New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

CourtNational Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Citation87 FR 2142
Publication Date13 January 2022
Record Number2022-00611
2142
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produced, we use the maximum mean
seasonal (i.e., 3-month) abundance
prediction for purposes of comparison
as a precautionary smoothing of month-
to-month fluctuations and in
consideration of a corresponding lack of
data in the literature regarding seasonal
distribution of marine mammals in the
GOM. Information supporting the small
numbers determinations is provided in
Table 1.
T
ABLE
1—T
AKE
A
NALYSIS
Species Authorized
take
1
Abundance
2
Percent
abundance
Rice’s whale
3
.............................................................................................................................. 0 51 n/a
Sperm whale ................................................................................................................................ 32 2,207 1.4
Kogia spp. ....................................................................................................................................
4
13 4,373 0.3
Beaked whales ............................................................................................................................ 163 3,768 4.3
Rough-toothed dolphin ................................................................................................................ 29 4,853 0.6
Bottlenose dolphin ....................................................................................................................... 95 176,108 0.1
Clymene dolphin .......................................................................................................................... 79 11,895 0.7
Atlantic spotted dolphin ............................................................................................................... 38 74,785 0.1
Pantropical spotted dolphin ......................................................................................................... 483 102,361 0.5
Spinner dolphin ............................................................................................................................ 74 25,114 0.3
Striped dolphin ............................................................................................................................. 34 5,229 0.6
Fraser’s dolphin ........................................................................................................................... 10 1,665 3.9
Risso’s dolphin ............................................................................................................................. 20 3,764 0.5
Melon-headed whale ................................................................................................................... 52 7,003 0.7
Pygmy killer whale ....................................................................................................................... 16 2,126 0.7
False killer whale ......................................................................................................................... 22 3,204 0.7
Killer whale .................................................................................................................................. 0 267 n/a
Short-finned pilot whale ............................................................................................................... 12 1,981 0.6
1
Scalar ratios were not applied in this case due to brief survey duration.
2
Best abundance estimate. For most taxa, the best abundance estimate for purposes of comparison with take estimates is considered here to
be the model-predicted abundance (Roberts et al., 2016). For those taxa where a density surface model predicting abundance by month was
produced, the maximum mean seasonal abundance was used. For those taxa where abundance is not predicted by month, only mean annual
abundance is available. For the killer whale, the larger estimated SAR abundance estimate is used.
3
The final rule refers to the GOM Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni). These whales were subsequently described as a new species, Rice’s
whale (Balaenoptera ricei) (Rosel et al., 2021).
4
Includes 1 take by Level A harassment and 12 takes by Level B harassment.
Based on the analysis contained
herein of Equinor’s proposed survey
activity described in its LOA
application and the anticipated take of
marine mammals, NMFS finds that
small numbers of marine mammals will
be taken relative to the affected species
or stock sizes and therefore is of no
more than small numbers.
Authorization
NMFS has determined that the level
of taking for this LOA request is
consistent with the findings made for
the total taking allowable under the
incidental take regulations and that the
amount of take authorized under the
LOA is of no more than small numbers.
Accordingly, we have issued an LOA to
Equinor authorizing the take of marine
mammals incidental to its geophysical
survey activity, as described above.
Dated: January 7, 2022.
Catherine Marzin,
Director, Office of Protected Resources,
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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New England Fishery Management
Council; Public Meeting
AGENCY
: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice of public meeting.
SUMMARY
: The New England Fishery
Management Council (Council, NEFMC)
will hold a three-day meeting to
consider actions affecting New England
fisheries in the exclusive economic zone
(EEZ). Due to ongoing public safety
considerations related to COVID–19,
this meeting will be conducted entirely
by webinar.
DATES
: The webinar meeting will be
held on Tuesday, Wednesday, and
Thursday, February 1, 2, and 3, 2022,
beginning at 10 a.m. on Tuesday and 9
a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday.
ADDRESSES
: All meeting participants
and interested parties can register to
join the webinar at https://
register.gotowebinar.com/register/
3241130900598780683.
Council address: New England
Fishery Management Council, 50 Water
Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950;
telephone: (978) 465–0492;
www.nefmc.org.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT
:
Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director,
New England Fishery Management
Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492, ext.
113.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION
:
Agenda
Tuesday, February 1, 2022
After introductions and brief
announcements, the Council will
receive reports on recent activities from
its Chair and Executive Director, the
Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries
Office (GARFO) Regional Administrator,
the Northeast Fisheries Science Center
(NEFSC) Director, the NOAA Office of
General Counsel, the Mid-Atlantic
Fishery Management Council liaison,
staff from the Atlantic States Marine
Fisheries Commission (ASMFC), and
representatives from the U.S. Coast
Guard, NOAA’s Office of Law
Enforcement, and the Northeast Trawl
Advisory Panel. Next, the Council will
receive the Skate Committee report and
take final action on Framework
Adjustment 9 to the Northeast Skate
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Complex Fishery Management Plan
(FMP). This framework will revise: (1)
The FMP’s objectives; and (2)
conditions for open access federal skate
fishing permits.
