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

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U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 4.4: “Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources”
Document Number: E7-16356
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce the availability for public comments for the draft document titled, U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4: ``Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources.'' This Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) analyzes information on the state of knowledge of adaptation options for key, representative ecosystems and resources that may be sensitive to climate variability and change. This draft document is being released solely for the purpose of pre-dissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by NOAA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will be considered when revising the document.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Region Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology Omnibus Amendment
Document Number: E7-16238
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement the Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (SBRM) Omnibus Amendment (SBRM Amendment) to the Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) of the Northeast Region, developed by the Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils (Councils). The SBRM Amendment would establish an SBRM for all 13 Northeast Region FMPs, as required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The proposed measures include: Bycatch reporting and monitoring mechanisms; analytical techniques and allocation of at-sea fisheries observers; an SBRM performance standard; a review and reporting process; framework adjustment and annual specifications provisions; a prioritization process; and provisions for industry-funded observers and observer set- aside programs.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Commercial Quota Harvested for Massachusetts
Document Number: 07-4091
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the 2007 summer flounder commercial quota allocated to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts has been harvested. Vessels issued a commercial Federal fisheries permit for the summer flounder fishery may not land summer flounder in Massachusetts for the remainder of calendar year 2007, unless additional quota becomes available through a transfer from another state. Regulations governing the summer flounder fishery require publication of this notification to advise Massachusetts that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no commercial quota is available for landing summer flounder in Massachusetts.
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: 07-4044
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, upon application from the U.S. Navy, is issuing regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to Navy operation of the Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar. Issuance of regulations, and Letters of Authorization issued under these regulations, 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 affected species or stocks of marine mammals and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on their availability for taking for subsistence uses. These regulations 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.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-16276
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
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 by telephone conference, which is open to the public, to develop recommendations for the September 2007 Council meeting.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-16275
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
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).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-16274
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) will hold a work session by telephone conference, which is open to the public, to develop recommendations for the September 2007 Council meeting.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-16273
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Crab Committee will meet in Seattle, WA..
Availability of Recreational Diving, Oil and Gas Production, Education and Commercial Fishing (Alternate) Seats for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 07-4052
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary (FGBNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for the Recreational Diving, Oil and Gas Production, Education and Commercial Fishing (alternate), seat on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council). 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. The Applicant chosen as a member should expect to serve a 2- year term, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Availability of Seats for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 07-4051
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary (FKNMS) is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (council): Boating Industry (alternate), Citizen at Large Lower Keys (member), Citizen at LargeLower Keys (alternate), Conservation and Environment [1 of 2] (member), Conservation and Environment [2 of 2] (alternate), DivingLower Keys (member), Diving Lower Keys (alternate), DivingUpper Keys (member), Education and Outreach (member), FishingCharter Fishing Flats Guide (member), FishingCharter Fishing Flats Guide (alternate), FishingCommercial Marine/Tropical (member), FishingCommercialShell/Scale (alternate), Research and Monitoring (member), Submerged Cultural Resources (alternate), TourismLower Keys (member), TourismLower Keys (alternate), TourismUpper Keys (member), and TourismUpper Keys (alternate). Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; residency in the Sanctuary area; and philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources. Applicants who are chosen for seats normally serve three- year terms, pursuant to the Council's charter.
Marine Mammals; File No. 10028
Document Number: E7-16237
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Mystic Aquarium, 55 Coogan Boulevard, Mystic, CT 06355 (Dr. Lisa Mazzaro, Principal Investigator), has applied in due form for a permit to obtain stranded, releasable pinnipeds (up to eight otariids and 20 phocids) from the National Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program for the purposes of public display.
Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; End of the Pacific Whiting Primary Season for the Catcher-processor, Mothership and Shore-based Sectors
Document Number: E7-16234
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the end of the 2007 Pacific Whiting (whiting) primary Season for the catcher-processor, mothership and shore-based sectors at 1800 local time (l.t.) July 26, 2007. This action is intended to minimize impacts on widow rockfish and to keep the harvest of widow rockfish, an overfished species, within its 2007 optimum yield (OY).
Marine Mammals; File No. 1121-1900
Document Number: E7-16227
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology (Principal Investigator: Dr. Brandon Southall), Silver Spring, MD, has been issued a permit to conduct research marine mammals.
Amendment to Final Guidelines for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program
Document Number: 07-4050
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Ocean Service publishes this notice to amend the Final Guidelines for the Coastal and Estuarine Land Conservation Program (CELCP). For those grants issued in fiscal years 2002 and 2004 only, and that have one or more project proposals submitted to NOAA, but not approved, as of August 17, 2007, the CELCP may extend the financial assistance award period. For grants issued in fiscal year 2002, they may be extended for up to 3 additional months, providing for a potential maximum award duration of five years and three months. For grants issued in fiscal year 2004, they may be extended for up to one additional year, providing for a potential maximum award duration of four years. This extension is intended solely to give the CELCP sufficient time to review and make a determination on the documentation supporting the project proposals that it has received but does not have time to complete before the awards' currently scheduled end date of September 30, 2007.
