Federal Register Notices: 2017

Notices published in the Federal Register relating to Pacific Fishery Management Council business (Date Published in the Federal Register Calendar Year 2017).

December

  • Notice: 2018 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership cooperative (MS) sector pricing for the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program (December 29, 2017)
  • Notice of availability of reports; public meetings, and hearings: The Pacific Fishery Management Council has begun its annual preseason management process for the 2018 ocean salmon fisheries (December 27, 2017)
  • Notice of public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a meeting, which is open to the public (December 27, 2017)
  • Notice of fee rate adjustment: NMFS issues this notice to decrease the fee rate to 4.5 percent for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fee-share fishery to repay the groundfish sub-loan of the reduction loan that financed the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishing capacity reduction program (December 26, 2017)
  • Final rule; correcting amendment: This action corrects the 2017–18 harvest specifications and management measures final rule that published on February 7, 2017; Amendment 27 correction (December 21, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will host the Sixth National Meeting of the Scientific Coordination Subcommittee of the Council Coordination Committee (December 19, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: authorization of an Oregon recreational fishery for midwater groundfish species (December 19, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: Draft 2017 Marine Mammal Stock Assessment Reports (December 19, 2017)
  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s will host the Area 2A Pacific Halibut Managers Coordination Meeting via webinar (December 14, 2017)
  • Temporary rule; fishery closure: NMFS announces that U.S. purse seine vessels will be prohibited from fishing on fish aggregating devices in the area of application of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the WCPFC in the area between the latitudes of 20° N. and 20° S., as a result of reaching the 2017 limit on FAD sets (December 13, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Revised 2018 Commercial Fishing Restrictions for Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; 2018 Catch Limit (December 7, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC requests comments on proposed information collection for West Coast Region Gear Identification Requirements (December 4, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC requests comments on proposed information collection for West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements (December 4, 2017)

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November

  • Notice of public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a meeting via webinar to discuss the work associated with the Climate Change and Communities Initiative (November 29, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: NMFS proposes to implement annual harvest specifications and management measures to establish the allowable catch levels for Pacific mackerel in the U.S. (EEZ) off the West Coast for the fishing years 2017–2018 and 2018– 2019 (November 28, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS announces approval of a regulatory amendment to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to reallocate quota shares of widow rockfish in the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota Program (November 24, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS issues a proposed rule to implement Amendment 16 of the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan (November 22, 2017)
  • Notice, request for comments: NMFS has determined that twelve HMS exempted fishing permit (EFP) applications warrant further consideration (November 16, 2017)
  • Notice of an open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee  (November 15, 2017)
  • Temporary orders; inseason orders: Fraser River Sockeye and Pink Salmon Fisheries (November 15, 2017)
  • Notice of an open public meeting: NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force  (November 15, 2017)
  • Notice; receipt of exempted fishing permit applications; request for comments:   NMFS announces the receipt of two exempted fishing permit applications (November 15, 2017)
  • Notice: Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition; Stillaguamish coho salmon, Klamath River fall Chinook salmon stock on the Northern California coast, the Queets coho salmon stock on the Washington coast, and the Skagit coho salmon stock in Puget Sound (November 15, 2017)
  • Notice of decision and availability of decision documents: Take of anadromous fish; Sacramento River winter-run Chinook salmon into the Upper Sacramento River Basin (November 14, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: Proposed Rule for Fishing Restrictions for Tropical Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean for 2018-2020 (November 14, 2017)
  • Notice: Department of Commerce; Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Monitoring Programs for Vessels in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery (November 13, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC accepting comments on proposed and/or continuing information collections for the West Coast Region Groundfish Trawl Fishery Monitoring and Catch Accounting Program (November 9, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC accepting comments on proposed information collection for the West Coast Region Highly Migratory Species Vessel Identification Requirements (November 9, 2017)
  • Availability of fishery management plan amendment: NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 16 to the Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery Management Plan for review by the Secretary of Commerce (November 6, 2017)
  • Modifications of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason actions #12 through #18 for West Coast salmon fisheries (November 3, 2017)

