National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration January 2005 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery
Document Number: 05-1744
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes specifications for the 2005 Atlantic herring fishery, which would be maintained through 2006 unless stock and fishery conditions change substantially. The regulations for the Atlantic herring fishery require NMFS to publish specifications for the upcoming year and to provide an opportunity for public comment. The intent of the specifications is to conserve and manage the Atlantic herring resource and provide for a sustainable fishery. NMFS also proposes one clarification to the Atlantic herring regulations, which would remove references to the dates on which the proposed and final rules for the annual specifications must be published.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-1611
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 interim total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Increase
Document Number: 05-1610
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS increases the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line fishery for king mackerel in the Florida east coast subzone from 50 to 75 fish per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit increase is necessary to maximize the socioeconomic benefits of the quota.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-309
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a working meeting, which is open to the public.
Federal Consistency Appeal by Luz Torres DeRosa From an Objection by the Puerto Rico Planning Board
Document Number: 05-1502
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This announcement provides notice that the decision record has been closed for an administrative appeal filed with the Department of Commerce by Luz Torres DeRosa.
Federal Consistency Appeal by Fernando E. Otero Rodriguez From an Objection by the Puerto Rico Planning Board
Document Number: 05-1501
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This announcement provides notice that the decision record has been closed for an administrative appeal filed with the Department of Commerce by Fernando E. Otero Rodriguez.
External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise
Document Number: 05-1480
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere has requested the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to conduct an external review of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise. The SAB is chartered under the Federal Advisory Committee Act and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with the responsibility to advise the Under Secretary on long- and short-range strategies for research, education, and application of science to resource management and environmental assessment and prediction. The SAB is forming an external panel to review and draft recommendations on the appropriateness of the mix of scientific activities conducted and/or sponsored by NOAA to its mission and on the organization of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise. Nominations to the panel are being solicited herein. The intent is to select from the nominees. However, the SAB retains the prerogative to name people to the review team that were not nominated if it deems it necessary to achieve the desired balance. Once selected, the SAB will post the review panel, with abridged resumes, at: http:// www.sab.noaa.gov/Doc/Documents.html.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-1461
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 first seasonal allowance of the pollock interim total allowable catch (TAC) for Statistical Area 610 of the GOA.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Pelagics Plan Team; Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-1460
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council(Council) will hold a meeting of its Pelagics Plan Team (PPT) to discuss overfishing of Pacific bigeye tuna and to develop recommendations for future management. The agenda for the meeting can be found under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Workshops
Document Number: 05-1459
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR process for the Gulf of Mexico red snapper consists of a series of three workshops: a data workshop, an assessment workshop, and a review workshop. The data and assessment workshops are completed. This document announces the schedule for the review workshop.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coral Reef Conservation Program Administration
Document Number: 05-1458
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Endangered Species; File No. 1475
Document Number: 05-1342
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FFWCC), Florida Marine Research Institute (Richard E. Matheson, Principal Investigator), 1481 Market Circle, Unit 1, Port Charlotte, FL 33953, has submitted a request to modify their permit application (File No. 1475). The original application requested authorization to conduct scientific research on smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; High Seas Fishing Permit Application Information
Document Number: 05-1341
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Habitat Oversight Committee; Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-1340
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's Habitat Oversight Committee will meet in February 2005. Recommendations from the Committee will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. Agenda topics can be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; High Seas Fishing Vessel Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-1339
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; High Seas Fishing Vessel Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 05-1338
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings
Document Number: 05-1337
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2005 ocean salmon fisheries. This document announces the availability of Council documents as well as the dates and locations of Council meetings and public hearings comprising the Council's complete schedule of events for determining the annual proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management measures. The agendas for the March and April Council meetings will be published in subsequent Federal Register documents prior to the actual meetings.
National Ocean Service; Final Criteria and Data Fields for an Inventory of Existing Marine Managed Areas and Response to Comments
Document Number: 05-1262
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA and the Office of the Secretary, Department of the Interior (DOI), on July 23, 2003, jointly proposed criteria, definitions, and data fields that will be used in development of an Inventory of U.S. Marine Managed Areas (MMAs). The MMA Inventory will provide information that will lead to the fulfillment of requirements of Executive Order (E.O.) 13158 on Marine Protected Areas (MPAs). This action provides the final criteria and data fields that will be used to develop and complete the MMA Inventory and summarizes and responds to comments received on the notice of July 23rd. This will allow the completion of Phase I, development of the MMA Inventory, to be followed by the development of criteria for and the List of MPAs (Phase II) called for in E.O. 13158.
