Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit, 16614-16616 [2011-7018]

Download as PDF 16614 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2011 / Notices costs of the research activity, while minimizing operating expenses. Based on the preliminary award of 96 DAS and projected monkfish catch rates, this would allow a total catch of 345,600 lb (156,762 kg) of whole monkfish (104,097 lb (47,218 kg) tail weight). Operating under this total landings cap, compensation fishing would continue until the goal of 345,600 lb (156,762 kg) of whole monkfish is caught, or until the awarded DAS have been fully utilized, whichever occurs first. Aside from these exemptions, fishing activity would be conducted under normal commercial practices. NMFS is considering imposing a cap on monkfish DAS possession limit exemptions for vessels operating under the monkfish RSA program due to potential effect that such exemptions may have on monkfish market price and catch rates for nonRSA vessels. The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 21, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7020 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA269 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Mar 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 information and warrants further consideration and that the activities authorized under this EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue an EFP. This EFP would grant exemptions from monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) possession limits. Regulations under the MagnusonStevens 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 April 8, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: nero.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on GMRI Monkfish RSA EFP.’’ • Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on GMRI monkfish RSA EFP.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jason Berthiaume, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9177. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP was submitted by the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) on February 23, 2011, in support of a project preliminarily selected under the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils’ Monkfish RSA Program. The project proposes to use archival tagging and age validation efforts to assess monkfish movement, age structure, and growth. This EFP would grant an exemption from monkfish possession limits to facilitate compensation fishing to fund this research project. GMRI would tag monkfish using data storage tags that would record time, pressure (depth), and temperature. GMRI would charter fishing vessels to conduct the research. The vessels would use standard commercial gear and land monkfish for sale, but sampling locations and protocol would be controlled by the researcher. The research vessels would not land any fish below the legal size for commercial purposes. Compensation fishing for this research would occur from May 2011 through April 2012, with a possible extension through April 2013, as authorized by the Monkfish FMP and 50 CFR 648.92(c)(1)(v). Pending a final award by NOAA Grants, GMRI has been PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 awarded 368 monkfish DAS under the Monkfish RSA Program. To facilitate compensation fishing, the applicant has requested exemptions from monkfish DAS possession limits at 50 CFR 648.94(b)(1) and (2). The applicant stated that these exemptions would provide the vessels with flexibility to fulfill the financial needs of the project, while minimizing vessel operating expenses. Based on budget needs and an estimated monkfish price per pound, the project would need a total catch of 1,324,800 lb (600,919 kg) of whole monkfish (399,036 lb (181,000 kg) tail weight). Operating under this total landings cap, compensation fishing would continue until the goal of 1,324,800 lb (600,919 kg) of whole monkfish is caught, or until the awarded DAS have been fully utilized, whichever occurs first. Aside from these exemptions, fishing activity would be conducted under normal commercial practices. NMFS is considering imposing a cap on monkfish DAS possession limit exemptions for vessels operating under the monkfish RSA program due to potential effects that such exemptions may have on monkfish market price and catch rates for nonRSA vessels. The applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 21, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7023 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA270 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2011 / Notices ACTION: Notice; request for comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The EFP would exempt participating vessels from the following types of fishery regulations: Minimum fish size restrictions; fish possession limits; species quota closures; prohibited fish species, not including species protected under the Endangered Species Act; and gear-specific fish possession restrictions for the purpose of collecting fishery dependent catch data and biological samples that is being conducted by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center’s (NEFSC) Study Fleet Program. Regulations under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on EFP applications. DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2011. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: nero.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on NEFSC Study Fleet EFP.’’ • Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on NEFSC Study Fleet EFP.