Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of a Status Review under the Endangered Species Act for the Atlantic White Marlin, 76638-76639 [06-9812]

Download as PDF 76638 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Notices in–quota rate of duty to submit such information in writing to the Assistant Secretary for Import Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20230. This determination and notice are in accordance with section 702(a) of the Act. Dated: December 12, 2006. David M. Spooner, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. APPENDIX SUBSIDY PROGRAMS ON CHEESE SUBJECT TO AN IN–QUOTA RATE OF DUTY Country Gross1 Subsidy ($/lb) Program(s) 25 European Union Member States3 ............ Canada .......................................................... Norway ........................................................... ........................................................................ ........................................................................ Switzerland .................................................... European Union Restitution Payments Export Assistance on Certain Types of Cheese Indirect (Milk) Subsidy Consumer Subsidy Total Deficiency Payments Net2 Subsidy ($/lb) $ 0.00 $ 0.00 $ 0.31 $ 0.31 $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 0.00 1 Defined in 19 U.S.C. 1677(5). in 19 U.S.C. 1677(6). 3 The 25 member states of the European Union are: Austria, Belgium, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. 2 Defined [FR Doc. E6–21883 Filed 12–20–06; 8:45 am] Billing Code: 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 121506B] Endangered Species; File No. 1420–01 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. Doug Peterson (Permit Holder and Principal Investigator), Warnell School of Forest Resources (Fisheries Division), University of Georgia, Athens, GA 30602 (File No. 1420–01) has been issued a modified permit to conduct scientific research on shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum). ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)713–0376; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824– 5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Brandy Hutnak, (301)713–2289. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Dec 20, 2006 Jkt 211001 On November 10, 2005, notice was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 68398) that a request for a scientific research permit to take shortnose sturgeon had been submitted by Dr. Doug Peterson. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). Dr. Peterson is authorized to conduct a study of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River, Georgia, to collect information on the status of the population of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River and Estuary. The goals and methods employed in the modification will be consistent with the original permit and provide critical data on stock status, life history, and survival rates as well as to identify specific habitat requirements of the various life stages of shortnose sturgeon in the Altamaha River. In his initial application, Dr. Peterson’s request for an annual take of 200 adults and juvenile shortnose sturgeon was based on previous studies that suggested the Altamaha River population contained less than 1,000 total individuals. After 2 years of study, Dr. Peterson made two revised estimates supporting 5,000 and 6,320 individuals respectively in the Altamaha River. Therefore, to obtain a more meaningful population estimate with a reasonable confidence interval, Dr. Peterson is authorized to increase the number of shortnose to be marked and released annually to 1,000, an increase of 800 SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sturgeon. Additionally, 12 adult shortnose sturgeon annually (from the 1000 per year above) are permitted in the take for sex ratio determination by laparoscopic methods and for performing blood work. The remaining adult and juvenile fish (up to 30 total) scheduled to receive an internal radiosonic tracking transmitter, are also authorized to be examined laparoscopically for sex ratio verification. Lastly, the annual incidental lethal take of adult or juvenile sturgeon is increased from 0 to 2 animals. Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species which is the subject of this permit, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: December 18, 2006. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–21861 Filed 12–21–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 245 / Thursday, December 21, 2006 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 121506A] Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of a Status Review under the Endangered Species Act for the Atlantic White Marlin National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of initiation of a status review under the Endangered Species Act (ESA); request for information. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce the initiation of a status review for the Atlantic white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus), and we solicit information on the status of and threats to the species. DATES: Information regarding the status of and threats to the Atlantic white marlin must be received by February 20, 2007. ADDRESSES: You may submit information on the Atlantic white marlin by any one of the following methods: • Fax: 727–824–5309, Attention: Dr. Stephania Bolden • Mail: Information on paper, disk or CD-ROM should be addressed to the Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701 • E-mail: whitemarlin.info@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line the following identifier: white marlin review FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Stephania Bolden, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office (727) 824–5312, or Ms. Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (301) 713–1401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: sroberts on PROD1PC70 with NOTICES Background We conducted a status review of the Atlantic white marlin under the ESA and published a 12-month determination that listing was not warranted (67 FR 57204; September 9, 2002). As a result of subsequent litigation and a settlement agreement with the Center for Biological Diversity, we agreed to initiate a status review following the 2006 stock assessment by the International Commission for the Conservation of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); the 2006 ICCAT white marlin stock assessment can be found at www.iccat.int. Atlantic white marlin are billfish (Family: Istiophoridae) found throughout tropical and temperate VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:01 Dec 20, 2006 Jkt 211001 waters of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. White marlin, along with other billfish and tunas, are managed internationally by the member nations of the ICCAT. At this time we announce commencement of a new status review for the Atlantic white marlin, and request information regarding the status of and threats to the species, pursuant to the terms of the aforementioned settlement agreement. Request for Information To support this status review, we are soliciting information relevant to the status of and threats to the species, including, but not limited to, information on the following topics: (1) historical and current abundance and distribution of the species and congeners throughout the species range; (2) potential factors for the species’ decline throughout the species range; (3) rates of capture and release of the species from both recreational and commercial fisheries; (4) post-release mortality; (5) life history information (size/age at maturity, growth rates, fecundity, reproductive rate/success, etc.); (6) morphological and molecular information to assist in determining taxonomy of this species and congeners; (7) threats to the species, particularly: (a) present or threatened destruction, modification, or curtailment of habitat or range; (b) over-utilization for commercial, recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; (c) disease or predation, (d) inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, or (e) other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence; and (8) any ongoing conservation efforts for the species. See DATES and ADDRESSES for guidance on and deadlines for submitting information. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: December 18, 2006. Donna Wieting, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 06–9812 Filed 12–18–06; 2:45 pm] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare an Environmental Impact Statement/ Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for the Southern California Range Complex (including the San Clemente Island Range Complex) and To Announce Public Scoping Meetings AGENCY: PO 00000 Department of the Navy, DoD. Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 ACTION: 76639 Notice. SUMMARY: Pursuant to Section 102(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, as implemented by the Council on Environmental Quality regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and Presidential Executive Order 12114 (Environmental Effects Abroad of Major Federal Actions), the Department of the Navy (DON) announces its intent to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS)/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (OEIS) to evaluate the potential environmental effects associated with conducting naval readiness activities in the Southern California (SOCAL) Range Complex (to include the San Clemente Island (SCI) Range Complex). DON proposes to support current, emerging, and future military activities in the SOCAL and SCI Range Complexes as necessary to achieve and sustain Fleet readiness, including military training; research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) of systems, weapons, and platforms; and investment in range resources and range infrastructure, all in furtherance of our statutory obligations under Title 10 of the United States Code governing the roles and responsibilities of the DON. On August 17, 1999, DON initiated the NEPA process for an EIS/OEIS evaluating the impacts of DON activities at the SCI Range Complex by publishing a Notice of Intent in the Federal Register (64 FR 44716–44717). DON has determined that it is appropriate to include within the scope of the SOCAL Range Complex EIS/OEIS the previously announced environmental analysis of military activities on the SCI Range. Therefore, this Notice of Intent supersedes and withdraws the August 17, 1999, notice of the DON’s intent to prepare an EIS/OEIS for the SCI Range Complex. Dates and Addresses: Three public scoping meetings will be held to receive oral and written comments on environmental concerns that should be addressed in the EIS/OEIS. Public scoping meetings will be held on the following dates, at the times and locations specified: 1. Wednesday, January 29, 2007, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Cabrillo Marine Aquarium Library, 3720 Stephen M. White Drive, San Pedro, CA. 2. Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 6 p.m.– 8 p.m., Oceanside Civic Center Library, 330 North Coast Highway, Oceanside, CA. 3. Wednesday, January 31, 2007, 6 p.m.–8 p.m., Coronado Public Library, 640 Orange Avenue, Coronado, CA. E:\FR\FM\21DEN1.SGM 21DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 121506A]


