AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Supplemental Notice of Intent (NOI) to prepare a supplement to
the final programmatic environmental impact statement (SFPEIS); request
SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council)
previously published a NOI for the Fishery Management Plan for
Regulating Offshore Marine Aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico (FMP; formerly the Draft Generic Amendment to Gulf of
Mexico Fishery Management Plans for Offshore Aquaculture) on September
2, 2004. A notice of availability for the draft programmatic
environmental impact statement (PEIS) was published on September 12,
2008. On June 26, 2009, a notice of availability was published for the
This supplemental NOI is intended to inform the public of NMFS and
the Council's decision to consider new information from the Deepwater
Horizon (DWH) MC252 blowout. This information is needed in order to
consider potential changes to the environment linked to the DWH blowout
and determine if and how such changes may affect the actions and
alternatives analyzed in the FMP. Comments are being solicited on the
range of issues related to the DWH blowout to be addressed in the
DATES: Written comments on the range of issues to be addressed in the
SFPEIS will be accepted until February 25, 2013.
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the supplemental NOI identified
by NOAA-NMFS-2008-0233 by any of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-
NMFS-2008-0233, click the "Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required
fields, and enter or attach your comments.
Mail: Submit written comments to Jess Beck, Southeast
Regional Office, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period,
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous
comments (enter "N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
Electronic copies of the FMP, which includes a final programmatic
environmental impact statement (FPEIS), an initial regulatory
flexibility analysis (IRFA), and a regulatory impact review (RIR) may
be obtained from the Southeast Regional Office Web site at http://sero.nmfs.noaa.gov/sf/AquacultureHomepage.htm or may be downloaded from
the Council's Web site at http://gulfcouncil.org/fisherymanagementplans/aquaculture_management.php.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jess Beck, 727-824-5301, email: