Endangered and Threatened Species; Proposed Endangered Status for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon; Proposed Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon, 62459-62460 [E8-25076]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 21, 2008 / Proposed Rules Furthermore, to the extent that nonFederal entities are indirectly impacted because they receive Federal assistance or participate in a voluntary Federal aid program, the Unfunded Mandates Reform Act would not apply; nor would critical habitat shift the costs of the large entitlement programs listed above on to State governments. (b) We do not believe that this rule would significantly or uniquely affect small governments. The draft economic analysis discusses potential impacts of critical habitat designation for the Canada lynx on timber management, recreation, land development, mining, oil and gas development, and the development of management plans. The analysis estimates costs of the rule to be $2.11 million at present value over a 20year period ($142,000 annualized) assuming a 3 percent discount rate, and $1.49 million ($141,000 annualized) assuming a 7 percent discount rate. Most of the impacts are expected to affect Federal agencies through administrative costs associated with consultations under section 7 of the Act. Impacts on small governments are not anticipated, or they are anticipated to be passed through to consumers. The SBA does not consider the Federal Government to be a small governmental jurisdiction or entity. Consequently, we do not believe that the designation of critical habitat for the Canada lynx will significantly or uniquely affect small government entities. As such, a Small Government Agency Plan is not required. Executive Order 12630: Takings In accordance with E.O. 12630 (‘‘Government Actions and Interference with Constitutionally Protected Private Property Rights’’), we have analyzed the potential takings implications of proposing revised critical habitat for the Canada lynx in a takings implications assessment. The takings implications assessment concludes that this proposed designation of critical habitat for lynx does not pose significant takings implications. rmajette on PRODPC74 with PROPOSALS Authors The primary authors of this notice are the staff members of the Division of Endangered Species, Mountain-Prairie Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:03 Oct 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 Dated: October 9, 2008. Mitchell Butler, Acting Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks. [FR Doc. E8–24827 Filed 10–20–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310–55–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Parts 224 and 226 RIN 0648–XJ93; RIN 0648–AW77 Endangered and Threatened Species; Proposed Endangered Status for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon; Proposed Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of two public hearings; notice of extension of public comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We (NMFS) will hold two public hearings in Maine in November 2008 for the purposes of answering questions on the proposal to list the Gulf of Maine (GOM) Atlantic salmon distinct population segment (DPS) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA) and the NMFS proposal to designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon. NMFS also extends the public comment period for the proposed critical habitat designation. DATES: The hearings will be held on November 5, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Augusta, ME, and on November 6, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Brewer, ME. Informational sessions will be held prior to each hearing from 6 to 7 p.m. NMFS extends the due date for public comments on the proposal to designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon by 30 days, from November 4, 2008, to December 5, 2008. Comments must be received by December 2, 2008, for the proposed rule to list the GOM DPS as endangered under the ESA and December 5, 2008, for the proposal to designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS. ADDRESSES: The November 5, 2008, hearing will be held at the Augusta Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME, and the November 6, 2008, hearing will be held at Jeff’s Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, ME. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 62459 You may submit comments, identified by the RIN 0648–XJ93 (proposed listing rule) or RIN 0648–AW77 (proposal to designate critical habitat), by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http:// www.regulations.gov. • Mail: Assistant Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930 • Fax: For proposed listing decision fax comments to the attention of Jessica Pruden at (978) 281–9394; for proposal to designate critical habitat fax comments to the attention of Dan Kircheis at (207) 866–7342. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. We will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. The proposed rule and status review report are also available electronically at the NMFS website at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/ protlres/altsalmon/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the proposal to list the GOM DPS as endangered, Rory Saunders, NMFS, at (207) 866–4049; or Jessica Pruden, NMFS, at (978) 281–9300 ext. 6532. For the proposal to designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS, Dan Kircheis, NMFS, at (207) 866–7320. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On September 3, 2008, we published a proposed rule (73 FR 51415) to list an expanded GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. On September 5, 2008, NMFS published a proposed rule (73 51747) to designate critical habitat for this expanded GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon. We stated that we would hold public hearings on these proposals. NMFS will accept oral comment regarding the proposed listing decision and critical habitat designation for the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon at two public hearings. E:\FR\FM\21OCP1.SGM 21OCP1 62460 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 204 / Tuesday, October 21, 2008 / Proposed Rules Special Accommodations These hearings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Jessica Pruden at (978) 281–9300 ext 6532 at least 7 working days prior to the hearing date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: October 16, 2008. Helen Golde, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–25076 Filed 10–20–08; 8:45 am] rmajette on PRODPC74 with PROPOSALS BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Aug<31>2005 14:03 Oct 20, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 E:\FR\FM\21OCP1.SGM 21OCP1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 204 (Tuesday, October 21, 2008)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 62459-62460]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-25076]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Parts 224 and 226

