Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2016 Research Fishery, 1941-1942 [2016-00596]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2016 / Notices The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will meet February 1, 2016 through February 9, 2016. DATES: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. in the Mayfair Ballroom on Monday February 1st, continuing through Tuesday February 9, 2016. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. in the Cambridge/Oxford room on Monday February 1st, and continue through Wednesday February 3rd, 2016. The Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m. in the Crystal Ballroom on Tuesday February 2nd, and continue through Saturday February 6th, 2016. The Ecosystem Committee will meet on Tuesday February 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. (room to be determined). The Legislative Committee will meet on February 2, 2016 at 1 p.m. (room to be determined). ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. 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(1) Executive Director’s Report (2) NMFS Management Report (Including Stock Assessment Prioritization Report, SSL Critical Habitat Redesignation update (T), Climate Science Strategy/Climate Vulnerability Assessment) (3) ADF&G Report (4) USCG Report (5) USFWS Report (6) IPHC Report (7) Protected Species Report (8) NEPA Training (9) Bering Sea TLAS Yellowfin Sole Fishery Limited Entry—Discussion Paper (10) GOA Trawl Bycatch Management— Discussion paper (11) Crab Plan Team Report; Norton Sound RKC OFL/ABC Catch Specifications (12) Halibut Management Framework— Review (13) Halibut Deck Sorting Scales 2016 Exempted Fishing Permit, VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 Jan 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 Implementation Industry Workgroup Report (14) Observer coverage on BSAI trawl CVs—Final Action (15) Electronic Monitoring Analysis: Review Alternatives and Methods (16) GOA Tendering Activity—Annual Review (17) Observer Tendering—Review Alternatives (18) BSAI Snow Crab Bycatch Data Evaluation: Discussion Paper (19) Remove Western Aleutian Islands RKC Stocks from FMP—Discussion Paper (20) Halibut/Sablefish IFQ program review—Review Workplan (21) Groundfish Policy and Workplan: Ecosystem Committee Report The Advisory Panel will address most of the same agenda issues as the Council except B reports. 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Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Shannon Gleason at (907) 271–2809 at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 11, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–00593 Filed 1–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1941 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE382 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2016 Research Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: On November 4, 2015, NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to participate in the 2016 shark research fishery. The shark research fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future stock assessments and cooperative research with commercial fishermen to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in the shark research fishery are designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency, as well as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting (via conference call) for selected participants. The date and time of that meeting is announced in this notice. DATES: A conference call will be held on January 15, 2016. ADDRESSES: A conference call will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for information on how to access the conference call. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Karyl Brewster-Geisz, Delisse Ortiz, or ´ Guy DuBeck at (301) 427–8503. 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 Highly Migratory species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. The final rule for Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (73 FR 35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain time-series data for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\14JAN1.SGM 14JAN1 1942 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 9 / Thursday, January 14, 2016 / Notices stock assessments and to meet NMFS’ research objectives. On August 18, 2015, NMFS implemented Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 FR 50074) which, among other things, established a new base annual quota for the sandbar shark research fishery as 90.7 mt dw (199,943 lb dw). The shark research fishery gathers important scientific data and allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to earn more revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar sharks. Only the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in the shark research fishery are authorized to land/ harvest sandbar sharks subject to the sandbar quota available each year. The selected shark research fishery participants also have access to the research large coastal shark, small coastal shark, and pelagic shark quotas subject to retention limits and quotas per §§ 635.24 and 635.27, respectively. On November 4, 2015 (80 FR 68513), NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark directed and incidental permit holders to submit an application to participate in the 2016 shark research fishery. NMFS received 16 applications, of which 11 applicants were determined to meet all the qualifications. NMFS selected five qualified participants after considering how to meet research objectives in particular regions. NMFS expects to invite qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit an application for the 2017 shark research fishery later in 2016. As with past years, the 2016 permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in the shark research fishery were designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency, as well as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, per the requirements of § 635.32 (f)(4), NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting via conference call. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Conference Call Date, Time, and Dialin Number The conference call will be held on January 15, 2016, from 2 to 4 p.m. (EST). Participants and interested parties should call 1–888–324–3180 and use the passcode 9803191. Selected participants who do not attend will not be allowed to participate in the shark research fishery. While the conference call is mandatory for selected VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:39 Jan 13, 2016 Jkt 238001 participants, other interested parties may call in and listen to the discussion. Selected participants are encouraged to invite their captain, crew, or anyone else who may assist them in meeting the terms and conditions of the shark research fishery permit. Dated: January 11, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–00596 Filed 1–13–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB) Department of Energy, Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. ACTION: Notice of open teleconference. AGENCY: This notice announces a teleconference call of the State Energy Advisory Board (STEAB). The Federal Advisory Committee Act (Pub. L. 92– 463; 86 Stat. 770) requires that public notice of these meetings be announced in the Federal Register. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 9 (Thursday, January 14, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 1941-1942]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-00596]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE382


