Announcement of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Revised Management Plan, 51576-51577 [E6-14430]

Download as PDF 51576 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce is announcing a thirty day public comment period on the Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revision which will begin on the day this announcement is published. Comments should be sent within the comment period in hard copy or e-mail to Patricia Delgado at Patricia.Delgado@noaa.gov or NOAA’s Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 EastWest Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The Elkhorn Slough National Estuarine Research Reserve was designated in 1979 pursuant to Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1461. The Reserve has been operating under a management plan approved in 1985. Pursuant to 15 CFR 921.33(c), a state must revise its management plan every five years. The submission of this plan fulfills this requirement and sets a course for successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the reserve. This plan is a significant revision of the original management plan developed for the Reserve. For the revision, the Reserve used a collaborative approach, which focused on integrating the Reserve’s programs in order to better achieve conservation success. The plan describes the Reserve’s long-term conservation goals and details the process involved in identifying those goals. It also maps out the objectives and strategies that the Reserve will use over the next five years in order to move toward accomplishing its goals. The plan also provides an overview of the Reserve’s research and monitoring, education, stewardship, coastal training, volunteer, and administration programs and describes the Reserve’s plan for public access, acquisition, and facilities. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Patricia Delgado at (301) 563–1147 or Kate Barba at (301) 563–1182 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. For copies of the Delaware Management Plan revision, visit http://www.elkhornslough.org/. Dated: August 24, 2006. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 06–7263 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–M VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to evaluate. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Oregon Coastal Management Program. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluation will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR Part 923, Subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of a Coastal Management Program requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. The evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the date of the site visit for the listed evaluation, and the date, local time, and location of the public meeting during the site visit. Date and Time: The Oregon Coastal Management Program evaluation site visit will be held October 2–6, 2006. One public meeting will be held during the week. The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 4, 2006, at 7:30 p.m. at the City of Newport Public Library, 35 NW Nye Street, Newport, Oregon. Copies of a state’s most recent performance reports, as well as OCRM’s evaluation notification and supplemental information request letters to the state, are available upon request from OCRM. Written comments from interested parties regarding this Program are encouraged and will be accepted until 15 days after the public meeting. Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Chief, National Policy PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 and Evaluation Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, NOS/NOAA, 1305 EastWest Highway, 10th Floor, N/ORM7, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. When the evaluation is completed, OCRM will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. 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. Dated: August 24, 2006. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419, Coastal Zone Management Program Administration. [FR Doc. E6–14366 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Announcement of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Revised Management Plan Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Approval and Availability of the Final Revised Management Plan for the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce has approved the revised management plan for the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve). The Reserve was designated in 1988 pursuant to Section 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1461 and has been operating under the management plan approved in 2000. Pursuant to 15 CFR Section 921.33(c), a state must revise its management plan every five years. The submission of this plan fulfills this requirement and sets a course for E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 30, 2006 / Notices successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the Reserve. The mission of the Reserve management plan is to improve the stewardship of the region’s estuarine and coastal watershed ecosystems. The management plan identifies the following priority issues facing the Reserve: Water quality/eutrophication/ watershed land-use; climate change/sea level rise/shoreline change; and assessment of ecosystem response to natural variability and human impacts. The management plan identifies five goals that are addressed through active management. The goals are (l) improve the understanding of coastal ecosystems and the human influences on them, (2) improve environmental literacy in communities to enable environmentallysustainable decision-making, (3) demonstrate sustainable stewardship of the land and water ecosystems within the Reserve to serve as a model for community stewardship in the region, (4) foster dialogue and development of coastal ecosystem management solutions through sustained community engagement, (5) improve operations, infrastructure and stature of the Reserve. The Reserve’s management plan addresses these goals with specific programs for resource management and protection and stewardship, research and monitoring, education and training, public access and visitor use, program administration, and partnerships and regional coordination. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Grimm at (301) 563–7101 or Kate Barba, Acting Chief, Estuarine Reserves Division at (301) 563–1158 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: August 25, 2006. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E6–14430 Filed 8–29–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a two-day Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in October 2006. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of HMS. The AP meeting will be held from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2006, and from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesday, October 4, 2006. DATES: The meetings will be held at the Hilton Mark Center, 5000 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA, 22311; phone: 703–845–1010 ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at 301– 713–2347. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided for the establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any Fishery Management Plan (FMP). NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. The AP has previously consulted with NMFS on: the HMS FMP (April 1999), Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003), Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999), and the Consolidated Atlantic HMS FMP in February 2006. The October 2006 AP meeting will focus on conservation and management options for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. 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 Othel Freeman or Chris Rilling at (301) 713–2347, at least 7 days prior to the meeting. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES [I.D. 081406A] Authority: 16 U.S.C. 971 et seq. and 1801 et seq. Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of Consolidated Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel Dated: August 24, 2006. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–7262 Filed 8–25–06; 2:36 pm] National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:39 Aug 29, 2006 Jkt 208001 BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51577 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 082506B] New England Fishery Management Council (NEFMC); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a 3-day Council meeting to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 26 beginning at 9 a.m., and Wednesday and Thursday, September 27 and 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m., each day. The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, One Newbury Street, Peabody, MA 01960; telephone: (978)535–4600.Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465–0492. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Tuesday, September 26, 2006 Following introductions, the Council will hold elections for 2006–07 officers. A series of brief reports will follow from the Council Chairman and Executive Director, the NOAA Northeast Regional Administrator, Northeast Fisheries Science Center and Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council liaisons, NOAA General Counsel and representatives of the U.S. Coast Guard, NOAA Enforcement, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, the Scallop Survey Advisory Panel and the Northeast Multispecies Capacity Reduction Committee. During this morning session, the Council also will receive a report from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center on recent oceanographic variability in the Gulf of Maine and Georges Bank regions and the implications for fisheries. The Council will then review and approve the following for inclusion in phase I of the NEFMC’s Essential Fish Habitat Omnibus Amendment: essential fish habitat designation alternatives for red crab and Atlantic salmon; alternatives for habitat areas of particular concern E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 168 (Wednesday, August 30, 2006)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51576-51577]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E6-14430]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Announcement of Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve 
Revised Management Plan

