Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 7719-7720 [05-2901]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 15, 2005 / Notices e-mail comments is Okanogan.nwr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following document identifier: ‘‘Okanogan River monitoring’’. Requests for copies of the permit application should be directed to the Salmon Recovery Division, F/ NWR1, 525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 510, Portland, OR 97232. The documents are also available on the Internet at www.nwr.noaa.gov/1srd. Comments received will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by calling (503) 230–5409. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristine Petersen, Portland, OR (ph: (503) 230–5409, fax: (503) 872–2737, email: kristine.petersen@noaa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ‘‘taking’’ of a species listed as endangered or threatened. The term ‘‘take’’ is defined under the ESA to mean harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under limited circumstances, to take listed species for scientific purposes or to enhance the propagation or survival of the species under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. NMFS regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are promulgated at 50 CFR 222.307. Species Covered in This Notice The following evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) are included in the Permit application: Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss): endangered, naturally produced and artificially propagated Upper Columbia River (UCR). Application Received On January 18, 2005, the CCT submitted an application to NMFS for an ESA section 10(a)(1)(A) permit for the take of ESA-listed anadromous fish species associated with monitoring of salmon and steelhead in the Okanogan River, a tributary of the Columbia River in Washington. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments submitted thereon to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA. If it is determined that the requirements are met, a permit will be issued to the CCT for the monitoring actions in the Okanogan River. NMFS will publish a record of its final action in the Federal Register. VerDate jul<14>2003 17:50 Feb 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 Dated: February 10, 2005. Susan Pultz, Acting Division Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–2900 Filed 2–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 020305C] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Applications for scientific research permits 1513, 1519, and 1521 and a request to modify permit 1322. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received three scientific research permit applications and one modification request relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the application must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific daylight-saving time on March 17, 2005. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be sent to Protected Resources Division, NMFS, F/NWO3, 525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97232–2737. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503–230– 5435 or by e-mail to resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garth Griffin, Portland, OR (ph.: 503– 231–2005, Fax: 503–230–5435, e-mail: Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov). Permit application instructions are available at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice The following listed species and evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) are covered in this notice: Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka): endangered Snake River (SR). Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha): endangered naturally-produced and artificially propagated upper Columbia River (UCR); threatened naturally PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 7719 produced and artificially propagated SR spring/summer (spr/sum); threatened SR fall; threatened lower Columbia River (LCR); threatened upper Willamette River (UWR); threatened Puget Sound (PS). Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR). Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened SR; threatened middle Columbia River (MCR); endangered UCR; threatened LCR; threatened UWR. Authority Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR 222–226). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. Application Received Permit 1322 – Modification 3 NMFS’ Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) is asking to modify its 5–year permit to increase the annual number of listed fish taken in its research and to add take of juvenile UCR steelhead (natural and artificially propagated). The NWFSC is asking to increase its annual take of juvenile SR steelhead, LCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, UWR steelhead, and CR chum salmon while conducting research in the Columbia River estuary. The purposes of the research are to (1) determine the presence and abundance of fall and spring chinook salmon, coho salmon, and chum salmon in the estuary and lower Columbia River; (2) determine the relationship between juvenile salmon and lower Columbia River estuarine habitat; and (3) obtain information about flow change, sediment input, and habitat availability so they may develop a numerical model of the fishes’ survival. The research would benefit listed salmonids by serving as a basis for estuarine restoration and preservation plans. The NWFSC proposes to capture, handle, and release listed salmonids, E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1 7720 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 30 / Tuesday, February 15, 2005 / Notices and while most of the fish would be unharmed, some would die during the course of the research and a small number of them would intentionally be killed. Purse seines, trapnets and beach seines would be used to capture the fish. Captured fish would be anesthetized, identified, sampled for tissues, and measured. Some fish would be sacrificed to confirm species identification, catch composition, food habits, and timing of estuarine entry. Permit 1513 Washington Trout (WT) is requesting a 2–year research permit to annually capture, handle, and release juvenile PS chinook salmon. The