Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings, 46732-46733 [2012-19051]

Download as PDF 46732 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Notices submit a written comment by any one of the following methods: • Email: Susan.Pasko@noaa.gov. • Mail or hand-delivery: Susan Pasko, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 1315 East West Highway, SSMC 3, Rm. 15719 Silver Spring, MD 20910. • Fax: (301) 713–1043. Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Dated: July 25, 2012. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, performing the functions and duties of the Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–19161 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC140 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of public meetings. The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings. SUMMARY: The meetings will be held August 20–23, 2012. DATES: The meetings will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; telephone: (504) 962–0500. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: Dr. Stephen Bortone, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 Committees Monday, August 20, 2012 9 a.m.–11 a.m.—New Council Member Orientation. 1 p.m.–2:30 p.m.—The Ad Hoc Restoration Committee will receive presentations. 2:30 p.m.–4:30 p.m.—The Data Collection Committee will discuss the Final Generic Amendment—Dealer Permits/Electronic Logbook Reporting Requirements; discuss Electronic Report for Headboats and for the For-Hire Industry. 4:30 p.m.–5 p.m.—The Shrimp Management Committee will review a White Paper on Funding Options for the Electronic Logbook (ELB) Program; and discuss Exempted Fishing Permits related to Shrimp (if any). 5 p.m.–5:30 p.m.—The Law Enforcement Committee will receive a report from the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting. 5:30 p.m.–6 p.m.—The Budget/ Personnel Committee will discuss the Executive Director’s selection process. —Recess— Immediately following committee recess NOAA Fisheries will hold a workshop considering administrative changes to the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. This workshop will be held in the Council’s meeting room. Tuesday, August 21, 2012 8:30 a.m.–11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.– 5:30 p.m.—The Reef Fish Management Committee will receive a presentation by Louisiana DWF on the State Boundary Extension and Pilot Program; review a Scoping Document for Amendment 28—Sector Allocations; discuss an Options Papers for a Framework Action on Vermilion Snapper Annual Catch Limit; review comments on Amendment 33—Reef Fish Limited Access Privilege Program; consider a Public Hearing Draft for Amendment 37—Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan; discuss the Final Amendment 38—Revise Post-Season Recreational Accountability Measures for Shallow-Water Grouper and Revision to the Generic Framework Procedure; review the Public Hearing Draft of a Framework Action for 2013 Gag Season, Split Season, & Elimination of February–March Shallow-Water Group Closure; discuss concerns about Amendment 35—the Rebuilding Plan for Greater Amberjack; review other Reef Fish Advisory Panel comments (if any); discuss the status of actions submitted under the Abbreviated Framework Process; and discuss Exempted Fishing Permits related to Reef Fish (if any). PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 —Recess— Immediately following the Committee Recess will be the Informal Question & Answer Session on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Issues. Wednesday, August 22, 2012 8:30 a.m.–9:30 a.m.—Closed Session—Full Council to discuss personnel matters. 9:30 a.m.–10:30 a.m.—The Joint Artificial Reef/Habitat Committees will review a Scoping Document for Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) Amendment 4 Designating Petroleum Platforms and Artificial Reefs as Essential Fish Habitat. —Recess— Council Wednesday, August 22, 2012 10:30 a.m.—The Council meeting will begin with a Call to Order and Introductions. 10:40 a.m.–10:45 a.m.—The Council will induct the New Council Members. 10:45 a.m.–10:55 a.m.—The Council will review the agenda and approve the minutes. 10:55 a.m.–11 a.m.—The Council will review the Action Schedule. 11 a.m.–11:45 a.m.—The Council will review Committee Reports from the Ad Hoc Restoration Committee, the Shrimp Management Committee, the Law Enforcement Committee, and the Budget/Personnel Committee. 1 p.m.–1:15 p.m.—The Council will review Exempted Fishing Permits (EFP), if any. 1:15 p.m.–5:30 p.m.—The Council will receive public testimony on the Final Reef Fish Amendment 38—Revise Post-Season Recreational Accountability Measures for Shallow-Water Grouper & Revision to the Generic Framework Procedure; the Final Generic Amendment for Dealer Permits and Electronic Reporting; Amendment 33 for Adding Additional Reef Fish to the Limited Access Privilege Program; and Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs), if any. The Council will also hold an open public comment period regarding any other fishery issues or concerns. People wishing to speak before the Council should complete a public comment card prior to the comment period. Thursday, August 23, 2012 8:30 a.m.