Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Notice of Crab Rationalization Program Public Workshop
NMFS will present a public workshop on the new Crab Rationalization Program (Program) for participants in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) king and Tanner crab fisheries. At this workshop, NMFS will review the Program, discuss the key Program elements, provide information on the application process, and answer questions. This workshop is specifically intended to address issues related to the Arbitration System portion of the Program. NMFS is conducting this public workshop to assist participants comply with the requirements of this new Program.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Revision of Critical Habitat for the Northern Right Whale in the Pacific Ocean
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to revise the current critical habitat for the northern right whale (Eubalaena glacialis) by designating additional areas within the North Pacific Ocean. Two specific areas proposed for designation, one in the Gulf of Alaska and another in the Bering Sea, comprise approximately 95,200 square kilometers (36,750 square miles) of marine habitat. Based upon the impacts analysis prepared for this action, NMFS has concluded that the benefits of exclusion of any area from the proposed critical habitat designation do not outweigh the benefits of inclusion. Consequently, no exclusions are proposed. NMFS must consider the broad effects of this designation (revision). NMFS solicits comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal, including information on the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the proposed designation. NMFS may revise this proposal and solicit additional comments prior to final designation to address new information received during the comment period.
Cancellation of Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee Meeting
Notice is hereby given that the meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (MPAFAC), which was to be held November 1-3, 2005, in Corpus Christi, Texas is cancelled (Federal Register, v.70, No. 191, p. 57863-57864). Notice of the rescheduled date will be published in the Federal Register and posted on http:// www.mpa.gov.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. The meeting will have several purposes. Panel members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education, communications and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described below:
National Marine Protected Areas Center West Coast Region Public Dialogue Meetings
Notice is hereby given of two (2) West Coast Region Public Dialogue meetings concerning the development of the national system of marine protected areas (MPAs) pursuant to Executive Order 13158 (May 26, 2000). The State of California Public Dialogue will be held December 12, 2005, 6:30-9 p.m. in San Francisco, California. The State of Washington Public Dialogue will be held December 13, 2005, 6:30-9 p.m. in Seattle, Washington. These are the fourth and fifth in a series of regional dialogues being held around the United States to solicit input from the public concerning their views on a national system of MPAs. Additional meetings will be announced and scheduled pending available resources. Refer to the web page listed below for background information concerning the development of the national system of MPAs. Meeting room capacity for each of these meetings is limited to 75 people, and as such interested participants are required to RSVP via the e-mail address (preferable), fax number, or phone number listed below, by no later than 5 p.m. p.s.t. on November 28, 2005. In the RSVP, please indicate which Public Dialogue meeting, either California or Seattle, you plan to attend. Attendance will be available to the first 75 people who responded for each meeting. Those who cannot attend due to space, schedule, or other limitations can find background materials at the web page listed below and may submit written comments to the e-mail, fax, or mailing address below. A written summary of the meeting and any other comments received will be posted on the web site within one month of its occurrence.