Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 21857-21858 [2011-9456]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@omb.eop.gov. Dated: April 14, 2011. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2011–9412 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA374 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt of a permit application; request for comments. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application for a permit to conduct research for scientific purposes from the United Water Conservation District (United) in Santa Paula, California. The requested permit would affect the endangered Southern California (SC) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). The public is hereby notified of the availability of the permit application for review and comment before NMFS either approves or disapproves the application. DATES: Written comments on the permit application must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) on or before May 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the permit application should be sent to Matt McGoogan, Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802. Comments may also be sent using e-mail FRNpermits.lb@noaa.gov or fax (562) 980–4027. The permit application is available for review, by appointment, at the foregoing address and is also available for review online at the Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species Web site at https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt McGoogan at phone number (562) 980– 4026 or e-mail: matthew.mcgoogan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Authority Issuance of permits, as required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 U.S.C. 1531–1543) (ESA), is based on a finding that such permits: (1) Are applied for in good faith; (2) would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species which are the subject of the permits; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA. Authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Permits are issued in accordance with and are subject to the ESA and NMFS regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222–226). Those individuals requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should provide the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. All statements and opinions contained in the permit action summaries are those of the applicant and do not necessarily reflect the views of NMFS. Permit Application Received United has applied for a permit (permit 15496) to study steelhead in the Santa Clara River watershed. The primary objectives of this study are to (1) evaluate smolt migration rates in a highly altered channel with a dynamic groundwater and surface water interchange, and (2) evaluate the effects of increased water temperature during surface flow loss and how this affects migration rates of smolts and the ability of smolts to successfully migrate to the ocean. Research activities include monitoring streamflow and water temperature, capturing smolts in a downstream migrant trap located at United’s Freeman Diversion, recording weight and length of captured smolts, taking tissue (scale and fin clip) samples from each smolt, tagging captured smolts with Advanced Telemetry Systems (ATS) tags, and using portable and stationary antennas, receivers, and data loggers capable of tracking ATS tags to compile smolt movement data. Field activities will occur between May 2011 and December 2015. United has requested an annual non-lethal take (ATS tag implantation and tissue samples) of up to 100 smolts as part of the proposed study. The unintentional lethal take that may occur as a result of research activities is up to 3 smolts annually. Overall, no intentional lethal take of steelhead is expected in association with any aspect of these research activities. See the permit application for greater details on study description and methodology. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 21857 Dated: April 13, 2011. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–9450 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA373 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Application for the renewal of a scientific research permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific research permit application request relating to salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of the species and to help guide management and conservation efforts. The application and related documents may be viewed online at: https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/ preview_open_for_comment.cfm. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment by contacting NMFS by phone (707) 825– 5186 or fax (707) 825–4840. DATES: Written comments on the permit application must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on May 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be submitted to the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 95521. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (707) 825–4840 or by e-mail to FRNpermits.AR@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shari Anderson, Arcata, CA ph.: (707) 825–5186, e-mail: Shari.Anderson@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice This notice is relevant to federally threatened California Coastal (CC) Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), threatened Southern Oregon/Northern California (SONCC) Coho salmon (O. kisutch), and threatened Northern California (NC) steelhead (O. mykiss). E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1 21858 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 75 / Tuesday, April 19, 2011 / Notices Authority Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531– 1543) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222–226). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species which are the subject of the permits; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Application Received mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Permit 16128 United States Geological Survey (USGS), California Coop Fish & Wildlife Research Unit, is requesting a 5-year permit to take adult and juvenile CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead associated with three research projects in two watersheds in northern California. In the three studies described below, researchers do not expect to kill any listed fish but a small number may die as an unintended result of the research activities. Project 1 is a study to estimate abundance and survival of all life stages of CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead in Prairie Creek (Humboldt County). Annually, USGS proposes to observe (snorkel survey), capture (backpack electrofisher), handle (identify), and release fish to estimate juvenile abundance. Escapement of adults will be estimated annually from the capture (resistance board weir), handle (identify and measure), marking (PIT tagging), and releasing of fish. Carcasses will be captured, handled, and released; live adults and redds will be observed (spawning surveys) annually. Smolt abundance will be estimated annually through the capture (screw trap), handling (identify, measure), marking (dye injection), and release of fish. Samples (scale collection) will be collected from NC steelhead smolts when captured. Data collected by this research will inform managers of the status and trends in abundance and survival of these species. VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:19 Apr 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 Project 2 is a study that will estimate adult CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead escapement in Redwood Creek (Humboldt County) using dual frequency identification sonar (DIDSON). Adult CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead will be observed annually through the operation of a small sonar device from the edge of the river channel to record fish passing upstream. The research will inform managers of the status and trends in abundance of these species. Project 3 is a study that will document the importance of cool water habitats in the Klamath River watershed (Humboldt County). The study will be performed in two different locations in the Klamath River basin; tributary mouths in the Lower Klamath River and estuary, and at the confluence of Independence Creek and the Klamath River. USGS proposes to gather information on juvenile Chinook salmon (not ESA listed), juvenile steelhead (not ESA listed), and SONCC coho salmon use of cool water habitats. Annually, intensive sampling will occur at the confluence of Independence Creek and the Klamath River. Sampling will be carried out weekly during the months of July, August, and September. Intensive sampling will monitor the movements of juvenile salmonids in and out of cool water habitats and their feeding behaviors in those habitats. Juvenile salmonids will be captured (beach seine), handled (identify, measure, weigh), marked (PIT tagged), and released. A portion of the fish captured (no more than 20) will have their stomachs pumped to determine relative feeding success. Abundance of juvenile salmonids and the frequency of their feeding behaviors will be estimated through observation (snorkel survey). Less intensive sampling will occur once every two weeks during the months of July, August, and September in the Lower Klamath River, its tributaries, and the estuary and will consist of capture (beach seine), handle (identify, measure, weigh), and release of fish. The information gathered will inform managers on the importance of cool water habitats in planning for restoration of the river. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the application meet the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decision will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: April 14, 2011. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–9456 Filed 4–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA375 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Applications for seven new scientific research permits and one permit modification. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received eight scientific research permit application requests relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts. The applications may be viewed online at: https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/ preview_open_for_comment.cfm. DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on May 19, 2011. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the applications should be sent to the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232–1274. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503–230– 5441 or by e-mail to nmfs.nwr.apps@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Garth Griffin, Portland, OR ph.: 503– 231–2005, Fax: 503–230–5441, e-mail: Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov. Permit application instructions are available from the address above, or online at apps.nmfs.noaa.gov http:// www.nwr.noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Species Covered in This Notice The following listed species are covered in this notice: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened lower Columbia River (LCR), threatened upper E:\FR\FM\19APN1.SGM 19APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 75 (Tuesday, April 19, 2011)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-9456]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA373


