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Marine Fisheries - News Release Archives - April 2012

Marine Fisheries

News Release Archives - April 2012


Release: Immediate
Contact: Susan Gehart
Phone: 727-824-5305, FAX 727-824-5308
Email: Susan.Gehart@noaa.gov
Date: April 27, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service Seeks Public Comment on Amendment 11
for Spiny Lobster in the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic

Comment Period Ends June 26, 2012

NOAA Fisheries Service is seeking public comment on Amendment 11 to the Fishery Management Plan for the Spiny Lobster Resources of the Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Plan. The amendment proposes prohibiting commercial spiny lobster trap fishing in certain areas of the Florida Keys to protect threatened corals. The Gulf of Mexico and South Atlantic Fishery Management Councils (Councils) have submitted Amendment 11 to NOAA Fisheries Service for review, approval, and implementation. The Notice of Availability for public comment on this amendment was published in the Federal Register on April 27, 2012.
 
NOAA Fisheries Service and the Councils developed Amendment 11 to address requirements listed in a biological opinion on the spiny lobster fishery developed under the Endangered Species Act. These requirements include creation of new or expansion of existing closed areas to protect threatened species of coral. Staff from NOAA Fisheries Service and the Councils worked with fishermen, scientists, and managers to choose areas that would protect the most coral without overly restricting fishing. In total, 60 closed areas are proposed that cover 5.9 square miles. Maps of the proposed closed areas can be found in Amendment 11 and at http://gulfcouncil.org/resources/Spiny_Maps.php.

The Councils also considered trap line marking requirements, which are intended to allow greater accuracy in identifying fishery impacts to habitat and protected species, leading to more targeted measures to reduce the level and severity of those impacts. However, costs and labor for the fishery could be high, with little evidence of the durability of the markings. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is conducting a study of various methods for marking trap lines that should be completed in 2013. The Councils intend to revisit this issue when the results of that study are available.

Request for Comments

Written comments on this amendment must be received no later than June 26, 2012, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries Service. All comments received by NOAA Fisheries Service, whether specifically directed to the amendment or the proposed rule, will be addressed in the final rule. Electronic copies of the amendment may be obtained from the NOAA Fisheries Service Web site sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SpinyLobsterAmendment.htm or the Federal e-Rule Making Portal www.regulation.gov.

How to Submit Comments
You may submit comments by either of the following methods. Comments received through other means may not be considered.

Electronic Submissions: Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: www.regulations.gov

  • Enter the following docket number into the “Search” box: NOAA-NMFS-2011-0223.
  • Select the appropriate title, and click “Submit a Comment.” This will display the comment webform.
  • Attachments to electronic comments (up to 10 MB) will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

Mail: Susan Gerhart, NOAA Fisheries Service, Southeast Regional Office, Sustainable Fisheries Division, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701-5505.
 
All comments will be part of the public record, and generally posted for public viewing to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter, may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. Anonymous comments will be accepted.

For more information on Amendment 11 please refer to the Frequently Asked Questions on the NOAA Fisheries Service Web site.

FB12-030


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: April 27, 2012

 CORRECTION: Corrects dates in sixth paragraph

Marine Fisheries Commission Slated to Meet in Atlantic Beach

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 9-11 at the Clam Digger Inn, 511 Salter Path Road, Atlantic Beach.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission will hear a presentation on the 2011 Landings Report, which will be released at the meeting. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries compiles statistical data on commercial and recreational catches. The presentation will also give an overview of trends in commercial and recreational landings since 1994.

The commission also will discuss the state’s application for an incidental take permit for Atlantic sturgeon. These permits, authorized under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, allow for takes of endangered species that occur incidentally to an otherwise lawful activity under limitations specified in each permit. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries submitted an incidental take permit application April 5. The National Marine Fisheries Service listed Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species April 6.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. May 9. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at the start of the business meeting May 10.

The chairman will allow each commenter to speak for five minutes during the May 9 session and three minutes during the May 10 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the May 9 or May 10 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

The business sessions of the meeting begin at 9 a.m. May 10 and 8:30 a.m. May 11.

The meeting agenda is attached. The full briefing book can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-agendas-briefingbooks-presentations.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.


Release: Immediate
Contact: Patricia Smith
Phone: 252-726-7021
Date: April 27, 2012

Marine Fisheries Commission Slated to Meet in Atlantic Beach

MOREHEAD CITY — The N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission will meet May 9-11 at the Clam Digger Inn, 511 Salter Path Road, Atlantic Beach.

The meeting is open to the public.

The commission will hear a presentation on the 2011 Landings Report, which will be released at the meeting. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries compiles statistical data on commercial and recreational catches. The presentation will also give an overview of trends in commercial and recreational landings since 1994.

The commission also will discuss the state’s application for an incidental take permit for Atlantic sturgeon. These permits, authorized under Section 10 of the Endangered Species Act, allow for takes of endangered species that occur incidentally to an otherwise lawful activity under limitations specified in each permit. The N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries submitted an incidental take permit application April 5. The National Marine Fisheries Service listed Atlantic sturgeon as an endangered species April 6.

The meeting begins with a public comment session at 6 p.m. May 9. Anyone who wishes to speak to the commission on a fisheries-related matter may do so then or at the start of the business meeting May 10.

The chairman will allow each commenter to speak for five minutes during the May 9 session and three minutes during the May 10 session. Due to time constraints, those making comments will be asked to speak only once, either at the Feb. 9 or Feb. 10 sessions. Individuals will not be allowed to speak during both public comment periods.

The business sessions of the meeting begin at 9 a.m. May 10 and 8:30 a.m. May 11.

The meeting agenda is attached. The full briefing book can be found on the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries website at http://portal.ncdenr.org/web/mf/mfc-agendas-briefingbooks-presentations.

For more information, contact Marine Fisheries Commission Liaison Nancy Fish at 252-808-8021 or Nancy.Fish@ncdenr.gov.

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Release: Immediate
Contact: Carie D. Selberg
Date: April 20, 2012

Public Scoping Meetings for an Amend ent to the Highly Migratory Species Fishery Management Plan (HMS FMP)(Amendment 7)

We are examining whether existing management measures for Atlantic HMS, and in particular Atlantic bluefin tuna (BFT) regulations, are the best means of achieving management objectives for BFT and provide flexibility for future management. The feedback we've received during the 2011 quota rulemaking process'andthrough the HMS Panel meetings demonstrated the need for a comprehensive review of our BFT management system. We are exploring a wide range of potential management measures including a revision of baseline quota allocations, both the reduction of and accounting for dead discards; new and/or modified time and area closures; and methods to improve reporting and monitoring of discards and landings.

Therefore, we will be holding' public scoping meetings to determine the range and significance of issues to be analyzed in a draft environmental impact statement and notifying you that based on that process, there may be a proposed amendment to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP. We are also announcing the availability of a scoping document describing measures for potential inclusion in a proposed Amendment.

Date Time Meeting Locations Address
May 8, 2012 6:15-8:45 p.m. Toms River Library
(Mancini Hall)
Toms River, NJ
101 Washington Street
Toms River, NJ 08753
May 16,2012 6:00-9:00 p.m. National Marine Fisheries Service
Northeast Regional Office
Gloucester, MA
55 Great Republic Drive
Gloucester, MA 01930
May 21, 2012 6:00-9:00 p.m. Plaquemines Parish Government Community Center
(Belle Chasse Auditorium)
Belle Chasse, LA
8398 Hwy 23
Belle Chasse, LA 70037
May 23; 2012 . 6:00-9:00 p.m. Dare County Administration Bldg.
Manteo, NC
954 Marshall C. CoIlins Dr.
Manteo, NC 27954
*Week of June 10
(Specific date to be determined)
* To be announced
(MAFMC.net)
Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting
New York, NY
HiIton New York
1335 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10019
*Week of June 10
(Specific date to be determined)
* To be announced
(SAFMC.net)
South Atlantic Fishery Management Council Meeting
Orlando, FL
Renaissance Orlando Airport Hotel
5445 Forbes Place
Orlando, FL 32812
*Week of June 17
(Specific date to be determined)
* To be announced
(NEFMC.org)
New England Fishery Management Council Meeting
Portland, ME
Holiday Inn by the Bay
88 Spring Street
Portland, ME 04101

Public meetings: The following lists the Dates, Times, Locations and Addresses of upcoming scoping meetings, for Amendment 7.

*The public will be notified when the Council agendas are finalized, and the precise date and time of scoping have been scheduled. For updated information please go to http://www.nmfs.gov/sfa/hms/breakingnews.htm or visit the Council websites indicated above.

Availability of a scoping document: To view the scoping document containing a description of potential measures for inclusion ina proposed Amendment, please go to http://www.nmfs.gov/sfa/hms/breakingnews.htm or call 978-281-9260 to obtain a copy of the scoping document.

Submit comments: You may submit comments on thescoping document, and suggestions regarding management of the BFT fishery (identified by "NOAA-NMFS­. 2012-0082") through July 15, 2012 by using anyone ofthe following methods:

  • Submit electronic comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov
  • Fax: 978-281-9340
  • Mail: Tom Warren, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, NMFS 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930

To be considered, electronic comments must be submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:www.regulations.gov. Do not submit electronic comments to individual NMFS staff.

This notice is a courtesy to HMS fishery participants to help keep you informed about the fishery. Official notice ofFederal Register actions is made through filing such notice with the Office ofthe Federal Register. For further information, contact the Highly Migratory Species Management Division at 978-281-9260.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT DF CDMMERCE National Dcaanlc and Atmospharic Administration
NATIONAL MARINE FISHERIES SERVICE Silver Spring. MO 20910

 

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