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October

  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS is proposing regulations to implement a March 2017 recommendation by the Pacific Council to amend the HMS FMP – Amendment 5 (October 31, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Fishing Vessel, Fishing Facility and Individual Fishing Quota and Harvesting Rights Lending Program Regulations (October 31, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS has published the proposed rule for Pacific Coast Groundfish FMP Amendment 21-3; interim measures to change the management of the Pacific whiting at-sea sectors’ (i.e.,the Mothership and Catcher/Processor sectors) allocations for darkblotched rockfish and Pacific ocean perch (October 30, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet November 14-20, 2017 (October 24, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC comment request; West Coast Groundfish Trawl Economic Data Collection (October 24, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC request for comments; West Coast Region U.S. Pacific Highly Migratory Species Hook and Line Logbook (October 24, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar that is open to the public (October 23, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Emerging seabird mitigation technologies will be discussed at the NOAA Fisheries Seabird Cable Strike Mitigation Workshop (October 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (October 19, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: 2018 annual determination to implement the sea turtle observer requirement (October 19, 2017)
  • Final rule: Inseason adjustments to biennial groundfish management measures (October 19, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a joint meeting via webinar (October 16, 2017)
  • Notice; request for nominations: Nominations are being sought for appointment by the Secretary of Commerce to fill vacancies on the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (October 13, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: NMFS publishes its proposed List of Fisheries for 2018, request for comments (October 12, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad hoc Community Advisory Board will hold a two-day meeting in Portland, OR (October 11, 2017)
  • Advanced notice of proposed rulemaking; request for comments: Potential accumulation limits for Catcher Processor Permit use or ownership in the Pacific Coast groundfish fishery (October 4, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team and Science and Statistical Salmon Subcommittee will hold a joint one-day methodology review meeting via webinar (October 3, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section of the IATTC; Fall Meeting (October 3, 2017)

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September

  • Final rule: Revised 2017 Fishing Restrictions for Tropical Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (September 29, 2017)
  • Notice of availability: NMFS announces that the Pacific Council submitted Amendment 21–3 to the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan to the Secretary of Commerce for review (September 27, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS seeks comments on this proposed rule issued under the authority of the WCPFC that would establish a limit for calendar year 2017 on fishing effort by U.S. purse seine vessels in the U.S. EEZ (September 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Council’s SSC will hold a meeting via webinar (September 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a week-long work session (September 18, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will hold a meeting (September 18, 2017)
  • Notice of availability of an amendment to a fishery management plan; request for comments: NMFS announces that the Pacific Council has submitted Amendment 5 to the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species for review by the Secretary of Commerce (September 15, 2017)
  • Modifications of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason actions #5 through #11 for West Coast salmon fisheries (September 14, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC (September 12, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Groundfish Subcommittee of the Pacific Council’s SSC will hold a meeting via webinar (September 12, 2017)
  • Notice of open public meeting: Meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (September 6, 2017)
  • Temporary rule; closure: 2017 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (September 1, 2017)

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August

  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet September 11–18, 2017 (August 29, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: The Regional Administrator, NMFS West Coast Region, has determined that twenty-seven exempted fishing permit applications warrant further consideration; therefore, NMFS is requesting public comment on the applications (August 28, 2017)
  • Temporary rule; closure: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. commercial fishery for Pacific bluefin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean through December 31, 2017 (August 28, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: Adjustments to the Pacific sardine harvest guideline control rule (August 23, 2017)
  • Notice of Availability; request for comments: Fish and Fish Product Import Provisions of the Marine Mammal Protection Act List of Foreign Fisheries (August 22, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Trawl Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee (August 21, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC is requesting comments on its Fishermen’s Contingency Fund (August 16, 2017)
  • 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 14, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Habitat Committee will hold a meeting via webinar that is open to the public (August 10, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Technical Team and Model Evaluation Workgroup will hold a joint meeting via webinar that is open to the public (August 10, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings (with webinar option): The Pacific Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee and the SSC’s Groundfish Subcommittee will convene two meetings, which are open to the public. Both meetings will also be streamed online for those who want to follow the proceedings remotely (August 10, 2017)
  • Notice of 12-month petition finding: Notice of 12-Month Finding on a Petition To List the Pacific Bluefin Tuna as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (August 8, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: Pacific Tuna Fisheries; Restrictions on Fishing for Sharks in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (August 7, 2017)
  • Interim rule; request for comments: NMFS issues regulations under authority of the WCPFC Implementation Act to modify a limit on the amount of bigeye tuna that may be captured by U.S. longline vessels in the western and central Pacific Ocean, to 3,138 metric tons for calendar year 2017 (August 4, 2017)
  • Final rule: Change to Pacific Mackerel Management Cycle From Annual to Biennial (August 1, 2017)

