Department of Commerce February 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Action Affecting Export Privileges; Mohammad Fazeli
Document Number: 08-826
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Industry and Security Bureau
Certain Pasta From Italy: Notice of Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Changed Circumstances Review and Intent To Reinstate the Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: E8-3387
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an antidumping changed circumstances review with respect to Pasta Lensi S.r.l. (Lensi), a producer/exporter of pasta from Italy, and American Italian Pasta Company (AIPC), Lensi's corporate parent and importer of subject merchandise produced by Lensi. The Department preliminarily determines that Lensi made sales at less than normal value (NV) during the 2002-2003 period of review (POR), that, consequently, Lensi no longer qualifies for revocation based upon three consecutive reviews resulting in de minimis margins, and that the order should be reinstated on certain pasta from Italy related to subject merchandise produced and exported by Lensi. We will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to suspend liquidation of all entries of subject merchandise produced and exported by Lensi entered, or withdrawn from warehouse, for consumption on or after the date of publication of this notice in the Federal Register. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results.
Notice of Public Scoping and Intent to Prepare a Joint Environmental Impact Statement for Fruit Growers Supply Company's Multispecies Habitat Conservation Plan, Siskiyou County, California
Document Number: E8-3365
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Marine Fisheries Service
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (together the Services) intend to gather information necessary for the preparation of a joint Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). The EIS will consider applications from the Fruit Growers Supply Company (FGS) for Incidental Take Permits (ITPs) for take of endangered and threatened species in accordance with the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). FGS's applications will include a multi-species Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP), as required under the ESA. The HCP will address forest management and timber operations on FGS lands in Siskiyou County, California. The proposed 50 year HCP will encompass approximately 154,000 acres of lands owned by FGS on and after the granting date of the ITPs. The HCP will outline conservation programs for various aquatic species under the jurisdiction of NMFS and terrestrial species under the jurisdiction of FWS. For purposes of the issuance of the ITPs, NMFS and FWS are co- lead agencies under National Environmental Policy Act. We provide this notice to describe the proposed action and possible alternatives; advise other Federal and State agencies, affected Tribes, and the public of our intent to prepare an EIS; announce the initiation of a public scoping period; and obtain suggestions and information on the scope of issues and possible alternatives to be included in the EIS.
Exemption of Foreign Air Carriers From Customs Duties and Excise Taxes; Review of Findings of Reciprocity Eligibility
Document Number: E8-3306
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Notice is hereby given that, pursuant to sections 1309 and 1317 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1309 and 1317), and section 4221 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended (26 U.S.C. 4221), the Department of Commerce is undertaking to determine whether the governments of the countries listed herein allow or will allow substantially reciprocal customs duties and tax exemptions to aircraft of U.S. registry in connection with international commercial operations similar to those exemptions currently granted to or available to aircraft of those countries by the United States under the aforementioned statutes. The basis for this undertaking is the implementation of certain provisions of the Air Transport Agreement between the United States and the European Community and its Member States, signed in Washington, DC, on April 30, 2007. The Department of Commerce finding would be effective as of March 30, 2008. The above-cited statutes provide exemptions for aircraft of foreign registry from payment of certain customs duties and internal revenue taxes on supplies purchased, imported or stored in the United States for such aircraft in connection with their international commercial operations. These exemptions apply upon a finding by the Secretary of Commerce, or his designee, and communicated to the Department of the Treasury, that such country allows, or will allow, ``substantially reciprocal privileges'' to aircraft of U.S. registry with respect to purchases of such supplies in that country. The Department of Commerce proposes that aircraft registered in the following countries be provided exemptions as allowed by sections 1309 and 1317 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (19 U.S.C. 1309 and 1317), and section 4221 of the Internal Revenue Code, as amended (26 U.S.C. 4221). Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Federal Republic of Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom. Interested parties are invited to submit their views, comments and supporting documentation in writing, concerning this matter to Ms. Ana Guevara, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Services, Room 1128, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230. Submissions should be sent electronically to OSImail@ita.doc.gov. All submissions should be received no later than thirty days from the date of publication of this notice. Comments received, with the exception of information marked ``business confidential,'' will be available for public inspection upon request. Information marked ``business confidential'' shall be protected from disclosure to the full extent permitted by law. It is suggested that those desiring additional information contact Mr. Eugene Alford, Office of Service Industries, Room 1104, U.S. Department of Commerce, Washington, DC 20230, or telephone 202-482-5071.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3300
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-3299
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (CFMC) will hold a Navassa Island Workshop.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E8-3298
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice advises the public that the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene meetings of the Mariana Archipelago Advisory Panel, Mariana Archipelago Plan Team and Mariana Archipelago Regional Ecosystem Advisory Panel in Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands and in Guam.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings
Document Number: E8-3297
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene public hearings on Reef Fish Amendment 30B.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-808
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Science Advisory Board
Document Number: E8-3259
