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

New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-12935
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) VMS/ Enforcement Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops
Document Number: 2010-12919
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in July, August, and September of 2010. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be held in 2010.
Taking of Threatened or Endangered Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Issuance of Permit
Document Number: 2010-12916
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS hereby issues a permit for a period of three years to authorize the incidental, but not intentional, taking of individuals of the Central North Pacific (CNP) stock of endangered humpback whales by the Hawaii-based longline fisheries (deep-set and shallow-set). This authorization is based on determinations that mortality and serious injury of humpback whales incidental to commercial fishing will have a negligible impact on the CNP stock of humpback whales, that a recovery plan has been developed, that a monitoring program is established, that vessels in the fisheries are registered, and that the MMPA does not require a take reduction plan (TRP) at this time.
Marine Mammals; receipt of application for permit amendment
Document Number: 2010-12824
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Peter Tyack, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA has applied for an amendment to Permit No. 14241 to conduct research on marine mammals.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-12803
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Reductions to Trip Limits for Five Groundfish Stocks
Document Number: 2010-12785
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action decreases the landing limit for Gulf of Maine (GOM) haddock, Georges Bank (GB) haddock, GOM winter flounder, GB winter flounder, and GB yellowtail flounder for Northeast (NE) multispecies vessels fishing under common pool regulations for the 2010 fishing year (FY). This action is authorized by the regulations implementing Amendment 16 and Framework Adjustment 44 (FW 44) to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and is intended to decrease the likelihood of harvest exceeding the subcomponent of the annual catch limit (ACL) allocated to the common pool (common pool sub-ACL) for each of these five stocks during FY 2010 (May 1, 2010, through April 30, 2011). This action is being taken to optimize the harvest of NE regulated multispecies under the authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-12777
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene public meetings.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings
Document Number: 2010-12776
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold scoping hearings for an amendment (Amendment 14) to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Revisions to Framework Adjustment 44 to the Northeast Multispecies Fishery Management Plan and Sector Annual Catch Entitlements: Updated Annual Catch Limits for Sectors and the Common Pool for Fishing Year 2010
Document Number: 2010-12657
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Based on finalized Northeast (NE) multispecies sector rosters submitted on April 30, 2010, NMFS announces adjustments to the NE multispecies fishing year (FY) 2010 specification of annual catch limits (ACLs) for common pool vessels (common pool sub-ACLs), ACLs for sector vessels (sector sub-ACLs), and sector Annual Catch Entitlements (ACEs) for each of the 20 groundfish stocks managed under the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This revision to catch levels is necessary because some vessel owners have chosen to drop out of sectors and fish in the common pool for FY 2010.
Listing Endangered and Threatened Species: Completion of a Review of the Status of the Oregon Coast Evolutionarily Significant Unit of Coho Salmon; Proposal to Promulgate Rule Classifying Species as Threatened
Document Number: 2010-12635
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), propose to affirm the Endangered Species Act (ESA) status for the Oregon Coast (OC) Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) by promulgating a rule that will supersede our February 11, 2008, listing determination for this ESU. This proposal will also serve as our announcement of the outcome of a new review of the status of this ESU and request for public comment on the proposal to promulgate the OC coho salmon ESU listing determination. On February 11, 2008, we listed the OC coho salmon ESU as threatened, designated critical habitat, and issued final protective regulations under section the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (February 11, 2008). The ESA listing status of the OC coho salmon ESU has been controversial and has attracted litigation in the past. This listing determination is the result of a settlement agreement. This new listing determination will supersede our February 11, 2008, listing determination for this ESU. Our February 11, 2008, determination establishing protective regulations under the ESA and designating critical habitat for this ESU will remain in effect.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-12623
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.
Marine Mammals; File No. 13599
Document Number: 2010-12561
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the National Ocean Service Marine Forensic Lab (NOS Lab, Julie Carter, Principal Investigator), 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 13599.
Response to Comments on the Second Round of Nominated Sites to the National System of MPAs
Document Number: 2010-12452
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA and the Department of the Interior (DOI) invited federal, state, commonwealth, and territorial MPA programs with potentially eligible existing MPAs to nominate their sites to the national system of MPAs (national system). This was the second round of nominations, following the nomination of 225 sites in the initial round of nominations, completed in April 2009. For the second round, a total of 32 nominations were received. Following a 45-day public review period, 114 public comments were received by the National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPA Center) and forwarded to the relevant managing agencies. After review of the public comments, managing agencies were asked to make a final determination of sites to nominate to the national system. All the nominations were confirmed by the managing agencies. Finding them to be eligible for the national system, the MPA Center has accepted the nominations for 29 sites and placed them on the List of National System MPAs.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Amendment 10; Correction
Document Number: 2010-12388
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On March 11, 2010, a final rule to implement Amendment 10 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) was published in the Federal Register. The regulatory text specifying gear restrictions did not reflect the increase in the minimum mesh size requirement for net strengtheners in the Loligo fishery from 4 \1/2\ inches (11.43 cm) to 5 inches (12.7 cm) that was enacted in the MSB specifications and management measures for the 2010 fishing year. This document corrects that error.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic; Revisions To Allowable Bycatch Reduction Devices
Document Number: 2010-12384
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the framework procedures for adjusting management measures of the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf FMP) and the Fishery Management Plan for the Shrimp Fishery of the South Atlantic region (South Atlantic FMP) NMFS provisionally recertifies two bycatch reduction devices (BRDs) and revises the construction and installation requirements of one of these BRD designs in the southeastern shrimp fishery. The intended effect of this rule is to improve bycatch reduction in the shrimp fishery and better meet the requirements of National Standard 9.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Amendment 31; Correction
Document Number: 2010-12383
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document contains a correction to the final rule to implement Amendment 31 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico that was published in the Federal Register Monday, April 26, 2010.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-12331
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Hawaii Plan Team (PT).
