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Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-23445
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico (GMFMC) and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (SAFMC) will hold a joint meeting of its Spiny Lobster Advisory Panels (AP).
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-23444
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet November 12, 2019 through November 15, 2019.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2019-23443
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Authorize the Retention of Halibut in Pot Gear in the BSAI; Amendment 118; Correction
Document Number: 2019-23310
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is correcting the proposed rule that published on October 3, 2019, to implement Amendment 118 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI FMP) and a regulatory amendment to revise regulations on Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) requirements in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The proposed rule incorrectly stated the date of publication and the end of the comment period on the Notice of Availability, and this action corrects this error.
Marine Mammals; File No. 22678
Document Number: 2019-23383
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS' Marine Mammal Laboratory, Seattle Washington (Responsible Party: John Bengtson), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on pinnipeds.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2019 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Gray Triggerfish; July Through December Season
Document Number: 2019-23352
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements accountability measures for commercial gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for gray triggerfish will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL)(commercial quota) for the July through December season by October 27, 2019. Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic EEZ on October 27, 2019. This closure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource.
Stainless Steel Flanges From the People's Republic of China: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2019
Document Number: 2019-23342
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on stainless steel flanges from the People's Republic of China (China) for the period January 23, 2018, through December 31, 2018.
Fresh Tomatoes From Mexico: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2019-23341
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that fresh tomatoes from Mexico are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The final estimated weighted- average dumping margins are listed below in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Certain Large Diameter Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe (Over 41/2
Document Number: 2019-23340
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain large diameter carbon and alloy seamless standard, line, and pressure pipe (over 4\1/2\ inches) from Japan for the period of review (POR) June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review.
Certain Small Diameter Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe (Under 41/2
Document Number: 2019-23339
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the antidumping duty (AD) order on certain small diameter carbon and alloy seamless standard, line, and pressure pipe (under 4\1/2\ inches) from Japan for the period of review (POR) June 1, 2018 through May 31, 2019, based on the timely withdrawal of the request for review.
Vertical Metal File Cabinets From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination
Document Number: 2019-23338
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that countervailable subsidies are being provided to producers and exporters of vertical metal file cabinets (file cabinets) from the People's Republic of China (China).
Vertical Metal File Cabinets From the People's Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2019-23337
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that vertical metal file cabinets (file cabinets) from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).
High Pressure Steel Cylinders From the People's Republic of China: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review: 2018
Document Number: 2019-23336
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain high pressure steel cylinders (steel cylinders) from the People's Republic of China (China) for the period of review (POR) January 1, 2018 through December 31, 2018, based on the timely withdrawal of the requests for review.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Monthly Retail Surveys
Document Number: 2019-23327
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
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.
Marine Mammals; File No. 23169
Document Number: 2019-23320
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Red Rock Films, 625 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (Responsible Party: Brian Armstrong), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct commercial or educational photography on marine mammals.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region; Regulatory Amendment 26
Document Number: 2019-23267
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement recreational sector management measures described in Vision Blueprint Recreational Regulatory Amendment 26 (Regulatory Amendment 26) to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper- Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). For the recreational sector, this proposed rule would remove the minimum size limits for queen snapper, silk snapper, and blackfin snapper, reduce the minimum size limit for gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the east coast of Florida, and modify the 20-fish snapper-grouper aggregate bag limit. The purpose of this proposed rule is to minimize regulatory discards to the extent practicable, improve regulatory compliance among fishers, and increase consistency among regulations.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2019-23249
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has a determination on the Nez Perce Tribe's Tribal Resource Management Plan (TRMP) for fall Chinook and coho salmon in the Snake River Basin, pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The TRMP specifies the implementation of fisheries targeting fall Chinook and coho salmon in the Snake River Basin and associated monitoring. NMFS took public comments on its recommended determination for how the plan addresses the criteria in Sec. 223.203(b)(4) prior to making its final determination.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2019-23246
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has provided a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (FMEP) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FMEP specifies the implementation of fisheries targeting Coho salmon and resident trout in Oregon waters of the Snake River Basin. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the FMEP for comment prior to a decision by NMFS on whether to approve the proposed fisheries.
Export Trade Certificate of Review
Document Number: 2019-23233
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Secretary of Commerce, through the Office of Trade and Economic Analysis (``OTEA''), issued an amended Export Trade Certificate of Review (``Certificate'') to NFE on October 15, 2019.
