Extension of Period for Comments on Trial Proceedings Under the America Invents Act Before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board
The Leahy-Smith America Invents Act (AIA) provided for new administrative trial proceedings before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (Board). The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a number of final rules and a trial practice guide in August and September of 2012 to implement the new administrative trial provisions of the AIA. The USPTO published a request for comments in the Federal Register on June 27, 2014, seeking public comment on all aspects of the new administrative trial proceedings, including the administrative trial proceeding rules and trial practice guide. The USPTO is now extending the period for public comment until October 16, 2014.
Medicare Program; Solicitation of Nominations to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment
This notice solicits nominations for up to four new members to the Advisory Panel on Hospital Outpatient Payment (HOP, the Panel). There are vacancies on the Panel effective September 30, 2014. The purpose of the Panel is to advise the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services and the Administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on the clinical integrity of the Ambulatory Payment Classification (APC) groups and their associated weights, and supervision of hospital outpatient services. The Secretary rechartered the Panel in 2012 for a 2-year period effective through November 19, 2014. CMS intends to recharter the Panel for another 2-year period prior to expiration of the current charter.
Medicare and Medicaid Program; Application From the Joint Commission for Continued Approval of Its Psychiatric Hospital Accreditation Program
This proposed notice acknowledges the receipt of an application from the Joint Commission for continued recognition as a national accrediting organization for psychiatric hospitals that wish to participate in the Medicare or Medicaid programs. The statute requires that within 60 days of receipt of an organization's complete application, we publish a notice that identifies the national accrediting body making the request, describes the nature of the request, and provides at least a 30-day public comment period.
Tow Behind Lawn Groomers and Parts and Thereof From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Sunset Review and Revocation of Countervailing Duty Order
On July 1, 2014, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated the first sunset review of the countervailing duty order on tow behind lawn groomers and parts from the People's Republic of China. See Initiation of Five-Year (``Sunset'') Review, 79 FR 37292 (July 1, 2014) (Initiation). Because the domestic interested parties did not participate in this sunset review, the Department is revoking the countervailing duty order.
Ball Bearings and Parts Thereof From Japan and the United Kingdom: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2010-2011
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting administrative reviews of the antidumping duty orders on ball bearings and parts thereof (ball bearings) from Japan and the United Kingdom. The period of review (POR) is May 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011. We preliminarily find that ball bearings from Japan and the United Kingdom have been sold at less than normal value during the POR. We are also rescinding the review with respect to certain producers/exporters.
Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Court Decision Not in Harmony With the Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Notice of Amended Final Results Pursuant to Court Decision; 2010-2011
On August 19, 2014, the United States Court of International Trade (``CIT'' or ``Court'') sustained the Department of Commerce's (the ``Department'') results of redetermination, pursuant to the CIT's remand order, in The Timken Company v. United States and Changshan Peer Bearing Co., Ltd. and Peer Bearing Company, Slip Op. 2014-97 (CIT August 19, 2014), concerning the final results of the antidumping duty administrative review for tapered roller bearings and parts thereof, finished and unfinished from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for the period of review June 1, 2010 to May 31, 2011.\1\
Environmental Impact Statement in Buncombe County, NC
The FHWA is issuing this notice to advise the public that we are rescinding the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for proposed I-26 Connector from I-40 to US 19-23-70 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. A notice of availability for the DEIS was published in the Federal Register on April 11, 2008.
Certain Steel Threaded Rod From the People's Republic of China: Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
On May 29, 2014, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published in the Federal Register a notice of initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty (``AD'') order on certain steel threaded rod from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') based on multiple timely requests for an administrative review. The review covers 92 companies. Based on a timely withdrawal of the requests for review of certain companies from Vulcan Threaded Products Inc. (``Petitioner''), we are now rescinding this administrative review with respect to 83 companies.
Open Meeting of the Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board
The Information Security and Privacy Advisory Board (ISPAB) will meet Wednesday, October 22, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, Thursday, October 23, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, and Friday, October 24, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. until 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time. All sessions will be open to the public.
