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31812 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

110 / Friday, June 8, 2007 / Notices

Project 2: The applicant requests 1. June 19, 2007, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., During public comment on the Draft
authority to annually receive, import Manteo, NC. Consolidated HMS FMP (71 FR 58058,
and export tissues from a maximum of 2. June 20, 2007, 2 p.m. – 5 p.m., October 2, 2006), NMFS received
10,000 animals, up to 30 samples per Silver Spring, MD. comments ranging from opposition to
animal per year (i.e., 5000 pinniped and 3. June 21, 2007, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., the draft alternative to support for it.
5000 cetaceans) under NMFS Foxboro, MA. The comments that NMFS received
jurisdiction in the U.S. and abroad (i.e. 4. June 25, 2007, 7 p.m. – 10 p.m., included those that expressed confusion
worldwide). Sources of samples are Saint Petersburg, FL. over the current regulatory regime;
from (1) captive animals (from routine ADDRESSES: The meeting locations are: concern over the need for better
husbandry sampling); (2) stranded 1. Manteo – Roanoke Island Festival reporting, monitoring, and overall data
animals abroad; (3) subsistence-hunted Park, 1 Festival Park, Manteo, NC collection for this gear-type; a desire to
animals; (4) already permitted research 27954. land bluefin tuna with the gear; and the
projects; (5) animals that died incidental 2. Silver Spring – NOAA/NMFS need for further understanding of the
to commercial fishing in foreign Headquarters (Building 3 Room 1311– technical nature of the gear itself. Based
countries where such taking is legal and B), 1315 East-West Highway, Silver on these comments, NMFS decided to
specimens from animals that died Spring, MD 20910. clarify the currently allowed use of the
incidental to U.S. commercial fishing 3. Foxboro – Boyden Library, 10 Bird gear in the Final Consolidated HMS
operations; and (6) Navy dolphins. Street, Foxboro, MA 02035. FMP rather than authorize and define
Mystic Aquarium also requests 4. Saint Petersburg – NOAA/NMFS the gear in a manner that may cause
permission to export samples from Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th further confusion and have unintended
stranded animals in the U.S. for Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL negative consequences to the fishery
research purposes. Samples will be 33701. and the resource.
analyzed for purposes of research on For copies of current regulations Currently, green-stick fishing gear
marine mammal health (e.g., nutrition, regarding green-stick gear use outlined meets the definitions for longline or
disease, immune function, in the Consolidated HMS Fishery handgear depending on the
environmental stressors). Management Plan (FMP) and the Guide configuration and may only be used
Concurrent with the publication of for Complying with the Atlantic Tunas, aboard vessels possessing the permits
this notice in the Federal Register, Swordfish, Sharks, and Billfish necessary to use longline or handgear.
NMFS is forwarding copies of this Regulations, contact Margo Schulze- Authorization of green-stick fishing gear
application to the Marine Mammal Haugen, Chief, HMS Management for Atlantic tunas could provide for less
Commission and its Committee of Division, 1315 East-West Highway, restrictive use of green-sticks when and
Scientific Advisors. Silver Spring, MD 20910 or at (301) where appropriate.
Dated: June 4, 2007.
713–1917 (fax). These documents are Special Accommodations
also available on the internet at http://
P. Michael Payne, These meetings are physically
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms.
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education accessible to people with disabilities.
Division, Office of Protected Resources, FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for sign language
National Marine Fisheries Service. Randy Blankinship at 727–824–5399 or interpretations or other auxiliary aids
[FR Doc. E7–11056 Filed 6–7–07; 8:45 am] 727–824–5398 (fax). should be directed to Randy
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS Blankinship at 727–824–5399 at least 7
will hold public information meetings days prior to the meeting.
to discuss details related to the use of Dated: May 30, 2007.
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE green-stick fishing gear for Atlantic
Alan D. Risenhoover,
tunas including bluefin tuna. The
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries,
purpose of these meetings is to
National Marine Fisheries Service.
Administration communicate details and issues related
[FR Doc. E7–11051 Filed 6–7–07; 8:45 am]
RIN 0648–XA61
to gear authorization including gear
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
configuration and definitions, quota
Atlantic Highly Migratory Species management, catch reporting and other
(HMS); Atlantic Tuna Fisheries related topics.
In the Draft Consolidated HMS FMP, COMMITTEE FOR THE
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries NMFS preferred an alternative to IMPLEMENTATION OF TEXTILE
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and authorize green-stick fishing gear for the AGREEMENTS
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), commercial harvest of Atlantic bigeye,
Commerce. Determination under the Textile and
albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack
Apparel Commercial Availability
ACTION: Notice of public information (BAYS) tunas; however, NMFS did not
Provision of the Dominican Republic-
meetings. select this alternative as preferred in the
Central America-United States Free
Final Consolidated HMS FMP (October
SUMMARY: NMFS announces public Trade Agreement (CAFTA-DR
2, 2006; 71 FR 58058). The intent of the
information meetings regarding the use Agreement)
draft preferred alternative was to allow
of green-stick fishing gear in Atlantic commercial tuna handgear fishermen June 5, 2007.
tuna fisheries including bluefin tuna. targeting BAYS tunas with green-stick AGENCY: The Committee for the
The purpose of these meetings is to fishing gear to increase the number of Implementation of Textile Agreements
communicate details and issues related hooks on their gear from two hooks to (CITA).
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to gear authorization including gear no more than 10 hooks. The draft ACTION: Determination to add a product
configuration and definitions, quota preferred alternative would have also in unrestricted quantities to Annex 3.25
management, catch reporting, and other prohibited commercial vessels using or of the CAFTA-DR Agreement
related topics. possessing green-sticks from retaining or
DATES: The meeting dates are: possessing BFT on board. EFFECTIVE DATE: June 8, 2007.

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