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Download as PDF 474 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2012 / Notices expect or request steel threaded rod with small amounts of chromium added, other than to circumvent the order.7 Petitioner argues that the applicable standard for DA bolts does not address the chemistry of the steel, focusing instead on basic dimensions, zinc coating, and tensile strength, none of which are affected by the additional amounts of chromium.8 Use of the Merchandise Petitioner states that the uses of DA bolts, i.e., fasteners in the utility industry, are typical applications of steel threaded rod.9 Channels of Marketing Petitioner states that the channels of marketing for the chromium-added DA bolts and the subject steel threaded rod are the same, noting that both products are marketed through distributors.10 Cost of Modification Petitioner indicates that the addition of small amounts of chromium involves minimal additional cost compared to the overall costs of the merchandise in question.11 Circumstances Under Which the Subject Products Entered the United States Petitioner argues that entry summary information indicates that the additional chromium was added to deliberately avoid antidumping duties. Petitioner points to documents contained in the entry summary for Gem-Year’s entries of higher-chromium DA bolts to support its claim that the chromium content of the DA bolts was manipulated in an attempt to circumvent the order.12 Because Gem-Year’s merchandise would be subject to the PRC-wide deposit rate of 206.00 percent, Petitioner asserts that Gem-Year and its customers have a strong financial incentive to avoid paying antidumping duties.13 Timing of the Entries emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Petitioner asserts that the addition of chromium after the issuance of the Steel Threaded Rod Order and the Department’s determination in the related scope request concerning DA bolts indicates that this addition of chromium is an attempt to circumvent the Steel Threaded Rod Order.14 7 Id. at 17. 8 Id. 9 Id. at 19. Dated: December 22, 2011. Christian Marsh, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–33768 Filed 1–4–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA892 2012 Annual Determination for Sea Turtle Observer Requirement National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is providing notification that the agency will not identify additional fisheries to observe on the Annual Determination (AD) for SUMMARY: 10 Id. 11 Id. 12 Id. at 19–20. at 20. 14 Id. at 20. 13 Id. VerDate Mar<15>2010 Based on the information provided by Petitioner, the Department finds there is sufficient basis to initiate an antidumping anti-circumvention inquiry, pursuant to section 781(c) of the Act, to determine whether the merchandise subject to the inquiry (identified in the ‘‘Merchandise Subject to the Minor Alterations Antidumping Circumvention Inquiry’’ section above) involves a minor alteration to subject merchandise that is so insignificant as to render the resulting merchandise subject to the Steel Threaded Rod Order. The Department will not order the suspension of liquidation of entries of any additional merchandise at this time. However, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.225(l)(2), if the Department issues a preliminary affirmative determination, we will then instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to suspend liquidation and require a cash deposit of estimated duties, at the applicable rate, for each unliquidated entry of the merchandise at issue, entered or withdrawn from warehouse for consumption on or after the date of initiation of the inquiry. The Department will, following consultation with interested parties, establish a schedule for questionnaires and comments on the issues. The Department intends to issue its final determination within 300 days of the date of publication of this initiation notice. This notice is published in accordance with sections 781(c) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.225(i). 14:51 Jan 04, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2012, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through an AD, NMFS identifies fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon NMFS’ request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate existing measures to prevent or reduce prohibited sea turtle takes, and to determine whether additional measures to implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes may be necessary. Fisheries identified in the 2010 AD (see Table 1) remain on the AD and are therefore required to carry observers upon NMFS’ request, until 2014. ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a listing of all Regional Offices. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristy Long, Office of Protected Resources, (301) 713–2322; Ellen Keane, Northeast Region, (978) 282–8476; Dennis Klemm, Southeast Region, (727) 824–5312; Elizabeth Petras, Southwest Region, (562) 980–3238; Kim Maison, Pacific Islands Region, (808) 944–2257. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the hearing impaired may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-(800) 877–8339 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through Friday, excluding Federal holidays. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability of Published Materials Information regarding the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement for Fisheries (72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007) may be obtained at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ species/turtles/regulations.htm or from any NMFS Regional Office at the addresses listed below: Æ NMFS, Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930– 2298; Æ NMFS, Southeast Region, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; Æ NMFS, Southwest Region, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213; or Æ NMFS, Pacific Islands Region, Protected Resources, 1601 Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1100, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700. Purpose of the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement Under the ESA, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., NMFS has the responsibility to implement programs to conserve marine life listed as endangered or threatened. All sea turtles found in U.S. waters are listed as either endangered or E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 475 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2012 / Notices threatened under the ESA. Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles are listed as endangered. Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles are listed as threatened, except for breeding colony populations of green turtles in Florida and on the Pacific coast of Mexico, and breeding colony populations of olive ridleys on the Pacific coast of Mexico, which are listed as endangered. Due to the inability to distinguish between populations of green and olive ridley turtles away from the nesting beach, NMFS considers these turtles endangered wherever they occur in U.S. waters. While some sea turtle populations have shown signs of recovery, many populations continue to decline. Incidental take, or bycatch, in fishing gear is one of the main sources of sea turtle injury and mortality nationwide. Section 9 of the ESA prohibits the take (including harassing, harming, pursuing, hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or collecting or attempting to engage in any such conduct), including incidental take, of endangered sea turtles. Pursuant to section 4(d) of the ESA, NMFS has issued regulations extending the prohibition of take, with exceptions, to threatened sea turtles (50 CFR 223.205 and 223.206). Sections 9 and 11 of the ESA authorize the issuance of regulations to enforce the take prohibitions. NMFS may grant exceptions to the take prohibitions with an incidental take statement or an incidental take permit issued pursuant to ESA section 7 or 10, respectively. To do so, NMFS must determine that the activity that will result in incidental take is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the affected listed species. For some Federal fisheries and most state fisheries, NMFS has not granted an exception primarily because we lack information about fishery-sea turtle interactions. The most effective way for NMFS to learn more about sea turtle-fishery interactions in order to prevent or minimize take is to place observers aboard fishing vessels. In 2007, NMFS issued a regulation (50 CFR 222.402) to establish procedures through which each year NMFS will identify, pursuant to specified criteria and after notice and opportunity for comment, those fisheries in which the agency intends to place observers (72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007). These regulations specify that NMFS may place observers on U.S. fishing vessels, either recreational or commercial, operating in U.S. territorial waters, the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ), or on the high seas, or on vessels that are otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Failure to comply with the requirements under this rule may result in civil or criminal penalties under the ESA. NMFS and/or interested cooperating entities will pay the direct costs for vessels to carry observers. These include observer salary and insurance costs. NMFS may also evaluate other potential direct costs, should they arise. Once selected, a fishery will be eligible to be observed for 5 years without further action by NMFS. This will enable NMFS to develop an appropriate sampling protocol to investigate whether, how, when, where, and under what conditions incidental takes are occurring; to evaluate whether existing measures are minimizing or preventing takes; and to determine whether additional measures are needed to conserve and recover turtles. 2012 Annual Determination NMFS is providing notification that the agency will not identify additional fisheries to observe for the 2012 AD, pursuant to its authority under the ESA. NMFS is not identifying additional fisheries at this time given lack of resources to implement new or expand existing observer programs to focus on sea turtles (50 CFR 222.402(a)(4)). Fisheries identified in the 2010 AD (see Table 1) remain on the AD and are therefore required to carry observers, upon NMFS’ request, until 2014. NMFS did not identify additional fisheries to observe in the 2011 AD. TABLE 1—STATE AND FEDERAL COMMERCIAL FISHERIES INCLUDED ON THE ANNUAL DETERMINATION Years eligible to carry observers emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Fishery Trawl Fisheries: Atlantic shellfish bottom trawl ............................................................................................................................................... Mid-Atlantic bottom trawl ...................................................................................................................................................... Mid-Atlantic mid-water trawl (including pair trawl) ............................................................................................................... Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico shrimp trawl ..................................................................................................... Gillnet Fisheries: CA halibut, white seabass and other species set gillnet (>3.5 in mesh) ............................................................................ CA yellowtail, barracuda, and white seabass drift gillnet (mesh size >3.5 in. and <14 in.) ................................................ Chesapeake Bay inshore gillnet ........................................................................................................................................... Long Island inshore gillnet ................................................................................................................................................... Mid-Atlantic gillnet ................................................................................................................................................................ North Carolina inshore gillnet ............................................................................................................................................... Northeast sink gillnet ............................................................................................................................................................ Southeast Atlantic gillnet ...................................................................................................................................................... Trap/Pot Fisheries: Atlantic blue crab trap/pot .................................................................................................................................................... Atlantic mixed species trap/pot ............................................................................................................................................ Northeast/mid-Atlantic American lobster trap/pot ................................................................................................................. Pound Net/Weir/Seine Fisheries: Mid-Atlantic haul/beach seine .............................................................................................................................................. Mid-Atlantic menhaden purse seine ..................................................................................................................................... U.S. mid-Atlantic mixed species stop seine/weir/pound net (except the NC roe mullet stop net) ...................................... Virginia pound net ........................................................................................................................................................................ VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:51 Jan 04, 2012 Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 2010–2014 476 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 3 / Thursday, January 5, 2012 / Notices Dated: December 29, 2011. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Monday through Friday, except Federal holidays. • Via fax: (707) 825–4840. Please include the following on the cover page of the fax: ‘‘Attn: Recovery Coordinator/ SONCC Coho Salmon Public Draft Recovery Plan Comments.’’ [FR Doc. 2011–33852 Filed 1–4–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Weeder ((707) 825–5168), email julie.weeder@noaa.gov. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: RIN 0648–XA907 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan Southern Oregon/ Northern California Coast Coho Salmon Evolutionarily Significant Unit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS announces the availability for public review of the draft Recovery Plan (Plan) for the Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU). NMFS is soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Plan, and will consider all substantive comments received during the review period before submitting the Plan for final approval. In addition, public meetings will be announced as opportunities for providing comments on the Draft Plan (dates to be determined). DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific daylight time on March 5, 2012. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Via email: SONCC.Recovery@noaa.gov (No files larger than 5MB can be accepted). • Via U.S. Mail: Julie Weeder, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521, Attn: Recovery Coordinator/SONCC Coho Salmon Public Draft Recovery Plan Comments. • Hand delivered: National Marine Fisheries Service, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521, Attn: Recovery Coordinator/SONCC Coho Salmon Public Draft Recovery Plan Comments. Business hours are 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. SUMMARY: emcdonald on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Julie VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:51 Jan 04, 2012 Jkt 226001 NMFS is charged with the recovery of Pacific salmon and steelhead species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Recovery means that listed species and their ecosystems are restored, and their future secured, so that the protections of the ESA are no longer necessary. The ESA specifies that recovery plans must include: (1) A description of management actions necessary to achieve the plan’s goals for the conservation and survival of the species; (2) objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in the species being removed from the list; and (3) estimates of time and costs required to achieve the plan’s goal and the intermediate steps towards that goal. Section 4(f) of the ESA, as amended in 1988, requires that public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment be provided during recovery plan development. NMFS is hereby soliciting relevant information on SONCC Coho Salmon ESU populations and their freshwater/marine habitats. In addition, NMFS is soliciting comment on the contents of the proposed recovery plan. Persons wishing to review the Draft Plan can obtain an electronic copy (i.e., CD ROM) from Ms. Cynthia Anderson by calling (707) 825–5162 or by emailing a request to Cynthia.Anderson@noaa.gov with the subject line ‘‘CD ROM Request for SONCC Coho Salmon Draft Recovery Plan.’’ Electronic copies of the Draft Plan are also available on line on the following NMFS Web site: http:// swr.nmfs.noaa.gov/recovery. Public Meetings Public meetings are planned. Information on locations, dates, and times will be posted on the Web site listed above. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: December 29, 2011. Susan Pultz, Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–33850 Filed 1–4–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Science Advisory Board Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board. The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the section on Matters to be Considered. Time and Date: The meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, January 31, 2012, from 3–5 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3, Room 11836, 1315 East-West Highway Silver Spring, Md. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5-minute public comment period from 4:50–4:55 p.m. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of one minute. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by January 26, 2012 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after January 26, 2012, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Review of new members for the Environmental Information Services Working Group (2) Review of renewal of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\05JAN1.SGM 05JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA892


