Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2015 Research Fishery, 2916-2918 [2015-00808]

Download as PDF 2916 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 13 / Wednesday, January 21, 2015 / Notices high spatial precision (2.5nm resolution for the FIB beam), as well as cutting cross-sectional trenches into samples for characterization of the internal structure. Justification for Duty-Free Entry: There are no instruments of the same general category manufactured in the United States. Application accepted by Commissioner of Customs: January 5, 2015. Dated: January 13, 2015. Gregory W. Campbell, Director of Subsidies Enforcement, Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2015–00936 Filed 1–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; STORMREADY®, STORMREADY/TSUNAMIREADYTM, AND STORMREADY® SUPPORTER Application Forms National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 23, 2015. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Donna Franklin, (301) 427– 9305 or chris.maier@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. 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In addition, businesses, schools, non-profit organizations and other nongovernmental entities often establish severe weather safety plans and actively promote severe weather safety awareness activities but may not have the resources necessary to fulfill all the eligibility requirements to achieve the full StormReady recognition. These entities may apply through the StormReady Supporter program for recognition. II. Method of Collection Applications may be faxed, mailed or emailed. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0419. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; not for profit institutions; state, local and tribal governments. Estimated Number of Respondents: 265. Estimated Time per Response: Initial applications, 2 hours; renewal applications, 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 505. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $130 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. 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 PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 15, 2015. Glenna Mickelson, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2015–00888 Filed 1–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD457 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2015 Research Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent; request for applications. AGENCY: NMFS announces its second request for applications for the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen with directed or incidental shark limited access permits. In this second request, NMFS is specifically requesting applications only from commercial shark fishermen who are fishing or plan to fish in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region. The shark research fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent and biological data for future stock assessments to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. The only commercial vessels authorized to land sandbar sharks are those participating in the shark research fishery. Shark research fishery permittees may also land other large coastal sharks (LCS), small coastal sharks (SCS), and pelagic sharks. Commercial shark fishermen who are interested in participating in the shark research fishery need to submit a completed Shark Research Fishery Permit Application in order to be considered. DATES: Shark Research Fishery Applications must be received no later than 5 p.m., local time, on February 5, 2015. ADDRESSES: Please submit completed applications to the HMS Management Division at: ´ • Mail: Attn: Guy DuBeck, HMS Management Division (F/SF1), NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. • Fax: (301) 713–1917. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 13 / Wednesday, January 21, 2015 / Notices For copies of the Shark Research Fishery Permit Application, please write to the HMS Management Division at the address listed above, call (301) 427– 8503 (phone), or fax a request to (301) 713–1917. Copies of the Shark Research Fishery Application are also available at the HMS Web site at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/index.htm. Additionally, please be advised that your application may be released under the Freedom of Information Act. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Delisse Ortiz, or ´ Guy DuBeck, at (301) 427–8503 (phone) or (301) 713–1917 (fax). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated HMS Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. The shark research fishery was established, in part, to maintain time series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS’ research objectives. Since the shark research fishery was established in 2008, the research fishery has allowed for: The collection of fishery dependent data for current and future stock assessments; the operation of cooperative research to meet NMFS’ ongoing research objectives; the collection of updated life-history information used in the sandbar shark (and other species) stock assessment; the collection of data on habitat preferences that might help reduce fishery interactions through bycatch mitigation; and the evaluation of the utility of the mid-Atlantic closed area on the recovery of dusky sharks and collection of hook-timer and pop-up satellite archival tag (PSAT) information to determine at-vessel and post-release mortality of dusky sharks. On October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750), NMFS published a notice requesting applications for participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen. NMFS received a total of seven applications, six of which were qualified participants distributed among four fishing regions: North Carolina, the east coast of Florida, the Florida Keys, and the South Atlantic. All six qualified applicants were selected to participate in the 2015 shark research fishery. However, none of the qualified applicants were located in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region. Given the need to collect information that will both aid future stock assessments and management measures in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:58 Jan 20, 2015 Jkt 235001 NMFS is providing a second notice requesting applications from commercial shark fishermen who fish or plan to fish in the Gulf of Mexico region for participation in the 2015 shark research fishery. The October 2014 notice contains the relevant information about the shark research fishery application process, research objectives, selection criteria, and available quota, which remain applicable and are incorporated except as modified herein. The application deadline is being adjusted as specified in this notice to allow for additional applications. This notice