Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions and To Conduct Public Scoping Meetings, 37050-37052 [2011-15898]

Download as PDF 37050 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Proposed Rules separation requirements of the Rules, with a site restriction 5.3 kilometers (3.3 miles) northeast of the community. The reference coordinates are 32–48–20 NL and 91–52–05 WL. See Supplementary Information, supra. Comments must be filed on or before July 5, 2011, and reply comments on or before July 20, 2011. DATES: Secretary, Federal Communications Commission, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. In addition to filing comments with the FCC, interested parties should serve the petitioner as follows: Kenneth W. Diebel, 414 Ineichen Street, Rayville, Louisiana 71269. ADDRESSES: This is a synopsis of the Commission’s Notice of Proposed Rule Making, MB Docket No.11–87, adopted May 11, 2011, and released May 13, 2011. The full text of this Commission decision is available for inspection and copying during normal business hours in the FCC’s Reference Information Center at Portals II, CY–A257, 445 Twelfth Street, SW., Washington, DC 20554. This document may also be purchased from the Commission’s duplicating contractors, Best Copy and Printing, Inc., 445 12th Street, SW., Room CY–B402, Washington, DC 20554, telephone 1–800–378–3160 or via e-mail https:// www.BCPIWEB.com. This document does not contain proposed information collection requirements subject to the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13. In addition, therefore, it does not contain any proposed information collection burden ‘‘for small business concerns with fewer than 25 employees,’’ pursuant to the Small Business Paperwork Relief Act of 2002, Public Law 107–198, see 44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(4). Channel 230A is not listed in the FM Table of Allotments. We note that vacant Channel 230A at Bastrop was inadvertently removed from the FM Table of Allotments in MB Docket 05– 210. See 71 FR 76208, published December 20, 2006. Channel 230A was originally added to the FM Table of Allotments in MM Docket No. 99–141. See 66 FR 18734, published April 11, 2001. In this regard, Channel 230A is a vacant allotment due to the cancellation of the Station KTRY–FM license. See BLH–6141. The cancellation of the Station KTRY–FM license is under reconsideration. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS 16:44 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 NMFS intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) Background All sea turtles that occur in U.S. waters are listed as either endangered or threatened under the ESA. The Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) are listed as endangered. Loggerhead Radio, Radio broadcasting. Deborah A. Dupont, Media Bureau, (202) 418–7072. VerDate Mar<15>2010 AGENCY: and to conduct public scoping meetings to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by assessing potential impacts resulting from the proposed implementation of new sea turtle regulatory requirements in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States. These requirements are proposed to protect threatened and endangered sea turtles in the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico from incidental capture, and would be implemented under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). DATES: The public scoping period starts June 24, 2011 and will continue until August 23, 2011. NMFS will consider all written comments received or postmarked by August 8, 2011, in defining the scope of the EIS. Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to the extent practicable. Verbal comments will be accepted at the NMFS scoping meetings as specified below. ADDRESSES: NMFS will hold five public scoping meetings to provide the public with an opportunity to present verbal comments on the scope of the EIS and to learn more about the proposed action from NMFS officials. The locations and times for the scoping meetings are listed in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. In addition to the five scoping meetings, NMFS will also submit a scoping document to the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions. Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be sent electronically via e-mail to Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov, or physically via U.S. mail to Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 263 13th Ave., South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701– 5505. Additional information, including a scoping document, can be found at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/ turtles/regulations.htm. All comments, whether offered verbally in person at the scoping meetings or in writing as described above, will be considered. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Barnette, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, at the address above, or at (727) 824–5312. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: List of Subjects in 47 CFR Part 73 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Provisions of the Regulatory Flexibility Act of l980 do not apply to this proceeding. Members of the public should note that from the time a Notice of Proposed Rule Making is issued until the matter is no longer subject to Commission consideration or court review, all ex parte contacts are prohibited in Commission proceedings, such as this one, which involve channel allotments. See 47 CFR 1.1204(b) for rules governing permissible ex parte contacts. For information regarding proper filing procedures for comments, see 47 CFR 1.415 and 1.420. Federal Communications Commission. Nazifa Sawez, Assistant Chief, Audio Division, Media Bureau. For the reasons discussed in the preamble, the Federal Communications Commission proposes to amend 47 CFR Part 73 as follows: Part 73—Radio Broadcast Services 1. The authority citation for part 73 continues to read as follows: Authority: 47 U.S.C. 154, 303, 334, 336 and 339. § 73.202 [Amended] 2. Section 73.202(b), the Table of FM Allotments under Louisiana, is amended by adding Bastrop, Channel 228A. [FR Doc. 2011–15897 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 223 RIN 0648–XA465 Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions and To Conduct Public Scoping Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and conduct public scoping meetings. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\24JNP1.SGM 24JNP1 jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Proposed Rules (Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) turtles are listed as threatened, except for breeding populations of green turtles in Florida and on the Pacific coast of Mexico, which are listed as endangered. Sea turtles are incidentally taken, and some are killed, as a result of numerous activities, including fishery-related trawling activities in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic seaboard. Under the ESA and its implementing regulations, the taking of sea turtles is prohibited, with exceptions identified in 50 CFR 223.206(d), or according to the terms and conditions of a biological opinion issued under section 7 of the ESA, or according to an incidental take permit issued under section 10 of the ESA. The incidental taking of turtles during shrimp trawling is exempted from the taking prohibition of section 9 of the ESA if the conservation measures specified in the sea turtle conservation regulations (50 CFR 223.205) are followed. The regulations require most vessels defined as ‘‘shrimp trawlers’’ (50 CFR 222.102) operating in the southeastern United States (Atlantic or Gulf area, see 50 CFR 223.206) to have a NMFS-approved turtle excluder device (TED) installed in each net that is rigged for fishing to allow sea turtles to escape. TEDs incorporate an escape opening, usually covered by a webbing flap, which allows sea turtles to escape from trawl nets. TEDs currently approved by NMFS include single-grid hard TEDs and hooped hard TEDs conforming to a generic description, and one type of soft TED—the Parker soft TED (see 50 CFR 223.207). Most approved hard TEDs are described in the regulations (50 CFR 223.207(a)) according to generic criteria based upon certain parameters of TED design, configuration, and installation, including height and width dimensions of the TED opening through which the turtles escape. The regulations also describe additional hard TEDs’ specific requirements. Skimmer trawls, pusherhead trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls), however, may employ alternative tow time restrictions in lieu of TEDs, pursuant to 50 CFR 223.206(d)(2)(ii)(A). The alternative tow time restrictions limit tow times to 55 minutes from April 1 through October 31, and 75 minutes from November 1 through March 31. To be approved by NMFS, a TED design must be shown to be 97 percent effective in excluding sea turtles during testing based upon NMFS-approved scientific testing protocols (50 CFR 223.207(e)(1)). NMFS-approved testing protocols established to date include the ‘‘small turtle test’’ (55 FR 41092, VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 October 9, 1990) and the ‘‘wild turtle test’’ (52 FR 24244, June 29, 1987). Additionally, NMFS has established a leatherback model testing protocol to evaluate a candidate TED’s ability to exclude adult leatherback sea turtles (66 FR 24287, May 14, 2001). Because testing with live leatherbacks is impossible, NMFS obtained the carapace measurements of 15 nesting female leatherback turtles and used these data to construct an aluminum pipe-frame model of a leatherback turtle measuring 40 inches (101.6 cm) in width, 60 inches (152.4 cm) in length, and 21 inches (53.3 cm) in height. If the leatherback model and a diver with full scuba gear are able to pass through the escape opening of a candidate TED, that escape opening is judged to be capable of excluding adult leatherback sea turtles, as well as other large adult sea turtles. Purpose of This Action The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal agencies to conduct an environmental analysis of their proposed actions to determine if the actions may significantly affect the quality of the human environment. NMFS is considering a variety of regulatory measures to reduce the bycatch of threatened and endangered sea turtles in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States in light of new concerns regarding the effectiveness of existing TED regulations in protecting sea turtles. This EIS will provide background information and specifically evaluate the alternatives and impacts associated with any considered management alternative. This rulemaking would be implemented pursuant to the ESA. NMFS is seeking public input on the scope of the required NEPA analysis, including the range of reasonable alternatives, associated