Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 3743-3744 [2012-1564]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 25, 2012 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA953 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Receipt of two research permit application requests. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received two scientific research permit application requests relating to salmonids listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed research activities are intended to increase knowledge of the species and to help guide management and conservation efforts. DATES: Written comments on the permit applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on February 24, 2012. ADDRESSES: Written comments on either application should be submitted to the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (707) 578–3435 or by email to FRNpermits.SR@noaa.gov. The applications 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) 575– 6097 or fax (707) 578–3435. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Jahn, Santa Rosa, CA (ph.: (707) 575–6097, email.: Jeffrey.Jahn@noaa.gov). SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Species Covered in This Notice This notice is relevant to federally threatened Central California Coast (CCC) steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), threatened Northern California (NC) steelhead (O. mykiss), endangered Central California Coast coho salmon (O. kisutch), threatened Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon (O. Kisutch) and threatened California Coastal Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha). Authority Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531– VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:09 Jan 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 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 the applications listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on the application(s) would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Applications Received Permit 16491 Michael Fawcett (Fawcett Biological Consulting) is requesting a 5-year scientific research and enhancement permit to take juvenile Central California Coast (CCC) steelhead, juvenile Northern California (NC) steelhead, juvenile CCC coho salmon, and juvenile California Coastal (CC) Chinook salmon (ESA-listed salmonids) and adult carcasses of CCC steelhead, CCC coho salmon, and CC Chinook salmon associated with research activities in Salmon Creek, the lower Russian River, and small coastal streams between the Gualala River and Tomales Bay watersheds in Marin and Sonoma counties, California. Permit 16491 is a renewal with modifications of a previously issued permit (1045 Modification 1) that expires on February 29, 2012. The research activities associated with this permit are an integral part of an ongoing effort to monitor and increase the success of restoration and enhancement efforts implemented for ESA-listed salmonids. In the 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. The objectives are to: (1) Monitor the success of CCC coho salmon enhancement efforts through annual redd/spawner surveys, (2) survey potentially suitable habitat for juvenile CCC coho salmon restoration projects, and (3) document CCC and NC steelhead abundance and distribution as a component of CCC coho salmon habitat restoration projects. In these projects, juvenile ESA-listed salmonids will be either observed through snorkel surveys or captured by seine, PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3743 anesthetized, handled (identified, measured, weighed), tissue sampled (fin-clips), and released. Adult carcasses of ESA-Listed salmonids will be screened with a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag wand, tissue sampled (fin-clips or scales), and tagged (Floy tag). All data and information will be shared with county, state, and federal entities for use in conservation and restoration planning efforts related to ESA-listed salmonids. Study 1 will assess salmonid distribution, abundance, and reproductive success at study sites in the Salmon Creek watershed. Researchers will survey stream reaches throughout each calendar year, and observe the number, species, sex, size, condition, location, and behavior of spawning adult ESA-listed salmonids. Redds will be located, marked, and mapped. Carcasses of ESA-listed salmonids that are encountered during spawner surveys will be identified, measured, evaluated for spawning condition, marked with a Floy tag to avoid double counting, and returned to the location where they were found. Snorkel surveys will be used to document juvenile ESA-listed salmonid abundance in the vicinity of newly installed instream habitat structures in the Salmon Creek estuary and mainstem. Juveniles will also be captured by seine in the estuary, mainstem, and tributaries of Salmon Creek to establish reliability of the snorkel surveys. Juvenile ESA-listed salmonids will be tissue sampled (finclip) for genetic analysis by Carlos Garza at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Study 2 will analyze the genetics, inter-annual variability, and relative abundance of juvenile NC and CCC steelhead and CCC coho salmon in small coastal streams between the Gualala River and Tomales Bay watersheds. This survey will include snorkel surveys and juvenile salmonids will be captured by