Endangered and Threatened Species; Initiation of a Status Review 
under the Endangered Species Act for the Atlantic White Marlin

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

ACTION: Notice of initiation of a status review under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA); request for information.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce the initiation of a status review for the 
Atlantic white marlin (Tetrapturus albidus), and we solicit information 
on the status of and threats to the species.

DATES: Information regarding the status of and threats to the Atlantic 
white marlin must be received by February 20, 2007.

ADDRESSES: You may submit information on the Atlantic white marlin by 
any one of the following methods:
     Fax: 727-824-5309, Attention: Dr. Stephania Bolden
     Mail: Information on paper, disk or CD-ROM should be 
addressed to the Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected 
Resources, NMFS Southeast Regional Office, 263 13\th\ Avenue South, St. 
Petersburg, FL 33701
     E-mail: whitemarlin.info@noaa.gov. Include in the subject 
line the following identifier: white marlin review

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Stephania Bolden, NMFS, Southeast 
Regional Office (727) 824-5312, or Ms. Marta Nammack, NMFS, Office of 
Protected Resources (301) 713-1401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    We conducted a status review of the Atlantic white marlin under the 
ESA and published a 12-month determination that listing was not 
warranted (67 FR 57204; September 9, 2002). As a result of subsequent 
litigation and a settlement agreement with the Center for Biological 
Diversity, we agreed to initiate a status review following the 2006 
stock assessment by the International Commission for the Conservation 
of Atlantic Tunas (ICCAT); the 2006 ICCAT white marlin stock assessment 
can be found at www.iccat.int. Atlantic white marlin are billfish 
(Family: Istiophoridae) found throughout tropical and temperate waters 
of the Atlantic Ocean and adjacent seas. White marlin, along with other 
billfish and tunas, are managed internationally by the member nations 
of the ICCAT. At this time we announce commencement of a new status 
review for the Atlantic white marlin, and request information regarding 
the status of and threats to the species, pursuant to the terms of the 
aforementioned settlement agreement.

Request for Information

    To support this status review, we are soliciting information 
relevant to the status of and threats to the species, including, but 
not limited to, information on the following topics: (1) historical and 
current abundance and distribution of the species and congeners 
throughout the species range; (2) potential factors for the species' 
decline throughout the species range; (3) rates of capture and release 
of the species from both recreational and commercial fisheries; (4) 
post-release mortality; (5) life history information (size/age at 
maturity, growth rates, fecundity, reproductive rate/success, etc.); 
(6) morphological and molecular information to assist in determining 
taxonomy of this species and congeners; (7) threats to the species, 
particularly: (a) present or threatened destruction, modification, or 
curtailment of habitat or range; (b) over-utilization for commercial, 
recreational, scientific, or educational purposes; (c) disease or 
predation, (d) inadequacy of existing regulatory mechanisms, or (e) 
other natural or manmade factors affecting its continued existence; and 
(8) any ongoing conservation efforts for the species. See DATES and 
ADDRESSES for guidance on and deadlines for submitting information.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: December 18, 2006.
Donna Wieting,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 06-9812 Filed 12-18-06; 2:45 pm]
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