Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 3737-3738 [2017-00486]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 / Notices incident. NMFS will work with PISCO to determine whether additional mitigation measures or modifications to the activities are appropriate. iii. In the event that an injured or dead marine mammal is discovered and it is determined that the injury or death is not associated with or related to the activities authorized in the IHA (e.g., previously wounded animal, carcass with moderate to advanced decomposition, or scavenger damage), PISCO shall report the incident to the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, and the Southwest Regional Stranding Coordinator, NMFS, within 24 hours of the discovery. PISCO shall provide photographs or video footage or other documentation of the stranded animal sighting to NMFS. Activities may continue while NMFS reviews the circumstances of the incident. 7. This IHA may be modified, suspended or withdrawn if the holder fails to abide by the conditions prescribed herein or if NMFS determines the authorized taking is having more than a negligible impact on the species or stock of affected marine mammals. Request for Public Comments NMFS requests comment on our analysis, the draft authorization, and any other aspect of the Notice of Proposed IHA for PISCO’s proposed rocky intertidal monitoring program. Please include with your comments any supporting data or literature citations to help inform our final decision on PISCO’s request for an MMPA authorization. Dated: January 5, 2017. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00397 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF147 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of Mexico SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jan 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will take place on Monday, January 30 through Thursday, February 2, 2017. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel, located at 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA; telephone: (504) 962–0500. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Gregory, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda Monday, January 30, 2017; 8:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. The Administrative/Budget Committee will conduct a review of advisory panels; and discuss the Council’s future participation at Marine Resource Educational Program (MREP) Workshops. The Data Collection Management Committee will receive a presentation update on Collection Location Satellites’ (CLS) America Project. The Committee will review the Final Action—Modifications to Generic Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements in the Gulf of Mexico; and review Final Action—South Atlantic Council’s modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements. The Migratory Species Management Committee will receive an overview of the management of Highly Migratory Species (HMS); and receive a report from the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in Portugal. The Spiny Lobster Management Committee will discuss draft options for Framework Amendment 1. The Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & Restoration Committees will receive a presentation on the Biology of Corals; and review a revised scoping draft for Coral Amendment 7. The Shrimp Management Committee will review the public hearing draft for Shrimp Amendment 17B. Tuesday, January 31, 2017; 8:30 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. The Reef Fish Management Committee will receive an update on the SEDAR Gag Assessment; receive a summary from the Joint Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter Vessel and Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panels (AP) meeting. The committee will review public hearing drafts for Amendment 44—Minimum Stock Size PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3737 Threshold (MSST) for Reef Fish Stocks, Public Hearing Draft of Amendment 36A—Modifications to Commercial Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs, and Public Hearing Draft of Amendment 46—Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan. The committee will review and discuss the Gulf Anglers Focus Group Report; receive a presentation and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) report on the mechanism to carry over the unharvested Red Snapper Annual Catch Limit (ACL) to the following season; Preliminary 2016 Red Snapper For-Hire Landings Relative to ACL; receive a presentation on Amendment 36B— Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Modifications, and review Options Paper for Amendment 47—Modify Vermillion Snapper ACLs and Maximum Sustainable Yield (MSY) Proxy. Wednesday, February 1, 2017; 8 a.m.– 5:30 p.m. The Reef Fish Management Committee will review a draft Framework Action—Mutton Snapper ACL and Management Measures and Gag Commercial Size Limit and Standing and Reef Fish SSC Summary. Under Other Business the committee will discuss the 2017 recreational fishing season for greater amberjack. The Mackerel Committee will review Final Action—CMP Amendment 29— Allocation Sharing and Accountability Measures for Gulf King Mackerel; review of CMP AP meeting and public hearing comments; and review SSC discussion of updated Gulf King Mackerel. The Full Council will convene midmorning (approximately 10:45 a.m.) with a Call to Order, Announcements, Introductions; Adoption of Agenda and Approval of Minutes; and review of Exempt Fishing Permit (EFPs) Applications, if any. The Council will receive presentations on revisions to National Standard 1 Guidelines, Law Enforcement Report on Fiscal 2016 Maritime Boundary Line Activities, and Commercial Fishing Vessel Classification Standards. After lunch, the Council will receive a presentation from the Louisiana Law Enforcement Agency. The Council will receive public testimony from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the following agenda testimony items: Final Action on Generic Amendment to Require Electronic Reporting For-Hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29: King Mackerel Allocation Sharing and Recreational Accountability Measures; and on Final Action—South Atlantic E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1 3738 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 / Notices Council’s modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting Requirements; and, hold an open public testimony period regarding any other fishery issues or concern. Anyone wishing to speak during public comment should sign in at the registration station located at the entrance to the meeting room. Thursday, February 2, 2017; 8 a.m.–4:30 p.m. Full Council will receive committee reports from Data Collection, Shrimp, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Administrative/ Budget, Spiny Lobster, Migratory Species and Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & Restoration Management Committees; and, vote on Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) applications, if any. The Council will receive updates from the following supporting agencies: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and, the Department of State. Lastly, the Council will discuss any Other Business items. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES —Meeting Adjourns The timing and order in which agenda items are addressed may change as required to effectively address the issue. The latest version will be posted on the Council’s file server, which can be accessed by going to the Council’s Web site at http://www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on FTP Server under Quick Links. For meeting materials, select the ‘‘Briefing Books/Briefing Book 2017–01’’ folder on Gulf Council file server. The username and password are both ‘‘gulfguest’’. The meetings will be webcast over the internet. A link to the webcast will be available on the Council’s Web site, http:// www.gulfcouncil.org. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council 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 MagnusonStevens Act, provided that 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:46 Jan 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 Kathy Pereira (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: January 6, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00486 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF101 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Seabird and Shorebird Monitoring and Research at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex, Massachusetts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS has received an application from the Eastern Massachusetts (MA) National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) Complex, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting seabird and shorebird monitoring and research in the Eastern MA NWR Complex (Complex). The proposed dates for this action would be April 1, 2017 through March 31, 2018. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to the USFWS to incidentally take, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during the specified activity. DATES: NMFS must receive comments and information on or before February 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The mailbox address for providing email comments is ITP.McCue@noaa.gov. Comments sent via email to ITP.McCue@noaa.gov, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25megabyte file size. NMFS is not responsible for comments sent to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 addresses other than the one provided here. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and NMFS will post them to www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/research.htm without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. An electronic copy of the application may be obtained by writing to the address specified above, telephoning the contact listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/research.htm. The Environmental Assessment (EA) specific to conducting seabird and shorebird monitoring and research is also available at the same internet address. Information in the EA and this notice collectively provide the environmental information related to the proposed issuance of the IHA for public review and comment. The public may also view documents cited in this notice, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCue, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS (301) 427– 8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals of a species or population stock, by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. An authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF147


