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143 / Thursday, July 26, 2007 / Notices

Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), believes amendment of the Gulf and 216–6 regarding NOAA’s compliance
Commerce. South Atlantic Spiny Lobster FMP with NEPA and the CEQ regulations.
ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a should be addressed concurrently. After The Councils will consider public
draft environmental impact statement conferring with the Gulf of Mexico comments received on the DEIS in
(DEIS). Fishery Management Council and South developing the final environmental
Atlantic Fishery Management Council, impact statement (FEIS) and before
SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery the Caribbean Council was designated adopting final management measures for
Management Council (Council) intends as the administrative lead to address the amendment. The Councils will
to prepare a DEIS to describe and spiny lobster issues. Thus, the submit both the final joint amendment
analyze management alternatives to be Caribbean Council will prepare one and the supporting FEIS to NMFS for
included in an amendment to the document, which contains an review by the Secretary of Commerce
Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the amendment to the Caribbean Spiny (Secretary) under the Magnuson-Stevens
Spiny Lobster Fishery of Puerto Rico Lobster FMP and also an amendment to Fishery Conservation and Management
and the U.S. Virgin Islands and the FMP the Gulf and South Atlantic Spiny Act.
for the Spiny Lobster Fishery of the Gulf Lobster FMP. NMFS will announce, through a
of Mexico and South Atlantic. These The Caribbean Council will develop a notice published in the Federal
alternatives will consider measures to DEIS to describe and analyze Register, the availability of the final
implement a minimum import size on joint amendment for public review
management alternatives to implement a
spiny lobster. The purpose of this notice during the Secretarial review period.
minimum size limit on imported spiny
of intent is to solicit public comments During Secretarial review, NMFS will
lobster. The amendment will provide
on the scope of issues to be addressed also file the FEIS with the EPA for a
updates to the best available scientific
in the DEIS. final 30–day public comment period.
information regarding Paniluris argus,
DATES: Written comments on the scope
and based on the information, the This comment period will be concurrent
of issues to be addressed in the DEIS Councils will determine what actions with the Secretarial review period and
must be received by the Council by and alternatives are necessary to protect will end prior to final agency action to
August 27, 2007. A series of scoping spiny lobster throughout its range. approve, disapprove, or partially
meetings will be held in September, Those alternatives may include, but are approve the final joint amendment.
2007. NMFS will announce, through a
not limited to: a ‘‘no action’’ alternative
ADDRESSES: Written comments on the notice published in the Federal
regarding the fishery; alternatives to
scope of the DEIS and requests for Register, all public comment periods on
restrict the minimum import size based
additional information on the the final joint amendment, its proposed
on carapace length; alternatives to
amendment should be sent to the implementing regulations, and its
restrict the minimum import size based
Caribbean Fishery Management Council, associated FEIS. NMFS will consider all
on tail length; and alternatives to restrict
268 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 1108, public comments received during the
the importation of meat, which is not
San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918–25772203; Secretarial review period, whether they
whole lobster or tailed lobster.
telephone: 787–766–5927; fax: 787– are on the final amendment, the
In accordance with NOAA’s
766–6239. Comments may also be sent proposed regulations, or the FEIS, prior
Administrative Order NAO 216–6,
by e-mail to Graciela.Garcia- to final agency action.
Section 5.02(c), the Caribbean Council has identified this preliminary range of Dated: July 20, 2007.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: alternatives as a means to initiate Emily Menashes,
Graciela Garcia-Moliner; phone: 787– discussion for scoping purposes only. Acting Director, Office Of Sustainable
766–5927; fax: 787–766–6239; e-mail: This may not represent the full range of Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. alternatives that eventually will be [FR Doc. E7–14451 Filed 7–25–07; 8:45 am]
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Spiny evaluated by the Caribbean Council. BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
Lobster (Paniluris argus)in the Once the Caribbean Council
Southeast Region is managed under a completes the DEIS associated with the
Caribbean FMP and a joint Gulf of amendment to the Spiny Lobster DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Mexico and South Atlantic FMP. All Fishery of the Caribbean, it must be
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
three Southeast fishery mangement approved by a majority of the voting
councils have expressed concern members, present and voting, of the
recently about the effects of imports of Carribean Council. Similarly, the Gulf [I.D. 020907C]
spiny lobster that are smaller than the and South Atlantic Spiny Lobster FMP
size limits in the U.S. spiny lobster amendment and associated DEIS must Marine Mammals; File Nos. 715–1883
FMPs. In many instances, imports are be approved by those Councils. After and 881–1745
also undersized based on size limits the Councils approve this document, the AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
established in the country of origin. DEIS will be submitted to NMFS for Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Many Caribbean and Central and South filing with the Environmental Protection Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
American nations share these concerns, Agency (EPA). The EPA will publish a Commerce.
and scientific evidence suggests that notice of availability of the DEIS for ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit and
larvae from one area or region within public comment in the Federal Register. permit amendment.
this species’ range may contribute to The DEIS will have a 45–day comment
stock recruitment in other areas or period. This procedure is pursuant to SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that
regions. regulations issued by the Council on Permit No. 715–1883 for conduct of
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The Caribbean Fishery Management Environmental Quality (CEQ) for research on northern fur seals
Council has expressed intent to amend implementing the procedural provisions (Callorhinus ursinus) has been issued to
its Spiny Lobster FMP to consider of the National Environmental Policy the North Pacific Universities Marine
application of a minimum size limit on Act (NEPA; 40 CFR parts 1500–1508) Mammal Research Consortium
imported spiny lobster. NOAA Fisheries and to NOAA’s Administrative Order (NPUMMRC), University of British

