Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 6576-6577 [E9-2652]

Download as PDF 6576 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 10, 2009 / Notices Dated: February 4, 2009. Patrick Gallagher, Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E9–2759 Filed 2–9–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Economic Surveys for U.S. Commercial Fisheries AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). ACTION: Notice. erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUMMARY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before April 13, 2009. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Diana Hynek, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 7845, 14th and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at dHynek@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Rita Curtis, (301) 713–2328 or Rita.Curtis@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract Economic data for selected United States (U.S.) commercial fisheries will be collected for each of the following groups of operations: (1) Processors, including onshore plants, floating processing plants, mothership vessels, and catcher/processor vessels; (2) catcher vessels; and (3) for-hire vessels. The companies associated with these groups will be surveyed for expenditure, earnings, effort, ownership, and employment data; and basic demographic data on fishing and processing crews. These economic data collection programs contribute to legally-mandated analyses required under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MFCMA), the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), the Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Executive Order 12866 (EO 12866) as well as a variety of VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:17 Feb 09, 2009 Jkt 217001 state statutes including Florida Statute 120.54, Hawaii Revised Statute 201M–2, New Jersey Permanent Statutes 52:14B– 19 and Oregon Revised Statutes 183.335 and 183.540. In general, questions will be asked concerning ex-vessel and wholesale prices and revenue, variable and fixed costs, expenditures, effort, ownership, dependence on the fisheries, and fishery employment. The data collection efforts will be coordinated to reduce the additional burden for those who participate in multiple fisheries. Participation in these data collections will be voluntary. The data will be used for the following three purposes: (1) To monitor the economic performance of these fisheries through primary processing; (2) to analyze the economic performance effects of current management measures; and (3) to analyze the economic performance effects of alternative management measures. The measures of economic performance to be supported by this data collection program include the following: (1) Contribution to net national benefit; (2) contribution to income of groups of participants in the fisheries (i.e., fishermen, vessel owners, processing plant employees, and processing plant owners); (3) employment; (4) regional economic impacts (income and employment); and (5) factor utilizations rates. As required by law, the confidentiality of the data will be protected. Data collections will focus each year on a different component of the U.S. commercial fisheries, with only limited data collected in previously surveyed components of these fisheries. The latter will be done to update the models that will be used to track economic performance and to evaluate the economic effects of alternative management actions. This cycle of data collection will facilitate economic performance data being available and updated for all the components of the U.S. commercial fisheries identified above. II. Method of Collection Estimated Number of Respondents: 7,000. Estimated Time per Response: 1–2 hours for a response from a catcher vessel or for-hire vessel for operating cost, annual cost, revenue, effort, employment, ownership, and limited demographic data; 20–30 minutes per response from a catcher vessel or forhire vessel for operating cost data; 30 minutes to 1 hour and 30 minutes per response from a catcher vessel or forhire vessel for annual expenditure and demographic data; 8 hours for a response from a West Coast or Alaska processor, including catcher/processor vessels, mothership vessels, floating processing plants, and onshore plants; 1–2 hours for a response from an East Coast or Gulf processor. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,000. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: February 5, 2009. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–2728 Filed 2–9–09; 8:45 am] The surveys will be conducted via mail, telephone and in-person interview. The fisherman will be mailed a copy of the survey instrument in advance of a telephone or in-person interview. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P III. Data RIN 0648–XN07 OMB Control Number: 0648–0369. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 26 / Tuesday, February 10, 2009 / Notices Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment. erowe on PROD1PC63 with NOTICES SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) has submitted an amendment to its Tribal Resource Management Plan (Tribal Plan) for NMFS to evaluate. The amendment would allow tribal researchers to take adult and juvenile Puget Sound steelhead and adult Puget Sound Chinook salmon in addition to the fish they already take under the current Tribal Plan. It was presented by the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on behalf of the Northwest Indian Tribes; the submission fulfills the Tribes’ obligations under the protective regulations promulgated for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan describes research and assessment activities that may affect listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon in Washington State. NMFS has completed an evaluation of how well the Tribal Plan fulfills ESA criteria and proposes to determine that the Tribal Plan will not appreciably reduce any listed species’ likelihood of survival and recovery. The Secretary of Commerce is making NMFS’ evaluation and proposed determination available for public comment. DATES: Written comments on the Secretary’s evaluation and proposed determination must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 12, 2009. ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed evaluation should be addressed to Gary Rule, Protected Resources Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232–1274. Comments may also be sent via fax to (503) 230 5441. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-mail or the Internet. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Rule, Portland, OR (ph.: 503- 230 5424, Fax: 503–210–5441, e-mail: gary.rule@noaa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice Puget Sound Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) Puget Sound steelhead (O. mykiss) Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon (O. keta) VerDate Nov<24>2008 14:17 Feb 09, 2009 Jkt 217001 Authority Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of the species listed as threatened. The ESA Tribal 4(d) rule (70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005) states that the ESA section 9 take prohibitions do not apply to Tribal Plans that will not appreciably reduce any listed species’ likelihood of survival and recovery. The Tribal Plan The NWIFC – through the BIA and on behalf of the Northwest Indian Tribes – has submitted an amendment to its Tribal Plan for scientific research and assessment activities within the range of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon. The amendment would alter the current Tribal Plan by allowing researchers to take adult and juvenile Puget Sound steelhead and adult Puget Sound Chinook salmon. The Northwest Indian Tribes conduct, independently and in cooperation with other agencies, a variety of research and assessment projects. These projects provide the technical basis for managing fisheries and conserving and restoring salmon stocks and their habitat. The need for an improved understanding of salmonid survival in the freshwater and early marine life stages drives much of the current research. The Tribal Plan includes implementation, monitoring, and evaluation procedures designed to ensure that the research is consistent with the objectives of the ESA. The research activities described in the Tribal Plan would take place over an 8– year period starting in 2009. As 50 CFR 223.209 requires, the Secretary must determine whether the Tribal Plan would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon. In keeping with those requirements, the Secretary must take comments on how well the Tribal Plan addresses the criteria in § 223.209 when making that determination. NMFS proposes after having evaluated the submission to determine that the Tribal plan will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, or Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon. PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 6577 Dated: February 4, 2009. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–2652 Filed 2–9–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs and National Estuarine Research Reserves AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Intent to Evaluate and Notice of Availability of Final Findings. SUMMARY: The NOAA Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management (OCRM) announces its intent to evaluate the performance of the Mississippi Coastal Management Program and the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and the California State Coastal Conservancy components of the California Coastal Management Program. The Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations will be conducted pursuant to section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Act of 1972, as amended (CZMA) and regulations at 15 CFR Part 923, Subpart L. The CZMA requires continuing review of the performance of states with respect to coastal program implementation. Evaluation of Coastal Management Programs requires findings concerning the extent to which a state has met the national objectives, adhered to its Coastal Management Program document approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance awards funded under the CZMA. Each evaluation will include a site visit, consideration of public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. A public meeting will be held as part of the site visit. Notice is hereby given of the dates of the site visits for the listed evaluations, and the dates, local times, and locations of the public meetings during the site visits. Dates and Times: The joint San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission and California State Coastal Conservancy evaluation site visit will be held March E:\FR\FM\10FEN1.SGM 10FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 26 (Tuesday, February 10, 2009)]
[Notices]
[Pages 6576-6577]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XN07


