National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 2007 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: E7-14116
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application for a scientific research permit from California Department of Parks and Recreation (CDPR) in Half Moon Bay, CA (10017). This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the permit application for review and comment.
Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals
Document Number: E7-14102
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has renewed the affirmative finding for the Government of Mexico 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 Mexican-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Mexican jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Mexico and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the U.S. Department of State.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3566
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting retention of Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). NMFS is requiring that Pacific ocean perch in this area be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury. This action is necessary because the 2007 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in this area has been reached.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 07-3565
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2007 Pacific ocean perch total allowable catch (TAC) in the Western Aleutian District of the BSAI.
Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Longline Catcher Processor Subsector of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Non-Pollock Groundfish Fishery, Industry Fee System
Document Number: E7-14118
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-07-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement an industry fee system for repaying a $35 million Federal loan financing a fishing capacity reduction program in the longline catcher processor subsector of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) non-pollock groundfish fishery. This action's intent is to implement a fee collection system to ensure repayment of the loan.
U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 4.6
Document Number: E7-14091
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publish this notice to announce the availability for public comments of the draft Report for one of the U.S. Climate Change Science Program (CCSP) Synthesis and Assessment Products (SAP). This draft Report of SAP 4.6 addresses the following CCSP Topic: ``Analyses of the Effects of Global Change on Human Health, Welfare, and Human Systems'' and analyzes the effects of global change, especially the effects of climate variability and change, along with the associated impacts of land use and population dynamics on three broad dimensions of the human condition: human health, human settlements, and human welfare. After consideration of comments received, a revised Report along with the comments received will be published on the CCSP web site.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Meetings
Document Number: E7-13978
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council), its Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish Committee, its Research Set Aside (RSA) Committee, its Ecosystems Committee, and its Surfclam-Ocean Quahog/ Tilefish Committee, will hold public meetings.
Small Coastal Shark 2007 Peer Review Workshop
Document Number: E7-13953
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the date, time, and location for the small coastal shark (SCS) Peer Review Workshop, the final of three stock evaluation workshops for the SCS stock assessment to be conducted in 2007. Any potential changes to existing management measures for SCS will be based, in large part, on the results of this 2007 stock assessment. The workshop is open to the public.
Marine Mammals; File No. 932-1489
Document Number: E7-13949
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program has been issued an amendment to scientific research and enhancement Permit No. 932-1489-08.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Greenland Turbot in the Bering Sea Subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 07-3501
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Greenland turbot in the Bering Sea subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2007 Greenland turbot total allowable catch (TAC) in the Bering Sea subarea of the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Shortraker Rockfish in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3500
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting retention of shortraker rockfish in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). NMFS is requiring that shortraker rockfish in this area be treated in the same manner as prohibited species and discarded at sea with a minimum of injury. This action is necessary because the 2007 total allowable catch (TAC) of shortraker rockfish in this area has been reached.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area to General Category Scallop Vessels
Document Number: 07-3499
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Closed Area I Scallop Access Area (CAI) will close to general category scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2007 scallop fishing year. This action is based on the determination that 216 general category scallop trips into CAI are projected to be taken as of 0001 hr local time, July 15, 2007. This action is being taken to prevent the allocation of general category trips in CAI from being exceeded during the 2007 fishing year, in accordance with the regulations implementing Framework 18 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-13733
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Information and Education Advisory Panel, in North Charleston, SC.
Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program: Approval Decision on Guan Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program
Document Number: 07-3465
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Environmental Protection Agency
Notice is hereby given of the intent to fully approve the Guam Coastal Nonpoint Pollution Control Program (coastal nonpoint program) and of the availability of the draft Approval Decisions on conditions for the Guam coastal nonpoint program. Section 6217 of the Coastal Zone Act Reauthorization Amendments (CZARA), 16 U.S.C. section 1455b, requires States and Territories with coastal zone management programs that have received approval under section 306 of the Coastal Zone Management Act to develop and implement coastal nonpoint programs. Coastal States and Territories were required to submit their coastal nonpoint programs to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for approval in July 1995. NOAA and EPA conditionally approved the Guan coastal nonpoint program on October 3, 1997. NOAA and EPA have drafted approval decisions describing how Guam has satisfied the conditions placed on its program and therefore has a fully approved coastal nonpoint program. NOAA and EPA are making the draft decisions for the Guam coastal nonpoint program available for a 30-day public comment period. If comments are received, NOAA and EPA will consider whether such comments are significant enough to affect the decision to fully approve the program. Copies of the draft Approval Decisions can be found on the NOAA Web site at http://coastalmanagement.noaa.gov/czm/6217/findings.html or be obtained upon request from: Allison Castellan, Coastal Programs Division (N/ORM3), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS, NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, phone (301) 713-3155, x125, e-mail Allison.Castellan@noaa.gov.
