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Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2024-06116
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of the Council including a joint session with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Management Board.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Framework Adjustment 38 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2024-05782
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS approves and implements the measures included in Framework Adjustment 38 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan as adopted and submitted by the New England Fishery Management Council. Framework 38 establishes scallop specifications and other measures for fishing years 2024 and 2025. Framework 35 implements measures to protect small scallops which would thereby support rotational access area trips to the fleet in future years. To promote uniformity in the fishery, this final rule also corrects and clarifies regulatory text that is unnecessary, outdated, or unclear. This action is necessary to prevent overfishing and improve both yield-per-recruit and the overall management of the Atlantic sea scallop resource.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2024-06066
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, its implementing regulations, and NMFS' MMPA Regulations for Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico, notification is hereby given that a Letter of Authorization (LOA) has been issued to Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) for the take of marine mammals incidental to geophysical survey activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Marine Site Characterization Surveys off New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland
Document Number: 2024-06063
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC (Atlantic Shores) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during marine site characterization surveys in waters off of New York, New Jersey, Delaware, and Maryland, including in the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Lease Areas OCS-A 0499, OCS-A 0541, OCS-A 0549, and associated export cable corridor (ECC) areas.
Export Administration Regulations End-User Controls: Imposition of Restrictions on Certain Persons Identified on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List)
Document Number: 2024-06067
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security
In this final rule, the Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) makes changes to the end-user controls of the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) to add end-user controls, and in certain cases expand existing end-user controls, on certain persons identified on the List of Specially Designated Nationals and Blocked Persons (SDN List) maintained by the Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC).
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-06008
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 92 assessment of the Atlantic stock of blueline tilefish will consist of a series of assessment webinars. A SEDAR 92 Data Scoping Webinar is scheduled for April 8, 2024. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-06007
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council's (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a two-and-a-half- day public hybrid meeting to address the items contained in the tentative agenda included in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Marine Mammals; File No. 27342
Document Number: 2024-06000
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Heidi Pearson, Ph.D., University of Alaska Southeast, 11066 Auke Lake Way, Juneau, AK 99801, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on marine mammals.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Transco Lower New York Bay Lateral (LNYBL) Natural Gas Pipeline Maintenance in Sandy Hook Channel, NJ
Document Number: 2024-05998
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company LLC (Transco), to incidentally harass marine mammals during construction activities associated with a natural gas pipeline stabilization project in Sandy Hook Channel, New Jersey (NJ).
Foreign-Trade Zone 44; Application for Subzone; Bentex Group Inc.; Piscataway, New Jersey
Document Number: 2024-06029
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Agreement Suspending the Countervailing Duty Investigation on Sugar From Mexico: Final Results of the 2022 Administrative Review
Document Number: 2024-06026
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that the Government of Mexico (GOM) and the respondent companies selected for individual examination, Compa[ntilde][iacute]a Industrial Azucarera S.A. de C.V. and its affiliates and Ingenio Presidente Benito Juarez S.A. de C.V. (collectively, respondents), were in compliance with the terms of the Agreement Suspending the Countervailing Duty Investigation on Sugar from Mexico, as amended (CVD Agreement), during the period of review (POR) from January 1, 2022, through December 31, 2022. Commerce also determines that the CVD Agreement met the statutory requirements during the POR.
Rubber Bands From the People's Republic of China and Thailand: Final Results of Sunset Reviews and Revocation of Antidumping Duty and Countervailing Duty Orders
Document Number: 2024-06025
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On January 2, 2024, the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) initiated the first sunset reviews of the antidumping duty (AD) and countervailing duty (CVD) orders on rubber bands from the People's Republic of China (China) and the AD order on rubber bands from Thailand. Because no domestic interested party filed a timely notice of intent to participate in these sunset reviews, Commerce is revoking the AD and CVD orders on rubber bands from the China and the AD order on rubber bands from Thailand.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-06010
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public webinar of its Risk Policy Working Group to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This meeting will be held in-person with a webinar option. Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-06009
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting via webinar of its Snapper Grouper Recreational Permitting and Reporting Technical Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss permitting and education alternatives for the private recreational component of the snapper grouper fishery.
Tapered Roller Bearings and Parts Thereof, Finished and Unfinished, From the People's Republic of China: Continuation of the Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: 2024-05938
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
As a result of the determinations by the U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) and the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC) that revocation of the antidumping duty (AD) order on tapered roller bearings (TRBs) from the People's Republic of China (China) would be likely to lead to continuation or recurrence of dumping and material injury to an industry in the United States, Commerce is publishing a notice of continuation of this AD order.
Mattresses From Taiwan: Amended Preliminary Determination of Critical Circumstances for All Other Producers and/or Exporters
Document Number: 2024-05937
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is amending its preliminary determination in the less-than-fair-value investigation of mattresses from Taiwan to correct a significant ministerial error with respect to our preliminary determination of critical circumstances for all other producers and/or exporters. The period of investigation is July 1, 2022, through June 30, 2023.