2012 Annual Determination for Sea Turtle Observer Requirement

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is providing 
notification that the agency will not identify additional fisheries to 
observe on the Annual Determination (AD) for 2012, pursuant to its 
authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through an AD, NMFS 
identifies fisheries operating in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, 
and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon NMFS' 
request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more 
about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate existing 
measures to prevent or reduce prohibited sea turtle takes, and to 
determine whether additional measures to implement the prohibition 
against sea turtle takes may be necessary. Fisheries identified in the 
2010 AD (see Table 1) remain on the AD and are therefore required to 
carry observers upon NMFS' request, until 2014.

ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a listing of all Regional 
Offices.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristy Long, Office of Protected 
Resources, (301) 713-2322; Ellen Keane, Northeast Region, (978) 282-
8476; Dennis Klemm, Southeast Region, (727) 824-5312; Elizabeth Petras, 
Southwest Region, (562) 980-3238; Kim Maison, Pacific Islands Region, 
(808) 944-2257. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the 
hearing impaired may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 1-
(800) 877-8339 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Eastern time, Monday through 
Friday, excluding Federal holidays.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Availability of Published Materials

    Information regarding the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement for 
Fisheries (72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007) may be obtained at 
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/turtles/regulations.htm or from any NMFS 
Regional Office at the addresses listed below:
    [cir] NMFS, Northeast Region, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, 
MA 01930-2298;
    [cir] NMFS, Southeast Region, 263 13th Avenue South, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33701;
    [cir] NMFS, Southwest Region, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long 
Beach, CA 90802-4213; or
    [cir] NMFS, Pacific Islands Region, Protected Resources, 1601 
Kapiolani Boulevard, Suite 1100, Honolulu, HI 96814-4700.

Purpose of the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement

    Under the ESA, 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq., NMFS has the responsibility 
to implement programs to conserve marine life listed as endangered or 
threatened. All sea turtles found in U.S. waters are listed as either 
endangered or