–8:45 a.m.—The Council will vote on Exempted Fishing Permits (if any). 8:45 a.m.–3:45 p.m.—The Council will review and discuss reports from committee meetings as follows: Reef Fish, Data Collection, Mackerel and Joint Artificial Reef/Habitat. E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 151 / Monday, August 6, 2012 / Notices 4 p.m.–4:15 p.m.—Other Business items will follow. 4:15 p.m.–4:30 p.m.—The Council will hold an Election of Chair and ViceChair. The Council will conclude its meeting at approximately 4:30 p.m. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the Council and Committees for discussion, in accordance with the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the Council and Committees will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of discussion relevant to the agenda items. In order to further allow for such adjustments and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to the date/time established in this notice. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Council (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined in the agenda below. DATES: The meeting is scheduled for August 20, 2012, 3–5 p.m., Eastern Daylight Time. ADDRESSES: Conference call. Public access is available at 1311–B East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Holliday, (301) 427–8004; email: Mark.Holliday@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MAFAC was established by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), and, since 1971, advises the Secretary on all living marine resource matters that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The complete charter and other information are located online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ocs/mafac/. Matters To Be Considered The Committee is convening to prepare comments from MAFAC on the draft National Aquaculture Research and Development Strategic Plan. This agenda is subject to change. Dated: July 31, 2012. Samuel D. Rauch III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, performing the functions and duties of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–19164 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dated: July 31, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–19051 Filed 8–3–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P RIN 0648–XA567 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy Training Exercises in the Mariana Islands Range Complex National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of letter of authorization. AGENCY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC145 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open public meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:11 Aug 03, 2012 Jkt 226001 In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the U.S. Navy’s training exercises within the Navy’s Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC) in the Pacific Ocean. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 46733 Effective from August 10, 2012, through August 3, 2015. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Navy’s request for an LOA, the LOA, the Navy’s 2012 marine mammal monitoring report and 2012 exercise report are available by writing to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, by telephoning the contact listed here (See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may also be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian D. Hopper, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: Background Section 101(a)(5) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a military readiness activity if certain findings are made and regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. Authorization may be granted for periods of 5 years or less if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for certain subsistence uses. In addition, NMFS must prescribe regulations that include permissible methods of taking and other means effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the species and its habitat, and on the availability of the species for subsistence uses, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance. The regulations also must include requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. Regulations governing the taking of marine mammals incidental to the U.S. Navy’s training activities in the MIRC were published on August 3, 2010 (75 FR 45527), and remain in effect through August 3, 2015. They are codified at 50 CFR 218.100. These regulations include mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements for the incidental taking of marine mammals by the Navy’s range complex training exercises. For detailed information on these actions, please E:\FR\FM\06AUN1.SGM 06AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC140


