National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration February 21, 2019 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Pacific Island Pelagic Fisheries; False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan; Closure of Southern Exclusion Zone
Document Number: 2019-02995
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is closing the Southern Exclusion Zone (SEZ) to deep-set longline fishing for all vessels registered under the Hawaii longline limited access program, as a result of the fishery reaching the established annual trigger of two observed false killer whale mortalities or serious injuries (M&SI) in the fishery within the U.S. Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) around Hawaii. This action is necessary to comply with False Killer Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) regulations that establish the SEZ closure trigger and procedures to limit M&SI of false killer whales in the Hawaii deep-set longline fishery.
Pacific Island Fisheries; 2019 Northwestern Hawaiian Islands Lobster Harvest Guideline
Document Number: 2019-02986
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS establishes the annual harvest guideline for the commercial lobster fishery in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands (NWHI) for calendar year 2019 at zero lobsters.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: 2019-02972
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02963
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Fishery Monitoring Advisory Committee Subgroup will hold a teleconference on March 27, 2019.
Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02962
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Caribbean Fishery Management Council's (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) and Districts Advisory Panels (DAPs) will hold a 3-day joint meeting, in March, to discuss the items contained in the agenda in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02961
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will hold a meeting.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02960
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a public meeting of the Northeast Regional Marine Fish Habitat Assessment Steering Committee.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02959
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene a public hearing via webinar to discuss Shrimp Amendment 18Evaluation of Shrimp Effort Threshold Reduction in the Area Monitored for Juvenile Red Snapper Bycatch.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2019-02958
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a one and a half day in-person meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Mackerel, Shrimp and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Shortfin Mako Shark Management Measures; Final Amendment 11
Document Number: 2019-02946
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is amending the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP) based on the results of the 2017 stock assessment and a subsequent binding recommendation by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) for North Atlantic shortfin mako sharks. The North Atlantic shortfin mako shark stock is overfished and is experiencing overfishing. Consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) and the Atlantic Tunas Convention Act (ATCA), NMFS is implementing management measures that will reduce fishing mortality on shortfin mako sharks and establish the foundation for rebuilding the shortfin mako shark population consistent with legal requirements. The final measures could affect U.S. commercial and recreational fishermen who target and harvest shortfin mako sharks in the Atlantic Ocean, including the Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea, by increasing live releases and reducing landings. NMFS is also clarifying the definition of fork length (FL) in the definitions section of the HMS regulations.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer
Document Number: 2019-02922
Type: Rule
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2019 commercial summer flounder quota to the State of New Jersey. This quota adjustment is necessary to comply with the Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial quotas for North Carolina and New Jersey.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2019-02872
Type: Notice
Date: 2019-02-21
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.