Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits, 55641-55642 [2020-19864]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 175 / Wednesday, September 9, 2020 / Notices issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. This meeting will be recorded. Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy of the recording is available upon request. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: September 3, 2020. Tracey L. 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[FR Doc. 2020–19916 Filed 9–8–20; 8:45 am] The Committee will review public comments on Amendment 23: Groundfish Monitoring and the summary document prepared by the Groundfish Plan Development Team (PDT) and make final recommendations on preferred alternatives. They will also discuss draft alternatives on Framework Adjustment 61: Specifications/ Management Measures—developed by the PDT focusing on (1) white hake rebuilding plan options, (2) 2021 U.S./ Canada total allowable catches of Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod, Eastern GB haddock, and GB yellowtail flounder and (3) other measures. The Committee will discuss possible groundfish priorities for 2021 including a follow-up discussion on the Groundfish Sector Program Catch Share Review. They will also make recommendations to the Groundfish Committee. The Committee will review PDT, Groundfish Advisory Panel, and Transboundary Management Guidance Committee recommendations and make recommendations to the Council. They will also continue discussion of the Conservation Law Foundation petition for rulemaking on Atlantic cod, and discuss other business as necessary. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the MagnusonStevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency PO 00000 55641 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA422] 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 NMFS Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. This Exempted Fishing Permit would allow eight commercial lobster vessels to participate in a lobster and Jonah crab monitoring study in the South Fork wind farm lease area, under the direction of the Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation. 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 Exempted Fishing Permit applications. SUMMARY: Comments must be received on or before September 24, 2020. 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 the South Fork Wind Farm Lobster and Jonah Crab EFP.’’ If you are unable to submit your comment through NMFS.GAR.EFP@noaa.gov, contact Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, Laura.Hansen@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, 978–281–9225. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation (CFRF) submitted a complete application for an Exempted DATES: E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1 55642 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 175 / Wednesday, September 9, 2020 / Notices Fishing Permit (EFP) to conduct a lobster and Jonah crab monitoring study that Federal regulations would otherwise restrict. The purpose of this study is to collect pre-construction data on the abundance, size, and distribution of lobster and Jonah crab in the South Fork wind farm lease area and adjacent waters. The EFP would authorize the eight participating vessels (3 active and 5 back up vessels) to deploy 4 standard and 6 ventless traps per 10-pot trawl. The project consists of two survey periods from August 2020 through November 2020 and May 2021 through November 2021. Each vessel would take three one-day trips during the survey periods; one day to set traps, one day for sampling and resetting, and another day of additional sampling. Soak time between trips will be five days. CFRF staff will be on board for the sampling trips. All gear would be Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan compliant. Survey traps will be separate from each vessel’s commercial lobster traps and will have unique identification markers. To reduce the potential risk to right whales, CFRF has agreed to report if line and/or trawls are missing, apply distinct gear marking colors to the research trawls, and use 1,700 lb breaking strength buoy lines. All catch during sampling trips would be retained temporarily to collect biological data and returned promptly to the ocean. No catch from the research traps would be landed for sale. If approved, CFRF may request minor modifications and extensions to the EFP throughout the study. 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: September 2, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–19864 Filed 9–8–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:06 Sep 08, 2020 Jkt 250001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA342] Pacific Island Fisheries; Marine Conservation Plan for Guam; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of agency decision. AGENCY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Guam. DATES: This agency decision is effective from August 4, 2020, through August 3, 2023. ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the MCP, identified by NOAA–NMFS– 2020–0115, from the Federal eRulemaking Portal, https:// www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20200115, or from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, 808–522–8220, https:// www.wpcouncil.org. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David O’Brien, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–725–5038. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 204(e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), and in consultation with the Council, to negotiate and enter into a Pacific Insular Area fishery agreement (PIAFA). A PIAFA would allow foreign fishing within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) adjacent to American Samoa, Guam, or the Northern Mariana Islands. The Governor of the Pacific Insular Area to which the PIAFA applies must request the PIAFA. The Secretary of State may negotiate and enter the PIAFA after consultation with, and concurrence of, the applicable Governor. Before entering into a PIAFA, the applicable Governor, with concurrence of the Council, must develop and submit to the Secretary a 3-year MCP providing details on uses for any funds collected by the Secretary under the PIAFA. NMFS is the designee of the Secretary for MCP review and approval. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires payments received under a PIAFA to be deposited into the United States SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Treasury and then conveyed to the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area for which funds were collected. In the case of violations by foreign fishing vessels in the EEZ around any Pacific Insular Area, amounts received by the Secretary attributable to fines and penalties imposed under the MagnusonStevens Act, including sums collected from the forfeiture and disposition or sale of property seized subject to its authority, are deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area adjacent to the EEZ in which the violation occurred, after direct costs of the enforcement action are subtracted. The Pacific Insular Area government may use funds deposited into the Treasury of the Pacific Insular Area for fisheries enforcement and for implementation of an MCP. Federal regulations at 50 CFR 665.819 authorize NMFS to specify catch limits for longline-caught bigeye tuna for U.S. territories. NMFS may also authorize each territory to allocate a portion of that limit to U.S. longline fishing vessels that are permitted to fish under the Fishery Ecosystem Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific (FEP). Payments collected under specified fishing agreements are deposited into the Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund, and any funds attributable to a particular territory may be used only for implementation of that territory’s MCP. An MCP must be consistent with the Council’s FEPs, must identify conservation and management objectives (including criteria for determining when such objectives have been met), and must prioritize planned marine conservation projects. At its June 2020 meeting, the Council reviewed and concurred with the MCP. On July 24, 2020, the Governor of Guam submitted the MCP to NMFS for review and approval. The MCP contains the following six conservation and management objectives: 1. Fisheries resource assessment, research and monitoring; 2. Effective surveillance and enforcement mechanisms; 3. Promote ecosystems approach to fisheries management, climate change; 4. Public participation, research, education and outreach, and local capacity; 5. Domestic fisheries development; 6. Recognizing the importance of island cultures and traditional fishing practices and community based management. Please refer to the MCP for projects and activities designed to meet each objective, the evaluative criteria, and priority rankings. E:\FR\FM\09SEN1.SGM 09SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 175 (Wednesday, September 9, 2020)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA422]