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that The Northwest Indian Fisheries 
Commission (NWIFC) has submitted an amendment to its Tribal Resource 
Management Plan (Tribal Plan) for NMFS to evaluate. The amendment would 
allow tribal researchers to take adult and juvenile Puget Sound 
steelhead and adult Puget Sound Chinook salmon in addition to the fish 
they already take under the current Tribal Plan. It was presented by 
the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) on behalf of the Northwest Indian 
Tribes; the submission fulfills the Tribes' obligations under the 
protective regulations promulgated for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, 
Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan describes research and 
assessment activities that may affect listed Puget Sound Chinook 
salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon in 
Washington State. NMFS has completed an evaluation of how well the 
Tribal Plan fulfills ESA criteria and proposes to determine that the 
Tribal Plan will not appreciably reduce any listed species' likelihood 
of survival and recovery. The Secretary of Commerce is making NMFS' 
evaluation and proposed determination available for public comment.

DATES: Written comments on the Secretary's evaluation and proposed 
determination must be received at the appropriate address or fax number 
(see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on March 12, 
2009.

ADDRESSES: Written comments and requests for copies of the proposed 
evaluation should be addressed to Gary Rule, Protected Resources 
Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, 
Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232-1274. Comments may also be sent via fax 
to (503) 230 5441. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-
mail or the Internet.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Gary Rule, Portland, OR (ph.: 503- 230 
5424, Fax: 503-210-5441, e-mail: gary.rule@noaa.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    Puget Sound Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha)
    Puget Sound steelhead (O. mykiss)
    Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon (O. keta)

Authority

    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary is required to adopt such 
regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of 
the species listed as threatened. The ESA Tribal 4(d) rule (70 FR 
37160, June 28, 2005) states that the ESA section 9 take prohibitions 
do not apply to Tribal Plans that will not appreciably reduce any 
listed species' likelihood of survival and recovery.

The Tribal Plan

    The NWIFC - through the BIA and on behalf of the Northwest Indian 
Tribes - has submitted an amendment to its Tribal Plan for scientific 
research and assessment activities within the range of ESA-listed Puget 
Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and Hood Canal summer-run 
chum salmon. The amendment would alter the current Tribal Plan by 
allowing researchers to take adult and juvenile Puget Sound steelhead 
and adult Puget Sound Chinook salmon. The Northwest Indian Tribes 
conduct, independently and in cooperation with other agencies, a 
variety of research and assessment projects. These projects provide the 
technical basis for managing fisheries and conserving and restoring 
salmon stocks and their habitat. The need for an improved understanding 
of salmonid survival in the freshwater and early marine life stages 
drives much of the current research. The Tribal Plan includes 
implementation, monitoring, and evaluation procedures designed to 
ensure that the research is consistent with the objectives of the ESA. 
The research activities described in the Tribal Plan would take place 
over an 8-year period starting in 2009.
    As 50 CFR 223.209 requires, the Secretary must determine whether 
the Tribal Plan would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and 
recovery for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, and 
Hood Canal summer-run chum salmon. In keeping with those requirements, 
the Secretary must take comments on how well the Tribal Plan addresses 
the criteria in Sec.  223.209 when making that determination. NMFS 
proposes after having evaluated the submission to determine that the 
Tribal plan will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and 
recovery for Puget Sound Chinook salmon, Puget Sound steelhead, or Hood 
Canal summer-run chum salmon.

    Dated: February 4, 2009.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-2652 Filed 2-9-09; 8:45 am]
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