Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 35256-35257 [E6-9492]

Download as PDF 35256 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 117 / Monday, June 19, 2006 / Notices identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 061306E] New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a committee meeting. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Joint Herring Oversight Committee and Advisory Panel will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, July 6, 2006, at 9 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring Street, Portland, ME 04101; telephone: (207) 775–2311. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the committee and panel’s agenda are as follows: 1. Review and discuss 2006 Atlantic Herring Transboundary Resources Assessment Committee (TRAC) Assessment results; 2. Review available updated herring fishery information. 3. Develop preliminary recommendations for Atlantic herring specifications for the 2007–09 fishing years: allowable biological catch (ABC), optimum yield (OY), domestic annual harvest (DAH), domestic annual processing (DAP), joint venture processing (JVP), U.S. At-Sea Processing (USAP), Border Transfer (BT), Total Allowable Level of Foreign Fishing (TALFF). 4. Develop options for total allowable catch (TAC) set-asides for research during the 2008 and 2009 fishing years. 5. Develop area-specific TAC options (2007–09) for further analysis by Herring Plan Development Team (PDT). 6. Discuss Amendment 1 submission status and related issues. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jun 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 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 (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: June 14, 2006. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–9558 Filed 6–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S 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): threatened lower Columbia River (LCR), threatened upper Willamette River (UWR), threatened Puget Sound (PS), endangered upper Columbia River (UCR). Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR), threatened Hood Canal (HC). Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened LCR, threatened UWR, threatened UCR, threatened middle Columbia River (MCR). Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened LCR, threatened Southern Oregon Northern California Coasts (SONCC). Authority DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 060606B] 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. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received six 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 July 19, 2006. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be sent to the 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 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 1335 – Modification 4 Permit 1335 currently authorizes the US Forest Service (USFS) to take juvenile UCR Chinook salmon, UWR Chinook salmon, LCR Chinook salmon, PS Chinook salmon, UCR steelhead, UWR steelhead, LCR steelhead, MCR steelhead, CR chum salmon, HC chum salmon, and SONCC coho salmon on Federal lands covered by the Northwest Forest Plan in Oregon and Washington. The USFS is asking to modify their permit so they may be allowed to take LCR coho salmon and newly listed hatchery HC chum salmon, LCR Chinook salmon, UWR Chinook salmon, and SONCC coho salmon. They also wish to extend the permit’s expiration E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 117 / Monday, June 19, 2006 / Notices date to December 31, 2010. The purpose of the research is to assess watershed conditions and limiting factors, and determine watershed health under the Northwest Forest Plan. The activities will benefit listed fish by providing the USFS with information to improve forest management. The USFS proposes to capture (using backpack electrofishing), anesthetize, measure, and release juvenile fish. The USFS does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some may die as an unintentional result of the research activities. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Permit 1564 The University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery Sciences (UW) is requesting a 5–year research permit to take juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The objective of the research is to monitor the success of habitat restoration projects in the Duwamish River estuary the researchers wish to determine if the population characteristics of local Chinook salmon have changed (improved) in response to recent estuarine habitat restoration activities. The habitat restoration work was conducted by the Port of Seattle and monitoring has been going on since 2004 under a separate permit. The UW is now seeking their own permit to continue the study. The habitat restoration projects were designed to improve Chinook salmon rearing and migration habitat, and the research will benefit the fish by helping managers learn the effectiveness of those measures. The fish would be captured using enclosure nets and beach seines. Half of the juvenile Chinook salmon would be counted, checked for external marks and internal coded-wire tags, measured, and released. The other half of the captured fish would also have their stomachs flushed. The UW 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 1565 The National Park Service, Olympic National Park (ONP) is requesting a 5– year research permit to take juvenile LCR Chinook salmon, juvenile PS Chinook salmon, juvenile LCR steelhead, and juvenile LCR coho salmon. The research activities are part of the National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program and would be conducted within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park. The longterm goals for the program are to (1) monitor ecosystem status and trends; (2) help park managers identify alternative management actions, assess trade-offs, and evaluate outcomes; and (3) VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:46 Jun 16, 2006 Jkt 208001 cooperate with other Federal and state agencies and thereby share resources, achieve common goals, and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and expense. The research would benefit the fish by helping improve management actions. The ONP would use snorkeling and backpack electrofishing to assess species presence and abundance. Captured fish would be measured for length and released. The ONP 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 1566 The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) is requesting a 5–year research permit to take juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of this study is to monitor a number of proposed restoration sites along the Puget Sound shoreline from near the Hiram Chittenden Locks north to the town of Everett. The researchers would determine fish presence, gauge individual fish health, and measure chemical contamination. The goal is to establish a pre-restoration baseline of the conditions at each of the proposed restoration sites so the researchers can determine how effective the restoration is. The fish would benefit from ongoing improvement in the restoration efforts. Sediments would be collected from each site and chemically analyzed. The fish would be captured in beach seines, measured, and sampled for individual condition factors and whole body lipid content. Some of the captured fish would be sacrificed during the process, and a few more fish may die as an unintended result of the research. Permit 1567 Ridolfi Inc. is requesting a 5–year research permit to take juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of this study is to monitor habitat restoration sites in Commencement Bay, Washington. Data from the research would be used to measure the success of restoration efforts, identify adaptive management approaches, address monitoring requirements specified by permitting agencies, and serve as an outreach tool for disseminating project information to interested parties. The fish would benefit from ongoing improvement in the restoration actions. The fish would be captured using block nets and beach seines at six restoration sites throughout Commencement Bay and its tributaries. The fish would be collected, identified, checked for marks or coded-wire tags, and measured. Ridolfi does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 35257 may die as an unintended result of the activities. Permit 1568 The NWFSC is requesting a 5–year research permit to take juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of this project is to provide information on the basic life histories, ecology and genetic compositions of wild and hatchery juvenile Chinook salmon in the Snohomish River estuary. The study is designed to (1) characterize the ecology of existing Chinook salmon populations and life history types in the Snohomish River Estuary, and (2) evaluate how effectively habitat protection and restoration actions in the estuary help Chinook salmon populations in the Snohomish River Basin. The information gathered by this research would benefit the fish by helping recovery planning in the Snohomish River estuary and other estuaries of the Puget Sound. The fish would be captured using Fyke nets and beach seines. They would then be anesthetized, measured, and weighed. The fish would also be tissue-sampled and checked for external marks and coded-wire tags. A portion of the captured fish would be sacrificed for full necropsy and a few more may die as an unintended result of the research. 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: June 13, 2006. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–9492 Filed 6–16–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 060706A] Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\19JNN1.SGM 19JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 060606B]


