Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Target and Missile Launch Activities at San Nicolas Island, CA
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization for the take of marine mammals incidental to vehicle launches from San Nicolas Island (SNI), California, for the period 2009 2014. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing receipt of the Navy's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy's application and request.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Recordkeeping and Reporting
NMFS issues regulations to exempt groundfish catcher/ processors and motherships equipped with an operational vessel monitoring system transmitter from check-in/check-out requirements. This action reduces paperwork requirements for certain catcher/ processors and motherships and changes the definitions for ``active'' period for motherships and trawl, longline, and pot gear catcher/ processors. This action reduces administrative costs for both the fishing industry and NMFS.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September and October 2008. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public. A public hearing and scoping meetings will be held in conjunction with the AP meeting.