Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel, 74004-74005 [2010-30176]

Download as PDF jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES 74004 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 30, 2010 / Notices apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/, and then selecting File No. 15677 from the list of available applications. These documents are available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: • 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; and • Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division. • By e-mail to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov (include the File No. in the subject line) • By facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or • At the address listed above. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Colette Cairns, (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226). The applicant’s goal is to assess presence, abundance, and distribution of shortnose sturgeon within South Carolina rivers (Savannah, Edisto, Cooper, Santee Rivers, Santee-Cooper Lakes, and Winyah Bay system). During 2011–2016, up to 134 shortnose sturgeon in all South Carolina rivers would be captured using gill nets, trammel nets and trawls. Annually, shortnose sturgeon would be taken in good condition and measured, weighed, sampled for genetic tissue analysis, and PIT tagged. Additionally, selected adults and juveniles would be captured, anesthetized, and implanted with an internal sonic transmitter. In addition, shortnose sturgeon sex would be determined from a sample of fish annually by either laparoscopy or tubular biopsy. Blood from known sexes would be collected and processed determining the level of endrocrine disrupters in the environment. Manual tracking and passive detections of VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Nov 29, 2010 Jkt 223001 telemetered fish at fixed receiver stations would be used to provide information about movements and habitat use. Recaptures of tagged fish may also be used for estimating abundance if appropriate. Dated: November 23, 2010. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–30173 Filed 11–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA059 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Advisory Panel (AP) for Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Workshops (this AP is also called the ‘‘SEDAR Pool’’). The SEDAR Pool is comprised of a group of individuals whom may be selected to review data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Nominations are being sought for a three-year appointment (2011–2014). Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations will be considered for membership on the SEDAR Pool. DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 30, 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and request the SEDAR Pool Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods: • E-mail: SEDAR.pool@noaa.gov. • Mail: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier: ‘‘SEDAR Pool Nomination.’’ • Fax: 301–713–1917. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Additional information on SEDAR and the SEDAR guidelines can be found at http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/sedar/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, (301) 713–2347 ext. 111. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Introduction Section 302(g)(2) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., states that each Council shall establish such advisory panels as are necessary or appropriate to assist it in carrying out its functions under the Act. For the purposes of this section, NMFS considers the Council provision to be applicable to the HMS Management Division as well. As such, NMFS has established the SEDAR Pool under this section. The SEDAR Pool currently consists of 28 individuals who can be selected to review data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. While the SEDAR Pool was created specifically for Atlantic oceanic sharks, it may be expanded to include other HMS, as needed. The primary purpose of the individuals in the SEDAR Pool is to review, at SEDAR workshops, the scientific information, including but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments that are used to advise NMFS, as a delegate to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), about the conservation and management of the Atlantic HMS, specifically but not limited to, Atlantic sharks. Individuals in the SEDAR Pool, if selected, may participate in the various data, assessment, and review workshops during the SEDAR process of any HMS stock assessment. In order to ensure that the peer review is unbiased, individuals who participated in a data and/or assessment workshop for a particular stock assessment will not be allowed to serve as reviewers for the same stock assessment. However, these individuals may be asked to attend the review workshop to answer specific questions from the reviewers concerning the data and/or assessment workshops. Members of the SEDAR Pool may serve as members of other APs concurrent with, or following, their service on the SEDAR Pool. E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 30, 2010 / Notices jdjones on DSK8KYBLC1PROD with NOTICES Procedures and Guidelines A. Participants The SEDAR Pool is comprised of individuals representing the commercial and recreational fishing communities for Atlantic HMS, the environmental community active in the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS, and the academic community that have relevant expertise either with sharks or shark-like species and/or stock assessment methodologies for marine fish species. Members of the SEDAR Pool must have demonstrated experience in the fisheries, related