Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for the Northern Mariana Islands, 50183-50184 [2011-20594]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA634 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Oversight Committee on August 31, 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. 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At this meeting, the Committee will review the AP and PDT reports and develop a recommended set of goals and objectives for Amendment 6 for approval by the Councils. The Committee will also hold a closed session at the end of the meeting to review applications for recently vacated AP seats. The Committee’s recommendations will be transmitted to the Executive Committee for approval. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 8, 2011. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–20470 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA635 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/MPA/Ecosystem Committee in Augsut, 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 Tuesday, August 30, 2011 at 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at the Best Western Wynwood Hotel, 580 US Highway 1, Interstate Traffic Circle, Portsmouth, NH 03801; telephone: (603) 436–7600; fax: (603) 436–7600. 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 Committee will continue development of options to minimize the adverse effects of fishing on essential fish habitat and will also continue 50183 development of alternatives to protect deep-sea corals from fishing, these options will be presented to the Council at the September meeting. The Committee will also review remaining essential fish habitat designation issues held over from previous meetings. Other business will be discussed at the discretion of the Chair. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 8, 2011. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–20472 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA579 Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for the Northern Mariana Islands National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of agency decision. AGENCY: NMFS announces approval of a marine conservation plan for the Northern Mariana Islands. DATES: This agency decision is effective from August 4, 2011, through August 3, 2014. ADDRESSES: Copies of the MCP are available from http:// www.regulations.gov, or the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\12AUN1.SGM 12AUN1 50184 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 156 / Friday, August 12, 2011 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands with the concurrence of, and in consultation with, the Governor of the Pacific Insular Area to which the PIAFA applies. Before entering into a PIAFA, the appropriate Governor, with the concurrence of 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 payments received under a PIAFA to be deposited into the United States Treasury and then conveyed to the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area for which funds were collected. In the case of violations by foreign fishing vessels occurring within the EEZ off any Pacific Insular Area, amounts received by the Secretary attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the MagnusonStevens Act, including sums collected from the forfeiture and disposition or sale of property seized subject to its authority, shall be deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area adjacent to the EEZ in which the violation occurred, after direct costs of the enforcement action are subtracted. Any funds deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area may be used by the jurisdiction for fisheries enforcement and for implementation of an MCP. 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, reviewed and approved the Northern Mariana Islands MCP and recommended its submission to the Secretary for approval. On June 29, 2011, the Governor of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:37 Aug 11, 2011 Jkt 223001 submitted the MCP to NMFS, the designee of the Secretary, for review and approval. The CNMI MCP contains 10 conservation and management objectives under which planned projects and activities designed to meet the objective are identified and described, as follows: Objective 1. Data collection and reporting through a commercial harvest monitoring program. Objective 2. Resource assessment and monitoring through analysis of data on pelagic fisheries resources. Objective 3. Habitat assessment and monitoring. Objective 4. Management procedures through the development of management zones for the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Objective 5. Surveillance and enforcement through an EEZ enforcement program. Objective 6. Promote responsible domestic fisheries development to provide long term economic growth and stability and local food production. This objective would be supported through the following projects: (a) Construction of cold storage, fish processing, and fish market facilities. (b) Longline permit, reporting, and quota utilization program to facilitate responsible fisheries. (c) Development of a fish marketing plan that includes market identification, transportation, fish products, branding and ecolabeling, and other marketing issues. (d) Enhance fishing opportunities by deploying community fish aggregation devices. (e) Fisheries technology and education program. (f) Recreational and subsistence fishing economic impact and use study. (g) Charter fishing economic impact study. (h) CNMI commercial fisheries baseline assessment. Objective 7. Public participation. Objective 8. Regional cooperation through participation in regional fisheries meetings and conferences. Objective 9. Western Pacific demonstration projects, including the following: (a) Village-based aquaculture project. (b) Northern Islands remote fishing station project. Objective 10. Performance evaluation. This notice announces that NMFS has determined that the CNMI MCP satisfies the requirements of the MagnusonStevens Act and approves the MCP for the 3-year period from August 4, 2011, through August 3, 2014. The current MCP supersedes the amended CNMI PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 MCP approved for the period October 6, 2009, through October 6, 2011 (74 FR 25710, May 29, 2009). Dated: August 8, 2011. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–20594 Filed 8–11–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List, Additions and Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to and deletions from the Procurement List. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 156 (Friday, August 12, 2011)]
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[Pages 50183-50184]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA579


Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan 
for the Northern Mariana Islands

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 the 
Northern Mariana Islands.

DATES: This agency decision is effective from August 4, 2011, through 
August 3, 2014.

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

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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 American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern 
Mariana Islands with the concurrence of, and in consultation with, the 
Governor of the Pacific Insular Area to which the PIAFA applies. Before 
entering into a PIAFA, the appropriate Governor, with the concurrence 
of 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 payments received under a PIAFA 
to be deposited into the United States Treasury and then conveyed to 
the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area for which funds were 
collected. In the case of violations by foreign fishing vessels 
occurring within the EEZ off any Pacific Insular Area, amounts received 
by the Secretary attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, including sums collected from the forfeiture and 
disposition or sale of property seized subject to its authority, shall 
be deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area adjacent to 
the EEZ in which the violation occurred, after direct costs of the 
enforcement action are subtracted. Any funds deposited into the 
Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area may be used by the jurisdiction 
for fisheries enforcement and for implementation of an MCP.
    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, reviewed and approved the Northern 
Mariana Islands MCP and recommended its submission to the Secretary for 
approval. On June 29, 2011, the Governor of the Commonwealth of the 
Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) submitted the MCP to NMFS, the designee 
of the Secretary, for review and approval.
    The CNMI MCP contains 10 conservation and management objectives 
under which planned projects and activities designed to meet the 
objective are identified and described, as follows:
    Objective 1. Data collection and reporting through a commercial 
harvest monitoring program.
    Objective 2. Resource assessment and monitoring through analysis of 
data on pelagic fisheries resources.
    Objective 3. Habitat assessment and monitoring.
    Objective 4. Management procedures through the development of 
management zones for the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
    Objective 5. Surveillance and enforcement through an EEZ 
enforcement program.
    Objective 6. Promote responsible domestic fisheries development to 
provide long term economic growth and stability and local food 
production. This objective would be supported through the following 
projects:
    (a) Construction of cold storage, fish processing, and fish market 
facilities.
    (b) Longline permit, reporting, and quota utilization program to 
facilitate responsible fisheries.
    (c) Development of a fish marketing plan that includes market 
identification, transportation, fish products, branding and 
ecolabeling, and other marketing issues.
    (d) Enhance fishing opportunities by deploying community fish 
aggregation devices.
    (e) Fisheries technology and education program.
    (f) Recreational and subsistence fishing economic impact and use 
study.
    (g) Charter fishing economic impact study.
    (h) CNMI commercial fisheries baseline assessment.
    Objective 7. Public participation.
    Objective 8. Regional cooperation through participation in regional 
fisheries meetings and conferences.
    Objective 9. Western Pacific demonstration projects, including the 
following:
    (a) Village-based aquaculture project.
    (b) Northern Islands remote fishing station project.
    Objective 10. Performance evaluation.
    This notice announces that NMFS has determined that the CNMI MCP 
satisfies the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and approves the 
MCP for the 3-year period from August 4, 2011, through August 3, 2014. 
The current MCP supersedes the amended CNMI MCP approved for the period 
October 6, 2009, through October 6, 2011 (74 FR 25710, May 29, 2009).

    Dated: August 8, 2011.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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