Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures, 72383-72384 [2011-30276]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 23, 2011 / Proposed Rules mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS (ATCA), 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. Under the MSA, NMFS must ensure consistency with the National Standards and manage fisheries to maintain optimum yield, rebuild overfished fisheries, and prevent overfishing. Under the ATCA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to promulgate regulations, as may be necessary and appropriate, to implement the recommendations adopted by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The authority to issue regulations under MSA and ATCA has been delegated from the Secretary to the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. The implementing regulations for Atlantic HMS are at 50 CFR part 635. ADDRESSES). Background The current regulations and infrastructure of the Atlantic HMS quota-monitoring systems result in a delay of several weeks to almost a month before NMFS receives dealer data. This can affect management and monitoring of small Atlantic HMS quotas and short fishing seasons. As such, on June 28, 2011 (76 FR 37750), NMFS published a proposed rule in the Federal Register that considered requiring, among other things, Federal Atlantic swordfish, shark, and tunas dealers (except for dealer reporting Atlantic bluefin tuna) to report commercially-harvested Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and BAYS tunas to NMFS through one centralized electronic reporting system. Under this new system, dealers would submit HMS data electronically instead of in a paper format and include additional information that is necessary for management of HMS (e.g., vessel and logbook information). The electronic submission of data will eliminate the delay associated with mailing in reports to NMFS. In this manner, HMS landings data will be submitted on a more realtime basis, allowing for timely and efficient data collection for management of Atlantic HMS. In order to give sufficient time for dealers to adjust to implementation of the new system and the additional requirements, NMFS proposed delaying implementation of the new HMS electronic reporting system for all federally-permitted HMS dealers until 2012. Additionally, NMFS decided to conduct outreach to HMD dealers to train them how to use the new system and help ease the transition from the current paper format to the new HMS electronic reporting system. NMFS will conduct an initial workshop for HMS dealers in St. Thomas, U.S.V.I. on December 14, 2011 (see DATES and Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Nov 22, 2011 Jkt 226001 NMSF will announce additional workshops in other regions in a future Federal Register notice. Dated: November 18, 2011. Steven Thur, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–30268 Filed 11–22–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 RIN 0648–BA17 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of workshops; extension of comment period. AGENCY: NMFS previously published, on September 16, 2011, a notice of intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and fishery management plan (FMP) amendment that would consider catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries. The comment period in the NOI ends on March 1, 2012. In this notice, NMFS announces the dates and locations for five upcoming scoping workshops to provide the opportunity for public comment on various design elements for potential catch shares programs in the Atlantic shark fisheries. Additionally, NMFS is extending the comment period to March 31, 2012, to provide additional opportunities for the five Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, and other interested parties to comment on the consideration of catch shares. DATES: Workshops for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) will be held from December 2011 through March 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for meeting dates, times, and locations. The deadline for comments on the NOI has been extended from March 1, 2012, as published in the NOI on September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), to 5 p.m. on March 31, 2012. ADDRESSES: Workshops will be held in Madeira Beach, FL; Cocoa Beach, FL; Barnegat, NJ; Belle Chasse, LA; and Manteo, NC. See SUPPLEMENTARY SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 72383 for dates, times, and locations. As published on September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), written comments on this action may be submitted, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2010–0188, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ icon, then enter in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the ‘‘Submit a Comment’’ icon on the right of that line. • Fax: (301) 713–1917, Attn: Margo Schulze-Haugen. • Mail: NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record and generally will be posted to portal https:// www.regulations.gov 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. NMFS will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Related documents—including the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and its amendments, and the 2010 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Report—are available upon request at the mailing address noted above or on the HMS Management Division’s Web page at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/ hms/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, LeAnn Southward ´ Hogan, or Guy DuBeck at (301) 427– 8503 or fax at (301) 713–1917. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635 and was amended in 2008 and 2010 to address management needs in the Atlantic shark fisheries. On September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), NMFS published a NOI that announces NMFS intent to prepare an EIS and FMP Amendment that would consider catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries. The NOI also established a control date for eligibility to participate in an INFORMATION E:\FR\FM\23NOP1.SGM 23NOP1 72384 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 226 / Wednesday, November 23, 2011 / Proposed Rules Atlantic shark catch share program, announced the availability of a white paper describing design elements of catch share programs in general and issues specific to the Atlantic shark fisheries, and requested public comment on the implementation of catch shares in the Atlantic shark fisheries. In the NOI, the end of the comment period was announced as March 1, 2012. However, due to the timing of the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the March 2012 HMS Advisory Panel meeting, NMFS is extending the comment period to provide additional opportunity for the five Fishery Management Councils, the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, and other interested parties to comment on the NOI. Therefore, the comment period for the NOI has been extended to 5 p.m. on March 31, 2012. Request for Comments Five workshops will be held (see Table 1 for meeting dates, times, and locations) to provide the opportunity for public comment on potential catch share design elements for the Atlantic shark fisheries. These comments will be used to assist in the development of Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP. Specifically, NMFS is interested in obtaining feedback on issues, including, but not limited to: Eligibility (directed and/or incidental permit holders), specification of the resource unit (species and regions to include), initial allocation (based on catch history and/ or other means), and catch share management. NMFS has prepared a white paper that provides more detail concerning some of the potential design elements for catch share programs and provides the public with additional information regarding issues in the Atlantic shark fisheries. Information related to catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries is available on the HMS Management Division Web site (https:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/sharks/ catchshares.htm). Comments received on this action will assist NMFS in determining the options for rulemaking to conserve and manage shark resources and fisheries, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP. TABLE 1—DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS OF THE FIVE SCOPING WORKSHOPS Date Time December 6, 2011 ...... December 13, 2011 .... January 12, 2012 ........ January 31, 2012 ........ February 16, 2012 ...... 5–8 5–8 6–9 6–9 5–8 p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. p.m. Meeting locations ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... In addition to the five scoping workshops, NMFS has requested time on the agendas of the upcoming Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, New England, Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, as well as the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions during the public comment period. NMFS also expects to share the comments received to date regarding catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries at the March 2012 HMS Advisory Panel meeting. The dates and location of the AP meeting will be announced in a future Federal Register notice. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: November 18, 2011. Steven Thur, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–30276 Filed 11–22–11; 8:45 am] mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:29 Nov 22, 2011 Jkt 226001 Address Cocoa Beach Library .................... Gulf Beaches Public Library ......... Barnegat Branch Library ............... Belle Chasse Auditorium .............. Manteo Town Hall ......................... 550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa Beach, FL 32931. 200 Municipal Dr., Madeira Beach, FL 33708. 112 Burr St., Barnegat, NJ 08005. 8398 Highway 23, Belle Chasse, LA 70037. 407 Budleigh St., Manteo, NC 27954. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 679 RIN 0648–BB24 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in the Gulf of Alaska Pollock Fishery; Amendment 93 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of fishery management plan amendment; request for comments. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council has submitted Amendment 93 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). Amendment 93, if approved, would establish separate prohibited species catch (PSC) limits in the Central and Western Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha). NMFS would close the directed pollock fishery in those areas if the applicable limit is reached. This action also would require full retention of salmon in the Central and Western GOA pollock fisheries until an observer SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 is provided the opportunity to count the number of salmon and to collect scientific data or biological samples from the salmon. This action is necessary to minimize Chinook salmon bycatch in the GOA pollock fishery to the extent practicable while preserving the potential for the full harvest of pollock total allowable catch within PSC limits. Amendment 93 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws. Comments on the amendment must be received on or before January 23, 2012. DATES: Send comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region, NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. You may submit comments, identified by FDMS Docket Number NOAA–NMFS–2011–0156, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal https:// www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ‘‘submit a comment’’ icon, then enter [NOAA–NMFS–2011–0156] in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\23NOP1.SGM 23NOP1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 226 (Wednesday, November 23, 2011)]
[Proposed Rules]
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[FR Doc No: 2011-30276]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

RIN 0648-BA17


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management 
Measures

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

ACTION: Notice of workshops; extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: NMFS previously published, on September 16, 2011, a notice of 
intent (NOI) to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and 
fishery management plan (FMP) amendment that would consider catch 
shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries. The comment period in the NOI 
ends on March 1, 2012. In this notice, NMFS announces the dates and 
locations for five upcoming scoping workshops to provide the 
opportunity for public comment on various design elements for potential 
catch shares programs in the Atlantic shark fisheries. Additionally, 
NMFS is extending the comment period to March 31, 2012, to provide 
additional opportunities for the five Fishery Management Councils, the 
Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, and other 
interested parties to comment on the consideration of catch shares.

DATES: Workshops for Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly 
Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) will be held from 
December 2011 through March 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for 
meeting dates, times, and locations. The deadline for comments on the 
NOI has been extended from March 1, 2012, as published in the NOI on 
September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), to 5 p.m. on March 31, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Workshops will be held in Madeira Beach, FL; Cocoa Beach, 
FL; Barnegat, NJ; Belle Chasse, LA; and Manteo, NC. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations.
    As published on September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), written comments 
on this action may be submitted, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2010-0188, by 
any one of the following methods:
     Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, 
first click the ``Submit a Comment'' icon, then enter in the keyword 
search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting 
list and click on the ``Submit a Comment'' icon on the right of that 
line.
     Fax: (301) 713-1917, Attn: Margo Schulze-Haugen.
     Mail: NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 
20910.
    Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record 
and generally will be posted to portal https://www.regulations.gov 
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. NMFS will accept 
anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted 
in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
    Related documents--including the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP and its 
amendments, and the 2010 Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation 
Report--are available upon request at the mailing address noted above 
or on the HMS Management Division's Web page at: https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, LeAnn Southward 
Hogan, or Gu[yacute] DuBeck at (301) 427-8503 or fax at (301) 713-1917.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP is 
implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635 and was amended in 2008 
and 2010 to address management needs in the Atlantic shark fisheries.
    On September 16, 2011 (76 FR 57709), NMFS published a NOI that 
announces NMFS intent to prepare an EIS and FMP Amendment that would 
consider catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries. The NOI also 
established a control date for eligibility to participate in an

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Atlantic shark catch share program, announced the availability of a 
white paper describing design elements of catch share programs in 
general and issues specific to the Atlantic shark fisheries, and 
requested public comment on the implementation of catch shares in the 
Atlantic shark fisheries. In the NOI, the end of the comment period was 
announced as March 1, 2012. However, due to the timing of the South 
Atlantic Fishery Management Council and the March 2012 HMS Advisory 
Panel meeting, NMFS is extending the comment period to provide 
additional opportunity for the five Fishery Management Councils, the 
Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, and other 
interested parties to comment on the NOI. Therefore, the comment period 
for the NOI has been extended to 5 p.m. on March 31, 2012.

Request for Comments

    Five workshops will be held (see Table 1 for meeting dates, times, 
and locations) to provide the opportunity for public comment on 
potential catch share design elements for the Atlantic shark fisheries. 
These comments will be used to assist in the development of Amendment 6 
to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP.
    Specifically, NMFS is interested in obtaining feedback on issues, 
including, but not limited to: Eligibility (directed and/or incidental 
permit holders), specification of the resource unit (species and 
regions to include), initial allocation (based on catch history and/or 
other means), and catch share management. NMFS has prepared a white 
paper that provides more detail concerning some of the potential design 
elements for catch share programs and provides the public with 
additional information regarding issues in the Atlantic shark 
fisheries. Information related to catch shares for the Atlantic shark 
fisheries is available on the HMS Management Division Web site (https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/sharks/catchshares.htm).
    Comments received on this action will assist NMFS in determining 
the options for rulemaking to conserve and manage shark resources and 
fisheries, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the 2006 
Consolidated HMS FMP.

                       Table 1--Dates, Times, and Locations of the Five Scoping Workshops
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                Date                          Time              Meeting locations              Address
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December 6, 2011...................  5-8 p.m...............  Cocoa Beach Library...  550 N. Brevard Ave., Cocoa
                                                                                      Beach, FL 32931.
December 13, 2011..................  5-8 p.m...............  Gulf Beaches Public     200 Municipal Dr., Madeira
                                                              Library.                Beach, FL 33708.
January 12, 2012...................  6-9 p.m...............  Barnegat Branch         112 Burr St., Barnegat, NJ
                                                              Library.                08005.
January 31, 2012...................  6-9 p.m...............  Belle Chasse            8398 Highway 23, Belle
                                                              Auditorium.             Chasse, LA 70037.
February 16, 2012..................  5-8 p.m...............  Manteo Town Hall......  407 Budleigh St., Manteo,
                                                                                      NC 27954.
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    In addition to the five scoping workshops, NMFS has requested time 
on the agendas of the upcoming Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, New England, 
Mid-Atlantic, and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, as well 
as the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions during the 
public comment period. NMFS also expects to share the comments received 
to date regarding catch shares for the Atlantic shark fisheries at the 
March 2012 HMS Advisory Panel meeting. The dates and location of the AP 
meeting will be announced in a future Federal Register notice.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 18, 2011.
Steven Thur,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-30276 Filed 11-22-11; 8:45 am]
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