Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White Abalone, 62257-62258 [E8-24921]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 203 / Monday, October 20, 2008 / Notices research/enhancement purposes. The corresponding regulations established procedures for persons to apply for such permits. In addition, the regulations set forth specific reporting requirements for such permit holders. The regulations contain two sets of information collections: (1) Applications for research/enhancement permits, and (2) reporting requirements for permits issued. The required information is used to evaluate the impacts of the proposed activity on endangered species, to make the determinations required by the ESA prior to issuing a permit, and to establish appropriate permit conditions. To issue permits under ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A), the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) must determine that (1) such exceptions were applied for in good faith, (2) if granted and exercised, will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species, and (3) will be consistent with the purposes and policy set forth in Section 2 of the ESA. The currently approved application and reporting requirements are being revised to apply only to Pacific salmon and steelhead, as requirements regarding other species are being addressed in a separate information collection. Clarification of some of the instructions will also be provided, based on previous applicants’ responses and submitted applications and reports. II. Method of Collection Respondents have a choice of either electronic or paper forms. Methods of submittal include e-mail of electronic forms, and mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0402. 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E8–24888 Filed 10–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XK57 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White Abalone National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the availability of a final recovery plan for the white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni). This endangered gastropod is a longlived, slow moving bottom dweller and is a member of the California Haliotids. Currently, isolated survivors have been identified along the mainland coast in Santa Barbara County and at some of the offshore islands and banks along the central California coast. NMFS’ ultimate goal is to increase white abalone abundance to viable and self-sustaining levels such that the species can be downlisted to threatened status and eventually removed from the Endangered Species List. ADDRESSES: The final Plan can be obtained via the Internet at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov or by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213. You may also PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 62257 contact NMFS by e-mail at: whiteabalone.recoveryplan@noaa.gov; by facsimile at: 562–980–4027, Attention: Melissa Neuman. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest Region at 562–980–4115. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Recovery of endangered or threatened animals or plants is a primary goal of the endangered species program. A species is considered recovered once the species’ ecosystem is restored and/or threats to the species are removed so that self-sustaining and self-regulating populations can be supported as persistent members of native biotic communities. Recovery plans describe actions considered necessary for the conservation of the species, establish criteria for downlisting or delisting listed species, and estimate the time and cost for implementing the measures needed for recovery. White abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) was listed as the first federally endangered marine invertebrate under the United States Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA) in May 2001. The ESA requires that NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under its jurisdiction, unless it is determined that such plans would not promote the conservation of the species. Accordingly, during the summer of 2002, NMFS appointed a recovery team comprised of experts in the fields of abalone biology and ecology, conservation biology, genetics, population dynamics and modeling, pathology, aquaculture, and marine policy to develop a recovery plan (Plan) as mandated by the ESA. NMFS sought a scientific review of the draft Plan by 12 experts in October 2005. NMFS requested that the scientific reviewers consider: (1) issues and assumptions relating to the biological and ecological information of the draft Plan, and (2) scientific data relating to the tasks in the proposed recovery program. Four reviewers responded to NMFS’ request. The recovery team reconvened in June 2006 to consider the reviewer’s comments and incorporate changes to the draft Plan accordingly. On November 2, 2006 (71 FR 64512) the draft Plan was made available for public comment. NMFS considered all substantive comments and information presented during the public comment period in the course of finalizing this Plan. We will forward E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 62258 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 203 / Monday, October 20, 2008 / Notices substantive comments regarding recovery plan implementation to appropriate Federal or other entities so that they can take these comments into account during the course of implementing recovery actions. The purposes of the Plan are to: (1) delineate those aspects of white abalone biology, life history, and threats that are pertinent to its endangerment and recovery; (2) outline