AGENCY: Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal 
Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Approval and Availability of the Final Revised 
Management Plan for the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research 
Reserve.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, 
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. 
Department of Commerce has approved the revised management plan for the 
Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve (Reserve).
    The Reserve was designated in 1988 pursuant to Section 315 of the 
Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended, 16 U.S.C. 1461 and has 
been operating under the management plan approved in 2000. Pursuant to 
15 CFR Section 921.33(c), a state must revise its management plan every 
five years. The submission of this plan fulfills this requirement and 
sets a course for

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successful implementation of the goals and objectives of the Reserve.
    The mission of the Reserve management plan is to improve the 
stewardship of the region's estuarine and coastal watershed ecosystems. 
The management plan identifies the following priority issues facing the 
Reserve: Water quality/eutrophication/watershed land-use; climate 
change/sea level rise/shoreline change; and assessment of ecosystem 
response to natural variability and human impacts.
    The management plan identifies five goals that are addressed 
through active management. The goals are (l) improve the understanding 
of coastal ecosystems and the human influences on them, (2) improve 
environmental literacy in communities to enable environmentally-
sustainable decision-making, (3) demonstrate sustainable stewardship of 
the land and water ecosystems within the Reserve to serve as a model 
for community stewardship in the region, (4) foster dialogue and 
development of coastal ecosystem management solutions through sustained 
community engagement, (5) improve operations, infrastructure and 
stature of the Reserve.
    The Reserve's management plan addresses these goals with specific 
programs for resource management and protection and stewardship, 
research and monitoring, education and training, public access and 
visitor use, program administration, and partnerships and regional 
coordination.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Doris Grimm at (301) 563-7101 or Kate 
Barba, Acting Chief, Estuarine Reserves Division at (301) 563-1158 of 
NOAA's National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-
West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Dated: August 25, 2006.
David M. Kennedy,
Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
 [FR Doc. E6-14430 Filed 8-29-06; 8:45 am]
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