Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Amendments 13 and 14 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Spatial Fisheries Management, 23519-23521 [2019-10578]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / Proposed Rules 1680 MHz blocks. A licensee who is a party to a private agreement described in this section (3) must maintain a copy of the agreement in its station files and disclose it, upon request, to prospective AWS assignees, transferees, or spectrum lessees and to the Commission. * * * * * ■ 14. Section 27.55 is amended by revising paragraph (a)(1) to read as follows: § 27.55 Power strength limits. (a) * * * (1) 1675–1680, 1995–2000, 2110– 2155, 2155–2180, 2180–2200, 2305– 2320, and 2345–2360 MHz bands: 47 dBmV/m. * * * * * ■ 15. Section 27.57 is amended by revising paragraph (c) to read as follows: § 27.57 International coordination. * * * * * (c) Operation in the 1675–1680 MHz, 1695–1710 MHz, 1710–1755 MHz, 1755–1780 MHz, 1915–1920 MHz, 1995–2000 MHz, 2000–2020 MHz, 2110–2155 MHz, 2155–2180 MHz, and 2180–2200 MHz bands is subject to international agreements with Mexico and Canada. ■ 16. Subpart O, consisting of §§ 27.1400, 27.1401, and 27.1410, is added to read as follows: Subpart O—1675–1680 MHz Band Sec. 27.1400 675–1680 MHz band subject to competitive bidding. 27.1401 Designated entities in the 1675– 1680 MHz band. 27.1410 Protection of Federal Government meteorological-satellite operations. § 27.1400 1675–1680 MHz band subject to competitive bidding. Mutually exclusive initial applications for 1675–1680 MHz band licenses are subject to competitive bidding. The general competitive bidding procedures set forth in 47 CFR part 1, subpart Q of this chapter will apply unless otherwise provided in this subpart. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS § 27.1401 Designated entities in the 1675– 1680 MHz band. (a) Eligibility for small business provisions—(1) Definitions—(i) Small business. A small business is an entity that, together with its affiliates, its controlling interests, and the affiliates of its controlling interests, has average gross revenues not exceeding $55 million for the preceding five (5) years. (ii) Very small business. A very small business is an entity that, together with its affiliates, its controlling interests, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 May 21, 2019 Jkt 247001 and the affiliates of its controlling interests, has average gross revenues not exceeding $20 million for the preceding five (5) years. (2) Bidding credits. A winning bidder that qualifies as a small business, as defined in this section, or a consortium of small businesses may use the bidding credit of 15 percent, as specified in § 1.2110(f)(2)(i)(C) of this chapter. A winning bidder that qualifies as a very small business, as defined in this section, or a consortium of very small businesses may use the bidding credit of 25 percent, as specified in § 1.2110(f)(2)(i)(B) of this chapter. (b) Eligibility for rural service provider bidding credit. A rural service provider, as defined in § 1.2110(f)(4)(i) of this chapter, that has not claimed a small business bidding credit may use the bidding credit of 15 percent specified in § 1.2110(f)(4) of this chapter. § 27.1410 Protection of Federal Government Meteorological-Satellite operations. (a) 14 Protection Zones. Within 14 Protection Zones, prior to operating a base station in the 1675–1680 MHz band, licensees must successfully coordinate such base station operations with Federal Government entities operating meteorological satellite Earthstation receivers in the 1675–1710 MHz band. (b) Additional Protection Zones. Federal earth stations in the 1675–1680 MHz band may be added subject to approval by NTIA and in compliance with a coordination process that will be announced jointly by the FCC and NTIA via Public Notice. (c) Interference. If protected Federal earth stations receive harmful interference from 1675–1680 MHz band operations in the 1675–1680 MHz band, a 1675–1680 MHz band licensee must, upon notification, modify its operations and/or technical parameters as necessary to eliminate the interference. (d) Point of contact. 1675–1680 MHz band licensees must provide and maintain a point of contact at all times so that immediate contact can be made should interference against protected Federal sites occur. (e) Coordination procedures. Federal use of the radio spectrum is generally governed by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) while nonFederal use is governed by the Commission. As such, any guidance or details concerning Federal/non-Federal coordination must be issued jointly by NTIA and the Commission. The Commission may jointly issue with NTIA one or more public notices with PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 23519 guidance or details concerning the coordination procedures for the 1675– 1680 MHz band. [FR Doc. 2019–10675 Filed 5–21–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6712–01–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 635 RINs 0648–BI08, 0648–BI10, 0648–BI59 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Amendments 13 and 14 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Spatial Fisheries Management National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of scoping meetings. AGENCY: NMFS announces scoping meetings and webinars for three actions that will evaluate possible revisions to measures implemented under the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fisheries Management Plan (FMP). The public process for these actions commences with scoping to determine the range of issues for each action. For each action, a notice announcing NMFS’ intent to prepare an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, and availability of an issues and options paper, is published in a separate Federal Register Notice. In Amendment 13 to the HMS FMP, NMFS considers refining the Individual Bluefin Tuna Quota (IBQ) Program, reassessing allocation of bluefin tuna quotas, including the discontinuing or phasing out of the Purse Seine category, and other regulatory provisions regarding bluefin directed fisheries and incidental pelagic longline fisheries. Amendment 14 explores options to implement the newly-revised National Standard 1 (NS1) guidelines in the context of shark annual catch limits (ACLs), including how to account for uncertainty stemming from either stock assessments or the management process. In the third action, NMFS considers ways to perform research and collect data in closed areas to assess the effectiveness of spatial HMS management. DATES: Scoping meetings and webinars will be held on the dates listed below in Table 1 of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYP1.SGM 22MYP1 23520 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / Proposed Rules Scoping meetings will be held at the locations listed below in Table 1 of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Warren or Sarah McLaughlin by phone at 978–281–9260 (Amendment 13); Guy´ DuBeck or Ian Miller by phone at (301) 427–8503 (Amendment 14); Tobey Curtis by phone at (978) 281– 9260 or Steve Durkee by phone at (202) 670–6637 (Spatial Management Regulatory Amendment). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS Background Atlantic HMS (tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) are managed under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and Conservation Act (MagnusonStevens Act) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act. Under these authorities, regulations at 50 CFR part 635 implement the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP as amended (copies are available upon request). NMFS announces scoping meetings and webinars for three actions that will evaluate possible revisions to measures implemented under the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP. The public process for these actions commences with scoping to determine the range of issues for each action. For each action, a notice announcing NMFS’ intent to prepare an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, and availability of an issues and options paper, published in separate Federal Register notices. While each of these actions are separate, they are interrelated in some ways. Depending on the outcomes, each action and results could have impacts on the other actions. During the rulemaking process, NMFS will coordinate these actions and clarify any interaction among the actions, or cumulative impacts. NMFS recently released its ‘‘Draft Three-Year Review of the Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) Program’’ (Draft Three-Year Review). The IBQ Program, adopted in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (Amendment 7), is a catch share program that introduced individual vessel accountability for bluefin tuna bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery. Formal reviews of such catch share programs are required to evaluate whether their objectives are met. In Amendment 7, NMFS proposed and finalized a plan to formally evaluate the success and performance of the IBQ Program after three years of operation, and to provide the HMS Advisory Panel with a publicly-available written document VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 May 21, 2019 Jkt 247001 with its findings. This is the draft review, which is expected to be finalized by September 2019 after consideration by the HMS Advisory Panel. NMFS also recently released a scoping document (Issues and Options: Amendment 13) for use in 2019 for scoping, a public process during which NMFS will consider a range of issues and objectives, as well as possible options, for Atlantic bluefin tuna management. The options presented in the issues and options paper consider the preliminary results of the Draft Three-Year Review, and respond to recent changes in the bluefin tuna fishery, and input from the public and HMS Advisory Panel. The options include refining the IBQ program, reassessing allocation of bluefin tuna quotas (including the potential discontinuation or phasing out of the Purse Seine category) and other regulatory provisions regarding bluefin tuna directed fisheries and bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery, to determine if existing measures are the best means of achieving current management objectives for bluefin tuna management. During scoping, public feedback will be accepted via written comments or at scoping meetings as described in a separate Federal Register notice. NMFS has also recently published an issues and options paper for Amendment 14 that reviews annual catch limits and various target reference points for sharks. This action could result in a different process for establishing the annual catch limits for sharks, and therefore could affect all fishermen, commercial and recreational, that target or incidentally catch sharks. During scoping, public feedback will be accepted via written comments or scoping meetings as described in a separate Federal Register notice. NMFS also released an issues and options paper considering approaches to collect data and perform research in areas that are currently closed to certain gears or fishing activities for Atlantic HMS. Such research will help evaluate and support spatial fisheries management for Atlantic HMS. ‘‘Spatial management’’ refers to a suite of fisheries conservation and management measures that are based on geographic area. When some spatial management tools, such as closed areas, are deployed, the collection of fisherydependent data is reduced or eliminated. This loss of data can compromise effective fisheries management. The issues and options paper considers approaches to collect data and perform research in areas that PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 may otherwise restrict commercial or recreational fishing, making the collection of fisheries-dependent data challenging or not possible. During scoping, public feedback will be accepted via written comments or at scoping meetings as described in a separate Federal Register notice. In addition to the three actions listed above, NMFS is also currently in the process of developing a proposed rule regarding pelagic longline bluefin tuna area-based and weak hook management measures. For that action, NMFS recently released a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) and intends to release a proposed rule shortly. The comment period of this proposed action overlaps with the comment periods for the three scoping actions. However, the public hearings for the DEIS and related proposed rule will be separate from the scoping meetings announced in this notice, with the exception of the July 30, 2019 meeting listed in Table 1 below. If the proposed rule publishes in time, the July 30 meeting in Toms River will begin with the proposed rule public hearing, and will close with the scoping meeting for Amendment 13. Please see the subsequent Federal Register notice announcing the proposed rule public hearings. Scoping Process NMFS encourages participation, by all persons affected or otherwise interested in recreational and commercial HMS fishing, in the process to determine the scope and significance of options to be analyzed and considered in the environmental analysis for these regulatory actions. All such persons are encouraged to submit written comments (see ADDRESSES), or comment at one of the scoping meetings or public webinars. Persons submitting comments are welcome to address the specific measures in the issues and options paper for each action. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Guy´ DuBeck at 301–427–8503, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. NMFS is holding scoping meetings in the geographic areas that may be affected by these actions, including locations on the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico coasts, and webinars accessible via the internet. Scoping meetings and webinars for each action are identified in Table 1. NMFS has also asked to present information on these actions to the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, MidAtlantic, and New England Fishery Management Councils at their meetings during the public scoping period. Please see their meeting notices for dates, times, and locations. In addition, these E:\FR\FM\22MYP1.SGM 22MYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 99 / Wednesday, May 22, 2019 / Proposed Rules actions will be discussed at the HMS Advisory Panel meeting on May 21–23, 2019 (March 7, 2019; 84 FR 8306). After public comment has been gathered and analyzed, NMFS will determine if it is necessary to proceed with preparation of an environmental analysis and proposed rule for each action, which would include additional opportunities for public comment. The scope of the environmental analysis would consist of the range of actions, alternatives, and impacts to be considered. 23521 The process of developing a regulatory action is expected to take approximately two years. Until the environmental analysis and proposed rule are finalized or until other regulations are put into place, the current regulations remain in effect. TABLE 1—DATES, TIMES AND LOCATIONS OF THE SCOPING MEETINGS AND WEBINARS INSTRUCTIONS Action Date Time Location and street address SCOPING MEETINGS Amendment 13 ................................................. Amendment 13, Spatial Management Research. Amendment 13 ................................................. Amendment 13 ................................................. Amendment 14 ................................................. All ...................................................................... Amendment 13 ................................................. All ...................................................................... All ...................................................................... Amendment 13 * ............................................... June 3, 2019. June 4, 2019. June 18, 2019. June 19, 2019. June 24, 2019. June 25, 2019. July 9, 2019. July 10, 2019. July 25, 2019. July 30, 2019. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. 5:00–8:00 p.m. Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial Street, Portland, ME 04101. National Marine Fisheries Service, Greater Atlantic Regional Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Chatham Community Center, 702 Main Street, Chatham, MA 02633. Plymouth Public Library, 132 South Street, Plymouth, MA 02360. National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701. Susan Broom Kilmer Branch Library, 101 Melody Lane, Ft. Pierce, FL 34950. NC Division of Marine Fisheries, 5285 Highway 70, Morehead City, NC 28557. Dare County Administration Building, 954 Marshall Collins Dr., Commissioners Meeting Room, Manteo, NC 27954. Terrebonne Parish Library (Main Branch), 151 Library Dr., Houma, LA 70360. Ocean County Library, Toms River Branch, 101 Washington Street, Toms River, NJ 08753. WEBINARS Amendment 13 ................................................. June 10, 2019. 2:00–4:00 p.m. Amendment 14 ................................................. May 28, 2019. 1:00–3:00 p.m. Spatial Management Research ........................ June 19, 2019. 2:00–4:00 p.m. Link: https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=e25072f282e22bc58188f278a9328285e; Dial In: 800–369–1177; Passcode: 2046577. Link:https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed71080c2cb6d03424331aaa808865f0f; Dial In: 888–282–0428; Passcode: 4913538. Link: https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=e90547c85b1c1d30c8adedba286178d7d; Dial In: 888–324–8014; Passcode: 5920937. * The July 30, 2019 meeting in Toms River, NJ may be scheduled along with a public hearing for a proposed rule to modify pelagic longline bluefin tuna area-based and weak hook management measures. For further information, please see the subsequent Federal Register notice announcing the proposed rule public hearing schedule. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with PROPOSALS The public is reminded that NMFS expects participants at the scoping meetings to conduct themselves appropriately. At the beginning of each scoping meeting, a representative of NMFS will explain the ground rules (e.g., alcohol is prohibited from the meeting room; attendees will be called to give their comments in the order in which they registered to speak; each attendee will have an equal amount of VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:00 May 21, 2019 Jkt 247001 time to speak; and attendees should not interrupt one another). The NMFS representative will attempt to structure the meeting so that all attending members of the public will be able to comment, if they so choose, regardless of the controversial nature of the subject(s). Attendees are expected to respect the ground rules, and, if they do not, they may be asked to leave the scoping meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 9990 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: May 16, 2019. Kelly L. Denit, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 635

