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

The Argo Project: Global Ocean Observations for Understanding and Prediction of Climate Variability
Document Number: 05-19644
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The purpose of this notice is to advise the public that the Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), on behalf of the National Ocean Partnership Program (NOPP), is entertaining preliminary proposals (Letters of Intent) and subsequently full proposals for sustaining (e.g., deployment, data management, technology infusion) the U.S. contribution to the global Argo array of profiling floats and develop the technology, principles and protocols to transition Argo to pre-operational status. It is expected that approximately $9,200,000 annually will be available for the project.
Membership of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Performance Review Board
Document Number: 05-19549
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with 5 U.S.C. 4314(c)(4), NOAA announces the appointment of twenty-five members to serve on the NOAA Performance Review Board (PRB). The NOAA PRB is responsible for reviewing performance appraisals and ratings of Senior Executive Service (SES) members and making written recommendations to the appointing authority on SES retention and compensation matters, including performance-based pay adjustments, awarding of bonuses and reviewing recommendations for potential Presidential Rank Award nominees. The appointment of members to the NOAA PRB will be for a period of 24 months.
National Marine Sanctuary Program Policy on Permit Applications for Artificial Reef Development
Document Number: 05-19502
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Sanctuary Program (NMSP) has developed a final policy and permitting guidelines for applications to establish artificial reefs within National Marine Sanctuaries. The NMSP is releasing its final policy and permitting guidelines, and responding to comments on the interim final policy.
2006 Monkfish Research Set-Aside Program
Document Number: 05-19501
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS corrects the notice, published on September 13, 2005, soliciting proposals for research activities to be conducted under the 2006 Monkfish Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program to be consistent with the full Federal Funding Opportunity Announcement (FFO). Specifically, NMFS is correcting the ``Evaluation Criteria'' contained in the September 13, 2005, notice to be consistent with the ``Evaluation Criteria'' contained in the FFO. All other requirements remain the same.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 05-19500
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NOAA Fisheries has received applications to grant permit to (Permit 1090), Mattole Salmon Group, Petrolia, CA. This permit would affect SONCC coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch), California Coastal (CC) Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha) and Northern California (NC) steelhead (O. mykiss) This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the permit application for review and comment before a final approval or disapproval is made by NMFS.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Petition to Initiate Emergency Rulemaking to Prevent the Extinction of the North Atlantic Right Whale; Final Determination
Document Number: 05-19372
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS received a petition dated May 19, 2005 co-signed by Defenders of Wildlife, International Fund for Animal Welfare, International Wildlife Coalition, National Environmental Trust, Natural Resources Defense Council, Oceana, The Humane Society of the United States, The Ocean Conservancy, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, requesting that NMFS ``promulgate emergency regulations, within sixty days, to slow and/or re-route vessels within right whale habitat, as a means of protecting the species until such time as permanent measures can be enacted. Such emergency regulations should require all ships entering and leaving all major East Coast ports to travel at speeds of 12 knots or less within 25 nautical miles of port entrances during expected right whale high-use periods.'' NMFS has determined that the petition is not warranted at this time.
Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp Trawling Requirements
Document Number: 05-19373
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this temporary rule for a period of 30 days, to allow shrimp fishermen to use limited tow times as an alternative to Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) in state and Federal waters from the Florida/Alabama border, westward to the boundary of Cameron Parish, Louisiana (approximately 92[deg] 37' W. long.), and extending offshore 50 nautical miles. This action is necessary because environmental conditions resulting from Hurricane Katrina are preventing some fishermen from using TEDs effectively.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 05-19370
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has determined that the daily retention limit for Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) in the General category should be adjusted to allow maximum utilization of the General category October-January time period. In addition, NMFS is prohibiting the retention of school BFT less than 47 inches (119 cm) in the recreational fishery for the remainder of the fishing year to ensure that U.S. BFT harvest is consistent with recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) pursuant to the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA).
Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves
Document Number: 05-19296
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Rhode Island Coastal Management Program, the Chesapeake Bay-Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve, the Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve, and the Georgia Coastal Management Program. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations will be 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 National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluations will be conducted pursuant to sections 312 and 315 of the CZMA and regulations at 15 CFR part 921, subpart E and part 923, subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document or Reserve final management plan approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meeting during the site visits. The Rhode Island Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held November 14-18, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, November 15, 2005, at 7:30 p.m. at the Narragansett Bay Commission Board Room, One Service Road, Providence, Rhode Island. The Chesapeake Bay-Maryland National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluation site visit will be held November 14-16, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Monday, November 14, 2005, at 7 p.m. at the Jug Bay Sanctuary, 1361 Wrighton Road, Lothian, Maryland. The Delaware Coastal Management Program and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve joint evaluation site visit will be held December 5-9, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The joint public meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 7, 2005, at 6 p.m. at 818 Kitts Hummock Road, Dover, Delaware. The Georgia Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held December 12-16, 2005. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 13, 2005, at 1 p.m. at the Coastal Electric Membership Cooperative, 1265 South Coastal Highway (U.S. 17), Midway, Georgia. Copies of states' most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM's evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the states, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding these Programs are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the public meeting held for a Program. Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluations are completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Notice is hereby given of the availability of the final evaluation findings for the Florida, Mississippi, and Washington Coastal Management Programs (CMPs); and the Padilla Bay (Washington) and North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserves (NERRs). Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended, require a continuing review of the performance of coastal states with respect to approval of CMPs and the operation and management of NERRs. The states of Florida, Mississippi, and Washington were found to be implementing and enforcing their federally approved coastal management programs, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in CZMA Section 303(2)(A)-(K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. Padilla Bay (Washington) and North Carolina NERRs were found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the NERR System. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 05-19272
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2005 Atka mackerel total allowable catch (TAC) in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Essential Fish Habitat Amendment
Document Number: 05-19169
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Generic Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) of the Gulf of Mexico (EFH Amendment 3) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). EFH Amendment 3 would amend each of the seven Council FMPs - shrimp, red drum, reef fish, coastal migratory pelagic resources, coral and coral reefs, stone crab, and spiny lobster- to describe and identify essential fish habitat (EFH); minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on EFH; and encourage conservation and management of EFH. This proposed rule would establish additional habitat areas of particular concern (HAPCs), restrict fishing activities within HAPCs to protect EFH, and require a weak link in bottom trawl gear to protect EFH. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to facilitate long-term protection of EFH and, thus, better conserve and manage fishery resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Areas 620 and 630 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-19168
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 24 hours and opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical area 620 of the GOA. This action is necessary to fully use the C season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Areas 620 and 630.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings; Correction
Document Number: 05-19166
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On September 12, 2005, a notice of public hearings by the Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council was announced in the Federal Register. That document contained an error in relation to the comment acceptance period under the DATES heading. This document corrects that error. All other information remains the same.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Amendments to the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Tunas, Swordfish, and Sharks and the Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Billfish
Document Number: 05-19048
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Due to the mandatory evacuation of the Florida Keys for Hurricane Rita, NMFS is cancelling a public hearing on the draft Consolidated Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and proposed rule that was scheduled for September 21, 2005, in Key West, FL. NMFS intends to reschedule the Key West public hearing at a later date. The draft Consolidated HMS FMP and the proposed rule describe a range of management measures that could impact fishermen and dealers for all HMS fisheries.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-5153
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Non- Target Species Committee will meet.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5152
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to convene a joint meeting of the Standing and Special Reef Fish Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSCs).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-5151
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
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.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5150
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to convene a meeting of its Ad Hoc Red Snapper Advisory Panel (AHRSAP).
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5149
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its Crustaceans Plan Team (CPT) meeting in Honolulu, HI. (see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific times, dates, and agenda items).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Joint Salmon Technical Team and Scientific and Statistical Committee Salmon Subcommittee Work Session to Review Proposed Salmon Methodology Changes
Document Number: E5-5148
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) and Salmon Subcommittee (SSC) will hold a joint work session, which is open to the public.
Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2006; Extension of Application Deadline
Document Number: 05-18963
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period on the Community-based Marine Debris Prevention and Removal Project Grants and the Research in Satellite Oceanography grant both of which were originally announced in the Federal Register on June 30, 2005. The solicitation periods for these programs were extended to provide the public more time to submit proposals.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5141
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a series of ten workshops to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Specifically, the Council will be soliciting information from fisheries stakeholders on topics relating to the potential incorporation of ecosystem-based approaches in New England fishery management. Recommendations from these workshops will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan Work Sessions Focused on 2006 Pacific Sardine Harvest Guideline and Krill Management Alternatives
Document Number: E5-5140
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) and Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) will hold separate work sessions, which are open to the public.
Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #8 - Adjustment of the Recreational Fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Alava, Washington
Document Number: 05-18854
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a regulatory modification in the recreational fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Alava, WA (Neah Bay Subarea). Effective Tuesday, August 30, 2005, the Neah Bay Subarea was modified to be open seven days per week. All other restrictions remain in effect as announced for 2005 ocean salmon fisheries, and by previous inseason actions. This action was necessary to conform to the 2005 management goals, and the intended effect is to allow the fishery to operate within the seasons and quotas specified in the 2005 annual management measures.
Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #7 - Closure of the Commercial Salmon Fishery from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, Oregon
Document Number: 05-18853
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the commercial salmon fishery in the area from the U.S.-Canada Border to Cape Falcon, OR, was modified to close at midnight on Tuesday, August 23, 2005. On August 23, 2005, NMFS determined that available catch and effort data indicated that the modified quota of 15,700 Chinook salmon would be reached by midnight. This action was necessary to conform to the 2005 management goals.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 05-18850
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is rescinding the prohibition on retention of yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to fully use the 2005 total allowable catch of yellowfin sole in the BSAI and to allow vessels to retain yellowfin sole and reduce discards.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Fisheries Observer Program Fishermen's Comment Card
Document Number: 05-18770
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
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; International Dolphin Conservation Program
Document Number: 05-18769
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
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 and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 05-18752
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice advises the public that a scientific research permit has been issued to the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), and that the decision documents are available upon request.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-18751
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 96 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the C season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 620.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-18750
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 24 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the C season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 630.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-5124
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5123
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) and Ad Hoc Highly Migratory Species Management Committee (HMSMC) will hold work sessions, which are open to the public.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5122
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings October 5 through 11, 2005, at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 West 3rd Avenue, Anchorage, AK.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Meetings
Document Number: E5-5121
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Research Set-Aside Committee, its Joint Spiny Dogfish Committee, its Ecosystems Committee, its Law Enforcement Committee, its Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, Butterfish Committee, and its Executive Committee will hold public meetings.
Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Reallocation of Pacific Sardine
Document Number: 05-18588
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the reallocation of the remaining Pacific sardine harvest guideline in the exclusive economic zone off the Pacific coast. On September 1, 2005, 85,132 metric tons (mt) of the 136,179-mt harvest guideline are estimated to remain unharvested. The Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan (FMP) requires that a review of the fishery be conducted and any uncaught portion of the harvest guideline remaining unharvested in Subarea A (north of Pt. Arena, CA) and Subarea B (south of Pt. Arena, CA) be added together and reallocated, with 20 percent allocated to Subarea A and 80 percent to Subarea B; therefore, 17,026 mt is allocated to Subarea A and 68,106 mt is allocated to Subarea B. This action ensures that a sufficient amount of the Pacific sardine resource is available to all harvesters on the Pacific coast and to achieve optimum yield.
Availability of Commercial Fishing Seat for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 05-18506
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the Commercial Fishing seat on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council). The Applicant will be selected based upon his or her particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which he or she is applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the Sanctuary. The Applicant chosen as a member should expect to serve a 2-year term, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-5089
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will relocate previously published public meetings to St. Petersburg, FL due to the devastation in New Orleans, LA by Hurricane Katrina.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fishing Capacity Reduction Program; Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs; Industry Fee System for Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan
Document Number: 05-18444
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS establishes regulations to implement an industry fee system for repaying a $97,399,357.11 Federal loan financing a fishing capacity reduction program in the Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab fishery. This action implements the fee system.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 05-18443
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS apportions amounts of the non-specified reserve of groundfish to the yellowfin sole initial total allowable catch (ITAC) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the fishery to continue operating. It is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the fishery management plan for the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Gulf of Mexico Essential Fish Habitat Amendment
Document Number: 05-18357
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of Generic Amendment 3 to the Fishery Management Plans (FMP) of the Gulf of Mexico (EFH Amendment 3) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). EFH Amendment 3 would amend each of the seven Council FMPs -coral and coral reef resources, coastal migratory pelagics, red drum, reef fish, shrimp, spiny lobster, and stone crab- to describe and identify essential fish habitat (EFH); minimize to the extent practicable the adverse effects of fishing on EFH; and encourage conservation and management of EFH. This amendment would establish additional habitat areas of particular concern (HAPC), restrict fishing activities within HAPCs to protect EFH, and require a weak link in bottom trawl gear to protect EFH. The intended effect of EFH Amendment 3 is to facilitate long-term protection of EFH, and, thus, better conserve and manage fishery resources in the Gulf of Mexico.
Large Coastal Shark 2005/2006 Stock Assessment Data Workshop
Document Number: 05-18355
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the time and location for the large coastal shark (LCS) stock assessment data workshop, the first of three workshops for the LCS stock assessment to be conducted in 2005/2006.
Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2006
Document Number: 05-18231
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service publishes this notice to re-open the competitive solicitation for the Coral Reef Ecosystem Studies (CRES) program to provide the public more time to submit proposals
Marine Mammals; File Nos. 1070-1783 and 1075-1788
Document Number: 05-18230
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the following individuals have applied in due form for permits to conduct research on marine mammals: Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez, Biology Department, Western Washington University, Bellingham, WA 98225-9160 (File No. 1070-1783); and Dr. Shane B. Kanatous, Department of Internal Medicine, University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center, 5323 Harry Hines Blvd., Dallas, TX 75390-8573 (File No. 1075-1788).
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Framework Adjustment 41
Document Number: 05-18229
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule implements Framework Adjustment 41 (FW 41) to the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), developed by the New England Fishery Management Council (Council), which expands participation in the existing Closed Area (CA) I Hook Gear Haddock Special Access Program (SAP) to all NE multispecies limited access days-at sea (DAS) vessels fishing with hook gear. This action also modifies some of the management measures currently applicable to the Georges Bank (GB) Cod Hook Sector (Sector) vessels when declared into the CA I Hook Gear Haddock SAP by including modification of the season, haddock total allowable catch (TAC), and restricting vessels to fishing only inside the SAP area on trips declared into the SAP. In addition, NMFS clarifies regulations pertaining to fishing in the Eastern U.S./Canada Haddock SAP Pilot Program Area. Specifically, during the time the SAP is open, eligible vessels can choose to fish in the SAP, and fish outside the SAP in the open areas of the Eastern U.S./Canada Area. This action is intended to mitigate the economic and social impacts resulting from Amendment 13 to the FMP and to meet the conservation and management requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act).
Incidental Take of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Seismic Retrofit of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, San Francisco Bay, CA
Document Number: 05-18089
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) has been issued to the California Department of Transportation (CALTRANS) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seismic retrofit construction of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge (the Bridge), San Francisco Bay (SFB), CA.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish and Summer Flounder Fisheries
Document Number: 05-18088
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to amend the regulations implementing the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Atlantic bluefish fishery and the FMP for the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass fisheries. This rule makes administrative changes that will allow NMFS to consider and process state commercial quota transfer requests that address late-season circumstances that necessitate a state quota transfer. The intent of this action is solely to provide the flexibility to address unpredictable late-season events (such as severe weather or port obstruction) that may result in safety concerns in the commercial bluefish and summer flounder fisheries.
2006 Monkfish Research Set-aside Program
Document Number: 05-18087
Type: Notice
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) have set aside 500 monkfish days-at-sea (DAS) to be used for research endeavors under a research set-aside (RSA) program. NMFS is soliciting proposals to utilize the DAS for research activities concerning the monkfish fishery for fishing year 2006 (May 1, 2006-April 30, 2007). Through the allocation of research DAS, the Monkfish RSA Program provides a mechanism to reduce the cost for vessel owners to participate in cooperative monkfish research. The intent of this RSA program is for fishing vessels to utilize these research DAS to conduct monkfish related research, rather than their allocated monkfish DAS, thereby eliminating any cost to the vessel associated with using a monkfish DAS.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-18080
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 96 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the C season allowance of the 2005 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 620.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 05-18079
Type: Rule
Date: 2005-09-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 48 hours. This action is necessary to allow the deep- water species fisheries by vessels using trawl gear in the GOA to resume.