Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel, 49004-49005 [2017-22880]

Download as PDF 49004 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 203 / Monday, October 23, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF749 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations. AGENCY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP. DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 22, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of the following methods: • Email: HMSAP.Nominations@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: ‘‘HMS AP Nominations.’’ • Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper at (301) 427–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Introduction The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided that the Secretary may establish Advisory Panels to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP) or FMP amendment for any highly migratory species fishery that is under the Secretary’s authority. NMFS has consulted with the HMS AP on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (1999); the HMS FMP (1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (2003); the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (2006); and Amendments 1 (2009), 2 (2008), 3 (2010), 4 (2012), 5a (2013), 5b (2017), 6 (2015), 7 (2014), 8 (2013), 9 (2015), and 10 (2017) to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP; among other relevant fishery management issues. Procedures and Guidelines A. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the Advisory Panel Nomination packages should include: 1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest in HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, tunas, or billfish; 2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone, and email of the nominee; 3. A statement of background and/or qualifications; 4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings and tasks of the HMS AP; and 5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her disposal to communicate Qualifications for HMS AP Membership Qualification for membership includes one or more of the following: (1) Experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries (e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international organization representing marine fisheries, or environmental, governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS. Tenure for the HMS AP Member tenure will be for 3 years (36 months), with approximately one-third of the members’ terms expiring on December 31 of each year. Nominations are sought for terms beginning January 2018 and expiring December 2020. B. Participants Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation from commercial and recreational fishing interests, academic/scientific interests, and the environmental/nongovernmental organization community, who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS fisheries. Current representation on the HMS AP, as shown in Table 1, consists of 12 members representing commercial interests, 12 members representing recreational interests, 4 members representing environmental interests, 4 academic representatives, and the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Advisory Committee Chairperson. Each HMS AP member serves a 3-year term with approximately one-third of the total number of seats (33) expiring on December 31 of each year. NMFS seeks to fill 6 commercial, 3 recreational, 1 academic and 1 environmental organization vacancies by December 31, 2017. NMFS will seek to fill vacancies based primarily on maintaining the current representation from each of the sectors. NMFS also considers species expertise and representation from the fishing regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean) to ensure the diversity and balance of the AP. Table 1 includes the current representation on the HMS AP by sector, region, and species with terms that are expiring identified in bold. It is not meant to indicate that NMFS will only consider persons who have expertise in the species or fishing regions that are listed. Rather, NMFS will aim toward having as diverse and balanced an AP as possible. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES TABLE 1—CURRENT REPRESENTATION ON THE HMS AP BY SECTOR, REGION, AND SPECIES [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are marked as ‘‘Expiring’’. NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.] Sector Academic Academic Academic Academic ..................... ..................... ..................... ..................... VerDate Sep<11>2014 Date appointed Fishing region Species All ........................................................ All ........................................................ Gulf of Mexico/Southeast ................... Southeast ........................................... Swordfish/Tuna .......... Tuna ........................... Shark .......................... Swordfish/HMS .......... 20:08 Oct 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Date term expires 1/1/2015 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 12/31/2017 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 23OCN1 Member status Expiring. Active. Active. Active. 49005 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 203 / Monday, October 23, 2017 / Notices TABLE 1—CURRENT REPRESENTATION ON THE HMS AP BY SECTOR, REGION, AND SPECIES—Continued [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are marked as ‘‘Expiring’’. NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in representation among fishing regions and species.] Date appointed Fishing region Species Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Commercial ................. Environmental .............. Environmental .............. Environmental .............. Environmental .............. Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ Recreational ................ ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Sector Gulf of Mexico .................................... All ........................................................ Northeast ............................................ Gulf of Mexico/Southeast ................... Northeast ............................................ Northeast ............................................ Southeast ........................................... Southeast ........................................... Northeast ............................................ Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Gulf of Mexico .................................... All ........................................................ All ........................................................ All ........................................................ All ........................................................ Gulf of Mexico/Southeast ................... Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Northeast ............................................ Northeast ............................................ Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Southeast ........................................... Northeast ............................................ Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Mid-Atlantic ......................................... Southeast ........................................... Gulf of Mexico .................................... Shark .......................... HMS ........................... Swordfish/Tuna .......... Swordfish/Tuna .......... Tuna ........................... Tuna ........................... Shark .......................... Swordfish/Tuna .......... Tuna ........................... HMS/Shark ................. Swordfish/Tuna .......... Shark .......................... Shark .......................... HMS ........................... Tuna ........................... HMS ........................... Billfish ......................... Shark .......................... Tuna ........................... Tuna/Shark ................. HMS ........................... HMS ........................... Billfish/HMS ................ HMS ........................... Tuna ........................... HMS ........................... Billfish ......................... HMS ........................... The intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the responsibilities of the HMS AP. Five additional members on the HMS AP include one member representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The HMS AP also includes 22 ex-officio participants: 20 representatives of the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission). NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including technical assistance, for the HMS AP. However, NMFS will not compensate participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs related to the HMS AP meetings. C. Meeting Schedule Meetings of the HMS AP will be held as frequently as necessary but are VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:08 Oct 20, 2017 Jkt 244001 routinely held twice each year—once in the spring, and once in the fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings. Dated: October 17, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22880 Filed 10–20–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF716 Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Habitat Protection and Ecosystem-Based Management (Habitat) Advisory Panel (AP) in St. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00035 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Date term expires 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2015 1/1/2016 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2015 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2016 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 1/1/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2017 12/31/2018 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2017 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2018 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 12/31/2019 Member status Expiring. Expiring. Expiring. Expiring. Expiring. Expiring. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Expiring. Active. Active. Active. Expiring. Expiring. Expiring. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Active. Petersburg, FL. The meeting is open to the public. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Wednesday, November 15, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., and Thursday, November 16, 2017, from 9 a.m.to 12 noon. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Florida Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 100 Eighth Avenue SE., St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone: (727) 896–8626. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405; phone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Items to be addressed or sessions to be conducted during this meeting include: Draft Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) II Implementation Plan; FEP II Dashboard links and tools; the SAFMC Ecospecies Species Information System; the Council’s Habitat and Ecosystem Atlas/ E:\FR\FM\23OCN1.SGM 23OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF749


