Recommendations for a Comprehensive Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy, 41566-41567 [2020-14938]

Download as PDF 41566 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov, (503) 820–2412) at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 7, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–14887 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XY113] Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notification of fee percentage. AGENCY: NMFS publishes notification of a 1.31 percent fee for cost recovery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program. This action is intended to provide holders of crab allocations with the 2020/2021 crab fishing year fee percentage so they can calculate the required cost recovery fee payment that must be submitted by July 31, 2021. DATES: The Crab Rationalization Program Registered Crab Receiver permit holder is responsible for submitting the fee liability payment to NMFS by July 31, 2021. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doug Duncan, (907) 586–7228. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Background NMFS Alaska Region administers the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program (Program) in the North Pacific. Fishing under the Program began on August 15, 2005. Regulations implementing the Program can be found at 50 CFR part 680. 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The Program provides that a proportional share of fees charged be forwarded to the State of Alaska for reimbursement of its share of management and data collection costs for the Program. A crab allocation holder generally incurs a cost recovery fee liability for every pound of crab landed. Catcher vessel and processor quota shareholders split the cost recovery fees equally with each paying half, while catcher/ processor quota shareholders pay the full fee percentage for crab processed at sea. The crab allocations subject to cost recovery include Individual Fishing Quota, Crew Individual Fishing Quota, Individual Processing Quota, Community Development Quota, and the Adak community allocation. The Registered Crab Receiver (RCR) permit holder must collect the fee liability from the crab allocation holder who is landing crab. Additionally, the RCR permit holder must collect their own fee liability for all crab delivered to the RCR. The RCR permit holder is responsible for submitting this payment to NMFS on or before July 31, in the year following the crab fishing year in which landings of crab were made. The dollar amount of the fee due is determined by multiplying the fee percentage (not to exceed 3 percent) by the ex-vessel value of crab debited from the allocation. Program details may be found in the implementing regulations at 50 CFR 680.44. Fee Percentage Each year, NMFS calculates and publishes in the Federal Register the fee percentage according to the factors and methodology described at § 680.44(c)(2). The formula for determining the fee percentage is the ‘‘direct program costs’’ divided by ‘‘value of the fishery,’’ where ‘‘direct program costs’’ are the direct program costs for the Program for the previous fiscal year, and ‘‘value of the PO 00000 Frm 00052 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 fishery’’ is the ex-vessel value of the catch subject to the crab cost recovery fee liability for the current year. Fee collections for any given year may be less than, or greater than, the actual costs and fishery value for that year, because, by regulation, the fee percentage is established in the first quarter of a crab fishery year based on the fishery’s value and costs in the prior year. According to the fee percentage formula described above, the estimated percentage of costs to value for the 2019/2020 fishery was 1.31 percent. Therefore, the fee percentage will be 1.31 percent for the 2020/2021 crab fishing year. This is a decrease of 0.39 percent from the 2019/2020 crab fishing year fee percentage of 1.70 percent (84 FR 43792, August 22, 2019). Direct program costs for managing the fishery decreased by approximately 13 percent from 2018/2019 to 2019/2020, while fishery value increased 12 percent, resulting in the decreased fee percentage. Similar to previous years, the largest direct program costs were incurred by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1862; Pub. L. 109– 241; Pub. L. 109–479. Dated: July 7, 2020. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–14929 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RTID 0648–XQ012 Recommendations for a Comprehensive Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for information. AGENCY: On May 7, 2020, the White House issued an Executive Order on Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. As part of this effort, the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade Representative (USTR) are co-chairing the Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force (Seafood Trade Task Force), which will develop recommendations to provide to USTR for the development of SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 133 / Friday, July 10, 2020 / Notices a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy. On behalf of the Seafood Trade Task Force co-chairs, NOAA requests written input from interested parties on how best to achieve the objectives of the Seafood Trade Task Force as