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

Endangered Species; File No. 1576
Document Number: E6-6446
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS, Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543-1026, has applied in due form for a permit to take loggerhead (Caretta caretta), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Marine Mammals; File No. 800-1664
Document Number: E6-6445
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a request for a major amendment to Scientific Research Permit Number 800-1664, submitted by Dr. Randall Davis, Texas A&M University, Galveston, Texas, for takes of Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska, has been denied.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Announcement of Initiation of a Status Review of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); Request for Information
Document Number: E6-6444
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), are reopening the time period for submitting information to be used during the Status Review of Cook Inlet Beluga Whales under the ESA. The initial deadline for submitting information was April 24, 2006. We are reopening this time period for an additional 30 days.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6443
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Ecosystem Committee will meet in Seattle, WA.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6442
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Crab Plan Team will meet at the Alaska Fishery Science Center in Seattle, WA.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6441
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Steller Sea Lion Mitigation Committee (SSLMC) will meet in Seattle, WA.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E6-6440
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) advisory bodies will hold meetings, which are open to the public, on May 16-18, 2006. The primary purpose of the meetings is to review the current Pacific Mackerel Stock Assessment.
General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC); Public Meeting; Correction
Document Number: E6-6439
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; NMFS Alaska Region Vessel Monitoring System (VMS) Program
Document Number: E6-6380
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-28
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.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Total Allowable Catches for the Northeast Multispecies Fishery for Fishing Year 2006
Document Number: 06-4059
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The following 2006 fishing year (FY) Total Allowable Catches (TACs) are implemented for the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). Hard (i.e., the fishery or area closes when a TAC is reached) 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. The intent of this action is to provide for the conservation and management of groundfish management under the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Emergency Secretarial Action; Correction
Document Number: 06-4029
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On April 13, 2006, an interim final rule to implement an emergency action for the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was published in the Federal Register. The interim final rule was published with several inadvertent errors and unclear language, including the omission of the observer notice requirement for vessels participating in the U.S./Canada Management Area, language in the regulations defining how monkfish-only days-at-sea (DAS) are calculated, an inaccurate description regarding the example of how NE multispecies Category A DAS will be calculated for Day gillnet vessels, and incorrect trip limits for white hake. This document corrects these errors and clarifies the unclear language.
Hydrographic Services Review Panel Meeting
Document Number: E6-6310
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
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 Thursday, May 25, 2006, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Location: The Consortium for Oceanographic Research and Education, 1201 New York Avenue, NW., Suite 420, Washington, DC 20005 (202) 332- 0063. The times and agenda topics are subject to change. Refer to the Web site listed below for the most up-to-date meeting agenda.
Availability of Seats for the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 06-3952
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-27
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): Commercial Fishing member, Conservation alternate, Public-At-Large member, Public-At-Large alternate, Research member, and Tourism member. Applicants are chosen based upon: their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying, community and professional affiliations, views regarding the protection and management of marine resources, and the length of residence in the communities located near the Sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 2-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Financial Assistance to Administer NOAA's Faculty and Student Intern Research Program and Notice of Availability of Funds and Solicitation for Proposals for These Funds; Extension of Application Deadline
Document Number: E6-6277
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA publishes this notice to extend the solicitation period for proposals for NOAA's Faculty and Student Intern Research Program. Proposals are solicited from non-profit organizations who would design and provide administrative services, such as provide training, educational, and research opportunities to faculty, as well as graduate and undergraduate students pursuing degrees related to NOAA's mission. This solicitation was originally announced in the Federal Register on March 30, 2006. The solicitation period for this program was extended to provide the public more time to submit proposals.
Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provisions; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits (EFPs)
Document Number: E6-6274
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This request for the continuation of an EFP involves the non- destructive collection of size frequency and population data on legal and sublegal lobsters as part of an ongoing research project to monitor the offshore lobster fishery in Lobster Management Area 3.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6273
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS will hold a meeting on a proposed cost recovery program for the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act) requires that the Secretary of Commerce establish a fee collection program for the recovery of the actual costs directly related to the management and enforcement of the CDQ Program. NMFS is seeking public input about the development of such a CDQ cost recovery program.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 18A
Document Number: E6-6272
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of Amendment 18A to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (Amendment 18A) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). Amendment 18A would resolve several issues related to monitoring and enforcement of existing regulations, update the framework procedure for setting total allowable catch (TAC), and reduce bycatch mortality of incidentally caught endangered sea turtles and smalltooth sawfish. The intended effect of Amendment 18A is to support the Council's efforts to achieve optimum yield in the fishery, and provide social and economic benefits associated with maintaining stability in the fishery.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6241
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-26
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 May, 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 Off West Coast States and in the Western Pacific; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments; Pacific Halibut Fisheries
Document Number: 06-3942
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces changes to management measures in the commercial Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. NMFS also announces regulations for the retention of Pacific halibut landed incidentally in the limited entry longline primary sablefish fishery north of Pt. Chehalis, WA (46[deg]53.30' N. lat.). This document also contains notification of a voluntary closed area off Washington for salmon trollers. These actions, which are authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP) are intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan Regulations; Sea Turtle Conservation; Restrictions to Fishing Activities
Document Number: 06-3909
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to implement regulatory and non- regulatory management measures to reduce the incidental mortality and serious injury (bycatch) of the western North Atlantic coastal bottlenose dolphin stock (dolphin) (Tursiops truncatus) in the mid- Atlantic coastal gillnet fishery and eight other coastal fisheries operating within the dolphin's distributional range. This final rule also revises the large mesh size restriction under the mid-Atlantic large mesh gillnet rule for conservation of endangered and threatened sea turtles (mid-Atlantic large mesh gillnet rule) to provide consistency among Federal and state management measures. The measures contained in this final rule will implement gillnet effort reduction, gear proximity requirements, gear or gear deployment modifications, and outreach and education measures to reduce dolphin bycatch below the marine mammal stock's potential biological removal level (PBR).
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: E6-6200
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application to modify an existing permit for scientific research from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in Santa Cruz, California (1112). Notice is also given that NMFS has received applications to renew and modify permits for scientific research from Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) in Corte Madera, California (1047), Campbell Timberland Management, LLC. (CTM) in Fort Bragg, California (1079), Salmon Protection and Watershed Network (SPAWN) in Forest Knolls, California (1162), and Mendocino Redwood Company, LLC. (MRC) in Fort Bragg, California (1181). The permits would affect federally threatened Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon, endangered Central California Coast coho salmon, threatened California Coastal Chinook salmon, endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon, threatened Northern California steelhead, threatened Central California Coast steelhead, and threatened Central Valley steelhead. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the permit applications for review and comment.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: E6-6199
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice advises the public that a scientific research permit has been issued to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Idaho Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs for operation of the adult fish trap at Lower Granite Dam, Washington state, and that the decision documents are available upon request.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Monkfish Fishery
Document Number: 06-3908
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements measures to establish target total allowable catch (TAC) levels for the monkfish fishery for the 2006 fishing year (FY), and adjusts trip limits and establishes days-at-sea (DAS) restrictions for limited access monkfish vessels fishing in the Southern Fishery Management Area (SFMA) based upon the annual target TAC setting, trip limit, and DAS adjustment methods established in Framework Adjustment 2 (Framework 2) to the Monkfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The action is necessary to comply with the rebuilding plan established in the FMP and modified in Framework 2. The intent of this action is to help eliminate overfishing and rebuild the monkfish resource in accordance with Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) requirements.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Yellowfin Sole by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 06-3907
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is closing directed fishing for yellowfin sole by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the second seasonal allowance of the 2006 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl yellowfin sole fishery category in the BSAI.
