Requests For Comments On Fisheries

2016-04-26T14:28:25+00:00 April 26, 2016|
Sturgeon (Acipenser) at the Oregon Zoo (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

(Click to enlarge) Sturgeon (Acipenser) at the Oregon Zoo (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to comment on the applications for recovery permits to conduct activities with the purpose of enhancing the survival of endangered species. Permits TE-66384A and TE-210255 relate to Kootenai River white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) in Idaho and Montana and permit TE-84876A relates to green sea turtles (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill sea turtles (Eretmochelys imbricata) in conjunction with scientific research. Please send written comments by May 16, 2016.

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Southeast Fisheries Science Center announces the availability of the “Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Conducted and Funded by the Southeast Fisheries Science Center.” Publication of this notice begins the official public comment period to evaluate the National Environmental Policy Act, the potential direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts of conducting and funding fisheries and ecosystem research in the southeastern coast of the U.S., the Gulf of Mexico, and the Caribbean Sea marine waters of Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. All comments and information must be received no later than May 20, 2016.

Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received eight scientific research permit application requests relating to Pacific salmon, steelhead, and eulachon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. Comments or requests for a public hearing on the applications must be received by 5pm May 25, 2016. The applications may be viewed online at:

NMFS has developed regulations under the Magnuson-Stevens Act and the American Fisheries Act to govern commercial fishing for Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area pollock according to the requirements of the AFA. These regulations are necessary to achieve the AFA’s objective of decapitalization and rationalization of the BSAI pollock fishery. Comments should be submitted or before June 20, 2016.

NMFS Greater Atlantic Region managers of the golden tilefish fishery of the Exclusive Economic Zone of the Northeastern United States, through the Tilefish Fishery Management Plan request comments on their new plan on or before June 20, 2016.