Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 60970-60971 [2017-27719]

Download as PDF 60970 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 246 / Tuesday, December 26, 2017 / Notices ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES program for that portion of the limited entry trawl fishery under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan whose permits, excluding those registered to whiting catcher-processors, are endorsed for trawl gear operation (reduction fishery). The reduction program’s objective was to reduce the number of vessels and permits endorsed for the operation of groundfish trawl gear. The program also involved corollary fishing capacity reduction in the California, Oregon, and Washington fisheries for Dungeness crab and pink shrimp and the sub-loans for these state fisheries have all been repaid. NMFS proposed the implementing notice on May 28, 2003 (68 FR 31653) and published the final notice on July 18, 2003 (68 FR 42613). NMFS allocated $28,428,719 reduction loan to the groundfish fishery. The allocation became a reduction loan repayable by fees from the groundfish fishery. NMFS published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225), the final rule to implement the industry fee system for repaying the program’s reduction loan. The regulations implementing the program are located at § 600.1012 of 50 CFR part 600, subpart M. On August 8, 2005, NMFS published in the Federal Register (70 FR 45695) a notice of the fee effective date and established September 8, 2005, as the effective date when fee collection and loan repayment began. II. Purpose The purpose of this notice is to adjust, in accordance with the framework rule’s § 600.1013(b), the fee rate for the groundfish fishery. Section 600.1013(b) directs NMFS to recalculate the fee rate that will be reasonably necessary to ensure reduction loan repayment within the specified 30-year term. NMFS has determined that the current fee rate of 5.0 percent for the groundfish fishery is projected to collect more than the annual amortization amount needed for 2018. Therefore, NMFS is decreasing the fee rate to 4.5 percent for all landings beginning January 1, 2018. As of November 24, 2017, the outstanding balance on the groundfish fishery subloan was $22,628,122.29. Fish buyers may continue to disburse collected fee deposits to NMFS by using www.pay.gov or mail payments to our lockbox. Our lockbox’s address is: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Coast Groundfish Buyback, P.O. Box 979059, St. Louis, MO 63197–9000. Fish buyers must include the fee collection report with the fee payment. Fish buyers using www.pay.gov will find an electronic fee collection report form. Fish buyers not VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 using www.pay.gov may also access the NMFS website for a copy of the fee collection report at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mb/financial_ services/docs/pacific_coast_groundfish_ buyback_loan_fee_collection_report.pdf. III. Notice The new 4.5 percent fee rate for the groundfish fishery will begin for all landings starting January 1, 2018. From and after this date, all groundfish program fish sellers paying fees fishery shall begin paying groundfish program fees at the revised rate. From and after this date, all fees received by NMFS for the groundfish fishery shall be subject to the new fee rates regardless of the applicable fee month. The first due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2018. Fee collection and submission shall follow previously established methods in § 600.1013 of the framework rule and in the final fee rule published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225). Dated: December 19, 2017. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–27769 Filed 12–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF915 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a two and a half day meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomics Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC). SUMMARY: The meeting will convene on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Wednesday, January 11, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, if needed. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Gulf Council’s Conference Room. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N Lois DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Atran, Senior Fishery Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; steven.atran@gulfcouncil.org; telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Day 1—Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 9 a.m.–5 p.m. I. Introductions and Adoption of Agenda II. Approval of Minutes a. March 8, 2012 Coral SSC meeting summary b. October 31, 2017 Standing and Reef Fish SSC webinar summary III. Selection of SSC representative at January 29–February 1, 2018 Council meeting in New Orleans, LA Standing and Coral SSC Session IV. Southeast Deep-sea Coral Initiative in the Gulf of Mexico V. Review of the public hearing draft of Coral Amendment 9 VI. Review of Management Strategy Evaluation Developed for the Coral Reef Conservation Program Grant Standing and Socioeconomic SSC Session VII. Grouper and Tilefish 5-year IFQ Review a. Safety at sea b. IFQ participants, dealers, and crew surveys Standing and Reef Fish SSC Session VIII. Review of Draft Status Determination Criteria/Optimum Yield Options Paper Day 2—Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 8:30 a.m.–5 p.m. IX. SEDAR Activities a. SEDAR 62 Gray Triggerfish standard assessment i. Terms of reference ii. Project schedule iii. Assessment workshop appointments X. Spawning Aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico a. RESTORE Act Science Program project on spawning aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico b. Prediction and Verification of Snapper-Grouper Spawning Aggregation Sites on the Offshore Banks of the Northwestern Gulf of Mexico XI. Evaluating Robustness of Harvest Control Rules to Future Red Tide Events XII. Further Development of a Stock Assessment Prioritization Spreadsheet E:\FR\FM\26DEN1.SGM 26DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 246 / Tuesday, December 26, 2017 / Notices XIII. Analysis Related to Draft Generic Amendment—Carry-over Provision and Framework Modifications a. Simulation of the Effect of Carrying Over Unused ACL XIV. Analysis of Red Grouper Indices of Abundance XV. Discussion of an ABC Control Rule for Data-Limited Stocks XVI. Tentative 2018 SSC Meeting Dates XVII. Other Business — Meeting Adjourns— You may register for the SSC Meeting: Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and Socioeconomic on January 9–11, 2018 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/ register/1902765732356970499. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on the Council’s file server. To access the file server, the URL is https:// public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/ index.cgi, or go to the Council’s website and click on the FTP link in the lower left of the Council website (http:// www.gulfcouncil.org). The username and password are both ‘‘gulfguest’’. Click on the ‘‘Library Folder’’, then scroll down to ‘‘SSC meeting–2018–01’’. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Scientific and Statistical Committee for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda 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 action to address the emergency. ethrower on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Gulf Council Office (see ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. Dated: December 20, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–27719 Filed 12–22–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 20:21 Dec 22, 2017 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Admission To Practice The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USTPO) will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. Title: Admission to Practice. OMB Control Number: 0651–0012. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 246 (Tuesday, December 26, 2017)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF915