industries, research, teaching, writing, conservation, or management of marine organisms. The distribution of representation among the interested parties is not defined or limited. Additional members of the SEDAR Pool may also include representatives from each of the five Atlantic Regional Fishery Management Councils, each of the 18 constituent states, both the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and each of the constituent interstate commissions: The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission. If NMFS requires additional members to ensure a diverse pool of individuals to draw from for data or assessment workshops, NMFS may request individuals to become members of the SEDAR Pool outside of the annual nomination period. Panel members serve at the discretion of the Secretary. Not all members will attend each SEDAR workshop. Rather, NMFS will invite certain members to participate at specific stock assessment workshops dependent on their ability to participate, discuss, and recommend scientific decisions regarding the species being assessed. If an invited SEDAR Pool member is unable to attend the workshop, the member may send a designee who may represent them and participate in the activities of the workshop. In order to ensure the designee meets the requirements of participating in the data and/or assessment workshop, the designee must receive written approval of the Deputy Director of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries at least six weeks in advance of the beginning of the relevant data and/or assessment workshop. Written notification must include the name, address, telephone, e-mail, and position of the individual designated. A designee may not name another designee. NMFS is not obligated to fulfill any requests (e.g., requests for an assessment of a certain species) that may be made VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:13 Nov 29, 2010 Jkt 223001 by the SEDAR Pool or its individual members. Members of the SEDAR Pool who are invited to attend stock assessment workshops will not be compensated for their services but may be reimbursed for their travel-related expenses to attend such workshops. B. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the SEDAR Pool Member tenure will be for three years. Nominations are sought for terms beginning February 2011 and expiring January 2014. Nomination packages should include: 1. The name, address, phone number, and e-mail of the applicant or nominee; 2. A description of his/her interest in Atlantic shark stock assessments or the Atlantic shark fishery; 3. A statement of background and/or qualifications; and 4. A written commitment that the applicant or nominee shall participate actively and in good faith in the tasks of the SEDAR Pool, as requested. C. Meeting Schedule Individual members of the SEDAR Pool meet to participate in stock assessments at the discretion of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS. Stock assessment timing, frequency, and relevant species will vary depending on the needs determined by NMFS and SEDAR staff. Meetings and meeting logistics will be determined according to the SEDAR Guidelines. All meetings are open for observation by the public. Dated: November 24, 2010. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–30176 Filed 11–29–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–BA50 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; Scoping Process National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and scoping meetings; request for comments. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC) announces its intent to prepare an SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 74005 amendment (Amendment 6) to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for monkfish (Lophius americanus) and an EIS to analyze the impacts of any proposed management measures. The purpose of Amendment 6 is to consider one or more catch share management approaches for the monkfish fishery, including, but not limited, to Individual Fishery Quotas (IFQs), sectors, and/or community quotas. The NEFMC is initiating a public process to determine the scope of issues and range of alternatives to be addressed in Amendment 6 and its EIS. The purpose of this notification is to alert the interested public of the commencement of the scoping process and to provide for public participation in compliance with environmental documentation requirements. DATES: Written and electronic scoping comments must be received on or before 5 p.m., local time, February 15, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments on Amendment 6 may be sent by any of the following methods: • E-mail to the following address: monkfisha6@noaa.gov; • Mail to Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Scoping Comments on Monkfish Amendment 6;’’ or • Fax to Patricia A. Kurkul, 978–281– 9135. Requests for copies of the scoping document and other information should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950, telephone 978–465–0492. The scoping document is accessible electronically via the Internet at http:// www.nefmc.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 978–465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The U.S. monkfish fishery is jointly managed by the New England and MidAtlantic Councils, with the NEFMC having the administrative lead. The Councils manage monkfish under a twoarea program (northern and southern), primarily due to differences in the characteristics of the fisheries in the two areas, although no conclusive evidence exists supporting the idea that there are two biological stocks. The Monkfish FMP became effective on November 8, 1999. The Councils have modified the E:\FR\FM\30NON1.SGM 30NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA059


