Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 4, 19164-19165 [2012-7713]

Download as PDF 19164 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 62 / Friday, March 30, 2012 / Proposed Rules On March 16, 2012, NMFS published a proposed rule for a fishery management plan (FMP) amendment modifying the regulations governing the Federal small-scale HMS fisheries in the U.S. Caribbean, and announced that public hearings would be scheduled in a future notice. In this notice, NMFS is announcing public hearings in St. Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) St. Thomas, USVI, San Juan, Puerto Rico (PR), Ponce, PR, and Mayaguez, PR, in order to provide greater opportunity for public comment on the proposed rule. Public comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before June 14, 2012. SUMMARY: [FR Doc. 2012–7623 Filed 3–27–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–59–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 600 and 635 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS RIN 0648–XB121 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 4 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearings. AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Mar 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 Public hearings for Amendment 4 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) will be held from April through May 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for meeting dates, times, and locations. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 As published on March 16, 2012 (77 FR 15701), written comments on this action may be submitted, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2012–0053, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, first click the ‘‘submit a comment’’ icon, then enter NOAA–NMFS–2012–0053 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. • Mail: Submit written comments to Margo Schulze-Haugen, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. • Fax: 301–713–1917; Attn: Margo Schulze-Haugen. Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record and generally will be posted to portal http://www.regulations.gov without ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\30MRP1.SGM 30MRP1 EP30MR12.002</GPH> Dated: Issued on: March 23, 2012. Christopher J. Bonanti, Associate Administrator for Rulemaking. Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 62 / Friday, March 30, 2012 / Proposed Rules 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 (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Supporting documents, including the 2012 Environmental Assessment, Regulatory Impact Review, and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, as well as others, such as the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plans may be downloaded from the HMS Web site at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. These documents also are available by calling Greg Fairclough or Randy Blankinship at 727–824–5399. Greg Fairclough or Randy Blankinship at 727–824–5399. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic tunas and swordfish are managed under the dual authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tuna Conventions Act (ATCA), which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to promulgate regulations as may be necessary and appropriate to implement recommendations of ICCAT. Federal Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Act. The authority to issue regulations under the MagnusonStevens Act and ATCA has been delegated from the Secretary to the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA). On May 28, 1999, NMFS published in the Federal Register (64 FR 29090) final regulations, effective July 1, 1999, implementing the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish, and Sharks (1999 FMP). On FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 19165 October 2, 2006, NMFS published in the Federal Register (71 FR 58058) final regulations, effective November 1, 2006, implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, which details the management measures for Atlantic HMS fisheries, including the HMS handgear fishery. In a proposed rule published on March 16, 2012 (77 FR 15701), NMFS indicated that dates and locations for public hearings on the proposed action would be published in the Federal Register at a later date. In this notice, NMFS announces that it will hold six public hearings (see Table 1 for meeting dates, times, and locations). These hearings, in addition to written comment collected via the methods described above, will allow NMFS to collect public comments on the proposed rule, which will assist NMFS in determining the final action for Amendment 4 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, ATCA, and other applicable laws. TABLE 1—DATES, TIMES, AND LOCATIONS OF SIX PUBLIC HEARINGS Date Time Meeting locations Address April 10, 2012 ...................... April 11, 2012 ...................... April 12, 2012 ...................... 6–9 p.m ....... 8 a.m ........... 6–9 p.m ....... Buccaneer Hotel ................ Buccaneer Hotel ................ Frenchman’s Reef Marriot May 8, 2012 ......................... 3–5 p.m ....... Ateneo Puertorriqueno ...... May 9, 2012 ......................... 2–5 p.m ....... May 10, 2012 ....................... 6–9 p.m ....... Servicio de Extension Agricola. Universidad de Puerto Rico. 5007 Estate Shoys, Christiansted, VI 00820. 5007 Estate Shoys, Christiansted, VI 00820. Frenchman’s Reef Marriott 5 Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas, USVI 00801. Biblioteca del Ateneo Puertorriqueno, Avenida Constitucion, Parada 2, Viejo San Juan, San Juan PR 00901. 2440 Avenida Las Americas, Ste. 208, Centro Gubernamental, Ponce, PR 00717–2111. University of Puerto Rico, Mayaguez Campus, Physics Building, Room 310, Mayaguez, PR 00680. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Dated: March 27, 2012. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. ACTION: [FR Doc. 2012–7713 Filed 3–27–12; 4:15 pm] SUMMARY: BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 622 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS [Docket No. 100812344–2165–01] RIN 0648–AY74 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; SnapperGrouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Amendment 20A National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:28 Mar 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 Proposed rule; request for comments. NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 20A (Amendment 20A) to the Fishery Management Plan for the SnapperGrouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP) as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this rule would revise the wreckfish individual transferable quota (ITQ) program, by defining and reverting inactive wreckfish quota shares, redistributing reverted quota shares to remaining shareholders, establishing a cap on the number of wreckfish quota shares a single entity may own, and establishing an appeals process for redistribution of reverted wreckfish quota shares. The intent of this rule is to help achieve the optimum PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 yield (OY) from the wreckfish commercial sector in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). DATES: Written comments must be received on or before April 30, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the amendment identified by ‘‘NOAA–NMFS–2011–0277’’ by any of the following methods: • Electronic submissions: Submit electronic comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Mail: Nikhil Mehta, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) E:\FR\FM\30MRP1.SGM 30MRP1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 62 (Friday, March 30, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 19164-19165]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7713]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Parts 600 and 635

RIN 0648-XB121


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; 2006 Consolidated Highly 
Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 4

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings.

