Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings, 47760-47762 [2016-17380]

Download as PDF 47760 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 141 / Friday, July 22, 2016 / Notices SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda The Committee will develop OFL (overfishing level) and ABC (acceptable biological catch) recommendations for Georges Bank yellowtail flounder for fishing year 2017. They will also develop OFL and ABC recommendations for monkfish for fishing years 2017–19 as well as develop OFL and ABC recommendations for Atlantic deep-sea red crab for fishing years 2017–19. They will discuss other business as needed. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed 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 This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 19, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–17381 Filed 7–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE751 Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearings on Amendments to the U.S. Caribbean Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans: Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Closures in the U.S. Caribbean Draft Document. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold public SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Jul 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 hearings on the Amendments to the U.S. Caribbean Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans: Timing of Accountability Measure-Based Seasonal Closures Including Draft Environmental Assessment: Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Spiny Lobster of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The complete document is available upon request and can be found at the Caribbean Council’s Web site: www.caribbeanfmc.com. DATES AND ADDRESSES: The dates and locations for the public hearings are: August 15, 2016, Doubletree Hotel, De Diego Avenue, Condado, San Juan, Puerto Rico, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. ¨ August 17, 2016, Mayaguez Holiday ¨ Inn Hotel, Mayaguez Holiday Inn, 2701 ¨ Hostos Avenue, Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918–1903, telephone (787) 766–5926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed actions are to modify the timing for the application of accountability measures in the Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The Amendment contains the following Actions and Alternatives: ACTION 1: Modify the timing for the implementation of AM-based closures in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ. Alternative 1: No Action. Continue AM-based closures resulting from an annual catch limit (ACL) overage, ending on December 31st of the closure year, and extending backward into the closure year for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. Alternative 2 (Preferred): Accountability measure-based closures resulting from an ACL overage would end on September 30th of the closure year and extend backward toward the beginning of the year for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. The September 30th closure date would apply to all fishery management units (FMUs) for each of the Puerto Rico commercial and recreational sectors, St. Thomas/St. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 John, St. Croix, and Caribbean-wide. If Alternative 5 of this Action is also chosen for an FMU that includes species with seasonal closures in federal waters, closure dates for that FMU would be governed by Alternative 5. If, for any of the FMUs covered by Alternative 2, the number of available days running from September 30th backward to the beginning of the year is not enough to achieve the required reduction in landings, then the additional days needed would be captured by extending the closure forward toward the end of the year, beginning on October 1st and continuing for the number of days needed to achieve the required reduction. Alternative 3: Accountability measure-based closures resulting from an ACL overage would begin on January 1st of the closure year and extend forward into the year for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. The January 1st closure start date would apply to all FMUs for each of Puerto Rico commercial and recreational sectors, St. Thomas/St. John, St. Croix, and Caribbean-wide. If Alternative 5 of this Action is also chosen for an FMU that includes species with seasonal closures in federal waters, closure dates for that FMU would be governed by Alternative 5. Alternative 4: Establish a fixed fishing closure end date for the implementation of AMs for each FMU by island management area and, in the case of Puerto Rico, fishing sector (A. Puerto Rico (I. Commercial sector [The Puerto Rico spiny lobster FMU is addressed under the Commercial Sector subalternatives. This is because the spiny lobster ACL is governed by commercial landings. If the AM is triggered due to a Puerto Rico spiny lobster ACL overage, the commercial and recreational fishing season is reduced.] II. Recreational sector), B. St. Thomas/ St. John, C. St. Croix, and D. Caribbeanwide), based on the highest or lowest average monthly landings of the most recent three years of available data (2012, 2013, 2014). A different closure date may be chosen for each FMU for each island management area and Puerto Rico fishing sector. The closure date will end on the last day of the identified month and extend backward toward the beginning of the year for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. If, for any FMU in any year, the number of available days running from the closure implementation date backward toward the beginning of the year is not enough to achieve the required reduction in landings, then the additional days E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 141 / Friday, July 22, 2016 / Notices needed would be captured by extending the closure forward toward the end of the year and continuing for the number of days needed to achieve the required reduction. A. Puerto Rico I. Commercial Sub-Alternative 4a. Closure to end the last day of the month that has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–2014 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Sub-Alternative 4b. Closure to end the last day of the month with lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–2014 as the most recent three years of available landings data. II. Recreational Sub-Alternative 4c. Closure to end the last day of the second month that has the highest landings based on bimonthly average landings through time, using 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Sub-Alternative 4d. Closure to end the last day of the second month with lowest landings based on bi-monthly average landings through time, using 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Sub-Alternative 4j. Closure to end the last day of the month with the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time using 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Alternative 5: For FMUs that include species with seasonal closures in U.S. Caribbean federal waters (Table 2.2.6 in the document), AM-based closures resulting from an ACL overage for these FMUs would be timed to be continuous with the seasonal closure. The AMbased closure would extend either forward or backward from the seasonal closure into the year as specified in SubAlternatives 5a through 5n for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. If, for any of these FMUs, in any year, the number of available days running from the date specified by the sub-alternative, is not enough to achieve the required reduction in landings, then the additional days needed would be captured by extending the closure in the opposite direction and continuing for the number of days needed to fulfill the required reduction. I. Groupers A. Puerto Rico ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 4e. Closure to end the last day of the month that has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Sub-Alternative 4f. Closure to end the last day of the month with the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–14 as the most recent three years of available landings data. 1. Commercial C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 4g. Closure to end the last day of the month that has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–2014 as the most recent three years of available landings data. Sub-Alternative 4h. Closure to end the last day of the month with the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 2012–2014 as the most recent three years of available landings data. 2. Recreational D. Caribbean-Wide (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 4i. Closure to end the last day of the month that has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Jul 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 Sub-Alternative 5a: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. Sub-Alternative 5b: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would end on November 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. Sub-Alternative 5c: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. Sub-Alternative 5d: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would end on November 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 5e: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 47761 AM-based closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 5f: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. II. Snappers A. Puerto Rico 1. Commercial Sub-Alternative 5g: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in Snapper Unit 3 (SU3) would start on July 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. Sub-Alternative 5h: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in Snapper Unit 1 (SU1) would end on September 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. 2. Recreational Sub-Alternative 5i: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in SU3 would start on July 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. Sub-Alternative 5j: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in SU1 would end on September 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 5k: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an AM-based closure the snapper complex would start on July 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of the year. Sub-Alternative 5l: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an AM-based closure for the snapper complex would end on September 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors) Sub-Alternative 5m: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based closure for the snapper complex would start on July 1st of the closure year and move forward into the year. Sub-Alternative 5n: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based closure E:\FR\FM\22JYN1.SGM 22JYN1 47762 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 141 / Friday, July 22, 2016 / Notices for the snapper complex would end on September 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year. Action 2: Specify a time period for revisiting the approach to establish AMbased closures selected in Action 1. Alternative 1. No action. Do not specify how often the approach chosen should be revisited. Alternative 2 (Preferred). Revisit the approach selected no longer than 2 years from implementation and every 2 years thereafter. Alternative 3. Revisit the approach selected no longer than 5 years from implementation and every 5 years thereafter. Additional Information: Written comments can be sent to Dr. Graciela ´ Garcıa-Moliner by email at graciela_ cfmc@yahoo.com or by regular mail to Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918, no later than August 22, 2016. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or request for sign language interpretation and other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. ´ Miguel A. Rolon, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918–1903, telephone (787) 766–5926, 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. 2016–17380 Filed 7–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE736 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. ehiers on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a meeting, which is open to the public. DATES: The HMSMT will meet Monday, August 8 through Thursday, August 11, SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Jul 21, 2016 Jkt 238001 2016. The meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m. on August 8 and at 8:30 a.m. on August 9–11. On each day the meeting will end at 5 p.m. or when business for the day is concluded. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held in the Large Conference Room at the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s office. Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, Oregon 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Kit Dahl, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2422. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council assigned several tasks to the HMSMT for completion by the September 2016 Council meeting. At this meeting, the HMSMT plans to draft reports for these tasks that can be included in the advanced briefing materials for the September Council meeting. These tasks include: (1) An update on international HMS management, including outcomes of the 80th Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission meeting; (2) If available, reviewing exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications; (3) Developing recommendations for updates to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to correct errors, revise out of date descriptions, and clarify descriptive passages; (4) Drafting a framework for reporting estimates of reference points for HMS FMP management unit species; (5) Developing recommendations responding to the referral to the Council by National Marine Fisheries Service of requests for rulemaking contained in the agency’s response to the Center for Biological Diversity’s petition for rulemaking to address the relative impacts of the U.S. fleet on the Pacific bluefin tuna stock (81 FR 39213); (6) Identifying data gaps and research needs for deep-set buoy gear (DSBG) to inform future Council recommendations on issuance of EFPs to test this gear for the objectives of developing a Federal fishing permit system for DSBG and regulatory authorizing use of the gear; (7) Identifying incentives for EFPs to test DSBG; (8) Developing a range of alternatives for a Federal permit for the California large mesh driftnet fishery for swordfish and sharks; and (9) Making recommendations on indicators to be included in the Annual State of the California Current Ecosystem Report delivered to the Council each March. The HMSMT may also discuss other matters related to HMS management PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 besides the assignments enumerated above. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820–2280 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. 2016–17378 Filed 7–21–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: StormReady, TsunamiReady, StormReady/TsunamiReady, and StormReady and TsunamiReady Supporter Application Forms. OMB Control Number: 0648–0419. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (revision of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 305. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE751


Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings on Amendments to the U.S. Caribbean 
Reef Fish, Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and 
Invertebrates Fishery Management Plans: Timing of Accountability 
Measure-Based Closures in the U.S. Caribbean Draft Document.

