From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, CNMI Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (Jun. 7)

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

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The CNMI Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Wednesday, June 7, 2017, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES:
The CNMI Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Saipan Department of Land and Natural Resources Conference Room, Lower Base, Saipan, MP 96950.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Pacific Fishery Management Council (Jun. 7-14)

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National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

SUMMARY:
The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) and its advisory entities will hold public meetings.

DATES:
The Pacific Council and its advisory entities will meet June 7-14, 2017. The Pacific Council meeting will begin on Friday, June 9, 2017 at 9 a.m. Pacific Daylight Time (PDT), reconvening at 8 a.m. each day through Wednesday, June 14, 2017. All meetings are open to the public, except a closed session will be held from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., Friday, June 9 to address litigation and personnel matters. The Pacific Council will meet as late as necessary each day to complete its scheduled business.

ADDRESSES:
Meetings of the Pacific Council and its advisory entities will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Spokane City Center, 322 N. Spokane Falls Court, Spokane, Washington; telephone: (509) 455-9600.

Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220.

For more information click here.

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Jon White – From the President’s Office: 5-22-2017

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Jon White, President of Ocean LeadershipToday, the NOAA Corps turns 100. I was honored to be MC at their 100th anniversary event in Washington, D.C this past Saturday. One of our nation’s seven uniformed services, NOAA Corps’ work at sea, in the air, and on the ground over the last century has ensured the safety, security, and prosperity of our nation in so many ways. Their work in charting and exploring our ocean and in gathering crucial atmospheric and oceanographic data (in some of the harshest conditions and locations on our planet, such as during hurricanes and at both poles) have been of exceptional value. As we look to the future, the importance of their work only increases as we expand and accelerate our complex coexistence in an increasingly technological world, where we will need absolute certainty about the reference frames of our physical world and its dynamic environment. The men and women of NOAA Corps, and all who work with them, have done this with great success and efficiency for the past  century – one of revolutionary technological and industrial change. I know that we can count on them to continue to do so in the next century as well, for I know their caliber and their commitment. We, at COL and in the broader ocean community, must continue our work to ensure they receive the resources and support they need for their critical missions.

Prior to this event, I visited two of our member institutions in the Northeast – the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the University of New Hampshire. I spent time with exceptional faculty, researchers, and students at both institutions. I am impressed by their work, commitment, and vision as they create the future of ocean science and technology that organizations like NOAA will be putting to good use. From ground-breaking autonomy and artificial intelligence to innovative ways to efficiently measure, analyze, and visualize key ocean parameters and contents (such as sound and hydrocarbons), I am inspired by their work and optimistic about the future. Thus, I continue to recognize the importance of the collective work of our consortium as we boldly advocate for increased discovery, understanding, and action related to our ocean.  

-Jon
RADM Jonathan W. White, USN (ret.)
President and CEO
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Antarctic Dispatches: Miles of Ice Collapsing Into The Sea
The acceleration is making some scientists fear that Antarctica’s ice sheet may have entered the early stages of an unstoppable disintegration. Because the collapse of vulnerable parts of the ice sheet could raise the sea level dramatically, the continued existence of the world’s great coastal cities — Miami, New York, Shanghai and many more — is tied to Antarctica’s fate. Four New York Times journalists joined a Columbia University team in Antarctica late last year to fly across the world’s largest chunk of floating ice in an American military cargo plane loaded with the latest scientific gear.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 26)

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

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Guam Mariana Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Friday, May 26, 2017, between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES:
The Guam Mariana Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Guam Fishermen’s Cooperative Association Lanai, Hagatna, Guam, 96913.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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From The Federal Register, Public Meeting: Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan Advisory Panel (May 31)

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

SUMMARY:
The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its American Samoa Archipelago Fishery Ecosystem Plan (FEP) Advisory Panel (AP) to discuss and make recommendations on fishery management issues in the Western Pacific Region.

DATES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet on Wednesday, May 31, 2017, between 4:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. All times listed are local island times.

ADDRESSES:
The American Samoa Archipelago FEP AP will meet at the Pacific Petroleum Conference Room, Utulei, American Samoa, 96799.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522-8220.

For more information, click here.

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Polar Bears Shift From Seals To Bird Eggs As Arctic Ice Melts

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Polar bear diets are changing as ice melts. (Credit: Shailapic76/Flickr)

(Click to enlarge) Polar bear diets are changing as ice melts. (Credit: Shailapic76/Flickr)

Polar bears are ditching seafood in favour of scrambled eggs, as the heat rises in the Arctic melting the sea ice. A changing coastline has made it harder for the predators to catch the seals they favour and is pushing them towards poaching goose eggs.

(From New Scientist / By By Thom Hoffman) — This is according to a team led by Charmain Hamilton of the Norwegian Polar Institute that monitored the movements of local polar bears and seals before and after a sudden decline in sea ice in 2006, which altered coastal areas in the Norwegian archipelago of Svalbard.

The researchers attached tracking devices to 60 ringed seals and 67 polar bears overall, which allowed them to compare their movements before and after the ice collapse.

Before the melt, when they were hunting on stable sea ice, the polar bears had a big advantage over their favoured prey. “Both sexes of all age classes successfully hunt seals by stalking or ‘still hunting’,” says Hamilton.

However, on a melting coastline punctuated by broken-up icebergs, the odds become stacked in the seal’s favour.

The polar bears must now swim undetected towards the seals before launching themselves out of the water to grab their prey on the floating chunks of ice. Not all bears have mastered this explosive technique and there is a high failure rate even among those that have.

