Federal Register Notices: 2016

Federal Register Notices 2016

Notices published in the Federal Register relating to Pacific Fishery Management Council business (Date Published Calendar Year 2016).

December

  • Notice: Receipt of EFP applications from the West Coast Seafood Processors Association, Environmental Defense Fund, Oregon Trawl Commission, and Pacific Seafoods for an EFP Program to monitor and minimize salmon bycatch when vessels target rockfish in the shorebased IFQ fishery (December 30, 2016)
  • Temporary orders; inseason orders: Fraser River Sockeye Salmon Fisheries (December 29, 2016)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: NOAA Natural Resource Damage Assessment Restoration Project Information Sheet (December 29, 2016)
  • Notice: NOAA asking for comments on the Nautical Discrepancy Reporting System (December 29, 2016)
  • Notice: Trawl Rationalization Program – 2017 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership pricing (December 29, 2016)
  • Notice of availability of reports; public meetings, and hearings: The Pacific Fishery Management Council has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2017 ocean salmon fisheries (December 28, 2016)
  • Notice of open public meeting: Meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (December 28, 2016)
  • Notice of a Public Meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a week-long work session (December 22, 2016)
  • Notice of Availability: Joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook (December 21, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar (December 19, 2016)
  • Notice of availability: NMFS announces the adoption of a Final ESA recovery plan for the Oregon Coast Coho Salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch) ESU (December 15, 2016)
  • Notice of availability; extension of public comment period: NMFS announces the extension of the comment period for the Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon and Snake River Steelhead that published on October 27, 2016 (December 15, 2016)
  • Notice: the Confederated Colville Tribes have submitted a Tribal Resource Management Plan to NMFS; the Plan specifies artificial propagation, harvest, and research and monitoring activities in the Okanogan River basin and portions of the upper Columbia River (December 15, 2016)
  • Notice: availability of evaluation of joint state/tribal (WDFW/Tulalip Tribes) hatchery plans and request for comment (December 15, 2016)
  • Notice of intent to prepare an EIS; request for comments: NMFS intends to prepare an EIS for salmon and steelhead hatchery programs currently operating in the Upper Willamette River Basin of Oregon; and requesting public review and comment on four Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (December 15, 2016)
  • Notice: 2017 annual determination to implement the sea turtle observer requirement (December 14, 2016)
  • Notice: issuance of an incidental harassment authorization; taking marine mammals incidental to Port of Kalama Expansion Project on the Lower Columbia River (December 12, 2016)
  • Notice: West Coast Region vessel monitoring system and pre-trip reporting requirements; request for comments (December 12, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting (work session): The Pacific Council will convene a work session of its Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (December 9, 2016)
  • Comment Request, Submission for OMB Review: Collection of information; West Coast Region Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery: Trawl Rationalization Cost Recovery Program (December 6, 2016)
  • Notice of open public meetings; correction: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee; Correction (December 6, 2016)
  • Modification of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason actions #6 through #21 for West Coast salmon fisheries (December 6, 2016)
  • Notice of decision; availability of decision documents: This notice advises the public that six direct take permits have been issued pursuant to the ESA for continued operation, monitoring, and evaluation of hatchery program rearing and releasing salmon in Northeast Oregon and Southeast Washington portions of the Snake River Basin, and associated decision documents (December 5, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Council will host a webinar meeting of the Area 2A Pacific halibut governmental management entities (December 2, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement certain provisions of two resolutions adopted by the IATTC for silky shark fishing restrictions and fish aggregating device data collection and identification (December 2, 2016)

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November

  • Notice of open public meetings: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (November 25, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: extension of public comment period: NMFS is extending the public comment period for the proposed rule to establish protected species hard caps for the California/Oregon large-mesh drift gillnet fishery (November 23, 2016)
  • Final rules: response to comments: Resource Agency hearings and alternatives development procedures in hydropower licenses (November 23, 2016)
  • Final rule: for new electronic fish ticket reporting requirements for sablefish landings, joint registration, and exemption to ownership limitations on sablefish permits (November 23, 2016)
  • Notice of availability; request for comments: Revised National Environmental Policy Act Implementing procedures (November 17, 2016)
  • Notice of issuance of a Letter of Authorization: Letter of Authorization issued to the City of Seattle’s Department of Transportation for the take of eight species of marine mammals incidental to pile driving activities associated with the Elliot Bay Seawall Project (November 16, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection; comment request; large pelagic fishing survey (November 16, 2016)
  • Notice of a public workshop: The Pacific Council is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to model productivity in stock assessments (November 14, 2016)
  • Notice: SOPPs adopted by the US Section of the IATTC (November 14, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Changes to the Coastal Zone Management Act Program Change Procedures (November 8, 2016)