Publication of North American Datum of 1983 State Plane Coordinates in Feet in West Virginia
Document Number: 07-4021
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) will publish North American Datum of 1983 (NAD 83) State Plane Coordinate (SPC) grid values in both meters and U.S. Survey Feet (1 ft = 1200/3937 m) in West Virginia, for all well defined geodetic survey control monuments maintained by NGS in the National Spatial Reference System (NSRS) and computed from various geodetic positioning utilities. The adoption of this standard is implemented in accordance with NGS policy and a request from the West Virginia Department of Transportation, the West Virginia Society of Professional Surveyors, the West Virginia GIS Coordinator, and the West Virginia Association of Geospatial Professionals.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel Lottery in Areas 542 and 543
Document Number: E7-16166
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is notifying the owners and operators of registered vessels of their assignments for the 2007 B season Atka mackerel fishery in harvest limit area (HLA) 542 and/or 543 of the Aleutian Islands subarea of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the harvest of the 2007 B season HLA limits established for area 542 and area 543 pursuant to the 2007 and 2008 harvest specifications for groundfish in the BSAI.
Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Seismic Testing and Calibration in the Northern Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: E7-16013
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B Harassment only, incidental to conducting an acoustic calibration and seismic testing program in the northern Gulf of Mexico.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Movement of Barges Through the Beaufort Sea Between West Dock and Cape Simpson or Point Lonely, Alaska
Document Number: E7-16011
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a barging operation within the U.S. Beaufort Sea has been issued to FEX L.P. (FEX) for a period of 1 year.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery off the South Atlantic States; Amendment 16
Document Number: E7-16010
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) intends to prepare a DEIS to assess the impacts on the natural and human environment of the management measures proposed in its draft Amendment 16 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP).
Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-15982
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) will meet September 20, 2007. Date and Time: The meeting is scheduled as follows: September 20, 2007, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. The first part of this meeting will be closed to the public. The public portion of the meeting will begin at 1:30 p.m.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3995
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the deep-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary because the third seasonal apportionment of the 2007 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the deep-water species fishery in the GOA has been reached.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Shallow-water Species Fishery by Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3994
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise the shallow-water species fishery by vessels using trawl gear in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the third seasonal apportionment of the 2007 Pacific halibut bycatch allowance specified for the shallow-water species fishery in the GOA.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Spiny Dogfish Fishery; Commercial Period 1 Quota Harvested
Document Number: 07-3993
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the spiny dogfish commercial quota available to the coastal states from Maine through Florida for the semi-annual quota period, May 1, 2007 - October 31, 2007, has been harvested. Therefore, effective 0001 hours, August 14, 2007, federally permitted commercial vessels may not fish for, possess, transfer, or land spiny dogfish until November 1, 2007, when the Period 2 quota becomes available. Regulations governing the spiny dogfish fishery require publication of this notification to advise the coastal states from Maine through Florida that the quota has been harvested and to advise vessel permit holders and dealer permit holders that no Federal commercial quota is available for landing spiny dogfish in these states. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its Period 1 quota and to allow for effective management of this stock.
Marine Mammals; File No. 1070-1783
Document Number: E7-15927
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Alejandro Acevedo- Guti[eacute]rrez has been issued an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 1070-1783-01.
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); Summer Meeting
Document Number: E7-15920
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In preparation for the 2007 International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) meeting, the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT will have a summer meeting.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-15886
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Snapper Grouper Advisory Panel; Advisory Panel Selection Committee (Closed Session); Standard Operations, Policy, and Procedures (SOPPs) Committee; Finance Committee; Scientific and Statistical Selection Committee (Closed Session); Information and Education Committee; Snapper Grouper Committee; Shrimp Committee; Mackerel Committee; Limited Access Privilege (LAP) Program Committee; Ecosystem-based Management Committee; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee; and a meeting of the full Council. The Council will also hold a meeting of the LAP Program Exploratory Workgroup and a public scoping meeting regarding Amendment 16 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to address overfishing for gag grouper and vermilion snapper. The scoping meeting is included in an earlier Federal Register Notice.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-15885
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT) will hold a work session by telephone conference, which is open to the public, to develop recommendations for the September, 2007 Council meeting.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E7-15884
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a series of public scoping meetings regarding Amendment 16 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan. Amendment 16 will end overfishing for gag (grouper) and vermilion snapper. During its June 2007 meeting, the Council received a report from its Scientific and Statistical Committee stating its approval of the Southeastern Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) stock assessments for gag and vermilion snapper. The Council is charged to end overfishing within a one year period. The scoping meetings and public comment period are being held to receive input regarding possible measures to end overfishing, including modifications to current regulations and potential new measures (closed seasons, recreational boat limits, commercial trip limits, etc.) to achieve the necessary reductions.
