Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Scientific and Statistical Committee, Biological Assessment Subcommittee, Socio-economic Subcommittee
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and SSC Biological Subcommittee and Socio-economic Subcommittee in Charleston, South Carolina.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council(s (Council) will convene a joint meeting of all its Plan Teams (Pelagics, Bottomfish, Crustaceans, Precious Corals, Coral Reef Ecosystem) on Thursday October 13 and Friday October 14, 2005, to review draft Fishery Ecosystem Plans (FEPs). Further, the Council will also hold several public hearings to seek input on the proposal to develop draft FEPs for the Mariana Islands, Hawaiian Islands, American Samoa, the US Pacific remote islands and the western Pacific pelagic ecosystem. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific times, dates, and agenda items.
Notice of Additional Public Scoping Meeting Related to the Makah Tribe's Continuation of Treaty Right Hunting of Gray Whales
NMFS announces its intent to conduct an additional public scoping meeting to gather information to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), related to the Makah Tribe's request that NMFS waive the take moratorium of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to allow for treaty right hunting of eastern North Pacific gray whales in usual and accustomed grounds off the coast of Washington State. This notice briefly describes the background of the Makah's request for waiver; gives the date, time, and location of the additional public scoping meeting; and identifies a set of preliminary alternatives.
Availability of Grants Funds for Fiscal Year 2006; Extension of Application Deadline
NOAA publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period on the ``FY 2006 Coastal Services Center Environmental Characterization of a U.S. Coastal Region,'' which was originally announced in the Federal Register on June 30, 2005. The solicitation period is being extended from October 3, 2005 to October 24, 2005 to provide the public more time to submit proposals.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2005 Winter II Quota; Correction
NMFS published a temporary rule in the Federal Register on August 2, 2005, to adjust the 2005 Winter II commercial scup quota and possession limit. NMFS has since received information that a substantial amount of scup landed during the 2005 Winter I period were misreported as porgies via the Electronic Dealer Reporting System. This action corrects the adjusted 2005 Winter II commercial scup quota and possession limit.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
On July 7, 2005, NMFS' Northwest Region issued permit 1517 under authority of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), allowing the take of threatened species for enhancement of survival actions.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and Amendment 27 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Scoping Meetings
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) intends to prepare a draft supplemental environmental impact statement (DSEIS) to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in a joint amendment to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico (Shrimp FMP) and the FMP for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Reef Fish FMP). These alternatives will consider measures to reduce red snapper fishing mortality and bycatch in the shrimp and reef fish fisheries. The purpose of this notice of intent is to solicit public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DSEIS.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
NMFS is closing directed fishing for groundfish by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA), except for directed fishing for pollock by vessels using pelagic trawl gear in those portions of the GOA open to directed fishing for pollock. This action is necessary because the 2005 Pacific halibut prohibited species catch (PSC) limit specified for trawl gear in the GOA has been caught.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Closure of the 2005 Shallow-Water Grouper Commercial Fishery
NMFS has determined that the red grouper quota for the commercial fishery will have been reached by October 10, 2005, and therefore closes the commercial fishery for shallow-water grouper (red, black, gag, scamp, yellowfin, yellowmouth, rock hind, and red hind) in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico. The existing regulations require closure of the entire shallow-water grouper commercial fishery when either the red grouper quota or the shallow- water grouper quota is reached or is projected to be reached. This closure is necessary to protect the shallow-water grouper resource.
Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting
Notice is hereby given of the next meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPA FAC) in Corpus Christi, Texas.
Availability of Seats for the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
The Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the following two vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): K-12 education and non-living resources research. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are 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. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Availability of Seats for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve
The Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve (Reserve) is seeking applicants and alternates for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): (1) Conservation, (1) Research, (1) Commercial Fishing, (1) Ocean-Related Tourism, and (1) Native Hawaiian. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are 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. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve three-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter.