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Federal Register / Vol. 70, No.

24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices 6421

governing the fisheries of the such a way as to take advantage of the exempting it from GOM Rolling Closure
Northeastern United States. The EFP tendency for flatfish to swim towards Areas II, III, and IV and; from the NE
may allow for exemptions from the NE the ocean bottom after encountering the multispecies DAS effort control program
multispecies days-at-sea (DAS) effort separation panel and thereby into the for any of the 11 DAS remaining from
control program for up to 11 DAS for the lower codend portion of the net. the previous 2004 EFP that was issued.
purposes of studying the effects of a soft Roundfish, which are not expected to The applicant may request minor
grid species separation trawl. In swim towards the sea floor after modifications to the EFP throughout the
addition, this EFP would allow encountering the panel, are expected to year. EFP modifications may be granted
exemptions from the Gulf of Maine swim into the upper codend portion of without further notice if they are
(GOM) Rolling Closure Areas II, III, and the net, which would be left open under deemed essential to facilitate
IV. normal fishing practices when the completion of the proposed research
Regulations under the Magnuson- vessel is targeting flatfish. However, for and minimal as not to change the scope
Stevens Fishery Conservation and the purposes of this experiment, both or impact the initially approved EFP
Management Act require publication of codends would remain closed in order request.
this notification to provide interested to quantify separation success of these Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
parties the opportunity to comment on two types of fish. The net would also
applications for proposed EFPs. utilize visual stimuli fixed forward of Dated: February 2, 2005.
DATES: Comments on this document the codend to test changes in swimming Alan D. Risenhoover,
must be received on or before February behavior in roundfish and flatfish in Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
22, 2005. response to the stimuli. Underwater Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
ADDRESSES: Comments on this notice videography would be employed to [FR Doc. E5–484 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am]
may be submitted by e-mail. The observe fish behavior and functioning of BILLING CODE 3510–22–S

mailbox address for providing e-mail the experimental selectivity device. The
comments is DA5–08@noaa.gov. Include sea trials would be conducted in
in the subject line of the e-mail shallow water (30 to 50 fathoms (55 to DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
comment the following document 91 m)) off the coasts of New Hampshire,
southern Maine, and a small portion of National Oceanic and Atmospheric
identifier: ‘‘Comments on UNH Soft Administration
Grid Gear Modification EFP Proposal.’’ northern Massachusetts. UNH
Written comments should be sent to researchers would be aboard the vessel [I.D. 020105A]
Patricia A. Kurkul, Regional at all times during the experimental
Administrator, NMFS, Northeast work. Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management
In a letter dated January 20, 2005, Dr. Council; Public Meetings
Regional Office, 1 Blackburn Drive,
He requested that this EFP be extended
Gloucester, MA 01930. Mark the outside AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
from April 30, 2005, the previously
of the envelope ‘‘Comments on UNH Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
proposed end date, through July 31,
Soft Grid Gear Modification EFP Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
2005. Because no additional DAS would
Proposal.’’ Comments may also be sent be exempted from what was allowed Commerce.
via facsimile (fax) to (978) 281–9135. under the previously approved 2004 ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: EFP, the at-sea portion of the
Heather L. Sagar, Fishery Management experiment would last no longer than 11 SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery
Specialist, phone 978–281–9341. fishing days from November 19, 2004, Management Council (Council) will
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: through July 31, 2005. Based upon the convene a public meeting of the
Dr. Pingguo He of the University of catch rates from 8 days of fishing during Socioeconomic Panel (SEP).
New Hampshire Cooperative Extension the same period of time in the 2003 DATES: A meeting of the SEP will be
(UNH) submitted an application for an fishing year, the following catch is held beginning at 9 a.m. on Thursday,
EFP on May 27, 2004. This EFP was estimated to be harvested under this February 24, 2005 and will conclude no
approved and granted for the period EFP during the period May 1, through later than 3 p.m. on Friday, February 25,
November 19, 2004, through April 30, July 31, 2005: Cod 2,846 lb (1,291 kg); 2005.
2005. This is a continuation of a project witch flounder 1,547 lb (702 kg); ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
that was begun in 2002. Due to the time American plaice 274 lb (124 kg); white the Four Points By Sheraton New
needed to conduct gear modifications hake 140 lb (64 kg); yellowtail flounder Orleans Airport, 6401 Veterans
and tank flume tests, as well as poor 87 lb (40 kg); winter flounder 50 lb (23 Memorial Boulevard, Metairie, LA
weather conditions, the sea trails were kg); haddock 34 lb (15 kg); and pollock 70003; 504.885.5700.
not completed during the 2003–2004 11 lb (5 kg). All undersized fish would
fishing years. This EFP would authorize FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr.
be returned to the sea as quickly as
one commercial vessel to conduct sea possible. Legal-sized fish that would Assane Diagne, Economist, Gulf of
trials using a soft grid finfish excluder otherwise have to be discarded would Mexico Fishery Management Council,
device. The objective of the research is be allowed to be retained and sold 3018 U.S. Highway 301 North, Suite
to test trawl gear designed to separate within the applicable GOM possession 1000, Tampa, Florida 33619; telephone:
flatfish from roundfish for the purpose limits. The participating vessel would 813–228–2815.
of reducing bycatch of roundfish, be required to report all landings in its SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
particularly cod. The separation device Vessel Trip Report. Council will convene its Socioeconomic
is designed to exploit behavioral Due to an oversight in the Federal Panel (SEP) to review ‘‘Draft
differences that exist between these two Register notice announcing the 2004 Amendment 13 for Shrimp’’, ‘‘Draft
types of fish. EFP for this project (69 FR 58153, Amendment 18A for Reef Fish’’, and
The proposed gear design consists of September 29, 2004), this EFP would ‘‘Draft Amendment 26 for Red
a trawl net with a soft panel, or ramp, also exempt vessels from Rolling Snapper.’’ The shrimp amendment
that would be positioned in front of a Closure Area II during April 2005. Thus, considers several issues including the
double codend. The gear is designed in an EFP would be issued to one vessel establishment of a moratorium on the

