Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska, 2027-2028 [2011-531]

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(b) Consistent with paragraph (a) of this section, the Secretary of Commerce may allow entry of fish or fish products on a shipment-by-shipment, shipper-byshipper, or other basis if the Secretary determines that imports were harvested by practices that do not result in bycatch of a protected marine species, or were harvested by practices that— (1) Are comparable to those of the United States, taking into account different conditions, and which, in the case of pelagic longline fisheries, the regulatory program of an identified nation includes mandatory use of circle hooks, careful handling and release equipment, and training and observer programs; and (2) Include the gathering of species specific data that can be used to support international and regional assessments and conservation efforts for protected living marine resources. (c) Fish or fish products offered for entry under this section must be accompanied by a completed documentation of admissibility available from NMFS. The documentation of admissibility must be executed by a duly authorized official of the identified nation and validated by a responsible official(s) designated by NMFS. The documentation must be executed and submitted in a format (electronic facsimile (fax), the Internet, etc.) specified by NMFS. [FR Doc. 2011–507 Filed 1–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00049 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 4700 2027 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 [Docket No. 101006495–0498–01] RIN 0648–BA31 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Steller Sea Lion Protection Measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Interim final rule, extension of comment period. AGENCY: NMFS published an interim final rule on December 13, 2010, to implement Steller sea lion protection measures to ensure that the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions or adversely modify its designated critical habitat. A notice correcting errors identified in the preamble to the interim final rule and in the regulatory text was published on December 29, 2010. The public comment period for the interim final rule ends on January 12, 2011. NMFS has decided to extend the public comment period for an additional 45 days, to February 28, 2011, to provide adequate time for various stakeholders and other members of the public to submit comments. DATES: The public comment period for this action has been extended for an additional 45 days, to February 28, 2011. Comments must be received no later than February 28, 2011. ADDRESSES: Send comments to Dr. James W. Balsiger, Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by RIN 0648–BA31, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802. • Fax: (907) 586–7557. • Hand delivery to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK. All comments received are a part of the public record. No comments will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12JAR1.SGM 12JAR1 2028 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 12, 2011 / Rules and Regulations mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with RULES public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address) 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). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this action rule may be submitted to NMFS, emailed to VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:46 Jan 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to 202–395–7285. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, (907) 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An interim final rule was published in the Federal Register on December 13, 2010 (75 FR 77535), to implement Steller sea lion protection measures to ensure that the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions or adversely modify its designated critical habitat. A notice correcting one error in the preamble and one typographical error and content within the regulatory tables was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2010 (75 FR 53272). The public comment period for the interim final rule ends on January 12, PO 00000 Frm 00050 Fmt 4700 Sfmt 9990 2011. The comment period occurred over the Christmas and New Year holidays, limiting the number of work days available to the public for developing a response to this action. Due to the public concern regarding this action, NMFS extends the public comment period for an additional 45 days, to end on February 28, 2011. The extension of the comment period ensures that NMFS provides adequate time for various stakeholders and other members of the public to comment on the interim final rule for the revised Steller sea lion protection measures. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; Pub. L. 108–447. Dated: January 7, 2011. Eric C. Schwaab, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–531 Filed 1–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\12JAR1.SGM 12JAR1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 8 (Wednesday, January 12, 2011)]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-531]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 679

[Docket No. 101006495-0498-01]
RIN 0648-BA31


Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Steller Sea 
Lion Protection Measures for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands 
Groundfish Fisheries Off Alaska

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

ACTION: Interim final rule, extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: NMFS published an interim final rule on December 13, 2010, to 
implement Steller sea lion protection measures to ensure that the 
Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries 
off Alaska are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the 
western distinct population segment of Steller sea lions or adversely 
modify its designated critical habitat. A notice correcting errors 
identified in the preamble to the interim final rule and in the 
regulatory text was published on December 29, 2010. The public comment 
period for the interim final rule ends on January 12, 2011. NMFS has 
decided to extend the public comment period for an additional 45 days, 
to February 28, 2011, to provide adequate time for various stakeholders 
and other members of the public to submit comments.

DATES: The public comment period for this action has been extended for 
an additional 45 days, to February 28, 2011. Comments must be received 
no later than February 28, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Send comments to Dr. James W. Balsiger, Administrator, 
Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, 
identified by RIN 0648-BA31, by any one of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802.
     Fax: (907) 586-7557.
     Hand delivery to the Federal Building: 709 West 9th 
Street, Room 420A, Juneau, AK.
    All comments received are a part of the public record. No comments 
will be posted to http://www.regulations.gov for

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public viewing until after the comment period has closed. Comments will 
generally be posted without change. All Personal Identifying 
Information (for example, name, address) 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). You may submit attachments to 
electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF 
file formats only.
    Written comments regarding the burden-hour estimates or other 
aspects of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this 
action rule may be submitted to NMFS, e-mailed to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov, or faxed to 202-395-7285.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melanie Brown, (907) 586-7228.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An interim final rule was published in the 
Federal Register on December 13, 2010 (75 FR 77535), to implement 
Steller sea lion protection measures to ensure that the Bering Sea and 
Aleutian Islands management area groundfish fisheries off Alaska are 
not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the western 
distinct population segment of Steller sea lions or adversely modify 
its designated critical habitat. A notice correcting one error in the 
preamble and one typographical error and content within the regulatory 
tables was published in the Federal Register on December 29, 2010 (75 
FR 53272).
    The public comment period for the interim final rule ends on 
January 12, 2011. The comment period occurred over the Christmas and 
New Year holidays, limiting the number of work days available to the 
public for developing a response to this action. Due to the public 
concern regarding this action, NMFS extends the public comment period 
for an additional 45 days, to end on February 28, 2011. The extension 
of the comment period ensures that NMFS provides adequate time for 
various stakeholders and other members of the public to comment on the 
interim final rule for the revised Steller sea lion protection 
measures.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 773 et seq.; 1801 et seq.; 3631 et seq.; 
Pub. L. 108-447.

    Dated: January 7, 2011.
Eric C. Schwaab,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-531 Filed 1-11-11; 8:45 am]
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