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

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Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Deep-Water Species Fishery by Catcher Vessels in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2011-17041
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for species that comprise
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16985
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Amendment 11
Document Number: 2011-16964
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 11 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish (MSB) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) (Amendment 11), incorporating the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) and the Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (IRFA), for review by the Secretary of Commerce and is requesting comments from the public.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery; Amendment 3
Document Number: 2011-16895
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 3 to the Atlantic Deep-Sea Red Crab Fishery Management Plan (Red Crab FMP). The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) developed Amendment 3 to bring the Red Crab FMP into compliance with the annual catch limit (ACL) and accountability measure (AM) requirements of the Magnuson- Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). Although recommended by the Council as part of Amendment 3, this proposed rule announces NMFS' intention to disapprove a proposed measure to modify the existing trap restrictions and a proposed measure to remove the prohibition on landing more than one standard tote of female red crabs.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Port of Anchorage Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project
Document Number: 2011-16893
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-06
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 the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has issued a Letter of Authorization (LOA) to the Port of Anchorage (POA) and the U.S. Department of Transportation Maritime Administration (MARAD), to take four species of marine mammals incidental to the POA's Marine Terminal Redevelopment Project (MTRP).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Closure of the Directed Butterfish Fishery
Document Number: 2011-16885
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the directed fishery for butterfish in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) will be closed effective 0001 hours, July 6, 2011. Vessels issued a Federal permit to harvest butterfish may not retain or land more than 250 lb (0.11 mt) of butterfish per trip for the remainder of the year (through December 31, 2011). This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from exceeding its domestic annual harvest (DAH) of 495 mt, and to allow for effective management of this stock.
Payment Policy Change for Access to NOAA Environmental Data, Information, and Related Products and Services
Document Number: 2011-16812
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA's National Data Centers will not accept checks (nor money orders) in payment for orders. Prepayment is required and the accepted forms of payment are Visa, MasterCard, American Express, Discover, wire transfers and Automated Clearing House. Please refer to the NNDC Non- Federal Customer Payment Policy for additional information.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Operation of Offshore Oil and Gas Facilities in the U.S. Beaufort Sea
Document Number: 2011-16327
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. (BP) for authorization for the take of marine mammals incidental to operation of offshore oil and gas facilities in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, Alaska, for the period 2011-2016. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing to issue regulations to govern that take and requesting information, suggestions, and comments on these proposed regulations. These regulations, if issued, would include required mitigation measures to ensure the least practicable adverse impact on the affected marine mammal species and stocks.
Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement and Final Habitat Conservation Plan
Document Number: 2011-16781
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) (collectively the Services) announce the availability of the final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) associated with the applications received from the City of Kent (Kent), Washington, for Incidental Take Permits (ITPs) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We also announce the availability of Kent's Clark Springs Water Supply System Habitat Conservation Plan (HCP) and Implementing Agreement (IA). The final EIS addresses the Services' proposed issuance of ITPs to Kent for water withdrawal and habitat restoration actions on Rock Creek, King County, Washington. The proposed ITPs would authorize incidental take of three listed and six unlisted species of fish covered by Kent's Clark Springs Water Supply HCP. This notice provides an opportunity for the public to review the final EIS, HCP, and IA.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Quotas and Atlantic Tuna Fisheries Management Measures
Document Number: 2011-16769
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is modifying Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) base quotas for all domestic fishing categories; establishing BFT quota specifications for the 2011 fishing year; reinstating pelagic longline target catch requirements for retaining BFT in the Northeast Distant Gear Restricted Area (NED); amending the Atlantic tunas possession-at-sea and landing regulations to allow removal of Atlantic tunas tail lobes; and clarifying the transfer-at-sea regulations for Atlantic tunas. This action is necessary to implement recommendations of the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), as required by the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), and to achieve domestic management objectives under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16686
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Pacific Albacore Logbook
Document Number: 2011-16648
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
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. Public Law 104-13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)).
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2011-16647
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and the Bluefish, Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committees will hold public meetings.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16646
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-05
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 July, 2011, 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.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Vessel Monitoring Systems
Document Number: 2011-16620
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-07-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule on June 21, 2011, concerning modifications to vessel monitoring system (VMS) requirements in Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) fisheries. The proposed rule contained information on public hearings being held in Saint Petersburg, FL, New Orleans/Kenner, LA, and Atlantic City, NJ. In this notice, NMFS includes information for additional public hearings being held in Manteo, NC, and Peabody, MA.
