Identification of Nations Whose Fishing Vessels Are Engaged in Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing and/or Bycatch of Protected Living Marine Resources
NMFS is reopening the request for information in order to provide additional opportunities for interested parties to provide information regarding nations whose vessels are engaged in illegal, unregulated, or unreported (IUU) fishing or bycatch of protected living marine resources (PLMRs). Such information will be reviewed for the purposes of the identification of nations pursuant to the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Moratorium Protection Act). On March 5, 2010, NMFS published a request for information, with submissions requested by April 5, 2010. NMFS is now reopening the request for information until April 23, 2010.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of 5-Year Review for Southern Resident Killer Whales
NMFS announces a 5-year review of Southern Resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). A 5-year review is a periodic process conducted to ensure that the listing classification of a species is accurate. A 5- year review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any such information on Southern Resident killer whales that has become available since their original listing as endangered in November 2005. Based on the results of this 5-year review, we will make the requisite finding under the ESA.
Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Russian River Estuary Water Level Management Activities, California
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Sonoma County Water Agency (herein after ``Agency'') to take small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to Russian River Estuary (Estuary) water level management and monitoring activities at the mouth of the Russian River, Jenner, CA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod for American Fisheries Act Catcher Processors Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by American Fisheries Act (AFA) trawl catcher processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2010 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for AFA trawl catcher processors in the BSAI.