Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 53326-53327 [2020-18967]

Download as PDF 53326 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 168 / Friday, August 28, 2020 / Notices The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC), in conjunction with the Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission’s (GSMFC) Law Enforcement Committee (LEC). DATES: The meeting will convene on Monday, September 14, 2020; beginning at 9 a.m. and adjourning no later than 12 p.m., CST. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar. From 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. CST, the meeting will be in closed session. From 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., the meeting will be open and can be accessed using the following link: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/ 879119909. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 4107 W Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Ava Lasseter, Anthropologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; ava.lasseter@gulfcouncil.org, telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion on the agenda are as follows: —Meeting adjourns The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on www.gulfcouncil.org as they become available. The Law Enforcement Technical Committee consists of principal law enforcement officers in each of the Gulf States, as well as the NOAA OLE, USFWS, the USCG, and the NOAA Office of General Counsel for Law Enforcement. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. Joint Gulf Council’s Law Enforcement Technical Committee (LETC) and GSMFC’s Law Enforcement Committee (LEC) Meeting Agenda, Monday, September 14, 2020, 9 a.m. Until 12 p.m., CST The joint meeting will begin in closed session with introductions and a discussion of enforcement of recreational red snapper case handling. The general session will convene at 10 a.m. CST, beginning with introductions, adoption of agenda, and approval of minutes from the Joint LEC/ LETC Meeting on March 11, 2020. The Gulf Council LETC will discuss the call for nominations for the 2020 Officer/Team of the Year award, and discuss any Other Business items. The GSMFC LEC will review and approve the LETC/LEC 2021–22 Operations Plan; and review the IJF Program Activity for the status of the Red Drum Profile, and Commission Publications. The committee will present the State Report Highlights from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Texas, U.S. Coast Guard (USCG), NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE), and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS); and any Other Business items. Written state reports are requested in advance and only highlights will be presented for time purposes during state reporting item. This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Gulf Council Office (see ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Special Accommodations Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 25, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–18966 Filed 8–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA423] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a three-day meeting via webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC) DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EDT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place via webinar; you may register by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on the SSC meeting on the calendar. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 4107 W. Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Rindone, Lead Fishery Biologist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; ryan.rindone@gulfcouncil.org, telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Monday, September 14, 2020; 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., EDT The meeting will begin with Introductions and Adoption of Agenda, Approval of Minutes from the August 11–12, 2020 webinar meeting, review of Scope of Work, and Selection of SSC Representative for the October 26–29, 2020 Gulf Council Meeting in Gulfport, Mississippi. The Committees will review the following; SEDAR 38 Update—Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel, including assessment presentations, projections, and the Stock Assessment Executive Summary. The Committees will also review the Gulf Gray Triggerfish Interim Analysis, including presentation and projections; and SEDAR 74: Red Snapper Research Track Terms of Reference. Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 9 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., EDT The Committees will review and hold discussions on the Great Red Snapper Count, Sea Grant/NMFS Greater Amberjack Research Program, Carryover in the Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program, Allocation Review Procedures, and SEDAR 75: Gulf of Mexico Gray Snapper Terms of Reference, Schedule, and Participant Solicitation. Wednesday, September 16, 2020; 9 a.m.–4 p.m., EDT The Committees will review ‘‘Testing assumptions about sex change and spatial management in the protogynous gag grouper, Mycteroperca microlepis, Habitat Research, and Red Snapper Supply Chains and Markets. Lastly, the Committee will discuss Other Business items and receive public comment. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 168 / Friday, August 28, 2020 / Notices —Meeting Adjourns The meeting will be broadcast via webinar. You may register for the webinar by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on the SSC meeting on the calendar. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on www.gulfcouncil.org as they become available. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come before the Scientific and Statistical Committees for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 25, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–18967 Filed 8–27–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA247] Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Seabird Research Activities in Central California National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS has received a request from Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue), for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting seabird research activities in central California. Point Blue’s activities are identical to activities previously analyzed and for which take was authorized by NMFS. Pursuant to the SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:16 Aug 27, 2020 Jkt 250001 Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than September 28, 2020. ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Physical comments should be sent to 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 and electronic comments should be sent to ITP.Fowler@noaa.gov. Instructions: NMFS is not responsible for comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period. Comments received electronically, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25megabyte file size. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file formats only. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted online at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Fowler, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. Electronic copies of the original application and supporting documents (including NMFS FR notices of the original proposed and final authorizations, and the previous IHA), as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may be obtained online at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The MMPA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of marine mammals, with certain PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 53327 exceptions. Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (as delegated to NMFS) to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed incidental take authorization may be provided to the public for review. Authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for taking for subsistence uses (where relevant). Further, NMFS must prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other ‘‘means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact’’ on the affected species or stocks and their habitat, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance, and on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for certain subsistence uses (referred to in shorthand as ‘‘mitigation’’); and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. National Environmental Policy Act To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6A, NMFS must review our proposed action (i.e., the issuance of an IHA) with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. This action is consistent with categories of activities identified in CE B4 of the Companion Manual for NOAA Administrative Order 216–6A, which do not individually or cumulatively have the potential for significant impacts on the quality of the human environment and for which we have not identified any extraordinary circumstances that would preclude this categorical exclusion. Accordingly, NMFS has preliminarily determined that the issuance of the proposed IHA qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. We will review all comments submitted in response to this notice prior to concluding our NEPA process or making a final decision on the IHA request. E:\FR\FM\28AUN1.SGM 28AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 168 (Friday, August 28, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-18967]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA423]


