Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 73259-73260 [2021-28073]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 245 / Monday, December 27, 2021 / Notices mammals relative to the affected stock abundances; and (4) GCHS’ activities will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on taking for subsistence purposes as subsistence harvest of harbor seals and other marine mammals is rare in the area and local subsistence users have not expressed concern about this project. 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 with respect to environmental consequences on the human environment. Accordingly, NMFS has determined that the issuance of the IHA qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. 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. Endangered Species Act (ESA) 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. No incidental take of ESA-listed species is authorized or expected to result from this activity. Therefore, NMFS has determined that formal consultation under section 7 of the ESA is not required for this action. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to the Coast Guard for in-water construction activities associated with the specified activity from February 1, 2022 through January 31, 2023. All previously described mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements from the initial 2021 IHA are incorporated. Dated: December 21, 2021. Kimberly Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–27993 Filed 12–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:11 Dec 23, 2021 Jkt 256001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB680] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of hybrid meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of Mexico fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The meeting is open to the public offering both in-person and virtual options for participation. DATES: The meeting will convene Monday, January 24 through Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CST and on Thursday, January 27, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., CST. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will take place at Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center, located at 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. Please note, inperson meeting attendees will be expected to follow any current COVID– 19 safety protocols as determined by the Council, hotel and the City of Baton Rouge. Such precautions may include masks, room capacity restrictions, and/ or social distancing. If you prefer to ‘‘listen in’’, you may access the log-on information by visiting our website at www.gulfcouncil.org. 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. Carrie Simmons, Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Monday, January 24, 2022; 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., CST The meeting will begin open to the public in a Full Council Session to hold an Election of Council Vice-Chair, and review and adoption of the revised Council Committee Assignments for October 2021 through August 2022. Committee sessions will begin approximately 8:15 a.m. with the Habitat Protection and Restoration Committee receiving a presentation from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Wind Energy PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 73259 Development in the Gulf of Mexico, review of Essential Fish Habitat Generic Amendment and Draft Response Letter to NOAA Request for Comments on the Area-Based Management Goals Related to Executive Order 14008. The Outreach and Education Committee will receive a presentation on 2021 Communications Analytics and Updated 2021 Communications Improvement Plan, draft Social Media Guidelines, draft Public Comment Guidelines, draft Press Release Guidelines, and the 2022 Communications Improvement Plan. The Committee will discuss remaining items form the Outreach and Education Technical Committee and receive a presentation on Summary of Discard and Barotrauma Reduction Efforts Across the Region. The Shrimp Committee will review National Marine Fisheries Service’s (NMFS) Evaluation of Draft Approval Specifications for Reinstituting Historical cELB Program, Updated Draft Framework Action: Modification of the Vessel Position Data Collection Program for the Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery, and summary of the Shrimp Advisory Panel Meeting. The Mackerel Committee will review and discuss Coastal Migratory Pelagics Landings, Draft Amendment 33: Modifications to the Gulf of Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel Catch Limits and Sector Allocations, and Draft Amendment 34: Atlantic Migratory Group King Mackerel Catch Levels and Atlantic King and Spanish Mackerel Management Measures. Tuesday, January 25, 2022; 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., CST The Reef Fish Committee will convene to review Reef Fish Landings and Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Landings and Final Action: Framework Action: Modification of Vermillion Snapper Catch Limits. Following, the Committee will receive presentations on SEDAR 70: Greater Amberjack Stock Assessment Report and SEDAR 72: Gag Grouper Stock Assessment Report, and discuss SSC Recommendations and Reef Fish Advisory Panel Feedback for both. The Committee will also discuss the Council Request for State Reef Fish Survey (SRFS) Integration and Update Assessment for SEDAR 72: Gag Grouper. The Committee will review Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Programs, Focus Group Formation and next steps and Public Hearing Draft: Reef Fish Amendment 36B. The Committee will receive an update on Draft Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 and Reef Fish Amendment 55: Modifications to Southeastern U.S. Yellowtail Snapper E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1 73260 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 245 / Monday, December 27, 2021 / Notices Jurisdictional Allocations, Catch Limits, and South Atlantic Sector Annual Catch Limits. The Committee will hold a discussion on Wenchman in the Gulf of Mexico, review the Revised Great Red Snapper Count Estimates and SSC Recommendations for re-evaluating Red Snapper Catch Advise, discuss any remaining SSC and Reef Fish Advisory Panel recommendations. Full Council will reconvene in a CLOSED SESSION for selection of IFQ Focus Group Participants. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Wednesday, January 26, 2022; 8 a.m.– 5:30 p.m., CST The Data Collection Committee will receive an update on Southeast For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program and review Draft Framework Action: Modification to Location Reporting Requirements for For-Hire Vessels and Reef Fish Advisory Panel (AP) Recommendations. The Committee will receive a presentation on Update on Modifications to the Commercial Electronic Reporting Program. The Committee will receive an update on Upcoming Workshop to Evaluate State-federal Recreational Survey Differences. The Sustainable Fisheries Committee will review and discuss Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology and SSC Recommendations. Following lunch at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST, the Council will reconvene with a Call to Order, Announcements and Introductions, Adoption of Agenda and Approval of Minutes; and receive a presentation on Density Estimations of age-0 and age-1 Gray Triggerfish, Balistes capriscus, and Vermilion Snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, from 2007 to 2015, in the northern Gulf of Mexico. The Council will hold public testimony from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., CST on Final Action Item: Framework Action: Modification of Vermilion Snapper Catch Limits; and open testimony on other fishery issues or concerns. Public comment may begin earlier than 2:15 p.m. CST, but will not conclude before that time. Persons wishing to give public testimony inperson must register at the registration kiosk in the meeting room. Persons wishing to give public testimony virtually must sign up on the Council website on the day of public testimony. Registration for virtual testimony closes one hour (1:15 p.m. CST) before public testimony begins. VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:11 Dec 23, 2021 Jkt 256001 Thursday, January 27, 2022; 8 a.m.– 4:30 p.m., CST The Council will receive Committee reports from Habitat Protection and Restoration, Shrimp, Outreach and Education, Mackerel, Data Collection, Reef Fish and Sustainable Fisheries Management Committees. The Council will review Closed Session Report and receive updates from the following supporting agencies: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Louisiana Law Enforcement Efforts; NOAA Office of Law Enforcement (OLE); Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Department of State. Lastly, the Council will discuss any Other Business items. Meeting Adjourns The meeting will be a hybrid meeting offering options for both in-person and virtual attendance. You may register for the webinar to ‘‘listen-in’’ only by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the Council meeting tab. The timing and order in which agenda items are addressed may change as required to effectively address the issue, and the latest version along with other meeting materials will be posted on the website as they become available. Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meeting. Actions 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 that the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid or accommodations should be directed to Kathy Pereira, (813) 348–1630, at least 15 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 21, 2021. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–28073 Filed 12–23–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB677] North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of webconference. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Ecosystem Committee will meet January 25, 2022 through January 26, 2022. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, through Wednesday, January 26, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alaska Time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a webconference. Join online through the link at https://meetings.npfmc.org/ Meeting/Details/2481. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 1007 W 3rd Ave., Anchorage, AK 99501–2252; telephone: (907) 271–2809. Instructions for attending the meeting are given under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION, below. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Diana Evans, Council staff; phone; (907) 271–2809 and email: diana.evans@ noaa.gov. For technical support please contact administrative Council staff, email: npfmc.admin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda Tuesday, January 25, 2022 Through Wednesday, January 26, 2022 The Ecosystem Committee agenda will include discussion of the NOAA marine debris activities, northern fur seal co-management updates, essential fish habitat model development, forage fish research in Alaska, a planning update for the Council’s ecosystem workshop, discussion of the Committee role, and other business. The agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at https:// meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/Details/ 2481 prior to the meeting, along with meeting materials. Connection Information You can attend the meeting online using a computer, tablet, or smart phone; or by phone only. Connection information will be posted online at: https://meetings.npfmc.org/Meeting/ Details/2481. E:\FR\FM\27DEN1.SGM 27DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB680]


Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of hybrid meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will 
hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of 
Mexico fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The meeting is 
open to the public offering both in-person and virtual options for 
participation.

DATES: The meeting will convene Monday, January 24 through Wednesday, 
January 26, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., CST and on Thursday, 
January 27, 2022, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., CST.

ADDRESSES: 
    Meeting address: The meeting will take place at Hilton Baton Rouge 
Capitol Center, located at 201 Lafayette Street, Baton Rouge, LA 70801. 
Please note, in-person meeting attendees will be expected to follow any 
current COVID-19 safety protocols as determined by the Council, hotel 
and the City of Baton Rouge. Such precautions may include masks, room 
capacity restrictions, and/or social distancing. If you prefer to 
``listen in'', you may access the log-on information by visiting our 
website at www.gulfcouncil.org.
    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. Carrie Simmons, Executive 
Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 
348-1630.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Monday, January 24, 2022; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., CST

    The meeting will begin open to the public in a Full Council Session 
to hold an Election of Council Vice-Chair, and review and adoption of 
the revised Council Committee Assignments for October 2021 through 
August 2022.
    Committee sessions will begin approximately 8:15 a.m. with the 
Habitat Protection and Restoration Committee receiving a presentation 
from the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) on Wind Energy 
Development in the Gulf of Mexico, review of Essential Fish Habitat 
Generic Amendment and Draft Response Letter to NOAA Request for 
Comments on the Area-Based Management Goals Related to Executive Order 
14008.
    The Outreach and Education Committee will receive a presentation on 
2021 Communications Analytics and Updated 2021 Communications 
Improvement Plan, draft Social Media Guidelines, draft Public Comment 
Guidelines, draft Press Release Guidelines, and the 2022 Communications 
Improvement Plan. The Committee will discuss remaining items form the 
Outreach and Education Technical Committee and receive a presentation 
on Summary of Discard and Barotrauma Reduction Efforts Across the 
Region.
    The Shrimp Committee will review National Marine Fisheries 
Service's (NMFS) Evaluation of Draft Approval Specifications for 
Reinstituting Historical cELB Program, Updated Draft Framework Action: 
Modification of the Vessel Position Data Collection Program for the 
Gulf of Mexico Shrimp Fishery, and summary of the Shrimp Advisory Panel 
Meeting.
    The Mackerel Committee will review and discuss Coastal Migratory 
Pelagics Landings, Draft Amendment 33: Modifications to the Gulf of 
Mexico Migratory Group King Mackerel Catch Limits and Sector 
Allocations, and Draft Amendment 34: Atlantic Migratory Group King 
Mackerel Catch Levels and Atlantic King and Spanish Mackerel Management 
Measures.