Endangered Species; Permit No. 1299
Document Number: 05-1245
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research Permit No. 1299 submitted by Raymond R. Carthy has been granted.
Marine Mammals; NMFS Permit No. 31-1741-00; USFWS Permit No. MA081663-0
Document Number: 05-1243
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
Notice is hereby given that the Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS), 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, New York 10460 [Dr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, Principal Investigator], has been issued a permit to obtain and import/export marine mammal specimens for purposes of scientific research.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel Lottery in Areas 542 and 543
Document Number: 05-1238
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is notifying the owners and operators of registered vessels of their assignments for the A season Atka mackerel fishery in harvest limit area (HLA) 542 and/or 543 of the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the harvest of the A season HLA limits established for area 542 and area 543 pursuant to the interim 2005 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 05-1237
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel with gears other than jig in the Eastern Aleutian District (area 541) and the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the interim 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of Atka mackerel in these areas. NMFS is also announcing the opening and closure dates of the first and second directed fisheries within the harvest limit area (HLA) in Statistical Areas 542 and 543. These actions are necessary to prevent exceeding the HLA limits established for the Central (area 542) and Western (area 543) Aleutian Districts pursuant to the interim 2005 Atka mackerel TAC.
Marine Mammals; File No. 1073-1777
Document Number: 05-1236
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Kathy Carlstead, Honolulu Zoo, 151 Kapahulu Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815, has requested a permit to import marine mammal parts for scientific research.
Marine Mammals; File No. 881-1710
Document Number: 05-1235
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), 301 Railway Avenue, Seward, AK 99664, (Shannon Atkinson, Ph.D., Principal Investigator) has been issued an amendment to Permit No. 881-1710-02 to conduct research on harbor seals (Phoca vitulina).
The Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board; Orientation Public Meeting
Document Number: 05-1234
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Institute of Medicine Food and Nutrition Board will meet in Washington, D.C. The meeting agenda can be found in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee Request for Nominations
Document Number: 05-1208
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee). The Committee was established to advise the Secretary of Commerce and the Secretary of the Interior in implementing Section 4 of Executive Order 13158 and specifically on strategies and priorities for developing the national system of MPAs and on practical approaches to further enhance and expand protection of new and existing MPAs. The Department of Commerce is seeking up to three highly qualified individuals. Nominations are sought for non-federal scientists, resource managers, and persons representing other interests or organizations involved with or affected by marine conservation. Individuals seeking membership on the Committee should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to MPAs or represent a stakeholder interest affected by MPAs. Nominees will also be evaluated based on the following factors: marine policy experience, leadership and organization skills, region of country represented, and diversity characteristics.
Environmental Statements; Notice of Intent: Washington Coastal Zone Management Program; Meetings; Correction
Document Number: 05-939
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
OCRM published a document in the Federal Register of January 5, 2005, announcing dates of the public scoping meetings pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). The document contained an incorrect action, summary, and dates.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2005 and 2006 Summer Flounder Specifications; 2005 Scup and Black Sea Bass Specifications; Correction
Document Number: 05-929
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS published in the Federal Register of January 4, 2005, a final rule containing final specifications for the 2005 and 2006 summer flounder fisheries and for the 2005 scup and black sea bass fisheries. Inadvertently, Table 4 of the final rule contained an incorrect Winter I period scup possession limit. This document corrects that error.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 05-928
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received applications for direct take of listed species from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game and the Northwest Fisheries Science Center pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The Permit applications are for the direct take of listed Snake River sockeye salmon, associated with the operation of a captive propagation program. The proposed permits will renew and replace permits 1120 and 1148. The duration of the new permits is approximately 5 years, expiring on December 31, 2009. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the permit applications and of the associated draft EA before a final decision on whether to issue a Finding of No Significant Impact is made by NMFS. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery and Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework 16 and Framework 39
Document Number: 05-927
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS publishes this final rule to implement measures previously approved, but not implemented under Framework 16 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (Scallop FMP) and Framework 39 to the Northeast Multispecies FMP (Multispecies FMP) (Joint Frameworks). The implementation of these measures was delayed, pending approval of reporting and recordkeeping requirements by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). This final rule allows general category scallop vessels to fish in the Northeast (NE) multispecies closed area access program implemented as part of the Joint Frameworks, provided that they comply with new recordkeeping and reporting requirements. OMB has approved the reporting and recordkeeping requirements for vessels with general category scallop permits, as required under the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA).
Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery; Re-opening of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area; and Removal of Daily Poundage Limits for Yellowtail Flounder in the U.S./Canada Management Area, and Cod in the Eastern U.S./Canada Area
Document Number: 05-926
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator), is re-opening the Eastern U.S./Canada Area to all limited access NE multispecies days-at-sea (DAS) vessels and is removing the prohibition on all NE multispecies limited access vessels from harvesting, possessing, or landing Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder from within the entire U.S./Canada Management Area. This action also removes the yellowtail flounder and cod daily poundage limits for the entire U.S./Canada Management Area and Eastern U.S./ Canada Area, respectively, but retains the 15,000 lb (6,804 kg) trip limit for GB yellowtail flounder and a 5,000 lb (2,268 kg) trip limit for GB cod, consistent with ensuring that the Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for these species will not be exceeded by the end of the 2004 fishing year.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coral Reefs Economic Valuation Study
Document Number: 05-847
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Survey of Intent and Capacity to Harvest and Process Fish and Shellfish (Northwest Region)
Document Number: 05-846
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Data Collection for the Atlantic Wreckfish Fishery
Document Number: 05-845
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Foreign Fishing Vessel Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-844
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Gear Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-843
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Gear-Marking Requirements in Antarctic Waters
Document Number: 05-842
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Data Collection on Marine Protected and Managed Areas
Document Number: 05-841
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northwest Region Vessel Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-840
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Pub. L. 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506 (c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northwest Region Gear Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-839
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Foreign Fishing Gear Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-838
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Vessel Identification Requirements
Document Number: 05-837
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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, Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery; Amendment 2
Document Number: 05-755
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-01-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement measures in Amendment 2 to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) developed jointly by the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils). Amendment 2 was developed to address essential fish habitat (EFH) and bycatch issues, and to revise the FMP to address several issues raised during the public scoping process. This proposed action includes the following programs and measures: A new limited access permit for qualified vessels fishing south of 38[deg] 20' N. lat.; an offshore trawl fishery in the Southern Fishery Management Area (SFMA); a maximum disc diameter of 6-inches (15.2 cm) for trawl gear vessels fishing in the SFMA; closure of two deep-sea canyon areas to all gears when fishing under the monkfish day-at-sea (DAS) program; establishment of a research DAS set-aside program; an exemption program for vessels fishing outside of the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ); adjustments to the incidental monkfish catch limits; a decrease in the minimum monkfish size in the SFMA; removal of the 20-day block requirement; revisions to the monkfish baseline provisions; and additions to the frameworable measures. This intent of this action is to provide efficient management of the monkfish fishery and to meet conservation objectives.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting and Hearing
Document Number: E5-132
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will meet by conference call in January 2005. During the meeting the Council will consider revising the regulatory amendment under the Fishery Management Plan for Pelagic Fisheries of the Western Pacific concerning measures to conserve sea turtles. The Council will also consider whether certain exemptions from the use of long-handled dehookers should be provided for particular small longliners when fishing north of the equator. More specific agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-121
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a three-day Council meeting on February 1-3, 2005, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Meeting; Correction
Document Number: E5-120
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Trawl Survey Advisory Panel, composed of representatives from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), and several independent scientific researchers, will hold a public meeting.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 05-757
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific research permit application relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 05-756
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of the availability of a Routine Road Maintenance Program (RMP) that Washington County, Oregon has submitted pursuant to the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NOAA Fisheries promulgated a protective rule for 14 threatened salmon and steelhead Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs). The RMP would affect six ESUs of threatened salmonids identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this document. The ESA 4(d) rule provides for limits on ESA take prohibitions for the various activities set out in the rule. The RMP addresses the limit for routine road maintenance activities of any state, city, county or port. This notice serves to notify the public of the availability of the Washington County RMP for review and comment before a final approval or disapproval is made by NOAA Fisheries.
Marine Mammals; File Nos. 1072-1771 and 540-1502
Document Number: 05-752
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of the following actions: Dr. Colleen Reichmuth Kastak, Long Marine Laboratory, Institute of Marine Science, University of California at Santa Cruz, 100 Schaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, has been issued a scientific research permit (No. 1072-1771- 00); and John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research Collective, 218 1/2 West Fourth Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501, has been issued an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 540-1502-00.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP)
Document Number: 05-750
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-01-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries (AA), NOAA, announces temporary restrictions consistent with the requirements of the ALWTRP's implementing regulations. These regulations apply to lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen in an area totaling approximately 1,889 square nautical miles (nm\2\) (6,479.1 km\2\), east of Portland, ME, for 15 days. The purpose of this action is to provide protection to an aggregation of North Atlantic right whales (right whales).