Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund, 38370-38371 [2011-16454]

Download as PDF 38370 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 126 / Thursday, June 30, 2011 / Notices relative to the population size. Please see Table 2 for these numbers. Based on the foregoing analysis, behavioral disturbance to marine mammals in the Hood Canal will be of low intensity and limited duration. To ensure minimal disturbance, the Navy will implement the mitigation measures described previously, which NMFS has determined will serve as the means for effecting the least practicable adverse effect on marine mammals stocks or populations and their habitat. NMFS finds that the Navy’s pile driving activities will result in the incidental take of small numbers of marine mammals, and that the authorized number of takes will have no more than a negligible impact on the affected species and stocks. Dated: June 24, 2011. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16515 Filed 6–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA517 Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund There are no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals implicated by this action. AGENCY: Endangered Species Act (ESA) There are no ESA-listed marine mammals found in the action area during the project’s in-water work timeframe; therefore, no consultation under the ESA is required by NMFS. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as implemented by the regulations published by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500– 1508), and NOAA Administrative Order 216– 6, the Navy prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the direct, indirect and cumulative effects to the human environment resulting from the test pile project. NMFS has adopted that EA in order to assess the impacts to the human environment of issuance of an IHA to the Navy. NMFS signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on June 24, 2011. The Navy’s EA and NMFS’ FONSI for this action are available for review at https:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm. srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Determinations NMFS has determined that the impact of conducting the specific activities described in this notice and in the IHA request in the specific geographic region in the Hood Canal, Washington may result, at worst, in a temporary modification in behavior (Level B harassment) of small numbers of marine mammals. Further, this activity is expected to result in a negligible impact on the affected species or stocks of marine mammals. The provision requiring that the activity not have an unmitigable impact on the availability of the affected species or stock of marine mammals for subsistence uses is not implicated for this action. Authorization As a result of these determinations, NMFS has issued an IHA to the Navy to conduct a test pile program in the Hood Canal from the period of July 16, 2011, through October 31, 2011, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Jun 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of agency decision. NMFS announces approval of a marine conservation plan for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands. DATES: This agency decision is effective from June 24, 2011 through June 23, 2014. ADDRESSES: Copies of the MCP are available from https:// www.regulations.gov, or the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–944–2108. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 204(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) and in consultation with the Council, to negotiate and enter into a Pacific Insular Area fishery agreement (PIAFA). A PIAFA would allow foreign fishing within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to any Pacific Insular Area other than American Samoa, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands, that is, in the EEZ around the Pacific remote island areas (PRIA). The PRIA are Baker Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Midway Island, Wake Island, and Palmyra Atoll. Before entering into a PIAFA for the PRIA, the Council must develop a 3-year Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) providing details on uses for any funds collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires any payments received under a PIAFA, and any funds or contributions received in support of conservation and management objectives for the PRIA to be deposited into the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund (Fund) for use by the Council. Additionally, amounts received by the Secretary attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for violations by foreign vessels occurring within the EEZ off any PRIA are also deposited into the Fund for use by the Council. An MCP must be consistent with the Council’s fishery ecosystem plans, must identify conservation and management objectives (including criteria for determining when such objectives have been met), and must prioritize planned marine conservation projects. Although no foreign fishing is being considered at this time, the Council, at its 151st meeting held June 15–18, 2011, approved its PRIA MCP. On June 18, 2011, the Council submitted the MCP to NMFS for review and approval. The MCP contains five conservation and management objectives, and identifies major task areas under which nine planned activities are described, as follows: Objective 1. Support quality research and obtain the most complete scientific information available to assess and manage fisheries within an ecosystem approach. a. Support cooperative research on U.S. purse seine vessels fishing on fish aggregation devices in the PRIA. b. Support tagging studies in the PRIA to provide better understanding of pelagic species. c. Support collection and analysis of life history characteristics of federally managed species through bio-sampling. Objective 2. Conduct education and outreach to foster good stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the Council decisionmaking process by supporting education and outreach activities related to sustainable fisheries management of pelagic fisheries in the PRIA. Objective 3. Promote regional cooperation to manage domestic and international fisheries, by participating in international fishery policy development in Pacific Regional Fishery Management Organizations. Objective 4. Encourage development of technologies and methods to achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and surveillance and to ensure safety at sea. a. Support pilot programs to test new technologies for information gathering, E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 126 / Thursday, June 30, 2011 / Notices in coordination with federal, state, and industry representatives. b. Support observer programs or other monitoring efforts that are adequate to monitor the harvest, bycatch, and compliance of foreign fishing vessels that fish under a PIAFA in the PRIA. c. Participate in Pacific-wide vessel monitoring system consultations. Objective 5. Support activities that promote western Pacific community demonstration projects and the western Pacific community development program. The MCP also outlines a process by which the Council’s Executive Committee could revisit the project ranking to adapt to changing management needs. This notice announces that NMFS has determined that the PRIA MCP satisfies the requirements of the MagnusonStevens Act and approves the MCP for the 3-year period from June 24, 2011, through June 23, 2014. Dated: June 24, 2011. Margo Schulze-Haugen, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16454 Filed 6–27–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meetings Federal Register CITATION OF PREVIOUS ANNOUNCEMENT: Vol. 76, No. 122, Friday, June 24, 2011, page 37070. PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED TIME AND DATE OF MEETINGS: 1. Open to Public—10 a.m.– srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 12 Noon., and 2. Closed to Public—2– 3 p.m., Wednesday June 29, 2011. CHANGES IN MEETINGS: 1. For Meeting Open to the Public, rescheduled to 9–11 a.m.; 2. Revised Agenda: 1. Briefing Matter: Lead 100 ppm, 2. Decisional Matter: Final 15(j) Rule for Drawstrings; 3. Time for Closed Compliance Status Report rescheduled to 11 a.m.–12 Noon; VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Jun 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 For a recorded message containing the latest agenda information, call (301) 504–7948. CONTACT PERSON FOR ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Todd A. Stevenson, Office of the Secretary, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7923. Dated: June 28, 2011. Todd A. Stevenson, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2011–16588 Filed 6–28–11; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P 38371 in school nor in the workplace and promising solutions to address this challenge. These recommendations will guide the work of the Council going forward. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Leslie Boissiere, Executive Director, White House Council for Community Solutions, Corporation for National and Community Service, 10th Floor, Room 10911, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20525. Phone: (202) 606–3910. Fax: (202) 606–3464. E-mail: lboissiere@cns.gov. CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Dated: June 28, 2011. Leslie Boissiere, Executive Director, White House Council for Community Solutions. Sunshine Act Meeting [FR Doc. 2011–16658 Filed 6–28–11; 4:15 pm] The White House Council for Community Solutions gives notice of the following meeting: DATE AND TIME: Friday, July 15, 2011, 3 p.m.–4 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. PLACE: The Council will meet via phone conference call. The meeting will be open to the public in Listen-Only mode and it will be recorded. To dial in, please call 1–866–525–0652. More details and materials will be available on the Council’s Web site (https:// www.serve.gov/communitysolutions) on Thursday, July 14th. PUBLIC COMMENT: The public is invited to submit publicly available comments through the Council’s Web site. To send statements to the Council, please send written statements to the Council’s electronic mailbox at WhiteHouseCouncil@cns.gov. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA517


Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan 
for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund

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

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a marine conservation plan for 
Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern 
Mariana Islands.

DATES: This agency decision is effective from June 24, 2011 through 
June 23, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Copies of the MCP are available from https://www.regulations.gov, or the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council 
(Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808-
522-8220.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jarad Makaiau, Sustainable Fisheries, 
NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808-944-2108.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 204(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) 
authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) and in consultation with the Council, 
to negotiate and enter into a Pacific Insular Area fishery agreement 
(PIAFA). A PIAFA would allow foreign fishing within the U.S. Exclusive 
Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to any Pacific Insular Area other than 
American Samoa, Guam or the Northern Mariana Islands, that is, in the 
EEZ around the Pacific remote island areas (PRIA). The PRIA are Baker 
Island, Howland Island, Jarvis Island, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, 
Midway Island, Wake Island, and Palmyra Atoll. Before entering into a 
PIAFA for the PRIA, the Council must develop a 3-year Marine 
Conservation Plan (MCP) providing details on uses for any funds 
collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA.
    The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires any payments received under a 
PIAFA, and any funds or contributions received in support of 
conservation and management objectives for the PRIA to be deposited 
into the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund (Fund) for use by 
the Council. Additionally, amounts received by the Secretary 
attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act for violations by foreign vessels occurring within the EEZ off any 
PRIA are also deposited into the Fund for use by the Council.
    An MCP must be consistent with the Council's fishery ecosystem 
plans, must identify conservation and management objectives (including 
criteria for determining when such objectives have been met), and must 
prioritize planned marine conservation projects. Although no foreign 
fishing is being considered at this time, the Council, at its 151st 
meeting held June 15-18, 2011, approved its PRIA MCP. On June 18, 2011, 
the Council submitted the MCP to NMFS for review and approval.
    The MCP contains five conservation and management objectives, and 
identifies major task areas under which nine planned activities are 
described, as follows:
    Objective 1. Support quality research and obtain the most complete 
scientific information available to assess and manage fisheries within 
an ecosystem approach.
    a. Support cooperative research on U.S. purse seine vessels fishing 
on fish aggregation devices in the PRIA.
    b. Support tagging studies in the PRIA to provide better 
understanding of pelagic species.
    c. Support collection and analysis of life history characteristics 
of federally managed species through bio-sampling.
    Objective 2. Conduct education and outreach to foster good 
stewardship principles and broad and direct public participation in the 
Council decision-making process by supporting education and outreach 
activities related to sustainable fisheries management of pelagic 
fisheries in the PRIA.
    Objective 3. Promote regional cooperation to manage domestic and 
international fisheries, by participating in international fishery 
policy development in Pacific Regional Fishery Management 
Organizations.
    Objective 4. Encourage development of technologies and methods to 
achieve the most effective level of monitoring, control, and 
surveillance and to ensure safety at sea.
    a. Support pilot programs to test new technologies for information 
gathering,

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in coordination with federal, state, and industry representatives.
    b. Support observer programs or other monitoring efforts that are 
adequate to monitor the harvest, bycatch, and compliance of foreign 
fishing vessels that fish under a PIAFA in the PRIA.
    c. Participate in Pacific-wide vessel monitoring system 
consultations.
    Objective 5. Support activities that promote western Pacific 
community demonstration projects and the western Pacific community 
development program.
    The MCP also outlines a process by which the Council's Executive 
Committee could revisit the project ranking to adapt to changing 
management needs.
    This notice announces that NMFS has determined that the PRIA MCP 
satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and approves the 
MCP for the 3-year period from June 24, 2011, through June 23, 2014.

    Dated: June 24, 2011.
Margo Schulze-Haugen,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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