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public 
Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene 
public meetings.

DATES: The meetings will be held August 20-23, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza, 739 
Canal Street, New Orleans, LA 70130; telephone: (504) 962-0500.
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 
North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Stephen Bortone, Executive 
Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 
348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Committees

Monday, August 20, 2012

    9 a.m.-11 a.m.--New Council Member Orientation.
    1 p.m.-2:30 p.m.--The Ad Hoc Restoration Committee will receive 
presentations.
    2:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.--The Data Collection Committee will discuss the 
Final Generic Amendment--Dealer Permits/Electronic Logbook Reporting 
Requirements; discuss Electronic Report for Headboats and for the For-
Hire Industry.
    4:30 p.m.-5 p.m.--The Shrimp Management Committee will review a 
White Paper on Funding Options for the Electronic Logbook (ELB) 
Program; and discuss Exempted Fishing Permits related to Shrimp (if 
any).
    5 p.m.-5:30 p.m.--The Law Enforcement Committee will receive a 
report from the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting.
    5:30 p.m.-6 p.m.--The Budget/Personnel Committee will discuss the 
Executive Director's selection process.

--Recess--

    Immediately following committee recess NOAA Fisheries will hold a 
workshop considering administrative changes to the Individual Fishing 
Quota (IFQ) Program. This workshop will be held in the Council's 
meeting room.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

    8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.--The Reef Fish 
Management Committee will receive a presentation by Louisiana DWF on 
the State Boundary Extension and Pilot Program; review a Scoping 
Document for Amendment 28--Sector Allocations; discuss an Options 
Papers for a Framework Action on Vermilion Snapper Annual Catch Limit; 
review comments on Amendment 33--Reef Fish Limited Access Privilege 
Program; consider a Public Hearing Draft for Amendment 37--Gray 
Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan; discuss the Final Amendment 38--Revise 
Post-Season Recreational Accountability Measures for Shallow-Water 
Grouper and Revision to the Generic Framework Procedure; review the 
Public Hearing Draft of a Framework Action for 2013 Gag Season, Split 
Season, & Elimination of February-March Shallow-Water Group Closure; 
discuss concerns about Amendment 35--the Rebuilding Plan for Greater 
Amberjack; review other Reef Fish Advisory Panel comments (if any); 
discuss the status of actions submitted under the Abbreviated Framework 
Process; and discuss Exempted Fishing Permits related to Reef Fish (if 
any).

    --Recess--

    Immediately following the Committee Recess will be the Informal 
Question & Answer Session on Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Issues.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    8:30 a.m.-9:30 a.m.--Closed Session--Full Council to discuss 
personnel matters.
    9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.--The Joint Artificial Reef/Habitat Committees 
will review a Scoping Document for Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) 
Amendment 4 Designating Petroleum Platforms and Artificial Reefs as 
Essential Fish Habitat.

--Recess--

Council

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

    10:30 a.m.--The Council meeting will begin with a Call to Order and 
Introductions.
    10:40 a.m.-10:45 a.m.--The Council will induct the New Council 
Members.
    10:45 a.m.-10:55 a.m.--The Council will review the agenda and 
approve the minutes.
    10:55 a.m.-11 a.m.--The Council will review the Action Schedule.
    11 a.m.-11:45 a.m.--The Council will review Committee Reports from 
the Ad Hoc Restoration Committee, the Shrimp Management Committee, the 
Law Enforcement Committee, and the Budget/Personnel Committee.
    1 p.m.-1:15 p.m.--The Council will review Exempted Fishing Permits 
(EFP), if any.
    1:15 p.m.-5:30 p.m.--The Council will receive public testimony on 
the Final Reef Fish Amendment 38--Revise Post-Season Recreational 
Accountability Measures for Shallow-Water Grouper & Revision to the 
Generic Framework Procedure; the Final Generic Amendment for Dealer 
Permits and Electronic Reporting; Amendment 33 for Adding Additional 
Reef Fish to the Limited Access Privilege Program; and Exempted Fishing 
Permits (EFPs), if any. The Council will also hold an open public 
comment period regarding any other fishery issues or concerns. People 
wishing to speak before the Council should complete a public comment 
card prior to the comment period.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

    8:30 a.m.-8:45 a.m.--The Council will vote on Exempted Fishing 
Permits (if any).
    8:45 a.m.-3:45 p.m.--The Council will review and discuss reports 
from committee meetings as follows: Reef Fish, Data Collection, 
Mackerel and Joint Artificial Reef/Habitat.

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    4 p.m.-4:15 p.m.--Other Business items will follow.
    4:15 p.m.-4:30 p.m.--The Council will hold an Election of Chair and 
Vice-Chair.
    The Council will conclude its meeting at approximately 4:30 p.m.
    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come 
before the Council and Committees for discussion, in accordance with 
the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during these meetings. Actions of the Council and Committees will be 
restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and 
any issues arising after publication of this notice that require 
emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, 
provided the public has been notified of the Council's intent to take 
action to address the emergency.
    The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be 
adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timely completion of 
discussion relevant to the agenda items. In order to further allow for 
such adjustments and completion of all items on the agenda, the meeting 
may be extended from, or completed prior to the date/time established 
in this notice.
Special Accommodations
    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Council (see 
ADDRESSES) at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: July 31, 2012.
Tracey L. Thompson
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-19051 Filed 8-3-12; 8:45 am]
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