Marine Mammals; File Nos. 1036-1744, 594-1759, and 633-1763
Notice is hereby given that the following individuals and institutions have been issued permits to conduct research on northern right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) and other marine mammals in the North Atlantic: Robert DiGiovanni, Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation, 467 East Main Street, Riverhead, New York 11901 (File No. 1036-1744); the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division, Nongame-Endangered Wildlife Program, Coastal Office, Brunswick, GA (File No. 594-1759); and the Center for Coastal Studies, Provincetown, MA (File No. 633-1763).
Revised Contact Information, Nomenclature Change and Correction of Citation Error
This rule revises delivery addresses, telephone and facsimile numbers; makes a nomenclature change, and corrects a citation error. This rule revises the delivery address for the ENC Encryption Request Coordinator and the office within BIS that receives encryption review requests and reports. The rule also revises the facsimile number for the Office of Exporter Services, corrects the name of the Outreach and Educational Services Division, revises the office to which a voluntary self-disclosure may be sent, revises the title and address of the official to whom a voluntary self-disclosure may be sent, and corrects a citation error. These actions are being taken to reflect the reorganization or movement of certain offices or functions, and to correct an error in the regulations. This action is not intended to have a substantive effect on the rights or obligations of the public.
Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand From Mexico
On February 24, 2005, the Department of Commerce (the Department) published in the Federal Register a notice announcing the initiation of an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on prestressed concrete steel wire strand from Mexico, covering the period July 17, 2003, to December 31, 2004. See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews, Mexico: Prestressed Concrete Steel Wire Strand, 70 FR 9035 (February 24, 2005). The review covers Cablesa S.A. de C.V. (Cablesa). We are now rescinding this review as a result of Cablesa's timely withdrawal of its request for an administrative review .
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The 89th meeting of the Western Pacific Fishery Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will convene in May 2005. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public. The CPSMT will meet Wednesday, May 18, 2005 from 8 a.m. until business for the day is completed.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; Annual Adjustments
NMFS implements measures to establish target total allowable catch (TAC) levels for the monkfish fishery for the 2005 fishing year (FY), and adjust trip limits and days-at-sea (DAS) for limited access monkfish vessels fishing in the Southern Fishery Management Area (SFMA). Based on formulas established in Framework Adjustment 2 (Framework 2) to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), this final rule establishes FY 2005 target TACs of 13,160 mt for the Northern Fishery Management Area (NFMA), and 9,673 mt for the SFMA; and adjusts the trip limits for limited access monkfish vessels fishing in the SFMA to 700 lb (318 kg) tail weight per DAS for limited access Category A, C, and G vessels, and 600 lb (272 kg) tail weight per DAS for limited access Category B, D, and H vessels. This action also announces that the FY 2005 DAS available to all monkfish limited access vessels will be 39.3 DAS as a result of a DAS set-aside program implemented in Amendment 2 to the FMP.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements; Regulatory Amendment to Modify Seafood Dealer Reporting Requirements
NMFS issues this final rule to amend the electronic reporting and recordkeeping regulations for federally permitted seafood dealers participating in the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Atlantic sea scallop, Northeast (NE) multispecies, monkfish, Atlantic mackerel, squid, butterfish, Atlantic surfclam, ocean quahog, Atlantic herring, Atlantic deep-sea red crab, tilefish, Atlantic bluefish, skate, and/or spiny dogfish fisheries in the NE Region. This action reduces the submission schedule for dealer reports from daily to weekly, eliminates duplicate reporting of certain species, and clarifies existing reporting requirements. This action will also allow vessel operator permits issued by the Southeast Region to satisfy NE vessel operator permitting requirements. The purpose of this action is to reduce the reporting burden on seafood dealers, improve data quality, simplify compliance, and clarify existing requirements.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery
NMFS announces final specifications for the 2005 fishing year for the Atlantic herring (herring) fishery, which will be maintained through the 2006 fishing year unless stock and fishery conditions change substantially. This action includes one minor regulatory language change that reflects a previously approved measure in the Fishery Management Plan for Herring (FMP). The intent of this final rule is to promote the development and conservation of the herring resource.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received two scientific research permit applications and two modification requests relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; Amendment 2
NMFS is implementing approved measures contained in Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 2 was developed to address essential fish habitat (EFH) and bycatch issues, and to revise the FMP to address several issues raised during the public scoping process. This rule implements the following measures: a new limited access permit for qualified vessels fishing south of 38[deg]20' N. lat.; an offshore monkfish fishery in the Southern Fishery Management Area (SFMA); a maximum roller-gear disc diameter of 6 inches (15.2 cm) for trawl gear vessels fishing in the SFMA; closure of two deep-sea canyon areas to all gears when fishing under the monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) program; establishment of a research DAS set-aside program and a DAS exemption program; a North Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO) Regulated Area Exemption Program; adjustments to the monkfish incidental catch limits; a decrease in the monkfish minimum size in the SFMA; removal of the 20- day block requirement; and new additions to the list of actions that can be taken under the framework adjustment process contained in the FMP. The intent of this action is to provide efficient management of the monkfish fishery and to meet conservation objectives. Also, NMFS informs the public of the approval by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) of the collection-of-information requirements contained in this final rule and publishes the OMB control numbers for these collections.
