National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration November 10, 2020 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Provisions; Fisheries of the Northeastern United States
Document Number: 2020-24921
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This rule announces the approval of, and regulations to implement, an action to require commercially permitted vessels in both the New England and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council regions to submit vessel trip reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of a trip. This action will also require for-hire vessels with permits for species managed by the New England Fishery Management Council to submit vessel trip reports electronically within 48 hours of the end of a trip. Document retention requirements will be removed with this action. This action is intended to increase data quality and timeliness of vessel trip reports.
Marine Mammals; File No. 23554
Document Number: 2020-24917
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that Colleen Reichmuth, Ph.D., Long Marine Laboratory, Institute of Marine Sciences Address at the University of California at Santa Cruz, 115 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on pinnipeds in captivity.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Berth III New Mooring Dolphins Project in Ketchikan, Alaska
Document Number: 2020-24871
Type: Notice
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the City of Ketchikan, Alaska (COK) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Berth III New Mooring Dolphins Project in Ketchikan, AK. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS is also requesting comments on a possible one-time, one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met, as described in Request for Public Comments at the end of this notice. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.
Pacific Island Fisheries; Swordfish Trip Limits in the American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fishery
Document Number: 2020-24752
Type: Rule
Date: 2020-11-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule removes the swordfish retention limit in the American Samoa deep-set longline fishery. The intent of this rule is to eliminate wasteful regulatory discards of marketable seafood, increasing efficiency and benefits to the local community and the Nation.