National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration March 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries Finance Program; Final Program Notice and Announcement of Availability of Federal Financial Assistance
Document Number: 2010-7264
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of long-term direct loans made underthe Fisheries Finance Program (FFP). The FFP provides financing for the purchase of used vessels or the reconstruction of vessels (limited to reconstructions that do not add to fishing capacity); refinancing for existing debt obligations; financing or refinancing fisheries shoreside facilities or aquacultural facilities; and the purchase or refinancing of Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) in the North Pacific. FFP loans are not issued for purposes which could contribute to over capitalization of the fishing industry.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15206
Document Number: 2010-7260
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Sea World LLC, 9205 South Park Center Loop, Suite 400, Orlando, FL 32819, has applied in due form for a permit to import one beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas) for the purposes of public display.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15430
Document Number: 2010-7257
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Louisville Zoological Garden, 1100 Trevilian Way, P.O. Box 37250, Louisville, KY 40233, has applied in due form for a permit to import one South African fur seal (Arctocephalis pusillus) for the purposes of public display.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-7231
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in the West Yakutat District of the GOA.
Availability of Conservation Seat for the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 2010-7002
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seat on the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Conservation. 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 three-year terms, pursuant to the council's Charter.
Availability of Seats for the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 2010-7001
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Conservation alternate and Education primary. 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 for the Education primary should expect to serve until February 2011 and applicants who are chosen for the Conservation alternate should expect to serve until February 2013.
Availability of Seats for the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 2010-7000
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant seats on the Fagatele Bay National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Research, Education, Commercial Fishing, Ocean Recreation, Youth, Tutuila: East Side, Tutila: West Side, and Manua Islands. 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 3-year terms, pursuant to the council's Charter.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit
Document Number: 2010-7066
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
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 the subject Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application for the Study Fleet Program contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. Study Fleet projects are managed by the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth School of Marine Science and Technology (SMAST). The EFP would grant exemptions from minimum fish sizes, and possession and landing limits.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Red Snapper Management Measures
Document Number: 2010-7064
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule that would implement a regulatory amendment to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP) prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). This proposed rule would increase the commercial and recreational quotas for red snapper and provide an estimated closure date for the 2010 recreational red snapper component of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery. The intended effect of the proposed rule is to help achieve optimum yield (OY) by relaxing red snapper harvest limitations consistent with the findings of the recent stock assessment for this species.
Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits
Document Number: 2010-7062
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that individuals and institutions have been issued Letters of Confirmation for activities conducted under the General Authorization for Scientific Research on marine mammals. See
NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) Strategic Plan FY 2011-FY 2015
Document Number: 2010-7020
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA'S Office of Ocean Exploration and Research (OER) is seeking comments on the draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN Fiscal Year (FY) 2011- 2015, submitted to meet the requirement for program direction under Public Law 111-11, Section 12104(b). The draft OER STRATEGIC PLAN describes the vision, mission, core activities, and organization of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast (NE) Multispecies Fishery; Modification of the Yellowtail Flounder Landing Limit for the U.S./Canada Management Area
Document Number: 2010-6948
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action increases the Georges Bank (GB) yellowtail flounder trip limit to 5,000 lb (2,268 kg) for NE multispecies days-at- sea (DAS) vessels fishing in the U.S./Canada Management Area. This action is authorized by the regulations implementing Amendment 13 to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and is intended to increase the likelihood of harvesting the total allowable catch (TAC) for GB yellowtail flounder without exceeding it during the 2009 fishing year. This action is being taken to allow vessels to fully harvest the TACs for transboundary stocks of GB cod, haddock, and yellowtail flounder under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Less Than 60 feet (18.3 m) Length Overall Using Hook-and-Line or Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2010-6946