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SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold public 
hearings on the Amendments to the U.S. Caribbean Reef Fish, Spiny 
Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates 
Fishery Management Plans: Timing of Accountability Measure-Based 
Seasonal Closures Including Draft Environmental Assessment: Amendment 8 
to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico 
and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Amendment 7 to the Fishery Management Plan 
for the Spiny Lobster of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, 
Amendment 6 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Corals and Reef 
Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin 
Islands. The complete document is available upon request and can be 
found at the Caribbean Council's Web site: www.caribbeanfmc.com.

DATES and ADDRESSES: The dates and locations for the public hearings 
are:
    August 15, 2016, Doubletree Hotel, De Diego Avenue, Condado, San 
Juan, Puerto Rico, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
    August 17, 2016, Mayag[uuml]ez Holiday Inn Hotel, Mayag[uuml]ez 
Holiday Inn, 2701 Hostos Avenue, Mayag[uuml]ez, Puerto Rico, from 7 
p.m. to 9 p.m.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 
270 Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-
1903, telephone (787) 766-5926.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The proposed actions are to modify the 
timing for the application of accountability measures in the Reef Fish, 
Spiny Lobster, and Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates 
Fishery Management Plans of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. 
The Amendment contains the following Actions and Alternatives:
    ACTION 1: Modify the timing for the implementation of AM-based 
closures in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ.
    Alternative 1: No Action. Continue AM-based closures resulting from 
an annual catch limit (ACL) overage, ending on December 31st of the 
closure year, and extending backward into the closure year for the 
number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings.
    Alternative 2 (Preferred): Accountability measure-based closures 
resulting from an ACL overage would end on September 30th of the 
closure year and extend backward toward the beginning of the year for 
the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in 
landings. The September 30th closure date would apply to all fishery 
management units (FMUs) for each of the Puerto Rico commercial and 
recreational sectors, St. Thomas/St. John, St. Croix, and Caribbean-
wide. If Alternative 5 of this Action is also chosen for an FMU that 
includes species with seasonal closures in federal waters, closure 
dates for that FMU would be governed by Alternative 5. If, for any of 
the FMUs covered by Alternative 2, the number of available days running 
from September 30th backward to the beginning of the year is not enough 
to achieve the required reduction in landings, then the additional days 
needed would be captured by extending the closure forward toward the 
end of the year, beginning on October 1st and continuing for the number 
of days needed to achieve the required reduction.
    Alternative 3: Accountability measure-based closures resulting from 
an ACL overage would begin on January 1st of the closure year and 
extend forward into the year for the number of days necessary to 
achieve the required reduction in landings. The January 1st closure 
start date would apply to all FMUs for each of Puerto Rico commercial 
and recreational sectors, St. Thomas/St. John, St. Croix, and 
Caribbean-wide. If Alternative 5 of this Action is also chosen for an 
FMU that includes species with seasonal closures in federal waters, 
closure dates for that FMU would be governed by Alternative 5.
    Alternative 4: Establish a fixed fishing closure end date for the 
implementation of AMs for each FMU by island management area and, in 
the case of Puerto Rico, fishing sector (A. Puerto Rico (I. Commercial 
sector [The Puerto Rico spiny lobster FMU is addressed under the 
Commercial Sector sub-alternatives. This is because the spiny lobster 
ACL is governed by commercial landings. If the AM is triggered due to a 
Puerto Rico spiny lobster ACL overage, the commercial and recreational 
fishing season is reduced.] II. Recreational sector), B. St. Thomas/St. 
John, C. St. Croix, and D. Caribbean-wide), based on the highest or 
lowest average monthly landings of the most recent three years of 
available data (2012, 2013, 2014). A different closure date may be 
chosen for each FMU for each island management area and Puerto Rico 
fishing sector. The closure date will end on the last day of the 
identified month and extend backward toward the beginning of the year 
for the number of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in 
landings. If, for any FMU in any year, the number of available days 
running from the closure implementation date backward toward the 
beginning of the year is not enough to achieve the required reduction 
in landings, then the additional days

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needed would be captured by extending the closure forward toward the 
end of the year and continuing for the number of days needed to achieve 
the required reduction.
A. Puerto Rico
I. Commercial
    Sub-Alternative 4a. Closure to end the last day of the month that 
has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through 
time, using 2012-2014 as the most recent three years of available 
landings data.
