Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in Southeast Asia, March-July 2009, 2995-2996 [E9-981]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 11 / Friday, January 16, 2009 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service RIN 0648–XI12 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans; Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), Interior. ACTION: Notice of availability. SUMMARY: We, NMFS and USFWS, announce the availability of the revised Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle (Caretta caretta). The revised recovery plan includes specific recovery objectives and criteria to be met in order to delist this species under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act). ADDRESSES: The Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle is available on the Internet at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/recovery/ plans.htm#turtles or http:// www.fws.gov/northflorida. Copies also may be obtained by contacting NMFS Office of Protected Resources, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13657, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (telephone 301–713– 1401) or USFWS North Florida Field Office, 7915 Baymeadows Way, Suite 200, Jacksonville, FL 32256 (telephone 904–731–3336). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barbara Schroeder (ph. 301–713–1401, fax 301–713–0376, e-mail barbara.schroeder@noaa.gov) or Sandy MacPherson (ph. 904–731–3328, fax 904–731–3045, e-mail sandylmacpherson@fws.gov). The Endangered Species Act of 1973 (15 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that NMFS and USFWS develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under their jurisdiction, unless it is determined that such plans would not promote the conservation of the species. Section 4(f) of the Act requires us to provide a public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment during recovery plan development. We made the draft mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:02 Jan 15, 2009 Jkt 217001 revision of the Recovery Plan for the Northwest Atlantic Population of the Loggerhead Sea Turtle available for public comment from May 30, 2008, through July 29, 2008 (73 FR 31066, May 30, 2008). We considered information we received during the public comment period and information from peer reviewers in our preparation of this final revised recovery plan. The plan discusses the natural history, current status, and the known and potential threats to the loggerhead turtle in the Northwest Atlantic. The plan lays out a recovery strategy to address the potential threats based on the best available science and includes recovery goals and criteria. The plan is not a regulatory action, but presents guidance for use by agencies and interested parties to assist in the recovery of loggerhead turtles. The plan identifies substantive actions needed to achieve recovery by addressing the threats to the species. Recovery of loggerhead turtles in the Northwest Atlantic is a long-term effort and will require cooperation and coordination of Federal, state, and local government agencies, and the community, as well as international cooperation. Dated: January 9, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Dated: January 6, 2009. Jeffrey M. Flemming, Acting Regional Director, Southeast Region, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E9–982 Filed 1–15–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODES 3510–22–S, 4310–55–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XL89 Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; Marine Geophysical Survey in Southeast Asia, March–July 2009 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental take authorization; extension of comment period. SUMMARY: On December 22, 2008, the NMFS announced notice of its proposed issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO), a part of Columbia University, to take small PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 2995 numbers of marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in Southeast Asia during March-July 2009. Written comments were due by January 21, 2009. Under the unique circumstances of the timing of the publication of the Federal Register notice relative to several Federal holidays, NMFS has decided to extend the public comment period by 15 days, to February 5, 2009. DATES: The public comment period for this action has been extended from January 21 to February 5, 2009. Written comments and information must be received no later than February 5, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.0648–XL89@noaa.gov. Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed 10– megabyte file size. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Goldstein, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 301–713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 22, 2008 (73 FR 78294), the NMFS announced notice of its proposed issuance of an Incidental harassment Authorization (IHA) to L-DEO, a part of Columbia University, to take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in Southeast Asia during March-July 2009. Under the unique circumstances of the timing of the publication of the Federal Register notice relative to several Federal holidays, NMFS had decided to extend the public comment period by 15 days, to February 5, 2009. The Federal Register notice published three days before the Christmas holiday, which fell on Thursday, December 25, 2008. The following day, Friday, December, 26, 2008 was declared a Federal holiday for executive branch departments and agencies. New Year’s Day, a Federal holiday, was the following Thursday, January 1, 2009. In recognition of the fact that the timing of these three holidays led many workers to be away for much of the two-week period and some non-government organizations closed their offices during that period, NMFS’ public comment period for this proposed action is hereby extended to February 5, 2009. NMFS is also aware that the proposed action is for a new geographical area rather than a renewal of a prior action, where the associated E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1 2996 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 11 / Friday, January 16, 2009 / Notices the current crab EDR forms. For further information on the Crab Rationalization Program, please visit the NMFS Alaska Region website at http:// www.alaskafisheries.noaa.gov. This workshop is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations should be directed to Brian GarberYonts (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) at least 5 working days before the workshop date. Dated: January 12, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–981 Filed 1–15–09; 8:45 am] Dated: January 13, 2009. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–921 Filed 1–15–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM73 RIN 0648–XM70 National Marine Fisheries Service; Public Meeting North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public workshop. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES documents are lengthy and would likely not be familiar to many interested parties. Finally, NMFS does not anticipate that the comment period extension will delay its decision of whether to issue an IHA. Background information concerning the proposed IHA can be found in the Federal Register notice and is not repeated here. For additional information about the IHA application and associated EA, please visit the website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ pr/permits/incidental.htm AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: NMFS will hold a workshop for participants that are required to submit an Economic Data Report for the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Crab Rationalization Program. DATES: The workshop will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009, from 1:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. ADDRESSES: The workshop will be held at the Pacific Seafood Processors Association office, 1900 W. Emerson Place, ι205, Seattle, WA 98119. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brian Garber-Yonts; (206) 526-6301 or brian.garber-yonts@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands (BSAI) Crab Rationalization Program requires any owner or leaseholder of a vessel or processing plant that harvested or processed crab in certain BSAI fisheries to submit an Economic Data Report (EDR) for the previous calendar year. NMFS staff will hold a workshop with BSAI crab industry members to review current crab EDR data documentation and data quality findings. Workshop participants will also discuss the development of best practices guidelines for completing crab EDR forms and discuss possible revisions to SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will hold public meetings. VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:02 Jan 15, 2009 Jkt 217001 Special Accommodations DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, February 2 through Tuesday, February 10, 2009. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. The meetings will be held at the Renaissance Hotel, 515 Madison Street, Seattle, WA. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Witherell, Council staff, telephone: (907) 271–2809. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will begin its plenary session at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 4 continuing through Tuesday, February 10, 2009. The Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will begin at 8 a.m., Monday, February 2 and continue through Friday, February 6. The Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on Monday, February 2 and continue through Wednesday, February ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4, 2009. The Ecosystem Committee will meet Tuesday, February 3, from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. The Enforcement Committee will meet Tuesday, February 3, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the. The Comprehensive Data Collection Committee may also meet this week at the hotel, time TBA. All meetings are open to the public, except executive sessions. Council Plenary Session: The agenda for the Council’s plenary session will include the following issues. The Council may take appropriate action on any of the issues identified. 1. Reports Executive Director’s Report NMFS Management Report NMFS Enforcement Report Alaska Department of Fish & Game Report U.S. Coast Guard Report U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Report International Pacific Halibut Commission Report Protected Species Report (update on schedule of Steller Sea Lion (SSL) draft Status Quo Biological Opinion (BiOp) and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS); Bering Sea and Aleutian Island (BSAI) Pacific cod split. 2. American Fisheries Act (AFA) Cooperative reports: Receive reports from BSAI Pollock cooperatives. 3. Arctic Fishery Management Plan (FMP): Final action to adopt FMP for the Arctic region. 4. Salmon Bycatch: Review InterCooperative Agreement (ICA) incentive proposals and Bycatch Committee Report. 5. Amendment 80: Initial review of analysis for Amendment 80 Cooperative Formation. 6. BSAI Fixed Gear: Initial review of BSAI fixed gear parallel fisheries analysis. 7. Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Sideboards: Discussion paper on GOA Sideboards for AFA catcher vessels; Initial review of GOA Pacific cod sideboards for crab vessels. 8. BSAI Crab Issues: Initial review BSAI Crab Regional Delivery Relief; Receive Committee report; Receive proposed workplan and timeline for crab analysis/discussion papers for changes to the program, and action as necessary; Receive progress report on Crab Economic Data Report (EDR) surveys. 9. Marine Protection Act Nomination Process: Review NMFS letter and discuss next steps (T). 10. Halibut/Sablefish Issues: Review/ Rescind previous action to remove inactive Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) shares; Review halibut catch sharing plan discussion papers (SSC only): (i) E:\FR\FM\16JAN1.SGM 16JAN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 11 (Friday, January 16, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 2995-2996]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-981]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XL89


