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Federal Register / Vol. 73, No.

18 / Monday, January 28, 2008 / Notices 4847

Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Special Accommodations

as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the This meeting is physically accessible
regulations governing the taking and National Oceanic and Atmospheric
to people with disabilities. Requests for
importing of marine mammals (50 CFR Administration
sign language interpretation or other
part 216), the Endangered Species Act of auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 RIN: 0648–XF30 J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5
et seq.), and the regulations governing days prior to the meeting date.
the taking, importing, and exporting of New England Fishery Management
Council; Public Meeting Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
endangered and threatened species (50
CFR parts 222–226). Dated: January 23, 2008.
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Tracey L. Thompson,
This research permit authorizes aerial
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
and vessel surveys to be conducted Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
including close approach, photo-id, and Commerce.
[FR Doc. E8–1423 Filed 1–25–08; 8:45 am]
incidental harassment of cetaceans. ACTION: Notice; public meeting.
Level A activities include biopsy
SUMMARY: The New England Fishery
sampling and suction-cup tagging,
Management Council’s (Council)
which will be conducted on all age DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Groundfish Committee will meet to
classes with the exception of neonates. consider actions affecting New England
Additionally, researchers are authorized National Oceanic and Atmospheric
fisheries in the exclusive economic zone
to capture, biological sample, Administration
incidentally harass, and release four RIN: 0648–XF31
DATES: The meeting will be held on
species of pinnipeds. Pinniped research
Monday, February 11, 2008, at 9 am.
would be conducted on all age classes New England Fishery Management
ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at Council; Public Meeting
including pups. The study area for this
permit includes waters within or the Courtyard by Marriot, 1000 Market
Street, Portsmouth NH 03801; AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
proximal to the U.S. Exclusive Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
telephone: (603) 436–2121.
Economic Zone from Maine to Florida. Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Council address: New England
Finally, researchers are authorized to Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Commerce.
import and export cetacean and Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.
pinniped specimens (including soft and
hard tissue, blood, extracted DNA, SUMMARY: The New England Fishery
J. Howard, Executive Director, New
whole dead animals, etc.) to/from any Management Council (Council) will
England Fishery Management Council;
country. telephone: (978)465–0492. hold a three-day Council meeting on
In compliance with the National February 12–14, 2008, to consider
Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 actions affecting New England fisheries
Groundfish Oversight Committee will in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an environmental meet to continue development of
assessment was prepared analyzing the DATES: The meeting will be held on
Amendment 16 to the Northeast
effects of the permitted activities. After Multispecies Fishery Management Plan Tuesday, February 12 beginning at 9
a Finding of No Significant Impact, the (FMP). Amendment 16 is being a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday,
determination was made that it was not developed to continue the rebuilding of February 13–14, beginning at 8:30 a.m.
necessary to prepare an environmental groundfish stocks and will be ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at
impact statement. implemented May 1, 2009. The the Sheraton Harborside Hotel, 250
Committee will develop a Market Street, Portsmouth, NH 03801;
Issuance of this permit, as required by
recommendation for Annual Catch telephone: (603) 431–2300.
the ESA, was based on a finding that Council address: New England
such permit: (1) was applied for in good Limits (ACLs), review plan development
team recommendations for effort Fishery Management Council, 50 Water
faith; (2) will not operate to the Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950.
controls, and may address sector
disadvantage of such endangered
management issues. The Committee FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul
species; and (3) is consistent with the J. Howard, Executive Director, New
may also develop additional
purposes and policies set forth in recommendations for Amendment 16 England Fishery Management Council;
section 2 of the ESA. that will be considered by the Council telephone: (978) 465–0492.
Dated: January 22, 2008. at a meeting on February 13 and 14. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
P. Michael Payne, Although non-emergency issues not
contained in this agenda may come Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education
Division, Office of Protected Resources, before this group for discussion, those Following introductions and any
National Marine Fisheries Service. issues may not be the subject of formal announcements the Council will receive
[FR Doc. E8–1431 Filed 1–25–08; 8:45 am] action during this meeting. Action will a series of brief reports from the Council
be restricted to those issues specifically Chairman and Executive Director, the
identified in this notice and any issues NOAA Fisheries Northeast Regional
arising after publication of this notice Administrator, Northeast Fisheries
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that require emergency action under Science Center and Mid-Atlantic

section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Management Council liaisons,
Fishery Conservation and Management NOAA General Counsel, NOAA
Act, provided the public has been Enforcement and representatives of the
notified of the Council’s intent to take U.S. Coast Guard and the Atlantic States
final action to address the emergency. Marine Fisheries Commission.

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