Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Exempted Fishing Permit, 31586-31587 [2012-12961]

Download as PDF 31586 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2012 / Notices • By facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or • At the address listed above. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. [FR Doc. 2012–12962 Filed 5–25–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: May 22, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. AGENCY: Amy Hapeman or Kristy Beard, (301) 427–8401. RIN 0648–XC037 The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). The NEFSC requests a five-year permit to continue sea turtle ecological research in the Western Atlantic (Florida Keys through Maine). Researchers would capture animals by hand, dip net, encircle net, hoop net, or obtain animals for research from other legal authorities. Sea turtles would have a combination of the following procedures performed: epibiota removal; collect tumors; count/survey; imaging; insert stomach telemeter pill; instrument attachment by drilling the carapace, epoxy or suction-cup; laparoscopy; gastric or cloacal lavage; temporary carapace mark; living, flipper, and passive integrated transponder tagging; measure; photograph/video; blood, fat, feces, scute, tissue, organ and muscle sample; nasal, cloacal, lesion, and oral swab; transport; ultrasound; weigh; tracking by vessel or remotely operated vehicle (ROV); observation by ROV; and recapture for gear removal. Up to one animal of each species could be unintentionally killed over the life of the permit. Researchers may also salvage carcass, tissue, and parts from dead animals encountered during surveys. Up to 541 loggerhead, 516 Kemp’s ridley, 498 leatherback, 500 green, and 427 unidentified sea turtles would be taken annually. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Endangered Species; File No. 16556 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC; Responsible Party: Frank Almeida), 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA, 02543 has applied in due form for a permit to take loggerhead (Caretta caretta), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before June 28, 2012. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 16556 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978) 281–9328; fax (978) 281– 9394; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division. • By email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov (include the File No. in the subject line of the email), srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 May 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 Dated: May 23, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–12960 Filed 5–25–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC022 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Exempted Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit; request for comments. NMFS announces the receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from Florida Sea Grant. If granted, the EFP would exempt Florida Sea Grant agents from regulations at § 622.41(m)(3), requiring the use of venting tools when releasing regulatory discarded fish back to the water from July 1, 2012, through July 1, 2013. This study, to be conducted in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) off Florida, is intended to better document the efficacy and practicality of various recompression gear methods. DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on June 28, 2012. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the application by any of the following methods: • Email: 0648XC022.FLSeagrant@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following document identifier: ‘‘FL Sea Grant EFP’’. • Mail: Rich Malinowski, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. The application and related documents are available for review upon written request to any of the above addresses. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Malinowski, 727–824–5305; email: rich.malinowski@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: The EFP is requested under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745(b) concerning exempted fishing. The described research is part of a new research program by Florida Sea Grant. The research is intended to involve recreational fishermen in the collection of fundamental biological information of Gulf reef fish. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 103 / Tuesday, May 29, 2012 / Notices proposed sampling for scientific research involves activities that could otherwise be prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR part 622, as they pertain to reef fish managed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The applicant requires authorization through the EFP to not vent these Council-managed species using recompression gears as part of the normal fishing activities of the recreational sector of the Gulf reef fish fishery. Florida Sea Grant is requesting that selected participants use various types of recompression gears instead of venting tools as currently required by regulation. The goal of the research is to provide evaluation of the various recompression gears for industry use. NMFS finds this application warrants further consideration. Possible conditions the agency may impose on this permit, if it is indeed granted, include but are not limited to, a prohibition of conducting research within marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries, or special management zones, without additional authorization. A report on the research would be due at the end of the collection period, to be submitted to NMFS and reviewed by the Council. A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on NMFS’s review of public comments received on the application, consultations with the affected states, the Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard, as well as a determination that it is consistent with all applicable laws. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 22, 2012. Carrie Selberg, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–12961 Filed 5–25–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC048 Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Comments must be submitted on or before 5 p.m. EST June 13, 2012. DATES: Send comments about this notice to Paul Marx, Chief, Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: Oregon Pink Shrimp Buyback, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427– 8799, fax (301) 713–1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov. On November 16, 2004, NMFS published a Federal Register document (69 FR 67100) proposing regulations to implement an industry fee system for repaying the reduction loan. The final rule was published July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225) and fee collection began on September 8, 2005. Interested persons should review these for further program details. The Oregon pink shrimp sub-loan of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Capacity Reduction (Buyback) loan in the amount of $2,228,844.53 has now been repaid in full. NMFS has received $3,253,336.34 to repay the principal and interest on this sub-loan since fee collection began September 8, 2005. Landings in the Oregon pink shrimp fishery increased in recent seasons, particularly in the 2011 season, which resulted in this sub-loan being repaid on or about May 17, 2012. As a result, buyback loan fees will no longer be collected in the Oregon pink shrimp fishery. Based upon the best available data from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife, landings after April 19, 2012, will not be subject to the buyback fee. Any funds submitted to NMFS for landings after this date will be refunded on a pro-rata basis to the fish buyers/ processors. The fish buyers/processors should return excess fees collected to the harvesters, including buyback fees collected but not yet remitted to NMFS. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of loan repayment. Dated: May 23, 2012. Cherish Johnson, Acting Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the Oregon Pink Shrimp sub-loan in the BILLING CODE 3510–22–P AGENCY: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES fishing capacity reduction program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery has been repaid. Therefore, buyback fee collections on Oregon pink shrimp will cease. SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:12 May 25, 2012 Jkt 226001 [FR Doc. 2012–12969 Filed 5–25–12; 8:45 am] COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: Commodity Futures Trading Commission. TIME AND DATE: 10:00 a.m., Friday June 29, 2012. 1155 21st St. NW., Washington, DC, 9th Floor Commission Conference Room. PLACE: STATUS: Closed. Surveillance and Enforcement Matters. In the event that the times or dates of these or any future meetings change, an announcement of the change, along with the new time and place of the meeting will be posted on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.cftc.gov. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sauntia S. Warfield, 202–418–5084. Sauntia S. Warfield, Assistant Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2012–13059 Filed 5–24–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P COMMODITY FUTURES TRADING COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice AGENCY HOLDING THE MEETING: Commodity Futures Trading Commission. TIME AND DATE: 10:00 a.m., Friday, June 1, 2012. 1155 21st St. NW., Washington, DC, 9th Floor Commission Conference Room. PLACE: STATUS: Closed. Surveillance and Enforcement Matters. In the event that the times or dates of these or any future meetings change, an announcement of the change, along with the new time and place of the meeting will be posted on the Commission’s Web site at http://www.cftc.gov. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Sauntia S. Warfield, 202–418–5084. Sauntia S. Warfield, Assistant Secretary of the Commission. [FR Doc. 2012–13063 Filed 5–24–12; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6351–01–P PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 31587 E:\FR\FM\29MYN1.SGM 29MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 103 (Tuesday, May 29, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-12961]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC022


