[acn-l] Horseshoe Crab Marine Sanctuary - public hearings

Shireen Gonzaga (whimbrel at home.com)
Sun, 27 Aug 2000 12:22:44 -0400

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Date: Tue, 22 Aug 2000 16:58:59 -0400
From: Liz Pomper <epomper at AUDUBON.ORG>
To: HORSESHOE-NEWS at LIST.AUDUBON.ORG
Subject: Horseshoe Crab Sanctuary Hearings

The National Marine Fisheries Service has announced three public hearings on
the creation of the horseshoe crab sanctuary:

1. Tuesday, September 5, 2000, 7:30-9:30 p.m.--Department of
Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, 89 Kings
Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
2. Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 6:30-8:30 p.m.--New Jersey Marine
Advisory Service, Education Center, Dennisville Road, Route 657, Cape
May Court House, NJ 08210.
3. Thursday, September 7, 2000, 7-9 p.m.--Wicomico County Free
Library, 122 South Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21802.

The full text of the Federal Register is copied below.

Please consider attending one of these meetings to voice your support for
the creation of the horseshoe crab sanctuary. For more information, contact
Perry Plumart at (202) 861-2242 or pplumart at audubon.org.

[Federal Register: August 22, 2000 (Volume 65, Number 163)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 50952-50953]
>From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]
[DOCID:fr22au00-17]

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Part 697

[I.D. 081500A]

Atlantic Coastal Fisheries Cooperative Management Act Provision;
Atlantic Coast Horseshoe Crab Fishery; Public Hearings

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is considering implementing a closed area to provide
conservation for horseshoe crabs near the mouth of Delaware Bay. NMFS
will hold three public hearings to receive comments from fishery
participants and other members of the public regarding its proposal to
prohibit fishing for, and possession of, horseshoe crabs (Limulus
polyphemus) in a designated area in Federal waters (EEZ) off the mouth
of the Delaware Bay, with a limited exception for vessels fishing for
whelk and conch (whelk).

DATES: NMFS will take comments at public hearings in September 2000.
See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for dates and times of the public
hearings.

ADDRESSES: Copies of a Draft Environmental Assessment/Regulatory Impact
Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis (EA/RIR/IRFA) and a
draft proposed rule are available from Richard H. Schaefer, Chief,
Staff Office for Intergovernmental and Recreational Fisheries, National
Marine Fisheries Service, 8484 Georgia Avenue, Suite

[[Page 50953]]

425, Silver Spring, MD 20910. NMFS will take comments at public
hearings; for their location see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Perra at 301-427-2014.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS is considering a prohibition on fishing
for horseshoe crabs and limiting the possession of horseshoe crabs in a
roughly rectangular area approximately 1,500 square nautical miles (nm)
in the EEZ off the mouth of the Delaware Bay. The proposed closed area
will cover approximately 1,500 square nm and is bounded as follows: (1)
On the north by a straight line connecting points 39 deg.14.6'N. lat.,
74 deg.30.9'W. long. (3 nm off of Peck Beach, New Jersey) and
39 deg.14.6'N lat., 74 deg.22.5'W. long.; (2) On the east by a straight
line connecting points 39 deg.14.6'N. lat., 74 deg.22.5'W. long. and
38 deg.22.0'N. lat., 74 deg.22.5'W. long.; (3) On the south side by a
straight line connecting points 38 deg.22.0'N. lat., 74 deg.22.5'W.
long. and 38 deg.22.0'N. lat., 75 deg.00.4'W. long. (3 nm off of Ocean
City, Maryland); and (4) On the west by state waters. The possession of
horseshoe crabs would be prohibited on all commercial vessels except
whelk fishing vessels. For whelk fishing vessels, these vessels would
be allowed to use horseshoe crabs as bait as long as they have only
whelk traps on board and no other commercial fishing gear. All vessels,
including whelk vessels, would be prohibited from fishing for horseshoe
crabs in the closed area. A further description of the measure and the
purpose and need for the proposed actions are contained in an advance
notice of proposed rulemaking published on May 3, 2000 (65 FR 25698)
and in the draft EA/RIR/IRFA and are not repeated here. NMFS intends to
issue a proposed rule shortly in the Federal Register. Written comments
on that proposed rule will be accepted during the comment period
identified in that rule once it is published in the Federal Register.
The public hearings announced in this notice are intended to occur
during that comment period on the proposed rule. Copies of the draft
proposed rule may be obtained from NMFS (see ADDRESSES or FOR FURTHER
INFORMATION).

Public Hearing Schedule

NMFS will take comments at public hearings to be held as follows:
1. Tuesday, September 5, 2000, 7:30-9:30 p.m.--Department of
Natural Resources and Environmental Control Auditorium, 89 Kings
Highway, Dover, DE 19901.
2. Wednesday, September 6, 2000, 6:30-8:30 p.m.--New Jersey Marine
Advisory Service, Education Center, Dennisville Road, Route 657, Cape
May Court House, NJ 08210.
3. Thursday, September 7, 2000, 7-9 p.m.--Wicomico County Free
Library, 122 South Division Street, Salisbury, MD 21802.
The purpose of this document is to alert the interested public of
hearings and provide for public participation.

Special Accommodations

These hearings are physically accessible to people with
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other
auxiliary aids should be directed to Richard H. Schaefer (see
ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date.

Authority: 16 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.

Dated: August 17, 2000.
Bruce C. Morehead,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 00-21371 Filed 8-21-00; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-F

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