North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 71321-71322 [2011-29732]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 222 / Thursday, November 17, 2011 / Notices component to the Puget Sound ecosystem. The lamprey would be captured via backpack electrofishing and the use of seines. Sampling would target silt-mud substrates that are preferred habitats for juvenile lamprey but are unlikely to harbor salmonids. Samples would be taken in the late summer and fall before peak lamprey emigration. Electrofishing methods would be modified to target juvenile lamprey and would be unlikely to harm them or other fish species. A subsample of the captured lamprey would be measured and weighed (up to 30 per site) and up to five fish per site may be tissue sampled or sacrificed. All other fish (including all listed fish) would be released at the capture site. The researchers do not propose to kill any other listed species being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Permit 16798 The FWS is seeking a 5-year research permit to annually take juvenile and adult PS Chinook salmon and PS steelhead. Sampling sites would be located in the south fork of the Skokomish River. The purpose of FWS’s research is to complete an extensive assessment of engineered logjams (ELJs) placed in the Skokomish River by comparing a reach where ELJs were placed with an adjacent reach lacking ELJs. The research would benefit the listed species by assessing if the ELJs increase habitat diversity for both juvenile (rearing) and adult (holding, spawning) salmon and stabilize substrate in the active channel. The FWS proposes to capture fish using a combination of beach and purse seining, electrofishing, and snorkeling. Captured fish would be PIT-tagged and injected with elastomer dyes, or soaked in a Bismarck brown dye. Approximately 25 fish per site would be subjected to gastric lavage. All fish would be released at their capture sites. The researchers do not propose to kill any fish, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. Permit 16918 The Wild Fish Conservancy (WFC) is seeking a 5-year research permit to annually take adult SDPS green sturgeon. The WFC research may also cause them to take SDPS eulachon—for which there are currently no ESA take prohibitions. Sampling would take place in the Grays Harbor estuary and the lower, tidally-influenced portions of its major tributaries. The purpose of WFC’s research is to document the distribution, abundance, habitat use, and timing of juvenile salmonids and VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Nov 16, 2011 Jkt 226001 other fishes in the Grays Harbor estuary. The research would benefit listed species by helping managers plan salmonid habitat restoration and protection projects. Sampling would consist of beach seining and fyke netting. For green sturgeon, the researchers would measure fork length, photograph scutes, and release the fish. Eulachon would be transferred to buckets, measured for fork length (to determine potential reproductive status), enumerated, and released. The researchers do not propose to kill any fish, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: November 10, 2011. Marta Nammack, Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–29762 Filed 11–16–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA828 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings, December 5–13, 2011 at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel. DATES: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, December 7 continuing through Tuesday, December 13, 2011. Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, December 5 and continue through Friday, December 9, 2011. The Scientific Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 5 and continue through Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 71321 Halibut Charter Implementation Committee will meet Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in Lupine/Willow room. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 500 West Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff, telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Council Plenary Session The agenda for the Council’s plenary session will include the following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the issues identified. Reports 1. Executive Director’s Report (including Standard Operations and Procedures (SOPPs) review/approval and update on workshop with International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)). NMFS Management Report Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report (including halibut subsistence update); NOAA Enforcement Report; United States Coast Guard Report; United States Fish & Wildlife Service Report; Protected Species Report (including Steller Sea Lion (SSL) Center of Independent Experts (CIE) Terms of Reference). 2. Pacific Cod Jig Fishery Management: Report on Board of Fisheries action and discuss next steps. 3. Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP): Final action to approve Salmon FMP. 4. Groundfish Harvest Specifications: Approve final BSAI groundfish specifications and Stock Assessment Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) reports. Approve final GOA groundfish specifications and SAFE reports. 5. Bering Sea Aleutian Island (BSAI) Crab Stakeholders reports(5-year review issues): Crew compensation/active participation/excessive lease rates; binding arbitration; community issues/ Right of first refusal (ROFR). 6. Freezer Longline Vessel Replacement: Initial review of analysis to allow replacement of freezer longline vessels. 7. Halibut Catch Sharing plan: IPHC report on 2012 staff recommendations; E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1 71322 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 222 / Thursday, November 17, 2011 / Notices ADF&G report on 2010/2011 sport catch estimates, and logbook versus statewide harvest survey comparisons; Council guidance to IPHC for 2012 management measures; Review Charter Halibut Committee report on revising Catch Share Plan (CSP) Tier one management measures; Review NMFS report on CSP deficiencies and provide Council direction. 8. Groundfish Issues: Review Bering Sea Habitat Conservation Area Boundary; Discussion paper on Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Chinook salmon bycatch in all fisheries; Discussion paper on GOA Pacific Cod A-season opening dates; Review/approve Halibut mortality on trawlers Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP); Establishing a Community Quota Entity (CQE)Program in Area 4b; final action. 9. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking. 10. Other Business The SSC agenda will include the following issues: 1. Groundfish Specifications. 2. FFL vessel replacement. 3. Review/approve halibut mortality on trawler EFP. The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as the Council, except C–6 Halibut CSP and #1 B reports. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at https:// www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/. SUMMARY: Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen at (907) 271–2809 at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. The IOOC was established by Congress under the Integrated Coastal and Ocean Observation System Act of 2009 and created under the National Ocean Research Leadership Council (NORLC). The DMAC–ST was subsequently chartered by the IOOC in December 2010 to assist with technical guidance with respect to the management of ocean data collected under the U.S. IOOS®. The IOOC’s Web site (https:// www.iooc.us/) contains more information about their charter and responsibilities. A summary of the DMAC–ST meetings, documentations, activities and terms of reference can also be found on-line, at the following address: https://www.iooc.us/committeenews/dmac. Dated: November 14, 2011. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–29732 Filed 11–16–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:25 Nov 16, 2011 Jkt 226001 The meeting is scheduled for January 18, 2012, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. and January 19, 2012 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. DATES: The meeting will be broadcast via a conference telephone call. Public access is available at the Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue NW., 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20005. ADDRESSES: For further information about this notice, please contact the U.S. IOOS Program (Charles Alexander, (301) 427–2429, Charles.Alexander@noaa.gov) or the IOOC Support Office (Joshua Young, (202) 787–1622, jyoung@oceanleadership.org). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 33 U.S.C. 3601–3610. Interagency Ocean Observation Committee, Meeting of the Data Management and Communications Steering Team AGENCY: NOAA’s Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Program publishes this notice on behalf of the Interagency Ocean Observation Committee (IOOC) to announce a formal meeting of the IOOC’s Data Management and Communications Steering Team (DMAC–ST). The DMAC–ST membership is comprised of IOOCapproved federal agency representatives and non-federal participants representing academic, non-profit, private, regional and state sectors who will discuss issues outlined in the agenda. Dated: November 2, 2011. Zdenka S. Willis, Director, Integrated Ocean Observing System Program. [FR Doc. 2011–29699 Filed 11–16–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA769 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy Training in the Hawaii Range Complex National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed modification to Letters of Authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for a 2-year Letter of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to training and research within the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC). The Navy is proposing additional mitigation measures tailored to the use of timed-delay firing devices (TDFDs) during mine neutralization training. The current regulations and previous LOAs analyzed the training event rather than the detonation method. NMFS is requesting comments on the proposed change because it constitutes a substantial modification to the described work, in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). SUMMARY: Comments and information on the application must be received no later than December 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to P. Michael Payne, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or by telephoning one of the contacts listed here. The mailbox address for providing email comments is ITP.Magliocca@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for email comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size. Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to https:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. A copy of the application used in this document may be obtained by writing to DATES: E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA828