also provides additional information about meetings and procedures for applicants selected through this second call for applications. For other background details, applicants should refer to the October 2014 notice. The shark research fishery permit(s) issued to the fisherman fishing in the Gulf of Mexico region will have the same permit conditions as those issued in the other fishing regions. Those conditions will be discussed in a Captain’s Meeting to be held in early January 2015 and announced in another notice. In order to participate in the shark research fishery, commercial shark fishermen need to submit a completed Shark Research Fishery Application by the deadline noted above (see DATES) showing that the vessel and owner(s) meet the specific criteria outlined below. Research Objectives The shark research fishery objectives were specified in the October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen and continue to apply. Selection Criteria The shark research fishery selection criteria were specified in the October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen and continue to apply, except that applications are requested only from commercial fishermen who fish or plan to fish in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region. Selection Process The shark research fishery selection process was specified in the October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2917 commercial shark fishermen and applies here except as specified herein. Once the selection process is complete, NMFS will notify the selected applicants and issue the shark research fishery permits. The shark research fishery permits will be valid only in calendar year 2015. NMFS held mandatory permit holders’ meetings before observers were placed on vessels in both 2013 (78 FR 14515; March 6, 2013) and 2014 (79 FR 12155; March 4, 2014). NMFS intends to hold another such meeting again in January 2015 for commercial fishermen who have already been selected and issued a 2015 shark research fishery permit. Applicants selected for the Gulf of Mexico fishing region through this notice are encouraged to call in and listen to the discussion. Once the selected participant(s) from the Gulf of Mexico region has been issued a 2015 shark research fishery permit, NMFS will contact them to discuss the research objectives and protocols of the 2015 shark research fishery to minimize any delays in collecting information in the Gulf of Mexico fishing region and to update them with information from permit holders’ meeting as appropriate. Once the fishery starts, the shark research fishery permit holders must contact the NMFS observer coordinator to arrange the placement of a NMFSapproved observer for each shark research trip. A shark research fishery permit will only be valid for the vessel and owner(s) and terms and conditions listed on the permit, and, thus, cannot be transferred to another vessel or owner(s). Issuance of a shark research permit does not guarantee that the permit holder will be assigned a NMFS-approved observer on any particular trip. Rather, issuance indicates that a vessel may be issued a NMFS-approved observer for a particular trip, and on such trips, may be allowed to harvest Atlantic sharks, including sandbar sharks, in excess of the retention limits described in 50 CFR 635.24(a). These retention limits will be based on available quota, number of vessels participating in the 2015 shark research fishery, the research objectives set forth by the shark board, the extent of other restrictions placed on the vessel, and may vary by vessel and/or location. When not operating under the auspices of the shark research fishery, the vessel would still be able to land LCS, SCS, and pelagic sharks subject to existing retention limits on trips without a NMFS-approved observer. NMFS annually invites commercial shark permit holders (directed and incidental) to submit an application to participate in the shark research fishery. E:\FR\FM\21JAN1.SGM 21JAN1 2918 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 13 / Wednesday, January 21, 2015 / Notices Permit applications can be found on the HMS Management Division’s Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ index.htm or by calling (301) 427–8503. Final decisions on the issuance of a shark research fishery permit will depend on the submission of all required information by the deadline (see DATES), and NMFS’ review of applicant information as outlined above. The 2015 shark research fishery will start after the opening of the shark fishery and under available quotas as published in a separate Federal Register final rule. Dated: January 14, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–00808 Filed 1–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces Code Committee; Meeting Notice of Public Meeting. This notice announces the forthcoming public meeting of the Code Committee. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William A. DeCicco, Clerk of Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 450 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20442–0001, telephone (202) 761–1448. The Code Committee was established by Article 146(a), Uniform Code of Military Justice, 10 U.S.C. 946(a), to be held at the Courthouse of the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, 450 E Street NW., Washington, DC 20442– 0001, at 10:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015. The agenda for this meeting will include consideration of proposed changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice and the Manual for CourtsMartial, United States, and other matters relating to the operation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice throughout the Armed Forces. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES [FR Doc. 2015–00829 Filed 1–20–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 5001–06–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:58 Jan 20, 2015 Jkt 235001 Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records Defense Contract Audit Agency, DoD. ACTION: Notice to amend a System of Records. AGENCY: The Defense Contract Audit Agency is amending system of records notice, RDCAA 590.8, entitled ‘‘DCAA Management Information System (DMIS)’’ in its existing inventory of record systems subject to the Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This system is used to provide managers, supervisors, and team members with timely, on-line information regarding audit requirements, programs, and performance. SUMMARY: Dated: January 15, 2015. 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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 13 (Wednesday, January 21, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2916-2918]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-00808]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD457


