Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Intent, 52133-52135 [2013-20523]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 163 / Thursday, August 22, 2013 / Notices Dated: August 16, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–20464 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–475–601] Brass Sheet and Strip From Italy: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Review; 2012–2013 Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce (Department) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on brass sheet and strip from Italy for the period March 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013. DATES: Effective Date: August 22, 2013. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joseph Shuler, AD/CVD Operations, Office 1, Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–1293. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: AGENCY: Background On May 1, 2013, the Department initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on brass sheet and strip from Italy for the period March 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013,1 based on a request by Petitioners for a review of KME Italy SpA.2 Petitioners withdrew their request for an administrative review on July 30, 2013. Rescission of Review tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Department will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party that requested the 1 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 78 FR 25418, 25420 (May 1, 2013). 2 Petitioners are GBC Metals, LLC, of Global Brass and Copper, Inc., dba Olin Brass; Heyco Metals, Inc.; Aurubis Buffalo, Inc.; PMX Industries, Inc.; and Revere Copper Products, Inc. 18:44 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 review withdraws its request within 90 days of the publication of the Initiation Notice. In this case, Petitioners withdrew their request within the 90day deadline, and no other parties requested an administrative review of the antidumping duty order. Therefore, we are rescinding the administrative review of brass sheet and strip from Italy covering the period March 1, 2012, through February 28, 2013, in its entirety, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1). Dated: August 14, 2013. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. Assessment Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to Jasmeet Seehra, OMB Desk Officer, FAX number (202) 395–5167 or via the Internet at Jasmeet_K._Seehra@ omb.eop.gov. VerDate Mar<15>2010 52133 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Intent The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on all entries of brass sheet and strip from Italy. Antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). The Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this notice of rescission of administrative review. Notifications This notice also serves as a final reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled antidumping duties. This notice also serves as a final reminder to parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the return or destruction of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305(a)(3). Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation that is subject to sanction. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2013–20442 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC806 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS); request for comments; notice of public scoping meetings. AGENCY: NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announce their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the long-term impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) environment of setting harvest specifications (including Overfishing Limits (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs), and Annual Catch Limits (ACLs)) and management measures, and implementing harvest specifications and management measures in Federal regulations for 2015 and 2016, pursuant to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. DATES: Public scoping will be conducted through regular meetings of the Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies continuing through the June 2014 meeting (see http:// www.pcouncil.org/council-operations/ council-meetings/future-meetings/). Written, faxed or emailed comments must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight time on September 23, 2013 (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and alternatives, identified by 0648–XC806 by any of the following methods: • Email: GroundfishSpex2015-16@ noaa.gov. Include RIN 0648–XC806 and enter Scoping Comments in the subject line of the message. • Fax: 503–820–2299, Attention Kit Dahl. • Mail: Dr. Donald McIsaac, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Pl., Suite 101, Portland, OR, 97220, Attention Kit Dahl. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 52134 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 163 / Thursday, August 22, 2013 / Notices NMFS will accept anonymous comments. You may submit attachments to electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kit Dahl, Pacific Fishery Management Council, phone: 503–820–2280, fax: 503–820–2299 and email: kit.dahl@ noaa.gov; or Sarah Biegel, NMFS Northwest Region NEPA; email: Sarah.T.Biegel@noaa.gov. Electronic Access This Federal Register document is available on the Government Printing Office’s Web site at: www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index/html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Background for Agency Action There are more than 90 species managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (Groundfish FMP). These groundfish stocks support an array of commercial, recreational, and Indian tribal fishing interests in state and Federal waters off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, groundfish are also harvested incidentally in nongroundfish fisheries, most notably, the trawl fisheries for pink shrimp and California halibut. The amount of each Pacific Coast groundfish species or species complex that is available for harvest in a specific year is referred to as an Annual Catch Limit (ACL). The groundfish fishery regulations also include a collection of management measures intended to keep the total catch of each groundfish species or species complex at or below the ACL. The groundfish harvest specifications and management measures are set at least biennially. The Proposed Action Using the ‘‘best available scientific information,’’ the proposed action is to establish harvest specifications every 2 years, including the overfishing limits (OFLs), acceptable biological catches (ABCs), and annual catch limits (ACLs) for each management unit, consistent with the policies and procedures the Council has established for these actions and the requirements of the Groundfish FMP; the Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA)—particularly the 10 National Standards enumerated in § 301(a) of the MSA; and other applicable law. Estimates of harvest specification values for a long-term period are used to evaluate environmental impacts into the future. Because harvest specifications must be based on the best available scientific information, and one or more new or updated stock VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 assessments become available every 2 years, NMFS has determined that harvest specifications will be published in Federal regulations every 2 years for the subsequent 2-year period. However, the evaluation of the long-term impacts of setting harvest specifications and related management measures for the foreseeable future is intended to encompass the range of likely impacts that could occur over more than just the next biennial management period (2015–16). Seven Pacific Coast groundfish species are currently ‘‘overfished’’ and managed under rebuilding plans implemented by secretarial amendment. Within the rebuilding plans, TTARGET is the key rebuilding