described in the Executive Order, including improving access to foreign markets for U.S. seafood exports through trade policy and negotiations; resolving technical barriers to U.S. seafood exports; and otherwise supporting fair market access for U.S. seafood products. In addition, interested parties are requested to respond to the questions listed below in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section as appropriate. The public input provided in response to this request for information (RFI) will inform the Seafood Trade Task Force as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop recommendations to USTR in the preparation of a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy. DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before August 1, 2020. ADDRESSES: Responses should be submitted via email to SeafoodTrade.Strategy@noaa.gov. Include ‘‘RFI Response: Interagency Seafood Trade Task Force’’ in the subject line of the message. Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need not comment on all listed objectives. For all submissions, clearly indicate which objective is being addressed. Email attachments will be accepted in plain text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats only. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. The Department of Commerce may post responses to this RFI, without change, on a Federal website. NOAA, therefore, requests that no business proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in the response. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Lawler, Andrew.Lawler@ noaa.gov, 202–689–4590. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 7, 2020, the President signed a new Executive Order promoting American seafood competitiveness and economic growth. Specifically, the Executive Order calls for the expansion of sustainable U.S. seafood production through: More efficient and predictable aquaculture permitting; cutting-edge VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jul 09, 2020 Jkt 250001 research and development; regulatory reform to maximize commercial fishing; and enforcement of common-sense restrictions on seafood imports that do not meet American standards. As outlined in Section 11 of the Executive Order, the Secretary of Commerce is establishing a Seafood Trade Task Force to be co-chaired by the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative (Co-Chairs), or their designees. In addition to the CoChairs, the Seafood Trade Task Force will include the following members, or their designees: The Secretary of State; the Secretary of the Interior; the Secretary of Agriculture; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy; the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy; the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; the Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; the Commissioner of Food and Drugs; the Administrator of NOAA; and the heads of such other agencies and offices as the Co-Chairs may designate. The Seafood Trade Task Force will provide recommendations to USTR in the preparation of a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy by identifying opportunities to improve access to foreign markets for U.S. seafood products through trade policy and negotiations, resolve technical barriers to U.S. seafood exports, and otherwise support fair market access for U.S. seafood products. USTR will then submit a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, within 90 days of the receiving the recommendations from the Seafood Trade Task Force. Questions To Inform Recommendations for the Development of the Comprehensive Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy Through this RFI, NOAA seeks written public input on how the Administration can best achieve the Seafood Trade Task Force objectives, including but not limited to, responses to the following questions to inform the Task Force recommendations on the development of a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy: 1. Which seafood products (to include fish, shellfish, and processed fish and seafood products) are you currently exporting? Please provide the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes for these products. PO 00000 Frm 00053 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41567 2. To which countries or other trading partners are you currently exporting? 3. Are there countries or other trading partners to which you are planning to export, or to which you would like to export? Please specify. 4. Are there issues in the markets you currently export to that limit your exports or unnecessarily increase the costs for your exports? Please specify. 5. Are there issues in other markets that have prevented you from exporting? Please specify. 6. Are there other issues that affect the competitiveness of your product in foreign markets? Please specify. 7. Are there barriers that prevent the export of your product to certain markets? Please specify. Dated: July 7, 2020. Chris Oliver, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–14938 Filed 7–9–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Request for Comment on the Draft Prospectus of the Fifth National Climate Assessment National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), Department of Commerce (DOC). 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RTID 0648-XQ012