RIN 0648-XJ93; RIN 0648-AW77


Endangered and Threatened Species; Proposed Endangered Status for 
the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population Segment of Atlantic Salmon; 
Proposed Critical Habitat for the Gulf of Maine Distinct Population 
Segment of Atlantic Salmon

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

ACTION:  Notice of two public hearings; notice of extension of public 
comment period.

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SUMMARY:  We (NMFS) will hold two public hearings in Maine in November 
2008 for the purposes of answering questions on the proposal to list 
the Gulf of Maine (GOM) Atlantic salmon distinct population segment 
(DPS) as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (ESA) and the NMFS proposal to designate critical habitat for 
the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon. NMFS also extends the public comment 
period for the proposed critical habitat designation.

DATES:  The hearings will be held on November 5, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. 
in Augusta, ME, and on November 6, 2008, from 7 to 9 p.m. in Brewer, 
ME. Informational sessions will be held prior to each hearing from 6 to 
7 p.m.
    NMFS extends the due date for public comments on the proposal to 
designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon by 30 
days, from November 4, 2008, to December 5, 2008. Comments must be 
received by December 2, 2008, for the proposed rule to list the GOM DPS 
as endangered under the ESA and December 5, 2008, for the proposal to 
designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS.

ADDRESSES:  The November 5, 2008, hearing will be held at the Augusta 
Civic Center, 76 Community Dr., Augusta, ME, and the November 6, 2008, 
hearing will be held at Jeff's Catering, 15 Littlefield Way, Brewer, 
ME.
    You may submit comments, identified by the RIN 0648-XJ93 (proposed 
listing rule) or RIN 0648-AW77 (proposal to designate critical 
habitat), by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.
     Mail: Assistant Regional Administrator, NMFS, Northeast 
Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, One Blackburn Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930
     Fax: For proposed listing decision fax comments to the 
attention of Jessica Pruden at (978) 281-9394; for proposal to 
designate critical habitat fax comments to the attention of Dan 
Kircheis at (207) 866-7342.
    Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record 
and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without 
change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, 
address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit Confidential Business Information or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information. We will accept anonymous 
comments (enter N/A in the required fields, if you wish to remain 
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. The 
proposed rule and status review report are also available 
electronically at the NMFS website at http://www.nero.noaa.gov/prot_
res/altsalmon/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For the proposal to list the GOM DPS 
as endangered, Rory Saunders, NMFS, at (207) 866-4049; or Jessica 
Pruden, NMFS, at (978) 281-9300 ext. 6532. For the proposal to 
designate critical habitat for the GOM DPS, Dan Kircheis, NMFS, at 
(207) 866-7320.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On September 3, 2008, we published a proposed rule (73 FR 51415) to 
list an expanded GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon as endangered under the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA), as amended. On September 5, 2008, 
NMFS published a proposed rule (73 51747) to designate critical habitat 
for this expanded GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon. We stated that we would 
hold public hearings on these proposals. NMFS will accept oral comment 
regarding the proposed listing decision and critical habitat 
designation for the GOM DPS of Atlantic salmon at two public hearings.

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Special Accommodations

    These hearings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Jessica Pruden at (978) 281-9300 
ext 6532 at least 7 working days prior to the hearing date.

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

    Dated: October 16, 2008.
Helen Golde,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-25076 Filed 10-20-08; 8:45 am]
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