[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 121 (Friday, June 22, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 37647]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15341]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 223

RIN 0648-BC10


Sea Turtle Conservation; Shrimp Trawling Requirements; Public 
Hearing Notification

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

ACTION: Proposed rule; notice of public hearing.

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SUMMARY: NMFS announces a sixth public hearing to be held in Miami, FL 
on July 6, 2012, to answer questions and receive public comments on the 
proposed rule to withdraw the alternative tow time restriction and 
require all skimmer trawls, pusher-head trawls, and wing nets 
(butterfly trawls) rigged for fishing to use turtle excluder devices 
(TEDs) in their nets, which was published in the Federal Register on 
May 10, 2012. In the proposed rule, we announced five public hearings 
to be held in Morehead City, NC, Larose, LA, Belle Chasse, LA, 
D'Iberville, MS, and Bayou La Batre, AL.

DATES: A public hearing will be held on July 6, 2012, from 6 to 8 p.m. 
in Miami, FL. Written comments (see ADDRESSES) will be accepted through 
July 9, 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for further details.

ADDRESSES: As published on May 10, 2012 (77 FR 27411), you may submit 
comments on this proposed rule, identified by 0648-BC10, by any of the 
following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Michael Barnette, Southeast Regional Office, NMFS, 
263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.
     Fax: 727-824-5309; Attention: Michael Barnette.
    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 
and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 
change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 
address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information. We will accept anonymous 
comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain 
anonymous). You may submit attachments to electronic comments in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michael Barnette, 727-551-5794.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The date, time and location of the hearing 
is as follows:
    1. Friday, July 6, 2012, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Miami, FL: Marriott 
Miami Biscayne Bay, 1633 N. Bayshore Drive, Miami, FL 33132, (305) 374-
3900 or (866) 257-5990.
    These hearings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities; a Spanish language interpreter will be available, if 
needed.

    Dated: June 18, 2012.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-15341 Filed 6-21-12; 8:45 am]
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