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Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities: Mukilteo Multimodal Project Tank Farm Pier Removal
Document Number: 2015-18020
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-23
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an authorization to WSF to incidentally take, by harassment, small numbers of marine mammals for a period of 1 year.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modifications of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #14 and #15
Document Number: 2015-17969
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-22
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS announces two inseason actions in the ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the Oregon/ California border.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2015-17968
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-22
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 20
Document Number: 2015-17801
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-21
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS issues regulations to implement Regulatory Amendment 20 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP) (Regulatory Amendment 20), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule revises the snowy grouper annual catch limits (ACLs), commercial trip limit, and recreational fishing season. The purpose of this rule is to help achieve optimum yield (OY) and prevent overfishing of snowy grouper while enhancing socio-economic opportunities within the snapper-grouper fishery.
Pacific Island Fisheries; 2015 Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures
Document Number: 2015-17778
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-21
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS proposes annual catch limits (ACLs) for Pacific Island bottomfish, crustacean, precious coral, and coral reef ecosystem fisheries, and accountability measures (AMs) to correct or mitigate any overages of catch limits. The proposed ACLs and AMs would be effective in fishing year 2015. The fishing year for each fishery begins on January 1 and ends on December 31, except for precious coral fisheries, which begins July 1 and ends on June 30 the following year. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Recreational Charter Vessel Guide and Owner Data Collection
Document Number: 2015-17768
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-21
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Record of Decision for the Final NOAA Restoration Center Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement
Document Number: 2015-17739
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The NOAA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of the Record of Decision (ROD) for the Final NOAA Restoration Center Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement. The NMFS Office of Habitat Conservation Director signed the ROD on July 20, 2015, which constitutes the agency's final decision.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-17723
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Ecosystem Committee will meet in Juneau, AK.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-17722
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The SEDAR 41 assessments of the South Atlantic stocks of red snapper (Lutjanus campechanus) and gray triggerfish (Balistes capriscus) will consist of: Data Workshops; an Assessment Workshop; and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries
Document Number: 2015-17678
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
This final rule implements an information collection program for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries. The information collection program is intended to obtain more detailed information about individuals and businesses that hold fishery quota allocation in these individual transferable quota fisheries. This action is necessary to ensure that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council has the information needed to develop a future management action intended to establish an excessive share cap in these fisheries.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings
Document Number: 2015-17650
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings in North Carolina, South Carolina and Florida and a Question and Answer Webinar for Regulatory Amendment 16 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic. The Council will also hold public hearings in North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida and a Question and Answer Webinar for Amendment 36 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Cost Recovery Program
Document Number: 2015-17639
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-20
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS publishes notification of a 1.48 percent fee for cost recovery under the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program. This action is intended to provide holders of crab allocations with the fee percentage for the 2015/2016 crab fishing year so they can calculate the required payment for cost recovery fees that must be submitted by July 31, 2016.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region; Amendment 8
Document Number: 2015-17617
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 8 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coral, Coral Reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region (FMP) (Amendment 8), as prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule expands portions of the northern and western boundaries of the Oculina Bank Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) (Oculina Bank HAPC) and allows transit through the Oculina Bank HAPC by fishing vessels with rock shrimp onboard; modifies vessel monitoring system (VMS) requirements for rock shrimp fishermen transiting through the Oculina Bank HAPC with rock shrimp on aboard; expands a portion of the western boundary of the Stetson Reefs, Savannah and East Florida Lithoherms, and Miami Terrace Deepwater Coral HAPC (CHAPC) (Stetson- Miami Terrace CHAPC), including modifications to the shrimp access area A, which is renamed ``shrimp access area 1''; and expands a portion of the northern boundary of the Cape Lookout Lophelia Banks Deepwater CHAPC (Cape Lookout CHAPC). In addition, this rule makes a minor administrative change to the names of the shrimp fishery access areas. The purpose of this rule is to increase protections for deepwater coral based on new information for deepwater coral resources in the South Atlantic.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-17591
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold five public hearings and one webinar to solicit Public comments on Draft Amendment 18 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-17590
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Legislative Committee will meet by teleconference.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions
Document Number: 2015-17580
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service, Farm Service Agency, Architectural and Transportation Barriers Compliance Board
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Marine Fisheries Service, announce the extension of the public comment period on our May 21, 2015, proposed revisions to the regulations concerning petitions under section 4(b)(3) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in preparation of the final rule.
International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort Limits in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2015
Document Number: 2015-17571
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS announces the receipt of, and requests public comment on, a petition for rulemaking from Tri Marine Management Company, LLC (``Tri Marine''). The petitioner requests that NOAA undertake an emergency rulemaking to implement the 2015 limit on fishing effort by U.S. purse seine vessels on the high seas and in the U.S. exclusive economic zone in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention), and to issue a rule exempting from the limit any U.S. purse seine vessel that, pursuant to contract or declaration of intent, delivers or will deliver at least half its catch to tuna processing facilities in American Samoa.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-17509
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Proposed Amendment to the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program
Document Number: 2015-17426
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-17
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) Office for Coastal Management is soliciting comments on a program change amendment to the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program (PRCZMP). This notice describes the opportunities for public comment on the program change.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings
Document Number: 2015-17457
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-16
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS has reinitiated consultation under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on the effects to listed Pacific salmon species from implementation of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan. NMFS announces a public work session for interested stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries. NMFS is seeking information on the amount and distribution of salmon bycatch, salmon bycatch management in the different sectors of the groundfish fishery, and whether stakeholders anticipate changes in fishing strategies or target species over the next few years that could alter the amount and distribution of salmon bycatch. NMFS and the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will consider the information discussed at the work session in developing and evaluating the proposed action for the ESA consultation.
Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs
Document Number: 2015-17412
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-16
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The NOAA Office for Coastal Management announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Puerto Rico Coastal Zone Management Program. Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations are conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states and territories with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of a Coastal Management Program requires findings concerning the extent to which a state or territory has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. The evaluations will include a public meeting, consideration of written public comments and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. When the evaluation is completed, the NOAA Office for Coastal Management will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Notice is hereby given of the date, local time, and location of the second public meeting.
Addition of Species to the Annexes of the Protocol Concerning Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife in the Wider Caribbean Region
Document Number: 2015-17408
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-16
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
During a meeting of the Parties to the Specially Protected Areas and Wildlife (SPAW Protocol), held in Cartagena, Colombia in December 2014, ten species of flora and fauna were added to the Annexes of the SPAW Protocol. The United States voted against these amendments to the Annexes because a failure by the Parties to follow the procedures for adding species to the Annexes prevented the United States from following the domestic procedures that are a prerequisite for acceptance by the United States of such amendments to the SPAW Protocol Annexes. In particular, when granting its advice and consent to ratify the SPAW Protocol, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee expressed its intent that before the Executive Branch decides to accept amendments to the Protocol Annexes, it is to consult with the Senate and solicit public comment through notice in the Federal Register (Senate Executive Report 107-8). The United States has entered a reservation as to the ten newly added species in order to complete an interagency review, to solicit public comment on the addition of those species to the SPAW Protocol Annexes, and to complete consultation with the Senate. The Department of State, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Marine Fisheries Service solicit comment on the addition of these ten species to the Annexes, to consider whether or not to withdraw the reservation with respect to some or all of those species.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Planning, Protection or Restoration
Document Number: 2015-17361
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Solicitation of Nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board
Document Number: 2015-17357
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which requires the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program. To apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current resume as indicated in the ADDRESSES section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not required. NOAA is an equal opportunity employer.
Notice of Rescission of NOAA Policy on Prohibited and Approved Uses of the Asset Forfeiture Fund
Document Number: 2015-17356
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announces the rescission of its previously published NOAA Policy on Prohibited and Approved Uses of the Asset Forfeiture Fund.
Marine Mammals; File No. 14534
Document Number: 2015-17349
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Notice is hereby given that NOAA's Office of Science and Technology, Silver Spring, MD, (Brandon Southall, Ph.D.Principal Investigator) has been issued a minor amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 14534-02.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2015-17344
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Electronic Monitoring Workgroup (EMWG) will meet in Anchorage, AK.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2015-17343
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery and Golden Crab Fishery of the South Atlantic, and Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic
Document Number: 2015-17334
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, Amendment 9 to the FMP for the Golden Crab Fishery of the South Atlantic Region, and Amendment 8 to the FMP for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery of the Atlantic; collectively referred to as the Generic Accountability Measures (AMs) and Dolphin Allocation Amendment (Generic AM Amendment) for review, approval, and implementation by NMFS. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce, the Generic AM Amendment would revise the commercial and recreational AMs for numerous snapper-grouper species and golden crab. This amendment would also revise commercial and recreational sector allocations for dolphin in the Atlantic. The proposed actions are intended to make the AMs consistent for the snapper-grouper species addressed in this amendment and for golden crab, and revise the allocations between the commercial and recreational sectors for dolphin.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Designation of Fishery Management Council Members and Application for Reinstatement of State Authority
Document Number: 2015-17327
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-17326
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2015-17325
Type: Notice
Date: 2015-07-15
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region; Framework Amendment
Document Number: 2015-17192
Type: Rule
Date: 2015-07-14
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
In this final rule, NMFS implements management measures described in Framework Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic (CMP) Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region (Framework Amendment 2), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils (Councils). This final rule removes the unlimited commercial trip limit for Spanish mackerel in Federal waters off the east coast of Florida that began on weekdays beginning December 1 of each year. The modifications to the commercial trip limit system better fit the current fishery conditions and catch limits for Atlantic migratory group Spanish mackerel in the southern zone, while increasing social and economic benefits of the CMP fishery.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2015-17191
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-14
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
NMFS, in consultation with the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) on a new management program for trawl groundfish fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA). The proposed action would create a new management program that would allocate allowable harvest to individuals, cooperatives, and other entities that participate in GOA trawl groundfish fisheries. The proposed action is intended to improve stock conservation by imposing accountability measures for utilizing target, incidental, and prohibited species catch, creating incentives to eliminate wasteful fishing practices, providing mechanisms for participants to control and reduce bycatch in the trawl groundfish fisheries, and to improve safety of life at sea and operational efficiencies. The EIS will analyze the impacts to the human environment resulting from the proposed trawl bycatch management program. NMFS will accept written comments from the public to identify the issues of concern and assist the Council in determining the appropriate range of management alternatives for the EIS.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding and Proposed Rule To List Three Angelshark Species as Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2015-17016
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2015-07-14
Agency: Cooperative State Research, Education, and Extension Service, Economic Research Service
We, NMFS, have completed a comprehensive status review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) for three foreign marine angelshark species in response to a petition to list those species. These three species are the sawback angelshark (Squatina aculeata), smoothback angelshark (Squatina oculata), and common angelshark (Squatina squatina). Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, including the status review report (Miller 2015), and after taking into account efforts being made to protect these species, we have determined that these three angelshark species warrant listing as endangered under the ESA. We are not proposing to designate critical habitat because the geographical areas occupied by these species are entirely outside U.S. jurisdiction, and we have not identified any unoccupied areas that are currently essential to the conservation of any of these species. We are soliciting comments on our proposal to list these three angelshark species.