Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2021 Research Fishery, 14732-14733 [2021-05553]

Download as PDF 14732 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 51 / Thursday, March 18, 2021 / Notices jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES abundance of one stock of killer whales increasing slightly, the change in months of work and Steller’s sea lion take per work day, and the updated consideration of own-the-hole drilling source levels and Level A harassment zones. Based on the information and analysis contained here and in the referenced documents, NMFS has determined the following: (1) The required mitigation measures will effect the least practicable impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat; (2) the proposed authorized takes will have a negligible impact on the affected marine mammal species or stocks; (3) the proposed authorized takes represent small numbers of marine mammals relative to the affected stock abundances; (4) HPMS’ activities will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on taking for subsistence purposes as no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals are implicated by this action, and; (5) appropriate monitoring and reporting requirements are included. Endangered Species Act Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the Alaska Region, Protected Resources Division Office, whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. Two marine mammal species, Mexico DPS humpback whales and Western DPS Steller sea lions, occur in the project area and are listed as threatened and endangered, respectively, under the ESA. The NMFS Alaska Regional OPR Division issued a Biological Opinion under section 7 of the ESA, on the issuance of an IHA to HPMS under section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA by the NMFS Permits and Conservation Division. The Biological Opinion concluded that the action is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of either species, and is not likely to destroy or adversely modify western DPS Steller sea lion critical habitat. On February 23, 2021, the NMFS Alaska Regional Office Protected Resources Division notified us that they would issue a memo to the file, noting that the changes to allow work year round and to the down-the-hole drilling source levels do not alter the conclusions of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Mar 17, 2021 Jkt 253001 original Biological Opinion as long as the revised shutdown zones are implemented as additional mitigation and monitoring requirements, and no reinitiation of the consultation is necessary. Proposed Authorization As a result of these preliminary determinations, NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to HPMS for conducting the Old Sitka Dock North Dolphins Expansion Project in Sitka, Alaska from April 15, 2021 through April 14, 2022, provided the previously described mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. A draft of the proposed IHA can be found at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act. Request for Public Comments We request comment on our analyses (included in both this document and the referenced documents supporting the 2020 IHA), the proposed authorization, and any other aspect of this notice of proposed IHA for the proposed construction activity at Old Sitka Dock. We also request comment on the potential for renewal of this proposed IHA as described in the paragraph below. Please include with your comments any supporting data or literature citations to help inform our final decision on the request for MMPA authorization. On a case-by-case basis, NMFS may issue a one-year renewal IHA following notice to the public providing an additional 15 days for public comments when (1) up to another year of identical or nearly identical, or nearly identical, activities as described in the Specified Activities section of this notice is planned or (2) the activities as described in the Specified Activities section of this notice would not be completed by the time the IHA expires and a renewal would allow for completion of the activities beyond that described in the Dates and Duration section of this notice, provided all of the following conditions are met: • A request for renewal is received no later than 60 days prior to the needed renewal IHA effective date (recognizing that the renewal IHA expiration date cannot extend beyond one year from expiration of the initial IHA); • The request for renewal must include the following: (1) An explanation that the activities to be conducted under the requested renewal IHA are identical to the activities analyzed under the initial IHA, are a subset of the activities, or include changes so minor (e.g., PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 reduction in pile size) that the changes do not affect the previous analyses, mitigation and monitoring requirements, or take estimates (with the exception of reducing the type or amount of take); and (2) A preliminary monitoring report showing the results of the required monitoring to date and an explanation showing that the monitoring results do not indicate impacts of a scale or nature not previously analyzed or authorized; • Upon review of the request for renewal, the status of the affected species or stocks, and any other pertinent information, NMFS determines that there are no more than minor changes in the activities, the mitigation and monitoring measures will remain the same and appropriate, and the findings in the initial IHA remain valid. Dated: March 12, 2021. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05547 Filed 3–17–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA886] Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management Measures; 2021 Research Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: On November 30, 2020, NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to participate in the 2021 Shark Research Fishery. The Shark Research Fishery allows for the collection of fisherydependent data for future stock assessments and cooperative research with commercial fishermen to meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. Every year, the permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in the Shark Research Fishery are designated depending on the scientific and research needs of the Agency, as well as the number of NMFS-approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and conditions of the permit SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\18MRN1.SGM 18MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 51 / Thursday, March 18, 2021 / Notices are met, NMFS is holding a meeting for selected participants. The date and time of that meeting is announced in this notice. A conference call will be held on March 22, 2021. DATES: A meeting will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for information on how to access the meeting. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Latchford at (301) 427–8503 or Delisse Ortiz at (240) 681–9037. The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed under the authority of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. The final rule for Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (73 FR 35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain time-series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS’ research objectives. The Shark Research Fishery gathers important scientific data and allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to earn more revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar sharks. Only the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in the Shark Research Fishery are authorized to land/harvest sandbar sharks subject to the sandbar quota available each year. The 2021 base annual sandbar shark quota is 90.7 mt dressed weight (dw). The selected Shark Research Fishery participants also may fish using the research large coastal shark (§ 635.27(b)(1)(iii)(B)), small coastal shark (§ 635.27(b)(1)(i)(C) and (b)(1)(ii)(D)), and pelagic shark quotas (§ 635.27(b)(1)(iii)(D)) subject to the retention limits at § 635.24. On November 30, 2020 (85 FR 76533), NMFS published a notice inviting qualified commercial shark directed and incidental permit holders to submit an application to participate in the 2021 Shark Research Fishery. NMFS received four applications and selected all four participants. In order to inform selected participants of this year’s specific permit requirements and to ensure all terms and conditions of the permit are met, per the requirements of § 635.32(f)(4), NMFS is holding a mandatory permit holder meeting via conference call. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Mar 17, 2021 Jkt 253001 Meeting Date, Time, and Dial-In Number The conference call will be held on March 22, 2021, from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. (EDT). Participants and interested parties should join via Webex: https:// noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfsmeets/onstage/g.php?MTID= e8b3199060b61df77141feb73910a581d. Event Number: 199 505 0346 Event Password: QMjwQScall or can call in using the conference line 1–415–527– 5035 and the passcode 199 505 0346. Selected participants are strongly encouraged to attend. Selected participants who are unable to attend will not be allowed to participate in the Shark Research Fishery until they are able to discuss the terms and conditions of their Shark Research Fishery permit with NMFS staff. Selected participants are encouraged to invite their captain, crew, or anyone else who may assist them in meeting the terms and conditions of the Shark Research Fishery permit to the conference call. Other interested parties may call in and listen to the discussion. Dated: March 12, 2021. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–05553 Filed 3–17–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION Renewal of Consumer Advisory Board Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau), after consultation with the Committee Management Secretariat of the General Services Administration, will renew the Consumer Advisory Board (the committee or the CAB) effective on March 18, 2021. The CAB will ‘‘advise and consult with the Bureau in the exercise of its functions under the Federal consumer financial laws’’ and ‘‘provide information on emerging practices in the consumer financial products or services industry, including regional trends, concerns, and other relevant information’’ as outlined in Section 1014(a) of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Manny Man˜o´n, Staff Director, Advisory Board and Councils Section, Office of Stakeholder Management, Consumer SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 14733 Education and External Affairs Division, at 202–435–9830, or Emmanuel.Manon@cfpb.gov. 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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 51 (Thursday, March 18, 2021)]
[Notices]
[Pages 14732-14733]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2021-05553]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA886]


