Pacific Island Fisheries; Experimental Fishing Permit, 78997-78998 [2020-26966]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 236 / Tuesday, December 8, 2020 / Notices administrative review of the countervailing duty order on certain steel racks (steel racks) from the People’s Republic of China (China) for the period December 3, 2018, through December 31, 2019, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review. DATES: Applicable December 8, 2020. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephen Bailey, AD/CVD Operations, Office IV, Enforcement and Compliance, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230; telephone: (202) 482–0193. Background On September 1, 2020, Commerce published in the Federal Register a notice of opportunity to request an administrative review of the countervailing duty order on steel racks from China for the period December 3, 2018, through December 31, 2019.1 On September 30, 2020, Nanjing Dongsheng Shelf Manufacturing Co., Ltd. (Dongsheng), filed a timely request for review, in accordance with section 751(a) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.213(b).2 Pursuant to this request and in accordance with section 751(a) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.221(c)(1)(i), we initiated an administrative review of Dongsheng.3 No other requests for review were received. On November 17, 2020, Dongsheng timely withdrew its request for an administrative review.4 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Rescission of Review Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), the Secretary will rescind an administrative review, in whole or in part, if the party that requested the review withdraws the request within 90 days of the date of publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review. As noted above, Dongsheng, the only party to file a request for review, withdrew this request by the 90-day deadline. Accordingly, we are rescinding, in its entirety, the administrative review of the countervailing duty order on steel racks from China covering the period December 3, 2018, through December 31, 2019. 1 See Antidumping or Countervailing Duty Order, Finding, or Suspended Investigation; Opportunity to Request Administrative Review, 85 FR 54349 (September 1, 2020). 2 See Letter from Dongsheng, ‘‘Steel Racks from the People’s Republic of China—Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated September 30, 2020. 3 See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, 85 FR 68840 (October 30, 2020). 4 See Letter from Dongsheng, ‘‘Steel Racks from the People’s Republic of China—Withdrawal of Request for Administrative Review,’’ dated November 17, 2020. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Dec 07, 2020 Jkt 253001 78997 Assessment DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Commerce intends to instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess countervailing duties on all appropriate entries of steel racks from China. Countervailing duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated countervailing duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(1)(i). Commerce intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions to CBP 15 days after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notification to Importers This notice serves as a reminder to importers of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of countervailing duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the presumption that reimbursement of countervailing duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of doubled countervailing duties. Notification Regarding Administrative Protective Orders This notice also serves as a reminder to all parties subject to administrative protective order (APO) of their responsibility concerning the disposition of proprietary information disclosed under APO in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. Timely written notification of the return/destruction of APO materials or conversion to judicial protective order is hereby requested. Failure to comply with the regulations and terms of an APO is a violation which is subject to sanction. This notice is issued and published in accordance with sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: December 1, 2020. James Maeder, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2020–26945 Filed 12–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [RTID 0648–XA643] Pacific Island Fisheries; Experimental Fishing Permit National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of application for experimental fishing permit; request for comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Hawaii Longline Association (HLA) has applied for an experimental fishing permit (EFP) to test the conservation and management usefulness of tori lines (bird scaring streamers) in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery. DATES: NMFS must receive comments by January 7, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2020–0155, by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20200155, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Send written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. 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.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). You may review the EFP application at www.regulations.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Ellgen, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, tel (808) 725–5173. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: HLA applied for an EFP under the authority E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 78998 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 236 / Tuesday, December 8, 2020 / Notices of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and regulations at 50 CFR 665.17. HLA would test the use of tori lines in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery, without using strategic offal discharge (discharging bait and fish offal) when seabirds are present or blue-dyed bait, both of which are normally required while deploying longline gear (setting) north of 23° N (50 CFR 665.815(a)(2)). If approved, the EFP would allow up to four stern-setting vessels to test tori lines north of 23° N. The EFP would be effective for no longer than one year from the date of issuance, unless earlier revoked, suspended, or modified. Nearly all of the seabird interactions observed in the fishery are with blackfooted and Laysan albatrosses. Interaction rates for both species are higher in the first and second quarters (January through June). Accordingly, the applicant would focus fishing effort during periods of higher seabird abundance, as practicable. In 2017, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) held a workshop to explore the cause of higher than typical fishery interactions with black-footed albatross. The workshop suggested that a positive (warm) Pacific Decadal Oscillation, with its cooler sea surface in the western Pacific and stronger westerly winds, may increase the overlap of fishing effort and blackfooted albatross foraging grounds, leading to more seabird interactions in the fishery. In 2018, the Council held a workshop to review seabird mitigation requirements and identify research needed to inform future fishing requirements to reduce interactions with seabirds. That workshop identified certain mitigation measures, including tori lines, as a high priority for further research and development due to their potential to provide an effective alternative to blue-dyed bait. Workshop participants also identified blue-dyed bait as a candidate for removal from the existing suite of seabird mitigation measures due to concerns with efficacy and practicality. The Council recommended the EFP research at its September 2020 meeting, based on results from a cooperative research project conducted in 2019– 2020. Results from that project had indicated that tori lines, when used in conjunction with blue-dyed bait, significantly reduced albatross feeding attempts and contact with longline gear. Project results also indicated the potential for offal discharge to increase bird interactions during gear setting. The project results led the Council to identify the need for additional research VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:19 Dec 07, 2020 Jkt 253001 to test the effectiveness of tori lines without blue-dyed bait and strategic offal discharge. With the exception of using tori lines without blue-dyed bait and strategic offal discharge, vessels participating under the EFP would carry out fishing operations consistent with conventional deep-set longline fishing targeting bigeye tuna, and would continue to employ all other required seabird mitigation measures, including weighted branch lines, line shooters, and safe handling practices. HLA anticipates that fishing under the EFP would have similar environmental impacts on target fish species, nontarget fish species, and non-seabird protected species to conventional deepset fishing, and hypothesizes that seabird interaction rates for the tori line treatment sets would be lower. The EFP application provides additional information about these anticipated impacts. Each vessel would carry an electronic monitoring system. A stern-mounted video camera would monitor the number of birds present, and seabird attacks and contacts, during gear setting. After a vessel returns to port, scientists would review the video recordings, and would verify seabird captures through logbook data. At the completion of the project, EFP findings would be available to support Council decision-making about measures to reduce seabird interactions. NMFS seeks comments on the proposed experimental activity. We will consider comments received when deciding whether to approve the permit, and whether to attach any additional terms and conditions. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 3, 2020. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–26966 Filed 12–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA693] Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of withdrawal. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council is drafting Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan, which considers measures related to the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area and various Limited Access General Category management measures. Based on the range of alternatives developed for this action, the Council has developed an environmental assessment to analyze the impacts. The purpose of this notice is to announce that the Council no longer intends to develop an environmental impact statement for Amendment 21. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Travis Ford, Fishery Policy Analyst, 978–281–9233, travis.ford@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The New England Fishery Management Council initiated development of Amendment 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan on January 29, 2019. Amendment 21 considers measures related to the Northern Gulf of Maine Scallop Management Area, Limited Access General Category (LAGC) individual fishing quota (IFQ) possession limits, and the ability of Limited Access vessels with LAGC IFQ permits to transfer quota to LAGC IFQonly vessels. At the recommendation of the Council, NMFS published a notice of intent (NOI) in the Federal Register on March 1, 2019 (84 FR 7041), to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act to analyze the impacts on the human environment resulting from Amendment 21. Additional details about the range of alternatives considered in this action are included in the March 1, 2019, NOI and are not repeated here. NMFS solicited E:\FR\FM\08DEN1.SGM 08DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA643]


