Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force, 54122-54123 [2019-21988]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 54122 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 9, 2019 / Notices members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on the topics identified in the section on Matters to Be Considered. DATES: The announced meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, December 3, 2019 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST and Wednesday, December 4, 2019 from 9:00 to 5:00 p.m. EST. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at: Consortium for Ocean Leadership, 1201 New York Avenue NW, Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. David McKinnie, Designated Federal Officer, Ocean Exploration Advisory Board, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115, (206) 526–6950. 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[FR Doc. 2019–22111 Filed 10–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XV031 Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments. AGENCY: On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Aquaculture, NOAA announces the availability of the Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force for public review and comment. DATES: NOAA will consider public comments received on or before November 8, 2019. ADDRESSES: Obtaining Documents: You may download the Draft Outline for a Work SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force at: https:// www.ars.usda.gov/SCA/taskforce.html. Submitting Comments: Interested persons may submit comments by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic public comments to Aqua.RegPlan@noaa.gov. • Mail: Susan Bunsick, Attn: Aquaculture Work Plan Comments, Office of Aquaculture, F/AQ, 1315 EastWest Highway, 12th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be made available for public viewing upon request. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration—Susan Bunsick, susan.bunsick@noaa.gov, 301–427– 8325. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The U.S. national policy on aquaculture states that (from the National Aquaculture Act of 1980): ‘‘Congress declares that aquaculture has the potential for reducing the United States trade deficit in fisheries products, for augmenting existing commercial and recreational fisheries, and for producing other renewable resources, thereby assisting the United States in meeting its future food needs and contributing to the solution of world resource problems. It is, therefore, in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.’’ The Subcommittee on Aquaculture (SCA), previously known as the Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWGA) and the Joint Subcommittee on Aquaculture (JSA), is a statutory subcommittee that operates under the Committee on Environment of the National Science and Technology Council (NSTC) under the Office of Science and Technology Policy in the Executive Office of the President. It is co-chaired by the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Members include the Department of Agriculture, E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 196 / Wednesday, October 9, 2019 / Notices Department of Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the Interior, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency and the Office of Management and Budget. The SCA serves as the Federal interagency coordinating group to increase the overall effectiveness and productivity of Federal aquaculture research, regulation, technology transfer, and assistance programs. This interagency coordinating group has been functioning since before the National Aquaculture Act was signed into law in 1980. This draft outline lays out the components of a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force. The proposed goal of this plan is to address the Federal strategic goal of improving regulatory efficiency and predictability for domestic freshwater and marine aquaculture under existing laws and regulations. The plan proposes to describe key interagency and federalstate issues raised by aquaculture regulations relating to permitting and aquatic animal health as well as the key science and technology needs to facilitate streamlined regulations and timely management decisions under current regulations. Next Steps The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force. After the public comment period ends, NOAA and the SCA will consider and address the comments received before issuing a draft work plan. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Invitation to Comment Dated: October 3, 2019. David O’Brien, Acting Director, Office of Aquaculture, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–21988 Filed 10–8–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements for Sea Otter Interactions With the Pacific Sardine Fishery; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before December 9, 2019. SUMMARY: Direct all written comments to Adrienne Thomas, PRA Officer, NOAA, 151 Patton Avenue, Room 159, Asheville, NC 28801 (or at PRAcomments@doc.gov). All comments received are part of the public record. Comments will generally be posted without change. All Personally Identifiable Information (for example, name and address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. ADDRESSES: NOAA, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council’s Subcommittee on Aquaculture, seeks public review and comment on the Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force (see ADDRESSES above). Before including your address, telephone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including your personal identifying information, will become part of the public record. I. Abstract Authority: This outline and plan is being issued under the following authorities: National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (Public Law 96–362, 94 Stat. 1198, 16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.) and the National Aquaculture Improvement Act of 1985 (Public Law 99– 198, 99 Stat. 1641). This is a regular submission, an extension of a currently approved collection. On May 30, 2007, NMFS published a final rule (72 FR 29891) implementing a requirement under the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Oct 08, 2019 Jkt 250001 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Joshua Lindsay, (562) 980– 4034 or Joshua.Lindsay@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54123 (FMP) to report any interactions that may occur between a CPS vessel and/or fishing gear and sea otters. In accordance with the regulations implementing the Endangered Species Act (ESA), NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NFMS) initiated an ESA section 7 consultation with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) regarding the effects of implementing the final rule (72 FR 29891), which codified Amendment 11 to the CPS FMP. USFWS determined that formal consultation was necessary on the possible effects to the threatened southern sea otter. USFWS completed a biological opinion (BO) for this action and although it was concluded that fishing activities were not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of the southern sea otter, that there remained the potential to incidentally take southern sea otters. USFWS determined that certain measures should be put in place to ensure the continued protection of the species, including certain reporting requirements. Specifically, these reporting requirements are: 1. If a southern sea otter is entangled in a net, regardless of whether the animal is injured or killed, such an occurrence must be reported within 24 hours to the Regional Administrator, NMFS West Coast Region. 2. While fishing for CPS, vessel operators must record all observations of otter interactions (defined as otters within encircled nets or coming into contact with nets or vessels, including but not limited to entanglement) with their purse seine net(s) or vessel(s). With the exception of an entanglement, which will be initially reported as described in #1 above, all other observations must be reported within 20 days to the Regional Administrator. When contacting NMFS after an interaction, fishermen are required to provide information regarding the location, specifically latitude and longitude, of the interaction and a description of the interaction itself. Descriptive information of the interaction should include: Whether or not the otters were seen inside or outside the net; if inside the net, had the net been completely encircled; did contact occur with net or vessel; the number of otters present; duration of interaction; otter’s behavior during interaction; and, measures taken to avoid interaction. II. Method of Collection The information will be collected on forms submitted by mail, phone, facsimile or email. E:\FR\FM\09OCN1.SGM 09OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XV031


Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture 
Regulatory Task Force

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

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: On behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's 
Subcommittee on Aquaculture, NOAA announces the availability of the 
Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task 
Force for public review and comment.

DATES: NOAA will consider public comments received on or before 
November 8, 2019.

ADDRESSES: 
    Obtaining Documents: You may download the Draft Outline for a Work 
Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force at: https://www.ars.usda.gov/SCA/taskforce.html.
    Submitting Comments: Interested persons may submit comments by any 
of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit electronic public comments 
to [email protected].
     Mail: Susan Bunsick, Attn: Aquaculture Work Plan Comments, 
Office of Aquaculture, F/AQ, 1315 East-West Highway, 12th Floor, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910.
    Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or 
individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be 
considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public 
record and will generally be made available for public viewing upon 
request. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, 
etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive 
information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly 
accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration--Susan Bunsick, [email protected], 301-427-8325.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    The U.S. national policy on aquaculture states that (from the 
National Aquaculture Act of 1980): ``Congress declares that aquaculture 
has the potential for reducing the United States trade deficit in 
fisheries products, for augmenting existing commercial and recreational 
fisheries, and for producing other renewable resources, thereby 
assisting the United States in meeting its future food needs and 
contributing to the solution of world resource problems. It is, 
therefore, in the national interest, and it is the national policy, to 
encourage the development of aquaculture in the United States.''
    The Subcommittee on Aquaculture (SCA), previously known as the 
Interagency Working Group on Aquaculture (IWGA) and the Joint 
Subcommittee on Aquaculture (JSA), is a statutory subcommittee that 
operates under the Committee on Environment of the National Science and 
Technology Council (NSTC) under the Office of Science and Technology 
Policy in the Executive Office of the President. It is co-chaired by 
the Department of Agriculture, Department of Commerce, and the White 
House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Members include the 
Department of Agriculture,

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Department of Commerce, Army Corps of Engineers, Department of the 
Interior, Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency 
and the Office of Management and Budget. The SCA serves as the Federal 
interagency coordinating group to increase the overall effectiveness 
and productivity of Federal aquaculture research, regulation, 
technology transfer, and assistance programs. This interagency 
coordinating group has been functioning since before the National 
Aquaculture Act was signed into law in 1980.
    This draft outline lays out the components of a Work Plan for a 
Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force. The proposed goal of this 
plan is to address the Federal strategic goal of improving regulatory 
efficiency and predictability for domestic freshwater and marine 
aquaculture under existing laws and regulations. The plan proposes to 
describe key interagency and federal-state issues raised by aquaculture 
regulations relating to permitting and aquatic animal health as well as 
the key science and technology needs to facilitate streamlined 
regulations and timely management decisions under current regulations.

Next Steps

    The public is encouraged to review and comment on the Draft Outline 
for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task Force. After 
the public comment period ends, NOAA and the SCA will consider and 
address the comments received before issuing a draft work plan.

Invitation to Comment

    NOAA, on behalf of the National Science and Technology Council's 
Subcommittee on Aquaculture, seeks public review and comment on the 
Draft Outline for a Work Plan for a Federal Aquaculture Regulatory Task 
Force (see ADDRESSES above). Before including your address, telephone 
number, email address, or other personal identifying information in 
your comment, please be aware that your entire comment, including your 
personal identifying information, will become part of the public 
record.

    Authority: This outline and plan is being issued under the 
following authorities: National Aquaculture Act of 1980 (Public Law 
96-362, 94 Stat. 1198, 16 U.S.C. 2801, et seq.) and the National 
Aquaculture Improvement Act of 1985 (Public Law 99-198, 99 Stat. 
1641).

    Dated: October 3, 2019.
David O'Brien,
Acting Director, Office of Aquaculture, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-21988 Filed 10-8-19; 8:45 am]
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