National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration August 2021 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Fishery; 2021 Illex
Document Number: 2021-18724
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Federal Illex squid vessel permit holders are prohibited from fishing for, catching, possessing, transferring or landing more than 10,000 lb (4,535 kg) of Illex squid per trip, and from landing Illex squid more than once per calendar day. This prohibition is required when NMFS projects that 94 percent of the 2021 annual catch limit has been caught. This action is intended to prevent over-harvest of Illex squid for the fishing year.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18692
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar workshop to demonstrate electronic vessel trip reporting (eVTR) through an approved software application in preparation for required commercial electronic reporting.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18691
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Ecosystem Committee will meet September 15, 2021.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Skate Complex; Rescission of Control Dates
Document Number: 2021-18679
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-31
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the rescission of the July 30, 2009, and March 31, 2014, skate wing and bait fishery control dates. The New England Fishery Management Council has decided to discontinue development of limited access alternatives for both the skate wing and skate bait fisheries as part of Amendment 5 to the Northeast Skate Complex Fishery Management Plan. The Council also stated that the existing control dates for each sector of the fishery are too outdated to be used should the Council reconsider limited access for the skate fisheries in the future and has requested that NMFS rescind both control dates. This notification informs stakeholders and the public of this decision, and that July 30, 2009, and March 31, 2014, are no longer considered dates for entry into the bait and skate wing fisheries, respectively.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modification of the West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Action #25
Document Number: 2021-18566
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-30
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces one inseason action in the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. This inseason action modified the fishing days per calendar week in the recreational ocean salmon fishery in the area from Queets River, WA, to Leadbetter Point, WA (Westport subarea).
Availability of Final Evaluation Findings of State Coastal Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves
Document Number: 2021-18548
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of the availability of final evaluation findings of state coastal programs and national estuarine research reserves under Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA).
Pacific Whiting; Advisory Panel; Joint Management Committee
Document Number: 2021-18535
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel (AP) established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Pacific Whiting Treaty). Nominations are being sought to fill two positions on the AP; one beginning immediately, and one beginning on December 1, 2021. Terms are 4 years, the position to begin immediately would fill a vacancy of which the appointee would serve the remainder of the term, which began on September 16, 2019. Appointees will be eligible for reappointment at the expiration of the terms.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2021-18512
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Aleutian district (WAI) of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) by vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific ocean perch in the WAI allocated to vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access sector fishery.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18483
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a public peer review meeting consisting of members of the Council's Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC).
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18482
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Monitoring Committee will hold a public webinar meeting.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18481
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Skate Committee via webinar 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: 2021-18480
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Skate Advisory Panel via webinar 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 Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2021-18440
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received five plans for hatchery programs rearing and releasing Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and sockeye salmon in the Lake Washington basin. The plans describe hatchery programs operated by the Muckleshoot Indian Tribe and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW). This document serves to notify the public of the availability and opportunity to comment on a draft Environmental Assessment and Proposed Evaluation and Determination document on the proposed hatchery plans.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18410
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Crab Plan Team will meet September 13, 2021, through September 17, 2021 and on September 24, 2021.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-18409
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold its 141st Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC), Fishery Data Collection and Research Committee (FDCRC), Executive and Budget Standing Committee, and 187th Council meetings to take actions on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-18408
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
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 via webinar 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: 2021-18407
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Herring Committee via webinar 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.
Fisheries of the Economic Exclusive Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fishery by Non-Rockfish Program Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2021-18371
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, by non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to fully use the 2021 groundfish total allowable catch available for non-Rockfish Program catcher vessels directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, using trawl gear in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA.
Pacific Island Fisheries; 2021 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands
Document Number: 2021-18365
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a valid specified fishing agreement that allocates up to 1,500 metric tons (t) of the 2021 bigeye tuna limit for the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) to U.S. longline fishing vessels. The agreement supports the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands, and fisheries development in the CNMI.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Commercial Aggregated Large Coastal Sharks, Hammerhead Sharks, and Blacktip Sharks in the Gulf of Mexico Region; Retention Limit Adjustment
Document Number: 2021-18289
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is adjusting the commercial retention limit for directed shark limited access permit holders from 45 to 55 large coastal sharks (LCS) other than sandbar sharks per vessel per trip in the Gulf of Mexico region. In the eastern Gulf of Mexico sub-region, this applies to any shark in the aggregated LCS, hammerhead, or blacktip management groups. In the western Gulf of Mexico sub-region, because aggregated LCS and hammerhead management groups are closed, this increase applies only to the blacktip management group. The retention limit will remain at 55 LCS other than sandbar sharks through the remainder of 2021, or until NMFS announces via a notification in the Federal Register another adjustment to the retention limit or a fishery closure. This retention limit adjustment affects anyone with a directed shark limited access permit fishing for LCS in the Gulf of Mexico region.