Establishment of Marine Reserves and a Marine Conservation Area Within the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary; Announcement of Effective Date
Document Number: 07-3915
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA published a final rule on May 24, 2007 (72 FR 29208) that established marine reserves and a marine conservation area in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary. Under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, the final regulations would automatically take effect at the end of 45 days of continuous session of Congress beginning on May 24, 2007. The 45-day review period ended on Sunday, July 29, 2007. This document confirms the effective date as July 29, 2007.
National Sea Grant Review Panel
Document Number: E7-15812
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-13
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. 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 in the Agenda below.
Correction: Compliance of National Marine Fisheries Service Permits With the Debt Collection Improvement Act of 1996
Document Number: E7-15789
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-13
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; Sea Grant Program Application Requirements for Grants, for Sea Grant Fellowships, and for Designation as a Sea Grant College or Sea Grant Institute
Document Number: E7-15787
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-13
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; Haddock Size Limit Change
Document Number: E7-15693
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements this final rule pursuant to its authority to issue emergency measures under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This emergency action implements measures intended to reduce immediately discards of Georges Bank (GB) and Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock to prevent excessive waste and comply with the goals of reducing discards and maintaining the rebuilding programs of the Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP), while helping to achieve optimum yield at the same time. Specifically, this emergency action reduces the commercial minimum haddock size to 18 inches (45 cm) from the current minimum size of 19 inches (48.3 cm). This action is intended to reduce discarding and maintain consistency with the FMP and the Magnuson-Stevens Act.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Open Water Seismic Operations in Cook Inlet, Alaska
Document Number: E7-15688
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from Union Oil Company of California (UOCC) to change the effective date of its Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) covering the period between May 1 and June 15 to between September 4 and November 15, 2007. NMFS has received a request from Marathon Oil Company (MOC) for an authorization to take small numbers of five marine mammal species incidental to seismic operations in portions of Cook Inlet, Alaska. Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to modify the effective dates of the IHA which was issued to UOCC, and to issue a new authorization to MOC to incidentally take, by harassment, small numbers of these species between October 1 and November 30, 2007.
Marine Mammals; File No. 10019
Document Number: E7-15685
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Jonathon Millman, 268 Mast Road, Durham, New Hampshire 03824, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct commercial/educational photography of harbor (Phoca vitulina) and gray (Halichoerus grypus) seals.
Marine Mammals; File No. 1120-1898
Document Number: E7-15684
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Eye of the Whale Research (Olga von Ziegesar, Principal Investigator), P.O. Box 15191, Fitz Creek, Alaska, 99603, has been issued a permit to conduct research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).
Marine Mammals; File No. 782-1719
Document Number: E7-15683
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the National Marine Mammal Laboratory (NMML), Alaska Fisheries Science Center, (Dr. John L. Bengston, Principal Investigator), 7600 Sand Point Way, NE., Seattle, Washington 98115-6349 has been issued an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 782-1719-04.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Notice of Public Meeting
Document Number: E7-15620
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Salmon Bycatch Workgroup will meet August 29, 2007, in Anchorage, Alaska at the Hawthorn Suites, 1110 West 8th Avenue, Anchorage Alaska.
Availability of Seats for the Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 07-3914
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary (HIHWNMS or Sanctuary) is seeking applicants for both primary and alternate members of the following seats on its Sanctuary Advisory Council (Council): Education, Fishing, Hawaii County, Honolulu County, Kauai County, Maui County, Native Hawaiian, and Research. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the Sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 2-year terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter.
Federal Consistency Appeal by Donald Williams
Document Number: 07-3908
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This announcement provides notice that Donald Williams has filed an administrative appeal with the Department of Commerce asking that the Secretary override the State of New York's objection to his proposed erosion-control project along the shoreline of Lake Ontario in Niagara County, New York.