    Sub-Alternative 4b. Closure to end the last day of the month with 
lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, using 
2012-2014 as the most recent three years of available landings data.
II. Recreational
    Sub-Alternative 4c. Closure to end the last day of the second month 
that has the highest landings based on bi-monthly average landings 
through time, using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available 
landings data.
    Sub-Alternative 4d. Closure to end the last day of the second month 
with lowest landings based on bi-monthly average landings through time, 
using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available landings 
data.
B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 4e. Closure to end the last day of the month that 
has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through 
time, using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available 
landings data.
    Sub-Alternative 4f. Closure to end the last day of the month with 
the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, 
using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available landings 
data.
C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 4g. Closure to end the last day of the month that 
has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through 
time, using 2012-2014 as the most recent three years of available 
landings data.
    Sub-Alternative 4h. Closure to end the last day of the month with 
the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time, 
using 2012-2014 as the most recent three years of available landings 
data.
D. Caribbean-Wide (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 4i. Closure to end the last day of the month that 
has the highest landings based on monthly average landings through 
time, using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available 
landings data.
    Sub-Alternative 4j. Closure to end the last day of the month with 
the lowest landings based on monthly average landings through time 
using 2012-14 as the most recent three years of available landings 
data.
    Alternative 5: For FMUs that include species with seasonal closures 
in U.S. Caribbean federal waters (Table 2.2.6 in the document), AM-
based closures resulting from an ACL overage for these FMUs would be 
timed to be continuous with the seasonal closure. The AM-based closure 
would extend either forward or backward from the seasonal closure into 
the year as specified in Sub-Alternatives 5a through 5n for the number 
of days necessary to achieve the required reduction in landings. If, 
for any of these FMUs, in any year, the number of available days 
running from the date specified by the sub-alternative, is not enough 
to achieve the required reduction in landings, then the additional days 
needed would be captured by extending the closure in the opposite 
direction and continuing for the number of days needed to fulfill the 
required reduction.
I. Groupers
A. Puerto Rico
1. Commercial
    Sub-Alternative 5a: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would 
start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of 
the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5b: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would end 
on November 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the 
beginning of the year.
2. Recreational
    Sub-Alternative 5c: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would 
start on May 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the end of 
the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5d: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for the grouper complex would end 
on November 30th of the closure year and move backward toward the 
beginning of the year.
B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 5e: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an 
AM-based closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the 
closure year and move forward toward the end of the year.
C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 5f: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based 
closure for the grouper complex would start on May 1st of the closure 
year and move forward toward the end of the year.
II. Snappers
A. Puerto Rico
1. Commercial
    Sub-Alternative 5g: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in Snapper 
Unit 3 (SU3) would start on July 1st of the closure year and move 
forward toward the end of the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5h: For the commercial sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in Snapper 
Unit 1 (SU1) would end on September 30th of the closure year and move 
backward toward the beginning of the year.
2. Recreational
    Sub-Alternative 5i: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in SU3 
would start on July 1st of the closure year and move forward toward the 
end of the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5j: For the recreational sector of the Puerto Rico 
management area, an AM-based closure for all snapper species in SU1 
would end on September 30th of the closure year and move backward 
toward the beginning of the year.
B. St. Thomas/St. John, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 5k: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an 
AM-based closure the snapper complex would start on July 1st of the 
closure year and move forward toward the end of the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5l: For the St. Thomas/St. John management area, an 
AM-based closure for the snapper complex would end on September 30th of 
the closure year and move backward toward the beginning of the year.
C. St. Croix, USVI (All Sectors)
    Sub-Alternative 5m: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based 
closure for the snapper complex would start on July 1st of the closure 
year and move forward into the year.
    Sub-Alternative 5n: For the St. Croix management area, an AM-based 
closure

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for the snapper complex would end on September 30th of the closure year 
and move backward toward the beginning of the year.
    Action 2: Specify a time period for revisiting the approach to 
establish AM-based closures selected in Action 1.
    Alternative 1. No action. Do not specify how often the approach 
chosen should be revisited.
    Alternative 2 (Preferred). Revisit the approach selected no longer 
than 2 years from implementation and every 2 years thereafter.
    Alternative 3. Revisit the approach selected no longer than 5 years 
from implementation and every 5 years thereafter.
    Additional Information: Written comments can be sent to Dr. 
Graciela Garc[iacute]a-Moliner by email at graciela_cfmc@yahoo.com or 
by regular mail to Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 270 
Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918, no 
later than August 22, 2016.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. For more information or request for sign language 
interpretation and other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. Miguel A. 
Rol[oacute]n, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 
270 Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 
00918-1903, telephone (787) 766-5926, 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. 2016-17380 Filed 7-21-16; 8:45 am]
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