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-12317
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Spiny Lobster Committee and Advisory Panel jointly with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Spiny Lobster Committee and Advisory Panel, a meeting of its Mackerel Committee jointly with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council's Mackerel Committee, and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session, and a public comment session regarding agenda items. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-12312
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS) will hold a work session by telephone conference to develop recommendations for the June 2010 Council meeting.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and the Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); spiny lobster.
Document Number: 2010-12311
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice updates information relative to the SEDAR update assessment of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico stock of spiny lobster. This update will consist of a series of webinars and an Update Workshop. This assessment will update the stock assessment conducted under SEDAR 8. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. The original notice published in the Federal Register on March 2, 2010, 75 FR 9397.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Northwest Pacific Ocean, July Through September 2010
Document Number: 2010-12296
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received an application from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO), a part of Columbia University, for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical survey at the Shatsky Rise in the northwest Pacific Ocean, July through September, 2010. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to L-DEO to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, 34 species of marine mammals during the specified activity.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Missile Launch Operations from San Nicolas Island, CA
Document Number: 2010-12294
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a letter of authorization (LOA) has been issued to the Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, U.S. Navy (Navy), to take three species of seals and sea lions incidental to missile launch operations from San Nicolas Island (SNI), California, a military readiness activity.
Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the Explosive Removal of Offshore Structures in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2010-12293
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued one-year Letters of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals incidental to the explosive removal of offshore oil and gas structures (EROS) in the Gulf of Mexico.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-12291
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish/Scallop Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Community Development Program Process
Document Number: 2010-12283
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) proposes to amend the fishery ecosystem plans (FEPs) for American Samoa, Hawaii, Marianas, and western Pacific Pelagics. If approved by the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), the amendments would establish requirements and procedures for reviewing and approving community development plans for access to western Pacific fisheries. The intent of the amendments is to promote the participation of island communities in fisheries that they have traditionally depended upon, but may not have the capabilities to support continued and substantial participation in, possibly due to economic, regulatory, or other constraints.
Fisheries of the Northeast Region; Pacific Region
Document Number: 2010-12282
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has determined that in the Northeast Region, Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank pollock, Gulf of Maine/Georges Bank windowpane and Northwestern Atlantic Coast witch flounder are subject to overfishing and are in an overfished condition. Also, in the Northeast Region, Southern New England/Mid-Atlantic windowpane is subject to overfishing and Georges Bank winter flounder is in an overfished condition. In addition, in the Pacific Region, the fall Chinook salmon stock in the Sacramento River has been determined to be in an overfished condition.
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: 2010-12274
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-21
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.
Marine Mammals; File No. 13602
Document Number: 2010-12124
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Terrie Williams, Long Marine Lab, Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 13602.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15537
Document Number: 2010-12123
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Institute for Marine Mammal Studies (IMMS), P.O. Box 207, Gulfport, MS 39502 (Dr. Moby Solangi, Responsible Party), has applied in due form for a permit to obtain stranded, releasable California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) from the National Marine Mammal Stranding Response Program for the purposes of public display.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-11897
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/MPA/Ecosystem Committee in June, 2010 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-11895
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Surfclam, Ocean Quahog and Tilefish Committee, its Research Set-Aside Committee (RSA), its Squid, Mackerel, and Butterfish (SMB) Committee, its Ecosystems and Ocean Planning Committee, and its Executive Committeewill hold public meetings.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-11894
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings in Sitka, AK.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Open Water Marine Survey Program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska
Document Number: 2010-11860
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS received an application from Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed open water marine survey program in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska, between July and October 2010. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to Shell to take, by Level B harassment only, eight species of marine mammals during the specified activity.
2010 Annual Determination for Sea Turtle Observer Requirements
Document Number: 2010-11856
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its final Annual Determination (AD) for 2010, pursuant to its authority under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). Through this AD, NMFS identifies commercial fisheries operating in state and Federal waters in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Pacific Ocean that will be required to take observers upon NMFS' request. The purpose of observing identified fisheries is to learn more about sea turtle interactions in a given fishery, evaluate existing measures to reduce or prevent prohibited sea turtle takes, and to determine whether additional measures to implement the prohibition against sea turtle takes may be necessary. Fisheries identified through this process will remain on the AD, and therefore required to carry observers upon NMFS' request, for 5 years.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic; Red Snapper Closure
Document Number: 2010-11854
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this temporary rule to extend the effective date of interim measures to reduce overfishing of red snapper in the South Atlantic implemented by a temporary rule published by NMFS on December 4, 2009 (74 FR 63673). This temporary rule extends the closure of the commercial and recreational fisheries for red snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic as requested by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). The intended effect of this rule is to reduce overfishing of red snapper in the South Atlantic.
