Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council, 51953-51954 [2011-21199]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 161 / Friday, August 19, 2011 / Notices jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES dam in January and February 2010 represented (conservatively) less than a third of the total run for the year. Therefore, the Port estimated that no more than one-third of the total run of Steller sea lions (approximately 25 individuals) could be exposed to Level B harassment. Since each individual could potentially be exposed on both the upstream and downstream trip, a total of 50 takes of Steller sea lions could occur. Upon further consultation with NMFS Northwest Regional Office, and in consideration of steadily increasing numbers of Steller sea lions since 2008, NMFS is proposing to increase the number of Steller sea lions that could be exposed to Level B harassment. This is based on the fact that abundance estimates increased three-fold between 2009 and 2010, and may continue. Therefore, it is reasonable to assume that 2,025 individuals may make the trip to and from the dam during the proposed activity (based on a conservative threefold increase in 2011, 2012, and again in 2013). Considering the avoidance of the peak run and potential exposure during the upstream and downstream migration, NMFS proposes to authorize the incidental take, by Level B harassment only, of 1,350 Steller sea lion exposures (accounting for one-third of the total run—about 675 animals— traveling to and from the dam). In addition, the Port requested take of 60 California sea lions (based on the same analysis that was applied for Steller sea lions) and six harbor seals (the maximum number of harbor seals documented at Bonneville Dam since 2002). These numbers take the proposed mitigation measures into consideration, but are conservative and represent the maximum number of animals expected to occur within the Level B harassment isopleth. The actual number of animals that may be harassed is likely to be significantly less. Negligible Impact and Small Numbers Analysis and Determination NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘* * *an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ In making a negligible impact determination, NMFS considers a number of factors which include, but are not limited to, number of anticipated injuries or mortalities (none of which would be authorized here), number, nature, intensity, and duration of Level B harassment, and the context in which takes occur. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:32 Aug 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 As described above, marine mammals would not be exposed to activities or sound levels which would result in injury (PTS), serious injury, or mortality. Pile driving would occur in shallow coastal waters of the Columbia River. The action area (waters around Terminal 5) is not considered significant habitat for pinnipeds. The closest haulout is 50 mi (80 km) away, which is outside the project area’s largest harassment zone. Marine mammals approaching the action area would likely be traveling or opportunistically foraging. The amount of take the Port requested for each species, and NMFS proposes to authorize, is considered small (less than five percent) relative to the estimated populations of 22,380 Pacific harbor seals, 238,000 California sea lions, and 30,403 Steller sea lions. Marine mammals may be temporarily impacted by pile driving noise. However, marine mammals are expected to avoid the area, thereby reducing exposure and impacts. Pile driving activities are expected to occur for approximately 101 days. Furthermore, this section of the Columbia River is a highly industrialized area, so animals are likely tolerant or habituated to anthropogenic disturbance, including low level vibratory pile driving operations, and noise from other anthropogenic sources (such as vessels) may mask construction related sounds. There is no anticipated effect on annual rates of recruitment or survival of affected marine mammals. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the mitigation and monitoring measures, NMFS preliminarily determines that the proposed pile driving would result in the incidental take of small numbers of marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, and that the total taking would have a negligible impact on the affected species or stocks. Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses There are no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals implicated by this action. Endangered Species Act (ESA) The Steller sea lion is listed as endangered under the ESA with confirmed occurrence within the action area. NMFS is in the process of consulting with the Port and will consult internally on the issuance of an IHA under section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA for the take of Steller sea lions incidental to the proposed activity. ESA PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51953 consultation will be concluded prior to a determination on the issuance of a final IHA. National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as implemented by the regulations published by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), and NOAA Administrative Order 216–6, NMFS is preparing an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the direct, indirect, and cumulative effects to marine mammals and other applicable environmental resources resulting from issuance of a one-year IHA and the potential issuance of additional authorizations for incidental harassment for the ongoing project. Upon completion, this EA will be available on the NMFS website listed in the beginning of this document. Dated: August 10, 2011. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–21248 Filed 8–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice and request for applications. AGENCY: The ONMS is seeking applicants for the following seat on the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: (2) Research (Alternate) seats. Applicants are chosen based upon their particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year terms, pursuant to the Council’s Charter. The Council consists also of three state and three federal non-voting ex-officio seats. DATES: Applications are due by November 1, 2011. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1 51954 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 161 / Friday, August 19, 2011 / Notices Application kits may be obtained from Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Telephone 781–545–8026, ext. 201. Completed applications should be sent to the same address or email, or faxed to 781–545–8036. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Nathalie.Ward@noaa.gov, External Affairs Coordinator, telephone: 781–545–8026, ext. 206. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council was established in March 2001 to assure continued public participation in the management of the Sanctuary. The Council’s 23 members represent a variety of local user groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and federal government agencies. Since its establishment, the Council has played a vital role in advising NOAA on critical issues and is currently focused on the sanctuary’s final five-year Management Plan. The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life including 22 species of marine mammals, more than 30 species of seabirds, over 60 species of fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants. ADDRESSES: Authority: 16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq. (Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) Dated: August 12, 2011. Daniel J. Basta, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2011–21199 Filed 8–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–M COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List Additions And Deletions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to and deletions from the Procurement List. jlentini on DSK4TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: This action adds products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:32 Aug 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 deletes products and a service from the Procurement List previously furnished by such agencies. DATES: Effective Date: September 19, 2011. Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patricia Briscoe, Telephone: (703) 603– 7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions On 6/17/2011 (76 FR 35415–35417), 6/24/2011 (76 FR 37069–37070), and 7/1/2011 (76 FR 38641–38642), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notices of proposed additions to the Procurement List. After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to furnish the products and services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the products and services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 46–48c and 41 CFR 51– 2.4. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. The action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the products and services to the Government. 2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services to the Government. 3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish the objectives of the Javits-WagnerO’Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46–48c) in connection with the products and services proposed for addition to the Procurement List. End of Certification Accordingly, the following products and services are added to the Procurement List: Products NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0326—Glare Shield for PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 iPhone NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0327—Glare Shield for Blackberry Bold NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0328—Glare Shield for Blackberry Storm2 NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0329—Universal PDA Glare Shield NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0330—Privacy Shield for iPhone NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0331—Privacy Shield for Blackberry Bold NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0332—Privacy Shield for Blackberry Storm2 NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0333—Privacy Shield for PDA, Universal NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0365—Privacy Shield for Blackberry Curve2 NSN: 7045–00–NIB–0366—Glare Shield for Blackberry Curve2 NSN: Wiscraft, Inc., Milwaukee, WI Contracting Activity: General Services Administration, New York, NY Coverage: B-List for the Broad Government Requirement as aggregated by the General Services Administration. Duster Material, Easy Trap NSN: 7920–00–NIB–0520—Roll, Large NSN: 7920–00–NIB–0521—Dispenser Box, Large NSN: 7920–00–NIB–0502—Roll, Standard Size NSN: 7920–00–NIB–0503—Dispenser Box, Standard Size NSN: New York City Industries for the Blind, Inc., Brooklyn, NY Contracting Activity: General Services Administration, Fort Worth, TX Coverage: B–List for the Broad Government Requirement as aggregated by the General Services Administration. NSN: 7530–00–NIB–0982—Monthly Desk Planner, Wire Bound, Non-refillable, Black cover NSN: 7530–00–NIB–1026—Weekly Planner Book, Dated, 5″ x 8″, Digital Camouflage NSN: 7530–00–NIB–0986—Weekly Desk Planner, Wire Bound, Non-refillable, Black cover NSN: 7530–00–NIB–0987—Daily Desk Planner, Wire bound, Non-refillable, Black Cover NSN: 7530–00–NIB–1027—Monthly Wall Calendar, Dated, Jan–Dec, 81⁄2 x 11″ NSN: 7510–00–NIB–1803—Wall Calendar, Dated, Wire Bound w/Hanger, 12″ x 17″ NSN: 7510–00–NIB–1804—Wall Calendar, Dated, Wire Bound w/hanger, 15.5″ x 22″ NSN: The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who Are Blind or Visually Impaired, Chicago, IL Contracting Activity: General Services Administration, New York, NY Coverage: A-List for the Total Government Requirement as aggregated by the General Services Administration. NSN: 8465–01–580–1316—Hydration System, MOLLE Components, OCP NSN: The Lighthouse for the Blind, Inc. 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[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 161 (Friday, August 19, 2011)]
[Notices]
[Pages 51953-51954]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-21199]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Availability of Seats for the Stellwagen Bank National Marine 
Sanctuary Advisory Council