Marine Mammals; File No. 25740
Document Number: 2021-18274
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the Center for Coastal Studies, 5 Holway Avenue, P.O. Box 1036, Provincetown, MA 02657 (Responsible Party: Richard Delaney), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on 23 species of marine mammals.
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan; Inseason Action
Document Number: 2021-18211
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document announces two additional season dates of August 27 and September 24 for the Washington South Coast and Columbia River subareas for Pacific halibut recreational fisheries in the International Pacific Halibut Commission's regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California. This action is intended to conserve Pacific halibut and provide angler opportunity where available.
Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement for Surveying and Mapping Projects in U.S. Waters for Coastal and Marine Data Acquisition, Extension of Public Comment Period
Document Number: 2021-18207
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), National Ocean Service (NOS) is extending the public comment period by 90 days for the Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) for Surveying and Mapping Projects in U.S. Waters for Coastal and Marine Data Acquisition. The end of the public comment period is extended from August 24, 2021 to November 22, 2021.
Notice of Indirect Cost Rates
Document Number: 2021-18113
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given to announce new indirect cost rates on the recovery of indirect costs for its component organizations involved in natural resource damage assessment and restoration activities for fiscal year (FY) 2019. The indirect cost rates for this fiscal year and date of implementation are provided in this notice. More information on these rates and the Damage Assessment, Remediation, and Restoration Program (``DARRP'') policy can be found at the DARRP website at www.darrp.noaa.gov.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Reallocation of Pacific Cod in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 2021-18096
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-24
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reallocating the projected unused amount of Pacific cod from vessels using jig gear and catcher vessels greater than or equal to 60 feet (18.3 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-and- line gear to catcher vessels less than 60 feet (18.3 m) LOA using hook- and-line or pot gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to allow the 2021 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod to be harvested.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Office of Naval Research's Arctic Research Activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas (Year 4)
Document Number: 2021-18070
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from Office of Naval Research (ONR) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Arctic Research Activities in the Beaufort Sea and eastern Chukchi Sea. 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. ONR's activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the MMPA, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA).
Schedules for Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Protected Species Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops
Document Number: 2021-18021
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Free Atlantic Shark Identification Workshops and Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshops will be held in October, November, and December of 2021. Certain fishermen and shark dealers are required to attend a workshop to meet regulatory requirements and to maintain valid permits. Specifically, the Atlantic Shark Identification Workshop is mandatory for all federally permitted Atlantic shark dealers. The Safe Handling, Release, and Identification Workshop is mandatory for vessel owners and operators who use bottom longline, pelagic longline, or gillnet gear, and who have also been issued shark or swordfish limited access permits. Additional free workshops will be conducted during 2022 and will be announced in a future notice. In addition, NMFS anticipates the implementation of online recertification workshops beginning in the fall of 2021 for persons who have already taken in-person training. Affected permit holders will be notified of this option when it becomes available.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17993
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a one day in-person and virtual meeting (hybrid) of its Ecosystem Technical Committee (ETC).
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17992
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Monkfish Committee via webinar 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.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-17991
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the following: Snapper Grouper Committee; Dolphin Wahoo Committee; Mackerel Cobia Committee; and Habitat and Ecosystem- Based Management Committee. The meeting week will also include a formal public comment session and a meeting of the Full Council.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Technical Corrections for the Bryde's Whale (Gulf of Mexico Subspecies)
Document Number: 2021-17985
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-23
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, the NMFS, announce the revised taxonomy and common name of Balaenoptera edeni (unnamed subspecies; Bryde's WhaleGulf of Mexico subspecies) under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). We are revising the Enumeration of endangered marine and anadromous species for Bryde's WhaleGulf of Mexico subspecies, to reflect the scientifically accepted taxonomy and nomenclature of this species. We revise the common name to Rice's whale, the scientific name to Balaenoptera ricei, and the description of the listed entity to entire species. The changes to the taxonomic classification and nomenclature do not affect the species' listing status under the ESA or any protections and requirements arising from its listing.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17907
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 77 assessment of the Atlantic stock of hammerhead sharks will consist of a stock identification (ID) process, data webinars/workshop, a series of assessment webinars, and a review workshop.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-17906
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold online public meetings.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17905
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a one day in-person and virtual meeting (hybrid) of its Data Collection Advisory Panel (AP).