Marine Mammals; File No. 22677
Document Number: 2019-23230
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Hawaiian monk seal Research Program (Responsible Party, Charles Littnan), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research and enhancement activities on Hawaiian monk seals (Neomonachus schauinslandi).
Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From Germany: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2019-23216
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from the Federal Republic of Germany (Germany) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). The period of investigation (POI) is July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. The final estimated dumping margins of sales at LTFV are shown in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part
Document Number: 2019-23215
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV). In addition, Commerce determines that critical circumstances exist with respect to certain imports of the subject merchandise. The period of investigation (POI) is January 1, 2018 through June 30, 2018. The final estimated weighted-average dumping margins are listed below in the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Refillable Stainless Steel Kegs From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Countervailing Duty Determination and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part
Document Number: 2019-23214
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
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 refillable stainless steel kegs (kegs) from the People's Republic of China (China). For information on the estimated subsidy rates, see the ``Final Determination'' section of this notice.
Certain Amorphous Silica Fabric From the People's Republic of China: Rescission of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2018
Document Number: 2019-23213
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) is rescinding the administrative review of the countervailing duty (CVD) order on certain amorphous silica fabric (silica fabric) from the People's Republic of China (China) for the period January 1, 2018, through December 31, 2018, based on timely withdrawal of the request for review.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Port of Kalama Expansion Project on the Lower Columbia River
Document Number: 2019-23184
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the Port of Kalama (POK) for the re-issuance of a previously issued incidental harassment authorization (IHA) with the only change being effective dates that are one year later (October 19, 2019October 18, 2020). The initial IHA authorized take of three species of marine mammals, by Level A and Level B harassment, incidental to construction activities associated with an expansion project at the POK on the Lower Columbia River, Washington. The project has been delayed and none of the work covered in the initial IHA (effective October 18, 2018October 18, 2019) has been conducted. The scope of the activities and anticipated effects remain the same, authorized take numbers would not change, and the required mitigation, monitoring, and reporting would remain the same as authorized in the 2018 IHA referenced above. NMFS is, therefore, issuing a second IHA to cover the identical incidental take analyzed and authorized in the initial IHA.
Scoping Meeting for Protective Regulations for Killer Whales in the Inland Waters of Washington State
Document Number: 2019-23183
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice informs the public of an upcoming scoping process, including a scoping meeting, to solicit public comments on whether, based on best available information, existing National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) regulations and other measures adequately protect killer whales from the impacts of vessels and noise in the inland waters of Washington State and, if not, what actions NMFS should take. To inform comments, information on existing regulations and other protective measures are available at: https://archive.fisheries.noaa.gov/wcr/ protected_species/marine_mammals/killer_whale/vessel_regulati ons.html.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; IFQ Program; Modify Medical and Beneficiary Transfer Provisions
Document Number: 2019-23028
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2019-10-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to modify the medical and beneficiary transfer provisions of the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut and sablefish fisheries. This proposed rule is intended to simplify administration of the medical and beneficiary transfer provisions while promoting the long-standing objective of maintaining an owner-operated IFQ fishery. This proposed rule would also make minor technical corrections to regulations for improved accuracy and clarity. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the IFQ Program, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982, and other applicable laws.
Updated Legal Framework for Patent Electronic System
Document Number: 2019-23139
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO or Office) published on its website an updated legal framework for its Patent Electronic System. The updated legal framework provides guidance on the background statutes, regulations and policies that support the USPTO's Patent Electronic System. The Patent Electronic System currently comprises EFS-Web, which is the USPTO's web-based patent application and document submission system; and the Patent Application Information Retrieval (PAIR) system, which is the USPTO's web-based means for electronically viewing the status of, and documents filed in or associated with, patent applications and proceedings. The updated legal framework also discusses the two-step authentication method now in place for accessing the Patent Electronic System. The updated legal framework serves as a reference for applicants, parties in reexamination proceedings, attorneys, and agents.
Mattresses From the People's Republic of China: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value, and Final Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, in Part
Document Number: 2019-23107
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that imports of mattresses from the People's Republic of China (China) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Using Pot Gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2019-23086
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2019 Pacific cod total allowable catch apportioned to vessels using pot gear in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Take of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the North Jetty Maintenance and Repairs Project, Coos Bay, Oregon
Document Number: 2019-23081
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for two authorizations to take marine mammals incidental to the pile driving and removal activities over two years associated with the Coos Bay North Jetty maintenance and repairs project. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue two incidental harassment authorizations (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewals that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Auke Bay Ferry Terminal Modifications and Improvements Project in Juneau, Alaska
Document Number: 2019-23080
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (ADOT&PF) to incidentally harass, by Level A and Level B harassment, marine mammals during pile driving activities associated with the Auke Bay Ferry Terminal Modifications and Improvements Project in Juneau, Alaska.