significant impacts of any alternatives, and suitable mitigation measures. Scope of the Action The draft EIS is expected to identify and evaluate the relevant significant impacts and issues associated with implementing new sea turtle regulations for the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States, in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality’s Regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500–1508 and NOAA’s procedures for implementing NEPA found in NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6, dated May 20, 1999. Alternatives NMFS will evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives in the draft EIS PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 37051 to reduce sea turtle bycatch and mortality in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States. In addition to evaluating the status quo, NMFS will evaluate several other alternatives. These alternatives include but are not necessarily limited to: Requiring all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) in both the Atlantic and Gulf areas to use TEDs; requiring all skimmer trawls, pusherhead trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) in just the Gulf area to use TEDs; and time and area closures affecting all shrimp vessels. Potential new TED requirements would apply to vessels fishing in both state and Federal waters. Public Comments NMFS provides this notice to advise the public and other agencies of NMFS’s intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the scope of the significant issues to include in the EIS. Comments and suggestions are invited from all interested parties to ensure that the full range of issues related to this proposed action and all substantive issues are identified. NMFS requests that comments be as specific as possible. In particular, the agency requests information regarding the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the human environment from the proposed action. The human environment is defined as ‘‘* * * the natural and physical environment and the relationship of people with that environment’’ (40 CFR 1508.14). In the context of the EIS, the human environment could include air quality, water quality, underwater noise levels, socioeconomic resources, fisheries, and environmental justice. Comments concerning this environmental review process should be directed to NMFS (see ADDRESSES). All comments and material received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. Authority The environmental review of the proposed action will be conducted under the authority and in accordance with the requirements of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), National Environmental Policy Act Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), NOAA Administrative Order 216–6, other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and policies and procedures of NOAA and NMFS for compliance with those regulations. E:\FR\FM\24JNP1.SGM 24JNP1 37052 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 122 / Friday, June 24, 2011 / Proposed Rules Locations and Times of Scoping Meetings jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Scoping meetings will be held at the following locations: 1. Gray—Terrebonne Parish Public Library, North Terrebonne Branch, 4130 West Park Avenue, Gray, LA 70359. 2. Belle Chasse—Belle Chasse Community Center, 8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037. 3. Biloxi—Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530. 4. Bayou La Batre—Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett Switch Road, Bayou La Batre, AL 36509. 5. Morehead City—Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, Morehead City, NC 28557. The meeting dates are: 1. July 12, 2011, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Gray, LA. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:44 Jun 23, 2011 Jkt 223001 2. July 12, 2011, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Belle Chasse, LA. 3. July 13, 2011, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Biloxi, MS. 4. July 14, 2011, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Bayou La Batre, AL. 5. July 18, 2011, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Morehead City, NC. Scoping Meetings Code of Conduct The public is asked to follow the following code of conduct at the scoping meetings. At the beginning of each meeting, a representative of NMFS will explain the ground rules (e.g., alcohol is prohibited from the meeting room; attendees will be called to give their comments in the order in which they registered to speak; each attendee will have an equal amount of time to speak; and attendees may not interrupt one another). The NMFS representative will structure the meeting so that all PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 attending members of the public will be able to comment, if they so choose, regardless of the controversial nature of the subject(s). Attendees are expected to respect the ground rules, and those that do not will be asked to leave the meeting. Special Accommodations The scoping meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the NOAA contact (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Dated: June 20, 2011. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–15898 Filed 6–23–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\24JNP1.SGM 24JNP1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 223

