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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.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Service Pier Extension Project at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington
Document Number: 2021-17525
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
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 a renewal incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the United States Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass marine mammals incidental to construction activities for the Service Pier Extension Project at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in Silverdale, Washington.
Notice Requesting Nominations for the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES)
Document Number: 2021-17400
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce is seeking 3 to 5 representatives of key stakeholders in the commercial space-based remote sensing industry and among users of space-based remote sensing data to serve on the Advisory Committee on Commercial Remote Sensing (ACCRES). The Committee is comprised of representatives of leaders in the commercial space-based remote sensing industry, space-based remote sensing data users, government, and academia. The SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice provides committee and membership criteria.
Listing Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 12-Month Findings on Petitions To List Spring-Run Oregon Coast Chinook Salmon and Spring-Run Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal Chinook Salmon as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act
Document Number: 2021-17211
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-17
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, announce 12-month findings on 2 petitions to list populations of spring-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) as threatened or endangered Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listings. We have completed a comprehensive analysis of Oregon Coast (OC) and Southern Oregon and Northern California Coastal (SONCC) spring-run Chinook salmon populations in response to the petitions. Based on the best scientific and commercial data available, including the ESU configuration report, we have determined that listing the OC and SONCC spring-run Chinook salmon populations as threatened or endangered ESUs is not warranted. We determined that the OC and SONCC spring-run Chinook salmon populations do not meet the ESU Policy criteria to be considered ESUs separate from the OC and SONCC fall-run Chinook salmon populations and, therefore, do not meet the statutory definition of a species under the ESA. We also announce the availability of an ESU configuration report we prepared to inform our determination.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17451
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Co-Chairs of the Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Climate and Communities Core Team (CCCT) are holding an online briefing for members of other Council advisory bodies. This meeting is open to the public.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17449
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Bering Sea Fishery Ecosystem Plan (BS FEP) Team will meet September 1, 2021, and on September 2, 2021.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17448
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Non-commercial Fisheries Advisory Committee (NCFAC), Hawaii Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP), American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP, Mariana Archipelago FEP-Guam AP, Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), and Mariana Archipelago FEP-Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) AP to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17447
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
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.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17446
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-16
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup (EWG) is holding an online meeting and briefing for members of other Council advisory bodies. This meeting is open to the public.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17275
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) ad hoc Marine Planning Committee will hold an online meeting. This meeting is open to the public.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17274
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Science and Statistical Committee (SSC) of the Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17273
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Mackerel, Squid, and Butterfish Advisory Panel will hold a public webinar meeting.
Fisheries of the Gulf of Mexico and the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17272
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 68 assessment process of Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic scamp grouper will consist of a Data Workshop, a series of assessment webinars, and a Review Workshop. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-17271
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-12
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) will convene a webinar meeting of its Groundfish Management Team (GMT) to discuss items on the Pacific Council's September 2021 meeting agenda. This meeting is open to the public.
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit
Document Number: 2021-17147
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has determined that seven exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications warrant further consideration and is requesting public comment on the applications. All EFP applicants request an exemption from a single prohibition (the use of unauthorized gear to harvest highly migratory species (HMS)) under the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP) to test the effects and efficacy of using standard deep-set buoy gear (DSBG), and/or deep-set linked buoy gear (DSLBG), to harvest swordfish and other HMS off of the U.S. West Coast.
Environmental Impact Statement on Phase 2 Modifications to the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan To Reduce Serious Injury and Mortality of Large Whales in Commercial Trap/Pot and Gillnet Fisheries Along the U.S. East Coast
Document Number: 2021-17126
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) intends to begin a rulemaking process that will amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan (Plan) to reduce the risk of mortalities and serious injuries of North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) and other large whales caused by entanglement in commercial trap/pot and gillnet fisheries along the U.S. East Coast. An Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) will be prepared in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) to analyze the impacts to the environment of alternatives to amend the Plan. This notice informs the public of upcoming scoping meetings to solicit public input on Phase 2 of our efforts to reduce the risk of entanglement to right, humpback, and fin whales in U.S. commercial fisheries managed under the Plan. Phase 1, a final rule implementing new modifications to reduce mortalities and serious injuries caused by incidental entanglement in the northeast American lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fishery, is anticipated shortly, and was analyzed in a Final Environmental Impact Statement released (FEIS) on July 2, 2021. Phase 2 focuses on risk reduction in U.S. East Coast gillnet, Atlantic mixed species trap/pot, and Mid- Atlantic lobster and Jonah crab trap/pot fisheries.
