Federal Register Notices: 2015

Federal Register Notices 2015

Notices published in the Federal Register relating to Pacific Fishery Management Council business (Date Published Calendar Year 2015).

December

  • Final Rule: Groundfish inseason adjustments to 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (Published December 31, 2015)
  • Notice of Availability/Public Meetings/Hearings: The Pacific Fishery Management Council has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries and announces availability of reports, public hearings, and public meetings (Published December 31, 2015)
  • Notice: 2016 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership pricing (Published December 31, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS hereby proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Recommendation C–12–11 of the IATTC (Published December 28, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Final rule to clarify the regulatory requirements for vessels using midwater trawl gear in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program (Published December 14, 2015)
  • Notice of Availability; Request for Comments: Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1; Amendments to the Fishery Management Plans for Coastal Pelagic Species, Pacific Coast Groundfish, U.S. West Coast Highly Migratory Species, and Pacific Coast Salmon (Published December 11, 2015)

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November

  • Notice of a public workshop: The Pacific Fishery Management Council and the NMFS Northwest and Southwest Fisheries Science Centers will hold a public workshop to review and critique its groundfish stock assessment process in 2015 (Published November 24, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Multi-Year Specifications for Monitored and Prohibited Harvest Species Stock Categories (Published November 20, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Implementation of the Seabird Avoidance Program in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery (Published November 18, 2015)
  • Notice, Call for Nominations: NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel established in the Agreement between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Hake/Whiting (Published November 13, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Process for Divestiture of Excess Quota Shares in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery (Published November 9, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments (Published November 3, 2015)
  • Notice and Request for Applications: Availability of Seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils (Published November 3, 2015)

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October

  • Notice of Determination: National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud has finalized principles for determining seafood species at risk of IUU fishing and seafood fraud and a list of at-risk species (Published October 30, 2015)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory entities will hold a seven-day public meeting November 13-19, 2015 meeting to consider actions affecting West Coast fisheries in the EEZ (Published October 29, 2015)
  • Notice of open public meetings: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (Published October 28, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: International Fisheries; Pacific Tuna Fisheries: Vessel Register Required Information, International Maritime Organization Numbering Scheme (Published October 27, 2015)
  • Notice of Decision: WCPFC Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Treatment of U.S. Purse Seine Fishing With Respect to U.S. Territories (Published October 23, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold an online webinar (Published October 23, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar (Published October 16, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a webinar (Published October 16, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team, Salmon Advisory Subpanel, and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a webinar (Published October 16, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel will hold a webinar (Published October 16, 2015)
  • Notice a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (Published October 15, 2015)
  • Final Rule: This action corrects the 2015–2016 harvest specifications and management measures final rule that published on March 10, 2015 (Published October 14, 2015)
  • Notice of Availability: NMFS announces the Proposed Endangered Species Act Recovery Plan for Oregon Coast Coho Salmon is available for public review (Published October 13, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Inseason Adjustments to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures (Published October 13, 2015)
  • Notice: NOAA Requests Comments on the Groundfish Tagging Program (Published October 13, 2015)
  • Final Rule: International Fisheries: Establishment of Tuna Vessel Monitoring System in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Published October 7, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Council’s Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a joint methodology review meeting with the Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup (Published October 5, 2015)
  • Final Rule; Final Specifications: WCPFC Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort and Catch Limits and Other Restrictions and Requirements (Published October 1, 2015)

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September

  • Notice; Request for Comments: Draft 2015 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports (Published September 30, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: List of Fisheries for 2016 (Published September 29, 2015)
  • Notice of Open Public Meeting: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (Published September 29, 2015)
  • Final Rule, Technical Amendments: Fishery Management Council Freedom of Information Act Requests Regulations (Published September 25, 2015)
  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #30 through #36 (Published September 25, 2015)
  • Correction Notice: Initiation of Review of Management Plan and Regulations of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Conduct Scoping and Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan (Published September 17, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team (September 16, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT Fall Meeting (Published September 14, 2015)
  • Notice: International Billfish Angler Survey (Pubished September 14, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee Groundfish Subcommittee (Published September 11, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS proposes to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the ACL/HG for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. EEZ off the Pacific coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2015, through June 30, 2016 (Published September 10, 2015)
  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #22 through #29 (Published September 2, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Process for Divestiture of Excess Quota Shares in the Individual Fishing Quota Fishery (Published September 2, 2015)
  • Notice: Secretary of Commerce has found that the following four stocks of Pacific salmon are subject to overfishing: Chinook salmon—Columbia River Basin: Upper River Summer; Chinook salmon—Washington Coast: Willapa Bay Fall Natural; Chinook salmon— Washington Coast: Grays Harbor Fall; and Coho salmon—Washington Coast: Hoh (Published September 2, 2015)