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a two 
and a half day meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, and 
Socioeconomics Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).

DATES: The meeting will convene on Tuesday, January 9, 2018, from 9 
a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. 
and Wednesday, January 11, 2018, from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. EDT, if 
needed.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in the Gulf Council's Conference 
Room. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 
N Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Steven Atran, Senior Fishery 
Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; 
[email protected]; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Day 1--Tuesday, January 9, 2018; 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

I. Introductions and Adoption of Agenda
II. Approval of Minutes
    a. March 8, 2012 Coral SSC meeting summary
    b. October 31, 2017 Standing and Reef Fish SSC webinar summary
III. Selection of SSC representative at January 29-February 1, 2018 
Council meeting in New Orleans, LA

Standing and Coral SSC Session

IV. Southeast Deep-sea Coral Initiative in the Gulf of Mexico
V. Review of the public hearing draft of Coral Amendment 9
VI. Review of Management Strategy Evaluation Developed for the Coral 
Reef Conservation Program Grant

Standing and Socioeconomic SSC Session

VII. Grouper and Tilefish 5-year IFQ Review
    a. Safety at sea
    b. IFQ participants, dealers, and crew surveys

Standing and Reef Fish SSC Session

VIII. Review of Draft Status Determination Criteria/Optimum Yield 
Options Paper

Day 2--Wednesday, January 10, 2018; 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

IX. SEDAR Activities
    a. SEDAR 62 Gray Triggerfish standard assessment
    i. Terms of reference
    ii. Project schedule
    iii. Assessment workshop appointments
X. Spawning Aggregations in the Gulf of Mexico
    a. RESTORE Act Science Program project on spawning aggregations in 
the Gulf of Mexico
    b. Prediction and Verification of Snapper-Grouper Spawning 
Aggregation Sites on the Offshore Banks of the Northwestern Gulf of 
Mexico
XI. Evaluating Robustness of Harvest Control Rules to Future Red Tide 
Events
XII. Further Development of a Stock Assessment Prioritization 
Spreadsheet

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XIII. Analysis Related to Draft Generic Amendment--Carry-over Provision 
and Framework Modifications
    a. Simulation of the Effect of Carrying Over Unused ACL
XIV. Analysis of Red Grouper Indices of Abundance
XV. Discussion of an ABC Control Rule for Data-Limited Stocks
XVI. Tentative 2018 SSC Meeting Dates
XVII. Other Business
-- Meeting Adjourns--

    You may register for the SSC Meeting: Standing, Reef Fish, Coral, 
and Socioeconomic on January 9-11, 2018 at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/1902765732356970499.
    The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with 
other meeting materials will be posted on the Council's file server. To 
access the file server, the URL is https://public.gulfcouncil.org:5001/webman/index.cgi, or go to the Council's website and click on the FTP 
link in the lower left of the Council website (http://www.gulfcouncil.org). The username and password are both ``gulfguest''. 
Click on the ``Library Folder'', then scroll down to ``SSC meeting-
2018-01''.
    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come 
before the Scientific and Statistical Committee for discussion, in 
accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during this meeting. Actions of the Scientific and Statistical 
Committee will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in 
the agenda 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 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 Kathy Pereira at the Gulf Council Office (see 
ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting.

    Dated: December 20, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-27719 Filed 12-22-17; 8:45 am]
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