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Federal Register / Vol. 72, No.

37 / Monday, February 26, 2007 / Proposed Rules 8335

same level. A closure should not DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE problems and successes of the recently
significantly affect their operations as implemented IFQ program for red
they are capable of fishing in other areas National Oceanic and Atmospheric snapper and review the status of various
that would remain open, outside the Administration FMP amendments and other regulatory
boundaries of the Convention Area. In actions previously approved by the
2005, 500 mt of bigeye tuna were caught 50 CFR Part 622 Council.
by the U.S. longline fishery in the [I.D. 021607G] The LEAP consists of principal law
Convention Area. In 2007, if the U.S. enforcement officers in each of the Gulf
longline fishery reaches the 500 metric Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management States, as well as the NMFS, U.S. Fish
ton limit, this fishery is capable of Council; Public Meetings and Wildlife Service (FWS), the U.S.
fishing in other areas that would remain AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Coast Guard, and the National Oceanic
open. Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and and Atmospheric Administration’s
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), (NOAA) General Counsel. A copy of the
NMFS is not aware of any relevant
Commerce. agenda and related materials can be
Federal rules that duplicate, overlap, or
obtained by calling the Council office at
conflict with this proposed rule. This ACTION: Notice of public meeting.
rule does not impose reporting or
recordkeeping requirements, and the SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Although other non-emergency issues
compliance requirements for the closure Management Council (Council) will not on the agendas may come before the
convene the Law Enforcement Advisory LEAP for discussion, in accordance with
areas are as described at the outset of
Panel (LEAP) to review a revised Draft the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery
this summary.
Joint Amendment 27 to the Reef Fish Conservation and Management Act (M-
NMFS considered three alternatives Fishery Management Plan (FMP)/ SFCMA), those issues may not be the
for this proposed rule: The 2006 IATTC Amendment 14 to the Shrimp FMP. subject of formal action during this
Tuna Conservation Resolution allows This amendment contains alternatives meeting. Actions of the LEAP will be
nations to opt for a 6–week summer to regulate the harvest and bycatch of restricted to those issues specifically
closure of the purse seine fishery from red snapper by both the directed identified in the agendas and any issues
August 1 through September 20 of 2007 commercial and recreational fisheries arising after publication of this notice
or a closure from November 20 through and the shrimp fishery in the Gulf of that require emergency action under
December 31, 2007. The August 1 Mexico. The need for this amendment Section 305(c) of the M-SFCMA,
September 20 closure alternative may arose from the Southeast Data, provided the public has been notified of
have a greater economic impact on Assessment and Review (SEDAR) the Council’s intent to take action to
small entities than the November 20 process through which a recent stock address the emergency.
December 31 closure. In particular, the assessment showed that the red snapper These meetings are physically
U.S. purse seine fleet may prefer a stock in the Gulf was overfished and accessible to people with disabilities.
closure later in the fishing year because overfishing was continuing. Requests for sign language
the winter weather is not conducive to DATES: The meeting will be held on interpretation or other auxiliary aids
fishing. Also, throughout the history of Tuesday, March 13, 2007 from 1 p.m. to should be directed to Tina Trezza at the
this fishery shipyards have been 5 p.m. Council (see ADDRESSES) five working
prepared to accept vessels for scheduled ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at days prior to the meeting.
repairs during the winter months. The the Beau Rivage Resort and Casino, 875 Dated: February 20, 2007.
fishery closure later in the year allows Beach Boulevard, Biloxi, Mississippi, James P. Burgess,
the industry to plan for and mitigate 888–383–7037. Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
economic impacts of a closure while Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
still providing the conservation benefits Fishery Management Council, 2203
[FR Doc. E7–3244 Filed 2–23–07; 8:45 am]
to the tuna resources in the ETP. North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa,
Florida 33607.
NMFS also considered the alternative FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr.
of not implementing the 2006 IATTC Richard Leard, Deputy Executive
Tuna Conservation Resolution. This DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery
alternative would have imposed no Management Council; telephone: 813– National Oceanic and Atmospheric
economic costs on small entities. 348–1630. Administration
However, failure to implement measures SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The LEAP
that have been agreed on pursuant to the will review a scoping document for a 50 CFR Part 660
Convention would violate the United potential amendment to address the
States’ obligations under the need for additional management [I.D. 012607A]
Convention, and would violate the Tuna measures for gray triggerfish, greater
Conventions Act. amberjack, gag, and red grouper. The RIN 0648–AU26
Authority: 16 U.S.C. 951–961 and 971 et LEAP will discuss enforcement
seq. implications of the potential Fisheries Off West Coast States;
implementation of a fish-tagging Coastal Pelagic Species Fishery;
Dated: February 21, 2007.
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program for stocks managed under Amendment 12 to the Coastal Pelagic

Samuel D. Rauch III, individual fishing quotas (IFQs) such as Species Fishery Management Plan
Deputy Assistant Administrator for red snapper and the potential use of a
Regulatory Programs, National Marine Federal fish stamp to identify AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Fisheries Service. recreational fishermen fishing in the Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
[FR Doc. E7–3251 Filed 2–23–07; 8:45 am] exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Finally, Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S the LEAP will discuss any enforcement Commerce.

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