National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration March 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announces the dates and locations of public hearings to solicit comments on proposed options for ocean salmon fishery management measures for the 2005 season.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 first seasonal allowance of the pollock total allowable catch (TAC) for Statistical Area 620 of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Species in the Rock Sole/Flathead Sole/“Other Flatfish” Fishery Category by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is closing directed fishing for species in the rock sole/ flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the first seasonal apportionment of the 2005 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole/flathead sole/``other flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recordkeeping and Reporting Requirements; Regulatory Amendment to Modify Seafood Dealer Reporting Requirements
NMFS proposes measures to modify the existing reporting and record keeping regulations for federally permitted seafood dealers participating in the summer flounder, scup, black sea bass, Atlantic sea scallop, Northeast (NE) multispecies, monkfish, Atlantic mackerel, squid, butterfish, Atlantic surfclam, ocean quahog, Atlantic herring, Atlantic deep-sea red crab, tilefish, Atlantic bluefish, skate, and/or spiny dogfish fisheries in the NE Region. The purpose of this action is to reduce the reporting burden on seafood dealers, improve data quality, simplify compliance, enhance enforceability, and clarify existing requirements.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Scallop Plan Team will meet at the Clarion Suites, in Anchorage, AK.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Tilefish Fishery; Meetings
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council announces its intention to hold scoping meetings to seek public comment on issues to be addressed when developing Amendment 1 to the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan pursuant to the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act of 1976, as amended. The purpose of these scoping meetings is to solicit input on management issues to be included in Amendment 1.
Privacy Act of 1974; System of Records
This notice announces the Department of Commerce's (Department's) proposal for a new system of records under the Privacy Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Region is creating a new system of records for permits and non-permit registrations used in a variety of management programs for commercial, recreational, and subsistence fisheries. NMFS requires the use of permits or registrations by participants in the fisheries of the EEZ off the coast of Alaska. Applications for various types of permits and registrations would be used to collect information from individuals under authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the North Pacific Halibut Act of 1982. Applications for the various types of permits and registrations are necessary to determine the identification of participants and to evaluate the qualifications of the applicants.
Privacy Act of 1974: System of Records
This notice establishes the Department's proposal for a new system of records under the Privacy Act. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Alaska Region, is creating a new system of records for the mandatory collection of crab economic data. Eight versions of a form, specific to the four types of crab activity and one specific for historical information that occurred prior to the Crab Rationalization Program and one for annual information to be submitted annually, entitled, ``Crab Economic Data Report (EDR),'' will be used to collect information on costs of fishing and processing, revenues for harvesters and processors, and employment information required under the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Information obtained through the EDR would be accessible by the independent Data Collection Agent (DCA) under cooperative agreement with NMFS, Alaska Region, to distribute forms, receive forms, review, and verify information in the crab economic surveys (see SYSTEM LOCATION). Each vessel owner or lessee and each plant owner or lessee that participated in the specified crab fisheries since 1996 will be required to submit a EDR to the DCA by mail, FAX, or electronic file.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fishing Capacity Reduction Program Buyback Requests
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.
Request for a Limited Waiver of the Moratorium on Taking Marine Mammals
The Makah Tribe of Washington State submitted a request to NMFS for a waiver of the moratorium in the Marine Mammal Protection Act on taking marine mammals. The request is available for public inspection.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs)
NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has determined that an application for EFPs contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The Assistant Regional Administrator is considering the impacts of the activities to be authorized under the EFPs with respect to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue EFPs. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to issue EFPs in response to an application submitted by the Cape Cod Commercial Hook Fisherman's Association (CCCHFA), in collaboration with Maine Division of Marine Resources (MEDMR), and Research, Environmental and Management Support (REMSA). These EFPs would allow up to 20 commercial vessels to conduct an experimental demersal longline fishery for haddock in Georges Bank (GB) Closed Area (CA) II and portions of the Eastern U.S./ Canada Area. This fishery would take place at various times from May 2005 through February 2006. The purpose of the proposed study is to determine if hook-and-line gear could be used to target haddock with minimal bycatch of cod in order to establish potential future Special Access Programs (SAPs) in these areas as allowed under Amendment 13 to the FMP. The EFPs would also contain a provision authorizing the RA to discontinue the experimental fishery once a specified amount of cod and haddock are caught or at her discretion.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources
NMFS issues a final rule implementing Amendments 18 and 19 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crabs (FMP). Amendments 18 and 19 amend the FMP to include the Voluntary Three-Pie Cooperative Program (hereinafter referred to as the Crab Rationalization Program or Program). Congress amended the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act) to require the Secretary of Commerce to approve and implement the Program. The action is necessary to increase resource conservation, improve economic efficiency, and improve safety. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson- Stevens Act, the FMP, and other applicable law.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 126th meeting to consider and take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) Reauthorization Committee; its Ecosystems Committee; its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee; its Executive Committee; its Research Set-Aside Committee; and, its Tilefish Committee will hold public meetings.
Marine Mammals; Permits No. 782-1719-00 and 774-1714-00
Notice is hereby given that the following organizations have applied in due form for a permit amendment to take marine mammals for purposes of scientific research: Permit No. 782-1719-00 - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), 7600 Sand Point Way, N.E. Seattle, WA 98115; and Permit No. 774-1714-00 - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction
NMFS reduces the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line fishery for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone to 500 lb (227 kg) of king mackerel per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Gulf Rationalization Community Committee will meet in Anchorage, AK.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Non- Target Species Committee will meet at the Alaska Fishery Science Center (AFSC).
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Spring Species Working Group Meeting
The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors on March 7-8, 2005. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including, the results from the 2004 ICCAT meeting; the U.S. implementation of ICCAT decisions; the 2005 ICCAT and NMFS research and monitoring activities; the 2005 ICCAT activities; the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act required consultation on the identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of ICCAT; the NMFS Recreational Fishery Landings Estimates Review; the results of the meetings of the Committee's Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species
Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2005/ Extension of Application Deadline
The NMFS publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period on the following four initiatives originally announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005: Alaska Marine Resources Educational Partnership Program; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Fisheries; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Submerged Aquatic Vegetation; and Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Non- native Oyster Research. NOAA extends the solicitation period to provide the public more time to submit proposals. All other requirements for this solicitation remain the same.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program
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.), February 27, 2005, and will close 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 15, 2005. This period is the same as the 2005 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 pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Prohibiting Directed Fishing for Specified Groundfish Fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by specified sectors in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 A season allowances of the Pacific code total allowable catch (TAC) specified for Pacific cod in the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher/Processor Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processor vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 A season allowance of the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod specified for catcher/ processor vessels using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Aleutian Islands Subarea Directed Pollock Fishery
NMFS issues a final rule that implements Amendment 82 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). Amendment 82 establishes a framework for the management of the Aleutian Islands subarea (AI) directed pollock fishery. This action is necessary to implement provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 that require the AI directed pollock fishery to be allocated to the Aleut Corporation for the purpose of economic development in Adak, Alaska. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMP, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, and other applicable laws. 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.