National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration January 2011 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2011-2130
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued scientific research Permit 15390 to the Resource Conservation District of the Santa Monica Mountains (RCD), in southern California.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; King and Spanish Mackerel Coastal Migratory Pelagic Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Control Date
Document Number: 2011-2129
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that it is establishing a new control date to control future access to the king and Spanish mackerel components of the coastal migratory pelagics fishery operating in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. If changes to the management regime are developed and implemented under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), a control date could be used to further limit the number of participants in the fishery. This announcement is intended, in part, to promote awareness of the potential eligibility criteria for future access so as to discourage speculative entry into the fishery while the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS consider whether and how access to the fishery should be controlled.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Control Date
Document Number: 2011-2125
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that it is establishing a new control date to control future access to the snapper-grouper fishery operating in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic. If changes to the management regime are developed and implemented under the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), a control date could be used to further limit the number of participants in the fishery. This announcement is intended, in part, to promote awareness of the potential eligibility criteria for future access so as to discourage speculative entry into the fishery while the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS consider whether and how access to the snapper-grouper fishery should be controlled.
Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops; Correction
Document Number: 2011-2072
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Due to inclement weather, NMFS cancelled the Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification workshop that was originally scheduled for January 13, 2011, in Manahawkin, NJ. This workshop was announced on December 1, 2010. NMFS has rescheduled the workshop for February 10, 2011, to be held at the same time (of day) and location: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holiday Inn, 151 Route 72 East, Manahawkin, NJ 08050.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery; Closure of the Delmarva Scallop Access Area to Limited Access General Category (LAGC) Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Scallop Vessels
Document Number: 2011-2068
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Delmarva Scallop Access Area will close to LAGC IFQ scallop vessels for the remainder of the 2010 fishing year. Therefore, as of the effective date, no scallop vessel fishing under LAGC IFQ regulations may declare its intent to enter, or fish in the Delmarva Scallop Access Area. This action is based on the determination that 714 general category scallop trips into the Delmarva Access Area are projected to be taken as of 0001 hours, January 29, 2011. This action is being taken to prevent the allocation of LAGC IFQ trips in the Delmarva Scallop Access Area from being exceeded during the 2010 fishing year, in accordance with the regulations implementing Framework 21 to the Atlantic Sea Scallop Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15274
Document Number: 2011-2066
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Dan Salden, Ph.D., Hawaii Whale Research Foundation, 52 Cheshire Drive, Maryville, IL 62062, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2011-2064
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application for a permit to conduct research for scientific purposes from Stillwater Sciences (Stillwater) in Arcata, California. The requested permit would affect the endangered Southern California (SC) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The public is hereby notified of the availability of the permit application for review and comment before NMFS either approves or disapproves the application.
Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1925
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of the Ecosystem Advisory Subpanel (EAS), which is open to the public.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy Training in the Southern California Range Complex
Document Number: 2011-1847
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to take marine mammals incidental to Navy training, maintenance, and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities to be conducted within the Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex, which extends south and southwest off the southern California coast, for the period of January 22, 2011, through January 21, 2012. NMFS also provides notice that the Integrated Comprehensive Management Program (ICMP) Plan, which is intended for use as a planning tool to focus Navy monitoring priorities pursuant to the MMPA and Endangered Species Act (ESA), has been updated for 2011. NMFS encourages the public to review this document and provide comments, information, and suggestions on the ICMP Plan.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Comprehensive Annual Catch Limit Amendment for the U.S. Caribbean
Document Number: 2011-1842
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS intend to prepare a DEIS to describe and analyze management alternatives to be included in an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendment 6), an amendment to the FMP for Corals and Reef Associated Plants and Invertebrates of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendment 3), an amendment to the FMP for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendment 5), and an amendment to the FMP for the Queen Conch Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands (Amendment 3). These alternatives will consider measures to revise management reference points and status determination criteria, implement annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) to prevent overfishing in both the commercial and recreational sectors, revise management of aquarium trade species, establish recreational bag limits, establish exclusive economic zone sub-boundaries for purposes of applying accountability measures, and establish frameworks to adjust management measures as needed to constrain harvest to specified ACLs. The purpose of this notice of intent is to solicit public comments on the scope of issues to be addressed in the DEIS.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Annual Specifications
Document Number: 2011-1839
