[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 191 (Tuesday, October 2, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60108-60109]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24205]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-BA75


Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Electronic Dealer Reporting 
System Workshop

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

ACTION: Notice of public workshops.

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SUMMARY: On August 8, 2012, NMFS published a final rule that will 
require, among other things, Federal Atlantic swordfish, shark, and 
tunas dealers (except for dealers reporting Atlantic bluefin tuna) to 
report receipt of Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and bigeye, albacore, 
yellowfin, and skipjack (BAYS) tunas through one centralized electronic 
reporting system starting on January 1, 2013. This electronic reporting 
system will allow dealers to submit Atlantic sharks, swordfish, and 
BAYS tuna data on a more real-time basis and more efficiently, and will 
reduce duplicative data submissions from different regions. This notice 
announces the dates and locations of several training workshops to 
introduce the new reporting system to HMS dealers. These workshops will 
be held in the Gulf of Mexico and Atlantic regions and are open to any 
interested parties.

DATES: Training workshops for the new electronic dealer system will be 
held from October through December 2012. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION 
for meeting dates, times, and locations.

ADDRESSES: Workshops will be held in Barnegat Light, NJ; Ocean Pines, 
MD; Gulf Shores and Coden, AL; Charleston, SC; Portland, ME; 
Gloucester, MA; Manteo, NC, and Dickinson, TX. See SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION for dates, times, and locations.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Delisse Ortiz or Karyl Brewster-Geisz 
at (301) 427-8503 (phone); or Jackie Wilson at (240) 338-3936, or (301) 
713-1917 (fax); or http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/index.htm.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Atlantic HMS are managed under the dual 
authority of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management 
Act (MSA), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., and the Atlantic Tunas Convention 
Act (ATCA), 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. Under the MSA, NMFS must ensure 
consistency with the National Standards and manage fisheries to 
maintain optimum yield, rebuild overfished fisheries, and prevent 
overfishing. ATCA authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to promulgate 
regulations, as may be necessary and appropriate, to implement the 
recommendations adopted by the International Commission for the 
Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT). The authority to issue 
regulations under MSA and ATCA has been delegated from the Secretary to 
the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. The implementing 
regulations for Atlantic HMS are at 50 CFR part 635.

Background

    On August 8, 2012 (77 FR 47303), we published a final rule in the 
Federal Register that requires, among other things, Federal Atlantic 
swordfish, shark, and tunas dealers (except for dealers reporting 
Atlantic bluefin tuna) to report receipt of Atlantic sharks, swordfish, 
and BAYS tunas through one centralized electronic reporting system. 
Under this new system, dealers will submit HMS data electronically 
(instead of in a paper format) and include additional information that 
is necessary for management purposes (e.g., vessel and logbook 
information). The electronic submission of data will eliminate the 
delay associated with mailing in hardcopy reports. In this manner, HMS 
landings data will be submitted on a more real-time basis, allowing for 
timely and efficient data collection for management of Atlantic HMS.
    In order to give sufficient time for dealers to adjust to 
implementation of the new system and the additional requirements, we 
delayed implementation of the new HMS electronic reporting system for 
all federally-permitted HMS dealers until January 1, 2013. 
Additionally, we are conducting outreach to HMS dealers to train them 
how to use the new system and help ease the transition from the current 
paper format to the new HMS electronic reporting system. To date, we 
conducted 11 training workshops in the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico and 
Atlantic regions in order to introduce the new reporting system to HMS 
dealers. In this notice, we announce the date and location for one 
webinar and nine additional training workshops in the Gulf of Mexico 
and Atlantic regions in order to continue introducing HMS dealers to 
the new electronic system. We may announce additional workshops at a 
future date.

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        Tentative date                       Time                  Meeting locations             Address
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October 17, 2012..............  6:00-9:00 pm..................  US Coast Guard Station   Sixth and Bayview
                                                                 Barnegat Light.          Avenue, Barnegat
                                                                                          Light, NJ 08006.
October 18, 2012..............  2:00-5:00 pm..................  Ocean Pines Library      111707 Cathell Road,
                                                                 Conference Room.         Ocean Pines, MD 21811.
October 23, 2012..............  3:00-6:00 pm..................  Alabama Department of    21055 Waterway E Blvd,
                                                                 Conservation and         Gulf Shores, AL 36542.
                                                                 Natural Resources
                                                                 Division/Marine
                                                                 Resources Claude
                                                                 Peteet Mariculture
                                                                 Center.
October 24, 2012..............  3:00-6:00 pm..................  Coastal Response Center  7385 Highway 188,
                                                                                          Coden, AL 36523.

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November 1, 2012..............  5:00-8:00 pm..................  SC Dept of Natural       217 Fort Johnson Rd.,
                                                                 Resources Marine         Charleston, SC 29412.
                                                                 Resources Research
                                                                 Institute Auditorium.
November 8, 2012..............  5:00-8:00 pm..................  Casco Bay Ferry          56 Commercial Street,
                                                                 Terminal (Casco Bay      Portland, ME 04112.
                                                                 Lines).
November 14, 2012.............  2:00-5:00 pm..................  NOAA Northeast Regional  55 Great Republic
                                                                 Office.                  Drive, Gloucester, MA
                                                                                          01930.
November 27, 2012.............  1:00-4:00 pm..................  Webinar................  https://www1.gotomeeting.com/register/941053440 register/941053440.
December 5, 2012..............  4:00-7:00 pm..................  Dare County              954 Marshall C. Collins
                                                                 Administration           Drive, Manteo, NC
                                                                 Building, Room 168.      27954.
December 13, 2012.............  5:00-8:00 pm..................  Texas Parks and          1502 FM 517 East,
                                                                 Wildlife Department.     Dickinson, TX 77539.
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    These workshops will be physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Delisse Ortiz at (301) 425-8503 or 
Jackie Wilson at (240) 338-3936 at least 7 days prior to the workshop 
date. The public is reminded that NMFS expects participants at the 
workshop to conduct themselves appropriately. At the beginning of each 
workshop, a representative of NMFS will explain the ground rules (e.g., 
alcohol is prohibited from the hearing room; each attendee will have an 
opportunity to ask questions; and attendees should not interrupt one 
another). Attendees are expected to respect the ground rules; if they 
do not, they will be asked to leave the workshop.

    Dated: September 27, 2012.
Lindsay Fullenkamp,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-24205 Filed 10-1-12; 8:45 am]
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