (January to April) and Trimester III (September to December), effective September 13, 2010. This increase to the Loligo minimum mesh size was unanticipated at the time the original EFP application was submitted, and therefore, principal investigators did not request an exemption from Loligo mesh size restrictions. In addition, because the 2 1/8–in. (54–mm) minimum mesh size was not in place at the onset of field operations, research trips were completed using nets consistent with Loligo gear restrictions at that time. On September 8, 2010, NMFS received a request from Kathy Castro of URI for an exemption from the new E:\FR\FM\24SEN1.SGM 24SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 185 / Friday, September 24, 2010 / Notices minimum mesh size for the Loligo fishery. This exemption was requested to allow completion of the project’s remaining four research trips using the previous minimum mesh size of 1 7/8 in. (48 mm). A change to the nets used to conduct field sampling at this stage of the project would undermine data analysis in support of the project’s objectives. Therefore, NMFS is reissuing the EFP in support of the drop chain study to facilitate the completion of the research project. The revised EFP includes an exemption from the Loligo Trimester III minimum mesh size of 2 1/8 in. (54 mm) at § 648.23(3). An exemption from the Loligo mesh size restriction will allow the completion of the project’s remaining research trips, using the previous minimum mesh size of 1 7/8 in. (48 mm). The exemption is within the scope and scale of the original approved EFP, and the overall impacts of research operations are unchanged from the initial review. 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. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 21, 2010. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–24022 Filed 9–23–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Bureau of the Census 2010 Census Advisory Committee Bureau of the Census, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is giving notice of a meeting of the 2010 Census Advisory Committee. The Committee will address policy, research, and technical issues related to 2010 Decennial Census Programs and the American Community Survey. Last-minute changes to the agenda are possible, which could prevent giving advance notification of schedule changes. DATES: October 21–22, 2010. On October 21, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 Sep 23, 2010 Jkt 220001 approximately 5 p.m. On October 22, the meeting will begin at approximately 8:30 a.m. and end at approximately 12:30 p.m. The meeting will be held at the U.S. Census Bureau Auditorium and Conference Center, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, Maryland 20746. ADDRESSES: Jeri Green, Committee Liaison Officer, Department of Commerce, U.S. Census Bureau, Room 8H182, 4600 Silver Hill Road, Suitland, MD 20746, telephone 301–763–6590. For TTY callers, please use the Federal Relay Service 1–800– 877–8339. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The 2010 Census Advisory Committee is composed of a Chair, Vice-Chair, and 20-member organizations—all appointed by the Secretary of Commerce. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XZ24


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

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

ACTION:  Notification of issuance of a revised EFP to conduct exempted 
fishing.

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SUMMARY:  The Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, 
Northeast Region, NMFS, has issued a revised EFP in support of a drop 
chain small mesh net study conducted by the University of Rhode Island 
(URI). The study aims to reduce summer flounder discard mortality in 
the Loligo small-mesh fishery. The revised EFP includes an exemption 
for participating vessels from the Trimester III Loligo mesh size 
restrictions. This exemption is consistent with the goals and 
objectives of the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) and the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish 
FMP.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Sarah Heil, Fishery Management 
Specialist, (978) 281-9257.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 26, 2009, an EFP was issued to 
URI in support of a study that would test the effectiveness of a drop 
chain small mesh net in its ability to reduce catches of summer 
flounder in the small mesh fishery. The original EFP included 
exemptions from the summer flounder size restrictions specified at 50 
CFR 648.103, scup size restrictions at Sec.  648.124, scup possession 
limits at Sec.  648.125, and squid and butterfish possession 
restrictions at Sec.  648.25. The exemption from summer flounder size 
restrictions was granted to allow vessels to retain and land summer 
flounder for a delayed mortality monitoring period. The remaining 
exemptions were granted to allow incidental catch species to be 
temporarily retained for data collection purposes. Field work for this 
project began in April 2010, and 8 of the project's proposed 12 fishing 
trips have been completed. Research trips are conducted aboard two 
commercial fishing vessels, as normal fishing operations, using 
standard Loligo squid nets. Research trips conducted since April 2010 
have used experimental and control nets with a codend mesh size of 1 7/
8 in. (48 mm), consistent with the Loligo mesh size restrictions in 
place at the time.
    Amendment 10 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish FMP 
implemented an increase to the minimum mesh size for Loligo squid, from 
1 7/8 in. (48 mm) to 2 1/8 in. (54 mm), during Trimester I (January to 
April) and Trimester III (September to December), effective September 
13, 2010. This increase to the Loligo minimum mesh size was 
unanticipated at the time the original EFP application was submitted, 
and therefore, principal investigators did not request an exemption 
from Loligo mesh size restrictions. In addition, because the 2 1/8-in. 
(54-mm) minimum mesh size was not in place at the onset of field 
operations, research trips were completed using nets consistent with 
Loligo gear restrictions at that time.
    On September 8, 2010, NMFS received a request from Kathy Castro of 
URI for an exemption from the new

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minimum mesh size for the Loligo fishery. This exemption was requested 
to allow completion of the project's remaining four research trips 
using the previous minimum mesh size of 1 7/8 in. (48 mm). A change to 
the nets used to conduct field sampling at this stage of the project 
would undermine data analysis in support of the project's objectives. 
Therefore, NMFS is reissuing the EFP in support of the drop chain study 
to facilitate the completion of the research project.
    The revised EFP includes an exemption from the Loligo Trimester III 
minimum mesh size of 2 1/8 in. (54 mm) at Sec.  648.23(3). An exemption 
from the Loligo mesh size restriction will allow the completion of the 
project's remaining research trips, using the previous minimum mesh 
size of 1 7/8 in. (48 mm). The exemption is within the scope and scale 
of the original approved EFP, and the overall impacts of research 
operations are unchanged from the initial review.
    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.

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

    Dated: September 21, 2010.
Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-24022 Filed 9-23-10; 8:45 am]
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