Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting/Workshop
The Groundfish Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel for Pacific hake (Whiting) will hold a work session which is open to the public.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Public Meetings
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings February 7 through February 15, 2005 at the Renaissance Madison Hotel, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, Washington.
Endangered Species; Permit No. 1429
Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research Permit No. 1429 submitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) has been granted.
Endangered Marine and Anadromous Species; Final Rule to Remove Technical Revisions to Right Whale Listing Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act
NMFS issues a final rule to remove two technical revisions made in an April 2003 final rule to the northern right whale (Eubalaena sp.) listing under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The technical revisions purported to change: the way right whales are listed by splitting the endangered northern right whale into two separate endangered species - North Pacific right whale and North Atlantic right whale; the definition of ``right whale'' as it applies to the right whale approach regulations; and the section heading for right whale critical habitat. NMFS has determined that issuance of the 2003 final rule did not comply with the requirements of the ESA. This final rule corrects these mistakes by removing these technical revisions to 50 CFR and reinstating the language that existed before April 2003.
Marine Mammals; File No. 376-1520
Notice is hereby given that Dr. James Hain, Associated Scientists at Woods Hole, Woods Hole, MA has been issued an amendment to a permit for scientific research on a variety of cetaceans in the North Atlantic, including endangered right whales (Eubalaena glacialis).
Endangered Fish and Wildlife; Notice of Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement
NMFS will be preparing an EIS to analyze the potential impacts of applying new criteria in guidelines to determine what constitutes a ``take'' of a marine mammal under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and Endangered Species Act (ESA) as a result of exposure to anthropogenic noise in the marine environment. This notice describes the proposed action and possible alternatives and also describes the proposed scoping process.