Following the lunch break, the
Council will take up ecosystem-based
fishery management (EBFM) and receive
brief updates on: (1) Informational
EBFM workshops using public outreach
materials, focusing on potential
application to a Georges Bank example
fishery ecosystem plan (eFEP); and (2)
initial work to develop a Beta
Management Strategy Evaluation (MSE)
for EBFM and the Georges Bank eFEP.
Then, the Council will go into the
Habitat Committee report, which will
cover three items. First, the Council will
initiate a framework adjustment to
designate Habitat Areas of Particular
Concern in Southern New England.
Second, the Council will receive a
report on recent discussions between
New England and Mid-Atlantic Council
leadership about the Great South
Channel Habitat Management Area
(HMA) and consider next steps,
including a clam industry request for
secretarial emergency action to gain
additional access to the HMA. The
Council will conclude the habitat report
with updates on offshore energy and
other ongoing habitat-related work. It
then will adjourn for the day. Following
adjournment, the Council will go into a
closed session to discuss two items: (1)
Scientific and Statistical Committee
appointments; and (2) Council policies
on U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity
(EEO) harassment in the workplace
issues.
Wednesday, February 2, 2022
The Council will begin the day with
the Scallop Committee report. First, the
Council will receive and discuss the
final report for the evaluation of the
scallop fishery’s rotational area
management program. The Council also
will receive a brief update on work
being conducted by the Scallop Survey
Working Group. This will be followed
by an initial update on upcoming
scoping sessions for potential
development of a limited access leasing
program. Next, the Council will receive
a presentation from GARFO on the
formation of the Atlantic Sturgeon
Bycatch Working Group and an
overview of the working group’s
planned activities. This will be followed
by a report on: (1) Results from the 27th
Regular Meeting of the International
Commission for the Conservation of
Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); and (2)
recommendations from the Advisory
Committee to the U.S. Section of ICCAT.
Next, members of the public will have
the opportunity to speak during an open
comment period on issues that relate to
Council business but are not included
on the published agenda for this
meeting. The Council asks the public to
limit remarks to 3–5 minutes. These
comments will be received through the
webinar. A guide for how to publicly
comment through the webinar is
available on the Council website at
https://s3.amazonaws.com/nefmc.org/
NEFMC-meeting-remote-participation_
generic.pdf.
Following the lunch break, the
Council will receive a congressional
update about ongoing federal legislative
activities. Next, the Council will receive
a briefing on Atlantic mackerel stock
status and work being done by the Mid-
Atlantic Council to revise the mackerel
rebuilding program based on results
from the 2021 Atlantic Mackerel
Management Track Stock Assessment.
This will be followed by an update on
the East Coast Climate Change Scenario
Planning initiative, which will include:
(1) A summary of the August/September
2021 kick-off webinars that were held to
introduce scenario planning to
stakeholders; and (2) an outline of next
steps, including information about the
upcoming February/March 2022
webinars that are intended to explore
physical, biological, and social/
economic drivers and uncertainties
about how the marine ecosystem could
be affected by climate change. The
Council then will adjourn for the day.
Thursday, February 3, 2022
The Council will devote the third day
of its meeting to the Groundfish
Committee report, which includes three
primary components. These are: (1) A
presentation on and Council discussion
of the final report from the 2021 series
of Atlantic Cod Stock Structure
Workshops, which covered both science
and management issues; (2) a progress
report from the Atlantic Cod Research
Track Working Group, followed by
Council discussion on the potential
number of cod stocks that should be
considered for assessment purposes and
potential management units; and (3) the
development of recommendations on
fishing year 2022 recreational measures
for Gulf of Maine cod and Gulf of Maine
haddock. These recommendations will
be submitted to GARFO.
The Council has scheduled a lunch
break, which will be taken at a
convenient time during the Groundfish
Committee report. Following the
conclusion of groundfish business, the
Council will close out the meeting with
other business.
Although non-emergency issues not
contained on this agenda may come
before the Council for discussion, those
issues may not be the subject of formal
action during this meeting. Council
action will be restricted to those issues
specifically listed in this notice and any
issues arising after publication of this
notice that require emergency action
under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-
Stevens Fishery Conservation and
Management Act, provided the public
has been notified of the Council’s intent
to take final action to address the
emergency. The public also should be
aware that the meeting will be recorded.
Consistent with 16 U.S.C. 1852, a copy
of the recording is available upon
request.
Special Accommodations
This meeting is being conducted
entirely by webinar. Requests for
auxiliary aids should be directed to
Thomas A. Nies (see
ADDRESSES
) at least
5 days prior to the meeting date.
Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
Dated: January 10, 2022.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable
Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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North Pacific Fishery Management
Council; Public Meeting
AGENCY
: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce.
ACTION
: Notice of public meetings.
SUMMARY
: The North Pacific Fishery
Management Council (Council) and its
advisory committees will meet via
webconference January 31, 2022
through February 11, 2022.
DATES
: The Council’s Scientific and
Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at
8 a.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022 and
continue through Friday, February 4,
2022. The Council’s Advisory Panel
(AP) will begin at 8 a.m. on Tuesday,
February 1, 2022 and continue through
Friday, February 4, 2022. The Council
will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday,
February 7, 2022 and continue through
Friday, February 11, 2022. All times
listed are Alaska Standard Time.
ADDRESSES
: The meetings will be by
webconference. Join online through the
links at https://www.npfmc.org/
upcoming-council-meetings.
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