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Wednesday, March 12, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. and Thursday, March 13, 2008, from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page: http:// www.sab.noaa.gov/Meetings/meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda. Place: The meeting will be held both days at the Hilton Washington DC/Silver Spring, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Please check the SAB Web site http://www.sab.noaa.gov for confirmation of the venue. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 30- minute public comment period on March 12 (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by March 7, 2008 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after March 7, 2008, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Matters To Be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Draft Report from the Working Group to Examine Advisory Options for Improving Communications among NOAA's Partners (Partnerships WG or PWG); (2) Final Report from the Extension, Outreach & Education Working Group (EOEWG); (3) Report on the Final Results from the Ocean Exploration Advisory Working Group workshops; (4) NOAA Response to the SAB High-Performance Computing Recommendations and the Way Forward; (5) Discussion of a proposed SAB standing working group on ecosystems; (6) NOAA Monitoring Research Committee process updates and SAB Benchmark Review Discussion; (7) Discussion of SAB Strategic Planning; (8) the Census of Marine Life (CoML) Program; (9) the NOAA Hydrographic Services Review Panel; (10) results of the Review of the NOAA Coral Reef Conservation Program; (11) Report on NOAA Activities in Support of the International Year of the Reef (IYR); (12) Report on NOAA Activities in Support of the International Polar Year (IPY); and (13) the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) Board on Atmospheric Sciences and Climate (BASC).
Endangered Species; File No. 10115
Document Number: E8-3258
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Douglas Peterson, University of Georgia, Warnell School of Forest Resources, Athens, GA 30602, has applied in due form for a permit to take shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) for purposes of scientific research.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; An On-ice Marine Geophysical and Seismic Programs in the U.S. Beaufort Sea
Document Number: E8-3257
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) to take marine mammals, by Level-B harassment, incidental to conducting on-ice marine geophysical research and seismic surveys by CGGVeritas (Veritas) and Shell Offshore, Inc. (SOI) in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, have been issued for a period of one year from the IHAs effective date.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey off Central America, February-April 2008
Document Number: E8-3256
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO), a part of Columbia University, for the take of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey off Central America during February-April, 2008.
Export Trade Certificate of Review
Document Number: E8-3253
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On February 15, 2008, the U.S. Department of Commerce issued an Export Trade Certificate of Review to XCC Exportz Inc. (``XCC''). This notice summarizes the conduct for which certification has been granted.
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; Tautog Fishery
Document Number: E8-3252
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that on February 7, 2008, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) found the State of New Jersey out of compliance with the Commission's Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Tautog (ISFMP). Subsequently, the Commission referred the matter to NMFS, under delegation of authority from the Secretary of Commerce, for federal non-compliance review under the provisions of the Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act (Atlantic Coastal Act). The Atlantic Coastal Act mandates that NMFS must review the Commission's non-compliance referral and make specific findings within thirty (30) days after receiving the referral. If NMFS determines that New Jersey failed to carry out its responsibilities under the Tautog ISFMP, and if the measures it failed to implement are necessary for conservation, then, according to the Atlantic Coastal Act, NMFS must declare a moratorium on fishing for tautog in New Jersey waters.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Award for Excellence in Economic Development
Document Number: E8-3159
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
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 and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-3158
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Field Representatives/Enumerators Exit Questionnaire
Document Number: E8-2929
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
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 and/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)).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program
Document Number: 08-787
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program. The season will open 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), March 8, 2008, and will close 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 15, 2008. This period is the same as the 2008 IFQ and Community Development Quota season for Pacific halibut adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The IFQ halibut season is specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures.
Application for Expansion of Manufacturing Authority
Document Number: E8-3152
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Foreign-Trade Zone 42 Orlando, Fl
Notice of Scope Rulings
Document Number: E8-3147
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') hereby publishes a list of scope rulings completed between October 1, 2007, and December 31, 2007. In conjunction with this list, the Department is also publishing a list of requests for scope rulings and anticircumvention determinations pending as of December 31, 2007. We intend to publish future lists after the close of the next calendar quarter.
Taking of Marine Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Power Plant Operations in Central and Southern California
Document Number: E8-3146
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received applications for take authorizations from 13 power generating stations located on the coast of central and southern California to take small numbers of marine mammals by Level A harassment and mortalities incidental to routine power plant operations for the duration of five years from the date when the authorizations are issued. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of these requests for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on these applications.
Certain In-Shell Raw Pistachios from Iran: Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-3145
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
In response to a request from Cal Pure Pistachios, Inc. (Cal Pure), a domestic interested party, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain in-shell raw pistachios (raw pistachios) from Iran. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 72 FR 48613 (August 24, 2007). This review covers the period July 1, 2006, through June 30, 2007. We are now rescinding this review due to Cal Pure's withdrawal of its request for review.
