National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration August 2013 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 2013-20176
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category daily retention limit from the default limit of one large medium or giant BFT to three large medium or giant BFT for the September, October through November, and December time periods of the 2013 fishing year. This action is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments, and applies to Atlantic tunas General category (commercial) permitted vessels and Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat category permitted vessels when fishing commercially for BFT.
Endangered Species; File Nos. 17557 and 17273
Document Number: 2013-20120
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the National Ocean Service Marine Forensic Lab (NOS Lab) [Responsible Party: M. Katherine Moore], 219 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412 (File No. 17557), and the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Region, Protected Resources Division [Responsible Party: Mary Colligan], 1 Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 (File No. 17273), have been issued permits to take marine mammal and endangered species parts for purposes of scientific research.
Endangered Species; File No. 17405
Document Number: 2013-20119
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that David Lapota, Ph.D., Department of the Navy, SPAWAR Systems Center, Pacific, Environmental Sciences Division, 53475 Strothe Road, San Diego, CA 92152, has been issued a permit to take black abalone (Haliotis cracherodii) for purposes of scientific research.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-20118
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel (AP) will hold a public meeting.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fishery
Document Number: 2013-20028
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule reopens an additional portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area to the harvest of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs. This final rule follows up on a preceding interim final rule that was published in the Federal Register on December 19, 2012. The previous interim final rule reopened a portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area that had been closed to the harvest of Atlantic surfclams and ocean quahogs since 1990 due to the presence of toxins known to cause paralytic shellfish poisoning. However, the area reopened in the interim final rule was reduced in size from the area identified in the proposed rule. Based on comments received on the interim final rule and requests from the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Councils, this final rule will reopen an additional portion of the Georges Bank Closed Area.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Whale Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2013-20026
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We (NMFS) announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the whale shark (Rhincodon typus) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition does not present substantial scientific or commercial information indicating that the petitioned action may be warranted.
Implementation of New Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Science, Observation, Monitoring, and Technology Program
Document Number: 2013-19946
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA announces the implementation, under the authority of the Resources and Ecosystem Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act) of 2012, of a new competitive science program to ensure the long-term sustainability of the Gulf of Mexico ecosystem and the communities that depend on it.
National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Document Number: 2013-19942
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce is announcing a thirty day public comment period for the Wells, Maine National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. Pursuant to 15 CFR Section 921.33(c), the revised plan meets the reserve's requirements for compliance. The Wells Reserve Management Plan revision will replace the plan approved in 2007. The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; the research & monitoring, education, training, and stewardship goals of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The Wells, Maine National Estuarine Research Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research, education, training and stewardship functions to address high priority issues including the impact of climate change of coastal ecosystems and communities, development pressures, population growth, land-use change, habitat fragmentation, and water quality degradation. Since the last management plan, the reserve implemented its core programs and expanded its monitoring infrastructure to include Sentinel Site protocols; enhanced its facilities, including new Visitor Center exhibits and interpretive trail signs; constructed an environmental chamber for year-round research; and furthered land conservation in the reserve's targeted watersheds. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 2,250 acre Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve for the next five years. The Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision can be viewed at www.wellsreserve.org. Comments can be provided to Paul Dest, Reserve Director at dest@wellsnerr.org.
Hydrographic Services Review Panel
Document Number: 2013-19941
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice responds to the Hydrographic Service Improvements Act Amendments of 2002, Public Law 107-372, which requires the Administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), to solicit nominations for membership on the Hydrographic Services Review Panel (HSRP). The HSRP, a Federal advisory committee, advises the Administrator on matters related to the responsibilities and authorities set forth in section 303 of the Hydrographic Services Improvement Act (HSIA) of 1998 (as amended) and such other appropriate matters as the Administrator refers to the Panel for review and advice. Those responsibilities and authorities include, but are not limited to: Acquiring and disseminating hydrographic data and providing hydrographic services, as those terms are defined in the Act; promulgating standards for hydrographic data and services; ensuring comprehensive geographic coverage of hydrographic services; and testing, developing, and operating vessels, equipment, and technologies necessary to ensure safe navigation and maintain operational expertise in hydrographic data acquisition and hydrographic services. The Act states that ``voting members of the Panel shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields relating to hydrographic data and hydrographic services, marine transportation, port administration, vessel pilotage, coastal and fishery management, and other disciplines as determined appropriate by the Administrator.'' The NOAA Administrator welcomes applications from individuals with expertise in navigation data, products and services; marine cartography and geospatial information systems; geodesy; physical oceanography; coastal resource management, including fisheries management and regional marine planning; and other science-related fields. To apply for membership on the Panel, applicants are asked to provide: (1) A cover letter that includes responses to the ``Short Response Questions'' listed below, and (2) a current resume (see ADDRESSES section). NOAA is an equal opportunity employer. Short Response Questions: (1) What area(s) of expertise, as listed above, would you best represent on this panel? (2) What geographic region(s) of the country do you primarily associate your expertise with? (3) Describe your leadership or professional experiences which you believe will contribute to the effectiveness of this panel. (4) Generally describe the breadth and scope of stakeholders, users, or other groups whose views and input you believe you can represent on the panel.