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SUMMARY: On March 16, 2012, NMFS published a proposed rule for a 
fishery management plan (FMP) amendment modifying the regulations 
governing the Federal small-scale HMS fisheries in the U.S. Caribbean, 
and announced that public hearings would be scheduled in a future 
notice. In this notice, NMFS is announcing public hearings in St. 
Croix, United States Virgin Islands (USVI) St. Thomas, USVI, San Juan, 
Puerto Rico (PR), Ponce, PR, and Mayaguez, PR, in order to provide 
greater opportunity for public comment on the proposed rule. Public 
comments on the proposed rule must be received on or before June 14, 
2012.

DATES: Public hearings for Amendment 4 to the 2006 Consolidated Highly 
Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) will be held from 
April through May 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for meeting 
dates, times, and locations.

ADDRESSES: As published on March 16, 2012 (77 FR 15701), written 
comments on this action may be submitted, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2012-
0053, by any one of the following methods:
     Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, 
first click the ``submit a comment'' icon, then enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-
0053 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.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Margo Schulze-Haugen, 
1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
     Fax: 301-713-1917; Attn: Margo Schulze-Haugen.
    Instructions: All comments received are part of the public record 
and generally will be posted to portal http://www.regulations.gov 
without

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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 (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to 
remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted 
in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats 
only.
    Supporting documents, including the 2012 Environmental Assessment, 
Regulatory Impact Review, and Final Regulatory Flexibility Analysis, as 
well as others, such as the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management 
Plans may be downloaded from the HMS Web site at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/. These documents also are available by calling Greg Fairclough or 
Randy Blankinship at 727-824-5399.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Greg Fairclough or Randy Blankinship 
at 727-824-5399.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic tunas and swordfish are managed 
under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation 
and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tuna 
Conventions Act (ATCA), which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce 
(Secretary) to promulgate regulations as may be necessary and 
appropriate to implement recommendations of ICCAT. Federal Atlantic 
shark fisheries are managed under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Act. The authority to issue regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Act 
and ATCA has been delegated from the Secretary to the Assistant 
Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA). On May 28, 1999, NMFS published 
in the Federal Register (64 FR 29090) final regulations, effective July 
1, 1999, implementing the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, 
Swordfish, and Sharks (1999 FMP). On October 2, 2006, NMFS published in 
the Federal Register (71 FR 58058) final regulations, effective 
November 1, 2006, implementing the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, which 
details the management measures for Atlantic HMS fisheries, including 
the HMS handgear fishery.
    In a proposed rule published on March 16, 2012 (77 FR 15701), NMFS 
indicated that dates and locations for public hearings on the proposed 
action would be published in the Federal Register at a later date. In 
this notice, NMFS announces that it will hold six public hearings (see 
Table 1 for meeting dates, times, and locations). These hearings, in 
addition to written comment collected via the methods described above, 
will allow NMFS to collect public comments on the proposed rule, which 
will assist NMFS in determining the final action for Amendment 4 to the 
2006 Consolidated HMS FMP, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
ATCA, and other applicable laws.

                           Table 1--Dates, Times, and Locations of Six Public Hearings
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               Date                          Time            Meeting locations                Address
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April 10, 2012....................  6-9 p.m..............  Buccaneer Hotel......  5007 Estate Shoys,
                                                                                   Christiansted, VI 00820.
April 11, 2012....................  8 a.m................  Buccaneer Hotel......  5007 Estate Shoys,
                                                                                   Christiansted, VI 00820.
April 12, 2012....................  6-9 p.m..............  Frenchman's Reef       Frenchman's Reef Marriott 5
                                                            Marriot.               Estate Bakkeroe, St. Thomas,
                                                                                   USVI 00801.
May 8, 2012.......................  3-5 p.m..............  Ateneo Puertorriqueno  Biblioteca del Ateneo
                                                                                   Puertorriqueno, Avenida
                                                                                   Constitucion, Parada 2, Viejo
                                                                                   San Juan, San Juan PR 00901.
May 9, 2012.......................  2-5 p.m..............  Servicio de Extension  2440 Avenida Las Americas,
                                                            Agricola.              Ste. 208, Centro
                                                                                   Gubernamental, Ponce, PR
                                                                                   00717-2111.
May 10, 2012......................  6-9 p.m..............  Universidad de Puerto  University of Puerto Rico,
                                                            Rico.                  Mayaguez Campus, Physics
                                                                                   Building, Room 310, Mayaguez,
                                                                                   PR 00680.
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    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 27, 2012.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-7713 Filed 3-27-12; 4:15 pm]
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