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management 
Measures; 2016 Research Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: On November 4, 2015, NMFS published a notice inviting 
qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to 
participate in the 2016 shark research fishery. The shark research 
fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future 
stock assessments and cooperative research with commercial fishermen to 
meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. Every year, the 
permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and 
retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in 
the shark research fishery are designated depending on the scientific 
and research needs of the Agency, as well as the number of NMFS-
approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants 
of this year's specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and 
conditions of the permit are met, NMFS is holding a mandatory permit 
holder meeting (via conference call) for selected participants. The 
date and time of that meeting is announced in this notice.

DATES: A conference call will be held on January 15, 2016.

ADDRESSES: A conference call will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for information on how to access the conference call.

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

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 Highly 
Migratory species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by 
regulations at 50 CFR part 635.
    The final rule for Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (73 
FR 35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) 
established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain 
time-series data for

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stock assessments and to meet NMFS' research objectives. On August 18, 
2015, NMFS implemented Amendment 6 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (80 
FR 50074) which, among other things, established a new base annual 
quota for the sandbar shark research fishery as 90.7 mt dw (199,943 lb 
dw). The shark research fishery gathers important scientific data and 
allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to earn more 
revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar sharks. Only 
the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in the shark 
research fishery are authorized to land/harvest sandbar sharks subject 
to the sandbar quota available each year. The selected shark research 
fishery participants also have access to the research large coastal 
shark, small coastal shark, and pelagic shark quotas subject to 
retention limits and quotas per Sec. Sec.  635.24 and 635.27, 
respectively.
    On November 4, 2015 (80 FR 68513), NMFS published a notice inviting 
qualified commercial shark directed and incidental permit holders to 
submit an application to participate in the 2016 shark research 
fishery. NMFS received 16 applications, of which 11 applicants were 
determined to meet all the qualifications. NMFS selected five qualified 
participants after considering how to meet research objectives in 
particular regions. NMFS expects to invite qualified commercial shark 
permit holders to submit an application for the 2017 shark research 
fishery later in 2016.
    As with past years, the 2016 permit terms and permitted activities 
(e.g., number of hooks and retention limits) specifically authorized 
for selected participants in the shark research fishery were designated 
depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency, as well 
as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform 
selected participants of this year's specific permit requirements and 
ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, per the 
requirements of Sec.  635.32 (f)(4), NMFS is holding a mandatory permit 
holder meeting via conference call.

Conference Call Date, Time, and Dial-in Number

    The conference call will be held on January 15, 2016, from 2 to 4 
p.m. (EST). Participants and interested parties should call 1-888-324-
3180 and use the passcode 9803191. Selected participants who do not 
attend will not be allowed to participate in the shark research 
fishery. While the conference call is mandatory for selected 
participants, other interested parties may call in and listen to the 
discussion.
    Selected participants are encouraged to invite their captain, crew, 
or anyone else who may assist them in meeting the terms and conditions 
of the shark research fishery permit.

    Dated: January 11, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-00596 Filed 1-13-16; 8:45 am]
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