Boundary Expansion of Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary
Document Number: 2013-19940
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On June 14, 2013, NOAA published a proposed rule in the Federal Register to revise the regulations for the boundary of the Thunder Bay National Marine Sanctuary (78 FR 35776). This notice reopens the public comment period stated in that proposed rule until October 18, 2013.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; U.S. Air Force Launches, Aircraft and Helicopter Operations, and Harbor Activities Related to Launch Vehicles From Vandenberg Air Force Base (VAFB), California
Document Number: 2013-19840
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to launching space launch vehicles, intercontinental ballistic and small missiles, aircraft and helicopter operations, and harbor activities related to the Delta IV/Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) at VAFB, CA, from February 2014 through February 2019. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of the USAF's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the USAF's application and request.
Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils
Document Number: 2013-19744
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-15
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
ONMS is seeking applications for vacant seats for 8 of its 13 national marine sanctuary advisory councils and for the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council (advisory councils). Vacant seats, including positions (i.e., primary member and alternate), for each of the advisory councils are listed in this notice under Supplementary Information. 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 primary members or alternates should expect to serve two- or three year terms, pursuant to the charter of the specific national marine sanctuary advisory council or the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Coral Reef Ecosystem Reserve Advisory Council.
Updates to List of National System of Marine Protected Areas MPAs
Document Number: 2013-19743
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National System of Marine Protected Areas (MPAs) provides a mechanism for agencies managing MPAs to work together on common conservation priorities. In January 2013, NOAA and the Department of the Interior (DOI) invited federal, state, commonwealth, territorial and tribal MPA programs with potentially eligible existing MPAs to nominate their sites to the National System of MPAs (national system). A total of 82 nominations were received, including 80 from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife and two from the National Park Service. Following a 60-day public review period of these nominations [78 FR 30870], no public comments were received by the National Marine Protected Areas Center (MPA Center). The managing agencies listed above were then asked to make a final determination of their desire to nominate these sites to the national system, which they subsequently confirmed. Finding them to be eligible for the national system, the MPA Center has accepted the nominations for 82 sites and placed them on the List of National System MPAs.
National Saltwater Angler Registry Program
Document Number: 2013-19737
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has established an annual fee of twenty-five dollars ($25.00) for registration of anglers, spear fishers and for-hire fishing vessels to register under the National Saltwater Angler Registry Program.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Red Snapper Management Measures
Document Number: 2013-19729
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement management measures described in a framework action to the Fishery Management Plan for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico (FMP), as prepared by the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). If implemented, this rule would increase the 2013 commercial and recreational quotas for red snapper in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery and re-open the red snapper recreational season for 2013. This proposed rule is intended to help achieve optimum yield (OY) for the Gulf red snapper resource without increasing the risk of red snapper experiencing overfishing.
Marine Mammals; File No. 17996
Document Number: 2013-19702
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to Silverback Films Ltd, 59 Cotham Hill, Cotham, Bristol, BS6 6JR, United Kingdom, to conduct commercial or educational photography of bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19697
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of its Groundfish Essential Fish Habitat Review Committee (EFHRC).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting; Correction
Document Number: 2013-19696
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-14
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the Sustainable Fisheries/Ecosystem, Red Drum, Mackerel, Ad Hoc Restoration, Administrative Policy, Advisory Panel Selection, Reef Fish, Data Collection, and Joint Coral/Habitat Protection Management Committees; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment session.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pollock in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands
Document Number: 2013-19611
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amounts of the Aleut Corporation's pollock directed fishing allowance from the Aleutian Islands subarea to the Bering Sea subarea directed fisheries. This action is necessary to provide opportunity for harvest of the 2013 total allowable catch of pollock, consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area.