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July

  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a meeting, which is open to the public (July 31, 2017)
  • Notice (reopening of public comment period): Review of National Marine Sanctuaries and Marine National Monuments Designated or Expanded Since April 28, 2007, Notice of Opportunity for Public Comment (July 31, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team will hold a meeting via webinar that is open to the public (July 28, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad hoc Sacramento River Winter Chinook Workgroup and Salmon Advisory Subpanel will hold a joint meeting via public webinar (July 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold two webinars that are open to the public (July 19, 2017)
  • Notice; call for nominations: NMFS is soliciting nominations for appointments to the United States Advisory Panel established in the Pacific Whiting Treaty (July 12, 2017)
  • Notice (Comment Request): Department of Commerce; Administration Proposed Information West Coast Region Vessel Identification Requirements (July 12, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board will hold a two-day public meeting (July 12, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: U.S. Seafood Import Monitoring Program; NOAA to Hold Public Meetings on Implementation (July 10, 2017)
  • Final rule: inseason adjustments to biennial groundfish management measures (July 7, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: Streamlining Regulatory Processes and Reducing Regulatory Burden (July 7, 2017)

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June

  • Final rule: NMFS issues this rule to implement annual management measures and harvest specifications to establish the ACL/HG for the northern subpopulation of Pacific sardine, in the U.S. EEZ off the Pacific coast for the fishing season of July 1, 2017, through June 30, 2018 (June 30, 2017)
  • Notice of availability; extension of comment period: Endangered and threatened species; listing and recovery priority guidelines (June 30, 2017)
  • Modification of fishing seasons: NMFS announces inseason actions #1 through #4 for West Coast salmon fisheries (June 26, 2017)
  • Final rule; correction: Correction to the final rule published April 20, 2017 to the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the IPHC’s regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (June 20, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council will convene three Stock Assessment Review (STAR) panels this year to review new stock assessments for lingcod, Pacific ocean perch, yelloweye rockfish, yellowtail rockfish, blue rockfish, deacon rockfish, and California scorpionfish (June 15, 2017)
  • Withdrawal of Proposed Rule: NMFS withdraws a proposed rule proposing to establish strict limits, termed “hard caps,” for the California/Oregon large-mesh DGN fishery on interactions with certain protected species under Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act authority (June 12, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: Plan for Periodic Review of Regulations (June 7, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s Ad Hoc Ecosystem Workgroup will hold a webinar, which is open to the public (June 2, 2017)

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May

  • Notice of availability and request for comment: NMFS proposes to revise the Recovery Plan Preparation and Implementation Priorities and Recovery Plans contained in the 1990 Listing and Recovery Priority Guidelines (May 31, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting; request for comments: NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management is soliciting comments on the performance evaluation of the Washington Coastal Management Program (May 31, 2017)
  • Notice of open public meeting: Meeting of the Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force of NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (May 25, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet June 7-14, 2017 (May 22, 2017)
  • Final rule: inseason adjustments to 2017-2018 biennial groundfish specifications and management measures (May 16, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Community Advisory Board will hold a two-day meeting that is open to the public (May 16, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel will hold a meeting via webinar (May 15, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel will hold a meeting via webinar (May 15, 2017)
  • Final rule: inseason adjustments to groundfish 2017-2018 biennial specifications and management measures; includes implementation of an increase in the incidental Pacific halibut retention ratio in the sablefish primary fishery, and changes to recreational fisheries management measures that will reduce recreational groundfish and rockfish bag limits and eliminate length requirements for recreationally caught lingcod in all areas (May 11, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB review and comment request: NOAA’s U.S.-Canada Albacore Treaty Reporting System (May 11, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a meeting of its Economics and Groundfish Subcommittees of the Scientific and Statistical Committee (May 8, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team will hold a webinar that is open to the public (May 8, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues this final rule for the 2017 Pacific whiting fishery: 2017 Tribal and Non-Tribal fisheries for Pacific whiting (May 8, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Council Coordination Committee to meet May 15-18, 2017 in Gloucester, MA (May 2, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: OMB collection of information – West Coast Region Vessel Monitoring System and Pre-Trip Reporting System Requirements (May 2, 2017)

