Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 29282-29283 [05-10129]

Download as PDF 29282 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 97 / Friday, May 20, 2005 / Notices ESA-listed anadromous fish associated with the operation of recreational fisheries that target non-listed, hatcheryorigin anadromous fish and resident game fish species. Permit 1481 expires May 31, 2010. Permit 1481 authorizes IDFG’s recreational fishing programs, including the following activities: (1) Resident recreational fishing in waters that also support ESA-listed chinook and sockeye salmon under the IDFG General Fishing Regulations, including kokanee and trout fisheries in Redfish, Alturas, and Pettit Lakes; (2) chinook salmon recreational fishing in the Clearwater River, Snake River, Salmon River, Little Salmon River, and South Fork Salmon River under the IDFG Anadromous Salmon Fishing Regulations; and (3) summer steelhead fishing during the fall and spring seasons under the IDFG Steelhead Fishing Regulations. The permit constitutes authorization for implementation of the IDFG General Fishing Regulations, the IDFG Anadromous Salmon Fishing Regulations, and the IDFG Steelhead Fishing Regulations. Recreational fisheries are monitored in a manner that allows evaluation of the effectiveness of protective regulations and conservation strategies. NMFS’ conditions in the permit will ensure that the take of ESA-listed anadromous fish will not jeopardize the continued existence of the listed species. In issuing the permits, NMFS determined that IDFG’s Conservation Plan provides adequate mitigation measures to avoid, minimize, or compensate for take of ESA-listed anadromous fish. Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that the permit: (1) was applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species which are the subject of the permit; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. This permit was issued in accordance with, and is subject to, 50 CFR part 222, the NMFS regulations governing listed species permits. Dated: May 17, 2005. Phil Williams, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–10128 Filed 5–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate jul<14>2003 20:07 May 19, 2005 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 051305E] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Application for a scientific research/enhancement permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific research and enhancement permit application relating to Pacific salmon. Permit 1530 would be issued jointly to the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Nez Perce Tribe through the Bureau of Indian Affairs, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Applicants) to operate the adult fish trap at Lower Granite Dam. The proposed actions are intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. It is also intended to facilitate collection of broodstock to supply an artificial propagation program designed to enhance the propagation and survival of threatened Snake River fall chinook salmon. 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 time on June 20, 2005. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be sent to Salmon Recovery Division, NMFS, 10095 W. Emerald, Boise, ID 83704. Comments may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is LGRtrap.nwr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following identifier: Comments on trapping at Lower Granite Dam. Comments may also be submitted via facsimile (fax) to (208) 378–5614. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herb Pollard, Boise, Idaho, at phone number: (208) 378–5614, e-mail: herbert.pollard@noaa.gov. DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice The following listed species and evolutionarily significant units (ESUs) are covered in this notice: Jkt 205001 PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened Snake River (SR) fall. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened SR. Scientific research and enhancement 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 permit. 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. Applications Received Permit 1530 The Applicants are requesting a 5– year permit to take SR fall chinook salmon and SR steelhead during the course of operating an adult fish trap at Lower Granite Dam on the Columbia River. The proposed action is designed to address two purposes. The trapping activity is intended to capture a random sample of Snake River fall chinook salmon and collect the necessary biological data and observations to statistically generate a ‘‘run reconstruction’’, or description of composition of the entire fall chinook salmon migration, as it passes Lower Granite Dam, according to age, sex, and origin (hatchery or natural). The second purpose is to collect additional adult fall chinook salmon for broodstock needed to support enhancement actions at Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery. Incidental to the primary purposes, the program will help managers simultaneously monitor several ongoing activities in the basin (e.g., natural production of listed species and the operation of the Federal Columbia River hydropower system) as well as stray rates and population health for the two listed species. To achieve its purposes, the project includes four objectives: First, to capture SR fall chinook salmon so that they may be used for mitigation, compensation, and natural production. Second, to remove hatchery-origin fall chinook originating from projects other E:\FR\FM\20MYN1.SGM 20MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 97 / Friday, May 20, 2005 / Notices than those in the Snake River Basin so that they do not spawn in the Snake River above Lower Granite Dam. Third, to facilitate research efforts including the capture of fish to measure the relative reproductive success of hatchery fish being used for natural supplementation