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October

  • Notice: Expanded Vessel Monitoring System Requirement in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery (October 31, 2016)
  • Notice: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, has found that the following stocks are subject to overfishing—Hood Canal coho salmon and Pribilof Islands blue king crab; the following salmon stocks are approaching an overfished condition—Quillayute Fall coho and Snohomish coho; and the following stocks are still both overfished and subject to overfishing–Western and Central North Pacific striped marlin (October 31, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee webinar (October 28, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection and comment Request: West Coast Swordfish Fishery Survey (October 28, 2016)
  • Notice and request for comments: Proposed Rule on Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan; 2017–2018 harvest specifications and management measures (October 28, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet November 13-21, 2016 (October 26, 2016)
  • Notice: This notice is to inform the U.S. purse seine fleet fishing for tuna or tuna-like species in the Eastern Pacific Ocean about IATTC Resolution C–15–02 (October 21, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: Revisions to hatchery programs included as part of Pacific Salmon and Steelhead species listed under the ESA (October 21, 2016)
  • Notice: Marine Recreational Fishing Expenditure Survey (October 21, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar that is open to the public (October 20, 2016)
  • Notice of Availability; request for comments: NMFS announces the availability of the Southern Distinct Population Segment of Eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus) Draft Recovery Plan for public review (October 20, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board will hold a two-day meeting (October 19, 2016)
  • Final rule: This final action revises the guidelines for National Standards 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act and to the General section of the National Standards guidelines (October 18, 2016)
  • Notice; request for comments: HMS deep-set buoy gear EFP out for public comment (October 17, 2016)
  • Notice of open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (October 17, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS is proposing regulations to implement an immediate closure of the California thresher shark/swordfish DGN (mesh size ≥14 inches) fishery if a hard cap (i.e., limit) on mortality/injury is met or exceeded for certain protected species during a rolling 2-year period (October 13, 2016)
  • Notice of a public workshop: The Pacific Council is sponsoring a workshop to review methods used to reconstruct historical groundfish catches off Washington, Oregon, and California (October 11, 2016)
  • 90-day petition finding, request for information, and initiation of status review: NMFS announces a 90- day finding on a petition to list the Pacific bluefin tuna as a threatened or endangered species under the ESA and to designate critical habitat concurrently with the listing (October 11, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS proposes regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement provisions of two resolutions adopted by the IATTC; Resolution C-16-01 and C-16-06 (October 11, 2016)
  • Notice; request for comments: Draft 2016 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports for the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions (October 11, 2016)
  • Temporary rule; fishery reopening: NMFS is temporarily reopening the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna for vessels over 24 meters in overall length in the eastern Pacific Ocean (October 7, 2016)
  • Notice: DOC proposed information collection and comments requested on Statement of Financial Interests for Regional Fishery Management Councils (October 6, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Salmon Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a joint methodology review meeting with the Salmon Technical Team (October 3, 2016)

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September

  • Notice of availability of proposed fishery management plan amendment; request for comment: NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 27 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan for Secretarial review (September 30, 2016)
  • Notice of sub-loan repayment: NMFS issues this notice to inform interested parties that the California Pink Shrimp sub-loan in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Capacity Reduction (Buyback) Program has been repaid (September 30, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a meeting, which is open to the public, of its Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (September 12, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings: NMFS announces a conference call of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC (September 9, 2016)
  • Proposed Rule and Request for Comments: Implementation of electronic monitoring in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery (September 6, 2016)
  • Notice of availability: NMFS has completed a Draft EA to consider the potential impacts of authorizing an EFP for longline vessels to fish within the U.S. West Coast EEZ (September 2, 2016)
  • Temporary final rule: adjustments to 2016 northern albacore quota and 2016 Atlantic bluefin tuna Reserve category quota (September 1, 2016)
  • Final rule: inseason adjustments to biennial groundfish management measures (September 1, 2016)

