Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Coral Habitat Management Areas, 60003-60004 [2017-27142]

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[FR Doc. 2017–27116 Filed 12–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–GT–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF855 Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Coral Habitat Management Areas National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact statement (DEIS); request for comments. AGENCY: The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf of Mexico: Coral Habitat Areas Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 9). Amendment 9 will consider alternatives that would modify fishing regulations within the existing habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC) boundary of Pulley Ridge; establish new areas for HAPC status in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) that may include associated fishing regulations; and prohibit dredge fishing in all HAPCs that are managed with fishing regulations. These decisions would help conserve Gulf coral resources and essential fish habitat to daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:53 Dec 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 maintain suitable marine fishery habitat to support sustainable fisheries. The purpose of this NOI is to inform the public of upcoming opportunities to provide additional comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS, as specified in this notice. DATES: Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS must be received by NMFS by January 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on Amendment 9 identified by ‘‘NOAA– NMFS–2017–0146’’ by either of the following methods: • Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: https:// www.regulations.gov. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20170146, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit all written comments to Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, telephone: 727–824– 5305, or email: lauren.waters@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Over 100 species of coral are included in the FMP for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf. In 2013, the Council held a workshop to discuss how corals may be affected by Gulf fisheries. One of the workshop recommendations was for the Council to consider additional habitat protections for new and existing coral areas in the Gulf. While designating particular sites within existing coral essential fish habitat (EFH) as HAPCs does not provide any additional specific protections to designated areas, it can be used to focus attention on those areas for future Council actions and when NMFS conducts required EFH consultations on Federal actions that may adversely affect the habitat. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60003 In December 2014, the Council convened their Coral Working Group to discuss which areas in the Gulf may warrant specific protection for corals. The group identified 47 areas, including existing HAPCs, that may be in need of new or revised protection and recommended that new areas also be designated as HAPCs. In May 2015, the Council’s Special Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Coral Advisory Panel (AP) reviewed these areas along with members of the shrimp fishing community and recommended that the boundaries of some of the areas be refined based on available fishing information. In August 2016, the Council’s Coral SSC, Coral AP, Shrimp AP, as well as Council invitees including royal red shrimp fishermen and bottom longline fishermen, provided input to the Council and recommended that 14 areas be designated as HAPCs with accompanying fishing regulations and 8 areas be designated without accompanying fishing regulations. Based on this input, the Council began developing Amendment 9. NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, will develop a DEIS to describe and analyze alternatives to address the management needs described above including the ‘‘no action’’ alternative. The Amendment 9 DEIS will describe and analyze the modification of fishing regulations within the existing Pulley Ridge HAPC boundary, the establishment of 22 new HAPCs, and the exclusion of dredge fishing in all HAPCs that are managed with fishing regulations. In accordance with NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6A, accompanying National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Procedures (companion manual), and the Scoping Process, NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, has identified preliminary environmental issues as a means to initiate discussion for scoping purposes only. The public is invited to provide written comments on the preliminary issues, which are identified as actions and alternatives in the Amendment 9 draft public hearing paper and action guide. These preliminary