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August

  • Notice of Availability: Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Fisheries Research Conducted and Funded by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Northwest Fisheries Science Center (Published August 28, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Trawl Rationalization Program; Midwater Trawl Requirements (Published August 27, 2015)
  • Notice of Public Meetings: The Pacific Fishery Management Council and its advisory entities will hold an 8-day (September 9-16, 2015) public meeting to consider actions affecting West Coast fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (Published August 24, 2015)
  • Notice of Call for Nominations: International Pacific Halibut Commission Appointments (Published August 19, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Permanent Advisory Committee To Advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (Published August 19, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Inseason adjustments to 2015-2016 biennial groundfish management measures (Published August 19, 2015)
  • Notice: Extension of Comment Period – Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal Unreported and Unregulated (IUU) Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan (Published August 19, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Salmon Technical Team, Salmon Advisory Subpanel, and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a webinar (Published August 17, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene a joint webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (Published August 17, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Habitat Committee will hold a webinar (Published August 17, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar (Published August 14, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (Published August 11, 2015)
  • Request for Information: Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To List the Smooth Hammerhead Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (Published August 11, 2015)
  • 90-Day Petition Finding: 90-day Finding on a Petition To List the Bigeye Thresher Shark as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (Published August 11, 2015)
  • Final Rule: West Coast Salmon Fisheries 2015 Management Measures; Correcting Amendment (Published August 6, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Refinance of the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishing Capacity Reduction Loan (Published August 6, 2015)
  • Temporary Rule: 2015 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Published August 5, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan; Revision to Prohibited Species Regulations (Published August 5, 2015)
  • Notice: National Ocean Council Committee on IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud is seeking public input on draft principles for determining seafood species at risk of IUU fishing and seafood fraud and a draft list of at risk species developed using the draft principles (Published August 3, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule and Request for Comments: Endangered and Threatened Species: NMFS Proposed Regulations for the Designation of Experimental Populations Under the Endangered Species Act (Published August 3, 2015)

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July

  • Notice of Public Meeting (Workshop): The Pacific Council, in collaboration with NMFS and NOAA’s Southwest Fisheries Science Center, will convene a scientific workshop to consider the distribution of the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine (Published July 30, 2015)
  • Temporary Rule: 2015 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure (Published July 28, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Recreational Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna (Published July 28, 2015)
  • Notice: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Work Group will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (Published July 27, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort and Catch Limits and Other Restrictions and Requirements (Published July 23, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits in Longline Fisheries for 2015 (Published July 23, 2015)
  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #14, and #15 (Published July 22, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Work Session: NMFS announces a public work session for interested stakeholders to provide input relative to managing the impacts to salmon from the groundfish fisheries (Published July 16, 2015)
  • Notice: Proposed Information Collection by NOAA: Designation of Fishery Management Council Members and Application for Reinstatement of State Authority (Published July 15, 2015)
  • Notice of Intent: NMFS Announces it’s intent to Conduct Public Scoping and Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for Five Early Winter Steelhead Hatchery Programs in Puget Sound (Published July 14, 2015)
  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #7 Through #13 (Published July 10, 2015)

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June

  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #3, #4, #5, and #6 (Published June 26, 2015)
  • Notice of Effective Date; Final Rule, Technical Amendment: Expansion of Gulf of the Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries, and Regulatory Changes; Name Change (Published June 15, 2015)
  • Notice: Vessel Monitoring System, Enhanced Mobile Transceiver Unit Type-Approvals (Published June 5, 2015)
  • Notice: Request for Nominations to NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (Published June 4, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Inseason Adjustments (Published June 4, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Revision to “Prohibited Species Regulations” in the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (Published June 4, 2015)
  • Temporary Rule: Highly Migratory Species Fishery Closure (Published June 3, 2015)

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May

  • Notification of Effective Date: Gulf of the Farallones and Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuaries Regulations on Introduced Species (Published May 29, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Revisions to the Regulations for Petitions under the ESA (Published May 21, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Coastal Pelagic Species Fisheries; Annual Specifications (Published May 21, 2015)
  • Interim Rule: Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Effort Limits in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2015
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a conference call (Published May 20, 2015)
  • Supplemental Proposed Rule: Establishment of Tuna Vessel Monitoring System in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Published May 19, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Annual Specifications and Management Measures for the 2015 Tribal and Non-Tribal Fisheries for Pacific Whiting (Published May 14, 2015)
  • Notice: DOC Proposed Information Collection – Fishery Products Subject to Trade Restrictions Pursuant to Certification Under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (Published May 13, 2015)
  • Notice: DOC Proposed Information Collection – Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for NOAA Federal Financial Assistance Applicants (Published May 13, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Interagency Cooperation—Endangered Species Act of 1973, as Amended; Incidental Take Statements (Published May 11, 2015)
  • Notice: Call for Nominations on the International Pacific Halibut Commission Appointments (Published May 5, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; 2015 Management Measures (Published May 5, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council will convene a webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (Published May 1, 2015)