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management 
Measures; 2015 Research Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of intent; request for applications.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces its second request for applications for the 
2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen with 
directed or incidental shark limited access permits. In this second 
request, NMFS is specifically requesting applications only from 
commercial shark fishermen who are fishing or plan to fish in the Gulf 
of Mexico fishing region. The shark research fishery allows for the 
collection of fishery-dependent and biological data for future stock 
assessments to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. The 
only commercial vessels authorized to land sandbar sharks are those 
participating in the shark research fishery. Shark research fishery 
permittees may also land other large coastal sharks (LCS), small 
coastal sharks (SCS), and pelagic sharks. Commercial shark fishermen 
who are interested in participating in the shark research fishery need 
to submit a completed Shark Research Fishery Permit Application in 
order to be considered.

DATES: Shark Research Fishery Applications must be received no later 
than 5 p.m., local time, on February 5, 2015.

ADDRESSES: Please submit completed applications to the HMS Management 
Division at:
     Mail: Attn: Gu[yacute] DuBeck, HMS Management Division (F/
SF1), NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910.
     Fax: (301) 713-1917.

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    For copies of the Shark Research Fishery Permit Application, please 
write to the HMS Management Division at the address listed above, call 
(301) 427-8503 (phone), or fax a request to (301) 713-1917. Copies of 
the Shark Research Fishery Application are also available at the HMS 
Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/index.htm. Additionally, 
please be advised that your application may be released under the 
Freedom of Information Act.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Delisse Ortiz, 
or Gu[yacute] DuBeck, at (301) 427-8503 (phone) or (301) 713-1917 
(fax).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated HMS 
Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR 
part 635.
    The shark research fishery was established, in part, to maintain 
time series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS' research 
objectives. Since the shark research fishery was established in 2008, 
the research fishery has allowed for: The collection of fishery 
dependent data for current and future stock assessments; the operation 
of cooperative research to meet NMFS' ongoing research objectives; the 
collection of updated life-history information used in the sandbar 
shark (and other species) stock assessment; the collection of data on 
habitat preferences that might help reduce fishery interactions through 
bycatch mitigation; and the evaluation of the utility of the mid-
Atlantic closed area on the recovery of dusky sharks and collection of 
hook-timer and pop-up satellite archival tag (PSAT) information to 
determine at-vessel and post-release mortality of dusky sharks.
    On October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750), NMFS published a notice 
requesting applications for participation in the 2015 shark research 
fishery from commercial shark fishermen. NMFS received a total of seven 
applications, six of which were qualified participants distributed 
among four fishing regions: North Carolina, the east coast of Florida, 
the Florida Keys, and the South Atlantic. All six qualified applicants 
were selected to participate in the 2015 shark research fishery. 
However, none of the qualified applicants were located in the Gulf of 
Mexico fishing region. Given the need to collect information that will 
both aid future stock assessments and management measures in the Gulf 
of Mexico fishing region, NMFS is providing a second notice requesting 
applications from commercial shark fishermen who fish or plan to fish 
in the Gulf of Mexico region for participation in the 2015 shark 
research fishery. The October 2014 notice contains the relevant 
information about the shark research fishery application process, 
research objectives, selection criteria, and available quota, which 
remain applicable and are incorporated except as modified herein. The 
application deadline is being adjusted as specified in this notice to 
allow for additional applications. This notice also provides additional 
information about meetings and procedures for applicants selected 
through this second call for applications. For other background 
details, applicants should refer to the October 2014 notice.
    The shark research fishery permit(s) issued to the fisherman 
fishing in the Gulf of Mexico region will have the same permit 
conditions as those issued in the other fishing regions. Those 
conditions will be discussed in a Captain's Meeting to be held in early 
January 2015 and announced in another notice.
    In order to participate in the shark research fishery, commercial 
shark fishermen need to submit a completed Shark Research Fishery 
Application by the deadline noted above (see DATES) showing that the 
vessel and owner(s) meet the specific criteria outlined below.

