Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast (NE) Skate Complex Fishery; Notice of a Control Date for the Purpose of Limiting Entry to the Skate Bait Fishery; NE Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan (Skate FMP)
NMFS announces that it is considering, and is seeking public comment on, proposed rulemaking to control future access to the skate bait fishery in the NE skate complex if a management regime is developed and implemented under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) to limit the number of participants in this component of the skate fishery. This component of the fishery includes vessels with open access skate permits that fish for skates to be sold as bait. This announcement is intended, in part, to promote awareness of potential eligibility criteria for future access so as to discourage new or speculative entry into the fishery while the New England Fishery Management Council (Council) considers whether and how access to the skate bait fishery should be controlled.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; State Waters Exemption
This final rule allows an exemption from the minimum twine- top mesh size for vessels issued Federal scallop permits and fishing exclusively in State of Maine (ME) waters. In addition, the state waters exemption provides an exemption from scallop days-at-sea (DAS) for limited access DAS scallop vessels, provided the vessel fishes exclusively in ME state waters. The scallop fishery regulations specify that a state may be eligible for a state waters exemption if it has a scallop fishery and a scallop conservation program that does not jeopardize the biomass and fishing mortality/effort limit objectives of the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The regulations further state that the Regional Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (RA), shall determine which states meet those criteria and shall authorize the exemption for such states by publishing a rule in the Federal Register.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intention to prepare, in cooperation with NFS, and EIS in accordance with the national Environmental Policy Act to assess potential effects on the human environment of alternative measures to
External Advisory Panel for NOAA's Oceans and Human Health Initiative
This notice responds to the Oceans and Human Health Act of 2005, Public Law 108-447, which authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to establish an Oceans and Human Health Advisory Panel (the Panel). This Panel assists in the development and implementation of the NOAA Oceans and Human Health Initiative, as set forth in section 903(b) of the Oceans and Human Health Act. Nominations to the Panel are being solicited for a balanced representation of individuals with multi-disciplinary expertise in the marine and biomedical sciences. The Panel is not subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.).
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Scoping Meetings
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold scoping meetings to obtain input from fishers, the general public, and the local agencies representatives on the Document for Amendment 2 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Queen Conch Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and Amendment X to the Reef Fish Fishery Management Plan of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Including the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Regulatory Impact Review, and Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis).
Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves
The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Maine Coastal Management Program, the Washington Coastal Management Program, and the Padilla Bay (Washington) National Estuarine Research Reserve.