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes a regulation to implement the annual harvest guideline (HG) and seasonal allocations for Pacific sardine in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast for the fishing season of January 1, 2011, through December 31, 2011. This rule is proposed according to the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The proposed 2011 maximum HG for Pacific sardine is 50,526 metric tons (mt), of which 4,200 mt would initially be set aside for potential use under an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP). The remaining 46,326 mt, constituting the initial commercial fishing HG, would be divided across the seasonal allocation periods in the following way: January 1-June 3016,214 mt would be allocated for directed harvest with an incidental set-aside of 1,000 mt; July 1- September 1418,530 mt would be allocated for directed harvest with an incidental set-aside of 1,000 mt; September 15-December 3111,582 mt would be allocated for directed harvest with an incidental set-aside of 1,000 mt, plus an additional 2,000 mt set aside to buffer against reaching the total HG. This rule is intended to conserve and manage Pacific sardine off the West Coast.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15453
Document Number: 2011-1789
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Waikiki Aquarium, 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 96815 (Dr. Andrew Rossiter, Responsible Party), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on and enhancement of captive Hawaiian monk seals.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1763
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a peer review of work completed by its Habitat Plan Development Team on February 15-17, 2011. The review panel is being convened for the purpose of providing expert technical comments and advice on the use of the Swept Area Seabed Impact model in Council fishery management plans. The model is a geo-referenced analytical tool that is intended to estimate the adverse effects (Z) of fishing on seabed structures by combining fishing effort data, seabed substrate and energy data and gear specific habitat vulnerability parameters. This tool will enable a better understanding of fishing gear impacts on benthic habitats, the spatial distribution of benthic habitat vulnerability to particular fishing gears, and the distribution of adverse effects from fishing activities on benthic habitats. Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration.
Availability of Seats for the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council
Document Number: 2011-1659
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The ONMS is seeking applications for the following vacant positions on the Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: Boating Industry (alternate), Citizen at LargeMiddle Keys (alternate), and Citizen at LargeUpper Keys (alternate). 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.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher/Processors Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2011-1643
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by pot catcher/processors in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for pot catcher/processors in the BSAI.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy's Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training
Document Number: 2011-1642
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a letter of authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to take marine mammals incidental to Navy training, maintenance, and research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) activities to be conducted within the Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) Study Area for the period of January 22, 2011, through January 21, 2012. NMFS also provides notice that the Integrated Comprehensive Management Program (ICMP) Plan, which is intended for use as a planning tool to focus Navy monitoring priorities pursuant to the MMPA and Endangered Species Act (ESA), has been updated for 2010. NMFS encourages the public to review this document and provide comments, information, and suggestions on the ICMP Plan.
Hawaii Crustacean Fisheries; 2011 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Lobster Harvest Guideline
Document Number: 2011-1640
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the annual harvest guideline for the commercial lobster fishery in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) for calendar year 2011 is established at zero lobsters.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessels Harvesting Pacific Cod for Processing by the Offshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-1634
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by non- American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessels that are subject to sideboard limits harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 Pacific cod sideboard limit established for non-AFA crab vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Endangered Species; File No. 15552
Document Number: 2011-1632
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the National Marine Fisheries Service Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) [Bonnie Ponwith: Responsible Party], 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149, has applied in due form for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and unidentified hardshell sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals
Document Number: 2011-1631
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS, (Assistant Administrator) has issued a 5-year affirmative finding for the Government of Guatemala under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). This affirmative finding will allow yellowfin tuna harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the International Dolphin Conservation Program (IDCP) by Guatemalan-flag purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under Guatemalan jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding was based on review of documentary evidence submitted by the Government of Guatemala and obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) and the U.S. Department of State.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meetings; Correction
Document Number: 2011-1559
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings. Additional items have been added to the agenda. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Expenditure Survey of Golden Crab Fishermen in the U.S. South Atlantic Region
Document Number: 2011-1515
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
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; Implantation and Recovery of Archival Tags for Highly Migratory Species
Document Number: 2011-1514
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-26
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.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Test Pile Program
Document Number: 2011-1528
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to pile driving activities as part of a test pile program. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to the Navy to take, by Level B Harassment only, five species of marine mammals during the specified activity.
