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Federal Register Highlights – 1/28/15

January 28, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for January 28, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a special local regulation on the waters of the Manatee River in Bradenton, Florida, during the Bradenton Area Riverwalk Regatta. The event is scheduled to take place annually from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. on the first Saturday of February. The special local regulation is necessary to protect the safety of race participants, participant vessels, spectators, and the general public on the navigable waters of the United States during the event. The special local regulation will restrict vessel traffic in the waters of the Manatee River in the vicinity of Bradenton, Florida. It will establish the following two areas: Enforcement areas #1 and #2, where all persons and vessels, except those persons and vessels participating in the high speed boat races and those vessels enforcing the areas, are prohibited from entering, transiting through, anchoring in, or remaining within. This rule is effective February 1, 2015. This rule will be enforced annually on the first Saturday of February from 11 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.

PROPOSED RULE: The Secretaries propose to revise the regulations governing the rural determination process for the Federal Subsistence Program in Alaska. Under current regulations, the Federal Subsistence Board (Board) defines which community or area of Alaska is rural using guidelines and characteristics defined by the Secretaries. This new process will enable the Board to be more flexible in making decisions and take into account the regional differences found throughout the State. Comments and proposals to change this proposed rule must be received or postmarked by April 1, 2015. (To submit comments, visit Click here to be taken directly to the commenting page.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS implements accountability measures (AMs) for recreational gray triggerfish in the Gulf of Mexico (Gulf) reef fish fishery for the 2015 fishing year through this temporary rule. Landings data indicate the 2014 recreational annual catch limit (ACL) was exceeded; thus, NMFS reduces the 2015 recreational ACL and annual catch target (ACT) for gray triggerfish and closes the recreational sector for gray triggerfish in the Gulf exclusive economic zone (EEZ). This action is necessary to reduce overfishing of the Gulf gray triggerfish resource. This rule is effective 12:01 a.m., local time, on February 7, 2015, until 12:01 a.m., local time, on January 1, 2016, unless NMFS publishes a superseding document in the Federal Register.


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