parameter. TTARGET is the projected year by which an overfished species will be rebuilt. Any change to TTARGET must be demonstrated by the need to rebuild the stock in as short a time as possible, taking into account the status and biology of the stock, the needs of fishing communities, and the interaction of the stock within the marine ecosystem. Every 2 years the Council will consider the best available scientific information (principally new or updated stock assessments) and determine whether it is necessary to adjust any of the existing harvest specifications or management measures necessary to achieve but not exceed ACLs. Adjustments to harvest specifications may involve changing the underlying harvest control rule. These adjustments must be consistent with the MSA and the Groundfish FMP. In the absence of explicit Council action, harvest specification values based on default harvest control rules for one or more stocks may be published in Federal regulations. The Council is considering the establishment of criteria for determining these default rules through Amendment 24 to the Pacific Groundfish FMP, and these default rules may be part of this proposed action. During any biennial decision-making process, the Council may depart from these default values by deciding to modify the harvest control rule for one or more management unit. Alternatives NEPA requires that agencies evaluate reasonable alternatives to the proposed action in an EIS, which address the purpose and need for agency action. The Council is scheduled to adopt a preliminary range of alternatives for analysis and public review at its November 1–6, 2013, meeting. Alternatives use other methods to determine default harvest specifications. Related management measures, PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 including allocation of fishing opportunity among various fishery participants, are also part of each alternative. In addition to choosing a preferred method for determining default harvest control rules, the Council may choose to modify the underlying harvest control rules for one or more stocks, resulting in an ACL different from the default value. Routine management measures, as defined in the Groundfish FMP, will be used unless a conservation need requires the adoption of a new management measure not previously described in Federal regulations. The alternatives may also include changes to current rebuilding plans if the best available scientific information shows that the objective of rebuilding the stock by TTARGET cannot be met with the current harvest control rule. The Council is scheduled to confirm its choice of a preferred alternative at its June 20–25, 2014, meeting. Preliminary Identification of Environmental Issues A principal objective of the scoping and public input process is to identify potentially significant impacts to the human environment that should be analyzed in depth in the EIS. If, during the preparation of this EIS, NMFS determines that a finding of no significant impact can be supported, it may prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issue a retraction of this notice. Alternatively, NMFS may still continue with the preparation of an EIS. Information and analysis prepared for this action also may be used when scoping future groundfish harvest specifications and management measure actions to help decide whether to prepare an EA or EIS. Public Scoping Process Public scoping will occur throughout the Council’s decision-making process. All decisions during the Council process benefit from written and oral public comments delivered prior to or during the Council meeting. These public comments are considered integral to scoping for developing this EIS. Council meetings that offer opportunities for public involvement include: the September 12–17, 2013, meeting in Boise, Idaho (The Riverside Hotel—Boise, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 83714); the November 1–6, 2013 meeting in Costa Mesa, California (Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 92626); the April 5–10, 2014, meeting in Vancouver, Washington (Hilton Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA 98660); and the E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 163 / Thursday, August 22, 2013 / Notices June 20–25, 2014, meeting in Garden Grove, California (Hyatt Regency Orange County, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840). For further information on these meetings, visit the Council’s Web site, http:// www.pcouncil.org/council-operations/ council-meetings/future-meetings/. Special Accommodations The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov (503)820– 2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The original notice published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2013 (78 FR 48421). The original notice stated that the meeting ends at 12 noon. This notice corrects the time of the webinar. All other previously-published information remains unchanged. The Advisory Panel will develop a Fishery Performance Report for consideration by the Council and the Council’s SSC as they review spiny dogfish management measures established for the 2014 fishing year. Special Accommodations Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 19, 2013. Emily H. Menashes, Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–20523 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders at the Mid-Atlantic Council Office, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: August 16, 2013. William D. Chappell, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [FR Doc. 2013–20448 Filed 8–21–13; 8:45 am] RIN 0648–XC797 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting; Correction DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of correction to a public meeting. RIN 0648–XC561 AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet to develop a Fishery Performance Report for the Spiny Dogfish fishery in preparation for the Council and the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee review of specifications that have been set for the 2014 fishing year. DATES: The meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2013 at 1 a.m. until 4 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar with a listening station also available at the Council address below. Webinar link: http:// mafmc.adobeconnect.com/dogfish/ Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 21, 2013 Jkt 229001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental To Conducting Maritime Strike Operations by Eglin Air Force Base in the Gulf of Mexico National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Air Force (USAF), Eglin Air Force Base (Eglin AFB), to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to Maritime Strike Operations in the Gulf of Mexico (GOM). The USAF’s activities are considered military readiness activities. DATES: Effective August 19, 2013, through August 18, 2014. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 52135 An electronic copy of the authorization, the application containing a list of the references used in this document, and the Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) may be obtained by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225, telephoning the contact listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet 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: ADDRESSES: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either 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 for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘ . . . an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by which citizens of the U.S. can apply for an authorization to incidentally take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment. Section 101(a)(5)(D) establishes a 45-day time limit for NMFS review of an application followed by a 30-day public notice and comment period on any proposed E:\FR\FM\22AUN1.SGM 22AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC806


Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Intent

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS); request for comments; notice of public scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) 
announce their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969 to analyze the long-term 
impacts on the human (biological, physical, social, and economic) 
environment of setting harvest specifications (including Overfishing 
Limits (OFLs), Acceptable Biological Catches (ABCs), and Annual Catch 
Limits (ACLs)) and management measures, and implementing harvest 
specifications and management measures in Federal regulations for 2015 
and 2016, pursuant to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management 
Plan.

DATES: Public scoping will be conducted through regular meetings of the 
Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory bodies continuing 
through the June 2014 meeting (see http://www.pcouncil.org/council-operations/council-meetings/future-meetings/). Written, faxed or 
emailed comments must be received by 5 p.m. Pacific Daylight time on 
September 23, 2013 (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on issues and alternatives, 
identified by 0648-XC806 by any of the following methods:
     Email: GroundfishSpex2015-16@noaa.gov. Include RIN 0648-
XC806 and enter Scoping Comments in the subject line of the message.
     Fax: 503-820-2299, Attention Kit Dahl.
     Mail: Dr. Donald McIsaac, Pacific Fishery Management 
Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Pl., Suite 101, Portland, OR, 97220, 
Attention Kit Dahl.

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    NMFS will accept anonymous comments. You may submit attachments to 
electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF 
file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kit Dahl, Pacific Fishery Management 
Council, phone: 503-820-2280, fax: 503-820-2299 and email: 
kit.dahl@noaa.gov; or Sarah Biegel, NMFS Northwest Region NEPA; email: 
Sarah.T.Biegel@noaa.gov.

Electronic Access

    This Federal Register document is available on the Government 
Printing Office's Web site at: www.gpoaccess.gov/fr/index/html.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background for Agency Action

    There are more than 90 species managed under the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (Groundfish FMP). These groundfish 
stocks support an array of commercial, recreational, and Indian tribal 
fishing interests in state and Federal waters off the coasts of 
Washington, Oregon, and California. In addition, groundfish are also 
harvested incidentally in non-groundfish fisheries, most notably, the 
trawl fisheries for pink shrimp and California halibut.
    The amount of each Pacific Coast groundfish species or species 
complex that is available for harvest in a specific year is referred to 
as an Annual Catch Limit (ACL). The groundfish fishery regulations also 
include a collection of management measures intended to keep the total 
catch of each groundfish species or species complex at or below the 
ACL. The groundfish harvest specifications and management measures are 
set at least biennially.