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17904
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Ecosystem-Based Fishery Management (EBFM) Committee via webinar 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; Final Amendment 12 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan
Document Number: 2021-17887
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of Final Amendment 12 to the 2006 Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The Final Amendment responds to revisions to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson- Stevens Act) National Standard (NS) guidelines, a rulemaking addressing reporting methodologies for bycatch as defined under the Magnuson- Stevens Act, and recent NMFS policy directives which aim to improve and streamline fishery management procedures to enhance their utility for managers and the public. This final amendment does not include a proposed rule or regulatory text. Any operational changes to fishery management measures as a result of Final Amendment 12 would be considered in future rulemakings, as appropriate.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting; Cancellation
Document Number: 2021-17884
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) has cancelled a public meeting of its Monkfish Committee that was scheduled for Wednesday, September 1, 2021.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2021-17869
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application from Stillwater Sciences to renew their U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) scientific enhancement permit (permit 20085-2R) involving invasive species removal from a southern California watershed (Chorro Creek) in San Luis Obispo County. Proposed activities within the permit application are expected to affect the threatened South Central California Coast (SCCC) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The public is hereby notified that the application for Permit 20085-2R is available for review and comment before NMFS either approves or disapproves the application.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Chinook Salmon Prohibited Species Catch Limits in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2021-17867
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-20
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is reapportioning the projected unused amount, 1,350 Chinook salmon prohibited species catch limit, from the vessels participating in directed fishing for pollock in the Central Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) to non-Rockfish Program catcher vessel sector participating in directed fishing for groundfish, other than pollock, in the Western and Central Regulatory Areas of the GOA. This action is consistent with the goals and objectives of the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the GOA.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Weather and Society Survey
Document Number: 2021-17805
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Recreational Angler Survey of Sea Turtle Interactions
Document Number: 2021-17804
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; High Seas Fishing Permit Application, Logbook Reporting and Vessel Marking
Document Number: 2021-17803
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), invites the general public and other Federal agencies to comment on proposed, and continuing information collections, which helps us assess the impact of our information collection requirements and minimize the public's reporting burden. The purpose of this notice is to allow for 60 days of public comment preceding submission of the collection to OMB.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico
Document Number: 2021-17746
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-19
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, its implementing regulations, and NMFS' MMPA Regulations for Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Geophysical Surveys Related to Oil and Gas Activities in the Gulf of Mexico, notification is hereby given that a Letter of Authorization (LOA) has been issued to Telesis Geophysical Services, LLC (Telesis) for the take of marine mammals incidental to geophysical survey activity in the Gulf of Mexico.
Reopening of Solicitation of Nominations for the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors
Document Number: 2021-17738
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration published a notice in the Federal Register on May 19, 2021 seeking nominations of qualified candidates to be considered for appointment as a member of the Marine Debris Foundation Board of Directors (Board). This solicitation of nominations of qualified persons to the Board is hereby reopened.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Palmer Station Pier Replacement Project, Antarctica
Document Number: 2021-17725
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the National Science Foundation (NSF) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Palmer Station Pier Replacement Project in Anvers Island, Antarctica. 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.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Geophysical Survey in the Arctic Ocean
Document Number: 2021-17683
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
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 University of Alaska Geophysics Institute (UAGI) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment, marine mammals during geophysical surveys in the Arctic Ocean. This project is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Northeast Multispecies Fishery; Receipt of Petition for Rulemaking for Atlantic Cod
Document Number: 2021-17674
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-18
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the receipt of a petition for rulemaking from the Conservation Law Foundation. This petition requests NMFS prepare a Secretarial Amendment and take specific emergency action to end overfishing and rebuild Atlantic cod.
Designation of Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary
Document Number: 2021-17628
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is providing notice that the final rule published on June 23, 2021, to designate Wisconsin Shipwreck Coast National Marine Sanctuary (WSCNMS) became effective on August 16, 2021. NOAA is also amending the WCSNMS regulations to reflect the effective date.
Marine Mammals; File No. 25850
Document Number: 2021-17607
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the University of California at Davis, 387 North Quad Ave., Room 1210 PES, Davis, CA 95616 (Responsible Party: Chris Yarnes, Ph.D.) has applied in due form for a permit to import parts from killer whales (Orcinus orca) for scientific research.