Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Scoping Process, 4796-4797 [2019-02697]

Download as PDF 4796 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 33 / Tuesday, February 19, 2019 / Notices reads ‘‘The Advisory Panel will address Council agenda items (12) through (28)’’ should be removed and replaced with ‘‘The Advisory Panel will address Council agenda items (10), and (12) through (29).’’ Dated: February 13, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–02669 Filed 2–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG723 Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Scoping Process National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS); notice of initiation of scoping process; notice of public scoping meetings; request for comments. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council announces its intent to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an amendment to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. An environmental impact statement may be necessary for the amendment to analyze the impacts of potential management measures in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act. The Council has initiated this amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the fishery management plan goals and objectives. This notice announces a public process for determining the scope of issues to be addressed, and for identifying the significant issues related to this action. This notice alerts the interested public of the scoping process, the potential development of a draft environmental impact statement, and to provide for public participation in that process. DATES: Written comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m., EST, on April 12, 2019. Public scoping meetings will be held during this comment period. See SUPPLEMENTARY tkelley on DSKBCP9HB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:46 Feb 15, 2019 Jkt 247001 INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations. Written comments may be sent by any of the following methods: • Email to the following address: nmfs.gar.illexpermitandgoals@noaa.gov. Include ‘‘Illex Permits and FMP Goals Amendment Scoping Comments’’ in the subject line; • Mail or hand deliver to Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Illex Permits and FMP Goals Amendment Scoping Comments’’; or • Fax to (302) 674–5399. Comments may also be provided at the April 2019 Council meeting. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the meeting date, time, and location. The scoping document may be obtained from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council office at the previously provided address, by request to the Council by telephone (302) 674– 2331, or at http://www.mafmc.org/ msb/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone (302) 674–2331. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Background The Council initiated this action to review and consider modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the goals and objectives of the entire Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). In June 2017, the Council considered, but did not adopt, revisions to Illex squid permits as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP (December 14, 2018; 83 FR 64257). Since then, effort has increased and the fishery has been closed in both 2017 and 2018 after fully harvesting available Illex squid quota. Given recent fishery performance, the Council is evaluating if permitted access to the Illex fishery should be modified based on recent and historical participation. Existing FMP goals and objectives have not been revised since they were originally established in 1983. The Council is seeking input whether these goals and objectives are still appropriate for managing the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish fisheries or if they should be modified. More details may be found PO 00000 Frm 00034 in the Scoping Document (see for how to obtain scoping document) and on the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish page of the Council’s website at http:// www.mafmc.org/msb/. The scoping period is an important opportunity for members of the public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be considered in the amendment. The Council needs public input to identify management issues, develop effective alternatives, and identify possible impacts to be considered. Public comments early in the amendment development process will help the Council address issues of public concern in a thorough and appropriate manner. Comments can be made during the scoping hearings or as described above (see ADDRESSES). After this initial phase of information gathering, if the Council decides to proceed with the amendment the Council will evaluate potential management alternatives. The Council will then develop a draft amendment, incorporating the identified management alternatives, for public review. The Council will also prepare draft environmental analyses, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, and provide those analyses for review and comment by the public as appropriate. Finally, the Council will choose preferred management measures for submission with