Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 24951-24952 [2017-11287]

Download as PDF nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Notices as legal requirements, and are beyond the direct scope of the Technical Guidance (i.e., the Technical Guidance may inform these decisions, but the Technical Guidance does not mandate any specific mitigation be required). NMFS acknowledges the importance of supporting sustainable ocean use, such as energy exploration and production on the Outer Continental Shelf, provided activities are conducted in a safe and environmentally responsible manner. Our development and implementation of the Technical Guidance are consistent with allowing activities vital to our nation’s security and economy to proceed, including those mentioned in EO 13795. 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[FR Doc. 2017–11035 Filed 5–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF466 Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. DATES: The Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Thursday, June 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All times listed SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 24951 are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Council Office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813 and by teleconference. The teleconference will be conducted by telephone. The teleconference numbers are: U.S. toll-free: 1–888–482–3560 or International Access: +1 647 723–3959, and Access Code: 5228220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public comment periods will be provided in the agenda. The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. The meetings will run as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. ADDRESSES: Schedule and Agenda for the Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP Meeting Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9 a.m.–11 a.m. 1. Welcome and Introductions 2. Report on Previous Council Action Items 3. Council Issues A. Sustainable Fisheries Fund Marine Conservation Plan B. Options for Fishing Regulations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Monument Expansion Area C. Research Priorities i. Cooperative Research ii. Five-year Research Priorities D. Re-specification of ACL for the MHI Kona Crab Fishery 4. Hawaii FEP Community Activities 5. Hawaii FEP AP Issues A. Report of the Subpanels i. Island Fisheries Subpanel ii. Pelagic Fisheries Subpanel iii. Ecosystems and Habitat Subpanel iv. Indigenous Fishing Rights Subpanel B. Other Issues 6. Public Comment 7. Discussion and Recommendations 8. Other Business Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions 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 Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. E:\FR\FM\31MYN1.SGM 31MYN1 24952 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 103 / Wednesday, May 31, 2017 / Notices Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522–8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 26, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–11287 Filed 5–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management is soliciting comments on the performance evaluation of the Washington Coastal Management Program. The Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments, and will also accept written comments as part of the evaluation of the Washington Coastal Management Plan. DATES: Washington Coastal Management Program Evaluation: The public meeting will be held on June 27, 2017, and written comments must be received on or before July 7, 2017. For specific dates, times, and locations of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the program NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods: Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Lacey, Washington. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Carrie Hall, Evaluator, Planning and Performance Measurement Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/ OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or email comments Carrie.Hall@ noaa.gov. nlaroche on DSK30NT082PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:54 May 30, 2017 Jkt 241001 Carrie Hall, Evaluator, Planning and Performance Measurement Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS/ NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (240) 533–0730 or Carrie.Hall@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings and 2016– 2020 Assessment and Strategy may be viewed and downloaded on the Internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/ evaluations. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be obtained upon request by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. Section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) requires NOAA to conduct periodic evaluations of federally approved state and territorial coastal programs. The process includes one or more public meetings, consideration of written public comments and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. During the evaluation, NOAA will consider the extent to which the state has met the national objectives, adhered to the management program approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance under the CZMA. When the evaluation is completed, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Specific information on the periodic evaluation of the state and territorial coastal program that is the subject of this notice is detailed below as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Washington Coastal Management Program Evaluation You may participate or submit oral comments at the public meeting scheduled as follows: Date: June 27, 2017. Time: 5:30 p.m., local time. Location: Department of Ecology, Auditorium, 300 Desmond Drive SE., Lacey, WA 98503. Written public comments must be received on or before July 7, 2017. Dated: May 16, 2017. Paul M. Scholz, Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–11135 Filed 5–30–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE461 Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings and hearings. AGENCY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 126th Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting, Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC) and its 170th Council meeting to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region. DATES: The meetings will be held between June 13 and June 22. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: The 126th SSC; FDCRC; Fishery Rights of Indigenous People Standing Committee; Pelagic, International, Enforcement and Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Standing Committee; and Executive and Budget Standing Committee meetings will be held at the Council office, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, phone: (808) 522–8220. The 170th Council meeting will be held at the Laniakea YWCA, Fuller Hall, 1040 Richards Street, Honolulu HI 96813, phone: (808) 538–7061. The Fishers Forum will be held at the Pomaika’i Ballrooms at Dole Cannery Iwilei, 735 Iwilei Rd, Honolulu, HI 96817, phone: (808) 369–8600. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, phone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 126th SSC meeting will be held between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. on June 13–15, 2017. The FDCRC will be held on June 19, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. The Fishery Rights of Indigenous People Standing Committee will be held on June 19, 2017, between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. The Pelagic, International, Enforcement and VMS Standing Committee will be held on June 19, 2017, between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. The Executive and Budget Standing Committee will be held on June 19, 2017, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The 170th Council meeting will be held between June 20, 2017, and June 22, 2017, between 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day. On June 21, 2017, the Council will host SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31MYN1.SGM 31MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF466


Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a meeting of its Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) 
Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery 
management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES: The Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Thursday, June 15, 
2017, from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. All times listed are local island times. 
For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: The Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Council 
Office, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813 and by 
teleconference. The teleconference will be conducted by telephone. The 
teleconference numbers are: U.S. toll-free: 1-888-482-3560 or 
International Access: +1 647 723-3959, and Access Code: 5228220.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, 
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Public comment periods will be provided in 
the agenda. The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. 
The meetings will run as late as necessary to complete scheduled 
business.

Schedule and Agenda for the Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP Meeting

Thursday, June 15, 2017, 9 a.m.-11 a.m.

1. Welcome and Introductions
2. Report on Previous Council Action Items
3. Council Issues
A. Sustainable Fisheries Fund Marine Conservation Plan
B. Options for Fishing Regulations in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands 
Monument Expansion Area
C. Research Priorities
    i. Cooperative Research
    ii. Five-year Research Priorities
D. Re-specification of ACL for the MHI Kona Crab Fishery
4. Hawaii FEP Community Activities
5. Hawaii FEP AP Issues
    A. Report of the Subpanels
    i. Island Fisheries Subpanel
    ii. Pelagic Fisheries Subpanel
    iii. Ecosystems and Habitat Subpanel
    iv. Indigenous Fishing Rights Subpanel
    B. Other Issues
6. Public Comment
7. Discussion and Recommendations
8. Other Business

    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come 
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal action during this meeting. Actions 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 Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council's 
intent to take final action to address the emergency.

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Special Accommodations

    The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522-8220 (voice) or (808) 
522-8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: May 26, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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