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a three-day meeting via webinar of its Standing, Reef Fish, 
Ecosystem and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC)

DATES: The meeting will be held on Monday, September 14, 2020, from 9 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, September 15, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. and Wednesday, September 16, 2020, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., EDT.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place via webinar; you may register by 
visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on the SSC meeting on the 
calendar.
    Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 4107 W. 
Spruce Street, Suite 200, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348-1630.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ryan Rindone, Lead Fishery Biologist, 
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; 
[email protected], telephone: (813) 348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Monday, September 14, 2020; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., EDT

    The meeting will begin with Introductions and Adoption of Agenda, 
Approval of Minutes from the August 11-12, 2020 webinar meeting, review 
of Scope of Work, and Selection of SSC Representative for the October 
26-29, 2020 Gulf Council Meeting in Gulfport, Mississippi. The 
Committees will review the following; SEDAR 38 Update--Gulf of Mexico 
Migratory Group King Mackerel, including assessment presentations, 
projections, and the Stock Assessment Executive Summary. The Committees 
will also review the Gulf Gray Triggerfish Interim Analysis, including 
presentation and projections; and SEDAR 74: Red Snapper Research Track 
Terms of Reference.

Tuesday, September 15, 2020; 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., EDT

    The Committees will review and hold discussions on the Great Red 
Snapper Count, Sea Grant/NMFS Greater Amberjack Research Program, 
Carryover in the Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program, 
Allocation Review Procedures, and SEDAR 75: Gulf of Mexico Gray Snapper 
Terms of Reference, Schedule, and Participant Solicitation.

Wednesday, September 16, 2020; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., EDT

    The Committees will review ``Testing assumptions about sex change 
and spatial management in the protogynous gag grouper, Mycteroperca 
microlepis, Habitat Research, and Red Snapper Supply Chains and 
Markets.
    Lastly, the Committee will discuss Other Business items and receive 
public comment.

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--Meeting Adjourns
    The meeting will be broadcast via webinar. You may register for the 
webinar by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and clicking on the SSC meeting 
on the calendar.
    The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version along with 
other meeting materials will be posted on www.gulfcouncil.org as they 
become available.
    Although other non-emergency issues not on the agenda may come 
before the Scientific and Statistical Committees for discussion, in 
accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during this meeting. Actions of the Scientific and Statistical 
Committee will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in 
the agenda and any issues arising after publication of this notice that 
require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been 
notified of the Council's intent to take action to address the 
emergency.

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

    Dated: August 25, 2020.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-18967 Filed 8-27-20; 8:45 am]
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