Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Northeast Skate Complex; Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 5, 64186 [2021-25094]

Download as PDF 64186 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 17, 2021 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB541] Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Northeast Skate Complex; Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 5 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of withdrawal. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council initiated development of Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan in 2016. A notice of intent to develop an environmental impact statement for this action was published in January 2017, followed by a second notice and round of scoping in late December 2020. However, in September 2021, the Council voted to discontinue work on Amendment 5 and pursue the remaining alternatives through newly initiated Framework Adjustment 9. The remaining alternatives in this framework are largely administrative and not expected to have significant impacts on the fishery or human environment. Therefore, NMFS is withdrawing the notice of intent and no longer intends to prepare an environmental impact statement. SUMMARY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: 17:11 Nov 16, 2021 Jkt 256001 Dated: November 12, 2021. Michael Ruccio, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–25094 Filed 11–16–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Cynthia Ferrio, Fishery Policy Analyst, (978) 281–9180. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2016, the New England Fishery Management Council initiated development of Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to consider limited access in the skate fishery. The Council published a notice of intent (NOI) to develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this amendment, in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to analyze the impacts of any proposed management measures (82 FR 825; January 4, 2017). Throughout this initial development and scoping process, the range of proposed alternatives changed. A second NOI was published (85 FR 84304; December 28, 2020), and additional scoping hearings were held in 2021. The comments received throughout the development process during both rounds of scoping hearings, and at VerDate Sep<11>2014 multiple Skate Advisory Panel, Skate Committee, and Council meetings, were mixed in support of, and opposition to, limiting access to the skate fishery. Ultimately, after careful consideration of the public comments received and extensive examination of the alternatives analyzed, the Council voted to no longer develop limited access alternatives in Amendment 5 at its April 2021 meeting. Further, at its meeting in September 2021, the Council voted to discontinue work on Amendment 5 completely and to pursue the remaining alternatives addressing changes to permit provisions and clarifying the FMP goals and objectives through the newly initiated Framework Adjustment 9. Framework 9 is expected to be implemented in mid-2022. These remaining alternatives that will be considered in Framework 9 are largely administrative and are not expected to have significant impacts on the fishery or affected environment. Consequently, the Council and NMFS have determined that it is not necessary to prepare an EIS for Framework 9 and will instead continue development of the remaining framework alternatives with an appropriate NEPA document. Therefore, NMFS is informing the public that work on Amendment 5 is complete, and that we are withdrawing the NOI and draft EIS from further consideration. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XB512 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Advisory Panel National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; solicitation of nominations. AGENCY: NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of the HMS AP when preparing and implementing Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 swordfish, sharks, and billfish. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (12) of the seats on the HMS AP for 3-year appointments. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP. NMFS also intends to fill an additional vacancy on the HMS AP for the remainder of a term that expires on December 31, 2023. DATES: Nominations must be received on or before December 17, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit nominations and requests for the Advisory Panel Statement of Organization, Practices, and Procedures by email to HMSAP.Nominations@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: ‘‘HMS AP Nominations.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper at (301) 427–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic HMS fisheries are managed under the dual authority of both the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act; 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA; 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.). The 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan (2006 Consolidated HMS FMP) and its amendments are implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. The Magnuson-Stevens Act requires the establishment of an AP for each FMP for Atlantic HMS, i.e., tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. 16 U.S.C. 1854(g)(1)(A)–(B). Since the inception of the AP in 1998, NMFS has consulted with and considered the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing Atlantic HMS FMPs or FMP amendments. In this notice, NMFS solicits nominations for the Atlantic HMS AP. Nominations are being sought to fill approximately one-third (12) of the seats on the HMS AP for 3-year appointments. Individuals with definable interests in the recreational and commercial fishing and related industries, environmental community, academia, and non-governmental organizations are considered for membership on the HMS AP as described below. NMFS also intends to select a nominee to fill an additional academic vacancy on the HMS AP for the remainder of a term that expires on December 31, 2023. This vacancy is the result of a sitting HMS AP member E:\FR\FM\17NON1.SGM 17NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB541]


Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act 
Provisions; Northeast Skate Complex; Withdrawal of the Notice of Intent 
To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 5

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

ACTION: Notice of withdrawal.

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SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council initiated 
development of Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery 
Management Plan in 2016. A notice of intent to develop an environmental 
impact statement for this action was published in January 2017, 
followed by a second notice and round of scoping in late December 2020. 
However, in September 2021, the Council voted to discontinue work on 
Amendment 5 and pursue the remaining alternatives through newly 
initiated Framework Adjustment 9. The remaining alternatives in this 
framework are largely administrative and not expected to have 
significant impacts on the fishery or human environment. Therefore, 
NMFS is withdrawing the notice of intent and no longer intends to 
prepare an environmental impact statement.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cynthia Ferrio, Fishery Policy 
Analyst, (978) 281-9180.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2016, the New England Fishery Management 
Council initiated development of Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate 
Complex Fishery Management Plan (FMP) to consider limited access in the 
skate fishery. The Council published a notice of intent (NOI) to 
develop an environmental impact statement (EIS) for this amendment, in 
accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act, to analyze the 
impacts of any proposed management measures (82 FR 825; January 4, 
2017). Throughout this initial development and scoping process, the 
range of proposed alternatives changed. A second NOI was published (85 
FR 84304; December 28, 2020), and additional scoping hearings were held 
in 2021.
    The comments received throughout the development process during 
both rounds of scoping hearings, and at multiple Skate Advisory Panel, 
Skate Committee, and Council meetings, were mixed in support of, and 
opposition to, limiting access to the skate fishery. Ultimately, after 
careful consideration of the public comments received and extensive 
examination of the alternatives analyzed, the Council voted to no 
longer develop limited access alternatives in Amendment 5 at its April 
2021 meeting. Further, at its meeting in September 2021, the Council 
voted to discontinue work on Amendment 5 completely and to pursue the 
remaining alternatives addressing changes to permit provisions and 
clarifying the FMP goals and objectives through the newly initiated 
Framework Adjustment 9. Framework 9 is expected to be implemented in 
mid-2022.
    These remaining alternatives that will be considered in Framework 9 
are largely administrative and are not expected to have significant 
impacts on the fishery or affected environment. Consequently, the 
Council and NMFS have determined that it is not necessary to prepare an 
EIS for Framework 9 and will instead continue development of the 
remaining framework alternatives with an appropriate NEPA document. 
Therefore, NMFS is informing the public that work on Amendment 5 is 
complete, and that we are withdrawing the NOI and draft EIS from 
further consideration.
    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: November 12, 2021.
Michael Ruccio,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2021-25094 Filed 11-16-21; 8:45 am]
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