Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP), 11398 [2015-04355]

Download as PDF 11398 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 41 / Tuesday, March 3, 2015 / Notices merchandise will continue unless and until it is modified pursuant to the final results of this changed circumstances review. This initiation, preliminary results of review and notice are published in accordance with sections 751(b)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.216, 351.221(b)(1) and (4), and 351.222(g). Dated: February 23, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. [FR Doc. 2015–04279 Filed 3–2–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD739 Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of EFP applications; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS announces the receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) application for 2015 and 2016 that would continue work done in 2013 and 2014, and is considering issuance of EFPs for vessels participating in the EFP fishery. The EFPs are necessary to allow activities that are otherwise prohibited by Federal regulations. The EFPs would be effective no earlier than March 18, 2015, and would expire no later than December 31, 2016, but could be terminated earlier under terms and conditions of the EFPs and other applicable laws. DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., local time on March 18, 2015. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648–XD739, by any one of the following methods: • Email: EFPs.2015@noaa.gov. • Fax: 206–526–6736, Attn: Colby Brady. • Mail: William W. Stelle, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115–0070, Attn: Colby Brady. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Brady (West Coast Region, NMFS), phone: 206–526–6117, fax: 206– 526–6736. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:24 Mar 02, 2015 Jkt 235001 This action is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 600.745, which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited. At the June 2014 Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting in Garden Grove, CA, the Council considered an EFP application from the San Francisco Community Fishing Association and Dan Platt. An opportunity for public testimony was provided during the Council meeting. For more details on this EFP application and to view a copy of the application, see the Council’s Web site at www.pcouncil.org and browse the June 2014 Briefing Book. The Council recommended that NMFS consider issuing the following EFP, and that this EFP be issued for 2 years. The 2-year duration is intended to coincide with the 2015–2016 biennial harvest specifications and management measures process. Therefore, to reduce the administrative burden of issuing annual EFPs during the 2-year management cycle, NMFS is considering issuing the EFP described below for a 2-year period. The EFP issued for this 2-year period would expire no later than December 31, 2016, but could be terminated earlier under terms and conditions of the EFP and other applicable laws. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Commercial Yellowtail EFP The San Francisco Community Fishing Association and Dan Platt submitted an application to continue their 2013–2014 EFP work for two more years. The primary purpose of the EFP is to test a commercial hook and line gear to target underutilized yellowtail rockfish, while keeping bycatch of overfished species low. During their work in 2013 and 2014, a total of approximately 3.6 mt (3,600 kg) of yellowtail rockfish was harvested with very little bycatch of co-occurring overfished species. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., and 16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. Dated: February 25, 2015. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–04355 Filed 3–2–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD732 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Shell Ice Overflight Surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS received an application from Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. (Shell) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to ice overflight surveys in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to Shell to take, by Level B harassment only, seven species of marine mammals during the specified activity. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than April 2, 2015. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The mailbox address for providing email comments is ITP.Guan@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for email comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. A copy of the application, which contains several attachments used in this document, including Shell’s marine mammal mitigation and monitoring plan (4MP) and Plan of Cooperation, may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03MRN1.SGM 03MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD739


Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; 
Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing 
Permit (EFP)

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of EFP applications; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces the receipt of an exempted fishing permit (EFP) 
application for 2015 and 2016 that would continue work done in 2013 and 
2014, and is considering issuance of EFPs for vessels participating in 
the EFP fishery. The EFPs are necessary to allow activities that are 
otherwise prohibited by Federal regulations. The EFPs would be 
effective no earlier than March 18, 2015, and would expire no later 
than December 31, 2016, but could be terminated earlier under terms and 
conditions of the EFPs and other applicable laws.

DATES: Comments must be received no later than 5 p.m., local time on 
March 18, 2015.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by 0648-XD739, by any 
one of the following methods:
     Email: EFPs.2015@noaa.gov.
     Fax: 206-526-6736, Attn: Colby Brady.
     Mail: William W. Stelle, Regional Administrator, West 
Coast Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., Seattle, WA 98115-0070, 
Attn: Colby Brady.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colby Brady (West Coast Region, NMFS), 
phone: 206-526-6117, fax: 206-526-6736.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Pacific 
Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act provisions at 50 CFR 600.745, 
which states that EFPs may be used to authorize fishing activities that 
would otherwise be prohibited. At the June 2014 Pacific Fishery 
Management Council (Council) meeting in Garden Grove, CA, the Council 
considered an EFP application from the San Francisco Community Fishing 
Association and Dan Platt. An opportunity for public testimony was 
provided during the Council meeting. For more details on this EFP 
application and to view a copy of the application, see the Council's 
Web site at www.pcouncil.org and browse the June 2014 Briefing Book. 
The Council recommended that NMFS consider issuing the following EFP, 
and that this EFP be issued for 2 years. The 2-year duration is 
intended to coincide with the 2015-2016 biennial harvest specifications 
and management measures process. Therefore, to reduce the 
administrative burden of issuing annual EFPs during the 2-year 
management cycle, NMFS is considering issuing the EFP described below 
for a 2-year period. The EFP issued for this 2-year period would expire 
no later than December 31, 2016, but could be terminated earlier under 
terms and conditions of the EFP and other applicable laws.

Commercial Yellowtail EFP

    The San Francisco Community Fishing Association and Dan Platt 
submitted an application to continue their 2013-2014 EFP work for two 
more years. The primary purpose of the EFP is to test a commercial hook 
and line gear to target underutilized yellowtail rockfish, while 
keeping bycatch of overfished species low. During their work in 2013 
and 2014, a total of approximately 3.6 mt (3,600 kg) of yellowtail 
rockfish was harvested with very little bycatch of co-occurring 
overfished species.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., 16 U.S.C. 773 et seq., and 
16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq.

    Dated: February 25, 2015.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-04355 Filed 3-2-15; 8:45 am]
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