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Revised Reporting Requirements Due to Catastrophic Conditions for Federal Seafood Dealers, Individual Fishing Quota Dealers, and Charter Vessels and Headboats in Portions of Louisiana
Document Number: 2021-23820
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
In accordance with the regulations implementing the individual fishing quota (IFQ), Federal dealer reporting, and Federal charter vessel and headboat (for-hire vessel) reporting programs specific to the reef fish fishery in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) and the coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) fisheries in the Gulf, the Regional Administrator (RA), Southeast Region, NMFS, has determined that the catastrophic conditions caused by Hurricane Ida in the Gulf still exists for Jefferson parish in Louisiana. This temporary rule authorizes any dealer in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of trip tickets to NMFS and authorizes IFQ participants within the affected area to use paper-based forms, if necessary, for basic required administrative functions. This rule also authorizes any Federal for-hire owner or operator in the affected area described in this temporary rule who does not have access to electronic reporting to delay reporting of logbook records to NMFS. This temporary rule is intended to facilitate continuation of IFQ, dealer, and Federal for- hire reporting operations during the period of catastrophic conditions.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Cook Inlet Salmon; Amendment 14
Document Number: 2021-23610
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-03
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues this final rule to implement Amendment 14 to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Salmon Fisheries in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) Off Alaska (Salmon FMP). Amendment 14 will incorporate the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea into the Salmon FMP's West Area, thereby bringing the Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea and the commercial salmon fisheries that occur within it under Federal management by the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and NMFS. This action will apply the prohibition on commercial salmon fishing that is currently established in the West Area to the newly added Cook Inlet EEZ Subarea. This final rule is necessary to comply with a U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit ruling and to ensure the Salmon FMP is consistent with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act). This final rule is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, the Salmon FMP, and other applicable laws.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permits
Document Number: 2021-23884
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Regional Administrator for Sustainable Fisheries, Greater Atlantic Region, NMFS, has made a preliminary determination that an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application contains all of the required information and warrants further consideration. The EFP would allow commercial fishing vessels to fish outside of fishery regulations in support of research conducted by the applicant. Regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act require publication of this notification to provide interested parties the opportunity to comment on applications for proposed EFPs.
Request for Public Comment on the Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy Implementation Plan
Document Number: 2021-23878
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On behalf of the Alaska Mapping Executive Committee (AMEC), a Federal-state partnership to coordinate the modernization of critical Alaska map layers, NOAA requests review of the draft Alaska Coastal Mapping Strategy (ACMS) Implementation Plan from all interested parties. Through this request for information (RFI), AMEC's Coastal Subcommittee seeks input from the public on the Implementation Plan and its milestones targeted at improving the coordination and collection of coastal mapping in Alaska. AMEC seeks to ensure that program implementation is informed by and responsive to all sectors through sustained engagement and effective partnerships.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Electronic Reporting for Federally Permitted Charter Vessels and Headboats in Gulf of Mexico Fisheries
Document Number: 2021-23877
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS further delays the effective date for previously approved vessel location tracking requirements applicable to an owner or operator of charter vessel or headboat for which NMFS has issued a valid Federal charter vessel/headboat permit for federally managed reef fish or coastal migratory pelagic (CMP) species in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf). This delay of the effective date will provide additional time for NMFS to complete testing of an additional vessel location tracking unit and provide additional time for litigation challenging these requirements to progress.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23868
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Ecosystem and Ocean Planning Advisory Panel will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; 2021 Re-Opening of Commercial Harvest for South Atlantic Red Snapper
Document Number: 2021-23863
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the reopening of the commercial sector for red snapper in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) of the South Atlantic through this temporary rule. The most recent commercial landings of red snapper indicate that the commercial annual catch limit (ACL) for the 2021 fishing year has not yet been reached. Therefore, NMFS reopens the commercial sector for red snapper in the South Atlantic EEZ for 4 calendar days to allow the commercial ACL to be reached, while minimizing the risk of the commercial ACL being exceeded.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Summer Flounder Fishery; Quota Transfer From NC to CT
Document Number: 2021-23819
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-02
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the State of North Carolina is transferring a portion of its 2021 commercial summer flounder quota to the State of Connecticut. This adjustment to the 2021 fishing year quota 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 2021 commercial quotas for North Carolina and Connecticut.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23761
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC's) Northeast Trawl Advisory Panel (NTAP) Working Group will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23759
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 78 assessment of the South Atlantic stock of Spanish mackerel will consist of a series of assessment webinars. A SEDAR 78 Data/Assessment Webinar 1 is scheduled for November 17, 2021. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23758
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council will hold a webinar question-and-answer session for stakeholders regarding electronic vessel trip reporting (eVTR) after the recent implementation of required commercial electronic reporting.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23757
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel will hold a public webinar meeting, jointly with the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission's Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Advisory Panel.