Fisheries in the Western Pacific; Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit
Document Number: 2013-19607
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to issue a Special Coral Reef Ecosystem Fishing Permit that would authorize Kampachi Farms, LLC, to culture and harvest a coral reef ecosystem management unit fish species in a floating pen moored about 5.5 nm off the west coast of the Island of Hawaii in about 6,000 ft of water. This notice informs the public that NMFS prepared a draft environmental assessment (EA) of the potential impacts of the proposed activity.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 15
Document Number: 2013-19605
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS implements management measures described in a regulatory amendment (Regulatory Amendment 15) to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP), as prepared by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council). This final rule increases the commercial and recreational ACLs for yellowtail snapper, decreases the commercial ACL for gag, and revises the accountability measure (AM) for gag by removing the requirement that all other South Atlantic shallow-water grouper (SASWG) are prohibited from harvest when the gag commercial ACL is met or projected to be met. In addition, Regulatory Amendment 15 revises the optimum yield (OY) for yellowtail snapper and increases the recreational annual catch target (ACT) for yellowtail snapper harvested in or from the South Atlantic exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This final rule also includes several administrative changes to regulatory text, which are unrelated to the measures contained in Regulatory Amendment 15. The purpose of Regulatory Amendment 15 and this final rule is to provide socio-economic benefits to snapper-grouper fishermen and communities that utilize the snapper-grouper resource, while maintaining fishing mortality at sustainable levels according to the best scientific information available.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: 2013-19602
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces inseason changes to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fisheries. This action, which is authorized by the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan (PCGFMP), is intended to allow fisheries to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting overfished and depleted stocks.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19567
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a meeting of the Salmon Technical Team (STT), the Salmon Advisory Subpanel (SAS), and the Model Evaluation Workgroup (MEW) by telephone conference that is open to the public.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19566
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) will convene a conference call of its ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group (EWG). A listening station will be available at the Pacific Council offices for interested members of the public.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Tilefish Fishery Management Plan; Regulatory Amendment, Corrections, and Clarifications
Document Number: 2013-19561
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-13
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This action makes corrections, clarifications, and other modifications to the regulations that implemented the Tilefish Individual Fishing Quota Program. These changes will not affect the fishing operation of any vessel.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Management and Oversight of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System
Document Number: 2013-19559
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-13
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.
Western Pacific Fisheries; Approval of a Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas; Western Pacific Sustainable Fisheries Fund
Document Number: 2013-19499
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-12
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.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fisheries; Amendment 14
Document Number: 2013-19496
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 14 to the Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery Management Plan (Amendment 14), 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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2013-19446
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public meetings of two of its advisory bodies, the ABC Control Rule Working Group (ABC WG) and Electronic Monitoring Working Group (EM WG).
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; South Pacific Tuna Act
Document Number: 2013-19410
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-12
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; 2013 NOAA Engagement Survey Tool
Document Number: 2013-19408
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-12
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.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Endangered Species Act Listing Determination for Alewife and Blueback Herring
Document Number: 2013-19380
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, have completed a comprehensive review of the status of river herring (alewife and blueback herring) in response to a petition submitted by the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) requesting that we list alewife (Alosa pseudoharengus) and blueback herring (Alosa aestivalis) as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) throughout all or a significant portion of their range or as specific distinct population segments (DPS) identified in the petition. The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC) completed a comprehensive stock assessment for river herring in May 2012 which covers over 50 river specific stocks throughout the range of the species in the United States. The ASMFC stock assessment contained much of the information necessary to make an ESA listing determination for both species; however, any deficiencies were addressed through focused workshops and working group meetings and review of additional sources of information. Based on the best scientific and commercial information available, we have determined that listing alewife as threatened or endangered under the ESA is not warranted at this time. Additionally, based on the best scientific and commercial information available, we have determined that listing blueback herring as threatened or endangered under the ESA is not warranted at this time.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19301
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SAFMC will hold a meeting of its SSC to discuss a proposal for peer review of a wreckfish stock assessment. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19299
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR assessment of the Caribbean stocks of Red Hind will consist of several workshops and a series of webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19246
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the: Sustainable Fisheries/Ecosystem, Red Drum, Mackerel, Ad Hoc Restoration, Administrative Policy, Advisory Panel Selection, Reef Fish, Data Collection, and Joint Coral/Habitat Protection Management Committees; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment session.
