National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration May 24, 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents
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Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Coastal Commercial Fireworks Displays at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a 1- year letter of authorization (LOA) has been issued to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or the Sanctuary) to incidentally take, by Level B Harassment only, California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) and Pacific harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) incidental to authorizing professional fireworks displays within the Sanctuary in California waters.
Endangered Species; File No. 1526
Notice is hereby given that Andre Landry, Sea Turtle and Fisheries Ecology Research Lab, Texas A&M University at Galveston, 5007 Avenue U, Galveston, TX 77553, has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1526.
Endangered Species; File No. 1604
Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Dr. Chester Figiel, Principal Investigator), 5308 Spring Street, Warm Springs, GA 31830, has been issued a permit to take captive shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) for purposes of enhancement and scientific research.
Establishment of Marine Reserves and a Marine Conservation Area Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary
On August 11, 2006 NOAA issued a notice of proposed rulemaking to establish a network of marine zones within the state and federal waters of the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS or Sanctuary). State waters in the Sanctuary extend from the shoreline of the islands to approximately 3 nautical miles from shore. Federal waters of the Sanctuary extend from the offshore extent of state waters to the Sanctuary's outer boundary. In this final rule, NOAA is issuing final regulations for the federal-waters portion of the Sanctuary. NOAA has decided to defer a final decision and seeking additional comment on the state-waters portion of the Sanctuary pending action by the State of California to extend the boundaries of several existing state-waters zones to the three mile state-federal-waters boundary. Marine zones are discrete areas that have special regulations differing from the regulations that apply throughout or above the Sanctuary as a whole. The purpose of these zones within the federal waters of the Sanctuary is to further the protection of Sanctuary biodiversity and complement an existing network established by the State of California in October 2002, and implemented in April 2003, under its authorities. Two types of zones are being established by this action: Marine reserves and marine conservation areas. All extractive activities (e.g., removal of any Sanctuary resource) and injury to Sanctuary resources are prohibited in all marine reserves. Commercial and recreational lobster fishing and recreational fishing for pelagic species are allowed within the marine conservation area, while all other extraction and injury are prohibited. This action establishes approximately 110.5 square nautical miles of marine reserves and 1.7 square nautical miles of marine conservation area in the federal waters of the Sanctuary. As part of this action, NOAA is also modifying the terms of designation for the Sanctuary, which were originally published on October 2, 1980 (45 FR 65198), to allow for the regulation of extractive activities, including fishing, in marine reserves and marine conservation areas, and a slight modification to the outer boundary of the CINMS.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the adoption of an Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Plan (Recovery Plan) for the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon (Oncorhynchus keta) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU). The Recovery Plan consists of two documents: the Hood Canal and Eastern Strait of Juan de Fuca Summer Chum Salmon Recovery Plan prepared by the Hood Canal Coordinating Council (HCCC Plan), and a NMFS Final Supplement to the HCCC Plan (Supplement). The Final Supplement contains revisions and additions in consideration of public comments on the proposed Recovery Plan for Hood Canal summer chum salmon.
Marine Mammals; File No. 978-1857
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Paul Nachtigall, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, University of Hawaii, P.O. Box 1106, Kailua, Hawaii 96734, has been issued a permit to conduct research on three captive bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and one false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone off Alaska; Application for an Exempted Fishing Permit
This notice announces receipt of an application for an exempted fishing permit (EFP) from Alaska Groundfish Data Bank. If granted, the EFP would allow the applicants to explore electronic monitoring (EM) as a tool for monitoring halibut discards and estimating amounts of halibut discarded. This project is intended to promote the objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) and National Standard 9 of the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Comments will be accepted at the June 4-12 North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) meeting in Sitka, AK.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a work session to finalize documentation for the Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation Assessments Models (FRAM), and to plan work projects for 2007 and beyond. The meeting is open to the public.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Research Set Aside (RSA) Committee, its Ecosystems Committee, its Law Enforcement/Vessel Safety Committee, its Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Committee, its Executive Committee, and its Bycatch/Limited Access Privilege Program Committee will hold public meetings. Prior to the Council's meeting there will be a meeting of the Joint Council New England and Mid-Atlantic Councils Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) Committee.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.