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of 
Mexico fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

DATES: The meeting will take place on Monday, January 30 through 
Thursday, February 2, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Astor Crowne Plaza hotel, 
located at 739 Canal Street, New Orleans, LA; telephone: (504) 962-
0500.
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. 
Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Gregory, Executive Director, 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Agenda

Monday, January 30, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Administrative/Budget Committee will conduct a review of 
advisory panels; and discuss the Council's future participation at 
Marine Resource Educational Program (MREP) Workshops. The Data 
Collection Management Committee will receive a presentation update on 
Collection Location Satellites' (CLS) America Project. The Committee 
will review the Final Action--Modifications to Generic Charter Vessel 
and Headboat Reporting Requirements in the Gulf of Mexico; and review 
Final Action--South Atlantic Council's modifications to Charter Vessel 
and Headboat Reporting Requirements. The Migratory Species Management 
Committee will receive an overview of the management of Highly 
Migratory Species (HMS); and receive a report from the International 
Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting in 
Portugal. The Spiny Lobster Management Committee will discuss draft 
options for Framework Amendment 1. The Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & 
Restoration Committees will receive a presentation on the Biology of 
Corals; and review a revised scoping draft for Coral Amendment 7. The 
Shrimp Management Committee will review the public hearing draft for 
Shrimp Amendment 17B.

Tuesday, January 31, 2017; 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Reef Fish Management Committee will receive an update on the 
SEDAR Gag Assessment; receive a summary from the Joint Ad Hoc Red 
Snapper Charter Vessel and Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat Advisory Panels 
(AP) meeting. The committee will review public hearing drafts for 
Amendment 44--Minimum Stock Size Threshold (MSST) for Reef Fish Stocks, 
Public Hearing Draft of Amendment 36A--Modifications to Commercial 
Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) programs, and Public Hearing Draft of 
Amendment 46--Gray Triggerfish Rebuilding Plan. The committee will 
review and discuss the Gulf Anglers Focus Group Report; receive a 
presentation and Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) report on 
the mechanism to carry over the unharvested Red Snapper Annual Catch 
Limit (ACL) to the following season; Preliminary 2016 Red Snapper For-
Hire Landings Relative to ACL; receive a presentation on Amendment 
36B--Commercial Reef Fish IFQ Modifications, and review Options Paper 
for Amendment 47--Modify Vermillion Snapper ACLs and Maximum 
Sustainable Yield (MSY) Proxy.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

    The Reef Fish Management Committee will review a draft Framework 
Action--Mutton Snapper ACL and Management Measures and Gag Commercial 
Size Limit and Standing and Reef Fish SSC Summary. Under Other Business 
the committee will discuss the 2017 recreational fishing season for 
greater amberjack. The Mackerel Committee will review Final Action--CMP 
Amendment 29--Allocation Sharing and Accountability Measures for Gulf 
King Mackerel; review of CMP AP meeting and public hearing comments; 
and review SSC discussion of updated Gulf King Mackerel.
    The Full Council will convene mid-morning (approximately 10:45 
a.m.) with a Call to Order, Announcements, Introductions; Adoption of 
Agenda and Approval of Minutes; and review of Exempt Fishing Permit 
(EFPs) Applications, if any. The Council will receive presentations on 
revisions to National Standard 1 Guidelines, Law Enforcement Report on 
Fiscal 2016 Maritime Boundary Line Activities, and Commercial Fishing 
Vessel Classification Standards. After lunch, the Council will receive 
a presentation from the Louisiana Law Enforcement Agency. The Council 
will receive public testimony from 2:30 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. on the 
following agenda testimony items: Final Action on Generic Amendment to 
Require Electronic Reporting For-Hire Vessels in the Gulf of Mexico, 
Final Action on Coastal Migratory Pelagics Amendment 29: King Mackerel 
Allocation Sharing and Recreational Accountability Measures; and on 
Final Action--South Atlantic

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Council's modifications to Charter Vessel and Headboat Reporting 
Requirements; and, hold an open public testimony period regarding any 
other fishery issues or concern. Anyone wishing to speak during public 
comment should sign in at the registration station located at the 
entrance to the meeting room.

Thursday, February 2, 2017; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

    Full Council will receive committee reports from Data Collection, 
Shrimp, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Administrative/Budget, Spiny Lobster, 
Migratory Species and Joint Coral/Habitat Protection & Restoration 
Management Committees; and, vote on Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) 
applications, if any. The Council will receive updates from the 
following supporting agencies: South Atlantic Fishery Management 
Council; Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; U.S. Coast Guard; 
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and, the Department of State.
    Lastly, the Council will discuss any Other Business items.

--Meeting Adjourns

    The timing and order in which agenda items are addressed may change 
as required to effectively address the issue. The latest version will 
be posted on the Council's file server, which can be accessed by going 
to the Council's Web site at http://www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on 
FTP Server under Quick Links. For meeting materials, select the 
``Briefing Books/Briefing Book 2017-01'' folder on Gulf Council file 
server. The username and password are both ``gulfguest''. The meetings 
will be webcast over the internet. A link to the webcast will be 
available on the Council's Web site, http://www.gulfcouncil.org.
    Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda 
may come before this Council for discussion, those issues may not be 
the subjects of formal action during this meeting. Council 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 that 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 Kathy Pereira (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: January 6, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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