Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2012 Research Fishery, 8218-8219 [2012-3423]

Download as PDF 8218 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / Notices Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Rich Malinowski; telephone: (727) 824–5305 or rich.malinowski@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for an extension of a currently approved information collection. The seafood dealers who process red porgy, gag, black grouper, or greater amberjack during seasonal fishery closures must maintain documentation, as specified in 50 CFR part 300 subpart K, that such fish were harvested from areas other than the South Atlantic. The documentation includes information on the vessel that harvested the fish and where and when the fish were offloaded. The information is required for the enforcement of fishery regulations. II. Method of Collection The information is in the form of a paper affidavit which remains with the respondent. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0365. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (renewal of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations, individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 25. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 50. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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 VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:57 Feb 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 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: February 9, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–3369 Filed 2–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA970 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2012 Research Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: On October 31, 2011, NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application to participate in the 2012 shark research fishery. The shark research fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future stock assessments while also allowing NMFS and commercial fishermen to conduct cooperative research to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and trip, retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in the shark research fishery are designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency as well as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting for selected participants. In this notice, NMFS announces the date and time of that meeting. SUMMARY: A conference call will be held on February 17, 2012. ADDRESSES: A conference call will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 for information on how to access the conference call. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Delisse Ortiz at (301) 427–8503, or online at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. 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 Highly Migratory species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. The final rule for Amendment 2 to the Consolidated HMS FMP (73 FR 35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain time series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS’ research objectives. The shark research fishery gathers important scientific data and NMFS allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to earn more revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar sharks. Only the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in the shark research fishery are authorized to land/harvest sandbar sharks subject to the sandbar quota available each year. The sandbar shark base quota is 87.9 mt dw per year through December 31, 2012, although this number may be reduced in the event of overharvests, if any. The selected shark research fishery participants also have access to the nonsandbar large coastal sharks (LCS), small coastal sharks (SCS), and pelagic shark quotas subject to retention limits and quotas per §§ 635.24 and 635.27, respectively. On October 31, 2011 (76 FR 67149), NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application to participate in the 2012 shark research fishery. NMFS received 19 applications, of which 16 applicants were determined to meet all the qualifications. From the 16 qualified applicants, NMFS randomly selected 5 participants after considering how to meet research objectives in particular regions. During the annual application period, commercial shark permit holders (directed and incidental) are invited to submit an application to participate in the shark research fishery. NMFS expects to invite qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application for the 2013 shark research fishery later this year. Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of INFORMATION E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 14, 2012 / Notices hooks and trip, retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in the shark research fishery are designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency as well as the number of NMFSapproved observers available. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, per the requirements of § 635.32(f)(4), NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting via conference call. The conference call will be held on February 17, 2012, from 3 to 5 p.m. Participants and interested parties should call 800–857–3903 and use the passcode 9425509. Selected participants who do not attend will not be allowed to participate in the shark research fishery. While the conference call is mandatory for selected participants, other interested parties may call in and listen to the discussion. Dated: February 9, 2012. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–3423 Filed 2–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coastal Zone Management Program: Illinois Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of Availability of Record of Decision (ROD) for Federal Approval of the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP). AGENCY: NOAA’s OCRM announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) documenting Federal Approval of the Illinois Coastal Management Program (ICMP). The Federal Register Notice (FRN) on the Final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on the ICMP was published December 23, 2011 for a 30-day comment period (76 FR 80342). The comment period closed on January 23, 2012. The ROD documents the selection of Alternative 1 (the NOAA preferred alternative) in the final EIS. NOAA makes a final determination that the ICMP constitutes an approvable program and that requirements of the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 21:57 Feb 13, 2012 Jkt 226001 Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) and its implementing regulations have been met. The ROD was signed by the Assistant Administrator, National Ocean Service, on January 31, 2012. Federal consistency applies to the ICMP enforceable policies as of January 31, 2012, and the State of Illinois is eligible to receive program administration grant funds. ADDRESSES: A copy of the ROD may be obtained from Diana Olinger, Coastal Program Specialist and Interim Environmental Protection Specialist, NOAA, OCRM/CPD, N/ORM3, Station 11204, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or Diana.Olinger@noaa.gov, (301) 563– 1149 (telephone), (301) 713–4367 (facsimile). The ROD is also available on the OCRM Web site at: http:// coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/mystate/ il.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Olinger, Coastal Program Specialist, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, OCRM/ CPD, N/ORM3, Station 11204, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, telephone (301) 563–1149, facsimile (301) 713–4367, email Diana.Olinger@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following is a summary of the ROD: The State of Illinois, Department of Natural Resources, submitted a coastal management program to NOAA for approval under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), 16 U.S.C. 1451, et seq. in May 2011. The ICMP was the result of collaborative efforts on the part of Federal, State, and local agencies, regional organizations, and public and private entities. The ROD selects Final EIS Alternative 1 (Approve the Illinois Coastal Management Program). OCRM arrived at this decision taking into account environmental, economic and agency statutory mission considerations, as discussed in greater detail in the ROD. OCRM did not select Alternative 2 (Deny Approval) or Alternative 3 (Delay Approval) because those alternatives could potentially lead to negative physical and socio-economic impacts to coastal resources associated with (1) the State not being able to become eligible for federal technical and financial assistance to implement the ICMP; (2) Illinois would have no authority to review federal activities for consistency with the state’s enforceable coastal policies; and (3) Illinois would be under no obligation to consider the national interest in the siting, planning, and management of regionally or nationally significant coastal facilities. These benefits are only available PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8219 through participation in the national coastal management program. Alternative 3 was also not selected due to the fact further delay of federal approval would make it less likely that Illinois would enter the national coastal zone management program in the future due to resource limitations and other factors Dated: February 6, 2012. Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–3362 Filed 2–13–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries for Fiscal Years 2008 and 2009 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA’s) Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) is announcing the establishment of new indirect cost rates on the recovery of indirect costs for its component organizations involved in natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities for fiscal years (FY) 2008 and 2009. The indirect cost rates for these fiscal years and dates of implementation are provided in this notice. More information on these rates and the ONMS policy can be obtained from the address provided below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lisa Symons, 301–713–7275; FAX: 301–713– 0404. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The mission of the ONMS with respect to Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) is to repair and restore injuries to sanctuary resources caused by: releases of hazardous substances or oil under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) (42 U.S.C., 9601 et seq.) or the Oil Pollution Act of 1990 (OPA) (33 U.S.C., 2701 et seq.); or physical injuries under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA) (16 U.S.C., 1431 et seq.). ONMS consists of the following component organizations: thirteen national marine sanctuaries and Papahanaumokuakea Marine National SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14FEN1.SGM 14FEN1