issues may not represent the full range of issues that eventually will be evaluated in the DEIS. A copy of the Amendment 9 draft public hearing paper and action guide are available at https:// sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_ fisheries/gulf_fisheries/coral/Coral9/ Coral9index.html. Additionally, public comments will be solicited at public hearings held by the Council, which are planned for spring 2018 and will be announced in the Federal Register. E:\FR\FM\18DEN1.SGM 18DEN1 60004 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 241 / Monday, December 18, 2017 / Notices After the DEIS associated with Amendment 9 is completed, it will be filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After filing, the EPA will publish a notice of availability (NOA) of the DEIS for public comment in the Federal Register. The DEIS NOA will have a 45-day comment period. This procedure is pursuant to regulations issued by the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for implementing the procedural provisions of the NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500–1508) and to NOAA’s Administrative Order 216–6A regarding NOAA’s compliance with NEPA and the CEQ regulations. The Council and NMFS will consider public comments received on the DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), and before the Council votes to submit Amendment 9 to NMFS for Secretarial review and implementation under the MagnusonStevens Act. NMFS will announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final amendment and FEIS for public review during the Secretarial review period, and will consider all public comments prior to final agency action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final amendment. During Secretarial review, NMFS will also file the FEIS with the EPA and the EPA will publish an NOA for the FEIS in the Federal Register. NMFS will announce, through a notice published in the Federal Register, all public comment periods on the final amendment, the proposed implementing regulations, and the availability of the associated FEIS. NMFS will consider all public comments received during the Secretarial review period, whether they are on the final amendment, the proposed regulations, or the FEIS, prior to final agency action. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 12, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–27142 Filed 12–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of a Meeting Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:53 Dec 15, 2017 Jkt 244001 ACTION: Notice of public meeting. This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Tuesday, February 20, 2018 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). These times and the agenda topic described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: https://sab.noaa.gov/ SABMeetings.aspx. SUMMARY: Public access is available at: NOAA, SSMC 3 Room 11836, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD. Members of the public may participate virtually by registering at: https:// attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/ 2013943949799846914. ADDRESSES: The NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 10-minute public comment period at 3:45–3:55 p.m. EST. The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two (2) minutes. Written comments for the meeting should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by February 13, 2018 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received after by the SAB Executive Director after these dates will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Special Accommodations: This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed to the Executive Director no later than 12 p.m. on February 13th. Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include discussions on the SAB biennial work plan. Meeting SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 materials, including work products will be made available on the SAB website: https://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone Number: 301–734–1156; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the SAB website at https://sab.noaa.gov/ SABMeetings.aspx. Dated: December 7, 2017. David Holst, Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–27185 Filed 12–15–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Defense Acquisition Regulations System [Docket Number DARS–2017–0021; OMB Control Number 0704–0214] Information Collection Requirement; Defense Federal Acquisition Regulation Supplement; Part 217, Special Contracting Methods Defense Acquisition Regulations System, Department of Defense (DoD). ACTION: Notice and request for comments regarding a proposed extension of an approved information collection requirement. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 241 (Monday, December 18, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF855


Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 
Gulf of Mexico Coral Habitat Management Areas

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

ACTION: Notice of intent (NOI) to prepare a draft environmental impact 
statement (DEIS); request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The NMFS Southeast Region, in collaboration with the Gulf of 
Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), intends to prepare a DEIS 
to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in 
Amendment 9 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coral and 
Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf of Mexico: Coral Habitat Areas 
Considered for Management in the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 9). 
Amendment 9 will consider alternatives that would modify fishing 
regulations within the existing habitat areas of particular concern 
(HAPC) boundary of Pulley Ridge; establish new areas for HAPC status in 
the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) that may include associated fishing 
regulations; and prohibit dredge fishing in all HAPCs that are managed 
with fishing regulations. These decisions would help conserve Gulf 
coral resources and essential fish habitat to maintain suitable marine 
fishery habitat to support sustainable fisheries. The purpose of this 
NOI is to inform the public of upcoming opportunities to provide 
additional comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS, 
as specified in this notice.

DATES: Written comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the 
DEIS must be received by NMFS by January 17, 2018.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on Amendment 9 identified by ``NOAA-
NMFS-2017-0146'' by either of the following methods:
     Electronic submissions: Submit all electronic comments via 
the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: https://www.regulations.gov. Go to 
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0146, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: Submit all written comments to Lauren Waters, NMFS 
Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period 
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Waters, NMFS Southeast Regional 
Office, telephone: 727-824-5305, or email: [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Over 100 species of coral are included in 
the FMP for the Coral and Coral Reef Resources of the Gulf. In 2013, 
the Council held a workshop to discuss how corals may be affected by 
Gulf fisheries. One of the workshop recommendations was for the Council 
to consider additional habitat protections for new and existing coral 
areas in the Gulf. While designating particular sites within existing 
coral essential fish habitat (EFH) as HAPCs does not provide any 
additional specific protections to designated areas, it can be used to 
focus attention on those areas for future Council actions and when NMFS 
conducts required EFH consultations on Federal actions that may 
adversely affect the habitat.
    In December 2014, the Council convened their Coral Working Group to 
discuss which areas in the Gulf may warrant specific protection for 
corals. The group identified 47 areas, including existing HAPCs, that 
may be in need of new or revised protection and recommended that new 
areas also be designated as HAPCs. In May 2015, the Council's Special 
Coral Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Coral Advisory 
Panel (AP) reviewed these areas along with members of the shrimp 
fishing community and recommended that the boundaries of some of the 
areas be refined based on available fishing information. In August 
2016, the Council's Coral SSC, Coral AP, Shrimp AP, as well as Council 
invitees including royal red shrimp fishermen and bottom longline 
fishermen, provided input to the Council and recommended that 14 areas 
be designated as HAPCs with accompanying fishing regulations and 8 
areas be designated without accompanying fishing regulations. Based on 
this input, the Council began developing Amendment 9.
    NMFS, in collaboration with the Council, will develop a DEIS to 
describe and analyze alternatives to address the management needs 
described above including the ``no action'' alternative. The Amendment 
9 DEIS will describe and analyze the modification of fishing 
regulations within the existing Pulley Ridge HAPC boundary, the 
establishment of 22 new HAPCs, and the exclusion of dredge fishing in 
all HAPCs that are managed with fishing regulations.
    In accordance with NOAA's Administrative Order 216-6A, accompanying 
National Environmental Protection Act (NEPA) Procedures (companion 
manual), and the Scoping Process, NMFS, in collaboration with the 
Council, has identified preliminary environmental issues as a means to 
initiate discussion for scoping purposes only. The public is invited to 
provide written comments on the preliminary issues, which are 
identified as actions and alternatives in the Amendment 9 draft public 
hearing paper and action guide. These preliminary issues may not 
represent the full range of issues that eventually will be evaluated in 
the DEIS. A copy of the Amendment 9 draft public hearing paper and 
action guide are available at https://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sustainable_fisheries/gulf_fisheries/coral/Coral9/Coral9index.html. 
Additionally, public comments will be solicited at public hearings held 
by the Council, which are planned for spring 2018 and will be announced 
in the Federal Register.

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    After the DEIS associated with Amendment 9 is completed, it will be 
filed with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). After filing, the 
EPA will publish a notice of availability (NOA) of the DEIS for public 
comment in the Federal Register. The DEIS NOA will have a 45-day 
comment period. This procedure is pursuant to regulations issued by the 
Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) for implementing the procedural 
provisions of the NEPA (40 CFR parts 1500-1508) and to NOAA's 
Administrative Order 216-6A regarding NOAA's compliance with NEPA and 
the CEQ regulations.
    The Council and NMFS will consider public comments received on the 
DEIS in developing the final environmental impact statement (FEIS), and 
before the Council votes to submit Amendment 9 to NMFS for Secretarial 
review and implementation under the Magnuson-Stevens Act. NMFS will 
announce in the Federal Register the availability of the final 
amendment and FEIS for public review during the Secretarial review 
period, and will consider all public comments prior to final agency 
action to approve, disapprove, or partially approve the final 
amendment. During Secretarial review, NMFS will also file the FEIS with 
the EPA and the EPA will publish an NOA for the FEIS in the Federal 
Register.
    NMFS will announce, through a notice published in the Federal 
Register, all public comment periods on the final amendment, the 
proposed implementing regulations, and the availability of the 
associated FEIS. NMFS will consider all public comments received during 
the Secretarial review period, whether they are on the final amendment, 
the proposed regulations, or the FEIS, prior to final agency action.

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

    Dated: December 12, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-27142 Filed 12-15-17; 8:45 am]
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