RINs 0648-BI08, 0648-BI10, 0648-BI59


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Amendments 13 and 14 to the 
2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management 
Plan; Spatial Fisheries Management

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

ACTION: Notice of scoping meetings.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces scoping meetings and webinars for three actions 
that will evaluate possible revisions to measures implemented under the 
2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fisheries 
Management Plan (FMP). The public process for these actions commences 
with scoping to determine the range of issues for each action. For each 
action, a notice announcing NMFS' intent to prepare an environmental 
analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, and availability 
of an issues and options paper, is published in a separate Federal 
Register Notice. In Amendment 13 to the HMS FMP, NMFS considers 
refining the Individual Bluefin Tuna Quota (IBQ) Program, reassessing 
allocation of bluefin tuna quotas, including the discontinuing or 
phasing out of the Purse Seine category, and other regulatory 
provisions regarding bluefin directed fisheries and incidental pelagic 
longline fisheries. Amendment 14 explores options to implement the 
newly-revised National Standard 1 (NS1) guidelines in the context of 
shark annual catch limits (ACLs), including how to account for 
uncertainty stemming from either stock assessments or the management 
process. In the third action, NMFS considers ways to perform research 
and collect data in closed areas to assess the effectiveness of spatial 
HMS management.

DATES: Scoping meetings and webinars will be held on the dates listed 
below in Table 1 of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

