New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 44603-44604 [2018-18975]

Download as PDF daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 170 / Friday, August 31, 2018 / Notices the relevant species or stock in our determination of whether an authorization is limited to small numbers of marine mammals. Additionally, other qualitative factors may be considered in the analysis, such as the temporal or spatial scale of the activities. Tables 7 and 8 provide numbers of authorized take by Level A harassment and Level B harassment. These are the numbers we use for purposes of the small numbers analysis. The numbers of marine mammals for which we have authorized take across the two surveys would be considered small relative to the relevant populations (a maximum of 14.7 percent) for the species for which abundance estimates are available. Several small resident or insular populations that could experience Level B harassment during the Hawaii survey were discussed in the Estimated Take section. For the Kohala resident stock of melo-headed whales (pop. 447), NMFS assumed that up to 3 groups of 20 Kohala residents could be taken by Level B harassment, representing 13.4 percent of the Kohala stock, if they enter the zone undetected by PSOs. Additionally, the range of the Hawaiian Island stock overlaps the range of the Kohala resident stock. Therefore, any melon-headed whale takes within the Kohala resident stock’s range could also be from either stock. Sesimic operations will occur in the ranges of the Hawaiian Island stock (pop. 128) and Oahu stock (pop. 743) of common bottlenose dolphins. Based on GIS analysis of the tracklines and the ranges of the stocks, NMFS determined that 7 percent of the Hawaii Island stock and 1.2 percent of the Oahu stock could be exposed to Level B harassment. Similar GIS analysis of the Hawaii Island (pop. 631) and Oahu/4-Island (pop. 355) stocks of spinner dolphins resulted in estimated Level B harassment of 3.8 percent of the Hawaii Islands stock population and 6.7 percent of the Oahu/4-Island stock population. Analysis of pantropical spotted dolphins determined that there would be 9 Oahu stock exposures and 82 Hawaii Island stock exposures. The populations of these stocks are unknown, so the percentage of stocks affected cannot be determined. However, the large ranges of these species (up to 20 km from Oahu and 65 km from Hawaii) make it likely that the survey would only impact limited numbers of these stocks. Based on the analysis contained herein of the planned activity (including the required mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, NMFS finds that small numbers of marine mammals will VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:42 Aug 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 be taken relative to the population size of the affected species. Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination There are no relevant subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal stocks or species implicated by this action. Therefore, NMFS has determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the ESA Interagency Cooperation Division, whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. The NMFS Permits and Conservation Division issued a Biological Opinion on August 24, 2018 to NMFS’s Office of Protected Resources which concluded that the specified activities are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the North Pacific right whale, sei whale, fin whale, blue whale, sperm whale, Western North Pacific DPS humpback whale, gray whale, Hawaiian Islands Insular DPS false killer whale, and the Hawaiian monk seal or adversely modify critical habitat because none exists within the action area. National Environmental Policy Act To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6A, NMFS must review the proposed action (i.e., the issuance of regulations and an LOA) with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. Accordingly, NMFS has adopted the L–DEO Final Environmental Assessment (EA), Environmental Assessment/Analysis of Marine Geophysical Surveys by the R/V Marcus G. Langseth in the North Pacific Ocean, 2018/2019 and after an independent evaluation of the document found that it included adequate information analyzing the effects on the human environment of issuing incidental take PO 00000 Frm 00042 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 44603 authorizations. In August 2018, NMFS issued a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI). Authorization As a result of these determinations, we have issued an IHA to L–DEO for conducting seismic surveys in the Pacific Ocean near the main Hawaiian Islands and the Emperor Seamounts area from September 1, 2018 through August 31, 2019, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. Dated: August 27, 2018. Cathy E. Tortorici, Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–19008 Filed 8–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG442 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Groundfish Advisory Panel to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:30 a.m. SUMMARY: ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, One Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880; phone: (781) 245–9300. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda The Advisory Panel will discuss Framework Adjustment 58: Specifications/Management Measures E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 44604 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 170 / Friday, August 31, 2018 / Notices specifically draft alternatives and analysis including: (1) Rebuilding plan options for several groundfish stocks, (2) 2019 total allowable catches for U.S./ Canada stocks of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod, Eastern GB haddock, and GB yellowtail flounder, (3) minimum size exemptions for vessels fishing in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization waters, and (4) guidance on sector overages. They also plan to discuss Amendment 23: Groundfish Monitoring and receive an update on the development of the draft alternatives and analysis. The panel will review the Council’s Groundfish Priorities for 2019 and discuss a draft list of possible groundfish priorities for 2019 and make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee. Other business will be discussed as necessary. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action 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 MagnusonStevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 28, 2018. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–18975 Filed 8–30–18; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG449 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 18:42 Aug 30, 2018 Jkt 244001 The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet September 18, 2018 through September 21, 2018. DATES: The meetings will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 through Friday, September 21, 2018, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Alaska Fishery Science Center in the Traynor Room 2076 and NMML Room 2079, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Building 4, Seattle, WA 98115. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252; telephone: (907) 271–2809. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Stram or Jim Armstrong, Council staff; telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Procurement List; Proposed Addition and Deletions SUMMARY: Agenda Tuesday, September 18, 2018 to Friday, September 21, 2018 The Plan Teams will review the preliminary stock assessments for Groundfish and receive reports including but not limited to: 2018 Survey Estimates, CIE Reviews for GOA Pollock and BSAI Flatfish, and the Economic Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation (SAFE). The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http://www.npfmc.org prior to the meeting, along with meeting materials. Public Comment Public comment letters will be accepted and should be submitted either electronically to Jim Armstrong, Council staff: james.armstrong@noaa.gov or through the mail: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. In-person oral public testimony will be accepted at the discretion of the chairs. Dated: August 28, 2018. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting VerDate Sep<11>2014 COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Shannon Gleason at (907) 271–2809 at least 7 working days prior to the meeting date. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P AGENCY: Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. [FR Doc. 2018–18977 Filed 8–30–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00043 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed addition to and deletions from the Procurement List. AGENCY: The Committee is proposing to add products to the Procurement List that will be furnished by a nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and delete products and services previously furnished by such agencies. DATES: Comments must be received on or before: September 30, 2018. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, 1401 S. Clark Street, Suite 715, Arlington, Virginia 22202–4149. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For further information or to submit comments contact: Michael R. Jurkowski, Telephone: (703) 603–2117, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C. 8503 (a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUMMARY: Addition If the Committee approves the proposed addition, the entities of the Federal Government identified in this notice will be required to procure the products listed below from a nonprofit agency employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. The following products are proposed for addition to the Procurement List for production by the nonprofit agency listed: Products NSN(s)—Product Name(s): MR 1100—Set, Brush MR 1110—Brush, Bottle MR 13135—Tray, Ice Cube, No Spill MR 13134—Container, Square, Pop, Small, 0.3 Qt. MR 13133—Container, Rectangle, Pop, 2.5 Qt. MR 13132—Container, Square, Pop, Small, 0.9 Qt. MR 13131—Container, Rectangle, Pop, 1.5 Qt MR 13130—Set, Bowl, Colander, Large, 3 pc MR 13129—Set, Container, Plastic, 16 pc MR 13128—Set, Bowl, Mixing, 3 pc MR 13127—Colander, Plastic MR 13126—Board, Cutting, Prep E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG442