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April

  • Final rule: and a temporary rule for emergency action: NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2017 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2018 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2018 (April 28, 2017)
  • Final rule: Pacific Tuna Fisheries: 2017 and 2018 commercial fishing restrictions for Pacific bluefin tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (April 21, 2017)
  • Final rule: This final rule announces the approval of the Pacific Halibut Catch Sharing Plan and codified regulations for the IPHC’s regulatory Area 2A off Washington, Oregon, and California (April 20, 2017)
  • Notice of final determination: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has evaluated one Tribal Resource Management Plan submitted by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (April 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the General Advisory Committee to the U.S. Section to the IATTC on June 1, 2017, and a public meeting of the Scientific Advisory Subcommittee to the GAC on May 31, 2017 (April 14, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting (webinar): The Pacific Council’s Coastal Pelagic Species Subcommittee of the Scientific and Statistical Committee will hold a meeting via webinar to review the 2017 Pacific mackerel biomass projection estimate (April 14, 2017)
  • Notice of public comment period: for the South Slough, Oregon National Estuarine Research Reserve management plan revision (April 14, 2017)
  • Notice: Submission for OMB Review – Department of Commerce is requesting comments on the following “Expanded Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery” (April 13, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS is issuing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–17–01; Conservation of Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean During 2017 (April 11, 2017)

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March

  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet April 6-11, 2017 (March 20, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: Meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee’s Columbia Basin Partnership Task Force (March 29, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will hold a meeting to review the methodology of the California Department of Fish and Wildlife/California Wetfish Producers Association aerial survey (March 27, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: 2017 Tribal Fishery for Pacific Whiting (March 23, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery – NMFS announces the receipt of an EFP application for 2017 and 2018 that would continue work done in 2015 and 2016, and is considering issuance of EFPs for vessels participating in the EFP fishery (March 17, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: NMFS announces a public meeting of the Permanent Advisory Committee (PAC) to advise the U.S. Commissioners to the WCPFC (March 15, 2017)
  • Reapportionment of tribal Pacific whiting allocation: 2016 Tribal Fishery Allocations for Pacific Whiting; Reapportionment Between Tribal and Non-Tribal Sectors (March 8, 2017)
  • Final rule: Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan (March 7, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a pre-assessment workshop to review proposed data and modeling approaches for groundfish stock assessments scheduled for assessment this year (March 3, 2017)

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February

  • Notice of a public meeting: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (February 28, 2017)
  • Extension of public comment period: Proposed Monterey Peninsula Water Supply Project; notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Impact Report/Environmental Impact Statement (February 28, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Management Team will hold a meeting (February 27, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet March 7-13, 2017 (February 16, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB Review: DOC requests comments on proposal for collection of information under the PRA, Statement of Financial Interests, Regional Fishery Management Councils (February 16, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues regulation to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to the rehabilitation of the Jetty System at the Mouth of the Columbia River over the course of five years (February 10, 2017)
  • Final rule: List of Fisheries for 2017 – delay of effective date (February 8, 2017)
  • Final rule: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology – delay of effective date (February 8, 2017)
  • Final rule: Pacific Coast groundfish fishery 2017-2018 Biennial specifications and management measures, Amendment 27 (February 7, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB Review: West Coast Swordfish Fishery Survey (February 3, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Endangered Species Workgroup will hold a meeting that is in-person and available via webinar (February 2, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB Review: Department of Commerce requesting comments on “Fishery Products Subject to Trade Restrictions Pursuant to Certification Under the High Seas Driftnet Fishing Moratorium Protection Act or the Marine Mammal Protection Act” (February 1, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a Stock Assessment Review (STAR) Panel meeting to review the Pacific sardine stock assessment (February 1, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Ad Hoc Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Technical Advisory Committee and Groundfish Electronic Monitoring Policy Advisory Committee will hold a joint work session (February 1, 2017)
  • Notice of public meetings: The Pacific Council’s Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold three webinars (February 1, 2017)
  • Notice and request for applications: availability of seats for National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Councils (February 1, 2017)