RIN 0648-XA465


Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea 
Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions and To Conduct Public Scoping 
Meetings

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

ACTION: Intent to prepare an environmental impact statement and conduct 
public scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS intends to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS) and to conduct public scoping meetings to comply with the 
National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by assessing potential impacts 
resulting from the proposed implementation of new sea turtle regulatory 
requirements in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States. 
These requirements are proposed to protect threatened and endangered 
sea turtles in the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico from 
incidental capture, and would be implemented under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA).

DATES: The public scoping period starts June 24, 2011 and will continue 
until August 23, 2011. NMFS will consider all written comments received 
or postmarked by August 8, 2011, in defining the scope of the EIS. 
Comments received or postmarked after that date will be considered to 
the extent practicable. Verbal comments will be accepted at the NMFS 
scoping meetings as specified below.

ADDRESSES: NMFS will hold five public scoping meetings to provide the 
public with an opportunity to present verbal comments on the scope of 
the EIS and to learn more about the proposed action from NMFS 
officials. The locations and times for the scoping meetings are listed 
in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document.
    In addition to the five scoping meetings, NMFS will also submit a 
scoping document to the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery 
Management Councils, and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries 
Commissions.
    Written comments on the scope of the EIS should be sent 
electronically via e-mail to Michael.Barnette@noaa.gov, or physically 
via U.S. mail to Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, Protected 
Resources Division, 263 13th Ave., South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-
5505. Additional information, including a scoping document, can be 
found at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/regulations.htm. 
All comments, whether offered verbally in person at the scoping 
meetings or in writing as described above, will be considered.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Barnette, NMFS, Southeast 
Regional Office, at the address above, or at (727) 824-5312.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    All sea turtles that occur in U.S. waters are listed as either 
endangered or threatened under the ESA. The Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys 
kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill 
(Eretmochelys imbricata) are listed as endangered. Loggerhead

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(Caretta caretta) and green (Chelonia mydas) turtles are listed as 
threatened, except for breeding populations of green turtles in Florida 
and on the Pacific coast of Mexico, which are listed as endangered.
    Sea turtles are incidentally taken, and some are killed, as a 
result of numerous activities, including fishery-related trawling 
activities in the Gulf of Mexico and along the Atlantic seaboard. Under 
the ESA and its implementing regulations, the taking of sea turtles is 
prohibited, with exceptions identified in 50 CFR 223.206(d), or 
according to the terms and conditions of a biological opinion issued 
under section 7 of the ESA, or according to an incidental take permit 
issued under section 10 of the ESA. The incidental taking of turtles 
during shrimp trawling is exempted from the taking prohibition of 
section 9 of the ESA if the conservation measures specified in the sea 
turtle conservation regulations (50 CFR 223.205) are followed. The 
regulations require most vessels defined as ``shrimp trawlers'' (50 CFR 
222.102) operating in the southeastern United States (Atlantic or Gulf 
area, see 50 CFR 223.206) to have a NMFS-approved turtle excluder 
device (TED) installed in each net that is rigged for fishing to allow 
sea turtles to escape. TEDs incorporate an escape opening, usually 
covered by a webbing flap, which allows sea turtles to escape from 
trawl nets. TEDs currently approved by NMFS include single-grid hard 
TEDs and hooped hard TEDs conforming to a generic description, and one 
type of soft TED--the Parker soft TED (see 50 CFR 223.207). Most 
approved hard TEDs are described in the regulations (50 CFR 223.207(a)) 
according to generic criteria based upon certain parameters of TED 
design, configuration, and installation, including height and width 
dimensions of the TED opening through which the turtles escape. The 
regulations also describe additional hard TEDs' specific requirements. 
Skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls), 
however, may employ alternative tow time restrictions in lieu of TEDs, 
pursuant to 50 CFR 223.206(d)(2)(ii)(A). The alternative tow time 
restrictions limit tow times to 55 minutes from April 1 through October 
31, and 75 minutes from November 1 through March 31.
    To be approved by NMFS, a TED design must be shown to be 97 percent 
effective in excluding sea turtles during testing based upon NMFS-
approved scientific testing protocols (50 CFR 223.207(e)(1)). NMFS-
approved testing protocols established to date include the ``small 
turtle test'' (55 FR 41092, October 9, 1990) and the ``wild turtle 
test'' (52 FR 24244, June 29, 1987). Additionally, NMFS has established 
a leatherback model testing protocol to evaluate a candidate TED's 
ability to exclude adult leatherback sea turtles (66 FR 24287, May 14, 
2001). Because testing with live leatherbacks is impossible, NMFS 
obtained the carapace measurements of 15 nesting female leatherback 
turtles and used these data to construct an aluminum pipe-frame model 
of a leatherback turtle measuring 40 inches (101.6 cm) in width, 60 
inches (152.4 cm) in length, and 21 inches (53.3 cm) in height. If the 
leatherback model and a diver with full scuba gear are able to pass 
through the escape opening of a candidate TED, that escape opening is 
judged to be capable of excluding adult leatherback sea turtles, as 
well as other large adult sea turtles.

Purpose of This Action

    The National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) requires Federal 
agencies to conduct an environmental analysis of their proposed actions 
to determine if the actions may significantly affect the quality of the 
human environment. NMFS is considering a variety of regulatory measures 
to reduce the bycatch of threatened and endangered sea turtles in the 
shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States in light of new 
concerns regarding the effectiveness of existing TED regulations in 
protecting sea turtles. This EIS will provide background information 
and specifically evaluate the alternatives and impacts associated with 
any considered management alternative. This rulemaking would be 
implemented pursuant to the ESA. NMFS is seeking public input on the 
scope of the required NEPA analysis, including the range of reasonable 
alternatives, associated significant impacts of any alternatives, and 
suitable mitigation measures.

