Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; California Wetfish Producers Association, 37434-37435 [2020-13369]

Download as PDF 37434 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 120 / Monday, June 22, 2020 / Notices Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on the application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Erin Markin, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits and permit modification are requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). File No. 21111–02: NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, California 92037, (Responsible Party: Robin LeRoux), proposes to modify Permit No. 21111– 01. The permit, originally issued on February 15, 2018 (83 FR 13731, March 30, 2018), authorizes researchers to conduct long-term monitoring of leatherback sea turtles off the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington. Researchers may conduct vessel-based research on leatherbacks including captures, observation, transmitter attachment, marking, measurements, imaging, and biological sampling. The permit holder requests authorization to (1) use a manned ’spotter’ aircraft and unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to assist leatherback capture efforts, (2) increase the number of animals captured from 15 to 20 animals annually in line 1 of the take table, (3) attach an acoustic tag to animals to evaluate finescale leatherback movements and habitat use, (4) analyze the microbiome of collected cloacal and fecal samples to evaluate leatherback health and body condition, and (5) add personnel to conduct the request aerial methods. The permit is valid through September 30, 2027. File No. 23683: Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, 163 Dairy Road, Mangilao, Guam 96913, (Responsible Party: Jay Gutierrez), proposes to obtain information on green and hawksbill sea turtle movement, distribution, abundance, genetics, and health status in waters around Guam. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jun 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 Up to 45 green and 10 hawksbill sea turtles would be captured by hand or tangle net, tagged (flipper, passive integrated transponder [PIT]), biologically sampled (skin), measured, weighed, and photographed/videoed, annually, prior to release. A subset of turtles may receive a satellite tag (epoxy attachment). The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. File No. 23851: Michael Arendt, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, South Carolina, proposed to assess the abundance, distribution, demographic structure, genetics, and health of green, Kemp’s ridley, leatherback, loggerhead, and olive ridley sea turtles in waters off the coasts of South Carolina, Georgia, and northern Florida. Up to 3 green, 30 Kemp’s ridley, 1 leatherback, 130 loggerhead, and 2 olive ridley sea turtles would be captured by trawl, tagged (flipper, PIT), biologically sampled (blood, lesion, scute), measured, weighed, and photographed/videoed, annually, prior to release. A subset of turtles may receive a satellite or acoustic tag (epoxy attachment). Up to 12 green, 1 Kemp’s ridley, and 1 loggerhead sea turtles may be captured under another authority, tagged (flipper, PIT), biologically sampled (blood, lesion, scute), measured, weighed, photographed/videoed, and receive a satellite or acoustic tag (epoxy attachment), annually, prior to release. Unintentional mortality of one green, one Kemp’s ridley, one leatherback, and two loggerhead sea turtles could happen over the life of the permit. The permit would be valid for up to 10 years from the date of issuance. Dated: June 16, 2020. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–13358 Filed 6–19–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XW025] Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits; California Wetfish Producers Association National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. The Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an application for an Exempted Fishing Permit warrants further consideration. The application, submitted by the California Wetfish Producers Association, requests an exemption from the expected prohibition on primary directed fishing for Pacific sardine for the 2020–2021 fishing year to collect Pacific sardine as part of an industry-based scientific survey. NMFS requests public comment on the application. DATES: Comments must be received by July 7, 2020. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2020–0067, by the following method: Electronic Submissions: Submit all public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20200067, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. The EFP application will be available under Supporting and Related Materials through the same link. Instructions: Comments must be submitted by the above method to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn Massey, West Coast Region, NMFS, (562) 436–2462, lynn.massey@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and regulations at 50 CFR 600.745, which allow NMFS Regional Administrators to authorize exempted fishing permits SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22JNN1.SGM 22JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 120 / Monday, June 22, 2020 / Notices (EFPs) to test fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited. On May 27, 2020, NMFS published a proposed rule (85 FR 31733) to implement Pacific sardine harvest specifications for the 2020–2021 fishing year off the U.S. West Coast, which begins on July 1. This proposed rule included a 4,288 metric ton (mt) annual catch limit (ACL), a 4,000-mt annual catch target (ACT), and a prohibition on directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California, except as part of the live bait or minor directed fisheries, or as part of EFP fishing activities. On April 6, 2020, the California Wetfish Producers Association (CWPA) submitted an EFP application to NMFS requesting to directly harvest up to 400 mt of Pacific sardine as part of their CPS Nearshore Cooperative Survey (CPS– NCS) during the 2020–2021 fishing year. At the April 2020 Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting, although formal Council review and approval of EFPs was removed from the Council’s agenda, the Council expressed support for this EFP proposal during their discussion of sardine management measures. Since 2012 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with the CWPA, has been conducting aerial surveys to estimate the biomass and distribution of sardine and certain other CPS in nearshore waters in the Southern California Bight, and in the Monterey-San Francisco area since the summer of 2017. Currently, there is uncertainty in the biomass estimates from aerial spotter pilots. The CPS–NCS survey associated with the proposed EFP is part of research to quantify that level of uncertainty by capturing CPS schools identified by aerial spotter pilots and validating the biomass and species composition of the schools. A portion of each point set (i.e., an individual haul of fish captured with a purse seine net) will be retained for biological sampling, and the remainder will be sold by the participating fishermen and processors to offset research costs and avoid unnecessary discard. This research contributes to broader efforts to understand CPS biomass in shallow, nearshore areas that NMFS’ CPS offshore acoustic trawl survey is unable to access. If NMFS issues this EFP, the CPS– NCS will survey nearshore waters of the Southern California Bight for 7–10 days between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021. Any harvest under this EFP would count against the 2020–2021 ACL and ACT for Pacific sardine. If NMFS does not issue this EFP, then this 400 mtportion of the ACL would be available VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:08 Jun 19, 2020 Jkt 250001 for harvest by other permissible fishing activities. After publication of this document in the Federal Register, NMFS may approve and issue permits to participating vessels after the close of the public comment period. NMFS will consider comments submitted in deciding whether to approve the application as requested. NMFS may approve the application in its entirety or may make any alterations needed to achieve the goals of the EFP project. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 17, 2020. He´le`ne M.N. Scalliet, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XW025]


Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic 
Fisheries; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery; Application for Exempted 
Fishing Permits; California Wetfish Producers Association

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, NMFS, has made 
a preliminary determination that an application for an Exempted Fishing 
Permit warrants further consideration. The application, submitted by 
the California Wetfish Producers Association, requests an exemption 
from the expected prohibition on primary directed fishing for Pacific 
sardine for the 2020-2021 fishing year to collect Pacific sardine as 
part of an industry-based scientific survey. NMFS requests public 
comment on the application.

DATES: Comments must be received by July 7, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by 
NOAA-NMFS-2020-0067, by the following method:
    Electronic Submissions: Submit all public comments via the Federal 
e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-
NMFS-2020-0067, click the ``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required 
fields, and enter or attach your comments. The EFP application will be 
available under Supporting and Related Materials through the same link.
    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by the above method to 
ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by 
NMFS. Comments sent by any other method or received after the end of 
the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a 
part of the public record and will generally be posted for public 
viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the 
sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will 
accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you 
wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lynn Massey, West Coast Region, NMFS, 
(562) 436-2462, [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This action is authorized by the Coastal 
Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and regulations at 
50 CFR 600.745, which allow NMFS Regional Administrators to authorize 
exempted fishing permits

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(EFPs) to test fishing activities that would otherwise be prohibited.
    On May 27, 2020, NMFS published a proposed rule (85 FR 31733) to 
implement Pacific sardine harvest specifications for the 2020-2021 
fishing year off the U.S. West Coast, which begins on July 1. This 
proposed rule included a 4,288 metric ton (mt) annual catch limit 
(ACL), a 4,000-mt annual catch target (ACT), and a prohibition on 
directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, 
Oregon, and California, except as part of the live bait or minor 
directed fisheries, or as part of EFP fishing activities.
    On April 6, 2020, the California Wetfish Producers Association 
(CWPA) submitted an EFP application to NMFS requesting to directly 
harvest up to 400 mt of Pacific sardine as part of their CPS Nearshore 
Cooperative Survey (CPS-NCS) during the 2020-2021 fishing year. At the 
April 2020 Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting, 
although formal Council review and approval of EFPs was removed from 
the Council's agenda, the Council expressed support for this EFP 
proposal during their discussion of sardine management measures.
    Since 2012 the California Department of Fish and Wildlife, in 
partnership with the CWPA, has been conducting aerial surveys to 
estimate the biomass and distribution of sardine and certain other CPS 
in nearshore waters in the Southern California Bight, and in the 
Monterey-San Francisco area since the summer of 2017. Currently, there 
is uncertainty in the biomass estimates from aerial spotter pilots. The 
CPS-NCS survey associated with the proposed EFP is part of research to 
quantify that level of uncertainty by capturing CPS schools identified 
by aerial spotter pilots and validating the biomass and species 
composition of the schools. A portion of each point set (i.e., an 
individual haul of fish captured with a purse seine net) will be 
retained for biological sampling, and the remainder will be sold by the 
participating fishermen and processors to offset research costs and 
avoid unnecessary discard. This research contributes to broader efforts 
to understand CPS biomass in shallow, nearshore areas that NMFS' CPS 
offshore acoustic trawl survey is unable to access.
    If NMFS issues this EFP, the CPS-NCS will survey nearshore waters 
of the Southern California Bight for 7-10 days between July 1, 2020 and 
June 30, 2021. Any harvest under this EFP would count against the 2020-
2021 ACL and ACT for Pacific sardine. If NMFS does not issue this EFP, 
then this 400 mt-portion of the ACL would be available for harvest by 
other permissible fishing activities.
    After publication of this document in the Federal Register, NMFS 
may approve and issue permits to participating vessels after the close 
of the public comment period. NMFS will consider comments submitted in 
deciding whether to approve the application as requested. NMFS may 
approve the application in its entirety or may make any alterations 
needed to achieve the goals of the EFP project.

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

    Dated: June 17, 2020.
H[eacute]l[egrave]ne M.N. Scalliet,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-13369 Filed 6-19-20; 8:45 am]
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