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August

  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet September 12–20, 2016 (August 29, 2016)
  • Temporary rule; fishery closure: NMFS announces that the purse seine fishery in the Effort Limit Area for Purse Seine (ELAPS), will close as a result of reaching the 2016 limit on purse seine fishing effort in the ELAPS (August 25, 2016)
  • Proposed rule, request for comments: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the rehabilitation of Jetty System at the mouth of the Columbia River: North Jetty, South Jetty, and Jetty A, in Washington and Oregon (August 25, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection regarding fishery products subject to trade restrictions pursuant to certification under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act (August 25, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPFC (August 25, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this final rule to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the ACL/HG for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. EEZ off the West Coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017 (August 23, 2016)
  • Notice and request for nominations and notice of public meeting: The Department of Commerce is seeking nominations for membership on the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Office of National Marine Sanctuaries); and giving notice of a committee meeting held via webinar (August 22, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a webinar (August 19, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC (August 18, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a webinar (August 18, 2016)
  • Notice: conclusion of NMFS international trade data system tests concerning the electronic submission of certain data requires for fish imports and exports (August 16, 2016)
  • Notice of regional peer review processes: NMFS is providing notice of the regional peer review processes established pursuant to the MSA (August 16, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a one-day work session (August 16, 2016)
  • Notice of availability; request for comments: NMFS announces the availability of the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin Yelloweye rockfish (Sebastes ruberrimus) and Bocaccio (S. paucispinis) Draft Recovery Plan for public review (August 16, 2016)
  • Final rule: Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (August 15, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: List of Fisheries for 2017, request for comments (August 15, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings and hearings: Pacific Council has begun the five-year review of its groundfish trawl catch share program, and a concurrent review of its groundfish inter-sector allocations; public hearings to be held (August 8, 2016)
  • Notice of regulatory review: Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations (August 4, 2016)
  • Final rule: trade monitoring procedures for fishery products; international trade in seafood; permit requirements for importers and exporters (August 3, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed collection of data: Socioeconomics of ocean recreation operations in the Monterey Bay, Greater Farallones, and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (August 2, 2016)

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July

  • Notice: Reporting requirements for sea otter interactions with the Pacific sardine fishery (July 28, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup (July 26, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a public meeting (July 22, 2016)
  • Notice; request for nominations: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee seeking nominations for appointments to newly created Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (July 22, 2016)
  • Notice: NOAA to hold a second public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Oregon Coastal Management Program (July 21, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; correction: Coastal Pelagic Species fisheries annual specifications; correction to a rule that was published on June 23, 2016 (July 20, 2016)
  • Notice of a public webinar: Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee webinar (July 18, 2016)
  • Temporary rule; Pacific Tuna Fisheries; 2016 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (July 18, 2016)
  • Temporary rule; fishery closure: 2016 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure (July 15, 2016)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will meet via webinar to discuss potential management options for the northern anchovy (July 8, 2016)

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June

  • Proposed rule: Widow Rockfish Reallocation Proposed Rule Published – Request for Comments (June 29, 2016)
  • Notice of Availability and Request for Public Comment: Joint U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service Habitat Conservation Planning Handbook (June 28, 2016)
  • Final rule: Inseason adjustments to biennial groundfish management measures (June 28, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection and request for comments on California-Oregon-Washington Coastal Purse Seine Survey (June 28, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection and request for comments on the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Trawl Rationalization Cost Recovery Program (June 28, 2016)
  • Notice of availability; request for comments: NMFS is releasing the draft Report to Congress on Fisheries Research in accordance with section 404 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act for public review and comment (June 24, 2016)
  • Final rule: WCPFC fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Purse seine observer requirements, and fishing restrictions and limits in purse seine and longline fisheries for 2016–2017 (June 24, 2016)
  • Final Rule: NMFS issues this final rule to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the allowable catch levels (i.e., ACL/HG for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine, in the U.S. EEZ off the Pacific coast for the fishing (June 24, 2016)
  • Proposed Rule: NMFS proposes to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. EEZ off the West Coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2016, through June 30, 2017 (June 23, 2016)
  • Notice of decision on petition: Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; response to petition for rulemaking (June 16, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: NMFS NWFSC request for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in the Pacific Ocean off the northwest US, over the course of five years from the date of issuance (June 13, 2016)
  • Notice: Request for comments on Pacific Coast groundfish trawl rationalization program permit and license information collection (June 10, 2016)
  • Final rule: Impelmentation of the the decision in United States v. Washington, regarding boundaries of Quinault Indian National and the Quileute Indian National usual and accustomed fishing areas (June 8, 2016)
  • Final rule; correction: 2016 management measures for West Coast salmon fisheries (June 6, 2016)
  • Temporary rule; closure: NMFS is prohibiting fishing with large-mesh drift gillnet gear (>14 inches mesh) off the coast of southern California east of 120° W. meridian from June 1, 2016, through August 31, 2016 (June 3, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet June 21-28, 2016 (June 2, 2016)
  • Modification of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason actions #1 through #5 for West Coast salmon fisheries (June 2, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: to revise commercial sablefish fishing regulations and electronic fish tickets (June 1, 2016)