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threatened under the ESA. Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), 
leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys 
imbricata) sea turtles are listed as endangered. Loggerhead (Caretta 
caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys 
olivacea) sea turtles are listed as threatened, except for breeding 
colony populations of green turtles in Florida and on the Pacific coast 
of Mexico, and breeding colony populations of olive ridleys on the 
Pacific coast of Mexico, which are listed as endangered. Due to the 
inability to distinguish between populations of green and olive ridley 
turtles away from the nesting beach, NMFS considers these turtles 
endangered wherever they occur in U.S. waters. While some sea turtle 
populations have shown signs of recovery, many populations continue to 
decline.
    Incidental take, or bycatch, in fishing gear is one of the main 
sources of sea turtle injury and mortality nationwide. Section 9 of the 
ESA prohibits the take (including harassing, harming, pursuing, 
hunting, shooting, wounding, killing, trapping, capturing, or 
collecting or attempting to engage in any such conduct), including 
incidental take, of endangered sea turtles. Pursuant to section 4(d) of 
the ESA, NMFS has issued regulations extending the prohibition of take, 
with exceptions, to threatened sea turtles (50 CFR 223.205 and 
223.206). Sections 9 and 11 of the ESA authorize the issuance of 
regulations to enforce the take prohibitions. NMFS may grant exceptions 
to the take prohibitions with an incidental take statement or an 
incidental take permit issued pursuant to ESA section 7 or 10, 
respectively. To do so, NMFS must determine that the activity that will 
result in incidental take is not likely to jeopardize the continued 
existence of the affected listed species. For some Federal fisheries 
and most state fisheries, NMFS has not granted an exception primarily 
because we lack information about fishery-sea turtle interactions.
    The most effective way for NMFS to learn more about sea turtle-
fishery interactions in order to prevent or minimize take is to place 
observers aboard fishing vessels. In 2007, NMFS issued a regulation (50 
CFR 222.402) to establish procedures through which each year NMFS will 
identify, pursuant to specified criteria and after notice and 
opportunity for comment, those fisheries in which the agency intends to 
place observers (72 FR 43176, August 3, 2007). These regulations 
specify that NMFS may place observers on U.S. fishing vessels, either 
recreational or commercial, operating in U.S. territorial waters, the 
U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ), or on the high seas, or on vessels 
that are otherwise subject to the jurisdiction of the U.S. Failure to 
comply with the requirements under this rule may result in civil or 
criminal penalties under the ESA.
    NMFS and/or interested cooperating entities will pay the direct 
costs for vessels to carry observers. These include observer salary and 
insurance costs. NMFS may also evaluate other potential direct costs, 
should they arise. Once selected, a fishery will be eligible to be 
observed for 5 years without further action by NMFS. This will enable 
NMFS to develop an appropriate sampling protocol to investigate 
whether, how, when, where, and under what conditions incidental takes 
are occurring; to evaluate whether existing measures are minimizing or 
preventing takes; and to determine whether additional measures are 
needed to conserve and recover turtles.

2012 Annual Determination

    NMFS is providing notification that the agency will not identify 
additional fisheries to observe for the 2012 AD, pursuant to its 
authority under the ESA. NMFS is not identifying additional fisheries 
at this time given lack of resources to implement new or expand 
existing observer programs to focus on sea turtles (50 CFR 
222.402(a)(4)). Fisheries identified in the 2010 AD (see Table 1) 
remain on the AD and are therefore required to carry observers, upon 
NMFS' request, until 2014. NMFS did not identify additional fisheries 
to observe in the 2011 AD.

 Table 1--State and Federal Commercial Fisheries Included on the Annual
                              Determination
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                                                       Years eligible to
                       Fishery                          carry observers
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Trawl Fisheries:
    Atlantic shellfish bottom trawl.................           2010-2014
    Mid-Atlantic bottom trawl.......................           2010-2014
    Mid-Atlantic mid-water trawl (including pair               2010-2014
     trawl).........................................
    Southeastern U.S. Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico                 2010-2014
     shrimp trawl...................................
Gillnet Fisheries:
    CA halibut, white seabass and other species set            2010-2014
     gillnet (>3.5 in mesh).........................
    CA yellowtail, barracuda, and white seabass                2010-2014
     drift gillnet (mesh size >3.5 in. and <14 in.).
    Chesapeake Bay inshore gillnet..................           2010-2014
    Long Island inshore gillnet.....................           2010-2014
    Mid-Atlantic gillnet............................           2010-2014
    North Carolina inshore gillnet..................           2010-2014
    Northeast sink gillnet..........................           2010-2014
    Southeast Atlantic gillnet......................           2010-2014
Trap/Pot Fisheries:
    Atlantic blue crab trap/pot.....................           2010-2014
    Atlantic mixed species trap/pot.................           2010-2014
    Northeast/mid-Atlantic American lobster trap/pot           2010-2014
Pound Net/Weir/Seine Fisheries:
    Mid-Atlantic haul/beach seine...................           2010-2014
    Mid-Atlantic menhaden purse seine...............           2010-2014
    U.S. mid-Atlantic mixed species stop seine/weir/           2010-2014
     pound net (except the NC roe mullet stop net)..
Virginia pound net..................................           2010-2014
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    Dated: December 29, 2011.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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