Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, Public Meeting, 17957-17958 [E8-6703]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG81 Marine Mammals; File No. 1121–1900 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NOAA Fisheries Office of Science and Technology (Principal Investigator: Dr. Brandon Southall), Silver Spring, MD, has requested an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 1121– 1900. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before May 2, 2008. ADDRESSES: The amendment request and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): 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)427–2521; http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ review.htm; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824–5309. Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this request should be submitted to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular amendment request would be appropriate. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)427–2521, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: File No. 1121–1900. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Adams or Jolie Harrison, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 1121– rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Apr 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 1900 is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222– 226). Permit No. 1121–1900, issued on August 13, 2007 (72 FR 46312), authorizes the permit holder to attach scientific instruments (digital archival recording tags) temporarily via suction cup to, photograph for identification, and expose to controlled levels of natural and anthropogenic underwater sounds, including signals simulating mid-frequency sonar, a variety of cetaceans in the Tongue of the Ocean (east of Andros Island, Bahamas). Whales are monitored visually and through passive acoustic monitoring (via an underwater hydrophone array), as well as through data from the tags, for responses to the sounds. Sloughed skin samples collected from the detached suction cup may be imported into the U.S. for analysis. The objective of the research is to collect underpinning data to evaluate the risk of mid-frequency sonars to beaked whales and other toothed whales by making direct measurements of behavioral responses to sound exposure. The permit is due to expire on January 1, 2009. The permit holder requests authorization to extend the duration of the permit for three years beyond the original expiration date to allow for three additional field seasons, permit an increase in the number of marine mammals that may be harassed annually, and allow playbacks directed at small cetacean species not targeted previously (though previously permitted for indirect exposure to the playbacks). The amendment would not change the location of the research, the species of marine mammals that may be affected, or the level of take (level B harassment) permitted. The primary purpose of the proposed amendment is to allow additional field work and validation studies following the preliminary study conducted under the permit issued in 2007. Please refer to Table 1 of the supplemental environmental assessment (EA) for a list of species and comparison of take numbers currently authorized versus proposed for the amendment. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a draft supplemental EA has been prepared to examine whether significant PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17957 environmental impacts could result from issuance of the proposed amendment to the scientific research permit. The draft supplemental EA is available for review and comment simultaneous with the scientific research permit amendment application. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: March 27, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–6838 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, Public Meeting National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC. DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and Thursday, April 24, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the web page listed below for the most-up-to-date meeting agenda. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Hilton Hotel, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone 301–713–3100 x136, Fax: 301–713–3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee, composed of external, knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1 17958 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 64 / Wednesday, April 2, 2008 / Notices Executive Order 13158 on MPAs. The meeting will be open to public participation from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, and from 8:05 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2008. In general, each individual group will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. If members of the public wish to submit written statements, they should be submitted to the Designated Federal Official by April 18, 2008. MATTERS TO BE CONSIDERED: The Committee will be receiving a new charge from the Department of Commerce and organized members into Subcommittees to begin addressing this charge. The Committee also will be discussing the revised draft MPA Framework, and developing and finalizing recommendations related to enforcement and compliance. The Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at http:// www.mpa.gov. Dated: March 20, 2008. David M. Kennedy, Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management. [FR Doc. E8–6703 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–M CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review, Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (hereinafter the ‘‘Corporation’’), has submitted a public information collection request (ICR) entitled Annual Grantee Progress Report to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Pub. L. 104–13, (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Copies of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Corporation for National and Community Service, Ms. Amy Borgstrom at (202) 606–6930. Individuals who use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TTY-TDD) may call (202) 565–2799 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. eastern time, Monday through Friday. ADDRESSES: Comments may be submitted, identified by the title of the information collection activity, to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs, Attn: Ms. Katherine Astrich, VerDate Aug<31>2005 15:36 Apr 01, 2008 Jkt 214001 OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service, by any of the following two methods within 30 days from the date of publication in this Federal Register: (1) By fax to: (202) 395–6974, Attention: Ms. Katherine Astrich, OMB Desk Officer for the Corporation for National and Community Service; and (2) Electronically by e-mail to: Katherine_T._Astrich@omb.eop.gov. The OMB is particularly interested in comments which: • Evaluate whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Corporation, including whether the information will have practical utility; • Evaluate the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed collection of information, including the validity of the methodology and assumptions used; • Propose ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and • Propose ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on those who are to respond, including through the use of appropriate automated, electronic, mechanical, or other technological collection techniques or other forms of information technology, e.g., permitting electronic submissions of responses. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Average Time per Response: 8 hours. Estimated Total Burden Hours: 1232 hours. Total Burden Cost (capital/startup): None. Total Burden Cost (operating/ maintenance): None. Dated: March 26, 2008. Kristin McSwain, Director, AmeriCorps State and National. [FR Doc. E8–6847 Filed 4–1–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6050–$$–P CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (hereinafter the ‘‘Corporation’’), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, conducts a preclearance consultation program to provide the general public and federal agencies with an opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing collections of information in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA95) (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). This program helps to ensure that requested data can be provided in the desired format, Comments reporting burden (time and financial A 60-day public comment Notice was resources) is minimized, collection instruments are clearly understood, and published in the Federal Register on the impact of collection requirement on Tuesday, January 8, 2008. This comment period ended March 10, 2008. respondents can be properly assessed. Currently, the Corporation is No public comments were received from soliciting comments concerning this Notice. application instructions designed to be Description: The Corporation is seeking approval of the attached Annual used for Learn and Serve America grant competitions and continuation funding Grantee Progress Report which will be requests. The application is completed used by grantees of the Corporation’s electronically using eGrants, the AmeriCorps State and National in their Corporation’s web-based grants annual reporting. The Annual Grantee management system. Progress Report will provide Applicants will respond to the information for Corporation staff to questions included in these instructions monitor grantee progress, and to in order to apply for funding in these respond to requests from Congress and Learn and Serve America competitions. other stakeholders. Copies of the information collection Type of Review: New Information request can be obtained by contacting Collection. Agency: Corporation for National and the office listed in the ADDRESSES section of this notice. Community Service. Title: Annual Grantee Progress Report. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office OMB Number: None. listed in the ADDRESSES section by June Agency Number: None. 2, 2008. Affected Public: Grantees of AmeriCorps State and National ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, programs. identified by the title of the information Total Respondents: 154. collection activity, by any of the Frequency: Annually. following methods: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 64 (Wednesday, April 2, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 17957-17958]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-6703]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee, Public Meeting