the appropriate environmental analyses to the Secretary of Commerce to publish a proposed and then final rule, both of which have additional comment periods. While there are many opportunities for public comment in the process, this initial scoping comment opportunity is particularly important for assisting the Council in establishing the overall focus and direction of the amendment. ADDRESSES Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Scoping Hearings Although the Council did not ultimately revise Illex squid permits as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP, the public provided scoping comments during the development of that action in response to a Notice of Intent published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2015 (80 FR 15991), which the Council considered as part of that action. To solicit further public comment on Illex squid permits and potential updates to the FMP objectives, the Council accepted additional comments at the following four meetings: E:\FR\FM\19FEN1.SGM 19FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 33 / Tuesday, February 19, 2019 / Notices Date Address Monday, February 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m .................................................. Corless Auditorium, University of Rhode Island Bay Campus, 215 South Ferry Road, Narragansett, RI 02882, 401–874–6440. Gurney’s Inn, 290 Old Montauk Road, Montauk, NY 11954, 631–668– 2345. Congress Hall Hotel, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, 609– 884–8421. Internet webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/, Webinar help: 302–397–1131, With a listening station at the new Virginia Marine Resources Commission location:, 380 Fenwick Road, Ft. Monroe, VA 23651, 757–247–2200. Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m ................................................. Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 5:30 p.m ............................................ Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m ................................................ Due to the late 2018/early 2019 government shutdown, prior notice of these meetings was not published in the Federal Register and NMFS was not able to publish this Notice of Intent before the above hearings. To facilitate comments within the comment period for this notice, an additional internet webinar scoping hearing will be conducted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. via this link: http:// mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping2019/. The Council will also accept additional in-person scoping comments provided at its April 9–11, 2019, meeting at the Icona Golden Inn, 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 08202 (telephone number: 609–368–5155). The date and time for the scoping hearing during the April Council meeting will be published in a future separate Federal Register notice specific to that meeting. When further developing this action, the Council will consider all relevant public comments received during previously scheduled 2019 hearings even though they occurred prior to the official comment period defined in this Notice of Intent. Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. STATUS: Commission Meeting—Closed to the Public. MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Compliance Matters: Staff will brief the Commission on the status of two compliance matters. CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Alberta E. Mills, Secretary, Division of the Secretariat, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East-West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7479. * For Compliance Matter No. 1, the Commission determined by recorded vote (4–0–1) that Agency business requires calling the meeting without seven calendar days advance public notice. For Compliance Matter No. 2, the Commission unanimously determined by recorded vote that Agency business requires calling the meeting without seven calendar days advance public notice. PLACE: Dated: February 14, 2019. Alberta E. Mills, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–02809 Filed 2–14–19; 4:15 pm] Special Accommodations BILLING CODE 6355–01–P The scoping hearings are accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders (302–674–2331, ext 251) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 13, 2019. Karen H. Abrams, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–02697 Filed 2–15–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION [Docket No.: ED–2019–ICCD–0015] Agency Information Collection Activities; Comment Request; William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan Program (Direct Loan Program) Promissory Notes Federal Student Aid (FSA), Department of Education (ED). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, ED is proposing a revision of an existing information collection. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before April 22, 2019. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 33 (Tuesday, February 19, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 4796-4797]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-02697]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG723


Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, 
Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Scoping Process

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement 
(EIS); notice of initiation of scoping process; notice of public 
scoping meetings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council announces its 
intent to prepare, in cooperation with NMFS, an amendment to the 
Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan. An 
environmental impact statement may be necessary for the amendment to 
analyze the impacts of potential management measures in accordance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act. The Council has initiated this 
amendment to review and consider modifications to both the permitting 
system for Illex squid and the fishery management plan goals and 
objectives. This notice announces a public process for determining the 
scope of issues to be addressed, and for identifying the significant 
issues related to this action. This notice alerts the interested public 
of the scoping process, the potential development of a draft 
environmental impact statement, and to provide for public participation 
in that process.

DATES: Written comments must be received on or before 11:59 p.m., EST, 
on April 12, 2019. Public scoping meetings will be held during this 
comment period. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates, times, and 
locations.

ADDRESSES: Written comments may be sent by any of the following 
methods:
     Email to the following address: 
nmfs.gar.illexpermitandgoals@noaa.gov. Include ``Illex Permits and FMP 
Goals Amendment Scoping Comments'' in the subject line;
     Mail or hand deliver to Dr. Christopher M. Moore, 
Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North 
State Street, Suite 201, Dover, Delaware 19901. Mark the outside of the 
envelope ``Illex Permits and FMP Goals Amendment Scoping Comments''; or
     Fax to (302) 674-5399.
    Comments may also be provided at the April 2019 Council meeting. 
See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for the meeting date, time, and location.
    The scoping document may be obtained from the Mid-Atlantic Fishery 
Management Council office at the previously provided address, by 
request to the Council by telephone (302) 674-2331, or at http://www.mafmc.org/msb/ msb/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Christopher M. Moore, Mid-Atlantic 
Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, 
DE 19901; telephone (302) 674-2331.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The Council initiated this action to review and consider 
modifications to both the permitting system for Illex squid and the 
goals and objectives of the entire Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and 
Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). In June 2017, the Council 
considered, but did not adopt, revisions to Illex squid permits as part 
of Amendment 20 to the FMP (December 14, 2018; 83 FR 64257). Since 
then, effort has increased and the fishery has been closed in both 2017 
and 2018 after fully harvesting available Illex squid quota. Given 
recent fishery performance, the Council is evaluating if permitted 
access to the Illex fishery should be modified based on recent and 
historical participation. Existing FMP goals and objectives have not 
been revised since they were originally established in 1983. The 
Council is seeking input whether these goals and objectives are still 
appropriate for managing the Atlantic mackerel, squid, and butterfish 
fisheries or if they should be modified. More details may be found in 
the Scoping Document (see ADDRESSES for how to obtain scoping document) 
and on the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish page of the 
Council's website at http://www.mafmc.org/msb/.
    The scoping period is an important opportunity for members of the 
public to raise concerns related to the scope of issues that will be 
considered in the amendment. The Council needs public input to identify 
management issues, develop effective alternatives, and identify 
possible impacts to be considered. Public comments early in the 
amendment development process will help the Council address issues of 
public concern in a thorough and appropriate manner. Comments can be 
made during the scoping hearings or as described above (see ADDRESSES).
    After this initial phase of information gathering, if the Council 
decides to proceed with the amendment the Council will evaluate 
potential management alternatives. The Council will then develop a 
draft amendment, incorporating the identified management alternatives, 
for public review. The Council will also prepare draft environmental 
analyses, as required by the National Environmental Policy Act, and 
provide those analyses for review and comment by the public as 
appropriate. Finally, the Council will choose preferred management 
measures for submission with the appropriate environmental analyses to 
the Secretary of Commerce to publish a proposed and then final rule, 
both of which have additional comment periods. While there are many 
opportunities for public comment in the process, this initial scoping 
comment opportunity is particularly important for assisting the Council 
in establishing the overall focus and direction of the amendment.

Scoping Hearings

    Although the Council did not ultimately revise Illex squid permits 
as part of Amendment 20 to the FMP, the public provided scoping 
comments during the development of that action in response to a Notice 
of Intent published in the Federal Register on March 26, 2015 (80 FR 
15991), which the Council considered as part of that action. To solicit 
further public comment on Illex squid permits and potential updates to 
the FMP objectives, the Council accepted additional comments at the 
following four meetings:

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                  Date                               Address
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Monday, February 4, 2019, at 6:00 p.m..  Corless Auditorium, University
                                          of Rhode Island Bay Campus,
                                          215 South Ferry Road,
                                          Narragansett, RI 02882, 401-
                                          874-6440.
Tuesday, February 5, 2019, at 5:30 p.m.  Gurney's Inn, 290 Old Montauk
                                          Road, Montauk, NY 11954, 631-
                                          668-2345.
Wednesday, February 6, 2019, at 5:30     Congress Hall Hotel, 200
 p.m.                                     Congress Place, Cape May, NJ
                                          08204, 609-884-8421.
Thursday, February 7, 2019, at 6:00 p.m  Internet webinar: http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/, Webinar help:
                                          302-397-1131, With a listening
                                          station at the new Virginia
                                          Marine Resources Commission
                                          location:, 380 Fenwick Road,
                                          Ft. Monroe, VA 23651, 757-247-
                                          2200.
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    Due to the late 2018/early 2019 government shutdown, prior notice 
of these meetings was not published in the Federal Register and NMFS 
was not able to publish this Notice of Intent before the above 
hearings. To facilitate comments within the comment period for this 
notice, an additional internet webinar scoping hearing will be 
conducted on Wednesday, March 13, 2019, at 7:00 p.m. via this link: 
http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/msb-scoping-2019/. The Council will also 
accept additional in-person scoping comments provided at its April 9-
11, 2019, meeting at the Icona Golden Inn, 7849 Dune Drive, Avalon, NJ 
08202 (telephone number: 609-368-5155). The date and time for the 
scoping hearing during the April Council meeting will be published in a 
future separate Federal Register notice specific to that meeting. When 
further developing this action, the Council will consider all relevant 
public comments received during previously scheduled 2019 hearings even 
though they occurred prior to the official comment period defined in 
this Notice of Intent.

Special Accommodations

    The scoping hearings are accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should 
be directed to M. Jan Saunders (302-674-2331, ext 251) at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

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

    Dated: February 13, 2019.
Karen H. Abrams,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-02697 Filed 2-15-19; 8:45 am]
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