Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery, 10746-10747 [2017-03054]

Download as PDF 10746 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / Notices This five-year (sunset) review and this notice are in accordance with sections 751(c) and 777(i)(1) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.218(f)(4). Dated: February 9, 2017. Ronald K. Lorentzen, Acting Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Sheleen Dumas, PRA Departmental Lead, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–03038 Filed 2–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P [FR Doc. 2017–03048 Filed 2–14–17; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE RIN 0648–XF086 mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES 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 Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). Title: Building for Environmental and Economic Sustainability (BEES) Please. OMB Control Number: 0693–0036. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Renewal (of a current information collection) with changes. Number of Respondents: 30. Average Hours per Response: 63 minutes. Burden Hours: 31.5. 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Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Feb 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Exempted Fishing Permits; Extension of Public Comment Period National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit; extension of comment period; and announcement of a public webinar. AGENCY: NMFS published a notice in the Federal Register on January 17, 2017, announcing the receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from Dr. David Kerstetter of Nova Southeastern University to evaluate pelagic longline (PLL) catch and bycatch rates from within the northern portion of the East Florida Coast (EFC) PLL Closed Area and compare those rates to rates from outside the EFC PLL Closed Area. The availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment (EA) analyzing the impacts of granting the application with certain terms and conditions was also announced in the same Federal Register notice. NMFS provided a 30-day comment period in the January Federal Register notice, but given interest from the public, NMFS is extending the comment period for the action to March 29, 2017, and conducting a public webinar on March 27, 2017, to facilitate public comments. DATES: The public comment period for the notice published at 82 FR 4856, January 17, 2017, is extended from February 16, 2017, until March 29, 2017. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted by any of the following methods: • Email: nmfs.hms.pllefp@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: 0648–XF086. • Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species Management Division (F/SF1), NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell at (301) 427–8503 or Rick Pearson at (727) 824–5399. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The application and Draft EA, as well as public comments received thus far, are available for review on the HMS Management Division’s Web site at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ compliance/efp/index.html. NMFS invites comments on the specific terms and conditions of the EFP, if issued, and the analyses presented in the Draft EA. Extension of Comment Period The original comment period was scheduled to end on February 16, 2017. Given interest from the public and to allow additional time for Regional Fishery Management Councils to discuss the EFP application and Draft EA at upcoming meetings, NMFS is extending the public comment period for this action to March 29, 2017. Additionally, because of requests to hold a public meeting in South Florida regarding this issue, NMFS has decided to hold a public webinar to facilitate public comments from across the geographic range of the U.S. Atlantic PLL fishery. Public Webinar The public webinar will be held on March 27, 2017, from 1 p.m.–4 p.m. EST. Information on how to attend the webinar can be found on the HMS Management Division’s Web page at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ compliance/efp/pll_efp_webinar.html. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 9, 2017. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03010 Filed 2–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF187 Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of unsuccessful referendum. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 30 / Wednesday, February 15, 2017 / Notices NMFS issues this notice to inform persons of the unsuccessful referendum for a second fishing capacity reduction loan in the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery, effective January 17, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Sturtevant at (301) 427–8799, fax (301) 713–1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Background The Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery is a commercial fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Congress authorized a $23.5 million loan to finance a fishing capacity reduction program in the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery. NMFS published proposed program regulations on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707), and final program regulations on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986), to implement the reduction program. In 2012, NMFS conducted a referendum to determine the remaining fishermen’s willingness to repay a $13.1 million fishing capacity reduction loan to remove 64 permits. After a majority of permit holders approved the loan, NMFS disbursed payments to the successful bidders and began collecting fees to repay the loan. In August 2016, the Southeast Revitalization Association (SRA) submitted a second capacity reduction plan to NMFS and NMFS approved the second plan in October 2016. Since only $13.1 million was expended from the total loan amount, $10.4 remains available. Approval of this second referendum would have resulted in a second loan of $5.8 million and permanently retired an additional 22 permits from the fishery. The final regulations required NMFS to provide public notice before conducting a referendum to determine the industry’s willingness to repay a second fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits identified in the second reduction plan. Comments on the proposed referendum were accepted until 5 p.m. EST December 7, 2016. Between November 14 and November 17, 2016, NMFS held a series of public meetings with Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon permit holders and interested individuals. The meetings were held in Sitka, AK, Ketchikan, AK, Petersburg, AK, and Seattle, WA. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:44 Feb 14, 2017 Jkt 241001 II. Present Status As of October 21, 2016, there were 315 permits in the fishery designated as S01A by CFEC. These permanent permit holders were eligible to vote in this second referendum. NMFS mailed referendum information, voting instructions, and a referendum ballot to each of the permit owners. The referendum voting period commenced December 13, 2016 and ended on January 13, 2017. Any votes received by NMFS after 5 p.m. on January 13, 2017, were not counted. NMFS issued 315 ballots. 50 CFR 600.1107 (e)(3)(ii), states that ‘‘a successful referendum by a majority of the Permit Holders in the Reduction Fishery shall bind all parties and complete the reduction process,’’ Therefore, a minimum of 158 ballots in favor of the buyback program was necessary to approve the new fees. NMFS received 180 (57%) timely and valid ballots. 132 were for approving the proposed buyback. As a result, the proposed buyback referendum was not successful and the second buyback loan was not approved. Dated: February 8, 2017. Brian T. Pawlak, CFO/Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03054 Filed 2–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE926 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Air Force Conducting Maritime Weapon Systems Evaluation Program Operational Testing Within the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) implementing regulations we (NMFS) hereby give notice that we have issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base (Eglin AFB), to take two species of marine mammals, the Atlantic bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus) and Atlantic spotted dolphin (Stenella frontalis), by SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10747 harassment, incidental to a Maritime Weapon Systems Evaluation Program (Maritime WSEP) within the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range (EGTTR) in the Gulf of Mexico from February 4, 2017 through February 3, 2018. Eglin AFB’s activities are military readiness activities per the MMPA, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) for Fiscal Year 2004. DATES: Effective February 4, 2017 through February 3, 2018. ADDRESSES: An electronic copy of the final Authorization, Eglin AFB’s application and their final Environmental Assessment (EA) titled, ‘‘Maritime Weapons System Evaluation Program’’ are available by writing to Ms. Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; by telephoning the contacts listed here at 301–427–8401, or by visiting the internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ pr/permits/incidental/military.htm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Dale Youngkin, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct 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, after NMFS provides a notice of a proposed authorization to the public for review and comment and that NMFS makes certain findings. An Authorization for incidental takings for marine mammals 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 taking are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF187


Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Southeast Alaska Purse 
Seine Salmon Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of unsuccessful referendum.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues this notice to inform persons of the unsuccessful 
referendum for a second fishing capacity reduction loan in the 
Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery, effective January 17, 
2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Sturtevant at (301) 427-8799, 
fax (301) 713-1306, or michael.a.sturtevant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

I. Background

    The Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery is a commercial 
fishery in Alaska state waters and adjacent Federal waters. It 
encompasses the commercial taking of salmon with purse seine gear, and 
participation is limited to fishermen designated by the Alaska 
Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC). Congress authorized a 
$23.5 million loan to finance a fishing capacity reduction program in 
the Southeast Alaska Purse Seine Salmon Fishery. NMFS published 
proposed program regulations on May 23, 2011 (76 FR 29707), and final 
program regulations on October 6, 2011 (76 FR 61986), to implement the 
reduction program.
    In 2012, NMFS conducted a referendum to determine the remaining 
fishermen's willingness to repay a $13.1 million fishing capacity 
reduction loan to remove 64 permits. After a majority of permit holders 
approved the loan, NMFS disbursed payments to the successful bidders 
and began collecting fees to repay the loan.
    In August 2016, the Southeast Revitalization Association (SRA) 
submitted a second capacity reduction plan to NMFS and NMFS approved 
the second plan in October 2016. Since only $13.1 million was expended 
from the total loan amount, $10.4 remains available. Approval of this 
second referendum would have resulted in a second loan of $5.8 million 
and permanently retired an additional 22 permits from the fishery. The 
final regulations required NMFS to provide public notice before 
conducting a referendum to determine the industry's willingness to 
repay a second fishing capacity reduction loan to purchase the permits 
identified in the second reduction plan.
    Comments on the proposed referendum were accepted until 5 p.m. EST 
December 7, 2016. Between November 14 and November 17, 2016, NMFS held 
a series of public meetings with Southeast Alaska purse seine salmon 
permit holders and interested individuals. The meetings were held in 
Sitka, AK, Ketchikan, AK, Petersburg, AK, and Seattle, WA.

II. Present Status

    As of October 21, 2016, there were 315 permits in the fishery 
designated as S01A by CFEC. These permanent permit holders were 
eligible to vote in this second referendum. NMFS mailed referendum 
information, voting instructions, and a referendum ballot to each of 
the permit owners. The referendum voting period commenced December 13, 
2016 and ended on January 13, 2017. Any votes received by NMFS after 5 
p.m. on January 13, 2017, were not counted. NMFS issued 315 ballots. 50 
CFR 600.1107 (e)(3)(ii), states that ``a successful referendum by a 
majority of the Permit Holders in the Reduction Fishery shall bind all 
parties and complete the reduction process,'' Therefore, a minimum of 
158 ballots in favor of the buyback program was necessary to approve 
the new fees. NMFS received 180 (57%) timely and valid ballots. 132 
were for approving the proposed buyback. As a result, the proposed 
buyback referendum was not successful and the second buyback loan was 
not approved.

    Dated: February 8, 2017.
Brian T. Pawlak,
CFO/Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03054 Filed 2-14-17; 8:45 am]
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