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23755
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of its Fishing Industry Advisory Committee (FIAC), Non- Commercial Fisheries Advisory Committee (NCFAC), Social Science Planning Committee (SSPC), American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP), the Pelagic Standing Committee of the Council, Mariana Archipelago FEP-Guam AP, Mariana Archipelago FEP- Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) AP, and Hawaii Archipelago FEP AP to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.
Fisheries of the U.S. Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23754
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 80 stock assessment of U.S. Caribbean queen triggerfish will consist of a series of data webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-23753
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the Outreach and Communications Advisory Panel via webinar to address upcoming outreach and communications topics.
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23752
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-11-01
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 (hybrid) meeting of its Standing, Reef Fish, Ecosystem and Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committees (SSC).
Pacific Island Fisheries; Annual Catch Limit and Accountability Measures; Main Hawaiian Islands Deep 7 Bottomfish for Fishing Years 2021-2024
Document Number: 2021-23674
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes to implement an annual catch limit (ACL) of 492,000 lb (223,167 kg) for Deep 7 bottomfish in the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) for each of the fishing years 2021-22, 2022-23, and 2023- 24. As an in-season accountability measure (AM), if NMFS projects that the fishery will reach the ACL in any given fishing year, we would close the commercial and non-commercial fisheries in Federal waters for the remainder of the fishing year. As a post-season AM, if NMFS determines that the catch exceeded the ACL in a fishing year, we would reduce the ACL for the following fishing year by the amount of the overage. The proposed rule supports the long-term sustainability of Deep 7 bottomfish.
Pacific Island Fisheries; Electronic Logbooks for Hawaii and American Samoa Pelagic Longline Fisheries; Correction
Document Number: 2021-23636
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-11-01
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document corrects an inadvertent drafting error in final regulations published in the Federal Register on August 5, 2021, and effective on September 7, 2021. NMFS is reinstating a reporting requirement for the main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) non-commercial bottomfish fishery that was removed inadvertently in the final rule. The intent of this rule is to ensure continued timely monitoring and reporting of catch and other information.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2021-2022 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments
Document Number: 2021-23653
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This final rule announces routine inseason adjustments to management measures in commercial groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to allow commercial fishing vessels to access more abundant groundfish stocks while protecting rebuilding and depleted stocks.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Emergency Action to Temporarily Extend the Sablefish Primary Fishery Season
Document Number: 2021-23650
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This emergency rule temporarily extends the 2021 sablefish primary fishery for vessels using bottom longline gear from October 31, 2021, to December 31, 2021. This action is necessary to provide operational flexibility so that vessels in the sablefish primary fishery are able to fully harvest their tier limits despite high economic uncertainty in 2021. This action would also extend the incidental halibut retention allowance provision for the primary fishery north of Point Chehalis, Washington from October 31, 2021, to December 7, 2021.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23634
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a joint public meeting of its Skate Committee and 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 Species; File No. 25686
Document Number: 2021-23631
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 75 Virginia Beach, Miami, FL, 33149 (Responsible Party: Lisa Desfosse, Ph.D.) has applied in due form for a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), and unidentified sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.
West Coast Groundfish Trawl Seabird Cable Strike Meeting; Meeting Announcement
Document Number: 2021-23609
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces a meeting to present the results of research studies conducted on seabird cable strikes in the West Coast at-sea whiting fishery. The meeting topics are described under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Herring Fishery; Adjustment to the 2021 Specifications
Document Number: 2021-23598
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS increases the 2021 Atlantic herring annual catch limit and Area 1A sub-annual catch limit by 1,000 metric tons (mt). This action is required by the herring regulations when, based on data through October 1, the New Brunswick weir fishery lands less than 3,012 mt of herring. This notice informs the public of these catch limit changes.