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel

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

ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations.

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SUMMARY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory 
Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the 
comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing 
Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, 
swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill 
approximately one-third (11) of the seats on the HMS AP for a 3-year 
appointment. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational 
and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, 
academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for 
membership on the HMS AP.

DATES: Nominations must be received on or before November 22, 2017.

ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory 
Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by any of 
the following methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include in the subject 
line the following identifier: ``HMS AP Nominations.''
     Mail: Margo Schulze-Haugen, Highly Migratory Species 
Management Division, NMFS SF1, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, 
MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper at (301) 427-8503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Introduction

    The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
(Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the 
Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104-297, provided that the 
Secretary may establish Advisory Panels to assist in the collection and 
evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery 
Management Plan (FMP) or FMP amendment for any highly migratory species 
fishery that is under the Secretary's authority. NMFS has consulted 
with the HMS AP on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (1999); the HMS FMP 
(1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (2003); the 2006 Consolidated HMS 
FMP (2006); and Amendments 1 (2009), 2 (2008), 3 (2010), 4 (2012), 5a 
(2013), 5b (2017), 6 (2015), 7 (2014), 8 (2013), 9 (2015), and 10 
(2017) to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP; among other relevant fishery 
management issues.

Procedures and Guidelines

A. Nomination Procedures for Appointments to the Advisory Panel

    Nomination packages should include:
    1. The name of the nominee and a description of his/her interest in 
HMS or HMS fisheries, or in particular species of sharks, swordfish, 
tunas, or billfish;
    2. Contact information, including mailing address, phone, and email 
of the nominee;
    3. A statement of background and/or qualifications;
    4. A written commitment that the nominee shall actively participate 
in good faith, and consistent with ethics obligations, in the meetings 
and tasks of the HMS AP; and
    5. A list of outreach resources that the nominee has at his/her 
disposal to communicate Qualifications for HMS AP Membership
    Qualification for membership includes one or more of the following: 
(1) Experience in HMS recreational fisheries; (2) experience in HMS 
commercial fisheries; (3) experience in fishery-related industries 
(e.g., marinas, bait and tackle shops); (4) experience in the 
scientific community working with HMS; and/or (5) representation of a 
private, non-governmental, regional, national, or international 
organization representing marine fisheries, or environmental, 
governmental, or academic interests dealing with HMS.
Tenure for the HMS AP
    Member tenure will be for 3 years (36 months), with approximately 
one-third of the members' terms expiring on December 31 of each year. 
Nominations are sought for terms beginning January 2018 and expiring 
December 2020.