research would take place in nearshore habitats of Admiralty Inlet, Washington. The purpose of the research is to determine habitat use by listed species in the nearshore waters of Admiralty Inlet. The WT intends to determine juvenile fish presence and abundance on a monthly basis in 2005 and 2006. The research would benefit listed chinook by determining which habitat types are used by juvenile chinook. The information gathered by this research would be used to design and prioritize habitat restoration and preservation projects. The WT proposes to capture the fish using beach seines. Captured fish would be identified, counted, checked for tags or marks, measured, and released. The WT does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. Permit 1519 The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) is requesting a 5– year research permit to annually capture, handle, tag, and release juvenile SR sockeye salmon, SR fall chinook salmon, SR spring/summer chinook salmon, UCR chinook salmon, LCR chinook salmon, UWR chinook salmon, SR steelhead, UCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, LCR steelhead, UWR steelhead, and CR chum salmon. The research would take place in Grays Bay, Washington and Youngs Bay, Oregon in the Columbia River estuary. The purpose of the research is to evaluate estuarine habitat restoration efforts. Specific objectives are to (1) determine species composition, relative abundance, and residence time of various listed fish by using pre-restored and restoration project habitats and adjacent references sites; (2) determine prey utilization by juvenile salmon; and (3) determine prey availability. The research would benefit listed salmonids by determining how effectively currently altered habitats support VerDate jul<14>2003 17:50 Feb 14, 2005 Jkt 205001 salmonids and using that information to guide future habitat modifications. The CREST proposes to capture the fish using fyke nets, trap nets, and beach seines. Most of the captured fish would be anesthetized, identified, counted, measured, weighed, checked for tags and marks, and released. Some of the fish would be tagged with passive integrated transponders, or injected with dye or visible implant elastomers. Fin or scale tissue samples for genetic or age analysis would be taken from a portion of the captured juvenile chinook salmon. Some of the captured juvenile salmonid would be sampled for stomach content. The CREST does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. Permit 1521 Wyllie-Echeverria Associates (WEA) is requesting a 2–year research permit to annually capture, handle, fin-clip, and release juvenile PS chinook salmon. The research would take place in nearshore habitats of Orcas and Waldron Islands, Washington. The purpose of the research is to determine which salmonid species and which chinook salmon stocks use the nearshore habitats of the islands. The WEA intends to determine juvenile fish presence and abundance on a monthly basis in 2005 and 2006. The research would benefit listed chinook by providing direct evidence of species- and stock-specific use of nearshore habitats. The information gathered by this research would be used to set priorities for protecting nearshore habitats. The WEA proposes to capture fish using beach seines, surface tow nets, and toss nets. Captured fish would be identified, counted, checked for tags or marks, measured, and released. Fin-clip samples would be collected for genetic analysis from a subsample of the captured fish. The WEA does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30–day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: February 8, 2005. Susan Pultz, Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–2901 Filed 2–14–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY Federal Energy Regulatory Commission [Docket No. RP05–172–000] CenterPoint Energy—Mississippi River Transmission Corporation; Notice of Tariff Filing February 7, 2005. Take notice that on February 1, 2005, CenterPoint Energy—Mississippi River Transmission Corporation (MRT) tendered for filing as part of its FERC Gas Tariff, Third Revised Volume No. 1, the following tariff sheets, with an effective date of March 3, 2005: First Revised Sheet No. 87 Second Revised Sheet No. 88 MRT states that the filing seeks filed to change section 4 of MRT’s tariff to establish gas quality specifications that are consistent with other pipelines in the industry and in MRT’s geographical area. Any person desiring to intervene or to protest this filing must file in accordance with Rules 211 and 214 of the Commission’s Rules of Practice and Procedure (18 CFR 385.211 and 385.214). Protests will be considered by the Commission in determining the appropriate action to be taken, but will not serve to make protestants parties to the proceeding. Any person wishing to become a party must file a notice of intervention or motion to intervene, as appropriate. Such notices, motions, or protests must be filed in accordance with the provisions of Section 154.210 of the Commission’s regulations (18 CFR 154.210). Anyone filing an intervention or protest must serve a copy of that document on the Applicant. Anyone filing an intervention or protest on or before the intervention or protest date need not serve motions to intervene or protests on persons other than the Applicant. The Commission encourages electronic submission of protests and interventions in lieu of paper using the ‘‘eFiling’’ link at http://www.ferc.gov. Persons unable to file electronically should submit an original and 14 copies of the protest or intervention to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, E:\FR\FM\15FEN1.SGM 15FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 70, Number 30 (Tuesday, February 15, 2005)]
[Notices]
[Pages 7719-7720]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 020305C]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Applications for scientific research permits 1513, 1519, and 
1521 and a request to modify permit 1322.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received three scientific 
research permit applications and one modification request relating to 
Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge 
of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help 
guide management and conservation efforts.

DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the application 
must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see 
ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific daylight-saving time on March 
17, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be sent to 
Protected Resources Division, NMFS, F/NWO3, 525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 
500, Portland, OR 97232-2737. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503-
230-5435 or by e-mail to resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garth Griffin, Portland, OR (ph.: 503-
231-2005, Fax: 503-230-5435, e-mail: Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov). Permit 
application instructions are available at http://www.nwr.noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    The following listed species and evolutionarily significant units 
(ESUs) are covered in this notice:

    Sockeye salmon (Oncorhynchus nerka): endangered Snake River (SR).
    Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha): endangered naturally-produced and 
artificially propagated upper Columbia River (UCR); threatened 
naturally produced and artificially propagated SR spring/summer (spr/
sum); threatened SR fall; threatened lower Columbia River (LCR); 
threatened upper Willamette River (UWR); threatened Puget Sound (PS).
    Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR).
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened SR; threatened middle Columbia 
River (MCR); endangered UCR; threatened LCR; threatened UWR.

Authority

    Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and regulations 
governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR 222-226). NMFS 
issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) are applied for 
in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the 
disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; 
and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of section 2 of the 
ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set 
forth in the permits.
    Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice 
should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application 
would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such a hearing is 
at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA.

Application Received

Permit 1322 - Modification 3

    NMFS' Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) is asking to 
modify its 5-year permit to increase the annual number of listed fish 
taken in its research and to add take of juvenile UCR steelhead 
(natural and artificially propagated). The NWFSC is asking to increase 
its annual take of juvenile SR steelhead, LCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, 
UWR steelhead, and CR chum salmon while conducting research in the 
Columbia River estuary. The purposes of the research are to (1) 
determine the presence and abundance of fall and spring chinook salmon, 
coho salmon, and chum salmon in the estuary and lower Columbia River; 
(2) determine the relationship between juvenile salmon and lower 
Columbia River estuarine habitat; and (3) obtain information about flow 
change, sediment input, and habitat availability so they may develop a 
numerical model of the fishes' survival. The research would benefit 
listed salmonids by serving as a basis for estuarine restoration and 
preservation plans.
    The NWFSC proposes to capture, handle, and release listed 
salmonids,

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and while most of the fish would be unharmed, some would die during the 
course of the research and a small number of them would intentionally 
be killed. Purse seines, trapnets and beach seines would be used to 
capture the fish. Captured fish would be anesthetized, identified, 
sampled for tissues, and measured. Some fish would be sacrificed to 
confirm species identification, catch composition, food habits, and 
timing of estuarine entry.

Permit 1513

    Washington Trout (WT) is requesting a 2-year research permit to 
annually capture, handle, and release juvenile PS chinook salmon. The 
research would take place in nearshore habitats of Admiralty Inlet, 
Washington. The purpose of the research is to determine habitat use by 
listed species in the nearshore waters of Admiralty Inlet. The WT 
intends to determine juvenile fish presence and abundance on a monthly 
basis in 2005 and 2006. The research would benefit listed chinook by 
determining which habitat types are used by juvenile chinook. The 
information gathered by this research would be used to design and 
prioritize habitat restoration and preservation projects. The WT 
proposes to capture the fish using beach seines. Captured fish would be 
identified, counted, checked for tags or marks, measured, and released. 
The WT does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a 
small number may die as an unintended result of the activities.

Permit 1519

    The Columbia River Estuary Study Taskforce (CREST) is requesting a 
5-year research permit to annually capture, handle, tag, and release 
juvenile SR sockeye salmon, SR fall chinook salmon, SR spring/summer 
chinook salmon, UCR chinook salmon, LCR chinook salmon, UWR chinook 
salmon, SR steelhead, UCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, LCR steelhead, UWR 
steelhead, and CR chum salmon. The research would take place in Grays 
Bay, Washington and Youngs Bay, Oregon in the Columbia River estuary. 
The purpose of the research is to evaluate estuarine habitat 
restoration efforts. Specific objectives are to (1) determine species 
composition, relative abundance, and residence time of various listed 
fish by using pre-restored and restoration project habitats and 
adjacent references sites; (2) determine prey utilization by juvenile 
salmon; and (3) determine prey availability. The research would benefit 
listed salmonids by determining how effectively currently altered 
habitats support salmonids and using that information to guide future 
habitat modifications.
    The CREST proposes to capture the fish using fyke nets, trap nets, 
and beach seines. Most of the captured fish would be anesthetized, 
identified, counted, measured, weighed, checked for tags and marks, and 
released. Some of the fish would be tagged with passive integrated 
transponders, or injected with dye or visible implant elastomers. Fin 
or scale tissue samples for genetic or age analysis would be taken from 
a portion of the captured juvenile chinook salmon. Some of the captured 
juvenile salmonid would be sampled for stomach content. The CREST does 
not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number 
may die as an unintended result of the activities.

Permit 1521

    Wyllie-Echeverria Associates (WEA) is requesting a 2-year research 
permit to annually capture, handle, fin-clip, and release juvenile PS 
chinook salmon. The research would take place in nearshore habitats of 
Orcas and Waldron Islands, Washington. The purpose of the research is 
to determine which salmonid species and which chinook salmon stocks use 
the nearshore habitats of the islands. The WEA intends to determine 
juvenile fish presence and abundance on a monthly basis in 2005 and 
2006. The research would benefit listed chinook by providing direct 
evidence of species- and stock-specific use of nearshore habitats. The 
information gathered by this research would be used to set priorities 
for protecting nearshore habitats. The WEA proposes to capture fish 
using beach seines, surface tow nets, and toss nets. Captured fish 
would be identified, counted, checked for tags or marks, measured, and 
released. Fin-clip samples would be collected for genetic analysis from 
a subsample of the captured fish. The WEA does not intend to kill any 
of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended 
result of the activities.
    This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS 
will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments 
submitted to determine whether the application meets the requirements 
of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit 
decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment 
period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal 
Register.

    Dated: February 8, 2005.
Susan Pultz,
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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