Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 126th meeting to consider and take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Magnuson-Stevens Act (MSA) Reauthorization Committee; its Ecosystems Committee; its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee; its Executive Committee; its Research Set-Aside Committee; and, its Tilefish Committee will hold public meetings.
Marine Mammals; Permits No. 782-1719-00 and 774-1714-00
Notice is hereby given that the following organizations have applied in due form for a permit amendment to take marine mammals for purposes of scientific research: Permit No. 782-1719-00 - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), 7600 Sand Point Way, N.E. Seattle, WA 98115; and Permit No. 774-1714-00 - National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Dr., La Jolla, CA 92037.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Trip Limit Reduction
NMFS reduces the trip limit in the commercial hook-and-line fishery for king mackerel in the southern Florida west coast subzone to 500 lb (227 kg) of king mackerel per day in or from the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This trip limit reduction is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Gulf Rationalization Community Committee will meet in Anchorage, AK.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Non- Target Species Committee will meet at the Alaska Fishery Science Center (AFSC).
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Spring Species Working Group Meeting
The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors on March 7-8, 2005. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including, the results from the 2004 ICCAT meeting; the U.S. implementation of ICCAT decisions; the 2005 ICCAT and NMFS research and monitoring activities; the 2005 ICCAT activities; the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act required consultation on the identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of ICCAT; the NMFS Recreational Fishery Landings Estimates Review; the results of the meetings of the Committee's Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species
Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2005/ Extension of Application Deadline
The NMFS publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period on the following four initiatives originally announced in the Federal Register on February 1, 2005: Alaska Marine Resources Educational Partnership Program; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Fisheries; Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Submerged Aquatic Vegetation; and Chesapeake Bay Integrated Research Program Non- native Oyster Research. NOAA extends the solicitation period to provide the public more time to submit proposals. All other requirements for this solicitation remain the same.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sablefish Managed Under the Individual Fishing Quota Program
NMFS is opening directed fishing for sablefish with fixed gear managed under the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) program. The season will open 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), February 27, 2005, and will close 1200 hrs, A.l.t., November 15, 2005. This period is the same as the 2005 IFQ and Community Development Quota season for Pacific halibut adopted by the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC). The IFQ halibut season is specified by a separate publication in the Federal Register of annual management measures pursuant to 50 CFR 300.62.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Prohibiting Directed Fishing for Specified Groundfish Fisheries in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by specified sectors in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 A season allowances of the Pacific code total allowable catch (TAC) specified for Pacific cod in the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher/Processor Vessels Using Hook-and-Line Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher/processor vessels using hook-and-line gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 A season allowance of the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod specified for catcher/ processor vessels using hook-and-line gear in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Aleutian Islands Subarea Directed Pollock Fishery
NMFS issues a final rule that implements Amendment 82 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). Amendment 82 establishes a framework for the management of the Aleutian Islands subarea (AI) directed pollock fishery. This action is necessary to implement provisions of the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004 that require the AI directed pollock fishery to be allocated to the Aleut Corporation for the purpose of economic development in Adak, Alaska. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMP, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2004, and other applicable laws. 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.