Notice of Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Certain Hot-Rolled Carbon Steel Flat Products From the Netherlands
In response to requests from Nucor Corporation, International Steel Group Inc. (ISG) and United States Steel Corporation (USSC) (collectively, petitioners), the U.S. Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain hot-rolled carbon steel flat products from the Netherlands for Corus Staal BV (Corus) for the period November 1, 2003, through October 31, 2004. No other interested party requested a review of Corus for this period of review. For the reasons discussed below, the Department is rescinding this administrative review.
North American Free-Trade Agreement (NAFTA), Article 1904 Binational Panel Reviews
On April 21, 2005 the binational panel issued its corrected decision in the review of the final injury determination on remand made by the International Trade Commission, respecting Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Canada Final Injury Determination, Secretariat File No. USA-CDA-2002-1904-09. The binational panel affirmed the International Trade Commission's determination on remand. Copies of the panel decision are available from the U.S. Section of the NAFTA Secretariat.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator has also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue the EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to issue an EFP that would allow four vessels to conduct fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. The EFP would allow for exemptions from the NE multispecies rolling closure area restrictions and the NE multispecies minimum mesh size requirements. The applicant proposes to conduct a study of an inclined separation panel, a bycatch reduction device, in order to examine the effectiveness of this type of gear at separating the catch of Atlantic cod, and other roundfish, from flatfish. The EFP would allow these exemptions for four commercial vessels for a combined total of 23 days at sea. All experimental work would be monitored by Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences (Manomet) personnel. Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs.
The Manufacturing Council: Meeting of The Manufacturing Council
The Manufacturing Council will hold a full Council meeting to discuss topics related to the state of manufacturing. The Manufacturing Council is a Secretarial Board at the Department of Commerce, established to ensure regular communication between Government and the manufacturing sector. This will be the fourth meeting of The Manufacturing Council and will include updates by the Council's three subcommittees. For information about the Council, please visit the Manufacturing Council Web site at: http://www.manufacturing.gov/ council.htm.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is opening directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to allow the deep-water species fisheries by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to resume.
Strengthening America's Communities Advisory Committee
The Strengthening America's Communities Advisory Committee (the ``Committee'') will hold its second public meeting on Friday, May 13, 2005 in Kansas City, Missouri. At this meeting, the Committee will discuss policy issues relating to the President's Strengthening America's Communities Initiative (the ``Initiative''). During the Committee's first meeting in Fresno, California on April 15, 2005, the Committee received its charge to undertake a high-level examination of key policy issues pertaining to the Initiative. The second meeting will feature preliminary presentations to and deliberation by the Committee of work by the Committee's subcommittees on the policy issues presented to them.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Commercial Shark Management Measures
This rule establishes the second and third trimester season quotas for large coastal sharks (LCS); small coastal sharks (SCS); and pelagic, blue, and porbeagle sharks based on over- or underharvests from the 2004 second semi-annual season. In addition, this rule establishes the opening and closing dates for the LCS fishery based on adjustments to the trimester quotas. This action could affect all commercial fishermen in the Atlantic commercial shark fishery. This action is necessary to ensure that the landings quotas in the Atlantic commercial shark fishery represent the latest landings data.
Revolving Loan Fund Reporting Requirements
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Initiation of a Changed Circumstances Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Carbon and Certain Alloy Steel Wire Rod from Ukraine
The Department of Commerce is initiating a changed circumstances review in order to determine whether Ukraine should continue to be treated as a non-market economy country for purposes of the antidumping duty law. Written comments (original and six copies) should be sent to Joseph A. Spetrini, Acting Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Central Records Unit, Room 1870, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20230.
Revision to the Unverified List-Guidance as to “Red Flags”
On June 14, 2002, the Bureau of Industry and Security (``BIS'') published a notice in the Federal Register that set forth a list of persons in foreign countries who were parties to past export transactions where pre-license checks or post-shipment verifications could not be conducted for reasons outside the control of the U.S. Government (``Unverified List''). Additionally, on July 16, 2004, BIS published a notice in the Federal Register that advised exporters that the Unverified List would also include persons in foreign countries in transactions where BIS is not able to verify the existence or authenticity of the end-user, intermediate consignee, ultimate consignee, or other party to the transaction. These notices advised exporters that the involvement of a listed person as a party to a proposed transaction constitutes a ``red flag'' as described in the guidance set forth in Supplement No. 3 to 15 CFR part 732, requiring heightened scrutiny by the exporter before proceeding with such a transaction. This notice adds one entity to the Unverified List. The entity is: Parrlab Technical Solutions, LTD, 1204, 12F Shanghai Industrial Building, 48-62 Hennesey Road, Wan Chai, Hong Kong Special Administrative Region.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter II Fishery for Loligo Squid
NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, April 25, 2005. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through June 30, 2005). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter II quota and to allow for effective management of this stock.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Species in the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/“Other Flatfish” Fishery Category by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/ flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the second seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI.
Endangered Species; Permit No. 1247
Notice is hereby given that a request for a modification to scientific research permit No. 1247 submitted by Thomas F. Savoy, CT Department of Environmental Protection, Marine Fisheries Division, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, Connecticut, 06371, has been granted.
Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Port of Miami Construction Project (Phase II)
In accordance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) has been issued to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers-Jacksonville District (Corps) to take bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), by harassment, incidental to deepening the Dodge- Lummus Island Turning Basin in Miami, FL (Turning Basin).
Endangered Species; File No. 1526
Notice is hereby given that Andre Landry, Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 5007 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77553, has applied in due form for a permit to take Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) for purposes of scientific research.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Gulf Reef Fish Limited Access System
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Amendment 24 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 24) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would establish a limited access system for the commercial reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico by capping participation at the current level. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to provide economic and social stability in the fishery by preventing speculative entry into the fishery.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer
NMFS announces that it has approved the request of the Commonwealth of Virginia to transfer 68,214 lb (30,941 kg) of commercial summer flounder quota to the States of Maine, Connecticut, New York, Delaware, and Maryland, and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, in accordance with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Addendum XV to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The recipients of the transferred quota, and the amount transferred, are as follows: Maine 1,273 lb (577 kg); Connecticut17,799 lb (8,073 kg); New York13,270 lb (6,019 kg); Delaware3,924 lb (1,780 kg); Maryland17,983 lb (8,157 kg); and Massachusetts13,965 lb (6,334 kg). By this action, NMFS adjusts the quotas and announces the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews
The Department of Commerce (the Department) has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with March anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews.
Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet and Strip from India
On September 21, 2004, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated a changed circumstances review of polyethylene terephthalate film, sheet and strip (PET film) from India in order to determine whether Jindal Poly Films Limited is the successor-in- interest for purposes of antidumping duties to Jindal Polyester Limited. See Notice of Initiation of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review: Polyethylene Terephthalate Film, Sheet and Strip (PET Film) from India, 69 FR 56406 (September 21, 2004). Jindal Polyester Limited changed its name to Jindal Poly Films Limited on April 19, 2004. We preliminarily determine that Jindal Poly Films Limited is the successor-in-interest to Jindal Polyester Limited for purposes of determining antidumping duty liability. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Bottle-Grade Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Resin From India: Amended Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination
On March 21, 2005, the Department of Commerce (Department) published in the Federal Register the final affirmative countervailing duty determination on bottle-grade polyethylene terephthalate (PET) resin from India for the period from April 1, 2003, to March 31, 2004. Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination: Bottle-Grade Polyethylene Terephthalate (PET) Resin from India, 70 FR 13460 (March 21, 2005) (Final Determination). We are amending our Final Determination to correct certain ministerial errors alleged by Reliance Industries Ltd. (Reliance) pursuant to section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). See ``Amended Final Results of Review'' section, below.
Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program
NOAA provides notice of the availability of Ernest F. Hollings scholarship awards for FY 2005. The Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program was established through the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005. The Ernest F. Hollings scholarship program will provide selected undergraduate applicants with opportunities to increase recognition of and disciplined study in oceanic and atmospheric studies. There is no guarantee that sufficient funds will be available to make awards for all qualified applicants.