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. SUMMARY: Carly Knoell, Fisheries Management Specialist, 978–281–9224, Carly.Knoell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NEFSC submitted a complete application for an EFP on February 7, 2011, to conduct commercial fishing activities that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would exempt 24 Federally permitted commercial fishing vessels from the regulations detailed below while participating in the Study Fleet Program and operating under projects managed by the NEFSC. The EFP would exempt participating vessels from minimum fish size restrictions; fish possession limits; species quota closures; prohibited fish species, not including species protected under the Endangered Species Act; and gearspecific fish possession restrictions for the purpose of at-sea sampling and, in limited situations for research purposes only, to retain and land fish. Crew trained by the NEFSC Study Fleet Program in methods that are consistent with the current NEFSC observer protocol, while under normal fishing operations, would sort, weigh, and measure fish that are to be discarded. An exemption from minimum fish size restrictions; fish possession limits; species quota closures; prohibited fish species, not including species protected under the Endangered Species Act; and gearspecific fish possession restrictions for at-sea sampling is required because some discarded species would be on deck slightly longer than under normal sorting procedures. Participating vessels would also be authorized to retain and land, in limited situations for research purposes only, 16615 fish that do not comply with fishing regulations. The vessels would be authorized to retain specific amounts of particular species in whole or round weight condition, in marked totes, which would be delivered to Study Fleet Program technicians. In addition, if the EFP is approved, NEFSC and participatory vessels would be notified that spiny dogfish and black sea bass could not be targeted during a quota closure, and that any live spiny dogfish or black sea bass that are caught must be discarded. No spiny dogfish or black sea bass could be landed for commercial purposes as part of this research project during a quota closure. The NEFSC would require participating vessels to obtain written approval from the NEFSC Study Fleet Program prior to landing any fish in excess of possession limits and/or below minimum size limits to ensure that the landed fish do not exceed any of the Study Fleet Program’s collection needs, as detailed below. None of the landed biological samples from these trips would be sold for commercial use or used for any other purpose other than scientific research. The table below details the regulations from which the participating vessels would be exempt. The participating vessels would be required to comply with all other applicable requirements and restrictions specified at 50 CFR part 648, unless specifically exempted in this EFP. All catch of stocks allocated to Sectors by vessels on a Sector trip would be deducted from the Sector’s Annual Catch Entitlement for each Northeast multispecies stock regardless of what fishery the vessel was participating in when the fish was caught. NEFSC STUDY FLEET PROGRAM EFP 24 Possession Possession for at-sea sampling plus limited landing Exempted regulations in 50 CFR part 648 .............................................. emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES Number of vessels Size limits: § 648.83(a)(3) NE multispecies minimum size. § 648.93 Monkfish minimum fish size. § 648.103 Summer flounder minimum fish size. § 648.143(a) Black sea bass minimum fish size. Possession restrictions: § 648.86(b) Atlantic cod. § 648.86(c) Atlantic halibut. § 648.86(e) White hake. § 648.86(g) Yellowtail flounder. § 648.86(g)(1) Southern New England Yellowtail flounder possession limit. § 648.86(j) Georges Bank Winter flounder. § 648.86(n)(1) Zero retention of SNE Winter flounder. § 648.94 Monkfish possession limit. § 648.22(c) Incidental possession limit of Loligo. § 648.322 Skate possession and landing restrictions. § 648.141 Black sea bass closure. § 648.145 Black sea bass possession limits. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Mar 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1 16616 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 57 / Thursday, March 24, 2011 / Notices NEFSC STUDY FLEET PROGRAM EFP—Continued Number of vessels 24 Possession Possession for at-sea sampling plus limited landing emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES § 648.231 Spiny dogfish closure. § 648.235 Spiny dogfish possession and landing restrictions. The following descriptions detail the NEFSC Study Fleet Program’s Sampling Needs: Haddock—whole fish would be retained for maturity and fecundity research. The haddock retained would not exceed 30 fish per trip, or 360 fish for all trips. The maximum weight of haddock on any trip would not exceed 120 lb (54.43 kg) total weight per trip, and would not exceed 1,440 lb (653.17 kg) for all trips combined. Yellowtail Flounder—whole fish would be retained for maturity, fecundity, bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), food habits, and genetic research. The yellowtail flounder retained would not exceed 60 fish per month from each of the three stock areas (Gulf of Maine (GOM), Georges Bank (GB), Southern New England/MidAtlantic (SNE/MA)), or 1,800 fish total from each stock area for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 50 lb (22.70 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 1,500 lb (680.39 kg) for all trips combined. Summer Flounder—whole fish would be retained for maturity, fecundity, BIA, food habits, and genetic research. The summer flounder retained would not exceed 60 fish per month from each of the three stock areas (GOM, GB, SNE/ MA), or 1,800 fish total from each stock area for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 100 lb (45.36 