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Management 
Measures; 2021 Research Fishery

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: On November 30, 2020, NMFS published a notice inviting 
qualified commercial shark permit holders to submit applications to 
participate in the 2021 Shark Research Fishery. The Shark Research 
Fishery allows for the collection of fishery-dependent data for future 
stock assessments and cooperative research with commercial fishermen to 
meet the shark research objectives of the Agency. Every year, the 
permit terms and permitted activities (e.g., number of hooks and 
retention limits) specifically authorized for selected participants in 
the Shark Research Fishery are designated depending on the scientific 
and research needs of the Agency, as well as the number of NMFS-
approved observers available. In order to inform selected participants 
of this year's specific permit requirements and ensure all terms and 
conditions of the permit

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are met, NMFS is holding a meeting for selected participants. The date 
and time of that meeting is announced in this notice.

DATES: A conference call will be held on March 22, 2021.

ADDRESSES: A meeting will be conducted. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
for information on how to access the meeting.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Latchford at (301) 427-8503 or 
Delisse Ortiz at (240) 681-9037.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Atlantic shark fisheries are managed 
under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The 2006 Consolidated Atlantic 
Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) is 
implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635.
    The final rule for Amendment 2 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (73 
FR 35778, June 24, 2008, corrected at 73 FR 40658, July 15, 2008) 
established, among other things, a shark research fishery to maintain 
time-series data for stock assessments and to meet NMFS' research 
objectives. The Shark Research Fishery gathers important scientific 
data and allows selected commercial fishermen the opportunity to earn 
more revenue from selling the sharks caught, including sandbar sharks. 
Only the commercial shark fishermen selected to participate in the 
Shark Research Fishery are authorized to land/harvest sandbar sharks 
subject to the sandbar quota available each year. The 2021 base annual 
sandbar shark quota is 90.7 mt dressed weight (dw). The selected Shark 
Research Fishery participants also may fish using the research large 
coastal shark (Sec.  635.27(b)(1)(iii)(B)), small coastal shark (Sec.  
635.27(b)(1)(i)(C) and (b)(1)(ii)(D)), and pelagic shark quotas (Sec.  
635.27(b)(1)(iii)(D)) subject to the retention limits at Sec.  635.24.
    On November 30, 2020 (85 FR 76533), NMFS published a notice 
inviting qualified commercial shark directed and incidental permit 
holders to submit an application to participate in the 2021 Shark 
Research Fishery. NMFS received four applications and selected all four 
participants. In order to inform selected participants of this year's 
specific permit requirements and to ensure all terms and conditions of 
the permit are met, per the requirements of Sec.  635.32(f)(4), NMFS is 
holding a mandatory permit holder meeting via conference call.

Meeting Date, Time, and Dial-In Number

    The conference call will be held on March 22, 2021, from 12:00 to 
1:30 p.m. (EDT). Participants and interested parties should join via 
Webex: https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8b3199060b61df77141feb73910a581d.
    Event Number: 199 505 0346 Event Password: QMjwQScall or can call 
in using the conference line 1-415-527-5035 and the passcode 199 505 
0346. Selected participants are strongly encouraged to attend. Selected 
participants who are unable to attend will not be allowed to 
participate in the Shark Research Fishery until they are able to 
discuss the terms and conditions of their Shark Research Fishery permit 
with NMFS staff. Selected participants are encouraged to invite their 
captain, crew, or anyone else who may assist them in meeting the terms 
and conditions of the Shark Research Fishery permit to the conference 
call. Other interested parties may call in and listen to the 
discussion.

    Dated: March 12, 2021.
Jennifer M. Wallace,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-05553 Filed 3-17-21; 8:45 am]
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