and justify a strategy to achieve recovery; (3) identify the site-specific management actions necessary to achieve recovery; (4) identify goals and criteria by which to measure the achievement of recovery; (5) serve as an outreach tool by articulating the reasons for white abalone’s endangerment, and by explaining why the particular suite of recovery actions described is the most effective and efficient approach to achieving recovery; (6) help potential cooperators and partners understand the rationale behind the recovery actions identified, and assist them in identifying how they can facilitate recovery; (7) serve as a tool for monitoring recovery activities; and (8) be used to obtain funding for NMFS and its partners by identifying necessary recovery actions and their relative priority in the recovery process. The objective of this Plan is to provide a framework for the recovery of white abalone so that protection under the ESA is no longer necessary. As recovery criteria are met, the status of the white abalone will be reviewed and considered for reclassification to threatened status or for removal from the Federal List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR part 17). The white abalone will be considered for delisting when: (1) the density of emergent (detectable by human observation without substrate disturbance) animals (short term) is greater than 2, 000 per hectare for 75 percent of the geographic localities; (2) a total of 380,000 animals are maintained in the wild, distributed among all geographic localities in the USA and Mexico; (3) the proportion of size of emergent animals in 75 percent of geographic localities includes at least 85 percent intermediate-size animals (90 to 130 mm); (4) proportion of size of emergent animals in 75 percent of geographic localities includes no more than 15 percent large animals (≤130 mm); (5) there is a stable or increasing estimate of geometric population growth (lambda ≥1) for >75 percent of the geographic localities over a ten year period; and (6) there is reoccupation of white abalone over a spatial scale that encompasses their historic range such that 75 percent of the geographic VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:42 Oct 17, 2008 Jkt 217001 localities in the USA and Mexico are reoccupied and meet the recovery criteria. Dated: October 14, 2008. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–24921 Filed 10–17–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration [Docket No. 0810141353–81354–01] Public Telecommunications Facilities Program: Closing Date National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Closing Date for Solicitation of Applications; Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance AGENCY: SUMMARY: Pursuant to the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. Public Law No. 110–329 (2008), the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA), U.S. Department of Commerce, announces the solicitation of applications for planning and construction grants for public telecommunications facilities under the Public Telecommunications Facilities Program (PTFP). The PTFP assists, through matching grants, in the planning and construction of public telecommunications facilities in order to: (1) Extend delivery of services to as many citizens as possible by the most cost-effective means, including use of broadcast and non-broadcast technologies; (2) increase public telecommunications services and facilities available to, operated by, and controlled by minorities and women; and (3) strengthen the capability of existing public television and radio stations to provide public telecommunications services to the public. Applications must be received prior to 5 p.m. Eastern Time (Closing Time), December 18, 2008 (Closing Date). Applications submitted by facsimile are not acceptable. 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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Cooperman, Director, Public Broadcasting Division, telephone: (202) 482–5802; fax: (202) 482–2156. Information about the PTFP can also be obtained electronically via the Internet at http://www.ntia.doc.gov/ptfp. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Electronic Access The full funding opportunity announcement for the PTFP fiscal year (FY) 2009 grant cycle is available through http://www.Grants.gov or by contacting the PTFP office at the address noted above. Funding Availability Issuance of grants is subject to the availability of FY 2009 funds. At this time, the Congress has passed the Consolidated Security, Disaster Assistance, and Continuing Appropriations Act, 2009. Public Law No. 110–329 (2008), to fund operations of the PTFP through March 6, 2009. Further notice will be made in the Federal Register about the final status of funding for this program at the appropriate time. For FY 2008, NTIA awarded $18.5 million in PTFP funds to 109 projects, including 61 radio awards, 45 television awards and 3 nonbroadcast awards. The radio awards ranged from $8,800 to $337,684. The television awards ranged from $10,000 to $801,345. The nonbroadcast awards ranged from $89,853 to $187,931. Statutory and Regulatory Authority The Public Telecommunications Facilities Program is authorized by the Communications Act of 1934, as amended, 47 U.S.C. 390–393, 397– 399(b). The PTFP operates pursuant to rules (1996 Rules) which were published on November 8, 1996 (61 FR 57966). Copies of the 1996 Rules (15 E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 203 (Monday, October 20, 2008)]
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[FR Doc No: E8-24921]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XK57


Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plan for White 
Abalone

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

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the 
availability of a final recovery plan for the white abalone (Haliotis 
sorenseni). This endangered gastropod is a long-lived, slow moving 
bottom dweller and is a member of the California Haliotids. Currently, 
isolated survivors have been identified along the mainland coast in 
Santa Barbara County and at some of the offshore islands and banks 
along the central California coast. NMFS' ultimate goal is to increase 
white abalone abundance to viable and self-sustaining levels such that 
the species can be downlisted to threatened status and eventually 
removed from the Endangered Species List.

ADDRESSES: The final Plan can be obtained via the Internet at: http://
www.nmfs.noaa.gov or by submitting a request to the Assistant Regional 
Administrator, Protected Resources Division, Southwest Region, NMFS, 
501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213. You may 
also contact NMFS by e-mail at: whiteabalone.recoveryplan@noaa.gov; by 
facsimile at: 562-980-4027, Attention: Melissa Neuman.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest Region 
at 562-980-4115.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Recovery of endangered or threatened animals or plants is a primary 
goal of the endangered species program. A species is considered 
recovered once the species' ecosystem is restored and/or threats to the 
species are removed so that self-sustaining and self-regulating 
populations can be supported as persistent members of native biotic 
communities. Recovery plans describe actions considered necessary for 
the conservation of the species, establish criteria for downlisting or 
delisting listed species, and estimate the time and cost for 
implementing the measures needed for recovery.
    White abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) was listed as the first 
federally endangered marine invertebrate under the United States 
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) (ESA) in May 
2001. The ESA requires that NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service 
(NMFS) develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and 
survival of threatened and endangered species under its jurisdiction, 
unless it is determined that such plans would not promote the 
conservation of the species. Accordingly, during the summer of 2002, 
NMFS appointed a recovery team comprised of experts in the fields of 
abalone biology and ecology, conservation biology, genetics, population 
dynamics and modeling, pathology, aquaculture, and marine policy to 
develop a recovery plan (Plan) as mandated by the ESA.
    NMFS sought a scientific review of the draft Plan by 12 experts in 
October 2005. NMFS requested that the scientific reviewers consider: 
(1) issues and assumptions relating to the biological and ecological 
information of the draft Plan, and (2) scientific data relating to the 
tasks in the proposed recovery program. Four reviewers responded to 
NMFS' request. The recovery team reconvened in June 2006 to consider 
the reviewer's comments and incorporate changes to the draft Plan 
accordingly. On November 2, 2006 (71 FR 64512) the draft Plan was made 
available for public comment. NMFS considered all substantive comments 
and information presented during the public comment period in the 
course of finalizing this Plan. We will forward

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substantive comments regarding recovery plan implementation to 
appropriate Federal or other entities so that they can take these 
comments into account during the course of implementing recovery 
actions.
    The purposes of the Plan are to: (1) delineate those aspects of 
white abalone biology, life history, and threats that are pertinent to 
its endangerment and recovery; (2) outline and justify a strategy to 
achieve recovery; (3) identify the site-specific management actions 
necessary to achieve recovery; (4) identify goals and criteria by which 
to measure the achievement of recovery; (5) serve as an outreach tool 
by articulating the reasons for white abalone's endangerment, and by 
explaining why the particular suite of recovery actions described is 
the most effective and efficient approach to achieving recovery; (6) 
help potential cooperators and partners understand the rationale behind 
the recovery actions identified, and assist them in identifying how 
they can facilitate recovery; (7) serve as a tool for monitoring 
recovery activities; and (8) be used to obtain funding for NMFS and its 
partners by identifying necessary recovery actions and their relative 
priority in the recovery process.
    The objective of this Plan is to provide a framework for the 
recovery of white abalone so that protection under the ESA is no longer 
necessary. As recovery criteria are met, the status of the white 
abalone will be reviewed and considered for reclassification to 
threatened status or for removal from the Federal List of Endangered 
and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (50 CFR part 17). The white abalone 
will be considered for delisting when: (1) the density of emergent 
(detectable by human observation without substrate disturbance) animals 
(short term) is greater than 2, 000 per hectare for 75 percent of the 
geographic localities; (2) a total of 380,000 animals are maintained in 
the wild, distributed among all geographic localities in the USA and 
Mexico; (3) the proportion of size of emergent animals in 75 percent of 
geographic localities includes at least 85 percent intermediate-size 
animals (90 to 130 mm); (4) proportion of size of emergent animals in 
75 percent of geographic localities includes no more than 15 percent 
large animals (>130 mm); (5) there is a stable or increasing estimate 
of geometric population growth (lambda [gteqt]1) for >75 percent of the 
geographic localities over a ten year period; and (6) there is 
reoccupation of white abalone over a spatial scale that encompasses 
their historic range such that 75 percent of the geographic localities 
in the USA and Mexico are reoccupied and meet the recovery criteria.

    Dated: October 14, 2008.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-24921 Filed 10-17-08; 8:45 am]
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