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Download as PDF rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 8844 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 21, 2006 / Notices The Michigan Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held May 8–12, 2006. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2006, at 7 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College, Great Lakes Campus, Great Lakes Water Studies Institute, Room 112, 715 East Front Street, Traverse City, Michigan. The Virginia Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held May 15–19, 2006. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Monday, February 14, 2006, at 4 p.m. at the Department of Environmental Quality, First Floor Conference Room, 629 East Main Street, Richmond, Virginia. The Indiana Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held May 30–June 2, 2006. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 31, 2006, at 6 p.m. at the Westchester Public Library Service Center, 100 West Indiana Avenue, Chesterton, Indiana. Copies of states’ most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM’s evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the states, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding these Programs are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the public meeting held for a Program. Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluations are completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Notice is hereby given of the availability of the final evaluation findings for the South Carolina and Maine Coastal Management Programs (CMPs) and the Wells (Maine) National Estuarine Research Reserve (NERR). Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), as amended, require a continuing review of the performance of coastal states with respect to approval of CMPs and the operation and management of NERRs. The states of South Carolina and Maine were found to be implementing and enforcing their federally approved coastal management programs, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:48 Feb 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 CZMA section 303(2)(A)–(K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. The Wells (Maine) NERR was found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the NERR System. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be obtained upon written request from: Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 10th Floor, N/ ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 EastWest Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 563–7118. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419, Coastal Zone Management Program Administration. Dated: February 10, 2006. Eldon Hout, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. [FR Doc. E6–2421 Filed 2–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 021406A] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Applications for two scientific research permits and one permit modification. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received three scientific research permit application requests 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 applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on March 23, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be sent to Protected PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Resources Division, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232–1274. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503–230–5441 or by email to resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garth Griffin, Portland, OR (ph.: 503– 231–2005, Fax: 503–230–5441, e-mail: Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov). Permit application instructions are available from the address above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice The following listed species are covered in this notice: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): endangered upper Columbia River (UCR); threatened lower Columbia River (LCR); threatened upper Willamette River (UWR). Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR). Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened middle Columbia River (MCR); threatened UCR; threatened UWR; threatened LCR. Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened LCR. 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). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Applications Received Permit 1559 The Oregon State University (OSU) is asking for a 3–year research permit to take adult and juvenile UCR Chinook salmon, UCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, UWR Chinook salmon, and UWR steelhead in randomly-selected river systems in Oregon and Washington. The research was previously approved under Permit 1156; it is designed to help managers assess the condition of rivers and streams in the 12 conterminous E:\FR\FM\21FEN1.SGM 21FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 34 / Tuesday, February 21, 2006 / Notices western states and evaluate and develop scientifically and statistically rigorous field protocols for assessing large (unwadeable) rivers. The study would benefit listed salmonids by providing baseline information about water quality in the study areas and helping managers enforce the Clean Water Act in those river systems where listed fish are present. The OSU proposes to capture fish (using raft-mounted electrofishing equipment), sample them for biological information, and release them. The researchers will seek to avoid adult salmonids, but some may be handled as an unintentional result of the sampling. Moreover, OSU does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some juvenile fish may die as an unintentional result of the research activities. rmajette on PROD1PC67 with NOTICES1 Permit 1560 The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is asking for a 3–year research permit to take adult and juvenile MCR steelhead, LCR Chinook salmon, LCR coho salmon, and CR chum salmon in the White Salmon River, Washington a tributary to the lower Columbia River. The objectives of the research are to: (1) Determine fish assemblage composition and fish use in the lower White Salmon River; (2) assess salmonid growth and survival as indices of productivity; (3) contribute to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service efforts to characterize life history, genetics, and health of Chinook stocks that currently use the lower White Salmon River; and (4) coordinate with ongoing sampling efforts associated with dam removal projects in the Elwha River system (Olympic Peninsula, Washington). The study would benefit listed salmonids by providing information on the effects dam removal may have on important fish species such as Chinook, coho, steelhead, Pacific lamprey, bull trout, and sea-run cutthroat trout. The U.S. Geodetic Survey (USGS) proposes to conduct snorkel surveys instead of capturing fish whenever possible, but they will also capture fish using backpack electrofishing equipment and traps and anesthetize, measure, weigh and inspect them for external diseases. Researchers would clip the fins of some captured fish in order to collect genetic tissues and gauge trapping efficiency. The researchers will seek to avoid adult salmonids, but some may be handled as an unintentional result of the sampling. Moreover, the USGS does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some juvenile fish may die as an unintentional result of the research activities. VerDate Aug<31>2005 13:48 Feb 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 Permit 1336 – Modification 1 Permit 1336 currently authorizes the Port Blakely Farms (PBF) to take juvenile UWR Chinook salmon, LCR Chinook salmon, UWR steelhead and LCR steelhead in headwater streams in western Oregon and Washington. They are asking to modify their permit so they may be allowed to take LCR coho salmon; they also wish to extend the permit’s expiration date to December 31, 2010. The purpose of the research is to evaluate factors limiting fish distribution and water quality in streams owned by PBF. The research would benefit listed salmonids by producing data to be used in conserving and restoring critical habitat. The PBF proposes to capture (using backpack electrofishing and dipnetting), handle, and release juvenile fish. The PBF does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some may die as an unintentional result of the research 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 14, 2006. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–2404 Filed 2–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 021506C] New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Habitat/Marine Protected Area (MPA)/ Ecosystem Advisory Panel in March, 2006 to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8845 economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 7, 2006 at 10 a.m. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Radisson Hotel Plymouth Harbor, 180 Water Street, Plymouth, MA 02360; telephone: (508) 747–4900; fax: (508) 746–5386. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. ADDRESSES: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Advisory Panel will review the draft Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) designation management alternatives for inclusion in the EFH Omnibus Amendment 2. In addition the panel will be briefed on the EFH Omnibus Amendment 2 Habitat Area of Particular Concern (HAPC) proposals; review and continued work on the Advisory Panel gear description document; discussion of a potential gear description workshop and any other topics that may be covered at the panel’s discretion. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: February 15, 2006. Tracey L. 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. 021406A]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Applications for two scientific research permits and one permit 
modification.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received three scientific 
research permit application requests 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 applications 
must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see 
ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on March 23, 
2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be sent to 
Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, 
Portland, OR 97232-1274. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503-230-
5441 or by e-mail to resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garth Griffin, Portland, OR (ph.: 503-
231-2005, Fax: 503-230-5441, e-mail: Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov). Permit 
application instructions are available from the address above.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    The following listed species are covered in this notice:
    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): endangered upper 
Columbia River (UCR); threatened lower Columbia River (LCR); threatened 
upper Willamette River (UWR).
    Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR).
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened middle Columbia River (MCR); 
threatened UCR; threatened UWR; threatened LCR.
    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened LCR.

