New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 11560-11561 [2017-03641]

Download as PDF 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 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 36 / Friday, February 24, 2017 / Notices 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. This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 21, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–03641 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 17010523–7023–01] RIN 0660–XC033 The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; Extension of Comment Period. AGENCY: In response to requests for additional time, the Department of Commerce is extending the closing deadline for submitting comments to a request for public comments entitled ‘‘The Benefits, Challenges, and Potential Roles for the Government in Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.’’ 82 FR 4313 (Jan. 13, 2017). In the request for comment, the Department is seeking broad input from all interested stakeholders—including the private industry, researchers, academia, and civil society—on the issues and proposed approach, current initiatives, and next steps laid out in the green paper ‘‘Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things.’’ Through this notice, the Department extends the comment period to March 13, 2017. DATES: Comments are due on March 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). 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Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NTIA will also accept anonymous comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Travis Hall, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Room 4725, Washington, DC 20230; Telephone: (202) 482–3522; Email: thall@ntia.doc.gov. Please direct media inquiries to NTIA’s Office of Public Affairs: (202) 482–7002. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Recognizing the vital importance of the Internet to U.S. innovation, prosperity, education, and civic and cultural life, the Department of Commerce (Department) has made it a top priority to encourage growth of the digital economy and ensure that the Internet remains an open platform for innovation. Thus, as part of the Department’s Digital Economy Agenda, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) issued a green paper ‘‘Fostering the Advancement of the Internet of Things’’ that lays out an approach and areas of engagement for the Department’s possible future work on the Internet of Things (IoT). Through the request for comments, NTIA seeks broad input from all interested stakeholders—including the private industry, researchers, academia, and civil society—on the issues and proposed approach, current initiatives, and next steps laid out in this paper. These comments will help inform Department leadership on possible future Department action regarding IoT. Instructions for commenters, including specific questions for discussion, are available in the original notice. 82 FR 4313 (Jan. 13, PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 11561 2017), available at https:// www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/ publications/fr_iot_notice_rfc_ 01132017.pdf. The original deadline for submission of comments was February 27, 2017. With this notice, NTIA announces that the closing deadline for submission of comments has been extended until March 13, 2017, at 5:00 p.m. EDT. Dated: February 21, 2017. Kathy D. Smith, Chief Counsel, National Telecommunications and Information Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–03682 Filed 2–23–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–60–P COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Addition Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Addition to the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds a service to the Procurement List that will be provided by nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Effective Date: 3/26/2017. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia, 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy B. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 36 (Friday, February 24, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-03641]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF241


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: 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: 

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 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 Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has

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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. This meeting will be 
recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is 
available upon request.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: February 21, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-03641 Filed 2-23-17; 8:45 am]
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