National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration October 5, 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfers From ME to RI and NJ to NC
Document Number: 2020-21988
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the states of Maine and New Jersey are transferring a portion of their 2020 commercial bluefish quota to the states of Rhode Island and North Carolina, respectively. These quota adjustments are necessary to comply with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial bluefish quotas for Maine, Rhode Island, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2020-21977
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting retention of Pacific cod by catcher/ processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the 2020 total allowable catch of Pacific cod allocated to catcher/processors using trawl gear in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA has been reached.
Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Document Number: 2020-21948
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will hear a presentation and consider approval of the final report of the Phase 2 work of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force and other topics including aquaculture and the Executive Order Promoting American Seafood competitiveness and Economic Growth, marine heatwaves, FY2021 budget, COVID-19 impacts on agency operations, and work of the Recreational Fisheries Subcommittee.
Deprecation of the United States (U.S.) Survey Foot
Document Number: 2020-21902
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and the National Geodetic Survey (NGS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), have taken collaborative action to provide national uniformity in the measurement of length. This notice announces the final decision to deprecate use of the ``U.S. survey foot'' on December 31, 2022. Beginning on January 1, 2023, the U.S. survey foot should not be used and will be superseded by the ``international foot'' definition (i.e., 1 foot = 0.3048 meter exactly) in all applications. The international foot is currently used throughout the U.S. for a large majority of applications and is typically referred to as simply the ``foot.'' Over time this terminology will become more prevalent in land surveying and mapping communities. Either the term ``foot'' or ``international foot'' may be used, as required for clarity in technical applications. This notice describes public comments received, along with the plan, resources, training, and other activities provided by NIST and NOAA to assist those affected by this transition.
Taking of Threatened or Endangered Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Proposed Issuance of Permits
Document Number: 2020-21901
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to issue permits to authorize the incidental, but not intentional, take of specific Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed marine mammal species or stocks under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), in certain U.S. commercial fisheries.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Withdrawal of Notice of Intent To Prepare Environmental Impact Statement for Amendment 7
Document Number: 2020-21877
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-10-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council initiated development of Amendment 7 to the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan in late 2017. A notice of intent to develop an environmental impact statement for this action was published in June 2018. However, following a second round of scoping meetings in February and March 2020, it has been determined that the range of proposed alternatives included in this amendment are not expected to have significant impacts on the fishery or affected environment. Therefore, NMFS is withdrawing the notice of intent and will continue development of an environmental assessment instead.