Airworthiness Directives; The Boeing Company Airplanes
We propose to adopt a new airworthiness directive (AD) for certain The Boeing Company Model 787-8 airplanes. This proposed AD was prompted by reports of missing bonded plugs found prior to airplane delivery, during manufacturing inspections, at various locations in certain stringers of the forward electrical equipment (EE) bay of the lower lobe cargo compartments. This proposed AD would require drilling a hole and installing and bonding plugs in certain stringers of the forward EE bay of the lower lobe cargo compartments. We are proposing this AD to detect and correct missing or misaligned bonded plugs which, in the event of a fire, could cause an increased rate of loss of Halon in the lower cargo compartments, and result in the inability to extinguish a fire and consequent loss of control of the airplane.
Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes: Call for Nominations
The U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is advertising for nominations for the position of Diagnostic Radiologist on the Advisory Committee on the Medical Uses of Isotopes (ACMUI). Nominees should be a currently practicing diagnostic radiologist.
Additional Designation of Jahan Tech Rooyan Pars, Mandegar Baspar Kimiya Company, Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, and Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute Pursuant to Executive Order 13382
Pursuant to the authority in section 1(ii) of Executive Order 13382, ``Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters'', the State Department, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, has determined that Jahan Tech Rooyan Pars, Mandegar Baspar Kimiya Company, Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research, and Nuclear Science and Technology Research Institute have engaged, or attempted to engage, in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery (including missiles capable of delivering such weapons), including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer or use such items, by any person or foreign country of proliferation concern.
Cessation of the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF)
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) is issuing this final rule to conform its regulations to the repeal of the authority to impose the Aviation Security Infrastructure Fee (ASIF) on air carriers and foreign air carriers in air transportation.
Additional Designation of Eyvaz Technic Manufacturing Company, The Exploration and Nuclear Raw Materials Production Company, Maro Sanat Company, Navid Composite Material Company, and Negin Parto Khavar Pursuant to Executive Order 13382
Pursuant to the authority in section 1(ii) of Executive Order 13382, ``Blocking Property of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferators and Their Supporters'', the State Department, in consultation with the Secretary of the Treasury and the Attorney General, has determined that Eyvaz Technic Manufacturing Company, The Exploration and Nuclear Raw Materials Production Company, Maro Sanat Company, Navid Composite Material Company, and Negin Parto Khavar have engaged, or attempted to engage, in activities or transactions that have materially contributed to, or pose a risk of materially contributing to, the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction or their means of delivery (including missiles capable of delivering such weapons), including any efforts to manufacture, acquire, possess, develop, transport, transfer or use such items, by any person or foreign country of proliferation concern.
Culturally Significant Objects Imported for Exhibition Determinations: “Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors' Drawings From Renaissance Italy”
Notice is hereby given of the following determinations: Pursuant to the authority vested in me by the Act of October 19, 1965 (79 Stat. 985; 22 U.S.C. 2459), Executive Order 12047 of March 27, 1978, the Foreign Affairs Reform and Restructuring Act of 1998 (112 Stat. 2681, et seq.; 22 U.S.C. 6501 note, et seq.), Delegation of Authority No. 234 of October 1, 1999, and Delegation of Authority No. 236-3 of August 28, 2000 (and, as appropriate, Delegation of Authority No. 257 of April 15, 2003), I hereby determine that the objects to be included in the exhibition ``Donatello, Michelangelo, Cellini: Sculptors' Drawings from Renaissance Italy,'' imported from abroad for temporary exhibition within the United States, are of cultural significance. The objects are imported pursuant to loan agreements with the foreign owners or custodians. I also determine that the exhibition or display of the exhibit objects at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, Boston, Massachusetts, from on or about October 23, 2014, until on or about January 19, 2015, and at possible additional exhibitions or venues yet to be determined, is in the national interest. I have ordered that Public Notice of these Determinations be published in the Federal Register.
Information Collection for Quarterly Readiness of Strategic Seaport Facilities Reporting
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, this notice announces the Maritime Administration's (MARAD's) intention to request the approval for three years of a an information collection related to facilities listed in its pre-emergency standby Port Planning Orders (PPOs). MARAD issues PPOs to the Department of Defense- designated Strategic Commercial Seaports in order to provide the Department of Defense (DoD) port facilities in support of military deployments during national emergencies. To ensure port capabilities and status, MARAD seeks to obtain approval to collect quarterly readiness reports from these DOD-designated facilities.