Endangered Species and Marine Mammals; File No. 10014
Document Number: E7-13736
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP), Division of Science, Research and Technology, P.O. Box 409, Trenton, NJ 08625-0409, has applied in due form for a permit to take marine mammals and sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch and Rougheye Rockfish in the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 07-3457
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in a specified area of the Western Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to limit incidental catch of rougheye rockfish and prevent overfishing of rougheye rockfish in the BSAI.
Availability of Seats for the Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 07-3456
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuary (CBNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): Community At Large Marin County Primary seat, Community at Large Sonoma County Alternate seat. 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 a 3 year term, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3455
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2007 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in the West Yakutat District of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 07-3432
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2007 Pacific ocean perch total allowable catch (TAC) in the Central Aleutian District of the BSAI.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-13561
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Multispecies (Groundfish) Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Construction and Operation of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska
Document Number: E7-13556
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a letter of authorization (LOA) to BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. (BP) to take marine mammals incidental to the production of offshore oil and gas at the Northstar development in the Beaufort Sea off Alaska.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; Adjustments to the 2007 Black Sea Bass, and Total Allowable Landings (TAL) and Loligo Squid Initial Optimum Yield (IOY)
Document Number: E7-13555
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS restores 18,142 lb (8.23 mt) of unused research set-aside (RSA) to the 2007 black sea bass TAL and 151,235 lb (68.60 mt) of unused RSA to the Loligo squid IOY, and makes corresponding adjustments to the 2007 black sea bass commercial quota, the 2007 black sea bass recreational harvest limit, and the 2007 Loligo squid commercial Trimester II and III quotas. The adjustments are intended to return unallocated RSA quotas to the respective fisheries.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-13532
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-13531
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its SEDAR Selection Committee via Conference Call to select appointees to the SEDAR 16 King Mackerel workshops for recommendation to the Council.
General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission; Meeting Announcement
Document Number: E7-13507
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a meeting, via teleconference, of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in August 2007. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School Training Operations at Eglin Air Force Base, Florida
Document Number: E7-13424
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from Eglin Air Force Base (EAFB) for the take of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to Naval Explosive Ordnance Disposal School (NEODS) Training Operations at EAFB, Florida. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Air Force to take, by Level B harassment, two species of cetaceans at EAFB beginning in October 2007. NMFS is also requesting comments on its intent to promulgate regulations in 2007 governing the take of marine mammals over a 5-year period incidental to the activities described herein. NMFS issued an IHA for these activities in 2005 and 2006. No activities have occurred to date.
Permits; Foreign Fishing
Document Number: E7-13484
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS publishes for public review and comment information regarding a foreign fishing application submitted under provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act).
Endangered and Threatened Species; Proposed Endangered Status for the Cook Inlet Beluga Whale; Public Hearing
Document Number: E7-13481
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On April 20, 2007, NMFS proposed the listing of the Cook Inlet beluga whale as an endangered species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. As part of that proposal, NMFS announced a public comment period to end on June 19, 2007, and then extended the comment period to August 3, 2007. NMFS has received requests for public hearings on this issue. In response, NMFS announced two public hearings to be held in Alaska and one public hearing to be held in Maryland in two previous Federal Register notices. In addition, NMFS is announcing a separate hearing in this notice that will be held in Soldotna, Alaska, in order to provide greater opportunity for public comment.
Nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Advisory Committee
Document Number: E7-13476
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (Act). The advisory committee, to be composed of individuals from groups concerned with the fisheries covered by the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention (Convention), will be given the opportunity to provide input to the United States Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Commission) regarding the deliberations and decisions of the Commission.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Allocating Gulf of Alaska Fishery Resources
Document Number: E7-13475
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule for the Central Gulf of Alaska (GOA) rockfish fisheries to revise monitoring and enforcement (M&E) provisions related to catcher/processor vessels harvesting under the opt-out fishery, and to make changes to regulations governing the rockfish fisheries. This action is necessary to clarify procedures and to correct discrepancies in a November 20, 2006, final rule. This final rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP), the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act), and other applicable law.