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 Pacific cod total allowable catch allocated to catcher vessels less than 60 feet LOA using hook-and-line or pot gear in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment for the South Atlantic Region
Document Number: 2010-6764
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement the Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1 (CE-BA1) to the following South Atlantic fishery management plans (FMPs): The FMP for Coral, Coral reefs, and Live/Hard Bottom Habitats of the South Atlantic Region (Coral FMP); the FMP for the Dolphin and Wahoo Fishery off the Atlantic States (Dolphin and Wahoo FMP); the FMP for Golden Crab of the South Atlantic Region (Golden Crab FMP); the FMP for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Shrimp FMP); and the FMP for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Snapper-Grouper FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council); as well as the FMP for Coastal Migratory Pelagic (CMP) Resources (CMP FMP); and the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic (Spiny Lobster FMP), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Councils. This proposed rule would establish Deepwater Coral Habitat Areas of Particular Concern (Deepwater Coral HAPCs) off the coast of the southern Atlantic States in which the use of specified fishing gear and methods and the possession of coral would be prohibited. Within the Deepwater Coral HAPCs, fishing zones would be created that would allow continued fishing on the historical grounds for golden crab and deepwater shrimp. In addition, CE-BA1 would update existing Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) information in the area off the southern Atlantic States, thus,
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Atka Mackerel in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2010-6756
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Atka mackerel in the Central Aleutian District of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 A season allocation of Atka mackerel in this area allocated to vessels participating in the Amendment 80 limited access fishery.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-6754
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in the West Yakutat District of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in the West Yakutat District of the GOA.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-6698
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Hawaii and American Samoa Advisory Panels (AP), Hawaii and American Samoa Plan Teams (PT), and Hawaii and American Samoa Regional Ecosystem Advisory Committees (REAC).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-6648
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15128
Document Number: 2010-6647
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Robert Pilley, Leighside, Bridge Road, Leighwoods, Bristol, BS8 3PB, United Kingdom, has been issued a permit to conduct commercial/educational photography.
Marine Mammals; File No. 14486
Document Number: 2010-6646
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Alaska SeaLife Center (ASLC), 301 Railway Avenue, PO Box 1329, Seward, AK 99664-1329 (Dr. Ian Dutton, Responsible Party) has been issued a permit to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts for purposes of scientific research.
Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas; Spring Species Working Group Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6645
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Advisory Committee (Committee) to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) announces its spring meeting with its Species Working Group Technical Advisors April 7-9, 2010. The Committee will meet to discuss matters relating to ICCAT, including the 2009 Commission meeting results; research and management activities; global and domestic initiatives related to ICCAT; the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act-required consultation on the identification of countries that are diminishing the effectiveness of ICCAT; the results of the meetings of the Committee's Species Working Groups; and other matters relating to the international management of ICCAT species.
Marine Mammals; File No. 87-1743
Document Number: 2010-6644
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Daniel P. Costa, Ph.D., Long Marine Laboratory, University of California at Santa Cruz, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, California 95060, has been issued an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 87-1743-05.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-6631
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reopening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 72 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the B season allowance of the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock in Statistical Area 630 of the GOA.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Meetings
Document Number: 2010-6625
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish (SMB), Joint Dogfish, Research Set- Aside (RSA), and Executive Committees will hold public meetings.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2010-6545
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received four applications for direct take permits, in the form of Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA); two applications from the Public Utility District No. 1 (PUD) of Chelan County and two from the Public Utility District No. 2 (PUD) of Grant County. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) is identified as a co-permit applicant in each of these HGMPs. The duration of each of the proposed Permits is ten (10) years. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the permit applications. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA.
Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Fund
Document Number: 2010-6544
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA announces the availability of Pacific Coastal Salmon Recovery Funding (PCSRF), as authorized in the Northern Boundary and Transboundary Rivers Restoration and Enhancement Fund and Southern Boundary Restoration and Enhancement Fund, to support the restoration and conservation of Pacific salmon and steelhead populations and their habitat. The program makes funding available to the States of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, California and Nevada and Federally- recognized tribes of the Columbia River and Pacific Coast for projects necessary for conservation of salmon and steelhead populations that are listed as threatened or endangered, or identified by a State as at-risk or to be so-listed; for maintaining populations necessary for exercise of tribal treaty fishing rights or native subsistence fishing; or for conservation of Pacific coastal salmon and steelhead habitat. This announcement outlines the guidelines that will be used to distribute funding to eligible entities.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2010-6543
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received application from the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) for a modification to an existing incidental take permit pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The proposed modification is to extend the existing permit for one year. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the permit application. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review pursuant to the ESA.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2010-6539
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received applications for permits for scientific research from National Resource Scientists, Inc. (NRSI) in Red Bluff, CA (14685, 14688), and California Department of Fish and Game (CDFG), North Central Region 2, in Rancho Cordova, CA (14808). This notice is relevant to federally endangered Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), threatened Central Valley spring-run Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha), threatened Central Valley steelhead (O. mykiss), and threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris). This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the permit applications for review and comment.
Marine Mammals; File No. 14118
Document Number: 2010-6336
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Becky Woodward, Ph.D., 266 Woods Hole Road, MS 50, Woods Hole, MA 02543, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on cetaceans.
National Marine Fisheries Service, Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council); April 9-15, 2010 Pacific Council Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6327
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-6313
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a joint work session by telephone conference that is open to the public.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Bycatch Management in the Bering Sea Pollock Fishery
Document Number: 2010-6082
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 91 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). If approved, Amendment 91 would be a novel approach to managing Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery that combines a limit on the amount of Chinook salmon that may be caught incidentally with an incentive plan agreement and performance standard designed to minimize bycatch to the extent practicable in all years and prevent bycatch from reaching the limit in most years. This action is necessary to minimize Chinook salmon bycatch in the Bering Sea pollock fishery to the extent practicable while maximizing the potential for the full harvest of the pollock total allowable catch within specified prohibited species catch limits. Amendment 91 is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project, California
Document Number: 2010-6252
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
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 California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) allowing the take of small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to pile driving associated with the Dumbarton Bridge Seismic Retrofit Project.
Endangered Species; File No. 14949
Document Number: 2010-6250
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Carlos Diez, Bureau of Fisheries and Wildlife, San Juan, PR 00906-6600, has applied in due form for a permit to take hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Availability of Grant Funds for Fiscal Year 2010; Amendment
Document Number: 2010-6249
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA publishes this notice to amend the solicitation ``Financial Assistance to Establish five NOAA Cooperative Centers at Minority Serving Institutions Announcement'' (Federal Funding Opportunity Number NOAA-SEC-OED-2010-2002243), originally announced in the Federal Register on Tuesday, January 19, 2010. This notice announces that the NOAA Educational Partnership Program (EPP) will accept Letters of Intent. Please consult both the Federal Register Notice and the Full Funding Opportunity documents that will be available spring 2010 for the application deadline.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Manette Bridge Replacement in Bremerton, Washington
Document Number: 2010-6248
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received an application from the Washington State Department of Transportation (WSDOT) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to construction and demolition activities related to the replacement of the Manette Bridge in Bremerton, Washington. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to WSDOT to incidentally harass, by Level B Harassment only, three species of marine mammals during the specified activity.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2010-6228
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 meters) length overall (LOA) using hook-and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the A season apportionment of the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Socioeconomic Research and Monitoring for the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary
Document Number: 2010-6070
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-22
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.
NOAA Is Hosting a Series of Informational Webinars for Individuals and Organizations To Learn About the Proposed NOAA Climate Service
Document Number: 2010-6085
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On February 8, 2010, the Department of Commerce and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) announced their intent to establish a new NOAA Climate Service. The proposed reorganization of existing agency assets is intended to help NOAA better work with our partners to respond to the growing demands for climate information from the public, business, industry, and decision makers. NOAA is hosting a series of informational webinars for individuals and organizations to learn about the proposed NOAA Climate Service and to provide an opportunity for to answer questions, and obtain feedback. Each webinar is targeted to a specific sector, and will begin with a presentation from Tom Karl, Director, NOAA National Climatic Data Center, and Transitional Director, NOAA Climate service, and will be followed by a question and answer session.