Hazardous Materials Safety Program
In preparation for the International Civil Aviation Organization's (ICAO) Dangerous Goods Panel's (DGP's) meeting to be held October 20-24, 2014, in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the FAA's Office of Hazardous Materials Safety and the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration's (PHMSA) Office of Hazardous Materials Safety announce a public meeting.
Notice Before Waiver With Respect To Land at Hanover County Municipal Airport, Hanover, Virginia
The FAA is publishing notice of proposed release of 2.94 acres of land at the Hanover County Airport, Hanover, Virginia to the Virginia Department of Transportation for construction of the I-95 and Lewistown Road Intersection improvements. An additional 1.07 Acres will be permanently utilized by Virginia Department of Transportation & Dominion Power within utility, and drainage easements. There are no adverse impacts to the airport and the land is not needed for airport development as shown on the Airport Layout Plan. Fair Market Value of the land has been established and will be provided to the County of Hanover for use on future AIP eligible airport development. The airport will benefit from the improvements associated with the I-95 and Lewistown Road Interchange with the enhanced northern access to the airport.
Receipt of Noise Compatibility Program and Request for Review; Key West International Airport, Key West, Florida
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) announces that it is reviewing a proposed Noise Compatibility Program that was submitted for Key West International Airport under the provisions of 49 U.S.C. 47504 et. Seq (the Aviation Safety and Noise Abatement Act hereinafter referred to as ``the Act'') and 14 CFR part 150 by Monroe County. This program was submitted subsequent to a determination by FAA that the associated Noise Exposure Maps submitted under 14 CFR part 150 for Key West International Airport were in compliance with applicable requirements effective December 19, 2013, and was published in the Federal Register on December 27, 2013. The proposed Noise Compatibility Program will be approved or disapproved on or before March 14, 2015.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts
NMFS announces that the 2014 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of calendar year 2014, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery require publication of this notification to advise Massachusetts that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in Massachusetts.
Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From Vietnam; Scheduling of an Expedited Five-Year Review
The Commission hereby gives notice of the scheduling of an expedited review pursuant to section 751(c)(3) of the Tariff Act of 1930 (19 U.S.C. 1675(c)(3)) (the Act) to determine whether revocation of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen fish fillets from Vietnam would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of material injury within a reasonably foreseeable time. For further information concerning the conduct of this review and rules of general application, consult the Commission's Rules of Practice and Procedure, part 201, subparts A through E (19 CFR part 201), and part 207, subparts A, D, E, and F (19 CFR part 207).
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 5-Year Status Reviews of 27 Southeastern Species
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are initiating 5-year status reviews of 27 species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We conduct these reviews to ensure that the classification of species as threatened or endangered on the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants is accurate. A 5-year review is an assessment of the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We are requesting submission of information that has become available since the last review of each of these species.
Joint Report: Differences in Accounting and Capital Standards Among the Federal Banking Agencies as of December 31, 2013; Report to Congressional Committees
The OCC, the Board, and the FDIC (collectively, the agencies) have prepared this report pursuant to section 37(c) of the Federal Deposit Insurance Act. Section 37(c) requires the agencies to jointly submit an annual report to the Committee on Financial Services of the U.S. House of Representatives and to the Committee on Banking, Housing, and Urban Affairs of the U.S. Senate describing differences between the accounting and capital standards used by the agencies. The report must be published in the Federal Register.
Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Notice of Public Meeting for the Cle Elum Pool Raise, Kittitas County, Washington
The Bureau of Reclamation has made available for public review and comment the Cle Elum Pool Raise Draft Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The Draft EIS describes the potential environmental effects of the No Action Alternative and four action alternatives to modify the existing radial gates in the Cle Elum Dam spillway to provide an additional 14,600 acre-feet of storage capacity in Cle Elum Reservoir, put the additional stored water to beneficial use, provide for shoreline protection of the reservoir, and implement necessary environmental mitigation.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Willamette River, Portland, OR
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway Bridge, also known as the St. Johns RR Bridge, across the Willamette River, mile 6.9, at Portland, OR. The deviation is necessary to facilitate installation of new rail joints. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed position during maintenance activities.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Taylor Bayou Outfall Canal (Joint Outfall Canal), TX
The Coast Guard is implementing an operating schedule that governs the Valero pontoon-supported swing bridge across Taylor Bayou Outfall Canal (Joint Outfall Canal (JOC)), mile 2.44, West Port Arthur, Jefferson County, Texas. This bridge provides for Valero's maintenance vehicles to cross the waterway. The regulation will allow the bridge to remain in the open-to-navigation position except during two scheduled daily closures. This regulation increases the efficiency of operations allowing for the safe navigation of vessels through the bridge while recognizing the bridge's importance to the facility that it serves.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce approves the Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; the research, education, training, and stewardship goals of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The Waquoit Bay Reserve Management Plan revision will replace the plan approved in 2006. The Waquoit Bay, Massachusetts National Estuarine Research Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research, education, training, and stewardship functions to address high-priority issues, including the impact of climate change on estuarine ecosystems; connections between watershed land use and water quality; assessment of ecosystem response to natural variability and human impacts; and understanding and enhancing ecosystem services of coastal habitats. Since the last management plan, the reserve implemented its core programs, expanded its monitoring infrastructure to establish a groundwater monitoring program and a Salt Marsh Observatory; enhanced its facilities with energy efficiency installations, campus building improvements, and updated educational exhibits; and furthered land conservation in the reserve's watershed. This management plan includes a boundary expansion of 23 acres. The lands consist of the 11.4-acre Caleb Pond parcel on the northeast corner of Waquoit Bay as well as the addition of 12.4 acres to the Quashnet River lands. The Caleb Pond parcel is the largest single undeveloped parcel on Waquoit Bay and contains an upland coastal pine- oak forest habitat with fringing salt marsh and a connecting stream that contains diadromous fish runs of American eel and has historically supported an anadromous river herring run. The parcel is especially suitable for educational purposes and creates 40 acres of contiguous protected lands across the head of Waquoit Bay. The Quashnet River land parcel expands important contiguous and unfragmented habitat that is valuable as wildlife habitat and corridor, as well as increases protection of terrestrial, groundwater, and aquatic systems. This parcel is appropriate for education, recreation, and upland research purposes. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 2,804 acre Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve for the next five years. The Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision can be viewed at http:// www.waquoitbayreserve.org/about/management-plan/. Comments can be provided to the reserve manager at email@example.com.
Drawbridge Operation Regulation; Middle River, Between Bacon Island and Lower Jones Tract, CA
The Coast Guard has issued a temporary deviation from the operating schedule that governs the Bacon Island Road Drawbridge across Middle River, mile 8.6, between Bacon Island and Lower Jones Tract, CA. The deviation is necessary to allow the bridge owner to perform structural maintenance work to the bridge. This deviation allows the bridge to remain in the closed-to-navigation position during the deviation period.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Information Collection Renewal; Submission for OMB Review; Basel II Interagency Supervisory Guidance for the Supervisory Review Process (1557-0242; 3064-0165)
The agencies, as part of their continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invite the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA). An agency may not conduct or sponsor, and a respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection unless it displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. The agencies are soliciting comment concerning the renewal of their information collection titled ``Basel II Interagency Supervisory Guidance for the Supervisory Review Process (Pillar 2),'' and giving notice that they are sending the collection to OMB for review.
Submission for OMB Review; 30-Day Comment Request: State and Community Tobacco Control Research Initiative Evaluation (NCI)
Under the provisions of Section 3507(a)(1)(D) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), has submitted to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request for review and approval of the information collection listed below. This proposed information collection was previously published in the Federal Register on June 6, 2014 (79 FR 32742) and allowed 60 days for public comment. One public comment was received. The purpose of this notice is to allow an additional 30 days for public comment. The National Cancer Institute (NCI), National Institutes of Health, may not conduct or sponsor, and the respondent is not required to respond to, an information collection that has been extended, revised, or implemented on or after October 1, 1995, unless it displays a currently valid OMB control number. Direct Comments to OMB: Written comments and/or suggestions regarding the item(s) contained in this notice, especially regarding the estimated public burden and associated response time, should be directed to the: Office of Management and Budget, Office of Regulatory Affairs, OIRAsubmission@omb.eop.gov or by fax to 202-395-6974, Attention: NIH Desk Officer. Comment Due Date: Comments regarding this information collection are best assured of having their full effect if received within 30 days of the date of this publication.
Quarterly Rail Cost Adjustment Factor
The Board has approved the fourth quarter 2014 Rail Cost Adjustment Factor (RCAF) and cost index filed by the Association of American Railroads. The fourth quarter 2014 RCAF (Unadjusted) is 0.977. The fourth quarter 2014 RCAF (Adjusted) is 0.420. The fourth quarter 2014 RCAF-5 is 0.396.
