[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 124 (Wednesday, June 27, 2012)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 38266]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-15753]


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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

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 seventh public hearing to be held in Port 
Orange, 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, and on June 22, 
2012 we announced an additional public hearing in Miami, FL.

DATES: A public hearing will be held on July 6, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 
12 p.m. in Port Orange, FL. Written comments will be accepted through 
July 9, 2012.

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: 

Meeting Date, Time, and Location

    1. Friday, July 6, 2012, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., Port Orange, FL: Port 
Orange Public Library, 1005 City Center Circle, Port Orange FL 32129, 
(386) 322-5152.

Special Accommodations

    These hearings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities; a Spanish language interpreter will be available, if 
needed.

    Dated: June 22, 2012.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-15753 Filed 6-22-12; 4:15 pm]
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