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April

  • Notice: Presidential Task Force on Combating IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud Action Plan Recommendations 14/15 Identifying Species “At Risk” of IUU Fishing and Seafood Fraud (Published April 30, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup (Published April 30, 2015)
  • Notice: Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Construction of the East Span of the San Francisco Oakland Bay Bridge (Published April 29, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team (Published April 24, 2015)
  • Temporary Rule Closure: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific sardine off the coasts of Washington, Oregon and California (Published April 24, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Trawl Rationalization Program; Catch Monitor Program; Observer Program (Published April 21, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS is proposing to modify the existing Pacific bluefin tuna recreational daily bag limit in the EEZ off California, and to establish filleting-at-sea requirements for any tuna species in the U.S. EEZ south of Point Conception, Santa Barbara County (Published April 21, 2015)
  • Notice of Public Meetings: STAR Panels will hold work sessions to review stock assessments for canary rockfish and darkblotched rockfish; bocaccio and China rockfish; black rockfish; and widow rockfish and kelp greenling (Published April 14, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS proposes regulatory changes to improve the administration of the High Seas Fishing Compliance Act program and the monitoring of U.S. fishing vessels operating on the high seas (Published April 13, 2015)
  • Final Rule: NMFS issues a final rule to update management reference point values for Southern Oregon coastal Chinook salmon, Grays Harbor fall Chinook salmon, and Willapa Bay natural coho, as recommended by the PFMC (Published April 13, 2015)
  • Notice pf Public Meetings: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar (Published April 10, 2015)
  • Notice pf Public Meetings: The Pacific Council will convene a Stock Assessment Review Panel meeting to review the Pacific mackerel stock assessment (Published April 10, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Revisions to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program affecting the limited entry midwater trawl fisheries managed under the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP (Published April 9, 2015)
  • Modifications of Fishing Seasons: Commercial and Recreational Salmon Fisheries, Inseason Actions #1 and #2 (Published April 8, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (Published April 6, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Approval of the Area 2A Catch Sharing Plan, with modifications recommended by the Pacific Fishery Management Council, and issues implementing regulations for 2015 (Published April 1, 2015)
  • Notice of Agency Decision: NMFS announces the approval of Amendment 14 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan (Published April 1, 2015)

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March

  • Revised Interim Rules: Resource Agency Hearings and Alternatives Development Procedures in Hydropower Licenses (Published March 31, 2015)
  • Notice of Availability: Final Updated Framework for the National System of Marine Protected Areas and Response to Comments (Published March 30, 2015)
  • Notice of Withdrawal: NMFS is announcing the withdrawal of a draft EIS that was being prepared on two resource management plans and 114 supporting hatchery and genetic management plans for Puget Sound hatchery programs (Published March 26, 2015)
  • Notice: Availability of NMFS evaluation of joint state/tribal hatchery plans and request for comment (Published March 26, 2015)
  • Notice of Public Meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet April 10–16, 2015 (Published March 25, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the ICCAT announces its annual spring meeting on April 8–9, 2015 (Published March 25, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a conference call (Published March 23, 2015)
  • Final Rule: 2015 Annual Determination To Implement the Sea Turtle Observer Requirement (Published March 20, 2015)
  • Notice: Public Meetings and Request for Comments on a Draft Environmental Impact Statement Regarding the Makah Tribe’s Request To Hunt Eastern North Pacific Gray Whales (Published March 20, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: West Coast Salmon Fisheries; Management Reference Point Updates for Three Stocks of Pacific Salmon (Published March 18, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Halibut Fisheries Catch Sharing Plan (Published March 17, 2015)
  • Final Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 24 (Published March 10, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; 2015 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting (Published March 10, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: 2015 and 2016 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Published March 9, 2015)
  • Correcting Amendment: Olympic Coast National Marine Sanctuary Regulations; Correction (Published March 2, 2015)
  • Notice of an Open Meeting: NOAA’s Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Published March 2, 2015)

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February

  • Proposed rule: Revisions to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Trawl Rationalization Program; Midwater Trawl Fishery Season Date Change (Published February 17, 2015)
  • Notice: Reapportionment of tribal Pacific whiting allocation, and implementation of an Ocean Salmon Conservation Zone to protect Chinook salmon (Published February 10, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (Published February 3, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan for the IPHC’s regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (Published February 3, 2015)
  • Notice: DOC Comment Request; Inventory of U.S. Marine Protected Areas: Site Characteristics and Human Uses (Published February 2, 2015)

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January

  • Notice of Availability of Reports; Public Meetings, and Hearings: Pacific Council Has Begun its Annual Preseason Management Process for the 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries (Published January 28, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s ad hoc Ecosystem Work Group will hold an online webinar (Published January 26, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Enforcement Consultants will hold an online webinar (Published January 26, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS proposes revisions to the guidelines for National Standards 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Published January 20, 2015)
  • Environmental Impact Statements; Notice of Availability: EIS No. 20150008, Final EIS, NMFS, WA, Harvest Specifications and Management Measures for 2015–2016 and Biennial Periods Thereafter (Published January 16, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a weeklong work session (Published January 15, 2015)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: Pacific Council will convene a joint webinar meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (Published January 15, 2015)
  • Request for Nominations: NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission Permanent Advisory Committee (Published January 14, 2015)
  • Proposed Rule: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery 2015–2016 Biennial Specifications and Management Measures; Amendment 24 (Published January 6, 2015)
  • Notice: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; receipt of EFP applications; request for comments (Published January 5, 2015)

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