Scope of the Action

    The draft EIS is expected to identify and evaluate the relevant 
significant impacts and issues associated with implementing new sea 
turtle regulations for the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United 
States, in accordance with the Council on Environmental Quality's 
Regulations at 40 CFR parts 1500-1508 and NOAA's procedures for 
implementing NEPA found in NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216-6, dated 
May 20, 1999.

Alternatives

    NMFS will evaluate a range of reasonable alternatives in the draft 
EIS to reduce sea turtle bycatch and mortality in the shrimp fishery of 
the southeastern United States. In addition to evaluating the status 
quo, NMFS will evaluate several other alternatives. These alternatives 
include but are not necessarily limited to: Requiring all skimmer 
trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) in both 
the Atlantic and Gulf areas to use TEDs; requiring all skimmer trawls, 
pusher-head trawls, and wing nets (butterfly trawls) in just the Gulf 
area to use TEDs; and time and area closures affecting all shrimp 
vessels. Potential new TED requirements would apply to vessels fishing 
in both state and Federal waters.

Public Comments

    NMFS provides this notice to advise the public and other agencies 
of NMFS's intentions and to obtain suggestions and information on the 
scope of the significant issues to include in the EIS. Comments and 
suggestions are invited from all interested parties to ensure that the 
full range of issues related to this proposed action and all 
substantive issues are identified. NMFS requests that comments be as 
specific as possible. In particular, the agency requests information 
regarding the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the 
human environment from the proposed action. The human environment is 
defined as ``* * * the natural and physical environment and the 
relationship of people with that environment'' (40 CFR 1508.14). In the 
context of the EIS, the human environment could include air quality, 
water quality, underwater noise levels, socioeconomic resources, 
fisheries, and environmental justice.
    Comments concerning this environmental review process should be 
directed to NMFS (see ADDRESSES). All comments and material received, 
including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative 
record and may be released to the public.

Authority

    The environmental review of the proposed action will be conducted 
under the authority and in accordance with the requirements of the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 
et seq.), National Environmental Policy Act Regulations (40 CFR parts 
1500-1508), NOAA Administrative Order 216-6, other appropriate Federal 
laws and regulations, and policies and procedures of NOAA and NMFS for 
compliance with those regulations.

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Locations and Times of Scoping Meetings

    Scoping meetings will be held at the following locations:
    1. Gray--Terrebonne Parish Public Library, North Terrebonne Branch, 
4130 West Park Avenue, Gray, LA 70359.
    2. Belle Chasse--Belle Chasse Community Center, 8398 Highway 23, 
Belle Chasse, LA 70037.
    3. Biloxi--Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, 1141 Bayview 
Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530.
    4. Bayou La Batre--Bayou La Batre Community Center, 12745 Padgett 
Switch Road, Bayou La Batre, AL 36509.
    5. Morehead City--Crystal Coast Civic Center, 3505 Arendell Street, 
Morehead City, NC 28557.
    The meeting dates are:
    1. July 12, 2011, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Gray, LA.
    2. July 12, 2011, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Belle Chasse, LA.
    3. July 13, 2011, 4 p.m. to 6 p.m., Biloxi, MS.
    4. July 14, 2011, 12 p.m. to 2 p.m., Bayou La Batre, AL.
    5. July 18, 2011, 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Morehead City, NC.

Scoping Meetings Code of Conduct

    The public is asked to follow the following code of conduct at the 
scoping meetings. At the beginning of each meeting, a representative of 
NMFS will explain the ground rules (e.g., alcohol is prohibited from 
the meeting room; attendees will be called to give their comments in 
the order in which they registered to speak; each attendee will have an 
equal amount of time to speak; and attendees may not interrupt one 
another). The NMFS representative will structure the meeting so that 
all attending members of the public will be able to comment, if they so 
choose, regardless of the controversial nature of the subject(s). 
Attendees are expected to respect the ground rules, and those that do 
not will be asked to leave the meeting.

Special Accommodations

    The scoping meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to the NOAA contact (see FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 7 days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: June 20, 2011.
James H. Lecky,
Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
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