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Application for the renewal of a scientific research permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific 
research permit application request relating to salmonids listed under 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed research is intended to 
increase knowledge of the species and to help guide management and 
conservation efforts. The application and related documents may be 
viewed online at: https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/preview_open_for_comment.cfm. These documents are also available upon written 
request or by appointment by contacting NMFS by phone (707) 825-5186 or 
fax (707) 825-4840.

DATES: Written comments on the permit application must be received at 
the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 
p.m. Pacific standard time on May 19, 2011.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be submitted to 
the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, CA 
95521. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (707) 825-4840 or by 
e-mail to FRNpermits.AR@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shari Anderson, Arcata, CA ph.: (707) 
825-5186, e-mail: Shari.Anderson@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    This notice is relevant to federally threatened California Coastal 
(CC) Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), threatened Southern 
Oregon/Northern California (SONCC) Coho salmon (O. kisutch), and 
threatened Northern California (NC) steelhead (O. mykiss).

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Authority

    Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543) and regulations 
governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222-226). NMFS 
issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for 
in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the 
disadvantage of the listed species which are the subject of the 
permits; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set 
forth in section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is 
subject to conditions set forth in the permits.
    Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice 
should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application 
would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the 
discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS.

Application Received

Permit 16128

    United States Geological Survey (USGS), California Coop Fish & 
Wildlife Research Unit, is requesting a 5-year permit to take adult and 
juvenile CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead 
associated with three research projects in two watersheds in northern 
California. In the three studies described below, researchers do not 
expect to kill any listed fish but a small number may die as an 
unintended result of the research activities.
    Project 1 is a study to estimate abundance and survival of all life 
stages of CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead in 
Prairie Creek (Humboldt County). Annually, USGS proposes to observe 
(snorkel survey), capture (backpack electrofisher), handle (identify), 
and release fish to estimate juvenile abundance. Escapement of adults 
will be estimated annually from the capture (resistance board weir), 
handle (identify and measure), marking (PIT tagging), and releasing of 
fish. Carcasses will be captured, handled, and released; live adults 
and redds will be observed (spawning surveys) annually. Smolt abundance 
will be estimated annually through the capture (screw trap), handling 
(identify, measure), marking (dye injection), and release of fish. 
Samples (scale collection) will be collected from NC steelhead smolts 
when captured. Data collected by this research will inform managers of 
the status and trends in abundance and survival of these species.
    Project 2 is a study that will estimate adult CC Chinook salmon, 
SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead escapement in Redwood Creek 
(Humboldt County) using dual frequency identification sonar (DIDSON). 
Adult CC Chinook salmon, SONCC coho salmon, and NC steelhead will be 
observed annually through the operation of a small sonar device from 
the edge of the river channel to record fish passing upstream. The 
research will inform managers of the status and trends in abundance of 
these species.
    Project 3 is a study that will document the importance of cool 
water habitats in the Klamath River watershed (Humboldt County). The 
study will be performed in two different locations in the Klamath River 
basin; tributary mouths in the Lower Klamath River and estuary, and at 
the confluence of Independence Creek and the Klamath River. USGS 
proposes to gather information on juvenile Chinook salmon (not ESA 
listed), juvenile steelhead (not ESA listed), and SONCC coho salmon use 
of cool water habitats. Annually, intensive sampling will occur at the 
confluence of Independence Creek and the Klamath River. Sampling will 
be carried out weekly during the months of July, August, and September. 
Intensive sampling will monitor the movements of juvenile salmonids in 
and out of cool water habitats and their feeding behaviors in those 
habitats. Juvenile salmonids will be captured (beach seine), handled 
(identify, measure, weigh), marked (PIT tagged), and released. A 
portion of the fish captured (no more than 20) will have their stomachs 
pumped to determine relative feeding success. Abundance of juvenile 
salmonids and the frequency of their feeding behaviors will be 
estimated through observation (snorkel survey). Less intensive sampling 
will occur once every two weeks during the months of July, August, and 
September in the Lower Klamath River, its tributaries, and the estuary 
and will consist of capture (beach seine), handle (identify, measure, 
weigh), and release of fish. The information gathered will inform 
managers on the importance of cool water habitats in planning for 
restoration of the river.
    This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS 
will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments 
submitted to determine whether the application meet the requirements of 
section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit 
decision will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment 
period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal 
Register.

    Dated: April 14, 2011.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-9456 Filed 4-18-11; 8:45 am]
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