New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is 
scheduling a public meeting of its Groundfish Advisory Panel to 
consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive 
economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to 
the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.

DATES: This meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 18, 2018 at 8:30 
a.m.

ADDRESSES: 
    Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Four Points by 
Sheraton, One Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880; phone: (781) 245-9300.
    Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water 
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, 
New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465-0492.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Agenda

    The Advisory Panel will discuss Framework Adjustment 58: 
Specifications/Management Measures

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specifically draft alternatives and analysis including: (1) Rebuilding 
plan options for several groundfish stocks, (2) 2019 total allowable 
catches for U.S./Canada stocks of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod, 
Eastern GB haddock, and GB yellowtail flounder, (3) minimum size 
exemptions for vessels fishing in Northwest Atlantic Fisheries 
Organization waters, and (4) guidance on sector overages. They also 
plan to discuss Amendment 23: Groundfish Monitoring and receive an 
update on the development of the draft alternatives and analysis. The 
panel will review the Council's Groundfish Priorities for 2019 and 
discuss a draft list of possible groundfish priorities for 2019 and 
make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee. Other business will 
be discussed as necessary.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come 
before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject 
of formal action during these meetings. Action 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 Act, provided the public has 
been notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address 
the emergency. This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 
1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request.

Special Accommodations

    This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465-
0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: August 28, 2018.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-18975 Filed 8-30-18; 8:45 am]
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