Economic Research Service September 2015 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Notice of Intent To Request New Information Collection
Document Number: 2015-23123
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-15
Agency: Department of Agriculture, Economic Research Service
In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Economic Research Service (ERS) invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on a proposed new information collection, the Generic Clearance for Survey Research Studies.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer
Document Number: 2015-22953
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS announces that the Commonwealth of Virginia is transferring a portion of its 2015 commercial Atlantic bluefish quota to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22937
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Groundfish Subcommittee will hold a work session to review stock assessments for black rockfish off Oregon, new harvest specification projections for arrowtooth flounder, an updated rebuilding analysis for yelloweye rockfish, and a new proposed methodology for determining big skate harvest specifications.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22936
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Observer Policy Committee meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22935
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The SEDAR Steering Committee will meet to discuss the SEDAR process and assessment schedule. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reapportionment of the 2015 Gulf of Alaska Pacific Halibut Prohibited Species Catch Limits for the Trawl Deep-Water and Shallow-Water Fishery Categories
Document Number: 2015-22934
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-11
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is reapportioning the seasonal apportionments of the 2015 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limits for the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories in the Gulf of Alaska. This action is necessary to account for the actual halibut PSC use by the trawl deep-water and shallow-water species fishery categories from May 15, 2015 through June 30, 2015. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska.
Ocean Exploration Advisory Board Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22688
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Ocean Exploration Advisory Board (OEAB). OEAB members will discuss and provide advice on Federal ocean exploration programs, with a particular emphasis on National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) activities, in the areas of: The U.S. Extended Continental Shelf Project, current and future exploration priorities, NOAA's ocean exploration partnerships, the next National Forum on Ocean Exploration, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the OEAB Web site at https://oeab.noaa.gov.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Northern Rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2015-22653
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for northern rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 total allowable catch of northern rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Dusky Rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2015-22641
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 total allowable catch of dusky rockfish in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2015-22639
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-09
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Western Pacific Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22540
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a half-day meeting on Friday, September 25, 2015 regarding social, economic, ecological, and management uncertainty (SEEM) factors pertinent to setting annual catch limits (ACLs) for bottomfish fisheries in American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22539
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The SEDAR assessment of the Gulf of Mexico Vermilion Snapper will consist of one in-person workshop and a series of webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Pacific Islands Fisheries; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-22536
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS announces that the Center for Independent Experts (CIE) will meet to review methods for assessing stocks in coral reef fisheries using information on fish length and life history.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Rehabilitation of Jetty A at the Mouth of the Columbia River
Document Number: 2015-22069
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-08
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that we have issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (the Corps) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, six species of marine mammals during activities related to the rehabilitation of Jetty A at the mouth of the Columbia River (MCR).
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Resources of the South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction
Document Number: 2015-22047
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS reduces the commercial trip limit for vermilion snapper in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic to 500 lb (227 kg), gutted weight. This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the South Atlantic vermilion snapper resource.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-21993
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting to develop spiny dogfish management recommendations. The Council will also host a public information meeting to gather public perspectives on spiny dogfish management.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21992
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21991
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC's) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21990
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Team will meet September 21, 2015 to September 24, 2015.
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®
Document Number: 2015-21976
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Notice is hereby given of a virtual meeting of the U. S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Advisory Committee (Committee). Dates and Times: The public meeting will be held on Tuesday September 22, 2015, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
Marine Mammals; File No. 18208
Document Number: 2015-21961
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to Randy Sacco, Ph.D., Ruminant Diseases and Immunology Research Unit, National Animal Disease Center, 1920 Dayton Road, P.O. Box 70, Ames, IA 50010, to receive cell line specimens of Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis), Atlantic bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus), and common (Delphinus delphis) dolphin for scientific research purposes.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea, November to December, 2015
Document Number: 2015-21912
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS has received an application from the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Lamont-Doherty) in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (NSF), for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (Authorization) to take marine mammals, by harassment only, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea, mid-November through December, 2015. The proposed dates for this action would be mid-November 2015 through December 31, 2015, to account for minor deviations due to logistics and weather. Per the Marine Mammal Protection Act, we are requesting comments on our proposal to issue an Authorization to Lamont-Doherty to incidentally take, by Level B harassment, of 22 species of marine mammals during the specified activity and to incidentally take by Level A harassment, of four species of marine mammals. Although considered unlikely, any Level A harassment potentially incurred would be expected to be in the form of some smaller degree of permanent hearing loss due in part to the required monitoring measures for detecting marine mammals and required mitigation measures for power downs or shut downs of the airgun array if any animal is likely to enter the Level A exclusion zone. Neither mortality nor complete deafness of marine mammals are expected to result from this survey.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Navy Civilian Port Defense Activities at the Ports of Los Angeles/Long Beach, California
Document Number: 2015-21911
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-04
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to Civilian Port defense activities within and near the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach from October through November 2015. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to the Navy to incidentally take, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during the specified activity.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2015 Commercial Accountability Measure and Closure for South Atlantic Gray Triggerfish; July Through December Season
Document Number: 2015-21910
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-03
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS implements accountability measures for commercial gray triggerfish in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. NMFS projects commercial landings for gray triggerfish, will reach the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the period July through December by September 8, 2015. Therefore, NMFS is closing the commercial sector for gray triggerfish in the South Atlantic EEZ on September 8, 2015. This closure is necessary to protect the gray triggerfish resource.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Process for Divestiture of Excess Quota Shares in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery
Document Number: 2015-21786
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
In January 2011, NMFS implemented the groundfish trawl rationalization program (a catch share program) for the Pacific coast groundfish limited entry trawl fishery. The program was implemented through Amendment 20 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan and the corresponding implementing regulations. Amendment 20 established the trawl rationalization program, which includes an Individual Fishing Quota program for limited entry trawl participants. Under current regulations, quota share (QS) permit owners must divest quota share holdings that exceed accumulation limits by November 30, 2015. This proposed action would make minor procedural modifications to the program regulations to clarify how divestiture and revocation of excess quota share could occur in November, 2015, and establish procedures applicable in the future if divestiture becomes necessary.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #22 through #29
Document Number: 2015-21770
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS announces eight inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the U.S./Mexico border.
Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition
Document Number: 2015-21676
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that the following four stocks of Pacific salmon are subject to overfishing: Chinook salmon Columbia River Basin: Upper River Summer; Chinook salmonWashington Coast: Willapa Bay Fall Natural; Chinook salmonWashington Coast: Grays Harbor Fall; and Coho salmonWashington Coast: Hoh. In addition, NMFS has found that the North Pacific swordfish stock in the Eastern Pacific Ocean, which is jointly managed by the Pacific Fishery Management Council and the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, is subject to overfishing. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an overfished condition, a stock is approaching an overfished condition, or when a rebuilding plan has not resulted in adequate progress toward ending overfishing and rebuilding affected fish stocks. None of these stocks is in an overfished condition.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Pier Replacement Project
Document Number: 2015-21647
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities as part of a pier replacement project. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Navy to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, during the specified activity.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfer
Document Number: 2015-21638
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-02
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS approves the transfer of 2015 commercial Atlantic bluefish quota from the State of North Carolina and the Commonwealth of Virginia to the State of Rhode Island. These transfers comply with the Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions, specified in federal regulations. This announcement also informs the public of the revised commercial quota for each state involved.
Marine Mammals; File No. 18673
Document Number: 2015-21612
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Notice is hereby given that Leslie Cornick, Ph.D., Alaska Pacific University, 4101 University Drive, Anchorage, AK 99508 has withdrawn her application for a permit to conduct research on northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus).
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21587
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Observer Advisory Committee (OAC) will meet September 17th-18th, 2015.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-21586
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee Meeting on Thursday, September 17, 2015 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Exchange of Flatfish in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2015-21540
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is exchanging unused Community Development Quota (CDQ) for CDQ acceptable biological catch (ABC) reserves. This action is necessary to allow the 2015 total allowable catch of flathead sole, rock sole, and yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area to be harvested.
Notice of Availability of the Draft NOAA Commercial Space Policy
Document Number: 2015-21148
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-09-01
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
As a science-based services agency, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) strives to understand and predict changes in weather, climate, oceans, and coasts, and to provide critical environmental intelligence to the American public, decision makers, and our partners. NOAA accomplishes this, in part, through the use of observations obtained through a range of systems, including satellites, ships, ground, and in-situ networks. NOAA's space-based Earth observations are both important and challenging to obtain. In recent years, the commercial sector has invested increasing amounts of capital and resources to develop new technologies, and to build, launch, and operate satellites and ground- based systems. In order to respond to an ever-growing demand for environmental information, NOAA seeks to maintain an observing enterprise that is flexible, responsive to evolving technologies, and economically sustainable, while supporting and upholding NOAA's strong commitment to public safety and the international data sharing system upon which NOAA depends for global data. This policy establishes the broad principles for the use of commercial space-based approaches for NOAA's observational requirements, and opens a pathway for new industry to join the space- based Earth observation process. As a part of this effort, and to ensure we examine potential solutions, NOAA is seeking comments, suggestions, and innovative ideas from the public on Draft NOAA Commercial Space Policy. Through www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2015-0109, the public can view the Draft NOAA Commercial Space Policy, submit ideas, review submissions from other parties, and make comments and collaborate on ideas. All comments are welcome. In particular, NOAA would like comments on in the following areas: 1. Does this policy adequately support the continued success of NOAA's public safety mission? 2. Does this policy allow for the development of viable business models for potential providers of commercial data? 3. Does this policy sufficiently consider the impacts to the private weather industry, academia, and other stakeholders? 4. Does this policy appropriately reflect the importance of U.S. data policy and international data sharing commitments?