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

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Fisheries Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action - greek-i1 - Adjustment of the Commercial and Recreational Fisheries from Cape Falcon, Oregon, to Point Sur, California
Document Number: 06-2654
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the closure of several commercial and recreational fisheries in areas extending from Cape Falcon, OR, to Point Sur, CA by inseason action. The recently developed preseason forecast for Klamath River fall Chinook (KRFC) is low such that the expected return in 2006 is significantly less than the 35,000 natural spawner escapement floor established in the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan (FMP). All other regulations remain in effect as announced in the 2005 annual management measures for ocean salmon fisheries. This action is necessary to conform to the conservation objectives specified in the FMP.
Endangered Species; File No. 1563
Document Number: E6-3945
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that North Carolina Division of Marine Fisheries (NCDMF; Mr. Blake Price, Principal Investigator), P.O. Box 769, Morehead City, North Carolina 28557, has applied in due form for a permit to take threatened and endangered sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: E6-3944
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application to renew and modify a permit from Trinity River Restoration Program, Weaverville, Arcata, CA (Permit (1072). This permit would affect Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch). 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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3897
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a two-day Council meeting on April 4-5, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council; April 2-7, 2006 Council Meeting
Document Number: E6-3892
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3836
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) VMS/ Enforcement Oversight Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fisheries; 2006 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications; Quota Adjustment; 2006 Research Set-aside Project
Document Number: 06-2617
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is correcting a final rule that appeared in the Federal Register of February 24, 2006. The document issued final specifications for the 2006 Atlantic bluefish fisheries. Inadvertently, Table 1 of the final rule contained incorrect individual state commercial quota allocations (after adjusting for the research set-aside quota). This document corrects that error.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Adjustment of Pacific Cod Total Allowable Catch Amounts in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Document Number: 06-2616
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) amount in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the Pacific cod acceptable biological catch (ABC) in the BSAI and is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the BSAI (FMP).
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3823
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meetings of its Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) Committee in April, 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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements for Commercial Fisheries Authorization Under Section 118 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act
Document Number: E6-3768
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-16
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; Alaska Region Permit Family of Forms
Document Number: E6-3766
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-16
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.
Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Charter Renewal
Document Number: E6-3751
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of the two year renewed charter for the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC), signed on February 3, 2006.
Antarctic Marine Living Resources Convention Act of 1984; Conservation and Management Measures
Document Number: E6-3750
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this notice to notify the public that the United States has accepted conservation and management measures pertaining to fishing in Antarctic waters managed by the Commission for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (Commission or CCAMLR). The Commission adopted these measures at its twenty-forth meeting in Hobart, Tasmania, October 24 to November 4, 2005. The measures have been agreed upon by the Member countries of CCAMLR, including the United States, in accordance with Article IX of the Convention for the Conservation of Antarctic Marine Living Resources (the Convention). The conservation and management measures accepted: restrict overall catches, research catch and bycatch of certain species of fish, krill and crab; limit participation in several exploratory fisheries; restrict fishing in certain areas and to certain gear types; set fishing seasons; clarify seabird mitigation measures; clarify Member data reporting timelines and vessel monitoring reporting; adopt definitions for use in operating the Catch Documentation Scheme (CDS). The Commission adopted a list of vessels suspected to be engaged in illegal, unregulated or unreported fishing (IUU vessel list) in the Convention Area. The Commission also adopted a resolution urging Member participation in a non-Contracting Party Cooperation Enhancement Program.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: E6-3703
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Northeast Region, NMFS (Assistant Regional Administrator), has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application submitted by the Mount Desert Oceanarium (MDO), Southwest Harbor, ME, contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The EFP would allow one fishing vessel to fish for, retain, and land small numbers of regulated fish species, and several unmanaged fish and invertebrate species, for the purpose of public display. The Assistant Regional Administrator has made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under this EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) for these species. However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue an EFP. Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Processor Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 06-2505
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher processor vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 first seasonal allowance of the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for catcher processor vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Closure
Document Number: 06-2504
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS closes the commercial hook-and-line fishery for king mackerel in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the southern Florida west coast subzone. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
Notice of Indirect Cost Rates for the Damage Assessment and Restoration Program for Fiscal Year 2004
Document Number: 06-2477
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA's) Damage and Restoration Program (DARP) is announcing new indirect cost rates on the recovery of indirect costs for its component organizations involved in natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities for fiscal year (FY) 2004. The indirect cost rates for this fiscal year and dates of implementation are provided in this notice. More information on these rates and the DARP policy can be found at the DARP Web site at http://www.darp.noaa.gov.
Announcement of Funding Opportunity for the California Bay Watershed Education and Training (B-WET) Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay
Document Number: E6-3635
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The California B-WET Program, Adult and Community Watershed Education in the Monterey Bay is accepting proposals that provide meaningful watershed education to adults and communities. The Monterey Bay is susceptible to impacts from urban, rural, and agricultural sources of pollution. Projects funded under this program will be outcome-based programs that educate citizens about their role in protecting water quality and demonstrate behavioral changes that improve water quality and promote environmental stewardship.