Marine Mammals; Pinniped Removal Authority
Document Number: E7-15516
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the establishment of a Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force (Task Force) under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) in response to an application from Oregon, Washington, and Idaho requesting authorization to intentionally take, by lethal methods, individually identifiable California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) that prey on Pacific salmon and steelhead (Onchorhynchus spp.) listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in the Columbia River in Washington and Oregon. The Task Force will be convened at its first meeting, which is open to the public.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS); Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: E7-15511
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is not issuing, at this time, an exempted fishing permit (EFP) requested by Blue Water Fishermen's Association to collect data on the performance of circle hooks with regard to target catch and bycatch rates, among other variables, associated with pelagic longline (PLL) fishing activities inside the existing Charleston Bump and Florida East Coast PLL closed areas. NMFS is investigating additional means of obtaining this data.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Individual Fishing Quota Program; Community Development Quota Program
Document Number: E7-15341
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS adopts a rule that modifies the Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program for the fixed-gear commercial Pacific halibut fishery and sablefish fishery by revising regulations specific to those fisheries. This action is intended to improve the effectiveness of the Halibut and Sablefish IFQ Program (IFQ Program) and is necessary to promote the objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Northern Pacific Halibut Act of 1982 (Halibut Act) with respect to the IFQ fisheries.
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: 07-3894
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-09
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 third seasonal allowance of the 2007 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl rock sole, flathead sole, and ``other flatfish'' fishery category in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 07-3893
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area 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 Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
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: 07-3892
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-09
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 2007 halibut bycatch allowance specified for the trawl yellowfin sole fishery category in the BSAI.
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: 07-3889
Type: Rule
Date: 2007-08-09
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 2007 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod specified for trawl catcher processors in the BSAI.
Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves
Document Number: E7-15487
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Alaska Coastal Management Program. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluation will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR part 923, subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of a Coastal Management Program requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visit for the listed evaluation, and the date, local time, and location of the public meeting during the site visit. Date and Time: The Alaska Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held August 13-18, 2007. The public meeting will be held on Monday, August 13, 2007, at 4 p.m. at the Department of Natural Resources Office of Project Management and Permitting, 302 Gold Street, Suite 202, Juneau, Alaska. Members of the public may also participate in the public meeting via teleconference by calling 1-800-315-6338. The call-in code is 1111.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Document Number: E7-15483
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce is announcing a thirty day public comment period on the revised Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan which will begin on the day this announcement is published. Comments should be sent within the comment period in hard copy or e- mail to Doris Grimm at Doris.Grimm@noaa.gov or NOAA's Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th Floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The Great Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in October 1989 pursuant to Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1461. Pursuant to 15 CFR 921.33(c), a state must revise its management plan every five years. The reserve has been operating under a management plan approved in 1989. The submission of this plan fulfills this requirement and sets a course for successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the reserve. Since the last management plan, the Great Bay Reserve has constructed needed facilities, increased its staff, changed its boundary, implemented several system-wide programs, and acquired key parcels of land. The original boundary included 4,471 acres of open water and salt marsh in Great Bay proper and 1,882 acres of upland. The boundary expansion includes 2,830 acres of additional open and salt marsh in Little Bay and several tidal rivers as well as 1,052 acres of upland. This expansion also includes all of the Federal lands under the Great Bay National Wildlife refuge that was established in 1992. The expanded boundary is a more comprehensive representation of the natural communities within the Southern Gulf of Maine province of the Acadian bio-geographic region of the United States. Great Bay serves as a natural field laboratory for researchers and the boundary expansion will increase and diversify the areas capable of supporting NERRS long- term research and monitoring, including opportunities for extensive upland research. The boundary expansion also increases the Reserve's opportunities for educating the public about the estuarine system. This new management plan serves as the primary guidance document for the operation of the Great Bay Reserve's core and system-wide programs in research and monitoring, education and coastal training, and resource management and stewardship. The plan provides guidance on the acquisition of land to be added to the Reserve and on the construction and renovation of buildings and exhibits that support NERR programs. It also guides the Reserve in important related programs, such as volunteerism and outreach to communities to encourage stewardship of coastal resources in the Great Bay area. The Great Bay Reserve is administered through the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department. The Reserve is a part of the Marine Fisheries Division, which is based in Durham, New Hampshire. The Reserve also works closely with the New Hampshire Coastal Program and the New Hampshire Estuaries Project, as well as many other partners, such as the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Department of Environmental Services, to meet its goals and objectives.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Document Number: E7-15464
Type: Notice
Date: 2007-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, acting as the lead administrative trustee on behalf of itself and the U.S. Department of the Interior, collectively acting as Federal natural resource trustees (Federal Trustees), have concluded their preliminary investigation of potential injuries to natural resources under their trusteeship that may have occurred as the result of releases of hazardous substances at or from the Diamond Alkali Superfund Site (ASite@). Pursuant to 43 CFR 11, the Federal Trustees have completed a Preassessment Screen (``PAS''). The Federal Trustees made the determination to perform a natural resource damage assessment for the Site. Notice letters have been issued to potentially responsible parties (PRPs) to participate in the development and performance of this assessment, and in its funding.