Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 42, 28829-28830 [2016-10911]

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[FR Doc. 2016–10970 Filed 5–9–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE600 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 42 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); request for comments. AGENCY: The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze a range of alternatives for management actions to be included in Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 42). Amendment 42 will consider an allocation-based management program for the headboat component of the reef fish recreational fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). The purpose of this NOI is to solicit public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS. DATES: Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS will be accepted until June 9, 2016. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 May 09, 2016 Jkt 238001 You may submit comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2016–0055, by either of the following methods: • Electronic submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20160055, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305; or email: susan.gerhart@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council recently took action to provide more flexibility in managing the harvest of red snapper by the various components of the Gulf reef fish recreational sector. In 2014, the Council established separate private angling and Federal charter vessel/headboat (forhire) components of the red snapper recreational sector. The decrease over time in the proportion of red snapper harvested by anglers fishing from Federal for-hire vessels and differences in regulatory environments faced by Federal for-hire operators and private anglers contributed to the Council’s decision to restructure the red snapper recreational sector to increase flexibility for each component. Recreational fishing for other reef fish species has not been as restricted as red snapper, but fishing has closed in Federal waters in recent years for several popular reef fish species with recreational annual catch limits. In early 2015, the Council requested the development of Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 42) to address management for the headboat component of the Gulf reef fish fishery ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 28829 recreational sector. Management measures under consideration in Amendment 42 include allocation-based programs. The purpose of the proposed measures in Amendment 42 is to reduce management uncertainty and improve economic conditions for operators and owners of Gulf reef fish headboats, and provide flexibility by increasing fishing opportunities for their angler passengers through a management program for Gulf headboats participating in the Southeast Region Headboat Survey (SRHS). The species that may be included in the program developed in Amendment 42 are red snapper, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, gag, and red grouper. In the Gulf, one Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for reef fish is issued by NMFS, and the permit does not distinguish between headboats and charter vessels. The SRHS collects catch and effort data from headboats in the Southeast Region, thereby producing a catch history for each vessel included in the survey. In addition, for fishery managers, the SRHS continues to be the sole source for effort and landings estimates for the headboat component as a whole. For these reasons, the vessels included in Amendment 42 are those vessels with Federal charter vessel/ headboat permits for reef fish that also have landings in the SRHS, as described in Amendment 42. The availability of vessel-specific landings data through the SRHS may allow development of an allocation-based management program for headboats using those landings histories. NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, will develop a DEIS for Amendment 42 to describe and analyze alternatives to address the management needs described above, including the ‘‘no action’’ alternative. In accordance with NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6A and the regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 40 CFR parts 1500–1508), NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, has identified preliminary environmental issues as a means to initiate discussion for scoping purposes only. These preliminary issues may not represent the full range of issues that eventually will be evaluated in the DEIS. A copy of the Amendment 42 draft options paper is available at: http:// sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_ fisheries/gulf_fisheries/reef_fish/ index.html. Comments on the scope of the DEIS may be submitted in writing to NMFS (see ADDRESSES) during the 30-day scoping period. After the scoping period and during the development of E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM 10MYN1 28830 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 90 / Tuesday, May 10, 2016 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Amendment 42, the Council will accept written comments on the action, and oral comments may be made during the public testimony portion of any Council meeting. The next Council meeting will be June 20–24, 2016, at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, FL. After the DEIS associated with Amendment 42 is completed, it will be filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After filing, the EPA will publish a notice of availability of the DEIS for public comment in the Federal Register. Consistent with the CEQ regulations, the DEIS will have a 45-day public comment period. The Council and NMFS will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and before adopting final management measures for the amendment. NMFS will submit the consolidated final amendment and supporting FEIS to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review as required by the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. NMFS will announce, through a notification in the Federal Register, the availability of the final amendment for public review during the Department of Commerce Secretarial review period and will consider all public comments. During Secretarial review, NMFS will also file the FEIS with the EPA, and the EPA will publish a notice of availability for the FEIS in the Federal Register. This public comment period is expected to be concurrent with the Secretarial review period and will end prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve Amendment 42. NMFS will announce, through a document published in the Federal Register, all public comment periods on the final amendment, its proposed implementing regulations, and the availability of its associated FEIS. NMFS will consider all public comments received during the Secretarial review period, whether they are on the final amendment, the proposed regulations, or the FEIS, prior to final agency action. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 4, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–10911 Filed 5–9–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:33 May 09, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE588 Permanent Advisory Committee to Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission; Meeting Announcement National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting AGENCY: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) on June 16, 2016. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. The meeting will be held via conference call. Members of the public may submit written comments; the comments must be received within 14 days of the completion of the meeting. Mail comments to Emily Crigler at the address provided in the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section below. DATES: The meeting of the PAC will be held via conference call on June 16, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. HST (or until business is concluded). ADDRESSES: The public meeting will be conducted via conference call. For details on how to call in to the conference line, please contact Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; telephone: 808–725–5036; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov. Documents to be considered by the PAC will be sent out via email in advance of the conference call. Please submit contact information to Emily Crigler (telephone: 808–725–5036; email: emily.crigler@ noaa.gov) to receive documents in advance of the call. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Emily Crigler, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office; 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818; telephone: 808–725–5036; facsimile: 808–725– 5215; email: emily.crigler@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.), the Permanent Advisory Committee, or PAC, has been formed to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC. Members of the PAC have been appointed by the Secretary of Commerce SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 in consultation with the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC. The PAC supports the work of the U.S. National Section to the WCPFC in an advisory capacity. The U.S. National Section is made up of the U.S. Commissioners and the Department of State. NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office provides administrative and technical support to the PAC in cooperation with the Department of State. More information on the WCPFC, established under the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean, can be found on the WCPFC Web site: http://wcpfc.int/. Meeting Topics The purpose of the June 16, 2016, conference call is to discuss outcomes of the 2015 regular annual session of the WCPFC (WCPFC12) and to begin soliciting recommendations leading up to the 2016 regular annual session of the WCPFC. The next regular annual session of the WCPFC (WCPFC13) is scheduled to be held December 5— December 9, 2016, in Fiji. Special Accommodations The conference call is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Emily Crigler at 808–725–5036 at least ten working days prior to the meeting. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 6902 Dated: May 4, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE600


