National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration January 2006 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Hydrographic Services Review Panel Membership Solicitation
Document Number: E6-169
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice responds to the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act Amendments of 2002, Public Law 107-372, which requires the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to solicit nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (the Panel). This advisory committee will advise the Under Secretary on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, (the Act) and such other appropriate matters as the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Tilefish Fishery; Adjustment to the Fishing Year 2006 Tilefish Full-time Tier 1 Permit Category Commercial Quota
Document Number: 06-291
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) has determined that the quota for the tilefish Full-time Tier 1 permit category has been exceeded for fishing year (FY) 2005, requiring an adjustment of the Full-time Tier 1 permit category quota for FY 2006. This action complies with the Fishery Management Plan for the Tilefish Fishery (FMP) and is intended to continue the rebuilding program in the FMP by taking into account previous overages of the tilefish quota.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (ALWTRP)
Document Number: 06-290
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-12
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 2,404 nm\2\ (4,452 km\2\), southeast of Portland, ME, for 15 days. The purpose of this action is to provide protection to an aggregation of northern right whales (right whales).
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery
Document Number: 06-209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-01-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes a rule to implement Amendment 19 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Amendment 19 provides for a comprehensive program to describe and protect essential fish habitat (EFH) for Pacific Coast Groundfish. The proposed management measures are intended to minimize, to the extent practicable, adverse effects to EFH from fishing. The measures include fishing gear restrictions and prohibitions, areas that would be closed to bottom trawl, and areas that would be closed to all fishing that contacts the bottom.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Scoping Hearings
Document Number: E6-188
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene scoping hearings to solicit comments on two joint amendments: Joint Reef Fish Amendment 27/Shrimp 14 and Joint Reef Fish Amendment 28/Shrimp 15.
International Whaling Commission; Intersessional Revised Management Scheme Working Group Meeting; Nominations
Document Number: E6-162
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice is a call for nominees for one non-federal position to the U.S. Delegation to the February 28 - March 2, 2006, International Whaling Commission (IWC) intersessional Revised Management Scheme (RMS) Working Group meeting.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Cape Sarichef Research Restriction Area Opening for the Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 06-245
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a final rule to open the Cape Sarichef Research Restriction Area in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI) to directed fishing for groundfish using trawl, pot, and hook- and-line gear from March 15, 2006, through March 31, 2006. Because NMFS' Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) will not conduct research in this area in 2006, closure of the Cape Sarichef Research Restriction Area is not needed. This action is intended to relieve an unnecessary restriction on groundfish fisheries and allow the optimum utilization of fishery resources, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This final rule also will remove the regulations for the Cape Sarichef Research Restriction Area, and regulations for the Chiniak Gully Research Area because both research projects have ended.
Endangered Species; Permit No. 1227
Document Number: E6-128
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research Permit No. 1227 submitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) has been granted.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Amendments 14 and 15 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and Amendments 27 and 28 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Scoping Meetings
Document Number: 06-206
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) previously published a notice of intent in the Federal Register (70 FR 57859, October 5, 2005) to prepare a DSEIS for a joint Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico (Shrimp FMP) and Amendment 27 to the FMP for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Reef Fish FMP). This notice supplements the previous notice and provides notice of the Council's intent to prepare a second DSEIS for a subsequent joint Amendment 15 to the Shrimp FMP and Amendment 28 to the Reef Fish FMP. The alternatives in the two joint amendments will consider measures to reduce red snapper fishing mortality and bycatch in the shrimp and reef fish fisheries, and to achieve optimum yield (OY) in the shrimp fishery. The purpose of this notice of intent is to solicit public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DSEISs.
Availability of Seats for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 06-168
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) is seeking applicants for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): tourism-alternate and Recreational Fishing member and alternate. 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 2-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 06-167
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has determined that the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category daily retention limit for five previously designated restricted fishing days (RFD) should be adjusted. These General category RFDs are being waived to provide reasonable opportunity for utilization of the coastwide General category BFT quota. Therefore, NMFS waives five RFDs scheduled for January 2006, and increases the daily retention limit from zero to two large medium or giant BFT on these previously designated RFDs.
Marine Mammals; File Nos. 781-1824, 965-1821, 532-1822, 540-1811, 774-1714, 782-1719, 731-1774
Document Number: E6-18
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the following seven entities have applied in due form for permits and permit amendments to conduct scientific research on marine mammal species and import marine mammal part specimens for scientific research purposes: Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC, Dr. Linda Jones, Principle Investigator), 2725 Montlake Blvd., East, Seattle, Washington 98112-2097 (File No. 781-1824); Dr. David E. Bain, Friday Harbor Laboratories, University of Washington, 620 University Road, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250 (File No. 965-1821); Center for Whale Research (CWR, Mr. Kenneth C. Balcomb III, Principle Investigator), 355 Smuggler's Cove Road, Friday Harbor, Washington 98250 (File No. 532-1822); Mr. John Calambokidis, Cascadia Research, Waterstreet Bldg., 218 1/ 2 W. 4th Avenue, Olympia, Washington 98501 (File No. 540-1811); Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC, Dr. Stephen B. Reilly, Principle Investigator), 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, California 92037 (Permit No. 774-1714); National Marine Mammal Laboratory, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, (NMML, Dr. John L. Bengtsen, Principle Investigator), 7600 Sand Point Way, NE., Seattle, Washington 98115-6349 (Permit No. 782-1719); and Dr. Robin W. Baird, Cascadia Research, Waterstreet Bldg., 218 1/2 W. 4th Avenue, Olympia, Washington 98501 (Permit No. 731-1774).
Endangered Species; File No. 1557
Document Number: E6-17
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Molly Lutcavage, Department of Biology, 177 A Spaulding Hall, University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH 03824-2617, has applied in due form for a permit to take leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: E6-16
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a request to extend the duration of a scientific research permit that currently allows Pacific salmon to be taken. The research is designed to increase knowledge of salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and help guide management and conservation efforts.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Northeast Multispecies Days-At-Sea Leasing Program
Document Number: E5-8324
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
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; Survey Form for Feedback for Annual Tsunami Warning Communications Test
Document Number: E5-8322
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
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; Designation of Fishery Management Council Members and Application for Reinstatement of State Authority
Document Number: E5-8320
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
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; Capital Construction Fund-Deposit/Withdrawal Report
Document Number: E5-8319
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
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; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-8311
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a joint public meeting of its Scientific and Statistical and Social Sciences Advisory Committees in January, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E5-8310
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee in January, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Second Referendum Procedures for a Potential Gulf of Mexico Red Snapper Individual Fishing Quota Program
Document Number: 06-109
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this notice to announce information about the schedule for participating in a referendum to determine whether an individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the Gulf of Mexico commercial red snapper fishery should be submitted to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. The intended effect of the IFQ program would be to reduce overcapacity in the commercial red snapper fishery and end the current derby-type conditions that have resulted from increasingly restrictive regulation.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
Document Number: E5-8286
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee, Bycatch Committee, Magnuson- Stevens Act Reauthorization Committee and its Executive Committee will hold public meetings.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Scientific Research Permit
Document Number: 06-96
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the receipt of a request for a scientific research permit (SRP) to track the survival and movement of highly migratory species (HMS) with satellite pop-up tags in the Atlantic Ocean, specifically the Charleston Bump and adjacent areas. NMFS invites comments from interested parties on this SRP request.
Endangered and Threatened Species: Final Listing Determinations for 10 Distinct Population Segments of West Coast Steelhead
Document Number: 06-47
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), are issuing final determinations to list 10 Distinct Population Segments (DPSs) of West Coast steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. We are listing one steelhead DPS in California as endangered (the Southern California steelhead DPS), and nine steelhead DPSs in California, Oregon, Washington, and Idaho as threatened (the South-Central California Coast, Central California Coast, California Central Valley, Northern California, Lower Columbia River, Upper Willamette River, Middle Columbia River, Upper Columbia River, and Snake River Basin steelhead DPSs). All 10 of these DPSs were previously listed as threatened or endangered species. The Upper Columbia River steelhead DPS, formerly listed as an endangered species, is now being listed as threatened.
Coastal Zone Management Act Federal Consistency Regulations
Document Number: 06-11
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) revises the federal consistency regulations under the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA). This final rule addresses the CZMA- related recommendations of the Report of the National Energy Policy Development Group, dated May 2001 (Energy Report) as described in NOAA's June 11, 2003, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (68 FR 34851-34874) (proposed rule), and comments submitted to NOAA on the proposed rule. In addition, this final rule includes provisions complying with statutory amendments made in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (Pub. L. 109-58) (Energy Policy Act) that concerned matters addressed in the proposed rule. This final rule continues to provide the balance between State-Federal-private interests embodied in the CZMA, while making improvements to the federal consistency regulations by clarifying some sections and providing greater transparency and predictability to the implementation of federal consistency. This final rule fully maintains the authority and ability of coastal States to review proposed federal actions that would have a reasonably foreseeable effect on any land or water use or natural resource of a State's coastal zone, as provided for in the CZMA and NOAA's regulations, as revised in 2000.
Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting
Document Number: E5-8226
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP) was established by the Secretary of Commerce to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act of 1998, its amendments, and such other appropriate matters that the Under Secretary refers to the Panel for review and advice. Date and Time: The meeting will be held Wednesday, January 25, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Thursday, January 26, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Location: The Marriott Houston Hobby Airport, 9100 Gulf Freeway, Houston, Texas; Telephone: (713) 943-7979. The times and agenda topics are subject to change. Refer to the Web site listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
List of Fisheries for 2005
Document Number: 06-38
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is publishing its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2005, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The final LOF for 2005 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must categorize each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of serious injury and mortality of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The categorization of a fishery in the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 05-24701
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-04
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has determined that the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category daily retention limit for two of the previously designated restricted fishing days (RFD) should be adjusted. These General category RFDs are being waived to provide reasonable opportunity for utilization of the coastwide General category BFT quota. Therefore, NMFS waives the RFDs for December 31, 2005, and January 1, 2006, and increases the daily retention limit from zero to two large medium or giant BFT on these previously designated RFDs.
Endangered Species; Permit No. 1429
Document Number: E5-8219
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research Permit No. 1429 submitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) has been granted.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fishing Capacity Reduction Program; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; California, Washington, and Oregon Fisheries for Coastal Dungeness Crab and Pink Shrimp; Industry Fee Collection System for Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan
Document Number: 05-24697
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-01-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS publishes this final rule to clarify that the fee regulations for the Pacific Coast groundfish fishing capacity reduction program do not apply to any shrimp landed under Washington State fishing licenses for Puget Sound shrimp. The fee regulations remain otherwise unchanged. The purpose of this final rule is to clarify that the fee rules do not apply to the Puget Sound licenses.