International Affairs; Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act
Document Number: 2024-05936
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule sets forth changes to the Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act of 1984 (AMLRCA) regulations, including those that implement the trade-monitoring program for frozen and fresh Dissostichus species, commonly marketed or referred to as Chilean seabass or Patagonian toothfish. Specifically, this action: revises regulations that specify the circumstances under which NMFS would deny issuance of a preapproval certificate that is required to legally import frozen Dissostichus species; adds regulations that specify the circumstances under which NMFS would deny issuance of a re-export or export document that is required to legally re-export or export both frozen and fresh Dissostichus species; clarifies that the applicable authorization must be received prior to re-export or export; and removes the prohibition on the importation of Dissostichus species harvested from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) Statistical Areas 51 and 57. NMFS also makes other non- substantive technical and procedural updates.
Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops
Document Number: 2024-05958
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in April, May, and June of 2024. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and to maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be conducted in 2024 and will be announced in a future notice. In addition, NMFS has implemented online recertification workshops for persons who have already taken an in-person training.
Seamless Carbon and Alloy Steel Standard, Line, and Pressure Pipe From Ukraine: Final Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, 2021-2022; Correction
Document Number: 2024-05799
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) published notice in the Federal Register of March 6, 2024, in which Commerce issued the final results of the 2021-2022 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on seamless carbon and alloy steel standard, line, and pressure pipe (seamless pipe) from Ukraine. In that notice, Commerce incorrectly listed the name of the mandatory respondent in the rate table.
Resources for Examining Means-Plus-Function and Step-Plus-Function Claim Limitations
Document Number: 2024-05798
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, Patent and Trademark Office
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) issued a memorandum to the patent examining corps to assist patent examiners in addressing means-plus-function and step-plus-function claim limitations, and to create a clearer record for the applicant, the public, and the courts. The issued memorandum will help ensure consistent analysis by USPTO employees in addressing means-plus- function and step-plus-function limitations and will result in clearer communications to applicants from the USPTO as to the interpretation of means-plus-function and step-plus-function limitations and any related deficiencies. Clearer USPTO communications provide both the applicant and the public with notice as to the claim interpretation used by the patent examiner during prosecution, and if the applicant intends a different claim interpretation, the issue can be clarified early in prosecution.
United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), Article 10.12: Binational Panel Review: Notice of Request for Panel Review
Document Number: 2024-05662
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The deadline to file a complaint in the matter of Tin Mill Products from Canada; Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less than Fair Value and Final Negative Determination of Critical Circumstances was March 11, 2024. No complaint was timely filed pursuant to the USMCA Rules of Procedure for Article 10.12 Binational Panel Reviews (Rules). As such, this panel review has been completed.
Crystalline Silicon Photovoltaic Cells, Whether or Not Assembled Into Modules, From the People's Republic of China: Final Results of Changed Circumstances Reviews, and Revocation of the Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Orders, in Part
Document Number: 2024-05926
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) is revoking, in part, the antidumping duty and countervailing duty orders on crystalline silicon photovoltaic cells, whether or not assembled into modules (solar cells), from the People's Republic of China (China) with respect to certain off-grid small portable crystalline silicon photovoltaic (CSPV) panels as described below.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Mid-Atlantic Blueline Tilefish and Golden Tilefish Fisheries; 2024 Specifications
Document Number: 2024-05915
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule implements status quo harvest limits for the 2024 golden tilefish and blueline tilefish fisheries north of the North Carolina/Virginia border, shifts the recreational season for blueline tilefish to May 15 through November 14, and modifies regulations to reflect the January 1 start date of the golden tilefish fishing year. The action is necessary to establish allowable harvest levels and other management measures to prevent overfishing while allowing optimum yield, consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Foreign Fishing Vessel Permits, Vessel, and Gear Identification, and Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2024-05845
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2024-05877
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory bodies will meet April 5-11, 2024 in Seattle, WA and via webinar. The Council meeting will be live streamed with the opportunity to provide public comment remotely. The following groups will meet in person in Seattle: Budget Committee, Salmon Technical Team, Salmon Advisory Subpanel, Enforcement Consultants, Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel, Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team, Groundfish Management Team, and Groundfish Advisory Subpanel. The Scientific and Statistical Committee will meet remotely.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-05876
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a four-day meeting to consider actions affecting the Gulf of Mexico fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-05875
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 79 assessment process of Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic mutton snapper will consist of a Data Workshop, and a series of assessment webinars, and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-05874
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) will hold an online meeting, which is open to the public.
Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Alabama Trustee Implementation Group Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan II and Environmental Assessment: Marine Mammals
Document Number: 2024-05768
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Deepwater Horizon (DWH) natural resource Trustees for the Alabama Trustee Implementation Group (Alabama TIG) have prepared the Draft Supplemental Restoration Plan II and Environmental Assessment: Marine Mammals (Supplemental RPII/EA). The Draft Supplemental RPII/EA proposes to use additional funds from the Marine Mammals Restoration Type to extend the implementation of one or more projects currently underway in the Alabama Restoration Area to continue the Alabama TIG's efforts to restore for injuries to marine mammals impacted by the DWH oil spill. The Draft Supplemental RPII/EA evaluates two restoration alternatives under the Oil Pollution Act (OPA) and the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This evaluation includes consideration of the criteria set forth in the OPA natural resource damage assessment (NRDA) regulations, and an analysis under NEPA's implementing regulations. A No Action Alternative is also evaluated pursuant to the NEPA. The total estimated cost to implement the Alabama TIG's Preferred Alternativean extension of the Enhancing Capacity for the Alabama Marine Mammal Stranding Network Projectis $1,881,237. If selected for implementation, this action would allocate the Alabama TIG's remaining Marine Mammals restoration funds. The Alabama TIG invites the public to comment on the Draft Supplemental RPII/EA.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2024 Recreational Accountability Measure and Closure for Gag in the South Atlantic
Document Number: 2024-05766
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements an accountability measure for the recreational harvest of gag in South Atlantic Federal waters. NMFS projects that recreational landings of gag will reach the recreational annual catch limit (ACL) for the 2024 fishing year by June 15, 2024. Accordingly, NMFS announces the closure date for the recreational harvest of gag in South Atlantic Federal waters to protect the gag resource.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Current Population Survey (CPS) Basic Demographic Items; Correction
Document Number: 2024-05797
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Census Bureau, Department of Commerce
On March 1, 2024, the Department of Commerce published a 60- day public comment period notice in the Federal Register seeking public comments for an information collection entitled, ``Current Population Survey (CPS) Basic Demographic Items.'' This document referenced incorrect information in the SUMMARY and SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION sections, and Commerce hereby issues a correction notice as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for Threatened Caribbean Corals; Correcting Amendment
Document Number: 2024-05795
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS corrects an error in the final rule designating critical habitat for threatened Caribbean corals that published in the Federal Register on August 9, 2023. The final rule incorrectly identified the northern geographic extent of critical habitat designated for Orbicella franksi as St. Lucie Inlet, Martin County, Florida in the ``Table of the Locations of the Critical Habitat Units for Orbicella franksi, O. annularis, O. faveolata, Dendrogyra cylindrus, and Mycetophyllia ferox,'' codified at 50 CFR 266.230(b) and in Table 4 of the Critical Habitat Unit Descriptions in the preamble of the rule. This correcting amendment fixes that error by revising the description of the geographic extent of the OFRA-1 Unit to refer to Lake Worth Inlet, Palm Beach County, Florida.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2024-05697
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public hybrid meeting of its Enforcement Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This meeting will be held in-person with a webinar option. Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan; 2024 Annual Management Measures
Document Number: 2024-05481
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes as regulations the 2024 annual management measures governing the Pacific halibut fishery that have been recommended by the IPHC and accepted by the Secretary of State, with the concurrence of the Secretary of Commerce. These measures are intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC).
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2024 Recreational Fishing Season and Closure Date for Blueline Tilefish in the South Atlantic
Document Number: 2024-05616
Type: Rule
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the 2024 recreational fishing season for blueline tilefish in South Atlantic Federal waters. Announcing the length of the recreational season is part of the accountability measures (AMs) for the recreational sector. The recreational season opens on May 1, 2024, and NMFS has projected that recreational landings of blueline tilefish will reach the recreational annual catch limit (ACL) after July 18, 2024. Therefore, NMFS closes the recreational sector for blueline tilefish on July 19, 2024. The recreational season length and closure are necessary to protect the blueline tilefish resource in South Atlantic Federal waters.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2024-05561
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a permit application (25803) from NOAA's Southwest Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Ecology Division (FED) to continue hatchery activities associated with the Southern Coho Salmon Captive Broodstock Program (SCSCBP, or program) in accordance with its Hatchery and Genetic Management Plan (HGMP). The application has been submitted pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. NMFS has also prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) describing the potential effects of NMFS' proposed issuance of the Permit associated with the submitted HGMP. NMFS is furnishing this notice in order to allow other agencies, Tribes, and the public an opportunity to review and comment on these documents.
Certain Paper Shopping Bags From the Republic of Turkey: Final Affirmative Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value
Document Number: 2024-05675
Type: Notice
Date: 2024-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) determines that certain paper shopping bags (paper shopping bags) from the Republic of Turkey (Turkey) are being, or are likely to be, sold in the United States at less than fair value (LTFV) during the period of investigation (POI) April 1, 2022, through March 31, 2023.
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