Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting, 18613-18614 [2017-07985]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 75 / Thursday, April 20, 2017 / Notices Comment 2: Brokerage and Handling Comment 3: Surrogate Value for Water Comment 4: Inland Insurance Comment 5: Differential Pricing Recommendation [FR Doc. 2017–08023 Filed 4–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Deep Seabed Mining: Request for Extension of Exploration Licenses Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of application to extend Deep Seabed Mineral Exploration Licenses USA–1 and USA– 4; request for comments. AGENCY: Pursuant to the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has received an application for five-year extensions of Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses USA–1 and USA–4 that are held by the Lockheed Martin Corporation (‘‘Lockheed Martin’’ or the ‘‘Licensee’’). The application includes a revised exploration plan that sets forth the activities to be conducted during the extended period of the license. DATES: Individuals and organizations intending to submit comments on the extension request should do so by May 22, 2017. ADDRESSES: Hard-copy comments should be submitted to Kerry Kehoe, Stewardship Division (N/OCM6), Office for Coastal Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerry Kehoe at 240–533–0782; email Kerry.Kehoe@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to the Deep Seabed Hard Mineral Resources Act (DSHMRA; 30 U.S.C. 1401–1473), the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has received an application for five-year extensions of Deep Seabed Mining Exploration Licenses USA–1 and USA– 4 that are held by the Lockheed Martin Corporation (‘‘Lockheed Martin’’ or the ‘‘Licensee’’). The application includes a revised exploration plan that sets forth the activities to be conducted during the extended period of the license. asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 The current terms of Exploration Licenses USA–1 and USA–4 end on June 2, 2017. Section 107(a) of DSHMRA provides that NOAA shall extend exploration licenses for a term of not more than five years if the licensee has substantially complied with the license and exploration plan and has requested an extension of the license. 30 U.S.C. 1417. Lockheed Martin has submitted this request to extend its existing DSHMRA licenses for five years, and thereby, maintain the interests and rights these exploration licenses may convey. Given that at-sea exploration activities are contingent upon certain events that have not yet occurred, Lockheed Martin has adjusted its exploration schedule. During the proposed five-year extension, the Licensee will continue to conduct various preparatory activities in advance of at-sea exploration, which may become feasible at some future date. In order for at-sea exploration to be feasible, Lockheed Martin has stated that both improvement in the condition of the metals markets, and United States accession to the 1982 Law of the Sea Convention, as modified by the 1994 Implementing Agreement, are necessary. In light of these two unmet prerequisites, Lockheed Martin is not proposing to conduct at-sea exploration activities at this time, and approval of this extension request would not in and of itself authorize the Licensee to conduct at-sea exploration. If this extension request is granted, Lockheed Martin will need to obtain additional authorization from NOAA before it would be authorized to conduct at-sea exploration activities under these licenses. Among other requirements, authorization to conduct at-sea exploration activities would require NOAA to consider additional environmental analysis that may be necessary pursuant to NOAA’s obligations under the National Environmental Policy Act, 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq., and DSHMRA. The request for extension and revised exploration plan can be viewed at www.regulations.gov, by searching for docket number ‘‘NOAA–NOS–2017– 0019’’. NOAA is seeking comments on the request to extend USA–1 and USA– 4 including, but not limited to, whether there has been substantial compliance with the licenses and exploration plans, and whether the revised exploration plans for USA–1 and USA–4 meet the terms, conditions and restrictions of DSHMRA and the licenses issued thereunder. All electronically submitted comments must be received through the www.regulations.gov, Web site by the date noted below. Submissions made by PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 18613 email will not be accepted. Comments may also be mailed to the address provided below. Mailed comments will be accepted if postmarked before the comment period has ended. Dated: April 11, 2017. W. Russell Callender, Assistant Administrator for Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–07987 Filed 4–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Annapolis, Maryland. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most upto-date meeting agenda. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 723 Second Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21403. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 240–533–0652, Fax: 301–713–3110); email: lauren.wenzel@ noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http:// marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee, composed of external, knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, on marine protected areas (MPAs). The meeting is open to the public, and public comment will be accepted from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. In E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 18614 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 75 / Thursday, April 20, 2017 / Notices general, each individual or group will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. If members of the public wish to submit written statements, they should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official by Friday, May 19, 2017. Matters To Be Considered: The focus of the Committee’s meeting will be to discuss ways in which the Committee can most effectively work with NOAA and the Department of the Interior, to elect new Committee leadership, and to establish Subcommittees and Working Groups, as needed, to address the Committee’s new charge. The agenda is subject to change. The latest version will be posted at http:// marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac. Dated: April 12, 2017. John A. Armor, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–07985 Filed 4–19–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF354 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of final determination and discussion of underlying biological and environmental analyses. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has evaluated one Tribal Resource Management Plan (TRMP or Tribal Plan) submitted by the Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation (CTCR) to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Tribal Plans promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan specifies artificial propagation, harvest, predator control, kelt reconditioning, and monitoring and evaluation activities in the Okanogan River basin and portions of the Upper Columbia River (UCR). This document serves to notify the public that NMFS, by delegated authority from the Secretary of Commerce, has determined pursuant to the Tribal ESA section 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead that implementing and enforcing the plans will not appreciably reduce the asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:27 Apr 19, 2017 Jkt 241001 Written responses to the determination should be addressed to the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE. Lloyd Blvd., #1100, Portland, OR 97232. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Natasha Meyers-Cherry at (503) 231– 2178 or by email at natasha.meyerscherry@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Endangered (but functionally extirpated in the analysis area), naturally produced UCR springrun. Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated UCR. Background DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE SUMMARY: likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed UCR Spring Chinook salmon and steelhead. DATES: The final determination on the take limit was made on February 28, 2017. The CTCR have submitted to NMFS a Tribal Plan for hatchery, fishery harvest, predator control, kelt reconditioning, and monitoring and evaluation activities in the Okanogan River basin, in the UCR basin in Washington State. The Tribal Plan was submitted February 4, 2014, pursuant to the Tribal ESA section 4(d) Rule. The Tribal Plan describes actions involving fisheries, hatchery, predator control, and kelt reconditioning activities (with associated monitoring and evaluation) in the Okanogan Basin and Columbia River mainstem. The Tribal Plan is intended to contribute to the recovery of the steelhead population in the Okanogan Basin, and to responsibly enhance fishing opportunity on non-listed Chinook salmon. As required, NMFS took comments on how the plans address the criteria in 50 CFR 223.203(b)(5) prior to making that determination. Discussion of the Biological Analysis Underlying the Determination The hatchery, fishery, predator removal, kelt reconditioning, and monitoring and evaluation activities are intended to conserve native, ESA-listed UCR spring Chinook salmon and steelhead and to provide harvest intribal and non-tribal fisheries in the basin. The hatchery programs are designed to preserve, and bolster the natural spawning abundance of, the native UCR populations of the species. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 The programs described in the Tribal Plan would be operated in such a way as to minimize potential risks to ESAlisted natural-origin UCR spring Chinook salmon, and steelhead populations. These potential risks include interactions between hatchery and natural fish that may lead to adverse genetic and ecological effects. As part of the proposed hatchery programs, monitoring and evaluation would be implemented to assess their performance in meeting population conservation or harvest augmentation objectives, and their effects on ESAlisted natural-origin spring Chinook salmon and steelhead. Information gained through monitoring and evaluation will be used to assess whether the impacts of the programs on listed fish are as expected. Review of monitoring and evaluation results by NMFS and the co-managers will occur annually to evaluate whether assumptions regarding Tribal Plan effects and analysis remain valid, and whether the objectives of the Tribal Plan are being accomplished. The Tribal Plan includes provisions for annual reports that will assess compliance with performance standards established through the plan. Reporting and inclusion of new information derived from research, monitoring, and evaluation activities described in the plan provides assurance that performance standards will be achieved in future seasons. NMFS’ evaluation is available on the West Coast Region Web site at http://www.westcoast.fisheries. noaa.gov. Summary of Comments Received in the Response to the Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination NMFS published notice of its Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination (PEPD) on the plans for public review and comment on December 15, 2017 (81 FR 90783). The PEPD and an associated draft environmental assessment were available for public review and comment for 15 days. During the public comment period, NMFS received one comment letter on the PEPD. The comments were technical in nature, and did not require substantive modifications to the PEPD or the environmental assessment. The comments and NMFS’ detailed responses are available on the West Coast Region Web site. Based on its evaluation and recommended determination, and taking into account the public comments, NMFS issued its final determination on the Tribal Plan. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 75 (Thursday, April 20, 2017)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-07985]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected 
Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Annapolis, Maryland.

DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 23, 2017, from 9:00 
a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Wednesday, May 24, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 
p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to 
change. Refer to the Web page listed below for the most up-to-date 
meeting agenda.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Annapolis Maritime Museum at 
723 Second Street, Annapolis, Maryland 21403.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal 
Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East-
West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 240-533-0652, Fax: 
301-713-3110); email: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA 
Center Web site at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee, composed of external, 
knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by 
the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries 
of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of 
Executive Order 13158, on marine protected areas (MPAs). The meeting is 
open to the public, and public comment will be accepted from 4:30 p.m. 
to 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 23, 2017. In

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general, each individual or group will be limited to a total time of 
five (5) minutes. If members of the public wish to submit written 
statements, they should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official 
by Friday, May 19, 2017.
    Matters To Be Considered: The focus of the Committee's meeting will 
be to discuss ways in which the Committee can most effectively work 
with NOAA and the Department of the Interior, to elect new Committee 
leadership, and to establish Subcommittees and Working Groups, as 
needed, to address the Committee's new charge. The agenda is subject to 
change. The latest version will be posted at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/fac.

    Dated: April 12, 2017.
John A. Armor,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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