seine annually from August through December. Captured fish will be anesthetized and a subset will be tissue sampled (fin-clip). All captured fish will be released back into the habitat from which they were taken. Permit 16274 Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) is requesting a 5-year scientific research permit to take juvenile and spawned adult carcasses of Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon, CCC coho salmon, CC Chinook, NC steelhead, and CCC steelhead associated with four research projects in streams within MRC ownership in Mendocino and Sonoma E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 3744 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 16 / Wednesday, January 25, 2012 / Notices counties, California. Permit 16274 is a renewal with modifications of a previously issued permit (1181 Modification 1) that expired on November 30, 2011. The purpose of the research is to continue an ongoing effort to assess adult and juvenile population trends and distribution of ESA-listed salmonids, and to document salmonid habitat conditions in streams within MRC ownership. This information will be used to help assess land management practices and will be shared with interested state and federal agencies to help assess the current populations of ESA-listed salmonids. In the 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. In study 1, snorkel surveys and single pass electrofishing will be conducted between June and November each year in watersheds in Mendocino and Sonoma counties, California, to determine ESA-listed salmonid distribution. Captured fish will be anesthetized, identified, measured and/ or weighed, and released back into the stream from which they were taken. In Study 2, salmon spawner abundance surveys will be conducted annually from November through April in several watersheds in Mendocino County. Researchers will document the number, species, location, and behavior of spawning adults and redds will be located, flagged, and measured. Carcasses of ESA-listed salmonids will be measured, sex recorded, marked to avoid double counting, and returned to the location where they were found. There will be no take of live adult ESAlisted salmonids associated with this study. Study 3 is a salmonid smolt outmigration abundance monitoring study in the Little North Fork Navarro River and South Fork Albion River in Mendocino County. This study will utilize one rotary screw trap and/or a weir/pipe trap from February through June in each watershed. Captured fish will be anesthetized, measured, and released downstream of the trap. Coho salmon and steelhead will be marked using caudal fin-clips and released upstream of the trap for a markrecapture study to determine trap efficiency. Study 4 is a salmonid monitoring study to determine the utilization of pond habitat in a tributary to the Navarro River, the Albion River and possibly a pond habitat in Cottaneva Creek, in Mendocino County. The study will either use a minnow trap and bait, fyke trap, or weir/pipe trap to determine VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:09 Jan 24, 2012 Jkt 226001 if ESA-listed salmonids utilize Ray Gulch as overwintering or preoutmigration refugia. If salmon are found, the study will use mark/ recapture methods to estimate population numbers. 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 meets 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: January 20, 2012. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–1564 Filed 1–24–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA938 Marine Mammals; File No. 17029 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Matson’s Laboratory, LLC (Gary Matson, Responsible Party), P.O. Box 308, 8140 Flagler Road, Milltown, MT 59851, has applied in due form for a permit to receive, import, export, possess, and conduct analyses marine mammal specimens for scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before February 24, 2012. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species home page, https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 17029 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; and Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE., BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115–0700; phone (206) 526–6150; fax (206) 526–6426. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 17029 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Morse or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). The applicant is requesting authorization for the receipt, possession, import and export of teeth and prepared microscope slides obtained from all seal and sea lion species, expect walrus (Order Pinnipedia). The Matson Laboratory provides age related data to researchers and biologists. Age data are used in population modeling, with age structure an indicator of population condition. Teeth are sent to the laboratory for cementum age analysis. Teeth from no more than 2000 individuals will be analyzed annually. Import and export authority is requested for all locations wherever pinnipeds occur and are the subject of governmentauthorized research and/or harvest. No live animals would be harassed or taken, lethally or otherwise, under the permit. A permit is requested for five years. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to E:\FR\FM\25JAN1.SGM 25JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA953