Request for Information on NOAA Actions To Advance the Goals and Recommendations in the Report on Conserving and Restoring America The Beautiful, Including Conserving At Least 30 Percent of U.S. Lands and Waters By 2030
Document Number: 2021-23590
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
On May 6, 2021, the U.S. Departments of the Interior, Agriculture, Commerce, and the White House Council on Environmental Quality released a preliminary report on Conserving and Restoring America the Beautiful (Report). The Report recommends a decade-long national initiative to advance locally led conservation and restoration in public, private, and tribal lands and waters toward addressing three threats: Disappearance of nature, climate change, and inequitable access to the outdoors. Guided by eight core principles and six focus areas for early action and progress in the Report, NOAA is seeking public input on how NOAA should, using its existing authorities and associated measures, conserve and restore America's ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Alaska Cost Recovery and Fee Programs
Document Number: 2021-23571
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
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; Collection of High Resolution Spatial and Temporal Fishery Dependent Data To Support Scientific Research
Document Number: 2021-23570
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
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.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23542
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Survey Working Group 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 Northeastern United States; Atlantic Surfclam and Ocean Quahog Fisheries; Notice That Vendor Will Provide 2022 Cage Tags
Document Number: 2021-23530
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS informs surfclam and ocean quahog individual transferable quota allocation holders that they will be required to purchase their fishing year 2022 (January 1, 2022-December 31, 2022) cage tags from the National Band and Tag Company. The intent of this notice is to comply with regulations for the Atlantic surfclam and ocean quahog fisheries and to promote efficient distribution of cage tags.
Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: 2021-23527
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
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.
North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23526
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) Groundfish Plan Teams will meet November 15, 2021 through November 19, 2021.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23525
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (Council) Research Steering Committee will hold a meeting.
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Hearings
Document Number: 2021-23524
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a series of public hearings via webinar pertaining to Amendment 34 to the Fishery Management Plan for Coastal Migratory Pelagic Resources in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic Region. The amendment addresses Atlantic migratory group king mackerel catch levels and Atlantic king and Spanish mackerel management measures.
Fisheries of the U.S. Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23523
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-29
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The SEDAR 80 assessment process of U.S. Caribbean Queen Triggerfish will consist of a series of webinars. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Partner Probabilistic Snowfall Messaging Survey
Document Number: 2021-23512
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-28
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.
Workshop on the Management Strategy Evaluation for Atlantic Bluefin Tuna
Document Number: 2021-23506
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-28
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is holding a public workshop via webinar for the Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT) and interested stakeholders to discuss the progress of development of the Management Strategy Evaluation for Atlantic bluefin tuna.
Notice of Deadline Extension for the NOAA Brennan Matching Fund Opportunity for Ocean and Coastal Mapping
Document Number: 2021-23426
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This notice extends the proposal submission deadline for the NOAA Rear Admiral Richard T. Brennan Ocean Mapping Matching Fund program by two weeks to November 12, 2021. Notice of the Brennan Matching Fund opportunity originally appeared in the Federal Register on July 27, 2021 (86 FR 40197, pages 40197-40200, 2021-15970, or at: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2021/07/27/2021-159 70/notice- of-matching-fund-opportunity-for-ocean-and-coastal-mapping-an d-request- for-partnership).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23399
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a one- day meeting of its Outreach & Education Technical Committee.
Pacific Island Pelagic Fisheries; 2022 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits
Document Number: 2021-23356
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes a 2022 limit of 2,000 metric tons (t) of longline-caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), collectively ``the territories''). NMFS would allow each territory to allocate up to 1,500 t to U.S. longline fishing vessels through specified fishing agreements that meet established criteria. However, the overall allocation limit among all territories may not exceed 3,000 t. As an accountability measure, NMFS would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Regulations for Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat
Document Number: 2021-23214
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-27
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) and the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) (hereafter collectively referred to as the ``Services'' or ``we''), propose to rescind the final rule titled ``Regulations for Listing Endangered and Threatened Species and Designating Critical Habitat'' that was published on December 16, 2020, and became effective on January 15, 2021. The proposed rescission, if finalized, would remove the regulatory definition of ``habitat'' established by that rule.
Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Pink Shrimp and Midwater Trawl Exemptions to Vessel Monitoring System Requirements for the West Coast Groundfish Fishery
Document Number: 2021-23261
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2021-10-26
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS proposes revisions to monitoring provisions that specify exemptions for non-groundfish trawl vessels participating in the Pacific coast pink shrimp fishery and for groundfish midwater trawl vessels. In a final rule on vessel movement, monitoring, and declaration management for the Pacific coast groundfish fishery published on June 11, 2020, vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery were incorrectly included with other open access non-groundfish trawl vessels that became subject to a higher position transmission rate on their NMFS type-approved vessel monitoring system (VMS) units. This proposed rule would correct the error and return the required transmission rate for vessels in the pink shrimp trawl fishery to once every 60 minutes, as recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council. This proposed rule would also correct a citation error in the VMS regulations with regards to exemptions for midwater trawl vessels, as well as a typographical error in the trawl fishery prohibitions.
Draft 2021 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports
Document Number: 2021-23225
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2021 SARs. NMFS is also requesting new information for strategic stocks that were not updated in 2021.
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Atlantic Shark Fishery Review
Document Number: 2021-23215
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces the availability of the draft SHARE document. As part of the overall review of the current state of the shark fishery, NMFS examined all aspects of commercial and recreational shark fisheries conservation and management, shark depredation, and additional factors affecting the shark fishery. As a comprehensive review of the shark fishery, the SHARE document identifies areas of success and concerns in the fishery and identifies potential future revisions to regulations and management measures. NMFS anticipates that revisions to the regulations and/or management measures would occur via future rulemaking and would include appropriate opportunity for public comment.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Extension of Emergency Action To Temporarily Remove 2021 Seasonal Processing Limitations for Pacific Whiting Motherships and Catcher-Processors
Document Number: 2021-23165
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This temporary rule extends emergency measures that allow at- sea Pacific whiting processing vessels to operate as both a mothership and a catcher-processor during the 2021 Pacific whiting fishery. These emergency measures were originally authorized until November 10, 2021. This temporary rule extends the emergency measures through December 31, 2021. This action is necessary to ensure catcher vessels in the at- sea whiting sector are able to fully harvest sector allocations. Emergency measures under this extended temporary rule will allow catcher-processors to operate as motherships and replace mothership processing vessels that are unable to operate in the at-sea whiting sector during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and resulting high economic uncertainty in 2021.
U.S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS®) Advisory Committee Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23142
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given of a virtual meeting of the U. S. Integrated Ocean Observing System (IOOS[supreg]) Advisory Committee (Committee). The meeting is open to the public and an opportunity for oral and written comments will be provided.
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council (MAFMC); Public Meeting
Document Number: 2021-23117
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-25
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council's (MAFMC's) Summer Flounder, Scup, and Black Sea Bass Monitoring Committee will hold a public meeting.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Ocean Perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 2021-23102
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2021 total allowable catch of Pacific ocean perch in the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Fisheries of the Northeastern United States; Atlantic Bluefish Fishery; Quota Transfers from NJ to RI and MD to NC
Document Number: 2021-23054
Type: Rule
Date: 2021-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS announces that the states of New Jersey and Maryland are transferring a portion of their 2021 commercial bluefish quota to the States of Rhode Island and North Carolina, respectively. These quota adjustments are necessary to comply with the Atlantic Bluefish Fishery Management Plan quota transfer provisions. This announcement informs the public of the revised commercial bluefish quotas for New Jersey, Rhode Island, Maryland, and North Carolina.
Taking of Threatened or Endangered Marine Mammals Incidental to Commercial Fishing Operations; Proposed Issuance of Permit
Document Number: 2021-23047
Type: Notice
Date: 2021-10-22
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is proposing to issue a permit to authorize the incidental, but not intentional, take of specific Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed marine mammal species or stocks under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), in the WA/OR/ CA sablefish pot fishery.