International Fisheries; Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Bluefin Tuna Import, Export, Re-Export
Document Number: 2011-16619
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Through the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT), it has come to the attention of NMFS that Libyan vessels may not be meeting ICCAT requirements for Atlantic bluefin tuna fishing in the Mediterranean. NMFS advises importers to take great care with respect to any import of Atlantic bluefin tuna harvested by Libyan vessels in 2011, as these shipments may have been illegally harvested and could be subject to increased scrutiny and potential liability.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Western Gulf of Alaska, June to August, 2011
Document Number: 2011-16606
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) regulation, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University (L-DEO) to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical survey in the western Gulf of Alaska (GOA), June to August, 2011.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; National Saltwater Angler Registry and State Exemption Program
Document Number: 2011-16594
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16586
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Advisory Panel, in July, 2011, 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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Fishermen's Contingency Fund
Document Number: 2011-16553
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16536
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
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 Advisory Panel, in July, 2011, 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.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Coral Reef Conservation Program Survey
Document Number: 2011-16525
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
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; StormReadyTM
Document Number: 2011-16523
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-07-01
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.
Marine Mammals; File No. 15488
Document Number: 2011-16519
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division [Responsible Party: Dan Forster], to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Recreational Management Measures for the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fisheries; 2011 Scup Specifications; Fishing Year 2011
Document Number: 2011-16517
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements an increase to the scup commercial and recreational landing allowances for 2011 (specifications) and management measures for the 2011 summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass recreational fisheries in Federal waters. These actions are necessary to comply with regulations implementing the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan (FMP) and to ensure compliance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). The intent of the scup increase is to enable greater commercial and recreational harvest opportunities while preventing overfishing on the scup stock. Recreational management measures are similarly intended to ensure that overfishing the summer flounder, scup, and black sea bass resources in 2011 is unlikely to occur.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Test Pile Program
Document Number: 2011-16515
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, five species of marine mammals during pile driving activities conducted as part of a test pile program in the Hood Canal, Washington.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: 2011-16512
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the commercial Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. These actions, which are authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (FMP), are intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund
Document Number: 2011-16454
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces approval of a marine conservation plan for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
Workshop-Monitoring Changes in Extreme Storm Statistics: State of Knowledge; Notice of Open Public Workshop
Document Number: 2011-16428
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice sets forth the schedule and topics of an upcoming workshop hosted by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center in Asheville, North Carolina. Invited participants will discuss topics as outlined below. Members of the public are invited to attend the workshop, and are required to fulfill a request to RSVP to brooke.stewart@noaa.gov by 5 p.m. EDT, Friday, July 14, 2011 if they wish to attend. The workshop is to be held in a federal facility; building-security restrictions preclude attendance by members of the public who do not RSVP by the deadline. Space is also limited and public attendees will be admitted based on the order in which RSVPs are received. The public will be invited to offer their comments during a 30- minute period to be held from 9:30 to 10 a.m. on Monday, July 25, 2011. Each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of five minutes.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Vessel Monitoring Systems; Correction
Document Number: 2011-16331
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) published a proposed rule in the Federal Register of June 21, 2011, concerning modifications to Vessel Monitoring System requirements in Atlantic HMS fisheries. The document contained an incorrect time for a public hearing in Atlantic City, New Jersey. This document corrects that error. All other information contained in the proposed rule has not been changed.
List of Fisheries for 2012
Document Number: 2011-16209
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2012, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The proposed LOF for 2012 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NMFS must classify each commercial fishery on the LOF into one of three categories under the MMPA based upon the level of serious injury and mortality of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery in the LOF determines whether participants in that fishery are subject to certain provisions of the MMPA, such as registration, observer coverage, and take reduction plan (TRP) requirements.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Electronic Dealer Reporting Requirements
Document Number: 2011-16208
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This proposed rule would require that Federal Atlantic swordfish, shark, and tunas dealers report commercially harvested Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and bigeye, albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack (BAYS) tunas to NMFS through an electronic reporting system. At this time, Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) dealers would not be required to report bluefin tuna through this electronic reporting system, as a separate reporting system is currently in place for this species. This rulemaking also proposes that a dealer would only be authorized to receive commercially harvested Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and BAYS tunas if the dealer's previous reports have been submitted by the dealer and received by NMFS in a timely manner. Any delinquent reports would need to be submitted by the dealer and received by NMFS before a dealer could receive commercially harvested Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and BAYS tunas from a Federally permitted U.S. vessel. Finally, this rulemaking proposes that all first receivers of commercially harvested Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and BAYS tunas by Federally permitted U.S. vessels must obtain a corresponding Federal Atlantic swordfish, shark, and/or tunas dealer permit. First receivers must report the associated catch to NMFS through the electronic reporting system. These measures are necessary to ensure timely and accurate reporting, which is critical for quota monitoring and management of these species.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Coastal Commercial Fireworks Displays at Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, CA
Document Number: 2011-16204
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, two species of marine mammals incidental to permitting professional fireworks displays within the sanctuary in California waters.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Amendment 13 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan; Annual Catch Limits
Document Number: 2011-16184
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this proposed rule to implement Amendment 13 to the Coastal Pelagic Species (CPS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). This proposed rule will implement parts of proposed Amendment 13 to the CPS FMP, which is intended to ensure the FMP is consistent with advisory guidelines published in Federal regulations. Amendment 13 revises the framework process currently in place to set and adjust fishery specifications and management measures and modifies this framework to include the specification new reference points such as annual catch limit (ACL).
