Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings, 47775-47776 [2016-17379]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 141 / Friday, July 22, 2016 / Notices ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES (Rudloe 1989a). Movements also include travel east and west between sand bar habitats (Rudloe 1989a). Geographically as well as quantitatively, those parts of the electric ray’s range that are within U.S. waters (Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic) may each constitute a significant portion of the Caribbean electric ray’s range because if the population were to disappear from either portion, it could result in the rest of the species being threatened or endangered. However, there is no information to indicate that the members of the species in either the Gulf of Mexico or the South Atlantic have different demographic viability or are facing different or more intense threats to the point where they would be threatened or endangered in these portions. Because a portion must be both significant and threatened or endangered before we can list a species based on its status in a significant portion of its range, we do not find that listing the Caribbean electric ray is threatened or endangered based on its status in a significant portion of its range is warranted. Final Listing Determination Section 4(b)(1) of the ESA requires that NMFS make listing determinations based solely on the best scientific and commercial data available after conducting a review of the status of the species and taking into account those efforts, if any, being made by any state or foreign nation, or political subdivisions thereof, to protect and conserve the species. We have independently reviewed the best available scientific and commercial information including the petitions, public comments submitted on the 90day finding (79 FR 4877; January 30, 2014), the status review report (Carlson et al. 2015), and other published and unpublished information. We considered each of the statutory factors to determine whether it contributed significantly to the extinction risk of the species. As previously explained, we could not identify a significant portion of the species’ range that is threatened or endangered. Therefore, our determination is based on a synthesis and integration of the foregoing information, factors and considerations, and their effects on the status of the species throughout its entire range. We conclude that the Caribbean electric ray is not presently in danger of extinction, nor is it likely to become so in the foreseeable future throughout all of its range. Accordingly, the Caribbean electric ray does not meet the definition of a threatened species or an endangered species and our listing determination is VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Jul 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 47775 that the Caribbean electric ray does not warrant listing as threatened or endangered at this time. Monday, August 8, 2016 References A complete list of all references cited herein is available upon request (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). The Executive Committee will hold a closed session and then open to review the letter regarding governance of summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass and coordination of research with SAFMC. Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: July 18, 2016. Samuel R. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–17397 Filed 7–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE750 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of the Council and its Committees. DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 through Thursday, August 11, 2016. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Hilton Virginia Beach Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, telephone: (757) 213–3000. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 526–5255. The Council’s Web site, www.mafmc.org also has details on the meeting location, proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and briefing materials. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following items are on the agenda, though agenda items may be addressed out of order (changes will be noted on the Council’s Web site when possible.) SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Executive Committee Unmanaged Forage Amendment Final Action Review comments received during public hearings, review Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel and Committee recommendations for final action, and select preferred alternatives. Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Guidance Document Review, finalize, and approve EAFM Guidance Document and review and discuss potential framework for integrating ecosystem interactions into fisheries assessment and management. Tuesday, August 9, 2016 Demersal Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole With the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards Summer Flounder Allocation Project Report A presentation will be received on the summer flounder allocation model and initial findings. Summer Flounder Amendment Alternatives Review and provide feedback on the list of amendment issues and Fishery Management Action Team recommendations. Summer Flounder Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations regarding 2017–2018 specifications and recommend any changes if necessary. Black Sea Bass Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations regarding 2017 specifications and recommend any changes if necessary. E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 47776 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 141 / Friday, July 22, 2016 / Notices Wednesday, August 10, 2016 Special Accommodations Demersal Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole With the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission’s Summer Flounder, Scup and Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Scup Specifications Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations regarding 2017–18 specifications and recommend any changes if necessary. Dated: July 19, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. Bluefish Specifications BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff recommendations regarding 2017–18 specifications and recommend any changes if necessary. [FR Doc. 2016–17379 Filed 7–21–16; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Executive Committee Report RIN 0648–XE662 Policy on Fishing Impacts on Habitat Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Review and consider approval of draft policy. For-Hire Electronic VTR Framework Meeting 2 Review Framework document and analyses to address issues raised at the June Council meeting, summary of constituent input, and summarize revisions made. Also, select final alternative(s), and discuss the implementation process. Law Enforcement Reports Reports will be received from the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement and the U.S. Coast Guard. Thursday, August 11, 2016 Swearing In of New Council Members/ Election of Officers ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Business Session Organization Reports; Liaison Reports; Executive Director’s Report; Science Report; Committee Reports; and Continuing and New Business. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Jul 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for nominations. AGENCY: Nominations are being sought for appointment to a new task force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC) to support its advisory work for the Secretary of Commerce on living marine resource matters. The task force will focus on providing information and advice on the establishment of long-term goals for salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) will appoint the members in consultation with MAFAC and they will serve for a term of up to two (2) years. The terms would begin in December 2016. DATES: Nominations must be postmarked or have an email date stamp on or before September 6, 2016. ADDRESSES: Nominations should be sent to Katherine Cheney, NMFS West Coast Region, 1201 Northeast Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232 or to katherine.cheney@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Katherine Cheney, (503) 231–6730; email: katherine.cheney@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. MAFAC is establishing a Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force to assist it in the development of long-term goals for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00031 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 salmon and steelhead in the Columbia River Basin, which is critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force This Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force is being created for state, tribal and stakeholder input to MAFAC to support development of quantitative goals for Columbia River Basin salmon and steelhead at the species, stock, major population group (MPG), and population levels. The goals will be collaboratively developed to meet conservation needs while also providing harvest (including those necessary to satisfy tribal treaty rights). Shared goals will enhance engagement and understanding by providing a concise, common definition of success, consistent means to measure progress, and improved public support for work across the Columbia River Basin. The scope of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force will fall within the objectives and scope of the MAFAC; is more comprehensive than any prior goal-setting effort in the Basin; and will encompass: • All Endangered Species Act-listed and non-listed salmon and steelhead in the Columbia Basin, above and below Bonneville Dam. • Ocean, mainstem, and tributary fisheries that harvest Columbia Basin stocks, including commercial, recreational, and tribal fisheries. • Multiple geographic scales (Basinwide, species, and major population group). • All impacts across the salmon and steelhead life-cycle (e.g., habitat, hatchery, hydro, and harvest). • Consideration of ecological conditions and of current and future habitat capacity. The Task Force will report to MAFAC and will not provide advice or work product directly to NMFS. Recommendations generated by this Task Force’s efforts will not result in any regulatory decision, obligate any party to undertake certain activities, or diminish treaty/trust obligations. The input of the Task Force will support efforts that seek common solutions that work for all sovereigns and stakeholders. The strength of the Task Force will hinge on the breadth of regional participation, collaboration, and commitment. This Task Force will consist of 25–35 individuals who have demonstrated subject matter expertise regarding salmon and steelhead biology and management in the Columbia River Basin, as well as the interest and ability to work collaboratively and respectfully with other sovereigns and stakeholders E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE750


Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of public meetings.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold public meetings of the Council and its Committees.

DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, August 8, 2016 through 
Thursday, August 11, 2016. For agenda details, see SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Hilton Virginia Beach 
Oceanfront, 3001 Atlantic Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23451, telephone: 
(757) 213-3000.
    Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. 
State St., Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674-2331.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive 
Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; telephone: (302) 
526-5255. The Council's Web site, www.mafmc.org also has details on the 
meeting location, proposed agenda, webinar listen-in access, and 
briefing materials.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The following items are on the agenda, 
though agenda items may be addressed out of order (changes will be 
noted on the Council's Web site when possible.)

Monday, August 8, 2016

Executive Committee

    The Executive Committee will hold a closed session and then open to 
review the letter regarding governance of summer flounder, scup, and 
black sea bass and coordination of research with SAFMC.

Unmanaged Forage Amendment Final Action

    Review comments received during public hearings, review Ecosystem 
and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel and Committee recommendations for 
final action, and select preferred alternatives.

Ecosystem Approach to Fisheries Management (EAFM) Guidance Document

    Review, finalize, and approve EAFM Guidance Document and review and 
discuss potential framework for integrating ecosystem interactions into 
fisheries assessment and management.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Demersal Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole With the 
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup and 
Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards

Summer Flounder Allocation Project Report
    A presentation will be received on the summer flounder allocation 
model and initial findings.

Summer Flounder Amendment Alternatives

    Review and provide feedback on the list of amendment issues and 
Fishery Management Action Team recommendations.

Summer Flounder Specifications

    Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff 
recommendations regarding 2017-2018 specifications and recommend any 
changes if necessary.

Black Sea Bass Specifications

    Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff 
recommendations regarding 2017 specifications and recommend any changes 
if necessary.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Demersal Committee Meeting as a Committee of the Whole With the 
Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup and 
Black Sea Bass and Bluefish Boards

Scup Specifications
    Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff 
recommendations regarding 2017-18 specifications and recommend any 
changes if necessary.

Bluefish Specifications

    Review SSC, Monitoring Committee, Advisory Panel, and staff 
recommendations regarding 2017-18 specifications and recommend any 
changes if necessary.

Executive Committee Report

Policy on Fishing Impacts on Habitat

    Review and consider approval of draft policy.

For-Hire Electronic VTR Framework Meeting 2

    Review Framework document and analyses to address issues raised at 
the June Council meeting, summary of constituent input, and summarize 
revisions made. Also, select final alternative(s), and discuss the 
implementation process.

Law Enforcement Reports

    Reports will be received from the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement 
and the U.S. Coast Guard.

Thursday, August 11, 2016

Swearing In of New Council Members/Election of Officers

Business Session
    Organization Reports; Liaison Reports; Executive Director's Report; 
Science Report; Committee Reports; and Continuing and New Business.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 
those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these 
meetings. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically 
identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of 
this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the 
Council's intent to take final action to address the emergency.
Special Accommodations
    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526-5251, at 
least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: July 19, 2016.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-17379 Filed 7-21-16; 8:45 am]
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