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Federal Register Highlights – 11/16/15

November 16, 2015

Unpublished, time-sensitive and proposed rules for November 16, 2015:

TEMPORARY RULE: The Coast Guard is establishing a temporary safety zone in the waters of the Lake Erie in the vicinity of Kelley’s Island Shoal, OH. This zone is intended to restrict vessels from a portion of Lake Erie due to the presence of an unknown substance emanating from an unknown vessel. This temporary safety zone is necessary to protect people and vessels from the hazards associated with this event. This rule is effective without actual notice from November 16, 2015 until 8 p.m. November 24, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: This proposed rule would implement the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act enacted on July 22, 2014 and reflects the transfer of Independent Living Services and Centers for Independent Living programs from the Department of Education to the Department of Health and Human Services. The previous regulations were issued by the Department of Education. This proposed rule will consolidate the Independent Living (IL) regulations into a single part, align the regulations with the current statute and HHS policies, and will provide guidance to IL grantees. Comments are due on or before January 15, 2016. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference RIN 0985-AA10.)

TEMPORARY RULE: NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for yellowfin sole in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI) for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery. This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the 2015 allocation of yellowfin sole total allowable catch for vessels participating in the BSAI trawl limited access fishery in the BSAI. Effective 1200 hrs, Alaska local time (A.l.t.), November 11, 2015, through 2400 hrs, A.l.t., December 31, 2015.

PROPOSED RULE: NMFS proposes regulations to implement Amendment 111 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP). The proposed rule would reduce bycatch limits, also known as prohibited species catch (PSC) limits, for Pacific halibut in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) groundfish fisheries by specific amounts in four groundfish sectors: The Amendment 80 sector (non- pollock trawl catcher/processors); the BSAI trawl limited access sector (all non-Amendment 80 trawl fishery participants); the non-trawl sector (primarily hook-and-line catcher/ processors); and the Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program (CDQ Program, also referred to as the CDQ sector). This action is necessary to minimize halibut bycatch in the BSAI groundfish fisheries to the extent practicable and to achieve, on a continuing basis, optimum yield from the BSAI groundfish fisheries. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws. Submit comments on or before December 16, 2015. (To submit comments, visit www.regulations.gov, reference Docket Number NOAA-NMFS-2015-0092.)

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