NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on a Proposed Rule to Allow Transfer of

NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on a Proposed Rule to Allow Transfer of Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements 
(Comment Period Ends September 25, 2012)

 

NOAA Fisheries requests public comments on proposed regulations for a resubmitted action from Amendment 18A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 18A). Amendment 18A was implemented on July 1, 2012, and established a black sea bass pot endorsement program.

 

Amendment 18A also contained an action to allow black sea bass pot endorsements to be transferred to individuals or entities that hold or simultaneously obtain a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit. However, Amendment 18A had the wrong preferred alternative designated and there were discrepancies in the record regarding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s discussion of the alternatives. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries did not implement the transferability action in Amendment 18A and the South Atlantic Fishery management Council addressed the action in a separate amendment.

 

The proposed rule for the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment would allow black sea bass endorsements to be transferred under the following conditions:

Valid or renewable black sea bass pot endorsements would be transferable upon the effective date of the final rule implementing this action.
Valid and renewable endorsements could only be transferred to any individual or entity holding or simultaneously obtaining a valid South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit.
Valid and renewable endorsements would be transferable, independently from the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper Grouper Permit.
All landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would be associated with the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit with which the endorsement is associated regardless of when landings occurred.
Landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would not be transferred with the endorsement.
Endorsements would not be automatically renewed when the associated South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit is renewed. (Endorsement holders would need to check a box on the application to renew their black sea bass pot endorsement.)
Request for Comments

Comments on the proposed rule for Amendment 18A must be received no later than September 25, 2012, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.

 

Addresses

Electronic or hardcopies of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment and the proposed rule may be obtained from:

The NOAA Fisheries Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SASnapperGrouperHomepage.htm 
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at 
http://www.safmc.net.
To request a CD of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment contact:

            NOAA Fisheries

            Southeast Regional Office

            Sustainable Fisheries Division

            263 13th Avenue South

            St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

            Phone: (727) 824-5305

 

You may submit comments by the following methods:

Electronic Submission: The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at  http://www.regulations.gov (select "Submit Comment", then type in NOAA-NMFS-2012-0128 in the "Keyword or ID" box). All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change.
Mail:           
NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office

         Sustainable Fisheries Division

         c/o Kate Michie

               263 13th Avenue South

               St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

 

NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

 

Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

 

More Information

For more information on the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment please click on this link to the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment Frequently Asked Questions found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/pdfs/BSB_transferability_amendment%20_FAQs_082312.pdf or view the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web page at: www.safmc.net.
 

NOAA Fisheries Requests Public Comments on a Proposed Rule to Allow Transfer of Black Sea Bass Pot Endorsements 

(Comment Period Ends September 25, 2012)

 

NOAA Fisheries requests public comments on proposed regulations for a resubmitted action from Amendment 18A to the Fishery Management Plan for the Snapper-Grouper Fishery of the South Atlantic Region (Amendment 18A). Amendment 18A was implemented on July 1, 2012, and established a black sea bass pot endorsement program.

 

Amendment 18A also contained an action to allow black sea bass pot endorsements to be transferred to individuals or entities that hold or simultaneously obtain a South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit. However, Amendment 18A had the wrong preferred alternative designated and there were discrepancies in the record regarding the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s discussion of the alternatives. Therefore, NOAA Fisheries did not implement the transferability action in Amendment 18A and the South Atlantic Fishery management Council addressed the action in a separate amendment.

 

The proposed rule for the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment would allow black sea bass endorsements to be transferred under the following conditions:

Valid or renewable black sea bass pot endorsements would be transferable upon the effective date of the final rule implementing this action.

Valid and renewable endorsements could only be transferred to any individual or entity holding or simultaneously obtaining a valid South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit.

Valid and renewable endorsements would be transferable, independently from the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper Grouper Permit.

All landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would be associated with the South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit with which the endorsement is associated regardless of when landings occurred.

Landings of black sea bass using the black sea bass pot endorsement would not be transferred with the endorsement.

Endorsements would not be automatically renewed when the associated South Atlantic Unlimited Snapper-Grouper Permit is renewed. (Endorsement holders would need to check a box on the application to renew their black sea bass pot endorsement.)

Request for Comments

Comments on the proposed rule for Amendment 18A must be received no later than September 25, 2012, to be considered by NOAA Fisheries. See the Addresses section for information on where and how to submit comments.

 

Addresses

Electronic or hardcopies of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment and the proposed rule may be obtained from:

The NOAA Fisheries Web site http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/SASnapperGrouperHomepage.htm 

The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web site at  http://www.safmc.net.

To request a CD of the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment contact:

            NOAA Fisheries

            Southeast Regional Office

            Sustainable Fisheries Division

            263 13th Avenue South

            St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

            Phone: (727) 824-5305

 

You may submit comments by the following methods:

Electronic Submission: The Federal e-Rulemaking Portal at  http://www.regulations.gov (select "Submit Comment", then type in NOAA-NMFS-2012-0128 in the "Keyword or ID" box). All comments received are part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change.

Mail:           

NOAA Fisheries

Southeast Regional Office

         Sustainable Fisheries Division

         c/o Kate Michie

               263 13th Avenue South

               St. Petersburg, Florida 33701

 

NOAA Fisheries will accept anonymous comments. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

 

Comments received through means not specified in this bulletin may not be considered.

 

More Information

For more information on the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment please click on this link to the Resubmitted Amendment 18A Action Amendment Frequently Asked Questions found at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/pdfs/BSB_transferability_amendment%20_FAQs_082312.pdf or view the South Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Web page at: www.safmc.net.

 

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30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
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1. The following areas will contain US Navy exercises hazardous to surface vessels in the areas below during subject week (all times are in local unless specified):
A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-45N/80-56W
30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
30-36N/80-57W
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30-45N/79-38W
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29-50N/80-50W
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30-00N/80-10W
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A. GUNEX AREA W-137L
26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
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30-45N/80-30W
30-34N/80-30W
30-34N/80-57W
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30-28N/80-22W
30-28N/80-00W
30-03N/80-06W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
30-00N/80-10W
30-10N/80-10W
30-10N/80-20W
30-00N/80-06W
30-04N/80-20W
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
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26/0000 FEB 24 to 03/2359 MAR 24
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