Marine Mammals; File No. 17324
Document Number: 2013-19226
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that an application for a public display permit (File No. 17324) submitted by the Georgia Aquarium Inc., 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313, has been denied.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Nautical Discrepancy Reporting System
Document Number: 2013-19206
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
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; Educational Partnership Program (EPP), Ernest F. Hollings Undergraduate Scholarship Program, Dr. Nancy Foster Scholarship Program, and Recruitment, Training, and Research Program
Document Number: 2013-19205
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
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: 2013-19170
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) on August 20-21, 2013 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.
Publication of North American Datum of 1983 (2011) Epoch 2010.00, North American Datum of 1983 (PA2011) Epoch 2010.00 and North American Datum of 1983 (MA2011) Epoch 2010.00
Document Number: 2013-19167
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Geodetic Survey (NGS) has finalized the publication of new realizations of three geodetic references frames that have all carried the name of ``the North American Datum of 1983'' (or ``NAD 83''). The new realizations are NAD 83 (2011) epoch 2010.00 [for the North America and Caribbean tectonic plates], NAD 83 (MA11) epoch 2010.00 [for the Mariana tectonic plate] and NAD 83 (PA11) epoch 2010.00 [for the Pacific tectonic plate]. These three realizations supersede all previous NAD 83 realizations, including CORS96, NSRS2007, PACP00 and MARP00, for all epochs prior to 2010.00 (January 1, 2010). This notice complements, but does not replace, the affirmation of NAD 83 as the official civilian horizontal datum for the United States surveying and mapping activities performed or financed by the Federal Government (Federal Register Notice, 54 FR 25318, June 14, 1989).
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19131
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Bluefish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet to develop a Fishery Performance Report for the Bluefish fishery in preparation for the Council and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) review of specifications that have been set for the 2014 fishing year.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19130
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet to develop a Fishery Performance Report for the Spiny Dogfish fishery in preparation for the Council and the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) review of specifications that have been set for the 2014 fishing year.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19105
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Herring Oversight Committee 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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-19103
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-08
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Herring Advisory Panel on Wednesday, September 18, 2013 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.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; 12-Month Finding and Proposed Endangered Listing of Five Species of Sawfish Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2013-19091
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, published a proposed rule to list five sawfish species: the narrow sawfish (A. cuspidata); dwarf sawfish (P. clavata); largetooth sawfish (collectively P. pristis; formerly P. pristis, P. microdon, and P. perotteti); green sawfish (P. zijsron); and the non- listed population(s) of smalltooth sawfish P. pectinata as endangered under the ESA on 4 June 2013 (78 FR 33300). As part of the proposal we provided a 60-day public comment period, scheduled to end August 5, 2013. We received a request to extend the public comment period by 45 days. In response to this request, we are extending the public comment period for the proposed action until September 19, 2013. The proposed rule also includes a proposed change in the scientific name for largetooth sawfish to codify the taxonomic reclassification of P. perotteti to P. pristis.
Western Pacific Fisheries; 2013 Annual Catch Limits and Accountability Measures; Correcting Amendment
Document Number: 2013-19069
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document makes a technical correction to the final 2013 annual catch limit specifications for western Pacific fisheries that were published in the Federal Register on March 13, 2013.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Statement of Financial Interests, Regional Fishery Management Councils
Document Number: 2013-19006
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-07
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; Snapper-Grouper Fishery Off the Southern Atlantic States; Regulatory Amendment 18
Document Number: 2013-18984
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Regulatory Amendment 18 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (FMP) (Regulatory Amendment 18), as prepared and submitted by the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (South Atlantic Council). This rule updates the annual catch limits (ACLs) for vermilion snapper and red porgy, modifies the vermilion snapper commercial trip limit, and removes the recreational 5-month seasonal closure for vermilion snapper. The purpose of this rule is to help achieve optimum yield (OY) for snapper-grouper resources in accordance with the requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Scup Fishery; Adjustment to the 2013 Winter II Quota
Document Number: 2013-18974
Type: Rule
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS adjusts the 2013 Winter II commercial scup quota. This action complies with Framework Adjustment 3 to the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan, which established a process to allow the rollover of unused commercial scup quota from the Winter I period to the Winter II period.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2013-18941
Type: Notice
Date: 2013-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Committee and Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee (GEM Committees) will hold a work session, which is open to the public.