Pacific Island Fisheries; Experimental Fishing Permit

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

ACTION: Notice of application for experimental fishing permit; request 
for comments.

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SUMMARY: The Hawaii Longline Association (HLA) has applied for an 
experimental fishing permit (EFP) to test the conservation and 
management usefulness of tori lines (bird scaring streamers) in the 
Hawaii deep-set longline fishery.

DATES: NMFS must receive comments by January 7, 2021.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by 
NOAA-NMFS-2020-0155, by either of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to https://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2020-0155, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: Send written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, 
Regional Administrator, NMFS Pacific Islands Region (PIR), 1845 Wasp 
Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. 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.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).
    You may review the EFP application at www.regulations.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sarah Ellgen, Sustainable Fisheries, 
NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, tel (808) 725-5173.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:  HLA applied for an EFP under the authority

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of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and 
regulations at 50 CFR 665.17. HLA would test the use of tori lines in 
the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery, without using strategic offal 
discharge (discharging bait and fish offal) when seabirds are present 
or blue-dyed bait, both of which are normally required while deploying 
longline gear (setting) north of 23[deg] N (50 CFR 665.815(a)(2)). If 
approved, the EFP would allow up to four stern-setting vessels to test 
tori lines north of 23[deg] N. The EFP would be effective for no longer 
than one year from the date of issuance, unless earlier revoked, 
suspended, or modified.
    Nearly all of the seabird interactions observed in the fishery are 
with black-footed and Laysan albatrosses. Interaction rates for both 
species are higher in the first and second quarters (January through 
June). Accordingly, the applicant would focus fishing effort during 
periods of higher seabird abundance, as practicable.
    In 2017, the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) 
held a workshop to explore the cause of higher than typical fishery 
interactions with black-footed albatross. The workshop suggested that a 
positive (warm) Pacific Decadal Oscillation, with its cooler sea 
surface in the western Pacific and stronger westerly winds, may 
increase the overlap of fishing effort and black-footed albatross 
foraging grounds, leading to more seabird interactions in the fishery.
    In 2018, the Council held a workshop to review seabird mitigation 
requirements and identify research needed to inform future fishing 
requirements to reduce interactions with seabirds. That workshop 
identified certain mitigation measures, including tori lines, as a high 
priority for further research and development due to their potential to 
provide an effective alternative to blue-dyed bait. Workshop 
participants also identified blue-dyed bait as a candidate for removal 
from the existing suite of seabird mitigation measures due to concerns 
with efficacy and practicality.
    The Council recommended the EFP research at its September 2020 
meeting, based on results from a cooperative research project conducted 
in 2019-2020. Results from that project had indicated that tori lines, 
when used in conjunction with blue-dyed bait, significantly reduced 
albatross feeding attempts and contact with longline gear. Project 
results also indicated the potential for offal discharge to increase 
bird interactions during gear setting. The project results led the 
Council to identify the need for additional research to test the 
effectiveness of tori lines without blue-dyed bait and strategic offal 
discharge.
    With the exception of using tori lines without blue-dyed bait and 
strategic offal discharge, vessels participating under the EFP would 
carry out fishing operations consistent with conventional deep-set 
longline fishing targeting bigeye tuna, and would continue to employ 
all other required seabird mitigation measures, including weighted 
branch lines, line shooters, and safe handling practices.
    HLA anticipates that fishing under the EFP would have similar 
environmental impacts on target fish species, non-target fish species, 
and non-seabird protected species to conventional deep-set fishing, and 
hypothesizes that seabird interaction rates for the tori line treatment 
sets would be lower. The EFP application provides additional 
information about these anticipated impacts.
    Each vessel would carry an electronic monitoring system. A stern-
mounted video camera would monitor the number of birds present, and 
seabird attacks and contacts, during gear setting. After a vessel 
returns to port, scientists would review the video recordings, and 
would verify seabird captures through logbook data.
    At the completion of the project, EFP findings would be available 
to support Council decision-making about measures to reduce seabird 
interactions.
    NMFS seeks comments on the proposed experimental activity. We will 
consider comments received when deciding whether to approve the permit, 
and whether to attach any additional terms and conditions.

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

    Dated: December 3, 2020.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-26966 Filed 12-7-20; 8:45 am]
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