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May

  • Final rule: Delay of discharge requirements for USCG activities in Greater Farallones and Cordell Bank National Marine Sanctuaries (May 31, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup will hold a webinar (May 31, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team and Salmon Advisory Subpanel will hold a webinar (May 31, 2016)
  • Interim rule; request for comments: Fishing Effort Limits in Purse Seine Fisheries for 2016 – WCPFC fisheries (May 25, 2016)
  • Notice of open public meetings: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (May 27, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: Annual specifications for Coastal Pelagic Species fisheries (May 26, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues final regulations to amend the CFR to implement ESA regarding experimental populations (May 26, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this final rule for the 2016 tribal and non-tribal Pacific whiting fisheries (May 16, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPFC (May 10, 2016)
  • Notice: Regional Fishery Management Councils Coordination Committee May 2016 meeting (May 6, 2016)
  • Final rule: Trawl Rationalization Program; Flow Scale Requirements (May 5, 2016)
  • Final rule; temporary rule for emergency action: 2016 management measures for West Coast salmon fisheries and a temporary rule (May 2, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar (May 2, 2016)

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April

  • Notice: Proposed information collection request – Marine Recreational Information Program Fishing Effort Survey (April 28, 2016)
  • Notice: of final determination and discussion of underlying biological analysis, ROD, NMFS has evaluated the joint resource management plans submitted to NMFS by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, and the Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe, Lummi Nation, Nooksack Tribe, Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians, and ulalip Tribes conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead under the ESA (April 27, 2016)
  • Notice of renewed charter: Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee charter renewal (April 27, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: NMFS seeks comments on this proposed rule on purse seine observer requirements, and fishing restrictions and limits in purse seine and longline fisheries for 2016–2017 issued under authority of the WCPFC Implementation Act (April 27, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Recommendation C–12–11 of the IATTC by revising the management regime for the area of overlapping jurisdiction between the IATTC and the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPFC (April 26, 2016)
  • Proposed rule: International Fisheries; Tuna and Tuna-Like Species in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; Fishing Restrictions Regarding Mobulid Rays (April 22, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel and Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a joint meeting by webinar (April 22, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings and conference call: announces a public meeting of the General Advisory Committee (GAC) to the U.S. Section to the IATTC, a public meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee (SAS) to the GAC, and a public conference call of the GAC and SAS (April 21, 2016)
  • Notice of an open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting – to be held in Portland, Oregon (April 11, 2016)
  • Final rule: List of Fisheries for 2016 (April 8, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council and the SWFSC will convene a workshop to develop methods for conducting stock assessments of shortlived coastal pelagic species on the U.S. West Coast (April 8, 2016)
  • Final rule: to implement Comprehensive Ecosystem-Based Amendment 1, which includes amendments to the Pacific Council’s four fishery management plans (April 4, 2016)
  • Final rule: Approval of the Catch Sharing Plan for halibut fishing in Area 2A (April 1, 2016)

