Pacific Island Fisheries; Aquaculture, 67312 [2016-23691]

Download as PDF 67312 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 190 / Friday, September 30, 2016 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE812 Pacific Island Fisheries; Aquaculture National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; public meetings; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS, in coordination with the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed Pacific Islands Region aquaculture management program and alternatives. The PEIS would support offshore aquaculture development, including appropriate management unit species for aquaculture, reasonably foreseeable types of offshore aquaculture operations, and permitting and reporting requirements for persons conducting aquaculture activities in Federal waters. DATES: NMFS must receive written comments by October 31, 2016. The meeting dates are: 1. October 18, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saipan. 2. October 20, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Guam. ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are: 1. Saipan—October 18, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Northern Marianas College, As Terlaje Campus, Building S, Room S–1, Saipan, MP 96950. 2. Guam—October 20, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hilton Guam Resort & Spa, 202 Hilton Road, Tumon Bay, Guam 96913. You may submit comments on this action, identified by NOAA–NMFS– 2016–0111, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0111, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Send written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. • Scoping Meeting: Submit written comments at a scoping meeting held by NMFS for this action. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:49 Sep 29, 2016 Jkt 238001 Instructions: You must submit comments by the above methods to ensure that NMFS receives, documents, and considers your comments. NMFS may not consider comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. NMFS will consider all comments received as part of the public record and will generally post comments for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Nichols, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, (808) 725–5180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS previously published a Notice of Intent to prepare a PEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a proposed Pacific Islands aquaculture management program and alternatives (81 FR 57567, August 23, 2016). Details regarding development of the PEIS may be found in that Notice of Intent, and are not repeated here. NMFS is holding two additional public scoping meetings in Guam and Saipan (see DATES and ADDRESSES) to help identify alternatives and determine the scope of environmental issues for consideration in the PEIS. NMFS will again ask for additional public comments once NMFS publishes the Draft PEIS, probably in late spring 2017. You may find more information about the NMFS aquaculture program and the progress of the PEIS at www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_aq.html. Dated: September 27, 2016. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–23691 Filed 9–29–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE916 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Monday, October 17, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Boston Logan, 100 Boardman Street, Boston, MA 02128; phone: (617) 567–6789; fax: (617) 461–0798. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Agenda The Committee will review Framework 28 (FW28) alternatives and analyses. The Committee will review any concepts or recommendations that come out of the joint Scallop PDT/AP meeting being held on October 13, 2016. The primary focus of this meeting will be to provide input on the range of specification alternatives. FW28 will set specifications including ABC/ACLs, DAS, access area allocations for LA and LAGC, hard-TAC for NGOM management area, target-TAC for LAGC incidental catch and set-asides for the observer and research programs for fishing year 2017 and default specifications for fishing year 2018. Management measures in FW28 include: (1) Measures to restrict the possession of shell stock inshore of 42°20′ N.; (2) measures to apply spatial management to fishery specifications (ACL flowchart); (3) measures to modify the Closed Area I access area boundary, consistent with potential changes to habitat and groundfish mortality closed areas. The Committee may discuss scallop related issues under consideration in groundfish Framework 56. Other business will be discussed as necessary. 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. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE812


Pacific Island Fisheries; Aquaculture

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a Programmatic Environmental Impact 
Statement; public meetings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS, in coordination with the Western Pacific Fishery 
Management Council, intends to prepare a Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement (PEIS) to analyze the potential environmental impacts 
of a proposed Pacific Islands Region aquaculture management program and 
alternatives. The PEIS would support offshore aquaculture development, 
including appropriate management unit species for aquaculture, 
reasonably foreseeable types of offshore aquaculture operations, and 
permitting and reporting requirements for persons conducting 
aquaculture activities in Federal waters.

DATES: NMFS must receive written comments by October 31, 2016. The 
meeting dates are:
    1. October 18, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Saipan.
    2. October 20, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Guam.

ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are:
    1. Saipan--October 18, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Northern Marianas 
College, As Terlaje Campus, Building S, Room S-1, Saipan, MP 96950.
    2. Guam--October 20, 2016, 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Hilton Guam Resort & 
Spa, 202 Hilton Road, Tumon Bay, Guam 96913.
    You may submit comments on this action, identified by NOAA-NMFS-
2016-0111, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0111, click the ``Comment 
Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your 
comments.
     Mail: Send written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, 
Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1845 Wasp 
Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.
     Scoping Meeting: Submit written comments at a scoping 
meeting held by NMFS for this action.
    Instructions: You must submit comments by the above methods to 
ensure that NMFS receives, documents, and considers your comments. NMFS 
may not consider comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. 
NMFS will consider all comments received as part of the public record 
and will generally post comments for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address) submitted voluntarily by the sender 
will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will 
accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you 
wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Nichols, NMFS, Pacific Islands 
Regional Office, (808) 725-5180.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS previously published a Notice of Intent 
to prepare a PEIS to analyze the potential environmental impacts of a 
proposed Pacific Islands aquaculture management program and 
alternatives (81 FR 57567, August 23, 2016). Details regarding 
development of the PEIS may be found in that Notice of Intent, and are 
not repeated here.
    NMFS is holding two additional public scoping meetings in Guam and 
Saipan (see DATES and ADDRESSES) to help identify alternatives and 
determine the scope of environmental issues for consideration in the 
PEIS.
    NMFS will again ask for additional public comments once NMFS 
publishes the Draft PEIS, probably in late spring 2017. You may find 
more information about the NMFS aquaculture program and the progress of 
the PEIS at www.fpir.noaa.gov/SFD/SFD_aq.html.

    Dated: September 27, 2016.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-23691 Filed 9-29-16; 8:45 am]
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