and thereby monitor the success of that program. Fourth, to monitor the status of steelhead populations in the Snake River basin. Fish species will benefit in several ways: by providing broodstock for Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, the program will continue its efforts in directly increasing the abundance of the listed stocks. Removing salmon that stray from other hatchery programs will reduce adverse ecological and genetic interactions and preserve the listed stock. Information from the captured steelhead is essential to monitor the status and productivity of the listed populations, to help managers make decisions about how best to operate the hydropower system, and to gauge the effectiveness of a number of recovery efforts. The fish would be captured at the Lower Granite Dam adult trap. Electronic controls direct fish passing through the ladder into a trap holding facility for small portions of each day. When not directed into the trap, most fish pass the ladder unimpeded. Trapped fish are anesthetized, examined, biological samples are taken, and the fish are either (1) returned to the ladder to continue their upstream migration (all of the steelhead and most of the chinook salmon), (2) selected for broodstock (in the case of a portion of the hatchery-origin and natural-origin chinook salmon), or (3) removed from the population (all hatchery-origin chinook salmon that are identified by tags or marks as strays from other hatcheries). Transport to one of the hatchery facilities of fish collected for broodstock occurs daily during peak run periods. Some natural-origin Snake River fall chinook salmon would be collected to integrate into the broodstock. Scale sampling may occur on-site prior to transport to the hatcheries. In addition, up to 250 more scale samples from natural origin fish are needed to provide an accurate description of run composition. Once sampled, fish not collected for broodstock are allowed to recover in small tanks and then returned to the fish ladder to continue their upstream migration. 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 VerDate jul<14>2003 20:07 May 19, 2005 Jkt 205001 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: May 17, 2005. Phil Williams, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–10129 Filed 5–19–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 051705B] Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene its Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). DATES: The meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, 2005, and from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, June 10, 2005. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the DoubleTree Guest Suites Tampa Bay, 3050 North Rocky Point Drive, Tampa, FL 33607. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 3018 North U.S. Highway 301, Suite 1000, Tampa, FL 33619. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Steven Atran, Population Dynamics Statistician, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: 813.228.2815. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene the first meeting of its newly formed Ecosystem Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) in Tampa, FL on June 9–10, 2005. The SSC will receive a presentation on EcoGIS, a pilot project that brings the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Ocean Service (NOS), and the eight regional fishery management councils together to build on existing regional geographic information systems (GIS) capabilities; more fully develop GIS tools for managing and researching marine PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 29283 fishery ecosystems; and review the project’s role in the development of an ecosystem based approach to fisheries management. The SSC will also review the findings of a workshop by ecosystem scientists that was held in February on ecosystem-based decision support tools for fisheries management. They will review a NMFS report titled Strategies for Incorporating Ecosystem Considerations in Fisheries Management and review an interim report of an ad hoc working group on guidelines for fishery ecosystem plans. The SSC will then meet with the Council’s ecosystem workshop facilitator and provide advice on issues to include in an upcoming series of public workshops on ecosystem based fisheries management. The SSC will review its role in identification of technical needs, establishing an inventory of existing information, and synthesizing public input on ecosystem goals and objectives. A copy of the agenda and related materials can be obtained by calling the Council office at 813.228.2815. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the Ecosystem SSC for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (M-SFCMA), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions of the Ecosystem SSC will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the MSFCMA, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Dawn Aring at the Council (see ADDRESSES) by May 31, 2005. Dated: May 17, 2005. Tracey Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 051305E]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Application for a scientific research/enhancement permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific 
research and enhancement permit application relating to Pacific salmon. 
Permit 1530 would be issued jointly to the Washington Department of 
Fish and Wildlife, Nez Perce Tribe through the Bureau of Indian 
Affairs, and the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (Applicants) to 
operate the adult fish trap at Lower Granite Dam. The proposed actions 
are intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and 
conservation efforts. It is also intended to facilitate collection of 
broodstock to supply an artificial propagation program designed to 
enhance the propagation and survival of threatened Snake River fall 
chinook salmon.