The Proposed Action

    Using the ``best available scientific information,'' the proposed 
action is to establish harvest specifications every 2 years, including 
the overfishing limits (OFLs), acceptable biological catches (ABCs), 
and annual catch limits (ACLs) for each management unit, consistent 
with the policies and procedures the Council has established for these 
actions and the requirements of the Groundfish FMP; the Magnuson-
Stevens Act (MSA)--particularly the 10 National Standards enumerated in 
Sec.  301(a) of the MSA; and other applicable law.
    Estimates of harvest specification values for a long-term period 
are used to evaluate environmental impacts into the future. Because 
harvest specifications must be based on the best available scientific 
information, and one or more new or updated stock assessments become 
available every 2 years, NMFS has determined that harvest 
specifications will be published in Federal regulations every 2 years 
for the subsequent 2-year period. However, the evaluation of the long-
term impacts of setting harvest specifications and related management 
measures for the foreseeable future is intended to encompass the range 
of likely impacts that could occur over more than just the next 
biennial management period (2015-16).
    Seven Pacific Coast groundfish species are currently ``overfished'' 
and managed under rebuilding plans implemented by secretarial 
amendment. Within the rebuilding plans, TTARGET is the key 
rebuilding parameter. TTARGET is the projected year by which 
an overfished species will be rebuilt. Any change to TTARGET 
must be demonstrated by the need to rebuild the stock in as short a 
time as possible, taking into account the status and biology of the 
stock, the needs of fishing communities, and the interaction of the 
stock within the marine ecosystem.
    Every 2 years the Council will consider the best available 
scientific information (principally new or updated stock assessments) 
and determine whether it is necessary to adjust any of the existing 
harvest specifications or management measures necessary to achieve but 
not exceed ACLs. Adjustments to harvest specifications may involve 
changing the underlying harvest control rule. These adjustments must be 
consistent with the MSA and the Groundfish FMP.
    In the absence of explicit Council action, harvest specification 
values based on default harvest control rules for one or more stocks 
may be published in Federal regulations. The Council is considering the 
establishment of criteria for determining these default rules through 
Amendment 24 to the Pacific Groundfish FMP, and these default rules may 
be part of this proposed action. During any biennial decision-making 
process, the Council may depart from these default values by deciding 
to modify the harvest control rule for one or more management unit.

Alternatives

    NEPA requires that agencies evaluate reasonable alternatives to the 
proposed action in an EIS, which address the purpose and need for 
agency action. The Council is scheduled to adopt a preliminary range of 
alternatives for analysis and public review at its November 1-6, 2013, 
meeting. Alternatives use other methods to determine default harvest 
specifications. Related management measures, including allocation of 
fishing opportunity among various fishery participants, are also part 
of each alternative. In addition to choosing a preferred method for 
determining default harvest control rules, the Council may choose to 
modify the underlying harvest control rules for one or more stocks, 
resulting in an ACL different from the default value. Routine 
management measures, as defined in the Groundfish FMP, will be used 
unless a conservation need requires the adoption of a new management 
measure not previously described in Federal regulations. The 
alternatives may also include changes to current rebuilding plans if 
the best available scientific information shows that the objective of 
rebuilding the stock by TTARGET cannot be met with the 
current harvest control rule. The Council is scheduled to confirm its 
choice of a preferred alternative at its June 20-25, 2014, meeting.

Preliminary Identification of Environmental Issues

    A principal objective of the scoping and public input process is to 
identify potentially significant impacts to the human environment that 
should be analyzed in depth in the EIS. If, during the preparation of 
this EIS, NMFS determines that a finding of no significant impact can 
be supported, it may prepare an Environmental Assessment (EA) and issue 
a retraction of this notice. Alternatively, NMFS may still continue 
with the preparation of an EIS. Information and analysis prepared for 
this action also may be used when scoping future groundfish harvest 
specifications and management measure actions to help decide whether to 
prepare an EA or EIS.

Public Scoping Process

    Public scoping will occur throughout the Council's decision-making 
process. All decisions during the Council process benefit from written 
and oral public comments delivered prior to or during the Council 
meeting. These public comments are considered integral to scoping for 
developing this EIS. Council meetings that offer opportunities for 
public involvement include: the September 12-17, 2013, meeting in 
Boise, Idaho (The Riverside Hotel--Boise, 2900 Chinden Blvd., Boise, ID 
83714); the November 1-6, 2013 meeting in Costa Mesa, California 
(Hilton Orange County/Costa Mesa, 3050 Bristol Street, Costa Mesa, CA 
92626); the April 5-10, 2014, meeting in Vancouver, Washington (Hilton 
Vancouver Washington, 301 W. Sixth Street, Vancouver, WA 98660); and 
the

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June 20-25, 2014, meeting in Garden Grove, California (Hyatt Regency 
Orange County, 11999 Harbor Blvd., Garden Grove, CA 92840). For further 
information on these meetings, visit the Council's Web site, http://www.pcouncil.org/council-operations/council-meetings/future-meetings/.

Special Accommodations

    The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Kris Kleinschmidt Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov 
(503)820-2280 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: August 19, 2013.
Emily H. Menashes,
Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-20523 Filed 8-21-13; 8:45 am]
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