Tuesday, January 25, 2022; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., CST

    The Reef Fish Committee will convene to review Reef Fish Landings 
and Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Landings and Final Action: Framework 
Action: Modification of Vermillion Snapper Catch Limits. Following, the 
Committee will receive presentations on SEDAR 70: Greater Amberjack 
Stock Assessment Report and SEDAR 72: Gag Grouper Stock Assessment 
Report, and discuss SSC Recommendations and Reef Fish Advisory Panel 
Feedback for both. The Committee will also discuss the Council Request 
for State Reef Fish Survey (SRFS) Integration and Update Assessment for 
SEDAR 72: Gag Grouper.
    The Committee will review Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Programs, 
Focus Group Formation and next steps and Public Hearing Draft: Reef 
Fish Amendment 36B. The Committee will receive an update on Draft 
Snapper Grouper Amendment 44 and Reef Fish Amendment 55: Modifications 
to Southeastern U.S. Yellowtail Snapper

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Jurisdictional Allocations, Catch Limits, and South Atlantic Sector 
Annual Catch Limits.
    The Committee will hold a discussion on Wenchman in the Gulf of 
Mexico, review the Revised Great Red Snapper Count Estimates and SSC 
Recommendations for re-evaluating Red Snapper Catch Advise, discuss any 
remaining SSC and Reef Fish Advisory Panel recommendations.
    Full Council will reconvene in a CLOSED SESSION for selection of 
IFQ Focus Group Participants.

Wednesday, January 26, 2022; 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m., CST

    The Data Collection Committee will receive an update on Southeast 
For-Hire Integrated Electronic Reporting (SEFHIER) Program and review 
Draft Framework Action: Modification to Location Reporting Requirements 
for For-Hire Vessels and Reef Fish Advisory Panel (AP) Recommendations. 
The Committee will receive a presentation on Update on Modifications to 
the Commercial Electronic Reporting Program. The Committee will receive 
an update on Upcoming Workshop to Evaluate State-federal Recreational 
Survey Differences.
    The Sustainable Fisheries Committee will review and discuss 
Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology and SSC Recommendations.
    Following lunch at approximately 1:30 p.m. CST, the Council will 
reconvene with a Call to Order, Announcements and Introductions, 
Adoption of Agenda and Approval of Minutes; and receive a presentation 
on Density Estimations of age-0 and age-1 Gray Triggerfish, Balistes 
capriscus, and Vermilion Snapper, Rhomboplites aurorubens, from 2007 to 
2015, in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
    The Council will hold public testimony from 2:15 p.m. to 5:30 p.m., 
CST on Final Action Item: Framework Action: Modification of Vermilion 
Snapper Catch Limits; and open testimony on other fishery issues or 
concerns. Public comment may begin earlier than 2:15 p.m. CST, but will 
not conclude before that time. Persons wishing to give public testimony 
in-person must register at the registration kiosk in the meeting room. 
Persons wishing to give public testimony virtually must sign up on the 
Council website on the day of public testimony. Registration for 
virtual testimony closes one hour (1:15 p.m. CST) before public 
testimony begins.

Thursday, January 27, 2022; 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., CST

    The Council will receive Committee reports from Habitat Protection 
and Restoration, Shrimp, Outreach and Education, Mackerel, Data 
Collection, Reef Fish and Sustainable Fisheries Management Committees. 
The Council will review Closed Session Report and receive updates from 
the following supporting agencies: South Atlantic Fishery Management 
Council; Louisiana Law Enforcement Efforts; NOAA Office of Law 
Enforcement (OLE); Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commission; U.S. Coast 
Guard; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; and Department of State.
    Lastly, the Council will discuss any Other Business items.

Meeting Adjourns

    The meeting will be a hybrid meeting offering options for both in-
person and virtual attendance. You may register for the webinar to 
``listen-in'' only by visiting www.gulfcouncil.org and click on the 
Council meeting tab.
    The timing and order in which agenda items are addressed may change 
as required to effectively address the issue, and the latest version 
along with other meeting materials will be posted on the website as 
they become available.
    Although other non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda 
may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during these meeting. Actions 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 that the public has been 
notified of the Council's intent to take final action to address the 
emergency.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aid or accommodations should be directed to Kathy Pereira, 
(813) 348-1630, at least 15 days prior to the meeting date.
    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: December 21, 2021.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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