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16170
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Law Enforcement AP in Orlando, FL.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-16168
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-28
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 (SSC) to discuss the Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) recommendation for Atlantic Migratory Group Spanish mackerel and assessment priorities for 2013. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod Allocations in the Gulf of Alaska; Amendment 83
Document Number: 2011-16163
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendment 83 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Gulf of Alaska (FMP) to NMFS for review. If approved, Amendment 83 would establish Pacific cod allocations in the Central and Western Gulf of Alaska regulatory areas among various sectors and seasonal apportionments thereof. This action also would limit access to the Pacific cod parallel fishery for Federal fishery participants. This action is necessary to reduce the uncertainty regarding the distribution of Pacific cod catch, enhance stability among the sectors, maintain processing limits to protect coastal fishing communities, and provide entry-level opportunities for the jig sector. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Endangered Species; File No. 16253
Document Number: 2011-16043
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC; Responsible Party: Bonnie Ponwith), has applied in due form for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles for scientific research.
Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Mechanism for Specifying Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures
Document Number: 2011-16040
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule establishes the procedures and timing for specifying annual catch limits (ACLs) and accountability measures (AMs) for western Pacific fisheries. The final rule is intended to help NMFS end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and achieve optimum yield.
Western Pacific Pelagic Fisheries; Prohibiting Longline Fishing Within 30 nm of the Northern Mariana Islands
Document Number: 2011-16039
Type: Rule
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule prohibits pelagic longline fishing within approximately 30 nautical miles (nm) of the islands of the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI). By establishing a longline fishing prohibited area around the CNMI, NMFS intends to reduce the potential for nearshore localized fish depletion from longline fishing, and to limit catch competition and gear conflicts between the CNMI- based longline and trolling fleets. This rule also makes several administrative clarifications to the pelagic fishing regulations.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: 2011-16037
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) warrants further consideration. The application was submitted by members of the Pacific sardine fishing industry who request an exemption from seasonal closures of the directed fishery to conduct a survey designed to estimate the population size of Pacific sardine. NMFS requests public comment on the application. NMFS will make a final decision about whether to issue an EFP after consideration of those comments.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-15929
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Catch Share Panel of the Caribbean Fishery Management Council will hold a public meeting to discuss the issues contained in the enclosed agenda.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-15911
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a meeting of the Ad Hoc Commercial Reef Fish Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Advisory Panel.
Marine Mammals; File No. 14502
Document Number: 2011-15899
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to Russell Fielding, Louisiana State University, Room 227, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803 to import samples from Risso's (Grampus griseus), spinner (Stenella longirostris), and spotted (S. frontalis) dolphins and short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) for the purpose of scientific research.
Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Sea Turtle Conservation and Recovery Actions and To Conduct Public Scoping Meetings
Document Number: 2011-15898
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS intends to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS) and to conduct public scoping meetings to comply with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) by assessing potential impacts resulting from the proposed implementation of new sea turtle regulatory requirements in the shrimp fishery of the southeastern United States. These requirements are proposed to protect threatened and endangered sea turtles in the western Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico from incidental capture, and would be implemented under the Endangered Species Act (ESA).
Marine Mammals; File No. 16510
Document Number: 2011-15896
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Blank Park Zoo [Kevin V. Drees, Responsible Party], 7401 SW. Ninth, Des Moines, IA 50315, has applied in due form for a permit to import for public display up to five non- releasable California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina).
Endangered Species; File Nos. 16266 and 16291
Document Number: 2011-15894
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Boulevard, Newport News, VA 23602 [Chris Crippen, Responsible Party], and the Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, 10 North Water Street, South Norwalk, CT 06854 [Ellen Riker, Responsible Party] have been issued permits to take shortnose sturgeon for purposes of enhancement.
National Saltwater Angler Registry Program
Document Number: 2011-15893
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has designated the state of New Jersey and the District of Columbia as exempted states for anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in the Central-Western Bering Sea, August 2011; Correction
Document Number: 2011-15861
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On June 8, 2011, a notice was published in the Federal Register announcing that NMFS had received a request for authorization to unintentionally take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey to be conducted in the central-western Bering Sea in August 2011. That document contained a table with incorrect information regarding the occurrence and densities of marine mammals that may occur in or near the proposed seismic survey areas. This document presents a new table with corrections. All other information is unchanged.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2011-15769
Type: Notice
Date: 2011-06-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a public meeting via webinar.