National Sea Grant Advisory Board; Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1418
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board). Board members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://www.seagrant.noaa.gov/leadership/ advisory_board.html.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Certification Requirements for NOAA's Hydrographic Product Quality Assurance Program
Document Number: 2011-1372
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
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.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Greater Amberjack Management Measures
Document Number: 2011-1370
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
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 establish a June through July seasonal closure of the recreational sector for greater amberjack in or from the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) exclusive economic zone (EEZ). The intended effect of the proposed rule is to maintain the rebuilding plan targets for the overfished greater amberjack resource, reduce the likelihood of exceeding the recreational quota for greater amberjack, minimize in-season quota closures for greater amberjack during peak recreational fishing months, and increase social and economic benefits for Gulf recreational fishers by maximizing the number of fishing days available to the recreation sector. This rule also proposes revisions to the codified text to clarify the definition of a venting device used to deflate the abdominal cavity of a Gulf reef fish.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-1369
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 610 in the GOA.
National Saltwater Angler Registry Program
Document Number: 2011-1368
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has designated the States of Maine, Florida and Louisiana as exempted States for anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels. NMFS has designated the States of Massachusetts, Maryland and Virginia as exempted States for anglers and spear fishers.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Greater Than or Equal to 60 Feet (18.3 Meters) Length Overall Using Pot Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2011-1362
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 Pacific cod total allowable catch (TAC) specified for pot catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA in the BSAI.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-1361
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15510
Document Number: 2011-1359
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Jennifer Burns, Ph.D., University of Alaska Anchorage, Biology Department, 3101 Science Circle, Anchorage, AK, has applied in due form for a permit to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts for scientific research.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Exploration Drilling Programs in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, AK
Document Number: 2011-1357
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On April 19, 2010, and May 7, 2010, NMFS published notices of proposed Incidental Harassment Authorizations (IHAs) for the take of small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment, by Shell Offshore Inc. (Shell) incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) leases in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska, during July through October, 2010. Notice is hereby given that these IHAs were not issued, and Shell did not conduct the proposed exploration drilling programs in 2010.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1341
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC) will hold a meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee's (SSC) Social and Economic Subpanel to review the Gulf of Mexico Red Grouper Evaluation, review draft Regulatory Amendment 9 to the Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan for the South Atlantic addressing commercial trip limits, discuss snapper grouper and golden crab draft catch share amendments, discuss the development of annual advisory panel reports, and discuss methodologies for predicting future catch levels for use in amendment analyses. The meeting will be held in North Charleston, SC. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2011-1255
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) and its Squid, Mackerel, Butterfish Committee with Advisors, its Surfclam/Ocean Quahog/Tilefish Committee, its Ecosystem/Ocean Planning Committee, its Research Set-Aside (RSA) Committee and its, Executive Committee will hold public meetings.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1254
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Tule Chinook Workgroup (TCW) will hold a meeting to review initial work products and revise future work plans relative to developing an abundance-based harvest management approach for Columbia River natural tule Chinook. This meeting of the TCW is open to the public.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-1239
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a webinar.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Queen Conch Fishery of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands; Queen Conch Management Measures
Document Number: 2011-1182
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This proposed rule would implement measures to address overfishing of Caribbean queen conch in the U.S. Caribbean. If promulgated, this rule would extend the queen conch seasonal closure from 3 months to 5 months, and prohibit fishing for and possession of queen conch in or from the Caribbean exclusive economic zone (EEZ) east of 64[deg]34' W. longitude, which includes Lang Bank east of St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI), when harvest and possession of queen conch is prohibited in St. Croix territorial waters as a result of a territorial quota closure. The intended effects of this proposed rule are to prevent additional fishing pressure on queen conch in the U.S. Caribbean, and to improve enforcement of regulations affecting the queen conch resource by improving compatibility among Federal and territorial regulations.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Annual Specifications
Document Number: 2011-1181
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to implement the annual harvest guideline (HG) for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the Pacific coast. The HG accords with the regulations implementing the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and establishes allowable harvest levels for Pacific mackerel off the Pacific coast. The total HG for the 2010-2011 fishing year is 11,000 metric tons (mt) divided into a directed fishery HG of 8,000 mt and an incidental fishery of 3,000 mt. If 8,000 mt are landed, the directed fishery for Pacific mackerel will close and a 45-percent by weight incidental trip allowance for landing Pacific mackerel with other CPS will be implemented, with the exception that 1 mt may be landed per trip without any other CPS.
