International Fisheries; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Import, Export, Re-Export, 38620 [2011-16619]

Download as PDF 38620 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 127 / Friday, July 1, 2011 / Notices at a NOAA-maintained Web site. Registration cards, valid for one year from the date of issuance, are mailed to registrants. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of non-compliance with international commission standards. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0578. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 2,024,691. Estimated Time per Response: Anglers and spear fishers: 2 minutes; for-hire fishing vessels: 3 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 67,530. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. SUMMARY: Through the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), it has come to the attention of NMFS that Libyan vessels may not be meeting ICCAT requirements for Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean. NMFS advises importers to take great care with respect to any import of Atlantic bluefin tuna harvested by Libyan vessels in 2011, as these shipments may have been illegally harvested and could be subject to increased scrutiny and potential liability. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions relating to permits or regulations may be directed to Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 713–2334, and questions relating to ICCAT requirements may be directed to Rebecca Lent at (301) 427–8368. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Libya’s inability to participate in the ICCAT regional observer program this year as confirmed by the ICCAT Administration, and its current failure to transmit vessel monitoring system (VMS) data is of primary concern. ICCAT requires that large scale (> 24 m) purse seine vessels fishing for eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean bluefin tuna carry an ICCAT-assigned regional observer and transmit certain data directly to ICCAT using a satellite-based vessel monitoring system. ICCAT requirements provide that such purse seine vessels without an ICCAT-placed observer shall not be authorized to fish or to operate in the bluefin tuna fishery. Thus, any product taken by Libya’s purse seine fleet under these conditions in 2011 would not be in compliance with ICCAT conservation and management measures. Failure to implement these ICCAT requirements is subject to action at the national and international levels. In that regard, other ICCAT members that import bluefin tuna, in particular Japan and the European Union, have indicated that they will prohibit the import of Libyan-caught bluefin tuna if harvested in 2011 contrary to the requirements of ICCAT. The United States has implemented through regulation its obligation under ICCAT’s Bluefin Catch Document program to require, as a condition of importation into the United States and conduct of other transactions (such as export and re-export), that all bluefin tuna shipments be accompanied by a properly completed catch document that has been validated by a IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: June 28, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–16594 Filed 6–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES6 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RIN 0648–XA479] International Fisheries; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Import, Export, Re-Export AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:54 Jun 30, 2011 Jkt 223001 PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 government official or other authorized individual of the flag or exporting State (unless the fish are tagged) (73 FR 31380, June 2, 2008). Improperly documented bluefin tuna may be prohibited from importation into the United States or be subject to other sanctions. Dated: June 28, 2011. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16619 Filed 6–30–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA527 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/MPA/Ecosystem Advisory Panel, in July, 2011, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 at 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339–2200; fax: (508) 339–1040. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Advisory Panel will discuss measures to minimize the adverse effects of fishing on EFH and measures to protect deepsea corals as well as review the decision document prepared by the Plan Development Team. The Panel will also provide guidance to the Committee on these issues. Other topics may be discussed at the Chair’s discretion. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those E:\FR\FM\01JYN1.SGM 01JYN1

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 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RIN 0648-XA479]


International Fisheries; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 
Bluefin Tuna Import, Export, Re-Export

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

ACTION: Notice of non-compliance with international commission 
standards.

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SUMMARY: Through the International Commission for the Conservation of 
Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), it has come to the attention of NMFS that 
Libyan vessels may not be meeting ICCAT requirements for Atlantic 
bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean. NMFS advises importers to 
take great care with respect to any import of Atlantic bluefin tuna 
harvested by Libyan vessels in 2011, as these shipments may have been 
illegally harvested and could be subject to increased scrutiny and 
potential liability.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Questions relating to permits or 
regulations may be directed to Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 713-2334, 
and questions relating to ICCAT requirements may be directed to Rebecca 
Lent at (301) 427-8368.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Libya's inability to participate in the 
ICCAT regional observer program this year as confirmed by the ICCAT 
Administration, and its current failure to transmit vessel monitoring 
system (VMS) data is of primary concern. ICCAT requires that large 
scale (> 24 m) purse seine vessels fishing for eastern Atlantic and 
Mediterranean bluefin tuna carry an ICCAT-assigned regional observer 
and transmit certain data directly to ICCAT using a satellite-based 
vessel monitoring system. ICCAT requirements provide that such purse 
seine vessels without an ICCAT-placed observer shall not be authorized 
to fish or to operate in the bluefin tuna fishery. Thus, any product 
taken by Libya's purse seine fleet under these conditions in 2011 would 
not be in compliance with ICCAT conservation and management measures.
    Failure to implement these ICCAT requirements is subject to action 
at the national and international levels. In that regard, other ICCAT 
members that import bluefin tuna, in particular Japan and the European 
Union, have indicated that they will prohibit the import of Libyan-
caught bluefin tuna if harvested in 2011 contrary to the requirements 
of ICCAT. The United States has implemented through regulation its 
obligation under ICCAT's Bluefin Catch Document program to require, as 
a condition of importation into the United States and conduct of other 
transactions (such as export and re-export), that all bluefin tuna 
shipments be accompanied by a properly completed catch document that 
has been validated by a government official or other authorized 
individual of the flag or exporting State (unless the fish are tagged) 
(73 FR 31380, June 2, 2008). Improperly documented bluefin tuna may be 
prohibited from importation into the United States or be subject to 
other sanctions.

    Dated: June 28, 2011.
 Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-16619 Filed 6-30-11; 8:45 am]
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