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 3,000 lb (1,360.78 kg) for all trips combined. Winter Flounder—whole fish would be retained for maturity, fecundity, BIA, food habits, and genetic research. The winter flounder retained would not exceed 60 fish per month from each of the three stock areas (GOM, GB, SNE/ MA), or 1,800 fish total from each stock area for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 75 lb (34.02 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 2,250 lb (1,020.58 kg) for all trips combined. Spiny Dogfish—Whole fish would be retained for reproductive biology research. The spiny dogfish retained would not exceed 50 fish per month from each of the two stock areas (GOM, SNE/MA), or 1,200 fish total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 390 lb (176.9 kg), and VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:17 Mar 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 would not exceed 9,360 lb (4,245.62 kg) total for all trips. Monkfish—whole fish would be retained for maturity and fecundity research. Monkfish retained would not exceed 10 fish per trip, or 120 fish total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 100 lb (45.36 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 1,200 lb (544.31 kg) for all trips combined. Cod—whole fish would be retained for tagging demonstrations and educational purposes. Cod to be retained would not exceed 15 fish per trip, or 60 cod for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 150 lb (68.04 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 600 lb (272.16 kg) for all trips combined. Barndoor Skate—whole and, in some cases, live skates would be retained for age and growth research and species confirmation. The barndoor skates retained would not exceed 20 fish per trip, or 80 skates total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 75 lb (34.02 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 300 lb (136.08 kg) total for all trips combined. Thorny Skate—whole and, in some cases, live skates would be retained for age and growth research and species confirmation. Thorny skates retained would not exceed 20 fish per trip, or 80 skates total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 75 lb (34.02 kg) whole weight, and would not exceed 300 lb (136.08 kg) total for all trips combined. Black Sea Bass—whole fish would be retained for examination of seasonal and latitudinal patterns in energy allocation. This effort is in support of an ongoing study at the NEFSC to evaluate BIA to measure fish energy density and reproductive potential for stock assessment. Black sea bass retained would not exceed 75 fish per trip or 300 black sea bass total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 250 lb (113.40 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 1,000 lb (453.59 kg) total for all trips combined. If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 completion of the proposed research and have minimal impact that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 18, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7018 Filed 3–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–BA89 Identification of Nations Whose Fishing Vessels Are Engaged in Fishing in Waters Beyond Any National Jurisdiction That Target or Incidentally Catch Sharks National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for information. AGENCY: NMFS is seeking information regarding nations whose vessels are engaged in fishing in waters beyond any national jurisdiction that target or incidentally catch sharks. Such information will be reviewed for the purposes of the identification of nations pursuant to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Moratorium Protection Act). DATES: Information should be received on or before August 1, 2011, but will be accepted up to December 1, 2011. ADDRESSES: Information should be submitted to NMFS Office of International Affairs, Attn.: MSRA Shark Information, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. E-mail address: SHARK.INFO@noaa.gov or fax (301) 713–9106. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NMFS Office of International Affairs, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24MRN1.SGM 24MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA270


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

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

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ACTION: Notice; 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 an Exempted Fishing Permit 
(EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants 
further consideration. The EFP would exempt participating vessels from 
the following types of fishery regulations: Minimum fish size 
restrictions; fish possession limits; species quota closures; 
prohibited fish species, not including species protected under the 
Endangered Species Act; and gear-specific fish possession restrictions 
for the purpose of collecting fishery dependent catch data and 
biological samples that is being conducted by the Northeast Fisheries 
Science Center's (NEFSC) Study Fleet Program.
    Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act require publication of this notification to provide 
interested parties the opportunity to comment on EFP applications.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before April 8, 2011.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     E-mail: nero.efp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line 
``Comments on NEFSC Study Fleet EFP.''
     Mail: Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional Administrator, NMFS, NE 
Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark 
the outside of the envelope ``Comments on NEFSC Study Fleet EFP.''