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). Such hearings are held at the 
discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS.

Applications Received

Permit 1559

    The Oregon State University (OSU) is asking for a 3-year research 
permit to take adult and juvenile UCR Chinook salmon, UCR steelhead, 
MCR steelhead, UWR Chinook salmon, and UWR steelhead in randomly-
selected river systems in Oregon and Washington. The research was 
previously approved under Permit 1156; it is designed to help managers 
assess the condition of rivers and streams in the 12 conterminous

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western states and evaluate and develop scientifically and 
statistically rigorous field protocols for assessing large (unwadeable) 
rivers. The study would benefit listed salmonids by providing baseline 
information about water quality in the study areas and helping managers 
enforce the Clean Water Act in those river systems where listed fish 
are present. The OSU proposes to capture fish (using raft-mounted 
electrofishing equipment), sample them for biological information, and 
release them. The researchers will seek to avoid adult salmonids, but 
some may be handled as an unintentional result of the sampling. 
Moreover, OSU does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some 
juvenile fish may die as an unintentional result of the research 
activities.

Permit 1560

    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) is asking for a 3-year research 
permit to take adult and juvenile MCR steelhead, LCR Chinook salmon, 
LCR coho salmon, and CR chum salmon in the White Salmon River, 
Washington a tributary to the lower Columbia River. The objectives of 
the research are to: (1) Determine fish assemblage composition and fish 
use in the lower White Salmon River; (2) assess salmonid growth and 
survival as indices of productivity; (3) contribute to U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service efforts to characterize life history, genetics, and 
health of Chinook stocks that currently use the lower White Salmon 
River; and (4) coordinate with ongoing sampling efforts associated with 
dam removal projects in the Elwha River system (Olympic Peninsula, 
Washington). The study would benefit listed salmonids by providing 
information on the effects dam removal may have on important fish 
species such as Chinook, coho, steelhead, Pacific lamprey, bull trout, 
and sea-run cutthroat trout. The U.S. Geodetic Survey (USGS) proposes 
to conduct snorkel surveys instead of capturing fish whenever possible, 
but they will also capture fish using backpack electrofishing equipment 
and traps and anesthetize, measure, weigh and inspect them for external 
diseases. Researchers would clip the fins of some captured fish in 
order to collect genetic tissues and gauge trapping efficiency. The 
researchers will seek to avoid adult salmonids, but some may be handled 
as an unintentional result of the sampling. Moreover, the USGS does not 
intend to kill any fish being captured but some juvenile fish may die 
as an unintentional result of the research activities.

Permit 1336 - Modification 1

    Permit 1336 currently authorizes the Port Blakely Farms (PBF) to 
take juvenile UWR Chinook salmon, LCR Chinook salmon, UWR steelhead and 
LCR steelhead in headwater streams in western Oregon and Washington. 
They are asking to modify their permit so they may be allowed to take 
LCR coho salmon; they also wish to extend the permit's expiration date 
to December 31, 2010. The purpose of the research is to evaluate 
factors limiting fish distribution and water quality in streams owned 
by PBF. The research would benefit listed salmonids by producing data 
to be used in conserving and restoring critical habitat. The PBF 
proposes to capture (using backpack electrofishing and dipnetting), 
handle, and release juvenile fish. The PBF does not intend to kill any 
fish being captured but some may die as an unintentional result of the 
research 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 14, 2006.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-2404 Filed 2-17-06; 8:45 am]
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