Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery, 11559-11560 [2017-03597]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 25, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at pracomments@doc.gov). 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[FR Doc. 2017–03594 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF237 Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of sub-loan repayment. AGENCY: NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1 11560 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices Washington coastal Dungeness crab subloan in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Capacity Reduction (Buyback) Program has been repaid. Therefore, Buyback fee collections on Washington coastal Dungeness crab sub-loan will cease for all landings after January 31, 2017. Dated: February 17, 2017. Brian T. Pawlak, CFO/Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. Comments must be submitted on or before 5 p.m. EST March 13, 2017. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Send comments about this notice to Paul Marx, Chief, Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: Washington coastal Dungeness crab Buyback, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DATES: ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427–8782 or Michael.A.Sturtevant@noaa.gov. On November 16, 2004, NMFS published a proposed rule in the Federal Register (69 FR 67100) proposing to implement an industry fee system for repaying the Washington coastal Dungeness crab Buyback sub-loan. The final rule was published July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225) and fee collection began on September 8, 2005. Interested persons should review these for further program details. The Washington coastal Dungeness crab Buyback sub-loan in the amount of $369,425.93 will be repaid in full upon receipt of buyback fees on landings through January 31, 2017. NMFS has received $620,742.30 to repay the principal and interest on this sub-loan since fee collection began September 8, 2005. Based on Buyback fees received to date, landings after January 31, 2017, will not be subject to the Buyback fee. Therefore, Buyback fees will no longer be collected in the Washington coastal Dungeness crab fishery on future landings. Buyback fees not yet forwarded to NMFS for Washington coastal Dungeness crab landings through January 31, 2017, should be forwarded to NMFS immediately. Any overpayment of Buyback fees submitted to NMFS will be refunded on a pro-rata basis to the fish buyers based upon best available fish ticket landings data. The fish buyers should return excess Buyback fees collected to the harvesters, including Buyback fees collected but not yet remitted to NMFS for landings after January 31, 2017. Any discrepancies in fees owed and fees paid must be resolved immediately. After the sub-loan is closed, no further adjustments to fees paid and fees received can be made. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Feb 23, 2017 Jkt 241001 [FR Doc. 2017–03597 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P RIN 0648–XF241 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public workshop of its Habitat 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, March 13, 2017, Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 9:30 a.m. each day. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Fairfield Inn & Suites, 185 MacArthur Drive, New Bedford, MA 02740 on Monday, March 13 and Tuesday, March 14, 2017 and at the Sheraton Harborside, 250 Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801 on Wednesday, March 15, 2017. 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 Council is developing management areas to protect deep-sea or cold water corals found offshore New England from impacts due to fishing gear interactions. Concentrations of corals occur in the canyons, continental slope, and seamounts south of Georges Bank, and also in deep waters of the Gulf of Maine, including some inshore sites (Mt. Desert Rock and Outer Schoodic Ridge) as well as in Jordan and Georges Basins offshore. Some coral habitats appear to be actively fished, while others appear to be beyond the PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 current footprint of bottom-tending gear operations. In developing these coral management areas, the Council is seeking to minimize their impacts on existing fisheries. Designing these areas to accommodate fishing activity requires a detailed understanding of where different gears are used in relation to the potential coral management areas. Therefore, the Council is seeking guidance from active fishermen who use bottom-tending gears (trawls, traps, and other gear types) offshore in the Gulf of Maine and in the slope and canyon region south of Georges Bank. Other stakeholders interested in coral management are also welcome to attend the workshops and provide their input. Specifically, the Council is seeking: (1) Industry information on fishing activities within proposed coral protection zones; and (2) suggestions about how to refine management area boundaries to limit impacts to fishing operations while still providing protection for corals. Three days of discussion in two locations are scheduled: • In New Bedford (March 13 and 14) the workshop will focus on fishing activity in and around the draft deep-sea coral zones south of Georges Bank (canyons and continental slope). These zones are generally deeper than 150 fathoms. Note that large pelagic fishermen who work in the canyon/ slope region are not proposed to be impacted by the Coral Amendment. The discussion is intended to carry over between the two days, so participants are encouraged to attend on both Monday and Tuesday if possible. • In Portsmouth (March 15) the workshop will focus on fishing activity in Jordan Basin and the Lindenkohl Knoll area of Georges Basin. Proposals for the inshore areas around Outer Schoodic Ridge and Mount Desert Rock are not the intended focus of this Portsmouth gathering. The purpose of these workshops is to refine the boundaries of the Council’s existing proposals. Public hearings will be conducted later this spring to solicit comments, including general support of or opposition to, all areas proposed in the amendment. 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 these meetings. 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 the public has E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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[FR Doc No: 2017-03597]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF237


Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of sub-loan repayment.

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SUMMARY: NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the

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Washington coastal Dungeness crab sub-loan in the Pacific Coast 
Groundfish Capacity Reduction (Buyback) Program has been repaid. 
Therefore, Buyback fee collections on Washington coastal Dungeness crab 
sub-loan will cease for all landings after January 31, 2017.

DATES: Comments must be submitted on or before 5 p.m. EST March 13, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Send comments about this notice to Paul Marx, Chief, 
Financial Services Division, NMFS, Attn: Washington coastal Dungeness 
crab Buyback, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (see FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael A. Sturtevant at (301) 427-
8782 or Michael.A.Sturtevant@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On November 16, 2004, NMFS published a 
proposed rule in the Federal Register (69 FR 67100) proposing to 
implement an industry fee system for repaying the Washington coastal 
Dungeness crab Buyback sub-loan. The final rule was published July 13, 
2005 (70 FR 40225) and fee collection began on September 8, 2005. 
Interested persons should review these for further program details.
    The Washington coastal Dungeness crab Buyback sub-loan in the 
amount of $369,425.93 will be repaid in full upon receipt of buyback 
fees on landings through January 31, 2017. NMFS has received 
$620,742.30 to repay the principal and interest on this sub-loan since 
fee collection began September 8, 2005. Based on Buyback fees received 
to date, landings after January 31, 2017, will not be subject to the 
Buyback fee. Therefore, Buyback fees will no longer be collected in the 
Washington coastal Dungeness crab fishery on future landings.
    Buyback fees not yet forwarded to NMFS for Washington coastal 
Dungeness crab landings through January 31, 2017, should be forwarded 
to NMFS immediately. Any overpayment of Buyback fees submitted to NMFS 
will be refunded on a pro-rata basis to the fish buyers based upon best 
available fish ticket landings data. The fish buyers should return 
excess Buyback fees collected to the harvesters, including Buyback fees 
collected but not yet remitted to NMFS for landings after January 31, 
2017. Any discrepancies in fees owed and fees paid must be resolved 
immediately. After the sub-loan is closed, no further adjustments to 
fees paid and fees received can be made.

    Dated: February 17, 2017.
Brian T. Pawlak,
CFO/Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03597 Filed 2-23-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P