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ADDRESSES: Scoping meetings will be held at the locations listed below 
in Table 1 of SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas Warren or Sarah McLaughlin by 
phone at 978-281-9260 (Amendment 13); Gu[yacute] DuBeck or Ian Miller 
by phone at (301) 427-8503 (Amendment 14); Tobey Curtis by phone at 
(978) 281-9260 or Steve Durkee by phone at (202) 670-6637 (Spatial 
Management Regulatory Amendment).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Atlantic HMS (tunas, sharks, swordfish and billfish) are managed 
under the dual authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management and 
Conservation Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tunas 
Convention Act. Under these authorities, regulations at 50 CFR part 635 
implement the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP as amended (copies are 
available upon request).
    NMFS announces scoping meetings and webinars for three actions that 
will evaluate possible revisions to measures implemented under the 2006 
Consolidated HMS FMP. The public process for these actions commences 
with scoping to determine the range of issues for each action. For each 
action, a notice announcing NMFS' intent to prepare an environmental 
analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, and availability 
of an issues and options paper, published in separate Federal Register 
notices. While each of these actions are separate, they are 
interrelated in some ways. Depending on the outcomes, each action and 
results could have impacts on the other actions. During the rulemaking 
process, NMFS will coordinate these actions and clarify any interaction 
among the actions, or cumulative impacts.
    NMFS recently released its ``Draft Three-Year Review of the 
Individual Bluefin Quota (IBQ) Program'' (Draft Three-Year Review). The 
IBQ Program, adopted in Amendment 7 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP 
(Amendment 7), is a catch share program that introduced individual 
vessel accountability for bluefin tuna bycatch in the pelagic longline 
fishery. Formal reviews of such catch share programs are required to 
evaluate whether their objectives are met. In Amendment 7, NMFS 
proposed and finalized a plan to formally evaluate the success and 
performance of the IBQ Program after three years of operation, and to 
provide the HMS Advisory Panel with a publicly-available written 
document with its findings. This is the draft review, which is expected 
to be finalized by September 2019 after consideration by the HMS 
Advisory Panel.
    NMFS also recently released a scoping document (Issues and Options: 
Amendment 13) for use in 2019 for scoping, a public process during 
which NMFS will consider a range of issues and objectives, as well as 
possible options, for Atlantic bluefin tuna management. The options 
presented in the issues and options paper consider the preliminary 
results of the Draft Three-Year Review, and respond to recent changes 
in the bluefin tuna fishery, and input from the public and HMS Advisory 
Panel. The options include refining the IBQ program, reassessing 
allocation of bluefin tuna quotas (including the potential 
discontinuation or phasing out of the Purse Seine category) and other 
regulatory provisions regarding bluefin tuna directed fisheries and 
bycatch in the pelagic longline fishery, to determine if existing 
measures are the best means of achieving current management objectives 
for bluefin tuna management. During scoping, public feedback will be 
accepted via written comments or at scoping meetings as described in a 
separate Federal Register notice.
    NMFS has also recently published an issues and options paper for 
Amendment 14 that reviews annual catch limits and various target 
reference points for sharks. This action could result in a different 
process for establishing the annual catch limits for sharks, and 
therefore could affect all fishermen, commercial and recreational, that 
target or incidentally catch sharks. During scoping, public feedback 
will be accepted via written comments or scoping meetings as described 
in a separate Federal Register notice.
    NMFS also released an issues and options paper considering 
approaches to collect data and perform research in areas that are 
currently closed to certain gears or fishing activities for Atlantic 
HMS. Such research will help evaluate and support spatial fisheries 
management for Atlantic HMS. ``Spatial management'' refers to a suite 
of fisheries conservation and management measures that are based on 
geographic area. When some spatial management tools, such as closed 
areas, are deployed, the collection of fishery-dependent data is 
reduced or eliminated. This loss of data can compromise effective 
fisheries management. The issues and options paper considers approaches 
to collect data and perform research in areas that may otherwise 
restrict commercial or recreational fishing, making the collection of 
fisheries-dependent data challenging or not possible. During scoping, 
public feedback will be accepted via written comments or at scoping 
meetings as described in a separate Federal Register notice.
    In addition to the three actions listed above, NMFS is also 
currently in the process of developing a proposed rule regarding 
pelagic longline bluefin tuna area-based and weak hook management 
measures. For that action, NMFS recently released a Draft Environmental 
Impact Statement (DEIS) and intends to release a proposed rule shortly. 
The comment period of this proposed action overlaps with the comment 
periods for the three scoping actions. However, the public hearings for 
the DEIS and related proposed rule will be separate from the scoping 
meetings announced in this notice, with the exception of the July 30, 
2019 meeting listed in Table 1 below. If the proposed rule publishes in 
time, the July 30 meeting in Toms River will begin with the proposed 
rule public hearing, and will close with the scoping meeting for 
Amendment 13. Please see the subsequent Federal Register notice 
announcing the proposed rule public hearings.

Scoping Process

    NMFS encourages participation, by all persons affected or otherwise 
interested in recreational and commercial HMS fishing, in the process 
to determine the scope and significance of options to be analyzed and 
considered in the environmental analysis for these regulatory actions. 
All such persons are encouraged to submit written comments (see 
ADDRESSES), or comment at one of the scoping meetings or public 
webinars. Persons submitting comments are welcome to address the 
specific measures in the issues and options paper for each action. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Gu[yacute] DuBeck at 301-427-8503, at least 7 
days prior to the meeting.
    NMFS is holding scoping meetings in the geographic areas that may 
be affected by these actions, including locations on the Atlantic and 
Gulf of Mexico coasts, and webinars accessible via the internet. 
Scoping meetings and webinars for each action are identified in Table 
1. NMFS has also asked to present information on these actions to the 
Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, Mid-Atlantic, and New England Fishery 
Management Councils at their meetings during the public scoping period. 
Please see their meeting notices for dates, times, and locations. In 
addition, these

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actions will be discussed at the HMS Advisory Panel meeting on May 21-
23, 2019 (March 7, 2019; 84 FR 8306).
    After public comment has been gathered and analyzed, NMFS will 
determine if it is necessary to proceed with preparation of an 
environmental analysis and proposed rule for each action, which would 
include additional opportunities for public comment. The scope of the 
environmental analysis would consist of the range of actions, 
alternatives, and impacts to be considered.
    The process of developing a regulatory action is expected to take 
approximately two years. Until the environmental analysis and proposed 
rule are finalized or until other regulations are put into place, the 
current regulations remain in effect.