Stanford University Habitat Conservation Plan
Document Number: 2010-11852
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
NMFS and FWS published a notice in the Federal Register on April 12, 2010, announcing the availability of the Stanford University Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan), the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for Authorization of Incidental Take and Implementation of the Plan, and the Implementing Agreement (IA) for public review and comment. The document contained incorrect dates and contact information.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans
Document Number: 2010-11850
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On May 7, 2010, we, NMFS, extended the public comment period for the Draft Recovery Plan for Central California Coast coho salmon
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fisheries; 2010 Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Specifications
Document Number: 2010-11613
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues final specifications for the 2010 Atlantic deep- sea red crab fishery, including a target total allowable catch (TAC) and a fleet-wide days-at-sea (DAS) allocation. The intent of this rulemaking is to specify the target TAC and other management measures in order to manage the red crab resource for fishing year (FY) 2010.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; 2010 Atlantic Bluefish Specifications
Document Number: 2010-11611
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues final specifications for the 2010 Atlantic bluefish fishery, including state-by-state commercial quotas, a recreational harvest limit, and recreational possession limits for Atlantic bluefish off the east coast of the U.S. The intent of these specifications is to establish the allowable 2010 harvest levels and possession limits to attain the target fishing mortality rate (F), consistent with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan (FMP).
Marine Mammals; File No. 15126
Document Number: 2010-11608
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS National Marine Mammal Laboratory, (Responsible Party: Dr. John Bengtson, Director), Seattle, WA, has been issued a permit to conduct research on marine mammals.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Emergency Fisheries Closures in the Southeast Region Due to the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill; Amendment 2
Document Number: 2010-11601
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this emergency rule to close portions of the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf), South Atlantic, and Caribbean exclusive economic zones (Southeast EEZ) to all fishing as necessary when new information becomes available, to respond to the evolving nature of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The closed portions of the Southeast EEZ will be updated on a regular basis and announced to the public via NOAA Weather Radio, fishery bulletin, and NOAA Web site updates. The updated closed area may also be obtained by calling the NMFS Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division at 727-824-5305. This rule replaces the existing closure rule, which became effective May 7, 2010, and will remain in effect until terminated by subsequent rulemaking, which will occur once the existing emergency conditions from the oil spill no longer exist. Fish and shellfish in oil affected waters may be contaminated with levels of hydrocarbons above baseline levels. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers such seafood to be adulterated. The intent of this emergency rule is to prohibit the harvest of adulterated seafood and for public safety.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Marine Mammal Stranding Report/Marine Mammal Rehabilitation Disposition Report
Document Number: 2010-11544
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-14
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; Applications and Reporting Requirements for the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals by Specified Activities (Other Than Commercial Fishing Operations) Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (fka Applications and Reporting Requirements for the Incidental Take of Marine Mammals by Specified Activities Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act)
Document Number: 2010-11502
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-14
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; Highly Migratory Species Dealer Reporting Family of Forms
Document Number: 2010-11497
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-14
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.
International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Restrictions and Observer Requirements in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2009-2011
Document Number: 2010-11348
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-05-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the catch retention requirements for U.S. purse seine fishing vessels operating in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention Area) will be applicable from 00:00 on June 14, 2010, Universal Coordinated Time (UTC). In accordance with regulations, the requirements will be applicable until 24:00 on December 31, 2011, UTC, or until nullified by a notification in the Federal Register. This action is being taken to implement, for U.S. fishing vessels, the catch retention measures adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC) at its regular annual session in December 2008. The action will have the effect of requiring that U.S. purse seine vessels do not discard any bigeye tuna, yellowfin tuna, or skipjack tuna at sea within the Convention Area, except in certain specified circumstances.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Spiny Dogfish Amendment 3 Scoping Process
Document Number: 2010-11461
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic and New England Fishery Management Councils
Charter Renewals
Document Number: 2010-11416
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App 2, and the General Services Administration (GSA) rule on Federal Advisory Committee Management, 41 CFR Part 101-6, and after consultation with GSA, the Secretary of Commerce has determined that the renewal of the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES) is in the public interest in connection with the performance of duties imposed on the Department by law. The ACCRES Charter was renewed on April 1, 2010.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-11334
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Eight Regional Fishery Management Councils will convene a meeting of representatives of their respective Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSCs) at the Charleston Marriott, Charleston, SC.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-11333
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Joint Spiny Dogfish Committee and Advisory Panel will hold a meeting via webinar.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-11332
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-05-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Protected Resources Committee will hold a public meeting via webinar.