General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission; Meeting Announcement
NMFS announces a meeting of the General Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Section to the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) on May 18, 2009. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division Mission Activities
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation (RDT&E) mission activities for the period of July 2009 through July 2014. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take and requesting information, suggestions, and comments on these proposed regulations.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 29
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Amendment 29 to the Fishery Management Plan for Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared and submitted by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would implement a multi-species individual fishing quota (IFQ) program for the grouper and tilefish component of the commercial sector of the reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico exclusive economic zone (Gulf EEZ). In addition, the proposed rule would allow permit consolidation and dual classifications to the shallow water and deepwater management units for speckled hind and warsaw grouper and would modify some provisions of the Gulf red snapper IFQ program for consistency with this proposed rule. The proposed rule is intended to reduce effort in the grouper and tilefish component of the Gulf reef fish fishery.