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 42

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

ACTION: Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement (DEIS); request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of 
Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS 
to describe and analyze a range of alternatives for management actions 
to be included in Amendment 42 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for 
the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 42). Amendment 
42 will consider an allocation-based management program for the 
headboat component of the reef fish recreational fishery in the Gulf of 
Mexico (Gulf). The purpose of this NOI is to solicit public comments on 
the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the 
DEIS will be accepted until June 9, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2016-0055, 
by either of the following methods:
     Electronic submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to 
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0055, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Susan Gerhart, NMFS 
Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Susan Gerhart, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305; or email: susan.gerhart@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council recently took action to provide 
more flexibility in managing the harvest of red snapper by the various 
components of the Gulf reef fish recreational sector. In 2014, the 
Council established separate private angling and Federal charter 
vessel/headboat (for-hire) components of the red snapper recreational 
sector. The decrease over time in the proportion of red snapper 
harvested by anglers fishing from Federal for-hire vessels and 
differences in regulatory environments faced by Federal for-hire 
operators and private anglers contributed to the Council's decision to 
restructure the red snapper recreational sector to increase flexibility 
for each component. Recreational fishing for other reef fish species 
has not been as restricted as red snapper, but fishing has closed in 
Federal waters in recent years for several popular reef fish species 
with recreational annual catch limits.
    In early 2015, the Council requested the development of Amendment 
42 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf 
of Mexico (Amendment 42) to address management for the headboat 
component of the Gulf reef fish fishery recreational sector. Management 
measures under consideration in Amendment 42 include allocation-based 
programs. The purpose of the proposed measures in Amendment 42 is to 
reduce management uncertainty and improve economic conditions for 
operators and owners of Gulf reef fish headboats, and provide 
flexibility by increasing fishing opportunities for their angler 
passengers through a management program for Gulf headboats 
participating in the Southeast Region Headboat Survey (SRHS). The 
species that may be included in the program developed in Amendment 42 
are red snapper, gray triggerfish, greater amberjack, gag, and red 
grouper.
    In the Gulf, one Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for reef 
fish is issued by NMFS, and the permit does not distinguish between 
headboats and charter vessels. The SRHS collects catch and effort data 
from headboats in the Southeast Region, thereby producing a catch 
history for each vessel included in the survey. In addition, for 
fishery managers, the SRHS continues to be the sole source for effort 
and landings estimates for the headboat component as a whole. For these 
reasons, the vessels included in Amendment 42 are those vessels with 
Federal charter vessel/headboat permits for reef fish that also have 
landings in the SRHS, as described in Amendment 42. The availability of 
vessel-specific landings data through the SRHS may allow development of 
an allocation-based management program for headboats using those 
landings histories.
    NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, will develop a DEIS for 
Amendment 42 to describe and analyze alternatives to address the 
management needs described above, including the ``no action'' 
alternative. In accordance with NOAA's Administrative Order 216-6A and 
the regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) 
for implementing the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA; 40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508), NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, has 
identified preliminary environmental issues as a means to initiate 
discussion for scoping purposes only. These preliminary issues may not 
represent the full range of issues that eventually will be evaluated in 
the DEIS. A copy of the Amendment 42 draft options paper is available 
at: http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/reef_fish/index.html.
    Comments on the scope of the DEIS may be submitted in writing to 
NMFS (see ADDRESSES) during the 30-day scoping period. After the 
scoping period and during the development of

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Amendment 42, the Council will accept written comments on the action, 
and oral comments may be made during the public testimony portion of 
any Council meeting. The next Council meeting will be June 20-24, 2016, 
at the Hilton Clearwater Beach, 400 Mandalay Avenue, Clearwater Beach, 
FL.
    After the DEIS associated with Amendment 42 is completed, it will 
be filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After filing, 
the EPA will publish a notice of availability of the DEIS for public 
comment in the Federal Register. Consistent with the CEQ regulations, 
the DEIS will have a 45-day public comment period.
    The Council and NMFS will consider public comments received on the 
DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS) and 
before adopting final management measures for the amendment. NMFS will 
submit the consolidated final amendment and supporting FEIS to the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review as required by the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
    NMFS will announce, through a notification in the Federal Register, 
the availability of the final amendment for public review during the 
Department of Commerce Secretarial review period and will consider all 
public comments. During Secretarial review, NMFS will also file the 
FEIS with the EPA, and the EPA will publish a notice of availability 
for the FEIS in the Federal Register. This public comment period is 
expected to be concurrent with the Secretarial review period and will 
end prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially 
approve Amendment 42.
    NMFS will announce, through a document published in the Federal 
Register, all public comment periods on the final amendment, its 
proposed implementing regulations, and the availability of its 
associated FEIS. NMFS will consider all public comments received during 
the Secretarial review period, whether they are on the final amendment, 
the proposed regulations, or the FEIS, prior to final agency action.

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

    Dated: May 4, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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