2008 Sea Scallop Research Set-Aside Program
Document Number: E8-3142
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS requests scallop research proposals to utilize total allowable catch (TAC) and Days-at-Sea (DAS) that have been set aside by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) to fund scallop research endeavors under the 2008 Atlantic Sea Scallop Research Set- Aside Program (Scallop RSA Program). No Federal funds are provided for research under this notification. Rather, the Scallop RSA Program funds scallop research and compensates participating vessels through the sale of scallops harvested under the research set-aside quota. Priority will be given to research proposals that address the following research priorities as identified by NMFS and the Council: Intensive industry- based access area surveys; Other surveys, including areas not surveyed by the annual NMFS survey; Scallop biology; Identification and evaluation of methods to reduce groundfish bycatch; Identification and evaluation of methods to reduce habitat impacts; Habitat characterization research; Sea turtle/scallop fishery interaction research; Scallop stock assessment and population dynamics research; Area management research; and Research that will facilitate the transition of the NFMS Northeast scallop dredge survey.
Revision to the Time for Filing of a Biological Deposit and the Date of Availability of a Biological Deposit
Document Number: E8-3084
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
This notice proposes changes to the rules of practice to require that any deposit of biological material be made before publication of a patent application, and that all restrictions on access to the deposited material imposed by the depositor be removed upon publication. The proposed changes will provide that the public has access to biological materials referenced in the disclosure of a patent application to the same extent that access to the remainder of the disclosure is available. The public policy basis for allowing access to a referenced item is the same whether the item is another patent application or a deposited biological material.
Availability of Seats for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 08-747
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (council): Citizen at LargeUpper Keys (alternate), Conservation and Environment [2 of 2] (member), FishingCharter Sports Fishing (alternate), and South Florida Ecosystem Restoration (member). Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; residency in the Sanctuary area; and philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen for seats normally serve three- year terms, pursuant to the Council's charter.
Certain New Pneumatic Off-The-Road Tires From the People's Republic of China; Preliminary Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Postponement of Final Determination
Document Number: 08-672
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
We preliminarily determine that certain new pneumatic off-the- road tires (``OTR tires'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (``LTFV''), as provided in section 733 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''). The estimated margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ``Preliminary Determination'' section of this notice. Pursuant to requests from interested parties, we are postponing the final determination and extending the provisional measures from a four-month period to not more than six months. Accordingly, we will make our final determination not later than 135 days after publication of the preliminary determination.
Solicitation of Proposals and Applications for Economic Development Assistance Programs
Document Number: E8-3022
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
Pursuant to the Public Works and Economic Development Act of 1965, as amended (42 U.S.C. 3121, et seq.) (PWEDA), EDA announces general policies and application procedures for grant-based investments under the Public Works, Planning, Local Technical Assistance, and Economic Adjustment Assistance Programs to promote comprehensive, entrepreneurial and innovation-based economic development efforts to enhance the competitiveness of regions, resulting in increased private investment and higher-skill, higher-wage jobs in regions experiencing substantial and persistent economic distress.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Construction and Operation of a Liquefied Natural Gas Facility off Massachusetts
Document Number: E8-3021
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS received an application from Neptune LNG, L.L.C. (Neptune) for take of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to construction and operation of an offshore liquefied natural gas (LNG) facility in Massachusetts Bay. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Neptune to incidentally take, by harassment, small numbers of several species of marine mammals for a period of 1 year. NMFS is also requesting comments on its intent to promulgate regulations in 2008, governing the take of marine mammals over a 5-year period incidental to the same activities described herein.
Amended Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review: Chlorinated Isocyanurates from the People's Republic of China
Document Number: E8-3014
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On January 2, 2008, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published in the Federal Register the final results of the first administrative review of the antidumping duty order on chlorinated isocyanurates from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). See Chlorinated Isocyanurates from the People's Republic of China: Final Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 73 FR 159 (January 2, 2008) (``Final Results''), and accompanying Issues and Decision Memorandum. The period of review covered December 16, 2004, through May 31, 2006. We are amending our Final Results to correct ministerial errors made in the calculation of the antidumping duty margin for Hebei Jiheng Chemical Company Ltd. (``Jiheng Chemical''), pursuant to section 751(h) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``Act'').
