Department of Commerce February 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council); March 5-11, 2013 Pacific Council Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04783
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Humphead Wrasse as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2013-04718
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We (NMFS) announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the humphead wrasse (Cheilinus undulatus) as threatened or endangered and designate critical habitat under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted. Accordingly, we will conduct a review of the status of this species to determine if the petitioned action is warranted. To ensure that the status review is comprehensive, for 60 days we are soliciting information pertaining to this species from any interested party.
Materials Processing Equipment Technical Advisory Committee; Notice of Partially Closed Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04698
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
President's Export Council Subcommittee on Export Administration; Notice of Open Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04696
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Administrative Review
Document Number: 2013-04683
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') has received requests to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The anniversary month of this order is January. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating this administrative review.
Approval of Subzone Status; Sea World, Inc.; Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
Document Number: 2013-04682
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part
Document Number: 2013-04681
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') has received requests to conduct administrative reviews of various antidumping and countervailing duty orders and findings with January anniversary dates. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating those administrative reviews.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Age Search Service
Document Number: 2013-04607
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, U.s. Census Bureau
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)).
Endangered Species; File No. 17506
Document Number: 2013-04404
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Karen G. Holloway-Adkins, East Coast Biologists, Inc. P.O. Box 33715, Indialantic, FL 32903, has applied in due form for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), and leatherback (Dermochelys coriaceae) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Editorial Corrections to the Export Administration Regulations
Document Number: 2013-04158
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
This final rule corrects reference and typographical errors in the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The corrections are editorial in nature and do not affect license requirements.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2013 Accountability Measures for Gulf of Mexico Commercial Greater Amberjack
Document Number: 2013-04598
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for commercial greater amberjack in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery for the 2013 fishing year through this temporary final rule. This rule reduces the Gulf greater amberjack 2013 commercial annual catch target (ACT) (equal to the commercial quota) to 338,157 lb (153,385 kg) and reduces the 2013 commercial annual catch limit (ACL) to 410,157 lb (186,044 kg), based on the 2012 commercial ACL overage. These actions are necessary to reduce overfishing of the Gulf greater amberjack resource.
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China: Initiation of Antidumping Duty New Shipper Review
Document Number: 2013-04575
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') has determined that a request for a new shipper review of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') meets the statutory and regulatory requirements for initiation. The period of review (``POR'') for the new shipper review is January 1, 2012 through December 31, 2012.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Preliminary Reconsideration of Changed Circumstances Review
Document Number: 2013-04550
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') has received information sufficient to warrant reconsideration of a completed changed circumstances review (``CCR'') of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') originally conducted in 2007.\1\ Based on evidence uncovered in the sixth administrative review (``AR6'') of this proceeding,\2\ we find the information submitted by Hilltop International (``Hilltop'') \3\ in this CCR contains material misrepresentations and, consequently, is unusable for any purposes. Accordingly, our original determination that Hilltop is the successor-in-interest to Yelin Enterprise Co. Hong Kong (``Yelin'') is preliminarily reversed such that Hilltop should properly be considered part of the PRC-wide entity, absent a determination of its own rate, separate from the PRC-wide entity.\4\
Silicon Metal From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2011-2012
Document Number: 2013-04512
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on silicon metal from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'') for the period of review (``POR'') June 1, 2011, through May 31, 2012. This review covers one PRC company, Shanghai Jinneng International Trade Co., Ltd. (``Shanghai Jinneng'').\1\ The Department preliminarily finds that Shanghai Jinneng did not have reviewable transactions during the POR. We intend to issue the final results no later than 120 days from the date of publication of this notice, pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the ``Act'').
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04509
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Research on Evacuating Persons With Mobility Impairments
Document Number: 2013-04491
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
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.
Developing a Framework To Improve Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity
Document Number: 2013-04413
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is conducting a comprehensive review to develop a framework to reduce cyber risks to critical infrastructure \1\ (the ``Cybersecurity Framework'' or ``Framework''). The Framework will consist of standards, methodologies, procedures, and processes that align policy, business, and technological approaches to address cyber risks.
Whaling Provisions; Aboriginal Subsistence Whaling Quotas
Document Number: 2013-04408
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS notifies the public of the aboriginal subsistence whaling quota for bowhead whales that it has assigned to the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission (AEWC), and of limitations on the use of the quota deriving from regulations of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). For 2013, the quota is 75 bowhead whales struck. This quota and other applicable limitations govern the harvest of bowhead whales by members of the AEWC.
Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Investigation, Final Determination
Document Number: 2013-04379
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On October 4, 2012, the Department of Commerce (``Department'') published its preliminary determination of sales at less than fair value (``LTFV'') and postponement of final determination in the antidumping (``AD'') investigation of drawn stainless steel sinks (``drawn sinks'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\1\ We invited interested parties to comment on our preliminary determination of sales at LTFV. Based on our analysis of the comments we received, we have made changes to our margin calculations for the mandatory respondents. We determine that drawn sinks from the PRC are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at LTFV, as provided in section 735 of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act''). The final dumping margins for this investigation are listed in the ``Final Determination Margins'' section below.
Drawn Stainless Steel Sinks From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination
Document Number: 2013-04280
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of drawn stainless steel sinks (``SS sinks'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Suspension of Liquidation'' section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Gulf of Alaska; Final 2013 and 2014 Harvest Specifications for Groundfish
Document Number: 2013-04162
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces final 2013 and 2014 harvest specifications, apportionments, and Pacific halibut prohibited species catch limits for the groundfish fishery of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to establish harvest limits for groundfish during the 2013 and 2014 fishing years and to accomplish the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the GOA. The intended effect of this action is to conserve and manage the groundfish resources in the GOA in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
President's Export Council: Meeting of the President's Export Council
Document Number: 2013-04381
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The President's Export Council will hold a meeting to deliberate on recommendations related to promoting the expansion of U.S. exports. Topics may include the Administration's ``Doing Business in Africa'' campaign, the need for nominations to the U.S. Export- Import Bank Board of Directors, a rapid response mechanism for sanitary and phytosanitary issues in the Trans-Pacific Partnership Agreement, an international services agreement, bilateral investment treaties, U.S.- Canada trade facilitation, the UNIDROIT Cape Town Convention on International Interests in Mobile Equipment, and workforce readiness. The final agenda will be posted at least one week in advance of the meeting on the President's Export Council Web site at http://trade.gov/ pec.
Expansion of Foreign-Trade Zone 49 Newark/Elizabeth, New Jersey
Document Number: 2013-04269
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Amendment to the Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
Document Number: 2013-04266
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 4 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) (Coral FMP) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP proposes to modify management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intent of Amendment 4 to the Coral FMP is to address the future management of seagrasses in the U.S. Caribbean EEZ in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; Emergency Action
Document Number: 2013-04265
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement a temporary emergency action that would suspend existing monkfish possession limits for vessels issued both a Federal limited access Northeast multispecies permit and a limited access monkfish Category C or D permit that are fishing under a Northeast multispecies day-at-sea in the monkfish Northern Fishery Management Area for 180 days beginning on May 1, 2013. This action is necessary to help mitigate expected adverse economic and social harm resulting from substantial reductions to the 2013 annual catch limits for several groundfish stocks managed under the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan. The intended effect of this action is to provide additional fishing opportunities to vessels affected by reductions to groundfish catch limits, without resulting in overfishing monkfish within the Northern Fishery Management Area.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings
Document Number: 2013-04264
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2013 ocean salmon fisheries. This notice informs the public of opportunities to provide comments on the 2013 ocean salmon management measures which will publish as a final rule and be effective May 1, 2013.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area; Groundfish Retention Standard
Document Number: 2013-04262
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS publishes a regulatory amendment to modify the groundfish retention standard (GRS) program in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This final rule removes certain regulatory requirements that mandate minimum levels of groundfish retention by the owners and operators of trawl catcher/processor (C/P) vessels not listed in the American Fisheries Act (AFA), commonly referred to as either non-AFA trawl C/Ps or Amendment 80 vessels, and Amendment 80 cooperatives participating in the BSAI groundfish fisheries. The GRS program was implemented to increase the retention and utilization of groundfish; however, NMFS has discovered that the regulatory methodology used to calculate compliance with the GRS requires individual Amendment 80 vessels and Amendment 80 cooperatives to retain groundfish at rates well above the minimum retention rates recommended by the Council or implemented by NMFS. As a result, the GRS imposes significantly higher than predicted compliance costs on vessel owners and operators due to the increased level of retention needed to meet the minimum retention rates. Additionally, NMFS discovered that enforcement of the GRS has proven far more complex, challenging, and potentially costly than anticipated by NMFS. This action is necessary to relieve Amendment 80 vessels and Amendment 80 cooperatives from undue compliance costs stemming from the minimum retention rates while continuing to promote the GRS program goals of increased groundfish retention and utilization. This action maintains current monitoring requirements for the Amendment 80 fleet and establishes a new requirement for Amendment 80 cooperatives to annually report groundfish retention performance as part of the report submitted to NMFS. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the fishery management plan, and other applicable law.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustment to 2013 Annual Catch Limits
Document Number: 2013-04261
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action reduces the Atlantic herring 2013 sub-annual catch limits in herring management area 1A to account for catch overages in 2011, and to prevent overfishing.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Seismic Survey in Cook Inlet, AK
Document Number: 2013-04202
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
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 the Apache Alaska Corporation (Apache) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between March 2013 and March 2014.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04200
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, United States Patent and Trademark Office
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04185
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; North and South Atlantic 2013 Commercial Swordfish Quotas
Document Number: 2013-04156
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This proposed rule would adjust the 2013 fishing season quotas for North and South Atlantic swordfish based upon 2012 commercial quota underharvests and international quota transfers consistent with the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) Recommendations 11-02 and 12-01. This proposed rule could affect commercial and recreational fishing for swordfish in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. This action implements ICCAT recommendations, consistent with the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and furthers domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Certain Steel Threaded Rod From the People's Republic of China: Affirmative Final Determination of Circumvention of the Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: 2013-04151
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On December 4, 2012, the Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') published the Preliminary Determination of the circumvention inquiry concerning the antidumping duty order on certain steel threaded rod (``steel threaded rod'') from the People's Republic of China (``PRC'').\1\ The period of inquiry is April 1, 2010, through January 11, 2012. We gave interested parties an opportunity to comment on the Preliminary Determination. On December 31, 2012, Vulcan Threaded Products, Inc. (``Petitioner'') filed comments agreeing that the Department's Preliminary Determination is in accordance with law and supported by evidence on the record of this inquiry. No other party filed comments.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Proposed Rule To List 66 Reef-Building Coral Species; Proposed Reclassification of Elkhorn Acropora palmata and Staghorn Acropora cervicornis Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); Extension of Public Comment Period and Notice of Public Hearing
Document Number: 2013-04150
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS hereby extends the comment period on the proposed listing determinations of 66 reef-building coral species and the proposed reclassifications of elkhorn (Acropora palmata) and staghorn (Acropora cervicornis) corals under the ESA until April 6, 2013, and announces a public hearing to be held in Silver Spring, MD, on March 12, 2013.
Laminated Woven Sacks From the People's Republic of China: Negative Final Determination of Circumvention
Document Number: 2013-04148
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') continues to determine that the laminated woven sacks subject to this inquiry are not circumventing the antidumping and countervailing duty orders on laminated woven sacks from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''), as provided in section 781(d) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (``the Act'').\1\
Amendment 94 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2013-04157
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces that the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 94 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA FMP) for review by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary). Amendment 94 would revise the sablefish individual fishing quota program (IFQ Program) to align the annual harvest, or use caps that apply to vessels fishing IFQ leased from a community quota entity (CQE) with vessel use caps applicable to non-CQE participants in the IFQ Program. The proposed amendment would not change the sablefish vessel use cap applicable to the overall IFQ Program. Amendment 94 is necessary to increase the flexibility of the CQE and CQE community residents to participate in the IFQ Program. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the GOA FMP, and other applicable laws.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-04091
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 32 assessments of the South Atlantic stocks of blueline tilefish and gray triggerfish will consist of a series of workshops and webinars: a Data Workshop; a series of Assessment webinars; and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2013-04090
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils will convene a Science Workshop of the Goliath Grouper Joint Council Steering Committee.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2013-04073
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Defense Priorities and Allocations System
Document Number: 2013-04072
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
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: 2013-04071
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Income and Program Participation (SIPP) 2014 Panel
Document Number: 2013-04067
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, U.s. Census Bureau
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)).
Highly Migratory Species; 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Amendment 8
Document Number: 2013-03990
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This proposed rule to implement Amendment 8 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) addresses North Atlantic swordfish commercial fishery management measures. In recent years, the North Atlantic swordfish stock has experienced significant growth due to ongoing domestic and international conservation measures designed to reduce mortality, protect juvenile swordfish, monitor international trade, reduce bycatch, and improve data collection. The most recent stock assessment, conducted in 2009, indicates that the North Atlantic swordfish population is fully rebuilt (``not overfished'') and overfishing is no longer occurring. Despite ongoing efforts to revitalize the U.S. North Atlantic swordfish fishery, domestic catches have remained below the U.S. North Atlantic swordfish quota allocated by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). Fishing gears such as rod and reel, handline, harpoon, bandit gear, and green- stick are highly selective when compared to other gears, have low bycatch interaction rates with protected species and marine mammals, and may have low post-release mortality rates on non-target species and undersized swordfish. However, the current swordfish Handgear permit is a limited access permit, and is often difficult or expensive to obtain. Based upon the rebuilt status of North Atlantic swordfish, renewed interest in commercial handgears that are lower in bycatch and bycatch mortality, and the availability of swordfish quota, through Amendment 8 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP NFMS proposes to provide additional commercial fishing opportunities for persons using swordfish handgears.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to an Exploration Drilling Program in the Chukchi Sea, AK
Document Number: 2013-03681
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-02-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS received an application from ConocoPhillips Company (COP) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leases in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to COP to take, by Level B harassment only, 12 species of marine mammals during the specified activity.