Archives for August 2017

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FR Notice – 2017 U.S. Territorial Longline Bigeye Tuna Catch Limits (Aug. 31, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Proposed specifications; request for comments.

SUMMARY: NMFS proposes a 2017 limit of 2,000 metric tons (mt) of longline- caught bigeye tuna for each U.S. Pacific territory (American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands). NMFS would allow each territory to allocate up to 1,000 mt each year to U.S. longline fishing vessels in a specified fishing agreement that meets established criteria. As an accountability measure, NMFS would monitor, attribute, and restrict (if necessary) catches of longline-caught bigeye tuna, including catches made under a specified fishing agreement. The proposed catch limits and accountability measures would support the long-term sustainability of fishery resources of the U.S. Pacific Islands.
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FR Notice – 2017 Commercial Pacific Bluefin Tuna Fishery Closure in the Eastern Pacific Ocean (Aug. 28, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Temporary rule; closure.

SUMMARY: NMFS is temporarily closing the U.S. commercial fishery for Pacific bluefin tuna in the eastern Pacific Ocean (EPO) through December 31, 2017, because the 2017 catch limit of 425 metric tons has been exceeded. This action is necessary to prevent the fishery from further exceeding the applicable catch limit established by the Inter-American
Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC) in Resolution C–16–08 (Measures for the Conservation and Management of Pacific Bluefin Tuna in the Eastern Pacific Ocean).

DATES: The rule is effective 12 a.m. local time August 28, 2017, through 11:59 p.m. local time December 31, 2017.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Celia Barroso, NMFS West Coast Region, 562–432–1850.

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13th Regular Session of the Northern Committee (WCPFC)

Date: August 28 – September 1, 2017
Location: Korea

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Intersessional Meeting on Tropical Tuna, Special Session (WCPFC)

Date: August 22-24, 2017
Location: Hilton Hawaiian Village, Honolulu, HI

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FR Notice – Marine Conservation Plan for Guam (Aug. 16, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Guam.

DATES: This agency decision is valid from August 4, 2017, through August 3, 2020.

ADDRESSES: You may obtain a copy of the MCP, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2017–0075, from the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal, http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0075, or from the Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council), 1164 Bishop St., Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI 96813, tel 808–522–8220, www.wpcouncil.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Melanie Brown, Sustainable Fisheries, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–725–5171.

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American Fisheries Symposium

Date: August 20-24, 2017
Location: Tampa, Florida

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2018 Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant Competition Now Open and Free Grant Training Workshops

NOAA Fisheries has recently announced the 2018 solicitation for proposals for the Saltonstall-Kennedy Grant competition.  The goal of the SK program is to fund projects that address the needs of fishing communities, optimize economic benefits by building and maintaining sustainable fisheries, and increase other opportunities to keep working waterfronts viable. The FY18 solicitation seeks applications that fall into one of four priorities:

  • Marine Aquaculture
  • Adapting to Environmental Changes and Other Long Term Impacts in Marine Ecosystem
  • Promotion, Development, and Marketing
  • Territorial Science

This year’s solicitation consists of 2 separate submission processes. All interested applicants must submit a 2 page Pre-Proposal to the FFO posted at www.Grants.gov found here.  Applicants interested in submitting a full application after the pre-proposal review process must submit the full application through www.grants.gov.

Please note that under this one Full Funding Opportunity there are two (2) competition links.  Please be sure to submit your pre-proposals to the “PRE PROPOSALS FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy” link within the dates specified in this FFO.  Please be sure to submit your FULL Proposals to the “FULL Proposals FY18 Saltonstall Kennedy” link prior to the date specified in this FFO. Be sure to read the FFO and follow the directions closely.

The two-page proposals are due October 10, 2017.

For Frequently Asked Questions go here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/…/fy2017_saltonstall-kennedy_faqs.…

For more on the SK grant program, go here: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/mb/financial_services/skhome.htm

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To help prepare for the SK grant and other Federal Funding Opportunities, NOAA is holding a FREE one-day Effective Grant Writing training session and associated one-on-one grant review session (1.5 days total). These programs are being held at various locations across all the Hawaiian Islands, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands (Saipan), and American Samoa.

The topics to be covered are: 
•Fundamentals of Good Grant Writing
• Common Pitfalls and Mistakes•Generating Ideas and Projects
• Preparing a Grant Application•Overview of NOAA Funding Opportunities
• Pre-Proposal Process
•Grant Review Process

The one-on-one review provides prospective grantees an opportunity to have grant writing experts review project narratives and/or pre-proposal letters. Reservations are required since space is limited.

To reserve your space, please email Janet Arrowood (the lead trainer) at janet.c.arrowood@gmail.com at least one week prior to the session you want to attend. Provide your name, email, telephone number, and organization. You will receive a reply email with location-specific details and start/end times.

The following are dates and locations:
Sept. 5 & Sept. 6: Kona, Hawaii (NELHA)
Sept. 5 & Sept. 6: Kahului, Maui (Maui Mall County Training Room)
Sept. 7 & Sept. 8 Hilo, Hawaii (Mokupapapa)
Sept. 7 & Sept. 8: Lanai, Hawaii (Lanai Public Library)
Sept. 11 & Sept. 12: Honolulu, Hawaii (Pier 38)
Sept. 11 & Sept. 12: Molokai, Hawaii (OHA)
Sept. 13 & Sept.14: Pearl City, Hawaii (Pearl City Library)
Sept. 15 & Sept. 18: Kauai, Hawaii (Kauai Veteran’s Center)
Sept. 21 & Sept. 22: Lahaina, Hawai (Waiola Church)
Sept. 25 & Sept. 26: Guam (TBA)
Sept. 27 & Sept. 28: Saipan (TBA)
Oct. 3 & Oct. 4: American Samoa (TBA)

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FR Notice – 2017 Bigeye Tuna Longline Fishery Closure (Aug. 14, 2017)

ACTION: Temporary rule; fishery closure.

SUMMARY: NMFS is closing the U.S. pelagic longline fishery for bigeye tuna in the western and  central Pacific Ocean because the fishery has reached the 2017 catch limit. This action is necessary to ensure compliance with NMFS regulations that  implement decisions of the Western and Central Pacific Fisheries Commission (WCPFC).

DATES: Effective 12:01 a.m. local time September 1, 2017, 2017, through December 31, 2017.

ADDRESSES: NMFS prepared a plain language guide and frequently asked questions that explain how to comply with this rule; both are available at https://www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0092.

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FR notice – Marine Conservation Plan for Pacific Insular Areas Other Than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands (Aug. 11, 2017)

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of agency decision.

SUMMARY: NMFS announces approval of a Marine Conservation Plan (MCP) for Pacific Insular Areas other than American Samoa, Guam, and the Northern Mariana Islands.
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13th Regular Session of the Scientific Committee (WCPFC)

Date: August 9-17, 2017
Location: Rarotonga, Cook Islands