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January

  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council will convene a work session via webinar for the SSC’s Economics Subcommittee (January 24, 2017)
  • Notice; public meeting: The Pacific Council’s trawl catch share five-year review Community Advisory Board will hold a webinar (January 23, 2017)
  • Notice: effectiveness of requirement for observer statements to accompany certain tuna products (January 23, 2017)
  • Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request: NOAA’s West Coast Saltwater Fishing Survey (January 23, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS issues a final rule to remove the Puget Sound/Georgia Basin canary rockfish (Sebastes pinniger) DPS from the Federal List of Threatened and Endangered Species and remove its critical habitat designation (January 23, 2017)
  • Final rule: Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology (January 19, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; request for comments: NMFS is proposing regulations under the Tuna Conventions Act to implement Resolution C–16–08; Measures for the Conservation and Management of Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean; (January 18, 2017)
  • Notice of opportunities to submit public comments: The Pacific Council has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2017 ocean salmon fisheries (January 17, 2017)
  • Notice of receipt of petition; request for comments: This document announces receipt by NMFS of a petition for rulemaking to establish a whale protection zone in the San Juan Islands, Washington, to support recovery of endangered Southern Resident killer whales (January 13, 2017)
  • Notice of availability of a draft environmental impact report/environmental impact statement: A permit application has been submitted by California American Water Company to NOAA’s Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary to construct and operate a reverse osmosis desalination facility project in Monterey County, California (January 13, 2017)
  • Notice of Availability: NOAA has finalized revisions to the agency’s procedures for implementing NEPA and related authorities, as contained in the Companion Manual to NOAA Administrative Order NAO 216–6A (January 13, 2017)
  • Proposed rule; withdrawal: NMFS withdraws a proposed rule to revise existing regulations governing the confidentiality of information submitted in compliance with any requirement or regulation under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (January 13, 2017)
  • Final rule: NMFS publishes its final List of Fisheries for 2017 (January 12, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: February 28–March 1, 2017, NMFS will host a meeting of the Council Coordination Committee, consisting of the Regional Fishery Management Council chairs, vice chairs, and executive directors (January 12, 2017)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection – NMFS is requesting comments on reporting requirements for the Ocean Salmon Fishery Off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California (January 11, 2017)
  • Notice of availability and request for comment: Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission has submitted a Tribal Resource Management Plan for NMFS to evaluate (January 11, 2017)
  • Notice; request for comments: NMFS is proposing to issue a permit for a period of three years to authorize the incidental, but not intentional, take of two stocks of marine mammals listed as threatened or endangered under the ESA, under the MMPA, by the California thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet fishery (>14 inch mesh) and the Washington/Oregon/CA sablefish pot fishery (January 10, 2017)
  • Notice of request for nominations: NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of Commerce, is seeking nominations for the advisory committee established under the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Convention Implementation Act (January 10, 2017)
  • Notice: List of Foreign Fisheries (January 10, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC requests comments on management and oversight of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System (January 9, 2017)
  • Notice: DOC requesting comments on reporting requirements for foreign fishing permits, vessel, and gear identification (January 9, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: The Pacific Council’s Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel will hold a webinar (January 9, 2017)
  • Notice of a public meeting: the Pacific Council is sponsoring a meeting to review new methods proposed to be used in groundfish stock assessments (January 6, 2017)
  • Proposed rule: change to Pacific Mackerel management cycle from annual to biennial (January 4, 2017)
  • Notice: Proposed information collection and comment request; West Coast Region U.S.—Canada Albacore Treaty Reporting System (January 3, 2017)