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice and request for applications.

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SUMMARY: The ONMS is seeking applicants for the following seat on the 
Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council: (2) 
Research (Alternate) seats. Applicants are chosen based upon their 
particular expertise and experience in relation to the seat for which 
they are applying; community and professional affiliations; philosophy 
regarding the protection and management of marine resources; and 
possibly the length of residence in the area affected by the sanctuary. 
Applicants who are chosen as members should expect to serve 3-year 
terms, pursuant to the Council's Charter. The Council consists also of 
three state and three federal non-voting ex-officio seats.

DATES: Applications are due by November 1, 2011.

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ADDRESSES: Application kits may be obtained from 
Elizabeth.Stokes@noaa.gov, Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 
175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066. Telephone 781-545-8026, 
ext. 201. Completed applications should be sent to the same address or 
email, or faxed to 781-545-8036.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Contact Nathalie.Ward@noaa.gov, 
External Affairs Coordinator, telephone: 781-545-8026, ext. 206.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council was established in March 2001 to 
assure continued public participation in the management of the 
Sanctuary. The Council's 23 members represent a variety of local user 
groups, as well as the general public, plus seven local, state and 
federal government agencies. Since its establishment, the Council has 
played a vital role in advising NOAA on critical issues and is 
currently focused on the sanctuary's final five-year Management Plan.
    The Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary encompasses 842 
square miles of ocean, stretching between Cape Ann and Cape Cod. 
Renowned for its scenic beauty and remarkable productivity, the 
sanctuary supports a rich diversity of marine life including 22 species 
of marine mammals, more than 30 species of seabirds, over 60 species of 
fishes, and hundreds of marine invertebrates and plants.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq.

(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary 
Program)


    Dated: August 12, 2011.
Daniel J. Basta,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2011-21199 Filed 8-18-11; 8:45 am]
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