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Download as PDF 59616 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / Notices foreign government subsidies on articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty covering the period January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019.1 In the First Quarter 2019 Update, we requested that any party that has information on foreign government subsidy programs that benefit articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty submit such information to Commerce.2 We received no comments, information or requests for consultation from any party. Pursuant to section 702(h) of the Act, we hereby provide Commerce’s update of subsidies on articles of cheese that were imported during the period April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019. The appendix to this notice lists the country, the subsidy program or programs, and the gross and net amounts of each subsidy for which information is currently available. Commerce will incorporate additional programs which are found to constitute subsidies, and additional information on the subsidy programs listed, as the information is developed. Commerce encourages any person having information on foreign government subsidy programs which benefit articles of cheese subject to an in-quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW, Washington, DC 20230. This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act. Dated: October 29, 2019. Jeffrey I. Kessler, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. Appendix SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ON CHEESE SUBJECT TO AN IN-QUOTA RATE OF DUTY Net 4 subsidy ($/lb) Program(s) 28 European Union Member States 5 ..................... Canada ................................................................... Norway .................................................................... European Union Restitution Payments .................. Export Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese .... Indirect (Milk) Subsidy ............................................ Consumer Subsidy ................................................. $0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 $0.00 0.47 0.00 0.00 Total ................................................................ Deficiency Payments .............................................. 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 Switzerland ............................................................. [FR Doc. 2019–24121 Filed 11–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XX026] Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit renewal application from the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This permit would facilitate research on the abundance and distribution of juvenile SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Gross 3 subsidy ($/lb) Country 1 See Quarterly Update to Annual Listing of Foreign Government Subsidies on Articles of Cheese Subject to an In-Quota Rate of Duty, 84 FR 36053 (July 26, 2019) (First Quarter 2019 Update). 2 Id. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Nov 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 American lobster and Jonah crab along the northwest Atlantic coast. Regulations under the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act require publication of this notice to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed Exempted Fishing Permits. DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 20, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following methods: • Email: NMFS.GAR.EFP@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line ‘‘Comments on CFRF Lobster Study Fleet EFP.’’ • Mail: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ‘‘Comments on CFRF Lobster Study Fleet EFP.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9225, Laura.Hansen@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) submitted a 3 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5). in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6). 5 The 28 member states of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, 4 Defined PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 complete application to renew an existing Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) on October 1, 2019, to conduct fishing activities that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would authorize 20 vessels to continue a study using ventless lobster traps to survey the abundance and distribution of juvenile American lobster and Jonah crab in regions and times of year not covered by traditional surveys. This EFP proposes to use 60 ventless lobster traps throughout Lobster Conservation Management Areas (LCMA) 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Maps of these areas are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/ resource/map/lobster-managementareas. The study would inform management by addressing questions of changing reproduction and recruitment dynamics of lobster, and developing a foundation of knowledge for the data poor Jonah crab fishery. Funding for this study is through the Campbell Foundation and the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program (Grant # NA17NMF4270208). For this project, CFRF is requesting exemptions from the following Federal lobster regulations: 1. Gear specification requirements in 50 CFR 697.21(c) to allow for closed Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. E:\FR\FM\05NON1.SGM 05NON1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 214 / Tuesday, November 5, 2019 / Notices escape vents and smaller trap mesh and entrance heads; 2. Trap limit requirements, as listed in § 697.19, for LCMA 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5, to be exceeded by 3 additional traps per fishing vessel for a total of 60 additional traps; 3. Trap tag requirements, as specified in § 697.19(j), to allow for the use of untagged traps (though each experimental trap will have the participating fisherman’s identification attached); and 4. Possession restrictions in §§ 697.20(a), 697.20(d), and 697.20(g) to allow for temporary possession of juvenile, v-notched, and egg-bearing lobsters for onboard biological sampling. If the EFP is approved, this research would take place during the regular fishing activity of the participating vessels: 6 ‘‘inshore’’ vessels in LCMA 2 and 14 ‘‘offshore’’ vessels in LCMAs 1, 3, 4, and 5. Experimental traps will be attached to a standard, Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan-compliant trap trawl. Modifications to conventional lobster traps include closed escape vents, single parlors, and smaller mesh sizes and entrance heads, to allow for the capture of juvenile lobsters and Jonah crabs. Sampling would occur weekly in LCMA 2, and every 10 days in the other areas. All lobster and Jonah crabs caught in the experimental traps would be counted, sexed, and measured. Biological information including shell hardness and presence of eggs would also be recorded. All species captured in study traps would be returned promptly to the sea after sampling. All data collected would be made available to state and Federal management agencies to improve and enhance the available data for these two crustacean species. We anticipate that the final rulemaking to implement Jonah crab Federal regulations will occur during the proposed study period. To ensure that there is no disruption to research activities, we would modify exemptions granted to this study, should they be approved, to include exemption from the possession of undersized and eggbearing Jonah crabs. We have solicited comment on this expansion in the Jonah Crab Fishery Management Plan rulemaking process. If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the study period. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:34 Nov 04, 2019 Jkt 250001 impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 31, 2019. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24120 Filed 11–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XU004 Meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open public meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s (MAFAC’s) Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (CBP Task Force). The CBP Task Force will discuss the issues outlined in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below. DATES: The meeting will be held on December 3, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT and December 4, 2019 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT. 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Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Katherine Cheney, 503–231–6730, by November 26, 2019. Dated: October 31, 2019. Jennifer L. Lukens, Federal Program Officer, Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–24146 Filed 11–4–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Department of the Air Force Performance Review Board AGENCY: Department of the Air Force, DoD. ACTION: Notice. Notice is given of the names of the 2019 Performance Review Board for the Department of the Air Force. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Please direct any written comments or requests for information to Ms. Stacia Thompson, Air Force Senior Executive Management Office, AF/A1LS, 1040 Air Force Pentagon, Washington, DC 20330– 1040 (PH: 703–693–6447; or via email at stacia.g.thompson.civ@mail.mil). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XX026]


Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; 
General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted 
Fishing Permits

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary 
determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit renewal application from 
the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation contains all of the 
required information and warrants further consideration. This permit 
would facilitate research on the abundance and distribution of juvenile 
American lobster and Jonah crab along the northwest Atlantic coast.
    Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act and the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative 
Management Act require publication of this notice to provide interested 
parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed 
Exempted Fishing Permits.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before November 20, 2019.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
     Email: [email protected]. Include in the subject line 
``Comments on CFRF Lobster Study Fleet EFP.''
     Mail: Michael Pentony, Regional Administrator, NMFS, 
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside of the envelope ``Comments on 
CFRF Lobster Study Fleet EFP.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management 
Specialist, 978-281-9225, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation 
(CFRF) submitted a complete application to renew an existing Exempted 
Fishing Permit (EFP) on October 1, 2019, to conduct fishing activities 
that the regulations would otherwise restrict. The EFP would authorize 
20 vessels to continue a study using ventless lobster traps to survey 
the abundance and distribution of juvenile American lobster and Jonah 
crab in regions and times of year not covered by traditional surveys. 
This EFP proposes to use 60 ventless lobster traps throughout Lobster 
Conservation Management Areas (LCMA) 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5. Maps of these 
areas are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/resource/map/lobster-management-areas. The study would inform management by 
addressing questions of changing reproduction and recruitment dynamics 
of lobster, and developing a foundation of knowledge for the data poor 
Jonah crab fishery.
    Funding for this study is through the Campbell Foundation and the 
Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Program (Grant # NA17NMF4270208). For this 
project, CFRF is requesting exemptions from the following Federal 
lobster regulations:
    1. Gear specification requirements in 50 CFR 697.21(c) to allow for 
closed

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escape vents and smaller trap mesh and entrance heads;
    2. Trap limit requirements, as listed in Sec.  697.19, for LCMA 1, 
2, 3, 4 and 5, to be exceeded by 3 additional traps per fishing vessel 
for a total of 60 additional traps;
    3. Trap tag requirements, as specified in Sec.  697.19(j), to allow 
for the use of untagged traps (though each experimental trap will have 
the participating fisherman's identification attached); and
    4. Possession restrictions in Sec. Sec.  697.20(a), 697.20(d), and 
697.20(g) to allow for temporary possession of juvenile, v-notched, and 
egg-bearing lobsters for onboard biological sampling.
    If the EFP is approved, this research would take place during the 
regular fishing activity of the participating vessels: 6 ``inshore'' 
vessels in LCMA 2 and 14 ``offshore'' vessels in LCMAs 1, 3, 4, and 5. 
Experimental traps will be attached to a standard, Atlantic Large Whale 
Take Reduction Plan-compliant trap trawl. Modifications to conventional 
lobster traps include closed escape vents, single parlors, and smaller 
mesh sizes and entrance heads, to allow for the capture of juvenile 
lobsters and Jonah crabs. Sampling would occur weekly in LCMA 2, and 
every 10 days in the other areas.
    All lobster and Jonah crabs caught in the experimental traps would 
be counted, sexed, and measured. Biological information including shell 
hardness and presence of eggs would also be recorded. All species 
captured in study traps would be returned promptly to the sea after 
sampling. All data collected would be made available to state and 
Federal management agencies to improve and enhance the available data 
for these two crustacean species.
    We anticipate that the final rulemaking to implement Jonah crab 
Federal regulations will occur during the proposed study period. To 
ensure that there is no disruption to research activities, we would 
modify exemptions granted to this study, should they be approved, to 
include exemption from the possession of undersized and egg-bearing 
Jonah crabs. We have solicited comment on this expansion in the Jonah 
Crab Fishery Management Plan rulemaking process.
    If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and 
extensions to the EFP throughout the study period. EFP modifications 
and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed 
essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have 
minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially 
approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope 
of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited.

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

    Dated: October 31, 2019.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-24120 Filed 11-4-19; 8:45 am]
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