Nominations to the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to serve on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC or Committee) beginning in January 2011. MAFAC is the only Federal advisory committee with the responsibility to advise the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) on all matters concerning living marine resources that are the responsibility of the Department of Commerce. The Committee makes recommendations to the Secretary to assist in the development and implementation of Departmental regulations, policies and programs critical to the mission and goals of the NMFS. Nominations are encouraged from all interested parties involved with or representing interests affected by NMFS actions in managing living marine resources. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in a field related to the management of living marine resources and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for two annual meetings. Individuals serve for a term of three years for no more than two consecutive terms if re-appointed. NMFS is seeking qualified nominees to fill upcoming vacancies being created by vacancies and the expiration of an existing appointment in January, thereby bringing the Committee to its full complement of 21 members.
Eastern North Pacific Gray Whale; Notice of Extension of Public Comment Period on Marine Mammal Protection Act Petition
On November 9, 2010, NMFS announced receipt of a petition to designate the Eastern North Pacific population of gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) as a depleted stock under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and solicited comments on the petition. NMFS is extending the public comment period on the petition until December 8, 2010.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting of Sea Turtle Entanglement in Fishing Gear or Marine Debris
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.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a meeting of its Spiny Lobster Committee, Personnel Committee (Closed Session), King and Spanish Mackerel Committee, Ecosystem-Based Management Committee, Golden Crab Committee, Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR) Committee (a portion of the meeting will be closed), Joint Executive and Finance Committees, Standard Operating, Policy and Procedures (SOPPs) Committee, Snapper Grouper 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, a public comment session regarding agenda items, and public comment on Regulatory Amendment 10. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional details.