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Columbia, Vancouver, B.C.; and Permit permit amendment cannot be amended England Fishery Management Council;
Amendment No. 881–1745–02 has been or extended. telephone: (978) 465–0492.
issued to the The Alaska SeaLife Center In compliance with the National SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
(ASLC), Seward, AK, for conduct of Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 committee will review input from the
research on Steller sea lions U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a Programmatic Scallop Advisory Panels and Scallop
(Eumetopias jubatus) in captivity at the Environmental Impact Statement (PEIS) Plan Development Team related to the
ASLC. for Steller Sea Lion and Northern Fur development of Framework 19. The
ADDRESSES: The permit amendment and Seal Research was prepared to evaluate committee will also consider
related documents are available for the potential environmental impacts of management measures for consideration
review upon written request or by awarding grants and issuing permits to in Framework 19 including days-at-sea
appointment in the following office(s): facilitate research on these species. allocations, access area allocations,
Permits, Conservation and Education Information about the PEIS is available specific measures for the general
Division, Office of Protected Resources, at category scallop fishery, improvements
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room permits/eis/steller.htm. to the observer set-aside program, and
13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone Issuance of the permit to the ASLC, as other measures. Framework 19 is a
(301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; required by the ESA, was based on a biennial action that will consider finding that the permit: (1) was applied management measures for fishing years
review.htm; andAlaska Region, NMFS, for in good faith; (2) will not operate to 2008 and 2009. The committee may
P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802– the disadvantage of such endangered consider other topics at their discretion.
1668; phone (907)586–7221; fax species; and (3) is consistent with the Although non-emergency issues not
(907)586–7249. purposes and policies set forth in contained in this agenda may come
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: section 2 of the ESA. before this group for discussion, those
Amy Sloan or Tammy Adams, Dated: July 19, 2007. issues may not be the subject of formal
(301)713–2289. P. Michael Payne, action during this meeting. Action will
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education be restricted to those issues specifically
February 15, 2007, notice was published Division, Office of Protected Resources, listed in this notice and any issues
in the Federal Register (72 FR 7420) National Marine Fisheries Service. arising after publication of this notice
that a request for a scientific research [FR Doc. E7–14457 Filed 7–25–07; 8:45 am] that require emergency action under
permit and permit amendment to take BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens
the species identified above had been Act, provided the public has been
submitted by the above-named notified of the Council’s intent to take
institutions, respectively. The requested DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE final action to address the emergency.
permit and permit amendment have Special Accommodations
been issued under the authority of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, Administration This meeting is physically accessible
as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the to people with disabilities. Requests for
regulations governing the taking and RIN 0648–XB65 sign language interpretation or other
importing of marine mammals (50 CFR auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul
New England Fishery Management J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978)
part 216), the Endangered Species Act of
Council; Public Meeting 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531
et seq.), the regulations governing the AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries meeting date.
taking, importing, and exporting of Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.
endangered and threatened species (50 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Dated: July 20, 2007.
CFR 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of Commerce. Tracey L. Thompson,
1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
seq.), as applicable. Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
Permit No. 715–1883 issued to SUMMARY: The New England Fishery
[FR Doc. E7–14387 Filed 7–25–07; 8:45 am]
NPUMMRC authorizes the capture in Management Council (Council) is
Alaska and export to Canada of up to 6 scheduling a public meeting of its
female juvenile fur seals for captive Scallop Committee, in August, 2007, to
research on nutritional physiology. consider actions affecting New England
Permit Amendment No. 881–1745–02 fisheries in the exclusive economic zone DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION
authorizes captive breeding and (EEZ). Recommendations from this
research on captive Steller sea lions group will be brought to the full Council Submission for OMB Review;
held at the ASLC related to studies on for formal consideration and action, if Comment Request
the physiology of gestation and appropriate. AGENCY: Department of Education.
lactation. This is in addition to already
DATES: This meeting will be held on SUMMARY: The IC Clearance Official,
permitted studies, which include
Thursday, August 16, 2007, at 8:30 a.m. Regulatory Information Management
condition assessments, endocrinology
ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held at Services, Office of Management invites
and immunology studies, metabolism
the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, comments on the submission for OMB
studies, and studies of foraging
Mansfield, MA 02360; telephone: (508) review as required by the Paperwork
The permit and permit amendment 339–2200; fax: (508) 339–1040. Reduction Act of 1995.
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are valid through August 1, 2009, and Council address: New England DATES: Interested persons are invited to
contain requirements for coordination Fishery Management Council, 50 Water submit comments on or before August
and monitoring of research as well as Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. 27, 2007.
mitigation measures deemed FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul ADDRESSES: Written comments should
appropriate by NMFS. The permit and J. Howard, Executive Director, New be addressed to the Office of

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