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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices Overseas Security Advisory Council on June 6, 2018. Pursuant to Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. Appendix), 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(4), and 5 U.S.C. 552b(c)(7)(E), it has been determined that the meeting will be closed to the public. The meeting will focus on an examination of corporate security policies and procedures and will involve extensive discussion of trade secrets and proprietary commercial information that is privileged and confidential, and will discuss law enforcement investigative techniques and procedures. The agenda will include updated committee reports, a global threat overview, and other matters relating to private sector security policies and protective programs and the protection of U.S. business information overseas. For more information, contact Marsha Thurman, Overseas Security Advisory Council, U.S. Department of State, Washington, DC 20522–2008, phone 571–345–2214. Thomas G. Scanlon, Executive Director, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–10426 Filed 5–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–43–P DEPARTMENT OF STATE [Public Notice 10410] Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs Annual certification of shrimpharvesting nations. ACTION: On May 8, 2018, the Department of State certified that 13 shrimp-harvesting nations and five fisheries have a regulatory program comparable to that of the United States governing the incidental taking of the relevant species of sea turtles in the course of commercial shrimp harvesting and that the particular fishing environments of 26 shrimp-harvesting nations, one economy, and four fisheries do not pose a threat of the incidental taking of covered sea turtles in the course of such harvesting. DATES: This notice is applicable on May 16, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Section 609 Program Manager, Office of Marine Conservation, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, Washington, DC 20520–2758; telephone: (202) 647–3263; email: DS2031@state.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 609 of Public Law 101–162 (‘‘Sec. 609’’) sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:34 May 15, 2018 Jkt 244001 prohibits imports of certain categories of shrimp unless the President certifies to the Congress by May 1, 1991, and annually thereafter, that either: (1) The harvesting nation has adopted a program governing the incidental taking of sea turtles in its commercial shrimp fishery comparable to the program in effect in the United States and has an incidental take rate comparable to that of the United States; or (2) the particular fishing environment of the harvesting nation does not pose a threat of the incidental taking of sea turtles. The President has delegated the authority to make this certification to the Department of State (‘‘the Department’’). The Department’s Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Section 609 were published in the Federal Register on July 8, 1999, at 64 FR 36946. On May 8, 2018, the Department certified 13 nations on the basis that their sea turtle protection programs are comparable to that of the United States: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, and Suriname. The Department also certified 26 shrimp-harvesting nations and one economy as having fishing environments that do not pose a danger to sea turtles. Sixteen nations have shrimping grounds only in cold waters where the risk of taking sea turtles is negligible: Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Ten nations and Hong Kong only harvest shrimp using small boats with crews of less than five that use manual rather than mechanical means to retrieve nets or catch shrimp using other methods that do not threaten sea turtles. Use of such smallscale technology does not adversely affect sea turtles. The 10 nations are the Bahamas, Belize, China, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Jamaica, Oman, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela. A completed DS–2031 Shrimp Exporter’s/Importer’s Declaration must accompany all shipments of shrimp or products from shrimp into the United States. Only shrimp or products from shrimp harvested in the 39 certified nations and one economy listed above may be accompanied by a DS–2031 with Box 7(B) checked. All DS–2031 forms accompanying shrimp imports from uncertified nations must be originals with Box 7(A)(1), 7(A)(2), or 7(A)(4) checked, consistent with the form’s instructions with regard to the method of harvest of the product and based on any relevant prior determinations by the Department, and signed by a responsible PO 00000 Frm 00129 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 22739 government official of the harvesting nation’s competent domestic fisheries authority. The Department has not determined that any uncertified nation qualifies to export shrimp or products from shrimp harvested in a manner as described in 7(A)(3). Shrimp and products of shrimp harvested with turtle excluder devices (‘‘TEDs’’) in an uncertified nation may, under specific circumstances, be eligible for importation into the United States under the DS–2031 Box 7(A)(2) provision for ‘‘shrimp harvested by commercial shrimp trawl vessels using TEDs comparable in effectiveness to those required in the United States.’’ Use of this provision requires that the Department determine in advance that the government of the harvesting nation has put in place adequate procedures to monitor the use of TEDs in the specific fishery in question and to ensure the accurate completion of the DS–2031 forms. At this time, the Department has determined that only shrimp and products from shrimp harvested in the Northern Prawn Fishery, the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery, and the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery in Australia, in the French Guiana domestic trawl fishery, and in the East Coast fishery of peninsular Malaysia are eligible for entry under this provision. The importation of TED-caught shrimp from any other uncertified nation will not be allowed. A responsible government official of Australia, France, or Malaysia must sign in Block 8 of the DS–2031 form accompanying these imports into the United States. In addition, the Department has determined that shrimp and products from shrimp harvested in the Spencer Gulf region in Australia, with shrimp baskets in Hokkaido, Japan, with ‘‘mosquito’’ nets in the Republic of Korea, and Mediterranean red shrimp (Aristeus antennatus) and products from that shrimp harvested in the Mediterranean Sea by Spain may be imported into the United States under the DS–2031 Box 7(A)(4) provision for ‘‘shrimp harvested in a manner or under circumstances determined by the Department of State not to pose a threat of the incidental taking of sea turtles.’’ A responsible government official of Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, or Spain must sign in Block 8 of the DS– 2031 form accompanying these imports into the United States. The Department has communicated these certifications and determinations under Sec. 609 to the Office of E:\FR\FM\16MYN1.SGM 16MYN1 22740 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 95 / Wednesday, May 16, 2018 / Notices International Trade of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. William Gibbons-Fly, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs, Department of State. [FR Doc. 2018–10432 Filed 5–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4710–09–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Highway Administration [Docket No. FHWA–2017–0043] Motorcyclist Advisory Council to the Federal Highway Administration Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), U.S. Department of Transportation. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces the second meeting of the Motorcyclist Advisory Council (MAC) to the FHWA. The purpose of this meeting is to advise the Secretary of Transportation, through the Administrator of the FHWA, on infrastructure issues of concern to motorcyclists, including barrier design; road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies, pursuant to the Fixing America’s Surface Transportation (FAST) Act. DATES: The MAC will convene virtually, via Web conference connection, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, June 7, 2018. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place online. There is no physical address for this meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Michael Griffith, the Designated Federal Official, Office of Safety, 202–366–2829, (mike.griffith@dot.gov) or Ms. Guan Xu, 202–366–5892, (guan.xu@dot.gov) Federal Highway Administration, 1200 New Jersey Avenue SE, Washington, DC 20590. 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On July 28, 2017, the Secretary of Transportation appointed 10 members to the MAC, and on December 5, 2017, the MAC held its first meeting in Washington, DC. Tentative Agenda: The agenda will include a topical discussion of the infrastructure issues described above, namely: Barrier design; road design, construction, and maintenance practices; and the architecture and implementation of intelligent transportation system technologies. Public Participation: This meeting will be open to the public. Members of the public who wish to attend are asked to send an email to MAC-FHWA@ dot.gov no later than May 26, 2018, in order to receive access information for the Web conference room. The Designated Federal Official and the Chair of the Committee will conduct the meeting to facilitate the orderly conduct of business. If you would like to file a written statement with the Committee, you may do so either before or after the meeting by submitting an electronic copy of that statement to MAC-FHWA@ dot.gov or the specific docket page at: www.regulations.gov. If you would like to make oral statements regarding any of the items on the agenda, you should contact Mr. Michael Griffith at the phone number listed above or email your request to MAC–FHWA@dot.gov. You must make your request for an oral statement at least 5 business days prior to the meeting. Reasonable provisions will be made to include any such presentation on the agenda. Public comment will be limited to 3 minutes per speaker, per topic. Services for Individuals with Disabilities: Individuals requiring special accommodations are asked to note this when they send an email about attending to MAC-FHWA@dot.gov by May 26, 2018. Minutes: An electronic copy of the minutes from all meetings will be available for download within 60 days of the conclusion of the meeting at: https://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/ motorcycles/. Authority: Section 1426 of Pub. L. 114–94. PO 00000 Frm 00130 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issued on: May 9, 2018. Brandye L. Hendrickson, Acting Administrator, Federal Highway Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–10416 Filed 5–15–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–22–P DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration [Docket No. FMCSA–2018–0120] Agency Information Collection Activities; Revision of an Information Collection: Financial Responsibility, Trucking and Freight Forwarding Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), DOT. ACTION: Notice and request for comments. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, FMCSA announces its plan to submit the Information Collection Request (ICR) described below to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for its revision and approval and invites public comment. The ICR is related to Form BMC–32 titled, ‘‘Endorsement for Household Goods Motor Carrier Policies of Insurance for Cargo Liability Under 49 U.S.C. 13906.’’ DATES: We must receive your comments on or before July 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments identified by Federal Docket Management System (FDMS) Docket Number FMCSA–2018–0120 using any of the following methods: • Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 95 (Wednesday, May 16, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 22739-22740]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-10432]