     Fax: (978) 281-9135.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Knoell, Fisheries Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9224, Carly.Knoell@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NEFSC submitted a complete application for 
an EFP on February 7, 2011, to conduct commercial fishing activities 
that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would exempt 24 
Federally permitted commercial fishing vessels from the regulations 
detailed below while participating in the Study Fleet Program and 
operating under projects managed by the NEFSC. The EFP would exempt 
participating vessels from minimum fish size restrictions; fish 
possession limits; species quota closures; prohibited fish species, not 
including species protected under the Endangered Species Act; and gear-
specific fish possession restrictions for the purpose of at-sea 
sampling and, in limited situations for research purposes only, to 
retain and land fish.
    Crew trained by the NEFSC Study Fleet Program in methods that are 
consistent with the current NEFSC observer protocol, while under normal 
fishing operations, would sort, weigh, and measure fish that are to be 
discarded. An exemption from minimum fish size restrictions; fish 
possession limits; species quota closures; prohibited fish species, not 
including species protected under the Endangered Species Act; and gear-
specific fish possession restrictions for at-sea sampling is required 
because some discarded species would be on deck slightly longer than 
under normal sorting procedures.
    Participating vessels would also be authorized to retain and land, 
in limited situations for research purposes only, fish that do not 
comply with fishing regulations. The vessels would be authorized to 
retain specific amounts of particular species in whole or round weight 
condition, in marked totes, which would be delivered to Study Fleet 
Program technicians. In addition, if the EFP is approved, NEFSC and 
participatory vessels would be notified that spiny dogfish and black 
sea bass could not be targeted during a quota closure, and that any 
live spiny dogfish or black sea bass that are caught must be discarded. 
No spiny dogfish or black sea bass could be landed for commercial 
purposes as part of this research project during a quota closure. The 
NEFSC would require participating vessels to obtain written approval 
from the NEFSC Study Fleet Program prior to landing any fish in excess 
of possession limits and/or below minimum size limits to ensure that 
the landed fish do not exceed any of the Study Fleet Program's 
collection needs, as detailed below. None of the landed biological 
samples from these trips would be sold for commercial use or used for 
any other purpose other than scientific research.
    The table below details the regulations from which the 
participating vessels would be exempt. The participating vessels would 
be required to comply with all other applicable requirements and 
restrictions specified at 50 CFR part 648, unless specifically exempted 
in this EFP. All catch of stocks allocated to Sectors by vessels on a 
Sector trip would be deducted from the Sector's Annual Catch 
Entitlement for each Northeast multispecies stock regardless of what 
fishery the vessel was participating in when the fish was caught.

                      NEFSC Study Fleet Program EFP
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           Number of vessels                            24
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                                          Possession for at-sea sampling
               Possession                      plus limited landing
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Exempted regulations in 50 CFR part 648  Size limits:
                                            Sec.   648.83(a)(3) NE
                                             multispecies minimum size.
                                            Sec.   648.93 Monkfish
                                             minimum fish size.
                                            Sec.   648.103 Summer
                                             flounder minimum fish size.
                                            Sec.   648.143(a) Black sea
                                             bass minimum fish size.
                                         Possession restrictions:
                                            Sec.   648.86(b) Atlantic
                                             cod.
                                            Sec.   648.86(c) Atlantic
                                             halibut.
                                            Sec.   648.86(e) White hake.
                                            Sec.   648.86(g) Yellowtail
                                             flounder.
                                            Sec.   648.86(g)(1) Southern
                                             New England Yellowtail
                                             flounder possession limit.
                                            Sec.   648.86(j) Georges
                                             Bank Winter flounder.
                                            Sec.   648.86(n)(1) Zero
                                             retention of SNE Winter
                                             flounder.
                                            Sec.   648.94 Monkfish
                                             possession limit.
                                            Sec.   648.22(c) Incidental
                                             possession limit of Loligo.
                                            Sec.   648.322 Skate
                                             possession and landing
                                             restrictions.
                                            Sec.   648.141 Black sea
                                             bass closure.
