Notice of Availability of Draft Stock Assessment Reports, 40299-40300 [E8-15995]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 135 / Monday, July 14, 2008 / Notices Iron Ore Benchmark Calculation used to measure the adequacy of remuneration of Tata’s purchases of Coal and Iron Ore under the Captive Mining Rights Program. Comment 29: Whether the Department Should Make Adjustments for the Benchmark Prices of Tata Steel’s Iron Ore and Coal costs on an equivalent basis. Comment 30: Whether the TPS Conferred Benefits upon Tata during the POR. Comment 31: Whether the SDF Constitutes a Financial Contribution. Comment 32: Calculation of the Benefit to Tata under the EPCGS. Comment 33: Whether The Department Should Revise The Manner In Which It Conducted The ‘‘0.5’’ Percent Test When Calculating The Benefit Attributable To Tata Under The EPCGS. Comment 34: Attribution of Subsidies Received under the EPCGS. Comment 35: The Use of Long-Term Prime Lending Rates as Benchmarks. Comment 36: Whether The Department Should Countervail Tata’s Sales Of DFRC Licenses An Untied Subsidy. JSW Comment 37: Whether the Department Unlawfully Used AFA Rate for JSW. Comment 38: Whether Assistance Under The 1993 KIP Is Countervailable. Comment 39: Whether JSW Purchased High Grade Iron Ore for Less Than Adequate Remuneration. Comment 40: Whether Loan Guarantees from the GOI Are Countervailable. Comment 41: Whether JSW Has Captive Mining Rights. Comment 42: Whether the EPCGS Is Countervailable. Comment 43: Whether DEPS Is Countervailable. [FR Doc. E8–15966 Filed 7–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Background RIN 0648–XI43 Notice of Availability of Draft Stock Assessment Reports National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new information. NMFS solicits public comments on draft 2008 SARs. DATES: Comments must be received by October 14, 2008. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Jul 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 The 2008 draft stock assessment reports are available in electronic form via the Internet at https:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/. Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Robyn Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115–0070. Copies of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Regional SARs may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543. Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037–1508. Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3226, Attn: Stock Assessments. Comments may also be sent via facsimile (fax) to 301–427–2526 or via email to mmsar.2008@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Eagle, Office of Protected Resources, 301–713–2322, ext. 105, e-mail Tom.Eagle@noaa.gov; Robyn Angliss 206- 526–4032, e-mail Robyn.Angliss@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock assessments; Gordon Waring, 508–495–2311, e-mail Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov, regarding Atlantic regional stock assessments; or Jim Carretta, 858–546–7171, e-mail Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding Pacific regional stock assessments. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Section 117 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) requires NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) to prepare stock assessments for each stock of marine mammals occurring in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States. These reports must contain information regarding the distribution and abundance of the stock, population growth rates and trends, estimates of annual human-caused mortality and serious injury from all sources, descriptions of the fisheries with which the stock interacts, and the status of the stock. Initial reports were completed in 1995. The MMPA requires NMFS and FWS to review the SARs at least annually for strategic stocks and stocks for which significant new information is available, and at least once every 3 years for nonstrategic stocks. NMFS and the FWS are PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 40299 required to revise a SAR if the status of the stock has changed or can be more accurately determined. NMFS, in conjunction with the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific Scientific Review Groups (SRGs), reviewed the status of marine mammal stocks as required and revised reports in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions to incorporate new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2008 SARs. Alaska Reports Nineteen reports (15 strategic stocks and four non-strategic stocks) were revised, and 13 reports were not revised. Most revisions included updates of abundance and mortality estimates and did not indicate a change in status of the affected stocks. The Potential Biological Removal (PBR) levels for the following stocks are proposed to be changed to ‘‘undetermined’’ because the abundance estimates are based on data that are more than 8 years old: beluga, Beaufort Sea; beluga, E. Chukchi Sea; harbor porpoise, Gulf of Alaska; harbor porpoise, Bering Sea; harbor porpoise, Southeast Alaska; humpback whale, western North Pacific; humpback whale, central North Pacific. A ‘‘Habitat Concerns’’ section was added or substantially updated for all beluga whale stocks with the exception of the Cook Inlet stock, for all harbor porpoise stocks, and for gray whales. As ice-associated species, beluga whales (inhabiting the Bering Seas and farther northward) and gray whales may be vulnerable to loss of sea ice; however, there is insufficient supporting information to predict the types and magnitudes of impacts to these species at this time. As inhabitants of nearshore areas, harbor porpoise may be vulnerable to habitat modifications accompanying urban or industrial development; accordingly, increased development could have localized effects on harbor porpoise abundance or distribution. The gray whale report was updated to incorporate findings from a recent paper that used genetics data to estimate the historical abundance of gray whales in the Pacific Ocean. Atlantic Reports Forty-three reports (11 strategic and 32 non-strategic) were revised in the Atlantic region, including all reports for marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Fifteen reports were not revised. Most updates were minor and did not change the status of the affected stocks. NMFS revised the status of beaked whales from strategic to non-strategic due to the absence of observed fishery bycatch in recent years and the lack of confirmed serious injuries or mortalities due to E:\FR\FM\14JYN1.SGM 14JYN1 40300 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 135 / Monday, July 14, 2008 / Notices acoustic trauma as recommended by the SRG. A new report was added this year for the Western North Atlantic stock of rough-toothed dolphins, which is a nonstrategic stock. Extensive revision was made to the report on the Atlantic coastal stocks of bottlenose dolphins. The revisions incorporate new information on structure and migratory pattern, which indicate a second (southern) migratory stock that inhabits waters off the coast of NC and VA in summer and migrates to areas off the coasts of SC to northern FL during winter. The revised report excludes dolphins inhabiting bays, sounds, and estuaries from the coasts and does not contain stock-specific mortality estimates. A separate report for the bay, sound, estuary stocks and stock-specific mortality estimates are expected to appear in revisions for 2009. pwalker on PROD1PC71 with NOTICES Pacific Reports Revisions for 2008 include 27 Pacific marine mammal stocks under NMFS jurisdiction, including nine ‘‘strategic’’ stocks and 18 ‘‘non-strategic’’ stocks (see summary table). Thirty-seven reports were not revised. New abundance estimates are available for 20 stocks, including five endangered species of large whales, the Hawaiian monk seal, and southern resident killer whales. False killer whales in the Hawaii Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) have been divided into two separate stocks based upon recent sighting and genetic data indicating that false killer whales within 25–75 nmi of the main Hawaiian Islands are demographically independent of false killer whales further offshore. Accordingly, the 2008 draft SAR recognizes Hawaii pelagic and Hawaii insular stocks within the Hawaii EEZ. As included since the 2007 final SAR, there is a third stock of false killer whales found in the EEZ surrounding Palmyra Atoll. The Hawaii pelagic stock is a strategic stock, and the other two stocks are non-strategic. The status of one U.S. west coast cetacean stock (’California long-beaked common dolphin’) has changed from ‘‘strategic’’ to ‘‘non-strategic’’, based on new estimates of abundance, a revised PBR, and updates of incidental fishery mortality levels. A SAR for the Eastern Tropical Pacific stock of Bryde’s whale will no longer be prepared, as recommended by the Pacific SRG, because whales of this stock rarely enter U.S. waters; however, the SAR for the Hawaiian stock of Bryde’s whales will be retained in the 2008 and subsequent reports. VerDate Aug<31>2005 17:08 Jul 11, 2008 Jkt 214001 Dated: July 8, 2008. Helen M. Golde, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–15995 Filed 7–11–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No. 080612761–8762–01] Draft of the Education Strategic Plan for NOAA: Engaging Educators, Students and the Public To Meet NOAA’s Mission Goals Education Council, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comment. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is revising its Education Strategic Plan (Plan). NOAA recently received broad legislative authority from Congress through the America COMPETES Act to develop, support, promote, and coordinate education activities to enhance public awareness and understanding of the ocean, coastal, Great Lakes, and atmospheric science. The draft Plan establishes goals for NOAA education for the next twenty years as specified by the America COMPETES Act. 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The Administrator, appropriate National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration programs, ocean atmospheric science and education experts, and interested members of the public shall develop a science education plan setting forth education goals and strategies for the Administration, as well as programmatic actions to carry out such goals and priorities over the next 20 years, and evaluate and update such plan every 5 years.’’ In support of these priorities, the legislation provides a mandate for the entire NOAA community to advance education efforts, focus them, coordinate them, and engage a broad community of partners in creating an environmentally literate society and a skilled workforce of scientists, managers and administrators in support of a sustainable economic future. NOAA is revising its Education Strategic Plan as specified in the America COMPETES Act. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XI43


Notice of Availability of Draft Stock Assessment Reports

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

ACTION:  Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY:  NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional 
marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the 
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). SARs for marine mammals in the 
Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new 
information. NMFS solicits public comments on draft 2008 SARs.

DATES:  Comments must be received by October 14, 2008.

ADDRESSES:  The 2008 draft stock assessment reports are available in 
electronic form via the Internet at https://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/.
    Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Robyn 
Angliss, Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE 
BIN 15700, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.
    Copies of the Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Regional SARs may be 
requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 
Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.
    Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim 
Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores 
Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.
    Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief, Marine 
Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments. Comments may 
also be sent via facsimile (fax) to 301-427-2526 or via email to 
mmsar.2008@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Tom Eagle, Office of Protected 
Resources, 301-713-2322, ext. 105, e-mail Tom.Eagle@noaa.gov; Robyn 
Angliss 206- 526-4032, e-mail Robyn.Angliss@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska 
regional stock assessments; Gordon Waring, 508-495-2311, e-mail 
Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov, regarding Atlantic regional stock assessments; 
or Jim Carretta, 858-546-7171, e-mail Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding 
Pacific regional stock assessments.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 117 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) (16 U.S.C. 
1361 et seq.) requires NMFS and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service 
(FWS) to prepare stock assessments for each stock of marine mammals 
occurring in waters under the jurisdiction of the United States. These 
reports must contain information regarding the distribution and 
abundance of the stock, population growth rates and trends, estimates 
of annual human-caused mortality and serious injury from all sources, 
descriptions of the fisheries with which the stock interacts, and the 
status of the stock. Initial reports were completed in 1995.
    The MMPA requires NMFS and FWS to review the SARs at least annually 
for strategic stocks and stocks for which significant new information 
is available, and at least once every 3 years for non-strategic stocks. 
NMFS and the FWS are required to revise a SAR if the status of the 
stock has changed or can be more accurately determined. NMFS, in 
conjunction with the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific Scientific Review 
Groups (SRGs), reviewed the status of marine mammal stocks as required 
and revised reports in the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regions to 
incorporate new information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 
2008 SARs.

