Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota Program Regulations, 50471-50472 [2012-20408]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 21, 2012 / Notices pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES recreational BFT fishery. Under the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act of 1975 (ATCA, 16 U.S.C. 971), the United States is required to adopt regulations, as necessary and appropriate, to implement recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), including recommendations on a specified BFT quota. BFT catch reporting helps the U.S. monitor this quota monitoring and supports scientific research consistent with ATCA and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). Recreational anglers are required to report specific information regarding their catch after they land a BFT. Atlantic billfish and swordfish are managed internationally by ICCAT and nationally under ATCA and the Magnuson-Stevens Act. This collection provides information needed to monitor the recreational catch of Atlantic blue and white marlin, which is applied to the recreational limit established by ICCAT, and the recreational catch of North Atlantic swordfish, which is applied to the U.S. quota established by ICCAT. This collection also provides information on recreational landings of West Atlantic sailfish which is unavailable from other established monitoring programs. Collection of sailfish catch information is authorized under the Magnuson-Stevens Act for purposes of stock management. II. Method of Collection Respondents reporting BFT landings in states (and the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) other than Maryland and North Carolina may use either an internet Web site or an interactive voice response (IVR) telephone system. Respondents reporting Atlantic marlin, West Atlantic sailfish, or North Atlantic swordfish in states (and the United States Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico) other than Maryland or North Carolina may use either an internet Web site or a toll-free telephone number to report landings information. In Maryland and North Carolina, a paper reporting system is used for all of the aforementioned species. Under state law, respondents in Maryland and North Carolina must submit a landing card at a state-operated reporting station. States that participate in a landing card program must submit weekly reports and one annual report to NOAA to summarize landings and results to date. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0328. VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:31 Aug 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Businesses or other for-profit organizations; individuals or households; and State, Local, or Tribal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 11,500. Estimated Time per Response: 5 minutes for an initial call-in or internet report; 5 minutes for a confirmation call; 10 minutes for a landing card; 1 hour for a weekly state report; and 4 hours for an annual state report. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 1,440. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. 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 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: August 15, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–20445 Filed 8–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC161 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota Program Regulations National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 50471 NMFS, Southeast Region, will hold workshops to discuss administrative changes to the Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs. Workshops will be open to the public. Topics to be discussed during the workshops include: Ex-vessel price reporting, share and allocation price reporting, landing notification and landing transaction procedures, measures to enhance IFQ enforceability, offloading requirements, and other administrative changes. DATES: The workshop dates are: 1. Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Galveston, TX; 2. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Madeira Beach, FL; and 3. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Panama City, FL. ADDRESSES: The workshop locations are: 1. Galveston—Holiday Inn, 5002 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX; 2. Madeira Beach—City of Madeira Beach, 300 Municipal Drive, Madeira Beach, FL; and 3. Panama City—Courtyard Marriott, 905 East 23rd Place, Panama City, FL. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, IFQ Customer Service, phone: 866–425– 7627; email: SERIFQ.Support@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of these workshops is to discuss potential changes to Gulf of Mexico IFQ programs. The red snapper IFQ program was implemented in 2007 and the grouper-tilefish IFQ program was implemented in 2010. During this time frame, NMFS has received input and comments from fishermen, dealers, and state and Federal law enforcement agents on potential administrative changes to the IFQ program. Additionally, price reporting problems associated with submission of ex-vessel, share, and allocation price data are hindering NMFS from fully evaluating the economic effects of the IFQ program. NMFS is seeking input from fishermen, dealers, and other constituents on ways to improve price reporting. NMFS is also seeking input on procedural changes to landing notifications, landing transactions, offloading requirements, and other measures intended to enhance IFQ enforcement. No management actions will be decided at the workshops. Constituents will be asked to provide recommendations for further consideration by NMFS. SUMMARY: Special Accomodations This meeting is physically accessible by people with disabilities. Requests for information packets or other auxiliary equipment should be made at least 5 E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 50472 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 162 / Tuesday, August 21, 2012 / Notices days prior to the meeting date (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2012. Lindsay Fullenkamp, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–20408 Filed 8–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC170 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council’s (Council) VMS/ Enforcement Committee and Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, September 6, 2012 at 9:30 a.m. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360; telephone: (508) 747–4900; fax: (508) 746–2609. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The VMS/ Enforcement Committee and Advisory Panel will meet to discuss and make recommendations for NOAA enforcement priorities for 2013. They will provide an open comment period/ webinar for the fishing industry, concerning Compliance and Effectiveness of Regulations for New England Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). Also on the agenda will be to make recommendations for changes to gear stowage rules across all New England FMPs, and contact the MidAtlantic Fishery Management Council with these recommendations concerning their FMPs. The Committee and Advisory Panel will make recommendations on the Proposed Information Collection, Northeast pmangrum on DSK3VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:31 Aug 20, 2012 Jkt 226001 Region Logbook Family of Forms Federal Register (77 FR 153, 8/8/12). Other business may be discussed. The public is invited to participate in the meeting via webinar. For online access to the meeting, please reserve your webinar seat now at https:// www4.gotomeeting.com/register/ 824208695. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 16, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–20515 Filed 8–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA288 Marine Mammals; File No. 15748 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a major amendment to Permit No. 15748 has been issued to Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), Seward, AK. ADDRESSES: The permit amendment and related documents are available for review 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; and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213; phone (562) 980–4001; fax (562) 980–4018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joselyd Garcia-Reyes or Tammy Adams, (301) 427–8401. On May 7, 2012, notice was published in the Federal Register (77 FR 26747) that a request for an amendment Permit No. 15748 to conduct research on Weddell seals had been submitted by the abovenamed applicant. The requested permit amendment has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The amended permit authorizes takes of 35 weaned pups/juveniles over the life of the permit for the deployment of instrumentation; increases the number of annual takes per animal of weaned pups/juveniles and adult females from 2 to 3; adds nasal, oral, and rectal swab collection (one of each per animal) in weaned pups/juveniles and adult females; adds the use of spray lidocaine or similar agent; adds stable isotope analysis to compare stable isotope values of Weddell seals in the Ross Sea in the early 1900s to today; and adds an influenza A analysis using the requested swab collection to understand the exposure of pathogens to Antarctic marine mammals. The amended permit is valid through the expiration date of the original permit, August 30, 2015. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 15, 2012. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–20516 Filed 8–20–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 162 (Tuesday, August 21, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC161