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.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received six 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 July 19, 2006.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be sent to the 
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): threatened lower 
Columbia River (LCR), threatened upper Willamette River (UWR), 
threatened Puget Sound (PS), endangered upper Columbia River (UCR).
    Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened Columbia River (CR), threatened 
Hood Canal (HC).
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened LCR, threatened UWR, threatened 
UCR, threatened middle Columbia River (MCR).
    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened LCR, threatened Southern 
Oregon Northern California Coasts (SONCC).

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 1335 - Modification 4

    Permit 1335 currently authorizes the US Forest Service (USFS) to 
take juvenile UCR Chinook salmon, UWR Chinook salmon, LCR Chinook 
salmon, PS Chinook salmon, UCR steelhead, UWR steelhead, LCR steelhead, 
MCR steelhead, CR chum salmon, HC chum salmon, and SONCC coho salmon on 
Federal lands covered by the Northwest Forest Plan in Oregon and 
Washington. The USFS is asking to modify their permit so they may be 
allowed to take LCR coho salmon and newly listed hatchery HC chum 
salmon, LCR Chinook salmon, UWR Chinook salmon, and SONCC coho salmon. 
They also wish to extend the permit's expiration

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date to December 31, 2010. The purpose of the research is to assess 
watershed conditions and limiting factors, and determine watershed 
health under the Northwest Forest Plan. The activities will benefit 
listed fish by providing the USFS with information to improve forest 
management. The USFS proposes to capture (using backpack 
electrofishing), anesthetize, measure, and release juvenile fish. The 
USFS does not intend to kill any fish being captured but some may die 
as an unintentional result of the research activities.

Permit 1564

    The University of Washington, School of Aquatic and Fishery 
Sciences (UW) is requesting a 5-year research permit to take juvenile 
PS Chinook salmon. The objective of the research is to monitor the 
success of habitat restoration projects in the Duwamish River estuary 
the researchers wish to determine if the population characteristics of 
local Chinook salmon have changed (improved) in response to recent 
estuarine habitat restoration activities. The habitat restoration work 
was conducted by the Port of Seattle and monitoring has been going on 
since 2004 under a separate permit. The UW is now seeking their own 
permit to continue the study. The habitat restoration projects were 
designed to improve Chinook salmon rearing and migration habitat, and 
the research will benefit the fish by helping managers learn the 
effectiveness of those measures. The fish would be captured using 
enclosure nets and beach seines. Half of the juvenile Chinook salmon 
would be counted, checked for external marks and internal coded-wire 
tags, measured, and released. The other half of the captured fish would 
also have their stomachs flushed. The UW 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 1565

    The National Park Service, Olympic National Park (ONP) is 
requesting a 5-year research permit to take juvenile LCR Chinook 
salmon, juvenile PS Chinook salmon, juvenile LCR steelhead, and 
juvenile LCR coho salmon. The research activities are part of the 
National Park Service Inventory and Monitoring Program and would be 
conducted within the boundaries of Mount Rainier National Park. The 
long-term goals for the program are to (1) monitor ecosystem status and 
trends; (2) help park managers identify alternative management actions, 
assess trade-offs, and evaluate outcomes; and (3) cooperate with other 
Federal and state agencies and thereby share resources, achieve common 
goals, and avoid unnecessary duplication of effort and expense. The 
research would benefit the fish by helping improve management actions. 
The ONP would use snorkeling and backpack electrofishing to assess 
species presence and abundance. Captured fish would be measured for 
length and released. The ONP 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 1566

    The Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) is requesting a 5-
year research permit to take juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of 
this study is to monitor a number of proposed restoration sites along 
the Puget Sound shoreline from near the Hiram Chittenden Locks north to 
the town of Everett. The researchers would determine fish presence, 
gauge individual fish health, and measure chemical contamination. The 
goal is to establish a pre-restoration baseline of the conditions at 
each of the proposed restoration sites so the researchers can determine 
how effective the restoration is. The fish would benefit from ongoing 
improvement in the restoration efforts. Sediments would be collected 
from each site and chemically analyzed. The fish would be captured in 
beach seines, measured, and sampled for individual condition factors 
and whole body lipid content. Some of the captured fish would be 
sacrificed during the process, and a few more fish may die as an 
unintended result of the research.

Permit 1567

    Ridolfi Inc. is requesting a 5-year research permit to take 
juvenile PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of this study is to monitor 
habitat restoration sites in Commencement Bay, Washington. Data from 
the research would be used to measure the success of restoration 
efforts, identify adaptive management approaches, address monitoring 
requirements specified by permitting agencies, and serve as an outreach 
tool for disseminating project information to interested parties. The 
fish would benefit from ongoing improvement in the restoration actions. 
The fish would be captured using block nets and beach seines at six 
restoration sites throughout Commencement Bay and its tributaries. The 
fish would be collected, identified, checked for marks or coded-wire 
tags, and measured. Ridolfi 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 1568

    The NWFSC is requesting a 5-year research permit to take juvenile 
PS Chinook salmon. The purpose of this project is to provide 
information on the basic life histories, ecology and genetic 
compositions of wild and hatchery juvenile Chinook salmon in the 
Snohomish River estuary. The study is designed to (1) characterize the 
ecology of existing Chinook salmon populations and life history types 
in the Snohomish River Estuary, and (2) evaluate how effectively 
habitat protection and restoration actions in the estuary help Chinook 
salmon populations in the Snohomish River Basin. The information 
gathered by this research would benefit the fish by helping recovery 
planning in the Snohomish River estuary and other estuaries of the 
Puget Sound. The fish would be captured using Fyke nets and beach 
seines. They would then be anesthetized, measured, and weighed. The 
fish would also be tissue-sampled and checked for external marks and 
coded-wire tags. A portion of the captured fish would be sacrificed for 
full necropsy and a few more may die as an unintended result of the 
research.
    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: June 13, 2006.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-9492 Filed 6-16-06; 8:45 am]
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