Recommendations for a Comprehensive Interagency Seafood Trade 
Strategy

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

ACTION: Notice; request for information.

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SUMMARY: On May 7, 2020, the White House issued an Executive Order on 
Promoting American Seafood Competitiveness and Economic Growth. As part 
of this effort, the Department of Commerce and the United States Trade 
Representative (USTR) are co-chairing the Interagency Seafood Trade 
Task Force (Seafood Trade Task Force), which will develop 
recommendations to provide to USTR for the development of

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a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy. On behalf of the 
Seafood Trade Task Force co-chairs, NOAA requests written input from 
interested parties on how best to achieve the objectives of the Seafood 
Trade Task Force as described in the Executive Order, including 
improving access to foreign markets for U.S. seafood exports through 
trade policy and negotiations; resolving technical barriers to U.S. 
seafood exports; and otherwise supporting fair market access for U.S. 
seafood products. In addition, interested parties are requested to 
respond to the questions listed below in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
section as appropriate. The public input provided in response to this 
request for information (RFI) will inform the Seafood Trade Task Force 
as it works with Federal agencies and other stakeholders to develop 
recommendations to USTR in the preparation of a comprehensive 
interagency seafood trade strategy.

DATES: Interested persons are invited to submit comments on or before 
August 1, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Responses should be submitted via email to 
[email protected]. Include ``RFI Response: Interagency 
Seafood Trade Task Force'' in the subject line of the message.
    Instructions: Response to this RFI is voluntary. Respondents need 
not comment on all listed objectives. For all submissions, clearly 
indicate which objective is being addressed. Email attachments will be 
accepted in plain text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats only. Each 
individual or institution is requested to submit only one response. The 
Department of Commerce may post responses to this RFI, without change, 
on a Federal website. NOAA, therefore, requests that no business 
proprietary information, copyrighted information, or personally 
identifiable information be submitted in response to this RFI. Please 
note that the U.S. Government will not pay for response preparation, or 
for the use of any information contained in the response.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Andrew Lawler, [email protected], 
202-689-4590.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 7, 2020, the President signed a new 
Executive Order promoting American seafood competitiveness and economic 
growth. Specifically, the Executive Order calls for the expansion of 
sustainable U.S. seafood production through: More efficient and 
predictable aquaculture permitting; cutting-edge research and 
development; regulatory reform to maximize commercial fishing; and 
enforcement of common-sense restrictions on seafood imports that do not 
meet American standards.
    As outlined in Section 11 of the Executive Order, the Secretary of 
Commerce is establishing a Seafood Trade Task Force to be co-chaired by 
the Secretary of Commerce and the U.S. Trade Representative (Co-
Chairs), or their designees. In addition to the Co-Chairs, the Seafood 
Trade Task Force will include the following members, or their 
designees: The Secretary of State; the Secretary of the Interior; the 
Secretary of Agriculture; the Secretary of Homeland Security; the 
Director of the Office of Management and Budget; the Assistant to the 
President for Economic Policy; the Assistant to the President for 
Domestic Policy; the Chairman of the Council of Economic Advisers; the 
Under Secretary of Commerce for International Trade; the Commissioner 
of Food and Drugs; the Administrator of NOAA; and the heads of such 
other agencies and offices as the Co-Chairs may designate.
    The Seafood Trade Task Force will provide recommendations to USTR 
in the preparation of a comprehensive interagency seafood trade 
strategy by identifying opportunities to improve access to foreign 
markets for U.S. seafood products through trade policy and 
negotiations, resolve technical barriers to U.S. seafood exports, and 
otherwise support fair market access for U.S. seafood products. USTR 
will then submit a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy to 
the President, through the Assistant to the President for Economic 
Policy and the Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy, within 
90 days of the receiving the recommendations from the Seafood Trade 
Task Force.

Questions To Inform Recommendations for the Development of the 
Comprehensive Interagency Seafood Trade Strategy

    Through this RFI, NOAA seeks written public input on how the 
Administration can best achieve the Seafood Trade Task Force 
objectives, including but not limited to, responses to the following 
questions to inform the Task Force recommendations on the development 
of a comprehensive interagency seafood trade strategy:
    1. Which seafood products (to include fish, shellfish, and 
processed fish and seafood products) are you currently exporting? 
Please provide the Harmonized Tariff System (HTS) codes for these 
products.
    2. To which countries or other trading partners are you currently 
exporting?
    3. Are there countries or other trading partners to which you are 
planning to export, or to which you would like to export? Please 
specify.
    4. Are there issues in the markets you currently export to that 
limit your exports or unnecessarily increase the costs for your 
exports? Please specify.
    5. Are there issues in other markets that have prevented you from 
exporting? Please specify.
    6. Are there other issues that affect the competitiveness of your 
product in foreign markets? Please specify.
    7. Are there barriers that prevent the export of your product to 
certain markets? Please specify.

    Dated: July 7, 2020.
Chris Oliver,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-14938 Filed 7-9-20; 8:45 am]
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