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Exempted Fishing Permit

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

ACTION: Notice of receipt of an application for an exempted fishing 
permit; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the receipt of an application for an exempted 
fishing permit (EFP) from Florida Sea Grant. If granted, the EFP would 
exempt Florida Sea Grant agents from regulations at Sec.  622.41(m)(3), 
requiring the use of venting tools when releasing regulatory discarded 
fish back to the water from July 1, 2012, through July 1, 2013. This 
study, to be conducted in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf 
of Mexico (Gulf) off Florida, is intended to better document the 
efficacy and practicality of various recompression gear methods.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., eastern time, on 
June 28, 2012.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the application by any of the 
following methods:
     Email: 0648-XC022.FLSeagrant@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the email comment the following document identifier: 
``FL Sea Grant EFP''.
     Mail: Rich Malinowski, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 
263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
    The application and related documents are available for review upon 
written request to any of the above addresses.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Malinowski, 727-824-5305; email: 
rich.malinowski@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The EFP is requested under the authority of 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 
1801 et seq.), and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745(b) concerning exempted 
fishing.
    The described research is part of a new research program by Florida 
Sea Grant. The research is intended to involve recreational fishermen 
in the collection of fundamental biological information of Gulf reef 
fish. The

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proposed sampling for scientific research involves activities that 
could otherwise be prohibited by regulations at 50 CFR part 622, as 
they pertain to reef fish managed by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council (Council). The applicant requires authorization 
through the EFP to not vent these Council-managed species using 
recompression gears as part of the normal fishing activities of the 
recreational sector of the Gulf reef fish fishery. Florida Sea Grant is 
requesting that selected participants use various types of 
recompression gears instead of venting tools as currently required by 
regulation. The goal of the research is to provide evaluation of the 
various recompression gears for industry use.
    NMFS finds this application warrants further consideration. 
Possible conditions the agency may impose on this permit, if it is 
indeed granted, include but are not limited to, a prohibition of 
conducting research within marine protected areas, marine sanctuaries, 
or special management zones, without additional authorization. A report 
on the research would be due at the end of the collection period, to be 
submitted to NMFS and reviewed by the Council.
    A final decision on issuance of the EFP will depend on NMFS's 
review of public comments received on the application, consultations 
with the affected states, the Council, and the U.S. Coast Guard, as 
well as a determination that it is consistent with all applicable laws.

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

    Dated: May 22, 2012.
Carrie Selberg,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-12961 Filed 5-25-12; 8:45 am]
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