Incidental Takes of Marine Mammals During Specified Activities; 
Marine Geophysical Survey in Southeast Asia, March-July 2009

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

ACTION:  Notice; proposed incidental take authorization; extension of 
comment period.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY:  On December 22, 2008, the NMFS announced notice of its 
proposed issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to 
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO), a part of Columbia 
University, to take small numbers of marine mammals, by harassment 
incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in Southeast Asia 
during March-July 2009. Written comments were due by January 21, 2009. 
Under the unique circumstances of the timing of the publication of the 
Federal Register notice relative to several Federal holidays, NMFS has 
decided to extend the public comment period by 15 days, to February 5, 
2009.

DATES: The public comment period for this action has been extended from 
January 21 to February 5, 2009. Written comments and information must 
be received no later than February 5, 2009.

ADDRESSES:  Comments on the application should be addressed to P. 
Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, 
Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 
East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225. The 
mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.0648-XL89@noaa.gov. 
Comments sent via email, including all attachments, must not exceed 10-
megabyte file size.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Howard Goldstein, Office of Protected 
Resources, NMFS, 301-713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 22, 2008 (73 FR 78294), the NMFS 
announced notice of its proposed issuance of an Incidental harassment 
Authorization (IHA) to L-DEO, a part of Columbia University, to take 
small numbers of marine mammals by harassment incidental to conducting 
a marine seismic survey in Southeast Asia during March-July 2009. Under 
the unique circumstances of the timing of the publication of the 
Federal Register notice relative to several Federal holidays, NMFS had 
decided to extend the public comment period by 15 days, to February 5, 
2009. The Federal Register notice published three days before the 
Christmas holiday, which fell on Thursday, December 25, 2008. The 
following day, Friday, December, 26, 2008 was declared a Federal 
holiday for executive branch departments and agencies. New Year's Day, 
a Federal holiday, was the following Thursday, January 1, 2009. In 
recognition of the fact that the timing of these three holidays led 
many workers to be away for much of the two-week period and some non-
government organizations closed their offices during that period, NMFS' 
public comment period for this proposed action is hereby extended to 
February 5, 2009. NMFS is also aware that the proposed action is for a 
new geographical area rather than a renewal of a prior action, where 
the associated

[[Page 2996]]

documents are lengthy and would likely not be familiar to many 
interested parties. Finally, NMFS does not anticipate that the comment 
period extension will delay its decision of whether to issue an IHA.
    Background information concerning the proposed IHA can be found in 
the Federal Register notice and is not repeated here. For additional 
information about the IHA application and associated EA, please visit 
the website at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm

    Dated: January 12, 2009.
James H. Lecky,
Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-981 Filed 1-15-09; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-S