Fisheries off the West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Intent to Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Fishing Conducted Under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: E6-3634
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, in cooperation with the Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), announces its intention to prepare an EIS in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NMFS and the Council intend to expand the scope of an EIS they had initially announced as needed to assess the impacts of the 2007-2008 Pacific Coast groundfish fishery specifications and management measures on the human, biological, and physical environment. The scope of this EIS will be expanded to include an analysis of the impacts of revising the rebuilding plans for the seven overfished Pacific Coast groundfish species. Revisions to rebuilding plans will be incorporated in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) via Amendment 16-4.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
Document Number: E6-3633
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability for public review of the following two documents: the Draft Snake River Salmon Recovery Plan for Southeast Washington developed by the Snake River Salmon Recovery Board (SRSRB) for portions of three evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of salmon Snake River spring/summer-run Chinook salmon, Snake River fall-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), and Snake River sockeye salmon (O. nerka) and two distinct population segments (DPS) of steelhead Middle Columbia River steelhead and Snake River steelhead (O. mykiss) (Draft SRSRB Plan); and a Supplement to the Draft SRSRB Plan prepared by NMFS (the Supplement). NMFS is soliciting review and comment on the Draft SRSRB Plan and the Supplement from the public and all interested parties.
Vessel Monitoring Systems; Approval of Mobile Transceiver Unit Reseller
Document Number: E6-3631
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document provides notice of the addition of an authorized reseller for the previously type approved ST2500G-NMFS Mobile Transceiver Unit (MTU).
Marine Mammals; File No. 1093-1834
Document Number: E6-3629
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Susan Shaw, PhD., Executive Director, Marine Environmental Research Institute, 55 Main Street, P.O. Box 1652, Blue Hill, ME, 04614, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on harbor seals (Phoca vitulina concolor).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries in the Bering Sea, Aleutian Islands and Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: E6-3628
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces its intent to prepare the Alaska Groundfish Harvest Specifications Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA), for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) and the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish fisheries. The scope of the EIS will be to determine the impacts to the human environment resulting from setting groundfish harvest specifications. NMFS will hold a public scoping meeting and accept written comments from the public to determine the issues of concern and the appropriate range of management alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; American Lobster Fishery
Document Number: 06-2441
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS amends regulations to modify the management measures applicable to the Federal American lobster (Homarus americanus) fishery. This action is in response to recommendations by the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (Commission) in Addenda II and III to Amendment 3 of the Interstate Fishery Management Plan for American Lobster (ISFMP). The lobster management measures are intended to increase protection to American lobster broodstock throughout the stock's range, and will apply to lobsters harvested in one or more of seven Lobster Conservation Management Areas (LCMA). In addition, NMFS will clarify existing Federal lobster regulations. To allow adequate time to modify lobster trap gear to meet new gear configuration requirements, the effective date of actions identified in this final rule is May 1, 2006.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 06-2440
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2006 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 06-2439
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2006 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 610 of the GOA.
Joint State Fish and Game Department Directors and Saltwater Sportfishing Community Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3527
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of a meeting of NMFS with the state fish and game department directors and saltwater sportfishing community. This 3-day meeting is held to solicit stakeholder and constituent input on NOAA's recreational fishing data collection program. Agenda topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice. All sessions will be open to the public.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Emergency Secretarial Action; Correction
Document Number: E6-3524
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On March 3, 2006, a proposed rule to implement an emergency action for the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan(FMP) was published in the Federal Register. The proposed rule was published with an incorrect end date for receipt of public comments. This document corrects that error.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Limited Access Program for Gulf Charter Vessels and Headboats
Document Number: 06-2389
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Amendment 17 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (Amendment 17) and Amendment 25 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 25) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would establish a limited access system for charter vessel/headboat (for-hire) permits for the reef fish and coastal migratory pelagic fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the Gulf of Mexico and would continue to cap participation at current levels. In addition, NMFS proposes a number of minor revisions to remove outdated regulatory text and to clarify regulatory text. The intended effect of this proposed rule is to provide for biological, social, and economic stability in these for- hire fisheries.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Total Allowable Catch Amount for “Other Species” in the Groundfish Fisheries of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 06-2388
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a final rule that implements Amendment 69 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP). Amendment 69 amends the manner in which the total allowable catch (TAC) for the ``other species'' complex is annually determined in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). The amendment allows the TAC amount for the ``other species'' complex to be set less than or equal to 5 percent of the sum of groundfish targets species in the GOA. This final rule also raises the maximum retainable amount (MRA) of ``other species'' in the directed arrowtooth flounder fishery from 0 percent to 20 percent. This action is necessary to reduce the potential for overfishing those species in the ``other species'' complex in the GOA and to reduce the amount of ``other species'' required to be discarded in the arrowtooth flounder fishery. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Total Allowable Catches for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery for Fishing Year 2006
Document Number: 06-2387
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-03-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes three types of 2006 fishing year (FY) Total Allowable Catches (TACs) for the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Hard TACs for Eastern Georges Bank (GB) cod, Eastern GB haddock, and GB yellowtail flounder in the U.S./Canada Management Area; target TACs for all NE regulated multispecies; and hard Incidental Catch TACs for groundfish stocks of concern. This action also provides notice that the hard TACs for Eastern GB cod, Eastern GB haddock, and GB yellowtail flounder may be adjusted during FY 2006, if NMFS determines that the harvest of these stocks in FY 2005 exceeded the TACs specified for FY 2005. The intent of this action is to provide for the conservation and management of groundfish management under the FMP.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 06-2334
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 first seasonal allowance of the Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for catcher vessels using trawl gear in the BSAI.