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 08-741
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is announcing the opening and closing dates of the Atka mackerel directed fishery within the harvest limit area (HLA) in Statistical Area 542 for the vessel participating in the Amendment 80 cooperative. This action is necessary to fully use the 2008 A season HLA limit established for the vessel participating in the Amendment 80 cooperative.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish, Crab, Scallop, and Salmon Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 08-707
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a final rule that implements Amendment 88 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area. This amendment revises the Aleutian Islands Habitat Conservation Area (AIHCA) boundary to allow nonpelagic trawling in an area historically fished and to prohibit nonpelagic trawling in an area of known coral and sponge occurrence. This action is necessary to ensure the AIHCA protects areas of coral and sponge habitat from the potential effects of nonpelagic trawling and allows nonpelagic trawling in areas historically fished and with unknown occurrence of corals and sponges.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual Fishing Quota Program
Document Number: E8-2932
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a final rule to modify the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut fishery and sablefish fishery by revising regulations governing the use of commercial halibut quota share (QS) and the processing of non-IFQ species when processed halibut is onboard a vessel. This action amends current regulations to allow persons holding category A halibut QS to process IFQ regardless of whether a QS holder with unused category B, C, or D halibut QS is onboard the vessel. This action also allows catcher/processor vessels to process non-IFQ species regardless of whether any processed IFQ species is onboard the vessel. This action is necessary to improve the efficiency of fishermen fishing on catcher/ processor vessels. The action is intended to allow halibut QS holders greater flexibility in using their QS, allow use of crew who hold unused category B, C, or D halibut QS while onboard a category A halibut QS vessel, and increase the product quality of non-IFQ species harvested incidentally to IFQ halibut.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2928
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2927
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2926
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-2925
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program
Document Number: E8-2895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations implementing Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP) and a provision of the Coast Guard and Maritime Transportation Act of 2006 (Coast Guard Act). These proposed regulations would amend the Crab Rationalization Program. Amendment 25 to the FMP satisfies the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act of 2006 requirement for the Secretary of Commerce to amend the FMP to authorize conversion of catcher vessel owner quota shares and processor quota shares to newly created converted catcher processor owner quota shares. The Secretary approved Amendment 25 on April 12, 2007. The Coast Guard Act mandates the Secretary to issue processing quota share to Blue Dutch, LLC, under specific conditions. This proposed action is necessary to implement Amendment 25 and the Coast Guard Act. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Coast Guard Act, the FMP, and other applicable law.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E8-2888
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a joint meeting of its Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program Workgroup and Committee, LAP Program Committee, a joint meeting of its Executive Committee and Finance Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee, Law Enforcement Advisory Panel, a joint meeting of its Habitat Committee and Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, Spiny Lobster Committee, Shrimp Committee, Allocation Committee, Standard Operations, Policy and Procedures (SOPPs) Committee, Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee, and a meeting of the full Council. In addition, the Council will also hold a public comment period on Amendment 15B to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Redstone Consulting Group will provide a presentation on Limited Access Privilege Programs.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E8-2886
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Law Enforcement Advisory Panel (LEAP).
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-2876
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Crab Committee will meet.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA Using Jig or Hook-and-Line Gear in the Bogoslof Pacific Cod Exemption Area in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 08-706
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (< 18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using jig or hook-and-line gear in the Bogoslof Pacific cod exemption area of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the limit of Pacific cod for catcher vessels < 60 ft (18.3 m) LOA using jig or hook- and-line gear in the Bogoslof Pacific cod exemption area in the BSAI.
Federal Consistency Appeal by AES Sparrows Point LNG, LLC and Mid-Atlantic Express, LLC
Document Number: E8-2814
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This announcement provides notice that the Secretary of Commerce has stayed, for a period of 60 days, closure of the decision record in an administrative appeal filed by AES Sparrows Point, LLC and Mid-Atlantic Express, LLC (AES Consistency Appeal).
Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping
Document Number: E8-2753
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Interagency Working Group on Ocean and Coastal Mapping (IWG-OCM), established under the governance of the Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology (JSOST), will host a workshop from Tuesday, February 26, 2008, until Thursday, February 28, 2008, to support the development of a National Ocean and Coastal Mapping Strategic Action Plan. Participation is by invitation only; however, plenary sessions will be open to the public. Dates and Times: The public plenary sessions will be on Tuesday, February 26, 2008, from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. and on Thursday, February 28, 2008, from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Location: Florida Atlantic University SeaTech Campus, Auditorium (Room 205), 101 North Beach Road, Dania Beach, Florida 33004.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Permit Family of Forms
Document Number: E8-2687
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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 and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper IFQ Program
Document Number: E8-2683
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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 and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan
Document Number: 08-683
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-02-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), NOAA, announces temporary restrictions consistent with the requirements of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan's (ALWTRP) implementing regulations. These regulations apply to lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen in an area totaling approximately 2,708 nm\2\ (9,288 km\2\) in February and 2,648 nm\2\ (9,082 km\2\) in March, southeast of Portland, Maine, for 15 days. The purpose of this action is to provide protection to an aggregation of northern right whales (right whales).