              Table 1--Dates, Times and Locations of the Scoping Meetings and Webinars Instructions
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              Action                       Date                  Time             Location and street address
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                                                SCOPING MEETINGS
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Amendment 13.....................  June 3, 2019........  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Gulf of Maine Research Institute,
                                                                               350 Commercial Street, Portland,
                                                                               ME 04101.
Amendment 13, Spatial Management   June 4, 2019........  5:00-8:00 p.m......  National Marine Fisheries Service,
 Research.                                                                     Greater Atlantic Regional Office,
                                                                               55 Great Republic Drive,
                                                                               Gloucester, MA 01930.
Amendment 13.....................  June 18, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Chatham Community Center, 702 Main
                                                                               Street, Chatham, MA 02633.
Amendment 13.....................  June 19, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Plymouth Public Library, 132 South
                                                                               Street, Plymouth, MA 02360.
Amendment 14.....................  June 24, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  National Marine Fisheries Service,
                                                                               Southeast Regional Office, 263
                                                                               13th Avenue South, Saint
                                                                               Petersburg, FL 33701.
All..............................  June 25, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Susan Broom Kilmer Branch Library,
                                                                               101 Melody Lane, Ft. Pierce, FL
                                                                               34950.
Amendment 13.....................  July 9, 2019........  5:00-8:00 p.m......  NC Division of Marine Fisheries,
                                                                               5285 Highway 70, Morehead City,
                                                                               NC 28557.
All..............................  July 10, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Dare County Administration
                                                                               Building, 954 Marshall Collins
                                                                               Dr., Commissioners Meeting Room,
                                                                               Manteo, NC 27954.
All..............................  July 25, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Terrebonne Parish Library (Main
                                                                               Branch), 151 Library Dr., Houma,
                                                                               LA 70360.
Amendment 13 *...................  July 30, 2019.......  5:00-8:00 p.m......  Ocean County Library, Toms River
                                                                               Branch, 101 Washington Street,
                                                                               Toms River, NJ 08753.
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                                                    WEBINARS
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Amendment 13.....................  June 10, 2019.......  2:00-4:00 p.m......  Link: https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=e25072f282e22bc58188f278a9328285e 78a9328285e; Dial In: 800-369-
                                                                               1177; Passcode: 2046577.
Amendment 14.....................  May 28, 2019........  1:00-3:00 p.m......  Link:https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=ed71080c2cb6d03424331aaa808865f0f aa808865f0f; Dial In: 888-282-
                                                                               0428; Passcode: 4913538.
Spatial Management Research......  June 19, 2019.......  2:00-4:00 p.m......  Link: https://noaanmfs-events1.webex.com/noaanmfs-events1/onstage/g.php?MTID=e90547c85b1c1d30c8adedba286178d7d ba286178d7d; Dial In: 888-324-
                                                                               8014; Passcode: 5920937.
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* The July 30, 2019 meeting in Toms River, NJ may be scheduled along with a public hearing for a proposed rule
  to modify pelagic longline bluefin tuna area-based and weak hook management measures. For further information,
  please see the subsequent Federal Register notice announcing the proposed rule public hearing schedule.

    The public is reminded that NMFS expects participants at the 
scoping meetings to conduct themselves appropriately. At the beginning 
of each scoping meeting, a representative of NMFS will explain the 
ground rules (e.g., alcohol is prohibited from the meeting room; 
attendees will be called to give their comments in the order in which 
they registered to speak; each attendee will have an equal amount of 
time to speak; and attendees should not interrupt one another). The 
NMFS representative will attempt to structure the meeting so that all 
attending members of the public will be able to comment, if they so 
choose, regardless of the controversial nature of the subject(s). 
Attendees are expected to respect the ground rules, and, if they do 
not, they may be asked to leave the scoping meeting.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: May 16, 2019.
Kelly L. Denit,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-10578 Filed 5-21-19; 8:45 am]
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