East Coast Fisheries of the United States; Public Meetings; Request for Comments
Document Number: 2021-17051
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Several fishery management bodies on the East Coast of the Atlantic Ocean are convening three public webinars to introduce a project called East Coast Climate Change Scenario Planning. This is a joint effort of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), the New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC), the Mid- Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC), the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC), and NOAA Fisheries. These webinars will introduce stakeholders to the overall initiative, present draft objectives, discuss potential outcomes, explain the general focus of the work, and collect initial stakeholder input.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Modification of the West Coast Commercial Salmon Fisheries; Inseason Actions #22, #23, and #24
Document Number: 2021-17008
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces three inseason actions in the 2021 ocean salmon fisheries. These inseason actions modified the commercial and recreational salmon fisheries in the area from the U.S./Canada border to the Oregon/California border.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting; Correction
Document Number: 2021-16860
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-11
Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce
NMFS, NOAA, published a document in the Federal Register of August 3, 2021, regarding a meeting of the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council). The meeting has since changed to a hybrid meeting offering both in-person and virtual options for attending the meeting.
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species
Document Number: 2021-16992
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that permits and permit modifications have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish
Document Number: 2021-16986
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued 14 enhancement of survival permits (Permit Numbers 23271, 23276, 23278, 23279, 23280, 23284, 23285, 23286, 23287, 23288, 23289, 23290, 23291, 23434) for enhancement and monitoring purposes associated with the Template Safe Harbor Agreement for Conservation of Coho Salmon in the Shasta River (Agreement) and associated Site Plans Agreements developed for the enrolled properties.
Marine Mammals; File No. 25563
Document Number: 2021-16931
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center, Marine Mammal Laboratory, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115 (Responsible Party: John Bengtson), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on 20 species of marine mammals.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel
Document Number: 2021-16894
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS will hold a 3-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September 2021. The intent of the HMS AP meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Bluefin Tuna Fisheries
Document Number: 2021-16888
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is transferring 30 metric tons (mt) of Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) quota from the Reserve category to the Harpoon category. With this transfer, the adjusted Harpoon category quota for the 2021 fishing season is 76 mt. The 2021 Harpoon category fishery is open until November 15, 2021, or until the Harpoon category quota is reached, whichever comes first. The action is based on consideration of the regulatory determination criteria regarding inseason adjustments, and applies to Atlantic Tunas Harpoon category (commercial) permitted vessels.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; General Category Restricted-Fishing Days
Document Number: 2021-16685
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule sets Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) General category restricted-fishing days (RFDs) for the 2021 fishing year; clarifies the regulations regarding applicability of RFDs to Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Charter/Headboat permitted vessels; and corrects references to the Atlantic Tunas General category permit in a section of the Atlantic HMS regulations. This final rule establishes RFDs for specific days during the months of September through November 2021. On an RFD, Atlantic Tunas General category permitted vessels may not fish for (including catch-and-release or tag-and-release fishing), possess, retain, land, or sell BFT. On RFDs, persons aboard HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels with a commercial sale endorsement are prohibited from fishing commercially for BFT. Persons aboard all HMS Charter/Headboat permitted vessels can fish recreationally for BFT under the applicable Angling category restrictions and retention limits.
List of Fisheries for 2022
Document Number: 2021-16653
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-08-09
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2022, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2022 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 mortality and serious injury of marine mammals that occurs incidental to each fishery. The classification of a fishery on 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.
Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specific Activities; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Pile Driving and Removal Activities During the Metlakatla Seaplane Facility Refurbishment Project, Metlakatla, Alaska
Document Number: 2021-16861
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-06
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 Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities (AKDOT&PF) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during pile driving/removal and down-the-hole drilling (DTH) activities for maintenance improvements to the existing Metlakatla Seaplane Facility (MSF) in Southeast Alaska.
Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental To Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project, Phase III in Monterey County, California
Document Number: 2021-16858
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the California Department of Fish and Wildlife (CDFW) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the Elkhorn slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Project (Phase III) in Monterey County, CA. which includes the excavation and movement of soil with heavy machinery for marsh restoration. 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.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; 2021 Red Snapper Private Angling Component Closure in Federal Waters Off Texas
Document Number: 2021-16857
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-08-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a closure for the 2021 fishing season for the red snapper private angling component in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off Texas in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) through this temporary rule. The red snapper recreational private angling component in the Gulf EEZ off Texas closes on August 5, 2021 until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2022. This closure is necessary to prevent the private angling component from exceeding the Texas regional management area annual catch limit (ACL) and to prevent overfishing of the Gulf red snapper resource.