Commerce

  • Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; National Standard Guidelines

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

    ACTION: Final rule.


    SUMMARY: This final action revises the guidelines for National Standards (NS) 1, 3, and 7 of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA or The Act) and to the General section of the NS guidelines. This action is necessary to improve and clarify the guidance within the NS guidelines. The purpose of this action is to facilitate compliance with requirements of the MSA to end and prevent overfishing, rebuild overfished stocks, and achieve optimum yield (OY).

    DATES: This rule is effective October 18, 2016.

    ADDRESSES: Copies of supporting documents prepared for this final rule, such as the proposed rule and public comments that were received, can be found at the Federal e-Rulemaking portal: http://www.regulations.gov by searching for RIN 0648-BB92.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Hunt, 301-427-8563.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-18/html/2016-24500.htm

  • Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee Meeting

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

    ACTION: Notice of open public meeting.


    SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the proposed schedule and agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below.

    DATES: The meeting will be held November 1-3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 5 p.m.

    ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910; 301-589-0800.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Lukens, MAFAC Executive Director; (301) 427-8004; email: Jennifer.Lukens@noaa.gov.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/html/2016-24972.htm

  • Notice of Availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement for Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean

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

    ACTION: Notice of availability of a Final Environmental Impact Statement; request for comments.


    SUMMARY: NMFS announces the availability of the "Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) for the Effects of Oil and Gas Activities in the Arctic Ocean.'' The purpose of the FEIS is to evaluate, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing take of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in the Arctic Ocean pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The U.S. Department of the Interior's Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) was a cooperating agency on this FEIS, and as such, this FEIS also evaluates the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of implementing the alternative approaches for authorizing geological and geophysical (G&G) surveys and concurring on ancillary activities under the Outer Continental Shelf Lands Act (OCSLA) in the Arctic Ocean. The North Slope Borough (NSB) was also a cooperating agency on this FEIS. The Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service were consulting agencies, and NMFS coordinated with the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission pursuant to our co-management agreement under the MMPA.

    DATES: Federal, State, and local agencies, as well as other interested parties, are invited to review this FEIS. Comments must be received on or before November 21, 2016, to be considered for our Record of Decision. The Record of Decision will include information on the alternatives considered, the preferred alternative and why we chose it, and required mitigation and monitoring.

    ADDRESSES: The FEIS is available for review online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/arctic.htm. You may submit comments on this document by:

    Email: Candace.Nachman@noaa.gov.

    Fax: (301) 713-0376, Attn: Jolie Harrison.

    Mail: NOAA, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13805, Silver Spring, MD 20910, Attn: Jolie Harrison.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Candace Nachman, Office of Policy, NMFS at (301) 427-8031, or Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS at (301) 427-8401.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-21/html/2016-25475.htm

  • Health and Human Services

  • Applications for New Awards; Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program

    AGENCY: Office of Postsecondary Education, Department of Education

    ACTION: Notice.


    Overview Information: Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program Notice inviting applications for new awards for fiscal year (FY) 2017.

    Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance (CFDA) Number: 84.120A.

    Dates:

    Applications Available: October 21, 2016.

    Date of Pre-Application Webinar: The Department of Education (Department) intends to hold a Webinar to provide technical assistance to interested applicants. Detailed information regarding this Webinar will be provided on the Web site for the Minority Science and Engineering Improvement Program (MSEIP) at http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iduesmsi/index.html. A recording of this Webinar will be available on the Web site following the session.

    Deadline for Transmittal of Applications: December 20, 2016.

    Deadline for Intergovernmental Review: February 21, 2017.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-21/html/2016-25539.htm

  • Interior

  • Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Review of Foreign Species That Are Candidates for Listing as Endangered or Threatened; Annual Notification of Findings on Resubmitted Petitions; Annual Description of Progress on Listing Actions

    AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Notification of review.


    SUMMARY: In this Candidate Notice of Review of Foreign Species (CNOR- FS), we present an updated list of plant and animal species foreign to the United States that we regard as candidates for addition to the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. Identification of candidate species can assist conservation planning efforts by providing advance notice of potential listings and awareness of species' status. Even if we subsequently list a candidate species, the early notice provided here could result in more options for species management and recovery by prompting measures to alleviate threats to the species.

    DATES: We will accept information on any of the species in this Candidate Notice of Review of Foreign Species at any time.

    ADDRESSES: Document availability: This CNOR-FS and supporting documentation, including more detailed information on these candidate species and the references cited, is available on the Internet at http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS-HQ-ES-2016-0072. Please submit any new information, materials, comments, or questions on this CNOR-FS and the supporting documentation to the Falls Church, VA, address listed in FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT below.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chief, Branch of Foreign Species, Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 5275 Leesburg Pike, MS: ES, Falls Church, VA 22041-3808; telephone 703-358- 2171. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-17/html/2016-24931.htm

  • Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee; Meetings

    AGENCY: National Park Service, Interior.

    ACTION: Meeting notice.


    SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act, (5 U.S.C. Appendix 1-16), of two meetings of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Review Committee (Review Committee). All meetings will be open to the public.

    DATES: The Review Committee will meet on March 15-16, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 5 p.m. (Mountain); and July 11, 2017, from 2 p.m. until approximately 6 p.m. (Eastern). Related deadlines for participating in each meeting are detailed in this notice.

    ADDRESSES: The Review Committee will meet on March 15-16, 2017, at History Colorado, 1200 Broadway, Denver, CO 80203. Electronic submissions of materials or requests are to be sent to nagpra_info@nps.gov. Those who desire to attend the telephonic meeting should register at http://www.nps.gov/nagpra to be provided the telephone access number for the meeting.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-21/html/2016-25541.htm

  • Office of Science and Technology Policy

  • Northeast Ocean Plan for National Ocean Council Certification

    AGENCY: National Ocean Council, Office of Science and Technology Policy; Council on Environmental Quality; Department of Agriculture; Department of Commerce; Department of Defense; Department of Energy; Environmental Protection Agency; Department of Homeland Security; Department of the Interior; Department of Transportation; and Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff.

    ACTION: Notice.


    SUMMARY: The National Ocean Council notifies the public that the Northeast Ocean Plan was approved for submittal to the National Ocean Council by the Northeast Regional Planning Body and submitted to the National Ocean Council for certification on October 14, 2016, as required by Executive Order 13547. The National Ocean Council will certify, or not certify, the Northeast Ocean Plan as consistent with the National Ocean Policy, Final Recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force, and the Marine Planning Handbook no sooner than 30 days from the publication of this Notice. The Northeast Ocean Plan can be found on the National Ocean Council's Web site at: https://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/microsites/ostp/NortheastOceanPlan_October2016.pdf.

    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Deerin S. Babb-Brott, Director, National Ocean Council, 202-456-4444.

    https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-10-20/html/2016-25372.htm

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