AGENCY: National Ocean Service, NOAA, Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected 
Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in Washington, DC.

DATES: The meeting will be held Tuesday, April 22, 2008 from 8:30 a.m. 
to 5 p.m., Wednesday, April 23, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., and 
Thursday, April 24, 2008, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. These times and the 
agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the web 
page listed below for the most-up-to-date meeting agenda.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at The Hilton Hotel, 8727 
Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lauren Wenzel, Designated Federal 
Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 1305 East 
West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone 301-713-3100 x136, 
Fax: 301-713-3110); e-mail: lauren.wenzel@noaa.gov; or visit the 
National MPA Center Web site at http://www.mpa.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Committee, composed of external, 
knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by 
the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries 
of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of

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Executive Order 13158 on MPAs. The meeting will be open to public 
participation from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22, 2008, and 
from 8:05 a.m. to 9 a.m. on Thursday, April 24, 2008. In general, each 
individual group will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. 
If members of the public wish to submit written statements, they should 
be submitted to the Designated Federal Official by April 18, 2008.

Matters to be Considered: The Committee will be receiving a new charge 
from the Department of Commerce and organized members into 
Subcommittees to begin addressing this charge. The Committee also will 
be discussing the revised draft MPA Framework, and developing and 
finalizing recommendations related to enforcement and compliance. The 
Agenda is subject to change, and the latest version will be posted at 
http://www.mpa.gov.

    Dated: March 20, 2008.
David M. Kennedy,
Director, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management.
 [FR Doc. E8-6703 Filed 4-1-08; 8:45 am]
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