Licensing of Private Land Remote-Sensing Space Systems
Document Number: 06-3841
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) issues regulations revising the agency's requirements for the licensing, monitoring and compliance of operators of private Earth remote sensing space systems under Title II of the Land Remote Sensing Policy Act of 1992 (the Act). These regulations implement the provisions of the Act, as amended by the 1998 Commercial Space Act, and the 2003 U.S. Commercial Remote Sensing Policy. They are also derived from experience gained since August 2000 with respect to the licensing of commercial remote sensing space systems, and include improvements that take into account public comments received on the regulations. They are intended to facilitate the development of the U.S. commercial remote sensing industry and promote the collection and widespread availability of Earth remote sensing data, while preserving essential U.S. national security interests, foreign policy and international obligations.
Atlantic Striped Bass Conservation Act; Atlantic Striped Bass Fishery
Document Number: E6-6108
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Based on recommendations contained in Amendment 6 to Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's (ASMFC) Interstate Fishery Management Plan for Atlantic Striped Bass (Amendment 6) and comments received from an advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPR), NMFS previously announced its intent to begin a scoping process to gather information for the preparation of an environmental impact statement (EIS). Initial scoping occurred during nine public hearings in November-December 2003. Due to the significant time that had passed since these initial scoping hearings, NMFS is seeking additional scoping on its preliminary draft analyses of Federal management options to open the EEZ to the harvest of Atlantic Striped Bass. The purpose of this notice is to alert the interested public of this further scoping process and to provide for public participation in compliance with environmental documentation requirements.
Sea Turtle Conservation; Public Hearing Notification
Document Number: E6-6106
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is announcing its intent to hold a public hearing to inform interested parties of the proposed modifications to Federal regulations affecting pound net leaders in the Virginia Chesapeake Bay and to accept public comments on this action.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6046
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) will hold a work session to develop and review documentation for the Chinook and Coho Fishery Regulation Assessment Models (FRAMs). The meeting is open to the public.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Southeast Region Permit Family of Forms
Document Number: E6-6043
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
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.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources
Document Number: E6-6030
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes changes to the regulations implementing the Crab Rationalization Program. This action is necessary to correct two discrepancies in the scope of the sideboard protections for Gulf of Alaska (GOA) groundfish fisheries provided in a previous rulemaking. Specifically, this action would remove the sideboard restrictions from vessels that did not generate Bering Sea snow crab (Chionoecetes opilio) quota share and would apply the sideboards to federally permitted vessels operating in the State of Alaska (State) parallel fisheries. This proposed rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner Crabs (FMP), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), and other applicable law.
List of Fisheries for 2006
Document Number: 06-3838
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is publishing the proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2006, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2006 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 requirements.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Rim of the Pacific (RIMPAC) Antisubmarine Warfare (ASW) Exercise Training Events Within the Hawaiian Islands Operating Area (OpArea)
Document Number: 06-3831
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting RIMPAC ASW training events, in which submarines, surface ships, and aircraft from the United States and multiple foreign nations participate in ASW training exercises, utilizing mid-frequency sonar (1 kilohertz (kHz) to 10 kHz), in the U.S. Navy's Hawaiian Operating Area (OpArea) in the summer of 2006. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an authorization to the Navy to incidentally harass several species of marine mammals during the training exercises.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Quarter II Fishery for Loligo Squid
Document Number: 06-3830
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the directed fishery for Loligo squid in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, April 21, 2006. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest Loligo squid may not retain or land more than 2,500 lb (1,134 kg) of Loligo squid per trip for the remainder of the quarter (through June 30, 2006). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Quarter II quota and to allow for effective management of this stock.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-6000
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/MPA/Ecosystem Advisory Panel in May, 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.
General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC); Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-5999
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-5998
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Highly Migratory Species Management Team (HMSMT) will hold a work session, which is open to the public.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crab Fishery Resources
Document Number: E6-5945
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations implementing Amendment 21 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BSAI) King and Tanner crabs (FMP). This action proposes a change to the BSAI Crab Rationalization Program (Program). If approved, Amendment 21 and its implementing rule would modify the timing for harvesters and processors to match harvesting and processing shares and the timing for initiating arbitration proceedings incorporated in the Program to resolve price and other delivery disputes. This action is necessary to increase resource conservation and economic efficiency in the crab fisheries that are subject to the Program. 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 law.
Science Advisory Board; The Preliminary Report of the External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise Panel
Document Number: E6-5904
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA Research (OAR) publishes this notice on behalf of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) to announce the availability of the preliminary report of the External Review of NOAA's Ecosystem Research and Science Enterprise panel (here called the External Ecosystem Task Team) for public comment. The preliminary report of the External Ecosystem Task Team is compiled pursuant to the request from the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere to the SAB to conduct an external review of NOAA's ecosystem research and science enterprise.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E6-5903
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Sea Scallop Survey Advisory Panel in May, 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.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: E6-5902
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-20
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 University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES), contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. 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 Northeast (NE) Multispecies and Monkfish Fishery Management Plans (FMPs). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made to issue an EFP. Therefore, NMFS announces that the Assistant Regional Administrator proposes to recommend that an EFP be issued that would allow one commercial fishing vessel to conduct fishing operations that are otherwise restricted by the regulations governing the fisheries of the Northeastern United States. The EFP, which would enable researchers to study the biology of large monkfish, would grant exemptions from the NE Multispecies FMP as follows: Western Gulf of Maine (GOM) Closure Area; GOM Rolling Closure Areas I and II; and monkfish effort control measures. 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; Groundfish Observer Program
Document Number: 06-3754
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a final rule to amend regulations supporting the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program (Observer Program). This action is necessary to revise requirements facilitating observer data transmission, improve support for observers, and provide consistency with current regulations. The final rule will promote the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area and the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMPs).
Marine Mammals; File Nos. 781-1824, 965-1821, 532-1822, 540-1811, 774-1714, 782-1719, 731-1774
Document Number: E6-5779
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that seven entities have been issued permits and amendments to conduct scientific research on marine mammal species and import marine mammal part specimens for scientific research purposes.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Rock Sole, Flathead Sole, and “Other Flatfish” by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 06-3676
Type: Rule
Date: 2006-04-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is closing directed fishing for rock sole, flathead sole, and ``other flatfish'' by vessels using trawl gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the second seasonal allowance of the 2006 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole, flathead sole, and ``other flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI.
Sea Turtle Conservation; Modification to Fishing Activities
Document Number: E6-5686
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to require that any offshore pound net leader in the Virginia waters of the mainstem Chesapeake Bay, south of 37[deg] 19.0' N. lat. and west of 76[deg] 13.0' W. long., and all waters south of 37[deg] 13.0' N. lat. to the Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, and the James and York Rivers downstream of the first bridge in each tributary during the period of May 6 through July 15 meet the definition of a modified pound net leader. Existing regulations prohibit all offshore pound net leaders in that area during that time frame. An offshore pound net leader refers to a leader with the inland end set greater than 10 horizontal feet (3 m) from the mean low water line. This action, taken under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), responds to new information generated by gear research. It is intended to conserve sea turtles listed as threatened or endangered while enabling fishermen to use leaders, an important component of pound net gear, during the regulated period.
Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Guided Recreational Halibut Fishery
Document Number: E6-5683
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS provides notice of the guideline harvest level (GHL) for the guided sport halibut fishery (charter fishery) in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) regulatory Areas 2C and 3A. The GHL provides a benchmark harvest level for participants in the charter fishery. This notice is necessary to meet the management and regulatory requirements for the GHL and to inform the public about the 2006 GHL for the charter fishery.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coastal Ocean Program Grants Proposal Application Package
Document Number: E6-5629
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
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; Southwest Region Permit Family of Forms-Pacific
Document Number: E6-5628
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
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; North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program Vessel/Plant Operator's Comment Form
Document Number: E6-5627
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-17
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.
Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals
Document Number: E6-5598
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has renewed the affirmative finding for the Republic of Ecuador under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding will allow yellowfin tuna harvested in the Eastern Tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Ecuadorian-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Ecuadorian jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Republic of Ecuador and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the U.S. Department of State.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E6-5513
Type: Notice
Date: 2006-04-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its Precious Corals Plan Team (PCPT) meeting, in Honolulu, HI.