Alaska Reports

    Nineteen reports (15 strategic stocks and four non-strategic 
stocks) were revised, and 13 reports were not revised. Most revisions 
included updates of abundance and mortality estimates and did not 
indicate a change in status of the affected stocks. The Potential 
Biological Removal (PBR) levels for the following stocks are proposed 
to be changed to ``undetermined'' because the abundance estimates are 
based on data that are more than 8 years old: beluga, Beaufort Sea; 
beluga, E. Chukchi Sea; harbor porpoise, Gulf of Alaska; harbor 
porpoise, Bering Sea; harbor porpoise, Southeast Alaska; humpback 
whale, western North Pacific; humpback whale, central North Pacific.
    A ``Habitat Concerns'' section was added or substantially updated 
for all beluga whale stocks with the exception of the Cook Inlet stock, 
for all harbor porpoise stocks, and for gray whales. As ice-associated 
species, beluga whales (inhabiting the Bering Seas and farther 
northward) and gray whales may be vulnerable to loss of sea ice; 
however, there is insufficient supporting information to predict the 
types and magnitudes of impacts to these species at this time. As 
inhabitants of nearshore areas, harbor porpoise may be vulnerable to 
habitat modifications accompanying urban or industrial development; 
accordingly, increased development could have localized effects on 
harbor porpoise abundance or distribution. The gray whale report was 
updated to incorporate findings from a recent paper that used genetics 
data to estimate the historical abundance of gray whales in the Pacific 
Ocean.

Atlantic Reports

    Forty-three reports (11 strategic and 32 non-strategic) were 
revised in the Atlantic region, including all reports for marine 
mammals in the Gulf of Mexico. Fifteen reports were not revised. Most 
updates were minor and did not change the status of the affected 
stocks. NMFS revised the status of beaked whales from strategic to non-
strategic due to the absence of observed fishery bycatch in recent 
years and the lack of confirmed serious injuries or mortalities due to

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acoustic trauma as recommended by the SRG. A new report was added this 
year for the Western North Atlantic stock of rough-toothed dolphins, 
which is a non-strategic stock.
    Extensive revision was made to the report on the Atlantic coastal 
stocks of bottlenose dolphins. The revisions incorporate new 
information on structure and migratory pattern, which indicate a second 
(southern) migratory stock that inhabits waters off the coast of NC and 
VA in summer and migrates to areas off the coasts of SC to northern FL 
during winter. The revised report excludes dolphins inhabiting bays, 
sounds, and estuaries from the coasts and does not contain stock-
specific mortality estimates. A separate report for the bay, sound, 
estuary stocks and stock-specific mortality estimates are expected to 
appear in revisions for 2009.

Pacific Reports

    Revisions for 2008 include 27 Pacific marine mammal stocks under 
NMFS jurisdiction, including nine ``strategic'' stocks and 18 ``non-
strategic'' stocks (see summary table). Thirty-seven reports were not 
revised. New abundance estimates are available for 20 stocks, including 
five endangered species of large whales, the Hawaiian monk seal, and 
southern resident killer whales.
    False killer whales in the Hawaii Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) 
have been divided into two separate stocks based upon recent sighting 
and genetic data indicating that false killer whales within 25-75 nmi 
of the main Hawaiian Islands are demographically independent of false 
killer whales further offshore. Accordingly, the 2008 draft SAR 
recognizes Hawaii pelagic and Hawaii insular stocks within the Hawaii 
EEZ. As included since the 2007 final SAR, there is a third stock of 
false killer whales found in the EEZ surrounding Palmyra Atoll. The 
Hawaii pelagic stock is a strategic stock, and the other two stocks are 
non-strategic.
    The status of one U.S. west coast cetacean stock ('California long-
beaked common dolphin') has changed from ``strategic'' to ``non-
strategic'', based on new estimates of abundance, a revised PBR, and 
updates of incidental fishery mortality levels. A SAR for the Eastern 
Tropical Pacific stock of Bryde's whale will no longer be prepared, as 
recommended by the Pacific SRG, because whales of this stock rarely 
enter U.S. waters; however, the SAR for the Hawaiian stock of Bryde's 
whales will be retained in the 2008 and subsequent reports.

    Dated: July 8, 2008.
Helen M. Golde,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-15995 Filed 7-11-08; 8:45 am]
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