Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-water Species Fishery by Catcher Processor Rockfish Cooperatives in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery for catcher processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Rockfish Program in the GOA. This action is necessary because the 2007 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) sideboard limit specified for the deep-water species fishery for catcher processor rockfish cooperatives subject to sideboard limits established under the Central GOA Rockfish Program in the GOA is insufficient to support directed fishing for the deep-water species fisheries.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received updated Fishery Management and Evaluation Plans (FMEPs) from the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Middle Columbia River (MCR) steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under the Endangered Species Act. The FMEPs, together with an FMEP submitted previously by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), specify the future management of inland recreational fisheries potentially affecting MCR steelhead. Notice is also hereby given that a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) for tributary fisheries affecting MCR steelhead in Oregon and Washington has been drafted by NMFS. The EA analyzes the impacts of NMFS' approval or disapproval of the proposed tributary fisheries for steelhead, trout, and other species in the MCR steelhead distinct population segment (DPS). This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the FMEPs and the EA for review and comment before final approval or disapproval is made by NMFS.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Two Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panels will hold work sessions which are open to the public. The first STAR Panel will review new assessments for darkblotched rockfish and cowcod. The second STAR Panel will review new assessments for canary rockfish and arrowtooth flounder.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Steering Committee; Public Meeting
The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet to discuss the SEDAR assessment schedule, SEDAR process modifications, regional research and monitoring needs, and management evaluation activity scheduling.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fisheries; Groundfish Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual Fishing Quota Program; Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program; Recordkeeping and Reporting; Permits
NMFS issues a proposed rule for substantial revisions to recordkeeping and reporting (R&R) requirements. This proposed rule would also change a variety of fisheries permits provisions. Several definitions would be changed. Further, this proposed rule also revises a Sitka Pinnacles Marine Reserve closure provision and a groundfish observer provision regarding at-sea vessel-to-vessel transfers. This proposed rule would change certain crab provisions, including fee calculations. Detailed information on these changes is presented in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below. These actions are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and to further the goals and objectives of the Alaska fishery management programs.