Endangered Species; File No. 14176
Document Number: 2010-6084
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Maryland Fishery Resources Office, 177 Admiral Cochrane Drive, Annapolis, MD 21401 (Michael Mangold, Responsible Party), has applied in due form for a permit to take shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) for purposes of scientific research.
Marine Mammals; File No. 87-1743
Document Number: 2010-6083
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Daniel P. Costa, Ph.D., Long Marine Laboratory, University of California at Santa Cruz, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, California 95060, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 87-1743-05.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-6066
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 620 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 620 in the GOA.
Endangered Species; File No. 15338
Document Number: 2010-5982
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that David N. Hata, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech), has applied in due form for a permit pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The Permit application is for the incidental take of ESA-listed sea turtles and shortnose sturgeon associated with otherwise lawful research to assess horseshoe crab abundance from the southern coast of Long Island, New York through the Eastern Shore, Virginia, and in Delaware Bay. The duration of the proposed Permit is 10 years. NMFS is furnishing this notice in order to allow other agencies and the public an opportunity to review and comment on this document. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Threatened Status for Southern Distinct Population Segment of Eulachon
Document Number: 2010-5996
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, the NMFS, issue a final determination to list the southern Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of Pacific eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus; hereafter ``eulachon'') as a threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We intend to consider protective regulations and critical habitat for this DPS in separate rulemaking.
Listing Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Reviews for 27 Evolutionarily Significant Units and Distinct Population Segments of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead
Document Number: 2010-5994
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, announce 5-year reviews of 16 evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) of Pacific salmon (Oncorhynchus sp.) and 11 distinct population segments (DPSs) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The purpose of the review is to ensure the accuracy of the listing classifications of these salmonids. On June 28, 2005, NMFS issued final listing determinations for 16 ESUs of Pacific salmon and on January 5, 2006 for ten DPSs of steelhead. We will also complete a 5-year review of Puget Sound steelhead listed on May 11, 2007. The 5-year reviews will be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the reviews; therefore, we request submission of any such information on these ESUs and DPSs that has become available since the listing determinations in 2005, 2006, and 2007. Based on the results of these 5-year reviews, we will make the requisite determinations under the ESA.
Regulations to Amend the Civil Procedures
Document Number: 2010-5988
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This rule amends the procedures governing NOAA's administrative proceedings for the assessment of civil penalties; suspension, revocation, modification, or denial of permits; issuance and use of written warnings; and release or forfeiture of seized property. The principal change removes the requirement that an Administrative Law Judge state good reason(s) for departing from the civil penalty or permit sanction assessed by NOAA in its charging document. This revision eliminates any presumption in favor of the civil penalty or permit sanction assessed by NOAA. The other change corrects a clerical error in a citation to rules pertaining to protective orders issued by Administrative Law Judges.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Notice of Intent to Prepare a Recovery Plan for Central California Coast Coho Salmon
Document Number: 2010-5983
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Draft Recovery Plan for Central California Coast coho salmon (Draft Plan) is available for public
Fisheries off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Trawl Rationalization Program
Document Number: 2010-5922
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a workshop to solicit feedback from owners and managers of shoreside processors that intend to take delivery of trawl- caught groundfish under the proposed Trawl Rationalization Program. We are interested in feedback concerning proposed regulations to improve catch monitoring and accounting in the trawl fisheries. Specifically, we seek feedback into proposed requirements for catch weighing, and the development of Catch Monitoring and Control Plans (CMCPs) that shoreside processors would be required to submit and conduct operations under. The workshop is open to the public, but NMFS is particularly seeking participation by people who are knowledgeable about the operations of shoreside processors that intend to participate in the rationalized trawl fishery.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-5905
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Administrative Committee will hold meetings.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 2010-5892
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-03-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA AA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes annual management measures promulgated as regulations by the IPHC and approved by the Secretary of State governing the Pacific halibut fishery. The AA also announces modifications to the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) for Area 2A (waters off the U.S. West Coast) and implementing regulations for 2010, and announces approval of the Area 2A CSP. These actions are intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) (Councils).