Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Extension for Exempted Fishing Permit, 17109 [2011-7239]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 59 / Monday, March 28, 2011 / Notices Public Comments Public comments are being solicited on the application and the EA through the end of the comment period stated in this notice. To be considered, comments must be received by 5 p.m. A.L.T. on the last day of the comment period; that does not mean postmarked or otherwise transmitted by that date. Copies of the application and EA are available for review from NMFS (see ADDRESSES). Interested persons also may comment on the application and on the EA at the March/April 2011 Council meeting during public testimony. Information regarding the meeting is available at the Council’s Web site at http://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/ npfmc/. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 23, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7240 Filed 3–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA285 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Extension for Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that the subject exempted fishing permit (EFP) application contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. This EFP extension would exempt four commercial fishing vessels from the restriction on fishing for, catching, possessing, landing, and selling female red crabs in excess of one standard tote for the purpose of research on an experimental female red crab fishery that is being conducted in conjunction with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences. 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. Emcdonald on DSK2BSOYB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Mar 25, 2011 Jkt 223001 Comments must be received on or before April 12, 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 Red Crab EFP Extension.’’ • 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 Red Crab EFP Extension.’’ • Fax: (978) 281–9135. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carly Knoell, Fisheries Management Specialist, 978–281–9224, Carly.Knoell@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP extension was submitted on February 28, 2011, by Dr. Richard Wahle of the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; Dr. Yong Chen of the School of Marine Sciences, University of Maine; and Mr. Jon Williams of the New England Red Crab Harvesters’ Association to conduct commercial fishing activities that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would authorize four vessels to catch, possess, land, and sell female red crabs in excess of one standard tote of female red crab, as specified at 50 CFR 648.263(a)(3). Vessels would remain subject to all other commercial fishing regulations, including red crab possession limits and days-at-sea restrictions. The primary goal of the experimental fishery is to harvest non-egg-bearing females to expand the red crab market and increase efficiency in the harvesting process. In addition, an experimental fishery that includes non-egg-bearing females has provided an opportunity to conduct at-sea sampling, renewed tagging, and model development to better evaluate the growth and reproductive performance of the population, as well as the impact of current and proposed harvesting on yields and egg production. This aspect of the project is conducted by an onboard researcher under the direction of Dr. Wahle. The EFP was initially issued July 23, 2009, for 1 year, expiring July 22, 2010. An extension was granted July 26, 2010, through the end of the fishing year (February 28, 2011). A subsequent extension is now being requested due to initial logistical delays and additional time to complete research and funding components of this study. No additional exemptions will be included in the extension of this EFP and the activities of the study remain consistent with the DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17109 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan. 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 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 23, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–7239 Filed 3–25–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Availability of Seats for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice and request for applications. AGENCY: The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Diving, Education (alternate), Research (alternate), Tourism (alternate) and Agriculture (alternate). Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen should expect to serve until February 2014. The Research alternate and Agriculture alternate should expect to serve until February 2013 because the seats were vacated prematurely. DATES: Applications are due by April 15, 2010. ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from 299 Foam Street, Monterey, CA, 93940 or online at http://montereybay.noaa.gov/. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28MRN1.SGM 28MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 59 (Monday, March 28, 2011)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA285


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

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination 
that the subject exempted fishing permit (EFP) application contains all 
the required information and warrants further consideration. This EFP 
extension would exempt four commercial fishing vessels from the 
restriction on fishing for, catching, possessing, landing, and selling 
female red crabs in excess of one standard tote for the purpose of 
research on an experimental female red crab fishery that is being 
conducted in conjunction with the Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean 
Sciences.
    Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens 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 12, 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 Red Crab EFP Extension.''
     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 Red Crab EFP Extension.''
     Fax: (978) 281-9135.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: An application for an EFP extension was 
submitted on February 28, 2011, by Dr. Richard Wahle of the Bigelow 
Laboratory for Ocean Sciences; Dr. Yong Chen of the School of Marine 
Sciences, University of Maine; and Mr. Jon Williams of the New England 
Red Crab Harvesters' Association to conduct commercial fishing 
activities that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would 
authorize four vessels to catch, possess, land, and sell female red 
crabs in excess of one standard tote of female red crab, as specified 
at 50 CFR 648.263(a)(3). Vessels would remain subject to all other 
commercial fishing regulations, including red crab possession limits 
and days-at-sea restrictions.
    The primary goal of the experimental fishery is to harvest non-egg-
bearing females to expand the red crab market and increase efficiency 
in the harvesting process. In addition, an experimental fishery that 
includes non-egg-bearing females has provided an opportunity to conduct 
at-sea sampling, renewed tagging, and model development to better 
evaluate the growth and reproductive performance of the population, as 
well as the impact of current and proposed harvesting on yields and egg 
production. This aspect of the project is conducted by an onboard 
researcher under the direction of Dr. Wahle.
    The EFP was initially issued July 23, 2009, for 1 year, expiring 
July 22, 2010. An extension was granted July 26, 2010, through the end 
of the fishing year (February 28, 2011). A subsequent extension is now 
being requested due to initial logistical delays and additional time to 
complete research and funding components of this study. No additional 
exemptions will be included in the extension of this EFP and the 
activities of the study remain consistent with the Atlantic Deep-Sea 
Red Crab Fishery Management Plan.
    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 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 23, 2011.
Margo Schulze-Haugen,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-7239 Filed 3-25-11; 8:45 am]
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