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DEPARTMENT OF STATE

[Public Notice 10410]


Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific 
Affairs

ACTION: Annual certification of shrimp-harvesting nations.

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SUMMARY: On May 8, 2018, the Department of State certified that 13 
shrimp-harvesting nations and five fisheries have a regulatory program 
comparable to that of the United States governing the incidental taking 
of the relevant species of sea turtles in the course of commercial 
shrimp harvesting and that the particular fishing environments of 26 
shrimp-harvesting nations, one economy, and four fisheries do not pose 
a threat of the incidental taking of covered sea turtles in the course 
of such harvesting.

DATES: This notice is applicable on May 16, 2018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Section 609 Program Manager, Office of 
Marine Conservation, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental 
and Scientific Affairs, Department of State, 2201 C Street NW, 
Washington, DC 20520-2758; telephone: (202) 647-3263; email: 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 609 of Public Law 101-162 (``Sec. 
609'') prohibits imports of certain categories of shrimp unless the 
President certifies to the Congress by May 1, 1991, and annually 
thereafter, that either: (1) The harvesting nation has adopted a 
program governing the incidental taking of sea turtles in its 
commercial shrimp fishery comparable to the program in effect in the 
United States and has an incidental take rate comparable to that of the 
United States; or (2) the particular fishing environment of the 
harvesting nation does not pose a threat of the incidental taking of 
sea turtles. The President has delegated the authority to make this 
certification to the Department of State (``the Department''). The 
Department's Revised Guidelines for the Implementation of Section 609 
were published in the Federal Register on July 8, 1999, at 64 FR 36946.
    On May 8, 2018, the Department certified 13 nations on the basis 
that their sea turtle protection programs are comparable to that of the 
United States: Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Gabon, 
Guatemala, Guyana, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Panama, and 
Suriname. The Department also certified 26 shrimp-harvesting nations 
and one economy as having fishing environments that do not pose a 
danger to sea turtles. Sixteen nations have shrimping grounds only in 
cold waters where the risk of taking sea turtles is negligible: 
Argentina, Belgium, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Iceland, 
Ireland, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Russia, Sweden, the 
United Kingdom, and Uruguay. Ten nations and Hong Kong only harvest 
shrimp using small boats with crews of less than five that use manual 
rather than mechanical means to retrieve nets or catch shrimp using 
other methods that do not threaten sea turtles. Use of such small-scale 
technology does not adversely affect sea turtles. The 10 nations are 
the Bahamas, Belize, China, the Dominican Republic, Fiji, Jamaica, 
Oman, Peru, Sri Lanka, and Venezuela.
    A completed DS-2031 Shrimp Exporter's/Importer's Declaration must 
accompany all shipments of shrimp or products from shrimp into the 
United States. Only shrimp or products from shrimp harvested in the 39 
certified nations and one economy listed above may be accompanied by a 
DS-2031 with Box 7(B) checked. All DS-2031 forms accompanying shrimp 
imports from uncertified nations must be originals with Box 7(A)(1), 
7(A)(2), or 7(A)(4) checked, consistent with the form's instructions 
with regard to the method of harvest of the product and based on any 
relevant prior determinations by the Department, and signed by a 
responsible government official of the harvesting nation's competent 
domestic fisheries authority. The Department has not determined that 
any uncertified nation qualifies to export shrimp or products from 
shrimp harvested in a manner as described in 7(A)(3).
    Shrimp and products of shrimp harvested with turtle excluder 
devices (``TEDs'') in an uncertified nation may, under specific 
circumstances, be eligible for importation into the United States under 
the DS-2031 Box 7(A)(2) provision for ``shrimp harvested by commercial 
shrimp trawl vessels using TEDs comparable in effectiveness to those 
required in the United States.'' Use of this provision requires that 
the Department determine in advance that the government of the 
harvesting nation has put in place adequate procedures to monitor the 
use of TEDs in the specific fishery in question and to ensure the 
accurate completion of the DS-2031 forms. At this time, the Department 
has determined that only shrimp and products from shrimp harvested in 
the Northern Prawn Fishery, the Queensland East Coast Trawl Fishery, 
and the Torres Strait Prawn Fishery in Australia, in the French Guiana 
domestic trawl fishery, and in the East Coast fishery of peninsular 
Malaysia are eligible for entry under this provision. The importation 
of TED-caught shrimp from any other uncertified nation will not be 
allowed. A responsible government official of Australia, France, or 
Malaysia must sign in Block 8 of the DS-2031 form accompanying these 
imports into the United States.
    In addition, the Department has determined that shrimp and products 
from shrimp harvested in the Spencer Gulf region in Australia, with 
shrimp baskets in Hokkaido, Japan, with ``mosquito'' nets in the 
Republic of Korea, and Mediterranean red shrimp (Aristeus antennatus) 
and products from that shrimp harvested in the Mediterranean Sea by 
Spain may be imported into the United States under the DS-2031 Box 
7(A)(4) provision for ``shrimp harvested in a manner or under 
circumstances determined by the Department of State not to pose a 
threat of the incidental taking of sea turtles.'' A responsible 
government official of Australia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, or 
Spain must sign in Block 8 of the DS-2031 form accompanying these 
imports into the United States.
    The Department has communicated these certifications and 
determinations under Sec. 609 to the Office of

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International Trade of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

William Gibbons-Fly,
Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Oceans and Fisheries, 
Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific 
Affairs, Department of State.
[FR Doc. 2018-10432 Filed 5-15-18; 8:45 am]
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