Research Objectives

    The shark research fishery objectives were specified in the October 
31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for participation 
in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark fishermen and 
continue to apply.

Selection Criteria

    The shark research fishery selection criteria were specified in the 
October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for 
participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark 
fishermen and continue to apply, except that applications are requested 
only from commercial fishermen who fish or plan to fish in the Gulf of 
Mexico fishing region.

Selection Process

    The shark research fishery selection process was specified in the 
October 31, 2014 (79 FR 64750) notice requesting applications for 
participation in the 2015 shark research fishery from commercial shark 
fishermen and applies here except as specified herein.
    Once the selection process is complete, NMFS will notify the 
selected applicants and issue the shark research fishery permits. The 
shark research fishery permits will be valid only in calendar year 
2015. NMFS held mandatory permit holders' meetings before observers 
were placed on vessels in both 2013 (78 FR 14515; March 6, 2013) and 
2014 (79 FR 12155; March 4, 2014). NMFS intends to hold another such 
meeting again in January 2015 for commercial fishermen who have already 
been selected and issued a 2015 shark research fishery permit. 
Applicants selected for the Gulf of Mexico fishing region through this 
notice are encouraged to call in and listen to the discussion. Once the 
selected participant(s) from the Gulf of Mexico region has been issued 
a 2015 shark research fishery permit, NMFS will contact them to discuss 
the research objectives and protocols of the 2015 shark research 
fishery to minimize any delays in collecting information in the Gulf of 
Mexico fishing region and to update them with information from permit 
holders' meeting as appropriate. Once the fishery starts, the shark 
research fishery permit holders must contact the NMFS observer 
coordinator to arrange the placement of a NMFS-approved observer for 
each shark research trip.
    A shark research fishery permit will only be valid for the vessel 
and owner(s) and terms and conditions listed on the permit, and, thus, 
cannot be transferred to another vessel or owner(s). Issuance of a 
shark research permit does not guarantee that the permit holder will be 
assigned a NMFS-approved observer on any particular trip. Rather, 
issuance indicates that a vessel may be issued a NMFS-approved observer 
for a particular trip, and on such trips, may be allowed to harvest 
Atlantic sharks, including sandbar sharks, in excess of the retention 
limits described in 50 CFR 635.24(a). These retention limits will be 
based on available quota, number of vessels participating in the 2015 
shark research fishery, the research objectives set forth by the shark 
board, the extent of other restrictions placed on the vessel, and may 
vary by vessel and/or location. When not operating under the auspices 
of the shark research fishery, the vessel would still be able to land 
LCS, SCS, and pelagic sharks subject to existing retention limits on 
trips without a NMFS-approved observer.
    NMFS annually invites commercial shark permit holders (directed and 
incidental) to submit an application to participate in the shark 
research fishery.

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Permit applications can be found on the HMS Management Division's Web 
site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/index.htm or by calling (301) 
427-8503. Final decisions on the issuance of a shark research fishery 
permit will depend on the submission of all required information by the 
deadline (see DATES), and NMFS' review of applicant information as 
outlined above. The 2015 shark research fishery will start after the 
opening of the shark fishery and under available quotas as published in 
a separate Federal Register final rule.

    Dated: January 14, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-00808 Filed 1-20-15; 8:45 am]
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