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6422 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 24 / Monday, February 7, 2005 / Notices

issuance of commercial shrimp vessel DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE sign language interpretation or other
permits and the requirement of separate auxiliary aids should be directed to Ms.
vessel permits for the royal red shrimp National Oceanic and Atmospheric Carolyn Porter at 503–820–2280 at least
fishery. The reef fish amendment Administration 5 days prior to the meeting date.
reviews effort capacity control [I.D. 020105B] Dated: February 1, 2005.
measures, enforcement and monitoring Alan D. Risenhoover,
issues in the reef fish fishery. The red Pacific Fishery Management Council; Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
snapper amendment considers the Public Meeting Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
establishment of an individual fishing AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries [FR Doc. E5–481 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am]
quota (IFQ) for the commercial red Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
snapper fishery. In addition, the SEP Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
will discuss potential grouper trip limits Commerce.
and buyback programs. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
A report will be prepared by the SEP National Oceanic and Atmospheric
SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery
containing their conclusions and Administration
Management Council’s (Council) Ad
recommendations. This report will be Hoc Groundfish Trawl Individual Quota
presented to the Council at its meeting Committee (TIQC) will hold a working [I.D. 020105H]
on March 7–10, 2005 in Birmingham, meeting which is open to the public.
Alabama. DATES: The TIQC working meeting will Western Pacific Fishery Management
Composing the SEP membership are begin Wednesday, February 23, 2005 at Council; Public Meeting
economists, sociologists, and 8:30 a.m. and may go into the evening
anthropologists from various if necessary to complete business for the AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
universities and state fishery agencies day. The meeting will reconvene from Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
throughout the Gulf. They advise the 8:30 a.m. and continue until business Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Council on the social and economic for the day is complete on Thursday, Commerce.
implications of certain fishery February 24, 2005. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.
management measures. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held in
the Broadway Room at the Residence SUMMARY: The 88th meeting of the
A copy of the agenda can be obtained
Inn by Marriott-Portland Downtown, Western Pacific Fishery Council’s
by calling 813–228–2815. Although
RiverPlace, 2115 SW River Parkway, (Council) Scientific and Statistical
other non-emergency issues not on the Portland, OR 97201. Telephone: 503– Committee (SSC) will convene February
agenda may come before the SEP for 552–9500 22–24, 2005, in Honolulu, HI.
discussion, in accordance with the Council address: Pacific Fishery
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE DATES: The SSC meeting will be held
Conservation and Management Act, Ambassador Place, Suite 200, Portland, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
those issues may not be the subject of OR 97220–1384. ADDRESSES: The 88th SSC meeting will
formal action during this meeting. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. be held at the Western Pacific Fishery
Actions of the SEP will be restricted to Jim Seger, Staff Officer (Economist), Management Council Office conference
those issues specifically identified in 503–820–2280. room, 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400,
the agendas and any issues arising after SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Honolulu, HI; phone: (808) 522–8220.
publication of this notice that require purpose of the TIQC working meeting is FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
emergency action under Section 305(c) to continue to review results from
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director;
of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided public scoping, and some preliminary
phone: (808) 522–8220.
the public has been notified of the analysis, and refine recommendations to
Council’s intent to take action to the Council on an individual quota SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The SSC
address the emergency. program to cover limited entry trawl will discuss and may make
landings in the West Coast groundfish recommendations to the Council on the
Special Accommodations fishery. agenda items here. The order in which
Although nonemergency issues not agenda items will be addressed can
The meeting is open to the public and
contained in the TIQC meeting agenda change.
is physically accessible to people with
may come before the TIQC for
disabilities. Requests for sign language Agenda
discussion, those issues may not be the
interpretation or other auxiliary aids subject of formal TIQC action during Tuesday, February 22, 2005, 8:30 a.m.
should be directed to the Council office these meetings. TIQC action will be
by February 17, 2005. restricted to those issues specifically 1. Introductions
Dated: February 2, 2005. listed in this notice and to any issues 2. Approval of Draft Agenda and
Alan D. Risenhoover, arising after publication of this notice Assignment of Rapporteurs
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
requiring emergency action under 3. Approval of the Minutes of the 87th
Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens SSC Meeting
Fishery Conservation and Management 4. Ecosystem and Habitat
[FR Doc. E5–483 Filed 2–4–05; 8:45 am]
Act, provided the public has been
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S A. Northwestern Hawaiian Islands
notified of the TIQC’s intent to take final
action to address the emergency. (NWHI) Sanctuary
Special Accommodations 1. Background Information and
The meeting is physically accessible Alternatives
to people with disabilities. Requests for 2. Report on Public Hearings

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