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 time on June 20, 2005.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be sent to Salmon 
Recovery Division, NMFS, 10095 W. Emerald, Boise, ID 83704. Comments 
may be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail 
comments is LGRtrap.nwr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-
mail comment the following identifier: Comments on trapping at Lower 
Granite Dam. Comments may also be submitted via facsimile (fax) to 
(208) 378-5614.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Herb Pollard, Boise, Idaho, at phone 
number: (208) 378-5614, e-mail: herbert.pollard@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    The following listed species and evolutionarily significant units 
(ESUs) are covered in this notice:
    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened Snake River 
(SR) fall.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened SR.
    Scientific research and enhancement 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 permit.
    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.

Applications Received

Permit 1530

    The Applicants are requesting a 5-year permit to take SR fall 
chinook salmon and SR steelhead during the course of operating an adult 
fish trap at Lower Granite Dam on the Columbia River.
    The proposed action is designed to address two purposes. The 
trapping activity is intended to capture a random sample of Snake River 
fall chinook salmon and collect the necessary biological data and 
observations to statistically generate a ``run reconstruction'', or 
description of composition of the entire fall chinook salmon migration, 
as it passes Lower Granite Dam, according to age, sex, and origin 
(hatchery or natural). The second purpose is to collect additional 
adult fall chinook salmon for broodstock needed to support enhancement 
actions at Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery. 
Incidental to the primary purposes, the program will help managers 
simultaneously monitor several ongoing activities in the basin (e.g., 
natural production of listed species and the operation of the Federal 
Columbia River hydropower system) as well as stray rates and population 
health for the two listed species.
    To achieve its purposes, the project includes four objectives: 
First, to capture SR fall chinook salmon so that they may be used for 
mitigation, compensation, and natural production. Second, to remove 
hatchery-origin fall chinook originating from projects other

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than those in the Snake River Basin so that they do not spawn in the 
Snake River above Lower Granite Dam. Third, to facilitate research 
efforts including the capture of fish to measure the relative 
reproductive success of hatchery fish being used for natural 
supplementation and thereby monitor the success of that program. 
Fourth, to monitor the status of steelhead populations in the Snake 
River basin.
    Fish species will benefit in several ways: by providing broodstock 
for Lyons Ferry Hatchery and Nez Perce Tribal Hatchery, the program 
will continue its efforts in directly increasing the abundance of the 
listed stocks. Removing salmon that stray from other hatchery programs 
will reduce adverse ecological and genetic interactions and preserve 
the listed stock. Information from the captured steelhead is essential 
to monitor the status and productivity of the listed populations, to 
help managers make decisions about how best to operate the hydropower 
system, and to gauge the effectiveness of a number of recovery efforts.
    The fish would be captured at the Lower Granite Dam adult trap. 
Electronic controls direct fish passing through the ladder into a trap 
holding facility for small portions of each day. When not directed into 
the trap, most fish pass the ladder unimpeded. Trapped fish are 
anesthetized, examined, biological samples are taken, and the fish are 
either (1) returned to the ladder to continue their upstream migration 
(all of the steelhead and most of the chinook salmon), (2) selected for 
broodstock (in the case of a portion of the hatchery-origin and 
natural-origin chinook salmon), or (3) removed from the population (all 
hatchery-origin chinook salmon that are identified by tags or marks as 
strays from other hatcheries). Transport to one of the hatchery 
facilities of fish collected for broodstock occurs daily during peak 
run periods. Some natural-origin Snake River fall chinook salmon would 
be collected to integrate into the broodstock. Scale sampling may occur 
on-site prior to transport to the hatcheries. In addition, up to 250 
more scale samples from natural origin fish are needed to provide an 
accurate description of run composition. Once sampled, fish not 
collected for broodstock are allowed to recover in small tanks and then 
returned to the fish ladder to continue their upstream migration.
    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: May 17, 2005.
Phil Williams,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-10129 Filed 5-19-05; 8:45 am]
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