North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its 
advisory committees will hold public meetings, December 5-13, 2011 at 
the Anchorage Hilton Hotel.

DATES: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on 
Wednesday, December 7 continuing through Tuesday, December 13, 2011. 
Council's Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, December 5 
and continue through Friday, December 9, 2011. The Scientific 
Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, December 5 
and continue through Wednesday, December 7, 2011. The Halibut Charter 
Implementation Committee will meet Tuesday, December 6 at 4 p.m. in 
Lupine/Willow room. All meetings are open to the public, except 
executive sessions.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Hotel, 500 West 
Third Avenue, Anchorage, AK.
    Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 
4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501-2252.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff, 
telephone: (907) 271-2809.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Council Plenary Session

    The agenda for the Council's plenary session will include the 
following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the 
issues identified.

Reports

    1. Executive Director's Report (including Standard Operations and 
Procedures (SOPPs) review/approval and update on workshop with 
International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC)).
NMFS Management Report
    Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report (including halibut 
subsistence update);
    NOAA Enforcement Report;
    United States Coast Guard Report;
    United States Fish & Wildlife Service Report;
    Protected Species Report (including Steller Sea Lion (SSL) Center 
of Independent Experts (CIE) Terms of Reference).
    2. Pacific Cod Jig Fishery Management: Report on Board of Fisheries 
action and discuss next steps.
    3. Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP): Final action to approve 
Salmon FMP.
    4. Groundfish Harvest Specifications: Approve final BSAI groundfish 
specifications and Stock Assessment Fishery Evaluation (SAFE) reports. 
Approve final GOA groundfish specifications and SAFE reports.
    5. Bering Sea Aleutian Island (BSAI) Crab Stakeholders reports(5-
year review issues): Crew compensation/active participation/excessive 
lease rates; binding arbitration; community issues/Right of first 
refusal (ROFR).
    6. Freezer Longline Vessel Replacement: Initial review of analysis 
to allow replacement of freezer longline vessels.
    7. Halibut Catch Sharing plan: IPHC report on 2012 staff 
recommendations;

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ADF&G report on 2010/2011 sport catch estimates, and logbook versus 
statewide harvest survey comparisons; Council guidance to IPHC for 2012 
management measures; Review Charter Halibut Committee report on 
revising Catch Share Plan (CSP) Tier one management measures; Review 
NMFS report on CSP deficiencies and provide Council direction.
    8. Groundfish Issues: Review Bering Sea Habitat Conservation Area 
Boundary; Discussion paper on Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Chinook salmon 
bycatch in all fisheries; Discussion paper on GOA Pacific Cod A-season 
opening dates; Review/approve Halibut mortality on trawlers Exempted 
Fishing Permit (EFP); Establishing a Community Quota Entity 
(CQE)Program in Area 4b; final action.
    9. Staff Tasking: Review Committees and tasking.
    10. Other Business
    The SSC agenda will include the following issues:
    1. Groundfish Specifications.
    2. FFL vessel replacement.
    3. Review/approve halibut mortality on trawler EFP.
    The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as 
the Council, except C-6 Halibut CSP and 1 B reports. The 
Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at 
https://www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/npfmc/.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Gail Bendixen at (907) 271-2809 at 
least 7 working days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: November 14, 2011.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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