“It seems that currently, it is mainly large, male bears using this aquatic hunting method on Svalbard,” says Hamilton. “It is likely [to be] more energetically demanding than the traditional hunting methods.”

In response, the bears are retreating from the coast. The tracking devices show them wandering greater distances in search of alternative land-based food. The bears also spend a lot more time near bird nesting grounds, which suggests eggs have become a significant food source.

But they would need an immense omelette to replace a seal breakfast and this type of mass egg hunting can devastate nesting bird populations.

Read the full story here: https://www.newscientist.com/article/2130821-polar-bears-shift-from-seals-to-bird-eggs-as-arctic-ice-melts/

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From The Federal Register, Request For Comments: MARAD and NAVSEA, OMB Proposal For Information Collection (Jun. 12)

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The Department of Defense has submitted to OMB for clearance, the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act.

DATES:
Consideration will be given to all comments received by June 12, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Fred Licari, 571-372-0493.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

This information collection is part of a joint effort between the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA) and the U.S. Maritime Administration (MARAD), to maintain a working data set on active U.S. Shipyards. The information collected is required by the Merchant Marine Act of 1936 as amended and is critical in providing both organizations with a comprehensive list of U.S. commercial shipyards and their capabilities and capacities. These shipyards play a crucial role in national defense, the economy and the U.S. transportation infrastructure and as such, are of considerable interest to the U.S. Government. The data collected is used to assess the capabilities and capacities of U.S. commercial shipyards in the areas of ship repair and ship construction. The data is also used to monitor employment numbers for labor forecasting for future build projects as well as providing information on the ability to raise labor to meet national industrial mobilization requirements during times of national emergency. The data collected is the main source of information on these shipyards and is used to these ends.

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Ecologist Special Report: Divesting from investment in fossil fuels gains momentum in the UK

Since the beginning of the year, increasing efforts by both public and private institutions to reduce their exposure to fossil fuel investments have emerged and over the weekend, UK campaigners further stepped up the pressure in a serious of co-ordinated Global Divestment Mobilisation (GDM) calls for continued divestment. Remo Bebié takes an overview
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From The Federal Register: Public Meeting: Fisheries Of The South Atlantic; Southeast Data, Assessment, And Review (SEDAR) (May 23-25)

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

SUMMARY:
The SEDAR 50 assessment of the Atlantic stock of blueline tilefish

DATES:
The SEDAR 50 Assessment Workshop will be held on May 23-25, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 6 p.m. and May 26, 2017, from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The established times may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the timeline completion of discussion relevant to the assessment process. Such adjustments may result in the meeting be extended from, or completed prior to the time established by this notice. Additional Assessment Webinars and the Review Workshop dates and times will publish in a subsequent issue in the Federal Register.

ADDRESSES:
Meeting address: The SEDAR 50 Assessment Workshop will be held at the Doubletree by Hilton Atlantic Beach Oceanfront Hotel, 2712 West Fort Macon Road, Atlantic Beach, NC 28512; phone: (252) 240-1155.

SEDAR address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405; www.sedarweb.org.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Julia Byrd, SEDAR Coordinator, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, North Charleston, SC 29405; phone: (843) 571-4366; email: julia.byrd@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
The Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils, in conjunction with NOAA Fisheries and the Atlantic and Gulf States Marine Fisheries Commissions, have implemented the Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) process, a multi-step method for determining the status of fish stocks in the Southeast Region. SEDAR is a three-step process including: (1) Data Workshop; (2) Assessment Process utilizing a workshop and/or webinars; and (3) Review Workshop. The product of the Data Workshop is a data report which compiles and evaluates potential datasets and recommends which datasets are appropriate for assessment analyses. The product of the Assessment Process is a stock assessment report which describes the fisheries, evaluates the status of the stock, estimates biological benchmarks, projects future population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: Data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and non-governmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies.

The items of discussion at the Assessment Workshop are as follows:

1. Participants will use datasets provided by the Data Workshop to develop population models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and Sustainable Fisheries Act criteria, and project future conditions, as specified in the Terms of Reference.

2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters.

3. Participants will prepare a workshop report, compare and contrast various assessment approaches, and determine whether the assessments are adequate for submission to the review panel.

For more information, click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09222/fisheries-of-the-south-atlantic-southeast-data-assessment-and-review-sedar-public-meeting

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From The Federal Register: Public Meeting: Fisheries Of The South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (May 24-25)

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

ACTION:
Notice of a public meeting of the South Atlantic Ecosystem Modelling Workgroup (WG).

SUMMARY:
The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of the Modelling Workgroup in St. Petersburg, FL. The Workgroup will be meeting to advance collaborative development of a new South Atlantic Ecopath model, the first component of a South Atlantic ecosystem model effort funded through the South Atlantic Conservation Cooperative (SALCC). The meeting is open to the public.

DATES:
The meeting will be held from Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and Thursday, May 25, 2017, from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m.

ADDRESSES:
Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Sirata Beach Resort & Conference Center, 5300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Petersburg, FL 33706.

Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405; phone (843) 571-4366 or toll free (866) SAFMC-10; fax (843) 769-4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:
Items to be addressed or sessions to be conducted during this meeting include: Review of the Council’s Fishery Ecosystem Plan II (FEP II) Managed Species Section development and input on developing EcoSpecies online system supporting the FEP II.

For more information click here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/05/08/2017-09226/fisheries-of-the-south-atlantic-south-atlantic-fishery-management-council-public-meeting

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