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 06-2322
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force. The meeting will be held in Washington DC. This meeting, the 15th bi-annual meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force, provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among Federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. Please register in advance by visiting the Web site below. This meeting has time allotted for public comment and provides exhibit space. All public comment must be submitted in written format. A written summary of the meeting will be posted on the Web site within two months of its occurrence.
Civil Procedures
Document Number: 06-2187
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA is amending its Civil Procedures governing NOAA's administrative proceedings for assessment of civil penalties; suspension, revocation, modification, or denial of permits; issuance and use of written warnings; and release or forfeiture of seized property. The intended impact of this action is to conform the civil procedure rules to changes in applicable Federal laws and regulations, improve the efficiency and fairness of administrative proceedings, clarify any ambiguities or inconsistencies in the existing civil procedure rules, eliminate redundant language and correct language errors and conform the civil procedure rules to current agency practice.
Marine Mammals; File No. 782-1812
Document Number: E6-3363
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS, National Marine Mammal Laboratory (Principle Investigator: Dr. Robert DeLong), Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Seattle, WA has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris), harbor seals (Phoca vitulina), and northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) on the southern California Channel Islands, surrounding waters, and at haul-out sites along the coast of California, Oregon, and Washington.
Endangered Species; File No. 1506
Document Number: E6-3360
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Blair E. Witherington, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Melbourne Beach Field Laboratory, 9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951, has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1506.
Large Coastal Shark 2005/2006 Review Workshop
Document Number: E6-3359
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the time and location for the large coastal shark (LCS) Review workshop, the last of three workshops for the LCS stock assessment being conducted in 2005/ 2006.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Closure
Document Number: 06-2254
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS closes the commercial run-around gillnet fishery for king mackerel in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) in the southern Florida west coast subzone. This closure is necessary to protect the Gulf king mackerel resource.
International Whaling Commission; 58th
Document Number: 06-2253
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice is to extend the call for nominees for the U.S. Delegation to the June 2006 International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting. A request for nominations was previously published in the Federal Register on February 13, 2006.
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Spring Species Working Group Meeting
Document Number: E6-3301
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
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 27-28, 2006. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including the results from the 2005 ICCAT meeting; the U.S. implementation of ICCAT decisions; the 2006 ICCAT and NMFS research and monitoring activities; the 2006 ICCAT activities; the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act-required consultation on the identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of ICCAT; the results of the meetings of the Committee's Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock from the Aleutian Islands Subarea to the Bering Sea Subarea
Document Number: 06-2186
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of Community Development Quota (CDQ) and non-CDQ pollock from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea. These actions are necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2006 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP).
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3156
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
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 March, 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 Meetings
Document Number: E6-3155
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meetings of its Monkfish Advisory Panel and Monkfish Oversight Committee in March, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from these groups will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E6-3154
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meetings of its Scallop Advisory Panel and General Category Scallop Advisory Panels in March, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from these groups will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Construction and Operation of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities in the Beaufort Sea
Document Number: 06-2136
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, upon application from BP Exploration (Alaska), (BP), is issuing regulations to govern the unintentional takings of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to operation of an offshore oil and gas platform at the Northstar facility in the Beaufort Sea in state waters. Issuance of regulations, and Letters of Authorization (LOAs) under these regulations, governing the unintentional incidental takes of marine mammals in connection with particular activities is required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) when the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), after notice and opportunity for comment, finds, as here, that such takes will have a negligible impact on the species and stocks of marine mammals and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of them for subsistence uses. These regulations do not authorize BP's oil development activities as such authorization is not within the jurisdiction of the Secretary. Rather, NMFS' regulations together with Letters of Authorization (LOAs) authorize the unintentional incidental take of marine mammals in connection with this activity and prescribe methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species and their habitat, and on the availability of the species for subsistence uses.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 06-2135
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2006 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component of the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3101
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a public workshop on the development of the analysis for the groundfish trawl individual quota program alternatives to be considered by the Council.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E6-3100
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3099
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Charter Halibut Stakeholder Committee will meet in Anchorage, AK.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-3098
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/Marine Protected Area (MPA)/ Ecosystem Committee in March, 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.