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 NMFS Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable 
Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, has made a preliminary 
determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit application contains all 
of the required information and warrants further consideration. This 
Exempted Fishing Permit would allow eight commercial lobster vessels to 
participate in a lobster and Jonah crab monitoring study in the South 
Fork wind farm lease area, under the direction of the Commercial 
Fisheries Research Foundation. 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 Exempted 
Fishing Permit applications.

DATES: Comments must be received on or before September 24, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may submit written comments by any of the following 
methods:
    Email: [email protected]. Include in the subject line 
``Comments on the South Fork Wind Farm Lobster and Jonah Crab EFP.'' If 
you are unable to submit your comment through [email protected], 
contact Laura Hansen, Fishery Management Specialist, 
[email protected].

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Commercial Fisheries Research Foundation 
(CFRF) submitted a complete application for an Exempted

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Fishing Permit (EFP) to conduct a lobster and Jonah crab monitoring 
study that Federal regulations would otherwise restrict. The purpose of 
this study is to collect pre-construction data on the abundance, size, 
and distribution of lobster and Jonah crab in the South Fork wind farm 
lease area and adjacent waters.
    The EFP would authorize the eight participating vessels (3 active 
and 5 back up vessels) to deploy 4 standard and 6 ventless traps per 
10-pot trawl. The project consists of two survey periods from August 
2020 through November 2020 and May 2021 through November 2021. Each 
vessel would take three one-day trips during the survey periods; one 
day to set traps, one day for sampling and resetting, and another day 
of additional sampling. Soak time between trips will be five days. CFRF 
staff will be on board for the sampling trips. All gear would be 
Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan compliant. Survey traps will 
be separate from each vessel's commercial lobster traps and will have 
unique identification markers. To reduce the potential risk to right 
whales, CFRF has agreed to report if line and/or trawls are missing, 
apply distinct gear marking colors to the research trawls, and use 
1,700 lb breaking strength buoy lines.
    All catch during sampling trips would be retained temporarily to 
collect biological data and returned promptly to the ocean. No catch 
from the research traps would be landed for sale.
    If approved, CFRF may request minor modifications and extensions to 
the EFP throughout the study. 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: September 2, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-19864 Filed 9-8-20; 8:45 am]
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