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Receipt of two research permit application requests.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received two scientific 
research permit application requests relating to salmonids listed under 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The proposed research activities are 
intended to increase knowledge of the species and to help guide 
management and conservation efforts.

DATES: Written comments on the permit applications must be received at 
the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 
p.m. Pacific standard time on February 24, 2012.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on either application should be submitted 
to the Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404. Comments may also be submitted via fax to (707) 
578-3435 or by email to FRNpermits.SR@noaa.gov. The applications 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) 575-6097 or fax (707) 578-3435.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeffrey Jahn, Santa Rosa, CA (ph.: 
(707) 575-6097, email.: Jeffrey.Jahn@noaa.gov).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    This notice is relevant to federally threatened Central California 
Coast (CCC) steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), threatened Northern 
California (NC) steelhead (O. mykiss), endangered Central California 
Coast coho salmon (O. kisutch), threatened Southern Oregon/Northern 
California Coast coho salmon (O. Kisutch) and threatened California 
Coastal Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha).

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 the applications listed in this 
notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on the 
application(s) would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are 
held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
NMFS.

Applications Received

Permit 16491

    Michael Fawcett (Fawcett Biological Consulting) is requesting a 5-
year scientific research and enhancement permit to take juvenile 
Central California Coast (CCC) steelhead, juvenile Northern California 
(NC) steelhead, juvenile CCC coho salmon, and juvenile California 
Coastal (CC) Chinook salmon (ESA-listed salmonids) and adult carcasses 
of CCC steelhead, CCC coho salmon, and CC Chinook salmon associated 
with research activities in Salmon Creek, the lower Russian River, and 
small coastal streams between the Gualala River and Tomales Bay 
watersheds in Marin and Sonoma counties, California. Permit 16491 is a 
renewal with modifications of a previously issued permit (1045 
Modification 1) that expires on February 29, 2012.
    The research activities associated with this permit are an integral 
part of an ongoing effort to monitor and increase the success of 
restoration and enhancement efforts implemented for ESA-listed 
salmonids. In the 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.
    The objectives are to: (1) Monitor the success of CCC coho salmon 
enhancement efforts through annual redd/spawner surveys, (2) survey 
potentially suitable habitat for juvenile CCC coho salmon restoration 
projects, and (3) document CCC and NC steelhead abundance and 
distribution as a component of CCC coho salmon habitat restoration 
projects. In these projects, juvenile ESA-listed salmonids will be 
either observed through snorkel surveys or captured by seine, 
anesthetized, handled (identified, measured, weighed), tissue sampled 
(fin-clips), and released. Adult carcasses of ESA-Listed salmonids will 
be screened with a Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) tag wand, 
tissue sampled (fin-clips or scales), and tagged (Floy tag). All data 
and information will be shared with county, state, and federal entities 
for use in conservation and restoration planning efforts related to 
ESA-listed salmonids.
    Study 1 will assess salmonid distribution, abundance, and 
reproductive success at study sites in the Salmon Creek watershed. 
Researchers will survey stream reaches throughout each calendar year, 
and observe the number, species, sex, size, condition, location, and 
behavior of spawning adult ESA-listed salmonids. Redds will be located, 
marked, and mapped. Carcasses of ESA-listed salmonids that are 
encountered during spawner surveys will be identified, measured, 
evaluated for spawning condition, marked with a Floy tag to avoid 
double counting, and returned to the location where they were found. 
Snorkel surveys will be used to document juvenile ESA-listed salmonid 
abundance in the vicinity of newly installed instream habitat 
structures in the Salmon Creek estuary and mainstem. Juveniles will 
also be captured by seine in the estuary, mainstem, and tributaries of 
Salmon Creek to establish reliability of the snorkel surveys. Juvenile 
ESA-listed salmonids will be tissue sampled (fin-clip) for genetic 
analysis by Carlos Garza at the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science 
Center.
    Study 2 will analyze the genetics, inter-annual variability, and 
relative abundance of juvenile NC and CCC steelhead and CCC coho salmon 
in small coastal streams between the Gualala River and Tomales Bay 
watersheds. This survey will include snorkel surveys and juvenile 
salmonids will be captured by seine annually from August through 
December. Captured fish will be anesthetized and a subset will be 
tissue sampled (fin-clip). All captured fish will be released back into 
the habitat from which they were taken.

Permit 16274

    Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) is requesting a 5-year scientific 
research permit to take juvenile and spawned adult carcasses of 
Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast (SONCC) coho salmon, CCC coho 
salmon, CC Chinook, NC steelhead, and CCC steelhead associated with 
four research projects in streams within MRC ownership in Mendocino and 
Sonoma

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counties, California. Permit 16274 is a renewal with modifications of a 
previously issued permit (1181 Modification 1) that expired on November 
30, 2011.
    The purpose of the research is to continue an ongoing effort to 
assess adult and juvenile population trends and distribution of ESA-
listed salmonids, and to document salmonid habitat conditions in 
streams within MRC ownership. This information will be used to help 
assess land management practices and will be shared with interested 
state and federal agencies to help assess the current populations of 
ESA-listed salmonids. In the 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.
    In study 1, snorkel surveys and single pass electrofishing will be 
conducted between June and November each year in watersheds in 
Mendocino and Sonoma counties, California, to determine ESA-listed 
salmonid distribution. Captured fish will be anesthetized, identified, 
measured and/or weighed, and released back into the stream from which 
they were taken.
    In Study 2, salmon spawner abundance surveys will be conducted 
annually from November through April in several watersheds in Mendocino 
County. Researchers will document the number, species, location, and 
behavior of spawning adults and redds will be located, flagged, and 
measured. Carcasses of ESA-listed salmonids will be measured, sex 
recorded, marked to avoid double counting, and returned to the location 
where they were found. There will be no take of live adult ESA-listed 
salmonids associated with this study.
    Study 3 is a salmonid smolt outmigration abundance monitoring study 
in the Little North Fork Navarro River and South Fork Albion River in 
Mendocino County. This study will utilize one rotary screw trap and/or 
a weir/pipe trap from February through June in each watershed. Captured 
fish will be anesthetized, measured, and released downstream of the 
trap. Coho salmon and steelhead will be marked using caudal fin-clips 
and released upstream of the trap for a mark-recapture study to 
determine trap efficiency.
    Study 4 is a salmonid monitoring study to determine the utilization 
of pond habitat in a tributary to the Navarro River, the Albion River 
and possibly a pond habitat in Cottaneva Creek, in Mendocino County. 
The study will either use a minnow trap and bait, fyke trap, or weir/
pipe trap to determine if ESA-listed salmonids utilize Ray Gulch as 
overwintering or pre-outmigration refugia. If salmon are found, the 
study will use mark/recapture methods to estimate population numbers.
    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 meets 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: January 20, 2012.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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