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[FR Doc No: 2012-3423]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA970


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management 
Measures; 2012 Research Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: On October 31, 2011, NMFS published a notice inviting 
qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application to 
participate in the 2012 shark research fishery. The shark research 
fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future 
stock assessments while also allowing NMFS and commercial fishermen to 
conduct cooperative research to meet the shark research objectives of 
the Agency. Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities 
(e.g., number of hooks and trip, retention limits) specifically 
authorized for selected participants in the shark research fishery are 
designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency 
as well as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to 
inform selected participants of this year's specific permit 
requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, 
NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting for selected 
participants. In this notice, NMFS announces the date and time of that 
meeting.

DATES: A conference call will be held on February 17, 2012.

ADDRESSES: A conference call will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for information on how to access the conference call.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz or Delisse Ortiz 
at (301) 427-8503, or online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/.

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 Highly 
Migratory species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by 
regulations at 50 CFR part 635.
    The final rule for Amendment 2 to the Consolidated HMS FMP (73 FR 
35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) 
established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain 
time series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS' research 
objectives. The shark research fishery gathers important scientific 
data and NMFS allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to 
earn more revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar 
sharks. Only the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in 
the shark research fishery are authorized to land/harvest sandbar 
sharks subject to the sandbar quota available each year. The sandbar 
shark base quota is 87.9 mt dw per year through December 31, 2012, 
although this number may be reduced in the event of overharvests, if 
any. The selected shark research fishery participants also have access 
to the non-sandbar large coastal sharks (LCS), small coastal sharks 
(SCS), and pelagic shark quotas subject to retention limits and quotas 
per Sec. Sec.  635.24 and 635.27, respectively.
    On October 31, 2011 (76 FR 67149), NMFS published a notice inviting 
qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application to 
participate in the 2012 shark research fishery. NMFS received 19 
applications, of which 16 applicants were determined to meet all the 
qualifications. From the 16 qualified applicants, NMFS randomly 
selected 5 participants after considering how to meet research 
objectives in particular regions. During the annual application period, 
commercial shark permit holders (directed and incidental) are invited 
to submit an application to participate in the shark research fishery. 
NMFS expects to invite qualified commercial shark permit holders to 
submit an application for the 2013 shark research fishery later this 
year.
    Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number 
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hooks and trip, retention limits) specifically authorized for selected 
participants in the shark research fishery are designated depending on 
the scientific and research needs of the Agency as well as the number 
of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform selected 
participants of this year's specific permit requirements and ensure all 
terms and conditions of the permit are met, per the requirements of 
Sec.  635.32(f)(4), NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting 
via conference call.
    The conference call will be held on February 17, 2012, from 3 to 5 
p.m. Participants and interested parties should call 800-857-3903 and 
use the passcode 9425509. Selected participants who do not attend will 
not be allowed to participate in the shark research fishery. While the 
conference call is mandatory for selected participants, other 
interested parties may call in and listen to the discussion.

    Dated: February 9, 2012.
James P. Burgess,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-3423 Filed 2-13-12; 8:45 am]
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