                                            Sec.   648.145 Black sea
                                             bass possession limits.

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                                            Sec.   648.231 Spiny dogfish
                                             closure.
                                            Sec.   648.235 Spiny dogfish
                                             possession and landing
                                             restrictions.
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    The following descriptions detail the NEFSC Study Fleet Program's 
Sampling Needs:
    Haddock--whole fish would be retained for maturity and fecundity 
research. The haddock retained would not exceed 30 fish per trip, or 
360 fish for all trips. The maximum weight of haddock on any trip would 
not exceed 120 lb (54.43 kg) total weight per trip, and would not 
exceed 1,440 lb (653.17 kg) for all trips combined.
    Yellowtail Flounder--whole fish would be retained for maturity, 
fecundity, bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA), food habits, and 
genetic research. The yellowtail flounder retained would not exceed 60 
fish per month from each of the three stock areas (Gulf of Maine (GOM), 
Georges Bank (GB), Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic (SNE/MA)), or 
1,800 fish total from each stock area for all trips. The maximum weight 
on any trip would not exceed 50 lb (22.70 kg) total weight, and would 
not exceed 1,500 lb (680.39 kg) for all trips combined.
    Summer Flounder--whole fish would be retained for maturity, 
fecundity, BIA, food habits, and genetic research. The summer flounder 
retained would not exceed 60 fish per month from each of the three 
stock areas (GOM, GB, SNE/MA), or 1,800 fish total from each stock area 
for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 100 lb 
(45.36 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 3,000 lb (1,360.78 kg) 
for all trips combined.
    Winter Flounder--whole fish would be retained for maturity, 
fecundity, BIA, food habits, and genetic research. The winter flounder 
retained would not exceed 60 fish per month from each of the three 
stock areas (GOM, GB, SNE/MA), or 1,800 fish total from each stock area 
for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 75 lb 
(34.02 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 2,250 lb (1,020.58 kg) 
for all trips combined.
    Spiny Dogfish--Whole fish would be retained for reproductive 
biology research. The spiny dogfish retained would not exceed 50 fish 
per month from each of the two stock areas (GOM, SNE/MA), or 1,200 fish 
total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 
390 lb (176.9 kg), and would not exceed 9,360 lb (4,245.62 kg) total 
for all trips.
    Monkfish--whole fish would be retained for maturity and fecundity 
research. Monkfish retained would not exceed 10 fish per trip, or 120 
fish total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not 
exceed 100 lb (45.36 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 1,200 lb 
(544.31 kg) for all trips combined.
    Cod--whole fish would be retained for tagging demonstrations and 
educational purposes. Cod to be retained would not exceed 15 fish per 
trip, or 60 cod for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not 
exceed 150 lb (68.04 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 600 lb 
(272.16 kg) for all trips combined.
    Barndoor Skate--whole and, in some cases, live skates would be 
retained for age and growth research and species confirmation. The 
barndoor skates retained would not exceed 20 fish per trip, or 80 
skates total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not 
exceed 75 lb (34.02 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 300 lb 
(136.08 kg) total for all trips combined.
    Thorny Skate--whole and, in some cases, live skates would be 
retained for age and growth research and species confirmation. Thorny 
skates retained would not exceed 20 fish per trip, or 80 skates total 
for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not exceed 75 lb 
(34.02 kg) whole weight, and would not exceed 300 lb (136.08 kg) total 
for all trips combined.
    Black Sea Bass--whole fish would be retained for examination of 
seasonal and latitudinal patterns in energy allocation. This effort is 
in support of an ongoing study at the NEFSC to evaluate BIA to measure 
fish energy density and reproductive potential for stock assessment. 
Black sea bass retained would not exceed 75 fish per trip or 300 black 
sea bass total for all trips. The maximum weight on any trip would not 
exceed 250 lb (113.40 kg) total weight, and would not exceed 1,000 lb 
(453.59 kg) total for all trips combined.
    If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and 
extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and 
extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed 
essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have 
minimal impact that do not change the scope or impact of the initially 
approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope 
of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited.

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

    Dated: March 18, 2011.
Margo Schulze-Haugen,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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