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March

  • Proposed rule: Extension of comment period for the proposed rule that would establish filing and recordkeeping procedures relating to the importation of certain fish and fish products – MSA Seafood Import Monitoring Program (March 31, 2016)
  • Final rule: This final rule announces an inseason change to management measures in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (March 28, 2016)
  • Interim final rule; request for comments: Enhanced Document Requirements and Captain Training Requirements To Support Use of the Dolphin Safe Label on Tuna Products (March 23, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: National Essential Fish Habitat Summit Public Meeting (March 22, 2016)
  • Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Port of Kalama Expansion Project on the Lower Columbia River (March 21, 2016)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet April 8–14, 2016 (March 21, 2016)
  • Final rule: Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan (March 16, 2016)
  • Notice and request for comments: NOAA’s Teacher at Sea Program (March 10, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: 2016 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting (March 10, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Permits Family of Forms—Northwest (March 9, 2016)
  • Notice: Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; West Coast Region Permits Family of Forms—Southwest (March 9, 2016)
  • Notice; request for information: Identification of Nations Engaged in Illegal, Unreported, or Unregulated Fishing, Bycatch, or Shark Fishing (March 8, 2016)
  • Notice: Pacific Coast Groundfish Rationalization Sociocultural Study (March 7, 2016)
  • Notice of intent to prepare an EIS: to analyze the impacts on the human environment of gear changes in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery’s Trawl Catch Share Program; request for comments (Published March 3, 2016)
  • Notice of availability and request for comment: WDFW, the Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, the Skokomish Tribe, and the USFWS have submitted 10 Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the ESA (Published March 3, 2016)
  • Notice; request for comments: NMFS West Coast Region, has determined that an application for an EFP (large-mesh drift gillnet and/or new approaches or methods for targeting swordfish and other HMS off the U.S. West Coast) warrants further consideration and requests public comment on the application (March 1, 2016)

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February

  • Notice of Advisory Committee meeting: The Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to ICCAT announces its annual spring meeting to be held March 10–11, 2016 (February 26, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS proposes a rule to implement the requirement under the MSA that all FMPs establish a standardized reporting methodology to assess the amount and type of bycatch occurring in a fishery (February 25, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues final rule to designate critical habitat for lower Columbia River coho salmon and Puget Sound steelhead pursuant to ESA (February 24, 2016)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this final rule 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 (February 23, 2016)
  • Notice of availability: NOAA/NMFS has finalized revisions to the NOAA policy and procedures for complying with NEPA in the context of MSA fishery management actions (February 23, 2016)
  • Notice; reopening of public comment period: Notice of intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for hatchery programs along the Oregon coast (February 22, 2016)
  • Notice of policy revision: The Fish and Wildlife Service and National Marine Fisheries Service announce an interagency policy to clarify the role of State agencies in activities undertaken by the Services under authority of the ESA (February 22, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS proposes to approve changes to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the IPHC regulatory Area 2A (February 19, 2016)
  • Notice: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet March 8–14, 2016 (February 17, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold two webinars that are open to the public (February 12, 2016)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce is asking for comments on proposed information collection for the West Coast Fisheries Participation Survey (February 9, 2016)
  • Proposed rule, request for comments: This proposed rule would establish filing and recordkeeping procedures relating to the importation of certain fish and fish products – MSA Seafood Import Monitoring Program (February 5, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee (February 5, 2016)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a meeting of its Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee of the SSC (February 2, 2016)
  • Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement (EIS); request for comments: NMFS and the Pacific Council announce their intent to prepare an EIS in accordance with the NEPA of 1969 to analyze the short- and long-term impacts on the human environment of Amendment 28 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP. This notice also requests written comment (February 1, 2016)
  • Notice of opportunities to submit public comments: The Pacific Council has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries. This notice informs the public of opportunities to provide comments on the 2016 ocean salmon management measures (February 1, 2016)

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January

  • Proposed rule and request for comments: Trawl Rationalization Program; Flow Scale Requirements (January 19, 2016)
  • Announcement: NMFS is announcing that the Pacific bluefin tuna catch limit applicable to U.S. commercial fishing vessels in the eastern Pacific Ocean in 2016 is 425 mt (January 15, 2016)
  • Notice of intent: NMFS intends to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement for hatchery programs along the Oregon Coast (January 15, 2016)
  • Notice: NMFS released its final EIS to Inform Columbia River Basin Hatchery Operations and the Funding of Mitchell Act Hatchery Programs in September 2014 (January 15, 2016)
  • Notice of open public meetings: NOAA Fisheries’ Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee
  • Final Rule: NMFS is issuing regulations to implement a resolution adopted by the IATTC that requires U.S. vessels fishing for tuna and tuna-like species with a capacity equal to or greater than 100 gross resister tons (GRT) to have an International Maritime Organization number (January 14, 2016)
  • Notice: Reapportionment of tribal Pacific whiting allocation (January 5, 2016)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Comprehensive Ecosystem Based Amendment 1, which includes amendments to the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s four fishery management plans (January 5, 2016)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s will convene a joint webinar meeting of its Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee, which is open to the public (January 4, 2016)

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