B. Participants

    Nominations for the HMS AP will be accepted to allow representation 
from commercial and recreational fishing interests, academic/scientific 
interests, and the environmental/non-governmental organization 
community, who are knowledgeable about Atlantic HMS and/or Atlantic HMS 
fisheries. Current representation on the HMS AP, as shown in Table 1, 
consists of 12 members representing commercial interests, 12 members 
representing recreational interests, 4 members representing 
environmental interests, 4 academic representatives, and the 
International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) 
Advisory Committee Chairperson. Each HMS AP member serves a 3-year term 
with approximately one-third of the total number of seats (33) expiring 
on December 31 of each year. NMFS seeks to fill 6 commercial, 3 
recreational, 1 academic and 1 environmental organization vacancies by 
December 31, 2017. NMFS will seek to fill vacancies based primarily on 
maintaining the current representation from each of the sectors. NMFS 
also considers species expertise and representation from the fishing 
regions (Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Gulf of Mexico, and 
Caribbean) to ensure the diversity and balance of the AP. Table 1 
includes the current representation on the HMS AP by sector, region, 
and species with terms that are expiring identified in bold. It is not 
meant to indicate that NMFS will only consider persons who have 
expertise in the species or fishing regions that are listed. Rather, 
NMFS will aim toward having as diverse and balanced an AP as possible.

                                      Table 1--Current Representation on the HMS AP by Sector, Region, and Species
   [Terms that are expiring or for whom current members are stepping down are marked as ``Expiring''. NMFS tries to maintain diversity and balance in
                                                   representation among fishing regions and species.]
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                Sector                         Fishing region                  Species             appointed        expires           Member status
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Academic.............................  All..........................  Swordfish/Tuna..........        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Academic.............................  All..........................  Tuna....................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Academic.............................  Gulf of Mexico/Southeast.....  Shark...................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Academic.............................  Southeast....................  Swordfish/HMS...........        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.

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Commercial...........................  Gulf of Mexico...............  Shark...................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  All..........................  HMS.....................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  Northeast....................  Swordfish/Tuna..........        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  Gulf of Mexico/Southeast.....  Swordfish/Tuna..........        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  Northeast....................  Tuna....................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  Northeast....................  Tuna....................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Commercial...........................  Southeast....................  Shark...................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Commercial...........................  Southeast....................  Swordfish/Tuna..........        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Commercial...........................  Northeast....................  Tuna....................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Commercial...........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  HMS/Shark...............        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Commercial...........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  Swordfish/Tuna..........        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Commercial...........................  Gulf of Mexico...............  Shark...................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Environmental........................  All..........................  Shark...................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Environmental........................  All..........................  HMS.....................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Environmental........................  All..........................  Tuna....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Environmental........................  All..........................  HMS.....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Recreational.........................  Gulf of Mexico/Southeast.....  Billfish................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Recreational.........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  Shark...................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Recreational.........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  Tuna....................        1/1/2015      12/31/2017  Expiring.
Recreational.........................  Northeast....................  Tuna/Shark..............        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Recreational.........................  Northeast....................  HMS.....................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Recreational.........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  HMS.....................        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Recreational.........................  Southeast....................  Billfish/HMS............        1/1/2016      12/31/2018  Active.
Recreational.........................  Northeast....................  HMS.....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Recreational.........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  Tuna....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Recreational.........................  Mid-Atlantic.................  HMS.....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Recreational.........................  Southeast....................  Billfish................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
Recreational.........................  Gulf of Mexico...............  HMS.....................        1/1/2017      12/31/2019  Active.
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    The intent is to have a group that, as a whole, reflects an 
appropriate and equitable balance and mix of interests given the 
responsibilities of the HMS AP.
    Five additional members on the HMS AP include one member 
representing each of the following Councils: New England Fishery 
Management Council, the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the 
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, the Gulf of Mexico Fishery 
Management Council, and the Caribbean Fishery Management Council. The 
HMS AP also includes 22 ex-officio participants: 20 representatives of 
the coastal states and two representatives of the interstate 
commissions (the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission and the 
Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission).
    NMFS will provide the necessary administrative support, including 
technical assistance, for the HMS AP. However, NMFS will not compensate 
participants with monetary support of any kind. Depending on 
availability of funds, members may be reimbursed for travel costs 
related to the HMS AP meetings.

C. Meeting Schedule

    Meetings of the HMS AP will be held as frequently as necessary but 
are routinely held twice each year--once in the spring, and once in the 
fall. The meetings may be held in conjunction with public hearings.

    Dated: October 17, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-22880 Filed 10-20-17; 8:45 am]
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