Certain Uncoated Paper From Brazil: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2019-23064
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain uncoated paper (uncoated paper) from Brazil is being sold at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), March 1, 2017 through February 28, 2018.
Certain Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Products From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review; 2017
Document Number: 2019-23063
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that exporters and/or producers subject to the administrative review of certain crystalline silicon photovoltaic products (solar products) from the People's Republic of China (China) received countervailable subsidies during the January 1, 2017 through December 31, 2017 period of review.
Notice of Petitions by Firms for Determination of Eligibility To Apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance
Document Number: 2019-23025
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration
The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has received petitions for certification of eligibility to apply for Trade Adjustment Assistance from the firms listed below. Accordingly, EDA has initiated investigations to determine whether increased imports into the United States of articles like or directly competitive with those produced by each of the firms contributed importantly to the total or partial separation of the firms' workers, or threat thereof, and to a decrease in sales or production of each petitioning firm.
Certain Oil Country Tubular Goods From the People's Republic of China: Notice of Amended Final Scope Ruling Pursuant to Court Decision
Document Number: 2019-23011
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On July 22, 2019, the United States Court of International Trade (CIT) issued its final judgment in Bell Supply Co. v. United States, Court No. 14-00066, affirming the Department of Commerce's (Commerce) remand redetermination concerning the final scope ruling, which found that seamless unfinished OCTG from China finished in third countries is not substantially transformed by the third country processing and is therefore covered by the scope of the Orders.
Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings From Italy: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2019-22997
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) continues to find that Filmag Italia Spa (Filmag), an Italian producer/exporter of stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings, did not make sales of subject merchandise at prices below normal value during the period of review of February 1, 2017 through January 31, 2018.
Certain Steel Nails From the Republic of Korea: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2019-22992
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that Daejin Steel Company (Daejin), Je-il Wire Production Co., Ltd. (Je-il), Koram Inc. (Koram), and Korea Wire Co. Ltd. (Kowire) made sales of certain steel nails (steel nails) from the Republic of Korea (Korea) at less than normal value during the period of review (POR), July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
Carbon and Alloy Seamless Standard, Line and Pressure Pipe (Under 4.5 Inches) From Romania: Final Determination of No Shipments; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2019-22991
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that there were no shipments of carbon and alloy seamless standard, line and pressure pipe (under 4.5 inches) (small diameter seamless pipe) from Romania during the period of review (POR) August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018.
Certain Frozen Fish Fillets From the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Results of the Antidumping Duty Administrative Review and Preliminary Determination of No Shipments; 2017-2018
Document Number: 2019-22990
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (Commerce) preliminarily determines that certain frozen fish fillets (fish fillets) from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (Vietnam) are not being, or are not likely to be, sold in the United States at less than normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR), August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-22988
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) will hold a meeting.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-22987
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold two public webinars to solicit public comments on the Draft 2020- 24 Strategic Plan.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-22986
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 67 assessment process of Gulf of Mexico vermilion snapper will consist of a series of data and assessment webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-22985
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE) for EBFM Steering 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.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
Document Number: 2019-22977
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the request for renewal of a 2019 exempted fishing permit application titled, ``Year-round Coastwide Midwater Rockfish EFP: Monitoring and Minimizing Salmon Bycatch When Targeting Rockfish in the Shorebased IFQ Fishery'' for the 2020 fishing year (herein referred to as the ``Trawl Gear EFP''). The application, submitted by the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Oregon Trawl Commission, and Midwater Trawlers Cooperative, requests a permit to test whether removing certain gear, time, and area restrictions for vessels fishing under the Trawl Rationalization Program's Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program may impact the nature and extent of bycatch of prohibited species (e.g., Chinook salmon). This exempted fishing permit would allow participating groundfish bottom and midwater trawl vessels more flexibility than allowed in current regulations to target pelagic rockfish species, such as widow, chilipepper, and yellowtail rockfish. 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 exempted fishing permits.