Marine Mammals; File No. 14259
Document Number: 2011-1179
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that The Burke Museum of Natural History and Culture (Julie Stein, Responsible Party), University of Washington, Box 353010, 17th Ave NE. at NE. 45th Street, Seattle, WA 98195, has applied in due form for a permit to import, export, receive, possess, analyze, and archive marine mammal parts for scientific research.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2011-1108
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Alaska Region Bering Sea & Aleutian Islands Crab Permits
Document Number: 2011-957
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
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; Alaska Region; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Arbitration
Document Number: 2011-956
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
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.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-941
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a meeting of its SSC to discuss the findings of its Socio-Economic sub-panel. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Endangered Species Permit No. 1578-01 and Permit No. 1595-04
Document Number: 2011-1039
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given the following applicants have been issued a modification to research permits (Permit Nos. 1578 and 1595- 03) to take shortnose sturgeon for purposes of scientific research: Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) (Gail S. Wippelhauser, Principal Investigator), 21 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333 (Permit No. 1578); and Michael M. Hastings, University of Maine, 5717 Corbett Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (Permit No. 1595-03).
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; U.S. Navy Training in the Hawaii Range Complex
Document Number: 2011-1035
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to take marine mammals incidental to training and research activities conducted within the Hawaii Range Complex (HRC) for the period of January 15, 2011, through January 14, 2012. NMFS also provides notice that the Integrated Comprehensive Management Program (ICMP) Plan, which is intended for use as a planning tool to focus Navy monitoring priorities pursuant to the MMPA and Endangered Species Act (ESA), has been updated for 2010. NMFS encourages the public to review this document and provide comments, information, and suggestions on the ICMP Plan.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy's Mission Activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division
Document Number: 2011-1030
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
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 NMFS has issued a one-year Letter of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to the U.S. Navy's Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) mission activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) to the Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, 110 Vernon Avenue, Panama City, FL 32407-7001 and persons operating under his authority.
National Annual Catch Limit Science Workshop; Meeting Announcement
Document Number: 2011-1025
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a workshop which will focus potential areas of improvement in scientific information needed to support Annual Catch Limits (ACL) and Accountability Measures (AM). The meeting will be held on February 15-17, 2011, at the Crowne Plaza, Silver Spring, MD. Meeting topics are provided under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Non-American Fisheries Act Crab Vessels Harvesting Pacific Cod for Processing by the Inshore Component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-1010
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by non- American Fisheries Act (AFA) crab vessels that are subject to sideboard limits harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2011 Pacific cod sideboard limit established for non-AFA crab vessels harvesting Pacific cod for processing by the inshore component in the Central Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Sculpins, Sharks, Squid, and Octopus in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-1006
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-01-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for sculpins, sharks, squid, and octopus in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2011 total allowable catch (TAC) of sculpins, sharks, squid, and octopus in the GOA.