Marine Mammals; File No. 1127-1921
Document Number: E7-13474
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Hawaii Marine Mammal Consortium, PO Box 6107, Kamuela, HI 96743, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on 24 cetacean species found in Hawaiian waters.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Nantucket Lightship Scallop Access Area to General Category Scallop Vessels
Document Number: 07-3378
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Nantucket Lightship Scallop Access Area (NLCA) will close to general category scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2007 scallop fishing year. This action is based on the determination that 394 general category scallop trips into the NLCA are projected to be taken as of 0001 hr local time, July 8, 2007. This action is being taken to prevent the allocation of general category trips in the NLCA from being exceeded during the 2007 fishing year, in accordance with the regulations implementing Framework 18 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Notice To Adopt a Standard Model for Mathematical Vertical Datum Transformations
Document Number: 07-3377
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The purpose of this notice is to announce a decision by the Federal Geodetic Control Subcommittee (FGCS) to recommend adoption of a standard method for mathematical transformations between the vertical geodetic datums: The National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) and the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). These methods are designated, in descending order of accuracy: (1) The recomputation or readjustment of survey observations method, (2) the mathematical transformation method, and (3) the average shift method. In order to maintain consistency of results and to minimize misuse associated with the mathematical transformation method, FGCS recommends software identified as VERTCON (Vertical Conversion) as a Federal standard.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan
Document Number: 07-3376
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-11
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 Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan's (ALWTRP) implementing regulations. These regulations apply to lobster trap/pot and anchored gillnet fishermen in an area totaling approximately 3,370 nm\2\ (11,559 km\2\), east of Chatham, Massachusetts, for 15 days. The purpose of this action is to provide protection to an aggregation of northern right whales (right whales).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Eastern Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 07-3375
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Eastern Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2007 Pacific ocean perch total allowable catch (TAC) in the Eastern Aleutian District of the BSAI.
Marine Mammals; File No. 373-1868
Document Number: E7-13363
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Point Reyes Bird Observatory, 3820 Cypress Drive 11, Petaluma, California 94954, has requested an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 373-1868.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act Provisions; Recovery Plan for Klamath River Coho
Document Number: E7-13361
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the completion of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Reauthorization Act (MSRA) Klamath River Coho Salmon Recovery Plan (recovery plan). This document fulfills the requirement that a recovery plan for Klamath River coho salmon be completed and made available to the public by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) within 6 months of the enactment of the MSRA on January 12, 2007.
BSAI Crab Economic Data Collection Program; Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-13323
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Alaska Fishery Science Center, Economic and Social Science Research Program will hold public meetings in Kodiak, AK and Seattle, WA to review the BSAI Crab Economic Data Collection Program.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-13190
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will begin its plenary session and its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold public meetings in Anchorage, AK.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-13189
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Crab Committee will meet in Anchorage, AK.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar
Document Number: 07-3329
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-07-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy for an authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active (LFA) sonar from August 16, 2007, through August 15, 2012. By this document, NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take. In order to issue Letters of Authorization (LOAs) and final regulations governing the take, NMFS must determine that the taking will have a negligible impact on the affected species or stocks of marine mammals. NMFS regulations must set forth the permissible methods of take and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the affected species or stocks of marine mammals and their habitat. NMFS invites comment on the proposed regulations and findings.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Observer Program
Document Number: E7-13133
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-06
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 for the facilitation of observer data transmission and improve inseason support for observers. This action would 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).
U.S. Coral Reef Task Force Public Meeting and Public Comment
Document Number: 07-3231
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, 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 Pago Pago, American Samoa. This meeting, the 18th 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 listed 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.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-13065
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program Exploratory Workgroup in Charleston, SC.
Marine Mammals; File No. 881-1890
Document Number: E7-13062
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Permit No. 881-1890 for conduct of research on Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska, held by The Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), Seward, AK, has been amended.
Issuance of Permit for Incidental Take of Threatened or Endangered Species
Document Number: E7-13061
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that on June 12, 2007, NMFS issued Permit 1613 for incidental take of threatened and endangered species, to the Green Diamond Resource Company, of northern California, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Copies of Incidental Take Permit 1613 and associated decision documents are available upon request.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
Document Number: E7-12972
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. The meeting will have two main purposes. Panel members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described below:
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-12963
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its SSC via conference call to discuss planning of an amendment.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: 07-3262
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the commercial Pacific Coast groundfish fishery. 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.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement; Seismic Surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska
Document Number: E7-12880
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-07-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On April 6, 2007, notice was published in the Federal Register that NMFS and the Minerals Management Service had released for public comment a Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (Draft PEIS) for Seismic Surveys in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska. Based on a written request, the comment period on this document has been extended.