Proposed Submission of Information Collection for OMB Review; Comment Request; Payment of Premiums
The Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation (PBGC) is modifying the collection of information under its regulation on Payment of Premiums (OMB control number 1212-0009; expires April 30, 2017) and intends to request that the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approve the revised collection of information under the Paperwork Reduction Act for three years. This notice informs the public of PBGC's intent and solicits public comment on the collection of information.
Submission to OMB for Review; Prohibition on Acquisition of Products Produced by Forced or Indentured Child Labor
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB) will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement regarding prohibition on acquisition of products produced by forced or indentured child labor. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 38894 on July 9, 2014. No comments were received.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Listing and Designation of Critical Habitat for the Dakota Skipper and the Poweshiek Skipperling
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on the October 24, 2013, proposal to designate critical habitat for the Dakota skipper (Hesperia dacotae) and Poweshiek skipperling (Oarisma poweshiek) and proposed 4(d) rule for the Dakota skipper under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). We are also revising our proposed critical habitat rule to add two proposed critical habitat units for the Poweshiek skipperling in Minnesota, remove two proposed units (one for the Dakota skipper in Minnesota and one for the Poweshiek skipperling in North Dakota), and revise the boundaries of seven Poweshiek skipperling units and five Dakota skipper units in Minnesota. These changes are proposed based on new or updated biological and ecological information for those areas. We also announce the availability of a draft economic analysis (DEA) of the proposed designation of critical habitat for the Dakota skipper and Poweshiek skipperling and an amended required determinations section of the proposal. We are reopening the comment period to allow all interested parties an opportunity to comment simultaneously on the proposed 4(d) rule, the proposed critical habitat rule (including the changes described in this document), the associated DEA, and the amended required determinations section. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
Federal Acquisition Regulation; Submission to OMB for Review; OMB Circular A-119
Under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. chapter 35), the Regulatory Secretariat Division (MVCB) will be submitting to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) a request to review and approve an extension of a previously approved information collection requirement concerning OMB Circular A-119. A notice was published in the Federal Register at 79 FR 38892 on July 9, 2014. No comments were received.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; 2014 Sub-Annual Catch Limit (ACL) Harvested for Management Area 3
NMFS is closing the directed herring fishery in management Area 3, because it projects that 92 percent of the 2014 catch limit for that area will have been caught by the effective date. This action is necessary to comply with the regulations implementing the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan and is intended to prevent excess harvest in Area 3.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Closure
Through this action NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California. This action is necessary because the adjusted non-tribal directed harvest allocation of approximately 7,274 metric tons (mt) for the second harvest allocation period from September 15, 2014, through December 31, 2014, has been projected to have been reached. The allocation for the second period increased from the initial assigned allocation primarily as a result of the release to the non-treaty sector of 2,500 mt by the Quinault Indian Nation and the coastal treaty tribes from overall the treaty set-aside of 4,000 mt. From the effective date of this rule until December 31, 2014, Pacific sardine may be harvested only as part of either the live bait or tribal fishery or incidental to other fisheries; the incidental harvest of Pacific sardine is limited to 45-percent by weight of all fish per trip. Fishing vessels must cease fishing (be at shore and in the process of offloading) at or before the effective date of this closure.
Promise Zones Initiative: Second Round Application Process
Through this notice, HUD provides notice on the selection process, criteria, and application submission for the second round of the Promise Zone initiative.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Amendment 105
NMFS publishes regulations to implement Amendment 105 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP). Amendment 105 and its implementing regulations establish a process for Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) groups, and cooperatives established under the Amendment 80 Program (Amendment 80 cooperatives), to exchange harvest quota from one of three flatfish species (flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole) for an equal amount of another of these three flatfish species, while maintaining total catch below acceptable biological catch (ABC) limits. This final rule modifies the annual harvest specifications process to allow the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) to establish the maximum amount of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole that may be exchanged based on social, economic, or biological considerations. This action is necessary to mitigate the operational variability, environmental conditions, and economic factors that may constrain the CDQ groups and Amendment 80 cooperatives from achieving, on a continuing basis, the optimum yield in the BSAI groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the BSAI FMP, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law.