Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops, 12667-12669 [2022-04750]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2022 / Notices khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. An incidental take authorization shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival. The MMPA states that the term ‘‘take’’ means to harass, hunt, capture, kill or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, or kill any marine mammal. Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: Any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance, which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild (Level A harassment); or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering (Level B harassment). Summary of Request On October 1, 2021, NMFS received an application from Ocean Wind requesting authorization for take of marine mammals incidental to construction activities related to the development of the Ocean Wind 1 Offshore Wind Farm off of New Jersey in Commercial Lease (OCS–A–0498). In response to our comments, and following extensive information exchange with NMFS, Ocean Wind submitted a revised application on February 8, 2022 that we determined was adequate and complete on February 11, 2022. Ocean Wind requested the regulations and subsequent Letter of Authorization (LOA) be valid for five years beginning in 2023. Ocean Wind considered the following activities associated with wind farm construction in its application: Impact installation of monopiles for wind turbine generators (WTG) foundations; impact installation of monopiles or pin piles for offshore sub-station (OSS) VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 Mar 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 foundations; potential detonations of unexploded ordinances UXOs; construction of temporary cofferdams at the sea-to-shore transitions, which includes vibratory installation and removal of sheet pile; site characterization surveys using a range of frequencies; fisheries monitoring; placement of scour protection; and export cable trenching, laying, and burial. Vessels will be used to transport crew, supplies, and materials to the Project area and to support pile installation. A subset of these activities (e.g., installing piles using pile driving, UXO detonation, and site characterization surveys) may result in the take, by Level A harassment and Level B harassment, of marine mammals. Therefore, Ocean Wind requests authorization to incidentally take marine mammals. Specified Activities In Executive Order 14008, President Biden stated that it is the policy of the United States to organize and deploy the full capacity of its agencies to combat the climate crisis to implement a Government-wide approach that reduces climate pollution in every sector of the economy; increases resilience to the impacts of climate change; protects public health; conserves our lands, waters, and biodiversity; delivers environmental justice; and spurs well-paying union jobs and economic growth, especially through innovation, commercialization, and deployment of clean energy technologies and infrastructure. Through a competitive leasing process under 30 CFR 585.211, Ocean Wind was awarded Commercial Lease OCS–A 0498 offshore of New Jersey and the exclusive right to submit a construction and operations plan (COP) for activities within the lease area. Ocean Wind, LLC has submitted a COP to BOEM proposing the construction, operation, maintenance, and conceptual decommissioning of the Ocean Wind 1 project, a 1,100-megawatt (MW) commercial-scale offshore wind energy facility located within the northeastern portion of Lease Area OCS–A 0498 and consisting of up to 98 wind turbines, 3 offshore sub-stations, and 3 transmission cables to shore. Ocean Wind anticipates activities potentially resulting in take of marine mammals could occur for the life of the requested regulations and LOA. This includes: • Several construction-related highresolution site assessment geophysical surveys in all 5 years (88 days per year during Years 1, 4, and 5; 180 days per year during Years 2 and 3); PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12667 • the installation of up to 98 tapered (i.e., one end has a larger diameter than the other end) WTGs (monopile foundation; 8⁄11-meter (m) diameter piles) by impact pile driving; • the installation of up to 3 OSSs foundations by impact pile driving consisting of either 3 monopiles (8⁄11-m diameter tapered piles) or 48 pin piles (jacket; 2.44-m diameter piles) from May through December in Years 1 and 2 over the course of 56 to 116 days; • the installation and removal of up to 7 temporary cofferdams by vibratory pile driving at the cable tie-in area in Year 1 (4 days for installation and removal per cofferdam; 28 days total); and, • the potential detonation of up to 10 UXOs over the course of 10 days in Year 1 (1 UXO detonation per day, as necessary). Ocean Wind has noted that these are the most accurate estimates for the durations of each planned activity, but that the schedule may shift over the Project due to weather, mechanical, or other related delays. Information Solicited Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning Ocean Wind’s request (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will consider all information, suggestions, and comments related to the request during the development of proposed regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals by Ocean Wind, if appropriate. Dated: March 1, 2022. Kimberly Damon-Randall, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2022–04661 Filed 3–4–22; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XB858] Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public workshops. AGENCY: Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in April, May, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 12668 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2022 / Notices and June of 2022. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and to maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be conducted later in 2022 and will be announced in a future notice. In addition, NMFS has implemented online recertification workshops for persons who have already taken an inperson training. Information about the online workshops can be found on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Management Division’s website (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION). DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held on April 21, 2022 and June 2, 2022. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held on April 14, May 19, and June 23, 2022. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details. ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in Wilmington, NC, and Ronkonkoma, NY. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in Manahawkin, NJ; Panama City, FL; and Warwick, RI. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details on workshop locations. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell by email at craig.cockrell@noaa.gov or by phone at 301–427–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) fisheries are managed under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The 2006 Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan and its amendments are implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.8 describes the requirements for the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops. The workshop schedules, registration information, and a list of frequently asked questions regarding the Atlantic Shark Identification and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshops are posted online at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highlymigratory-species/atlantic-shark- VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:50 Mar 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 identification-workshops and https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highlymigratory-species/safe-handling-releaseand-identification-workshops. Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops Since January 1, 2008, Atlantic shark dealers have been prohibited from receiving, purchasing, trading, or bartering for Atlantic sharks unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate is on the premises of each business listed under the shark dealer permit that first receives Atlantic sharks (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Dealers who attend and successfully complete a workshop are issued a certificate for each place of business that is permitted to receive sharks. These certificate(s) are valid for 3 years. Thus, certificates that were initially issued in 2019 will expire in 2022. Approximately 191 free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops have been conducted since October 2008. Currently, permitted dealers may send a proxy to an Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop. However, if a dealer opts to send a proxy, the dealer must designate a proxy for each place of business covered by the dealer’s permit that first receives Atlantic sharks. Only one certificate will be issued to each proxy. A proxy must be a person who is currently employed by a place of business covered by the dealer’s permit; is a primary participant in the identification, weighing, and/or first receipt of fish as they are offloaded from a vessel; and who fills out dealer reports. Atlantic shark dealers are prohibited from renewing a Federal shark dealer permit unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate for each business location that first receives Atlantic sharks has been submitted with the permit renewal application. Additionally, a copy of a valid dealer or proxy Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate must be in any trucks or other conveyances that are extensions of a dealer’s place of business. Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. April 21, 2022, 12 p.m.–4 p.m., Hampton Inn, 124 Old Eastwood Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403. 2. June 2, 2022, 12 p.m.–4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Islip MacArthur Airport, 3485 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779. Registration To register for a scheduled Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop, please contact Eric Sander at ericssharkguide@ yahoo.com or at (386) 852–8588. Pre- PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 registration is highly recommended, but not required. Registration Materials To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct permits, participants will need to bring the following specific items to the workshop: • Atlantic shark dealer permit holders must bring proof that the attendee is an owner or agent of the business (such as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit, and proof of identification. • Atlantic shark dealer proxies must bring documentation from the permitted dealer acknowledging that the proxy is attending the workshop on behalf of the permitted Atlantic shark dealer for a specific business location, a copy of the appropriate valid permit, and proof of identification. Workshop Objectives The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops are designed to reduce the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the dealer reporting form and increase the accuracy of species-specific dealerreported information. Reducing the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks will improve quota monitoring and the data used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer permit holders or their proxies to properly identify Atlantic shark carcasses. Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops Since January 1, 2007, shark limitedaccess and swordfish limited-access permit holders who fish with longline or gillnet gear have been required to submit a copy of their Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew either permit (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). These certificate(s) are valid for 3 years. Certificates issued in 2019 will expire in 2022. As such, vessel owners who have not already attended a workshop and received a NMFS certificate, or vessel owners whose certificate(s) will expire prior to the next permit renewal, must attend a workshop to fish with, or renew, their swordfish and shark limited-access permits. Additionally, new shark and swordfish limited-access permit applicants who intend to fish with longline or gillnet gear must attend a Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop and submit a copy of their workshop certificate before either of the permits will be issued. Approximately 391 free Safe Handling, E:\FR\FM\07MRN1.SGM 07MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 87, No. 44 / Monday, March 7, 2022 / Notices Release, and Identification Workshops have been conducted since 2006. In addition to vessel owners, at least one operator on board vessels issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit that uses longline or gillnet gear is required to attend a Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop and receive a certificate. Vessels that have been issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit and that use longline or gillnet gear may not fish unless both the vessel owner and operator have valid workshop certificates onboard at all times. Vessel operators who have not already attended a workshop and received a NMFS certificate, or vessel operators whose certificate(s) will expire prior to their next fishing trip, must attend a workshop to operate a vessel with swordfish and shark limited-access permits on which longline or gillnet gear is used. Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations 1. April 14, 2022, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., The Mainland Holiday Inn, 151 Rt. 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050. 2. May 19, 2022, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1101 US–231, Panama City, FL 32405. 3. June 23, 2022, 9 a.m.–5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Thurber Street, Warwick, RI 02886. Registration To register for a scheduled Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education at (386) 682– 0158. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but not required. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct permits, participants will need to bring the following specific items with them to the workshop: • Individual vessel owners must bring a copy of the appropriate swordfish and/or shark permit(s), a copy of the vessel registration or documentation, and proof of identification; • Representatives of a businessowned or co-owned vessel must bring proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable swordfish and/or shark permit(s), and proof of identification; and • Vessel operators must bring proof of identification. Workshop Objectives The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops are designed 17:50 Mar 04, 2022 Jkt 256001 Online Recertification Workshops NMFS implemented an online option for shark dealers and longline and gillnet fishermen to renew their certificates in December 2021. To be eligible for online recertification workshops, dealers and fishermen need to have previously attended an inperson workshop. Information about the courses is available online at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highlymigratory-species/atlantic-sharkidentification-workshops and https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highlymigratory-species/safe-handling-releaseand-identification-workshops. To access the course please visit: https:// hmsworkshop.fisheries.noaa.gov/start. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.) Registration Materials VerDate Sep<11>2014 to teach longline and gillnet fishermen the required techniques for the safe handling and release of entangled and/ or hooked protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, smalltooth sawfish, Atlantic sturgeon, and prohibited sharks. In an effort to improve reporting, the proper identification of protected species and prohibited sharks will also be taught at these workshops. Additionally, individuals attending these workshops will gain a better understanding of the requirements for participating in these fisheries. The overall goal of these workshops is to provide participants with the skills needed to reduce the mortality of protected species and prohibited sharks, which may prevent additional regulations on these fisheries in the future. Dated: March 2, 2022. Ngagne Jafnar Gueye, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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Find this information collection request by selecting ‘‘Department of Education’’ under ‘‘Currently Under Review,’’ then check ‘‘Only Show ICR for Public Comment’’ checkbox. Comments may also be sent to ICDocketmgr@ed.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For specific questions related to collection activities, please contact Carrie Clarady, 202–245–6347. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Department of Education (ED), in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)), provides the general public and Federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed, revised, and continuing collections of information. This helps the Department assess the impact of its information collection requirements and minimize the public’s reporting burden. It also helps the public understand the Department’s information collection requirements and provide the requested data in the desired format. ED is soliciting comments on the proposed information collection request (ICR) that is described below. The Department of Education is especially interested in public comment addressing the following issues: (1) Is this collection necessary to the proper functions of the Department; (2) will this information be processed and used in a timely manner; (3) is the estimate of burden accurate; (4) how might the Department enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (5) how might the Department minimize the burden of this collection on the respondents, including through the use of information technology. Please note that written comments received in response to this notice will be considered public records. Title of Collection: Program for International Student Assessment 2022 (PISA 2022) Main Study. OMB Control Number: 1850–0755. Type of Review: A revision of a currently approved information collection. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XB858]


Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and 
Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops

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

ACTION: Notice of public workshops.

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SUMMARY: Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe 
Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in April, 
May,

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and June of 2022. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to 
attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and to maintain valid 
permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is 
mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Safe 
Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel 
owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or 
gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited 
access permits. Additional free workshops will be conducted later in 
2022 and will be announced in a future notice. In addition, NMFS has 
implemented online recertification workshops for persons who have 
already taken an in-person training. Information about the online 
workshops can be found on the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species 
Management Division's website (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION).

DATES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held on 
April 21, 2022 and June 2, 2022. The Safe Handling, Release, and 
Identification Workshops will be held on April 14, May 19, and June 23, 
2022. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details.

ADDRESSES: The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops will be held in 
Wilmington, NC, and Ronkonkoma, NY. The Safe Handling, Release, and 
Identification Workshops will be held in Manahawkin, NJ; Panama City, 
FL; and Warwick, RI. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details 
on workshop locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Craig Cockrell by email at 
[email protected] or by phone at 301-427-8503.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic highly migratory species (HMS) 
fisheries are managed under the authority of the Atlantic Tunas 
Convention Act (16 U.S.C. 971 et seq.) and the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery 
Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.). The 2006 
Consolidated Atlantic HMS Fishery Management Plan and its amendments 
are implemented by regulations at 50 CFR part 635. Section 635.8 
describes the requirements for the Atlantic Shark Identification 
Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops. The 
workshop schedules, registration information, and a list of frequently 
asked questions regarding the Atlantic Shark Identification and Safe 
Handling, Release, and Identification workshops are posted online at: 
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highly-migratory-species/atlantic-shark-identification-workshops and https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highly-migratory-species/safe-handling-release-and-identification-workshops.

Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops

    Since January 1, 2008, Atlantic shark dealers have been prohibited 
from receiving, purchasing, trading, or bartering for Atlantic sharks 
unless a valid Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate is on 
the premises of each business listed under the shark dealer permit that 
first receives Atlantic sharks (71 FR 58057; October 2, 2006). Dealers 
who attend and successfully complete a workshop are issued a 
certificate for each place of business that is permitted to receive 
sharks. These certificate(s) are valid for 3 years. Thus, certificates 
that were initially issued in 2019 will expire in 2022. Approximately 
191 free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops have been conducted 
since October 2008.
    Currently, permitted dealers may send a proxy to an Atlantic Shark 
Identification Workshop. However, if a dealer opts to send a proxy, the 
dealer must designate a proxy for each place of business covered by the 
dealer's permit that first receives Atlantic sharks. Only one 
certificate will be issued to each proxy. A proxy must be a person who 
is currently employed by a place of business covered by the dealer's 
permit; is a primary participant in the identification, weighing, and/
or first receipt of fish as they are offloaded from a vessel; and who 
fills out dealer reports. Atlantic shark dealers are prohibited from 
renewing a Federal shark dealer permit unless a valid Atlantic Shark 
Identification Workshop certificate for each business location that 
first receives Atlantic sharks has been submitted with the permit 
renewal application. Additionally, a copy of a valid dealer or proxy 
Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop certificate must be in any 
trucks or other conveyances that are extensions of a dealer's place of 
business.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    1. April 21, 2022, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Hampton Inn, 124 Old Eastwood 
Rd., Wilmington, NC 28403.
    2. June 2, 2022, 12 p.m.-4 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn Islip MacArthur 
Airport, 3485 Veterans Memorial Highway, Ronkonkoma, NY 11779.

Registration

    To register for a scheduled Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop, 
please contact Eric Sander at [email protected] or at (386) 
852-8588. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but not required.

Registration Materials

    To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct 
permits, participants will need to bring the following specific items 
to the workshop:
     Atlantic shark dealer permit holders must bring proof that 
the attendee is an owner or agent of the business (such as articles of 
incorporation), a copy of the applicable permit, and proof of 
identification.
     Atlantic shark dealer proxies must bring documentation 
from the permitted dealer acknowledging that the proxy is attending the 
workshop on behalf of the permitted Atlantic shark dealer for a 
specific business location, a copy of the appropriate valid permit, and 
proof of identification.

Workshop Objectives

    The Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops are designed to reduce 
the number of unknown and improperly identified sharks reported in the 
dealer reporting form and increase the accuracy of species-specific 
dealer-reported information. Reducing the number of unknown and 
improperly identified sharks will improve quota monitoring and the data 
used in stock assessments. These workshops will train shark dealer 
permit holders or their proxies to properly identify Atlantic shark 
carcasses.

Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops

    Since January 1, 2007, shark limited-access and swordfish limited-
access permit holders who fish with longline or gillnet gear have been 
required to submit a copy of their Safe Handling, Release, and 
Identification Workshop certificate in order to renew either permit (71 
FR 58057; October 2, 2006). These certificate(s) are valid for 3 years. 
Certificates issued in 2019 will expire in 2022. As such, vessel owners 
who have not already attended a workshop and received a NMFS 
certificate, or vessel owners whose certificate(s) will expire prior to 
the next permit renewal, must attend a workshop to fish with, or renew, 
their swordfish and shark limited-access permits. Additionally, new 
shark and swordfish limited-access permit applicants who intend to fish 
with longline or gillnet gear must attend a Safe Handling, Release, and 
Identification Workshop and submit a copy of their workshop certificate 
before either of the permits will be issued. Approximately 391 free 
Safe Handling,

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Release, and Identification Workshops have been conducted since 2006.
    In addition to vessel owners, at least one operator on board 
vessels issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit that uses 
longline or gillnet gear is required to attend a Safe Handling, 
Release, and Identification Workshop and receive a certificate. Vessels 
that have been issued a limited-access swordfish or shark permit and 
that use longline or gillnet gear may not fish unless both the vessel 
owner and operator have valid workshop certificates onboard at all 
times. Vessel operators who have not already attended a workshop and 
received a NMFS certificate, or vessel operators whose certificate(s) 
will expire prior to their next fishing trip, must attend a workshop to 
operate a vessel with swordfish and shark limited-access permits on 
which longline or gillnet gear is used.

Workshop Dates, Times, and Locations

    1. April 14, 2022, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., The Mainland Holiday Inn, 151 Rt. 
72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
    2. May 19, 2022, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1101 US-231, 
Panama City, FL 32405.
    3. June 23, 2022, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Hilton Garden Inn, 1 Thurber 
Street, Warwick, RI 02886.

Registration

    To register for a scheduled Safe Handling, Release, and 
Identification Workshop, please contact Angler Conservation Education 
at (386) 682-0158. Pre-registration is highly recommended, but not 
required.

Registration Materials

    To ensure that workshop certificates are linked to the correct 
permits, participants will need to bring the following specific items 
with them to the workshop:
     Individual vessel owners must bring a copy of the 
appropriate swordfish and/or shark permit(s), a copy of the vessel 
registration or documentation, and proof of identification;
     Representatives of a business-owned or co-owned vessel 
must bring proof that the individual is an agent of the business (such 
as articles of incorporation), a copy of the applicable swordfish and/
or shark permit(s), and proof of identification; and
     Vessel operators must bring proof of identification.

Workshop Objectives

    The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops are 
designed to teach longline and gillnet fishermen the required 
techniques for the safe handling and release of entangled and/or hooked 
protected species, such as sea turtles, marine mammals, smalltooth 
sawfish, Atlantic sturgeon, and prohibited sharks. In an effort to 
improve reporting, the proper identification of protected species and 
prohibited sharks will also be taught at these workshops. Additionally, 
individuals attending these workshops will gain a better understanding 
of the requirements for participating in these fisheries. The overall 
goal of these workshops is to provide participants with the skills 
needed to reduce the mortality of protected species and prohibited 
sharks, which may prevent additional regulations on these fisheries in 
the future.

Online Recertification Workshops

    NMFS implemented an online option for shark dealers and longline 
and gillnet fishermen to renew their certificates in December 2021. To 
be eligible for online recertification workshops, dealers and fishermen 
need to have previously attended an in-person workshop. Information 
about the courses is available online at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highly-migratory-species/atlantic-shark-identification-workshops and https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/atlantic-highly-migratory-species/safe-handling-release-and-identification-workshops. To access the course please visit: https://hmsworkshop.fisheries.noaa.gov/start.

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

    Dated: March 2, 2022.
Ngagne Jafnar Gueye,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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