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota Program Regulations

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: NMFS, Southeast Region, will hold workshops to discuss 
administrative changes to the Gulf of Mexico Individual Fishing Quota 
(IFQ) programs. Workshops will be open to the public. Topics to be 
discussed during the workshops include: Ex-vessel price reporting, 
share and allocation price reporting, landing notification and landing 
transaction procedures, measures to enhance IFQ enforceability, 
offloading requirements, and other administrative changes.

DATES: The workshop dates are:
    1. Wednesday, September 5, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Galveston, TX;
    2. Tuesday, September 18, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Madeira Beach, 
FL; and
    3. Wednesday, September 19, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Panama City, 
FL.

ADDRESSES: The workshop locations are:
    1. Galveston--Holiday Inn, 5002 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston, TX;
    2. Madeira Beach--City of Madeira Beach, 300 Municipal Drive, 
Madeira Beach, FL; and
    3. Panama City--Courtyard Marriott, 905 East 23rd Place, Panama 
City, FL.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, IFQ 
Customer Service, phone: 866-425-7627; email: SER-IFQ.Support@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of these workshops is to 
discuss potential changes to Gulf of Mexico IFQ programs. The red 
snapper IFQ program was implemented in 2007 and the grouper-tilefish 
IFQ program was implemented in 2010. During this time frame, NMFS has 
received input and comments from fishermen, dealers, and state and 
Federal law enforcement agents on potential administrative changes to 
the IFQ program. Additionally, price reporting problems associated with 
submission of ex-vessel, share, and allocation price data are hindering 
NMFS from fully evaluating the economic effects of the IFQ program. 
NMFS is seeking input from fishermen, dealers, and other constituents 
on ways to improve price reporting. NMFS is also seeking input on 
procedural changes to landing notifications, landing transactions, 
offloading requirements, and other measures intended to enhance IFQ 
enforcement. No management actions will be decided at the workshops. 
Constituents will be asked to provide recommendations for further 
consideration by NMFS.

Special Accomodations

    This meeting is physically accessible by people with disabilities. 
Requests for information packets or other auxiliary equipment should be 
made at least 5

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days prior to the meeting date (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

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

    Dated: August 15, 2012.
Lindsay Fullenkamp,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-20408 Filed 8-20-12; 8:45 am]
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