National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration September 2, 2010 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Proposed Rule To Implement Addenda to 17 Fishing Year (FY) 2010 Sector Operations Plans and Contracts
Document Number: 2010-21996
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action proposes to add certain exemptions from Federal fishing regulations to some or all Northeast (NE) multispecies sector operations plans that were previously approved by the final sector rule published April 9, 2010. That rule approved FY 2010 sector operations plans and contracts and allocations of Annual Catch Entitlements (ACE) for 17 sectors in the NE multispecies fishery. In addition to several universal exemptions approved in the final rule for Amendment 16 the NE Multispecies Fisheries Management Plan (FMP), the final sector rule also approved several additional exemptions from NE multispecies regulations for those sectors that requested them through their respective sector operations plans. The sectors requested several exemptions in the FY 2010 operations plans that NMFS subsequently disapproved for various reasons, including that they were not allowed
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Northern Rockfish for Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-21990
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for northern rockfish for vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of northern rockfish allocated to vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pelagic Shelf Rockfish for Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-21988
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pelagic shelf rockfish for vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of pelagic shelf rockfish allocated to vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
The National Saltwater Angler Registry Program; Designation of Exempted States for Anglers, Spear Fishers, and For-Hire Fishing Vessels
Document Number: 2010-21987
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has designated the states of Alaska, Oregon, California, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, American Samoa and Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands as exempted states for anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels. NMFS has designated the states of Virginia and Massachusetts as exempted states for for-hire fishing vessels.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Modification of the Common Pool Day-at-Sea Accounting and Possession Prohibition for Witch Flounder
Document Number: 2010-21986
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action implements a differential Days-at-Sea (DAS) counting factor of 2.0 to Category A DAS for Northeast (NE) multispecies vessels fishing under common pool regulations for the 2010 fishing year (FY) when fishing in the Inshore Gulf of Maine (GOM) Differential DAS Area, the Offshore GOM Differential DAS Area, the Inshore Georges Bank (GB) Differential Area, and the Offshore GB Differential Area. Vessels may transit the GOM and GB Differential DAS Areas without being charged the differential DAS rate, provided their gear is properly stowed according to the regulations. This action also implements a zero possession limit for witch flounder. The purpose is to decrease the likelihood that catch (landings and discards) of white hake and GOM cod will exceed the subcomponent of the annual catch limit (ACL) allocated to the common pool during FY 2010 (May 1, 2010 through April 30, 2011). Because witch flounder has already exceeded its sub-ACL, this action attempts to minimize additional overharvest by reducing the possession limit to zero. This action is taken under the authority of the regulations implementing Amendment 16 and Framework Adjustment 44 (FW 44) to the NE Multispecies Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch for Vessels Participating in the Rockfish Entry Level Fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2010-21984
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch for vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2010 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch allocated to vessels participating in the rockfish entry level fishery in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Inseason Action To Close the Commercial Porbeagle Shark Fishery
Document Number: 2010-21961
Type: Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is closing the commercial fishery for porbeagle sharks. This action is necessary because landings for the 2010 fishing season has reached at least 80 percent of the available quota.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-21906
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene two meetings of the Annual Catch Limit/Annual Catch Target Control Rule Working Group.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2010-21881
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Spiny Dogfish Monitoring Committee will hold a meeting.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2010-21865
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council;s Gulf of Alaska (GOA) and Bering Sea/Aleutian Islands (BS/AI) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet in Seattle, WA.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Update; Greater Amberjack
Document Number: 2010-21862
Type: Notice
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR update of the assessment of the Gulf of Mexico stock of greater amberjack will consist of a series of webinars. This assessment will update the stock assessment conducted under SEDAR 9. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp and Summer Flounder Trawling Requirements
Document Number: 2010-21823
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2010-09-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to revise the turtle excluder device (TED) requirements to allow the use of new materials and modifications to existing approved TED designs. Specifically, proposed allowable modifications include the use of flat bar, rectangular pipe, and oval pipe as construction materials in currently-approved TED grids; an increase in maximum mesh size on escape flaps from 1\5/8\ to 2 inches (4.1 to 5.1 cm); the inclusion of the Boone Big Boy TED for use in the shrimp fishery; the use of three large TED and Boone Wedge Cut escape openings; and the use of the Chauvin shrimp deflector to improve shrimp retention. NMFS also proposes to allow a new TED for use in the summer flounder fishery. Additionally, there are proposed corrections to the TED regulations to rectify an oversight regarding the maximum size chain that can be used on the Parker TED escape opening flap, and the proposed addition of a brace bar as an allowable modification to hard TEDs.