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Advisory Panel (AP) for 
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Southeast Data, Assessment, and 
Review (SEDAR) Workshops (this AP is also called the ``SEDAR Pool''). 
The SEDAR Pool is comprised of a group of individuals whom may be 
selected to review data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific 
information, including but not limited to data and models, used in 
stock assessments for oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of 
Mexico, and Caribbean Sea. Nominations are being sought for a three-
year appointment (2011-2014). Individuals with definable interests in 
the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, 
environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations 
will be considered for membership on the SEDAR Pool.

DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 30, 2010.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and request the SEDAR Pool 
Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the 
following methods:
     E-mail: SEDAR.pool@noaa.gov.
     Mail: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Highly Migratory Species 
Management Division, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910. Include on the envelope the following identifier: ``SEDAR Pool 
Nomination.''
     Fax: 301-713-1917.
    Additional information on SEDAR and the SEDAR guidelines can be 
found at http://www.sefsc.noaa.gov/sedar/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, (301) 713-2347 
ext. 111.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    Section 302(g)(2) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., states 
that each Council shall establish such advisory panels as are necessary 
or appropriate to assist it in carrying out its functions under the 
Act. For the purposes of this section, NMFS considers the Council 
provision to be applicable to the HMS Management Division as well. As 
such, NMFS has established the SEDAR Pool under this section. The SEDAR 
Pool currently consists of 28 individuals who can be selected to review 
data and advise NMFS regarding the scientific information, including 
but not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments for 
oceanic sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean 
Sea. While the SEDAR Pool was created specifically for Atlantic oceanic 
sharks, it may be expanded to include other HMS, as needed.
    The primary purpose of the individuals in the SEDAR Pool is to 
review, at SEDAR workshops, the scientific information, including but 
not limited to data and models, used in stock assessments that are used 
to advise NMFS, as a delegate to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), 
about the conservation and management of the Atlantic HMS, specifically 
but not limited to, Atlantic sharks. Individuals in the SEDAR Pool, if 
selected, may participate in the various data, assessment, and review 
workshops during the SEDAR process of any HMS stock assessment. In 
order to ensure that the peer review is unbiased, individuals who 
participated in a data and/or assessment workshop for a particular 
stock assessment will not be allowed to serve as reviewers for the same 
stock assessment. However, these individuals may be asked to attend the 
review workshop to answer specific questions from the reviewers 
concerning the data and/or assessment workshops. Members of the SEDAR 
Pool may serve as members of other APs concurrent with, or following, 
their service on the SEDAR Pool.

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Procedures and Guidelines

A. Participants

    The SEDAR Pool is comprised of individuals representing the 
commercial and recreational fishing communities for Atlantic HMS, the 
environmental community active in the conservation and management of 
Atlantic HMS, and the academic community that have relevant expertise 
either with sharks or shark-like species and/or stock assessment 
methodologies for marine fish species. Members of the SEDAR Pool must 
have demonstrated experience in the fisheries, related industries, 
research, teaching, writing, conservation, or management of marine 
organisms. The distribution of representation among the interested 
parties is not defined or limited.
    Additional members of the SEDAR Pool may also include 
representatives from each of the five Atlantic Regional Fishery 
Management Councils, each of the 18 constituent states, both the U.S. 
Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, and each of the constituent interstate 
commissions: The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the 
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission.
    If NMFS requires additional members to ensure a diverse pool of 
individuals to draw from for data or assessment workshops, NMFS may 
request individuals to become members of the SEDAR Pool outside of the 
annual nomination period.
    Panel members serve at the discretion of the Secretary. Not all 
members will attend each SEDAR workshop. Rather, NMFS will invite 
certain members to participate at specific stock assessment workshops 
dependent on their ability to participate, discuss, and recommend 
scientific decisions regarding the species being assessed. If an 
invited SEDAR Pool member is unable to attend the workshop, the member 
may send a designee who may represent them and participate in the 
activities of the workshop. In order to ensure the designee meets the 
requirements of participating in the data and/or assessment workshop, 
the designee must receive written approval of the Deputy Director of 
the Office of Sustainable Fisheries at least six weeks in advance of 
the beginning of the relevant data and/or assessment workshop. Written 
notification must include the name, address, telephone, e-mail, and 
position of the individual designated. A designee may not name another 
designee.
    NMFS is not obligated to fulfill any requests (e.g., requests for 
an assessment of a certain species) that may be made by the SEDAR Pool 
or its individual members. Members of the SEDAR Pool who are invited to 
attend stock assessment workshops will not be compensated for their 
services but may be reimbursed for their travel-related expenses to 
attend such workshops.

B. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the SEDAR Pool

    Member tenure will be for three years. Nominations are sought for 
terms beginning February 2011 and expiring January 2014. Nomination 
packages should include:
    1. The name, address, phone number, and e-mail of the applicant or 
nominee;
    2. A description of his/her interest in Atlantic shark stock 
assessments or the Atlantic shark fishery;
    3. A statement of background and/or qualifications; and
    4. A written commitment that the applicant or nominee shall 
participate actively and in good faith in the tasks of the SEDAR Pool, 
as requested.

C. Meeting Schedule

    Individual members of the SEDAR Pool meet to participate in stock 
assessments at the discretion of the Office of Sustainable Fisheries, 
NMFS. Stock assessment timing, frequency, and relevant species will 
vary depending on the needs determined by NMFS and SEDAR staff. 
Meetings and meeting logistics will be determined according to the 
SEDAR Guidelines. All meetings are open for observation by the public.

    Dated: November 24, 2010.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-30176 Filed 11-29-10; 8:45 am]
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