Petition To List 83 Species of Coral as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA), 30261-30262 [2012-12368]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / Notices Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea and Mexico: Postponement of Preliminary Determinations of Antidumping Duty Investigations Import Administration, International Trade Administration, Department of Commerce. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Goldberger (Republic of Korea) (202) 482–4136 or Brian Smith (Mexico) (202) 482–1766; AD/CVD Operations, Office 2, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: the reasons stated above and because there are no compelling reasons to deny its requests, the Department is postponing the preliminary determinations in these investigations until July 27, 2012, which is 190 days from the date on which the Department initiated these investigations. The deadline for the final determinations will continue to be 75 days after the date of the preliminary determinations, unless extended. This notice is issued and published pursuant to section 733(c)(2) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.205(f)(1). Dated: May 16, 2012. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Import Administration. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE International Trade Administration [A–580–868, A–201–842] AGENCY: [FR Doc. 2012–12402 Filed 5–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Postponement of Preliminary Determinations National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration On January 19, 2012, the Department of Commerce (the Department) initiated antidumping duty investigations of imports of large residential washers from the Republic of Korea (Korea) and Mexico. See Large Residential Washers From the Republic of Korea and Mexico: Initiation of Antidumping Duty Investigations, 77 FR 4007 (January 26, 2012). The notice of initiation stated that we would issue our preliminary determinations no later than 140 days after the date of initiation. Currently, the preliminary determinations in these investigations are due on June 7, 2012. On May 10, 2012, Whirlpool Corporation (hereafter, the petitioner) made timely requests, pursuant to section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.205(e), for a 50-day postponement of the preliminary determinations in the investigations. The petitioner stated that a postponement of these preliminary determinations is necessary because of the complexities of the investigations, the novelty of the issues raised, and because the Department is still involved in gathering and analyzing data from the respondents. Under section 733(c)(1)(A) of the Act, if the petitioner makes a timely request for an extension of the period within which the preliminary determination must be made under subsection (b)(1), then the Department may postpone making the preliminary determination under subsection (b)(1) until not later than the 190th day after the date on which the administering authority initiated the investigation. Therefore, for RIN 0648–XA712 VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 May 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 Endangered Species; File No. 16306 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Maine Department of Marine Resources, (Gail Wippelhauser, Ph.D., Responsible Party), 21 State House Station, Augusta, ME 04333, has been issued a permit to take shortnose sturgeon for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; and Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978) 281–9328; fax (978) 281– 9394. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colette Cairns or Malcolm Mohead, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 21, 2011, notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 58471) that a request for a scientific research permit to take shortnose sturgeon had been submitted by the above-named organization. The SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00002 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30261 requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). The Maine Department of Marine Resources was issued a five-year permit to determine movement, natal river origin, and other vital population parameters of shortnose sturgeon in Maine waters. Researchers will capture adult and juvenile shortnose sturgeon, and lethally collect early life-stage shortnose sturgeon. Individuals will be measured, weighed, photographed, PIT tagged, Floy/T-bar tagged, tissue sampled, and boroscoped; subsets of fish will be apical spine sampled, anesthetized, lavaged, blood sampled, fin ray sectioned, or implanted or fitted with an internal or external telemetry tag. Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: May 16, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–12364 Filed 5–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XT12 Petition To List 83 Species of Coral as Threatened or Endangered Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of details of public listening sessions and scientific workshops. AGENCY: We, NMFS, announced in an April 17, 2012, Federal Register notice, public listening sessions and science workshops related to our status review of 82 coral species in response to a petition from the Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to list 83 coral species as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The purposes of the listening sessions are to SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1 30262 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 99 / Tuesday, May 22, 2012 / Notices srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES explain to the public the process and information we are using to decide whether listing one or more of the 82 corals species is warranted, and to allow opportunity for the public to provide us with additional information that may further inform that decision. The purpose of the science workshops is to provide the opportunity for additional individual expert advice and public input on the science relevant to our decision concerning the 82 species of coral being considered for listing under the ESA. DATES: The public listening sessions and science workshops will be held in June 2012. For specific dates and times, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: A public listening session and a science workshop will be held in Hawaii, and another public listening session and another science workshop will be held in Florida. For specific locations, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may obtain a copy of the Status Review Report of 82 Candidate Coral Species Petitioned Under the U.S. Endangered Species Act (Status Review Report) and the draft Management Report for 82 Corals Status Review under the Endangered Species Act: Assessment of Existing Regulatory Mechanisms and Conservation Efforts (draft Management Report) by visiting the Internet at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/ 4_13_12corals_petition.html. The two reports may also be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at: NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96814; or NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For listening sessions: Chelsey Young, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–944–2137; Lance Smith, NMFS, Pacific Island Regional Office, 808–944– 2258; Jennifer Moore, NMFS, Southeast Regional Office, 727–824–5312. For science workshops: Samuel Pooley, NMFS, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 808–983–5301; Margaret Miller, NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 305–361–4561. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background These public listening sessions and science workshops are not part of the usual rulemaking process and are unique to NMFS’s response to the petition to list 83 coral species. Thus, the additional outreach conducted in this case does not establish precedent for any other ESA-listing process. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:20 May 21, 2012 Jkt 226001 We will hold one public listening session and one science workshop in each of two NMFS regions: the Southeast and Pacific Islands. Speaker Sign Up Doors will open for speaker registration one hour before the listening sessions and science workshops begin, though sign-up will continue throughout these meetings. If there are more speakers signed up than time allows for, we will select speakers from the registration list randomly. Registered speakers will be asked to indicate their full name, contact information, any organization(s) they are representing, and a brief summary of the information provided. Because it is possible that the schedule may not accommodate all registered speakers, we also encourage attendees to submit written information at the listening sessions and science workshops. Listening Sessions June 25, 2012: 6–9 p.m.; Pagoda Hotel; 1525 Rycroft Street; Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 941–6611. June 28, 2012: 4–7 p.m.; Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive; Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262–3600. NMFS staff will provide a moderator for meeting management. Note-takers will document the listening sessions, and audio recordings will be used to assist in clarifying speaker information for the final record. NMFS staff will provide a brief PowerPoint presentation that will cover the ESA status review process, the Status Review Report, and the draft Management Report. There will then be an interactive, time-limited, questionand-answer period during which attendees may ask NMFS staff about information presented. Finally, registered speakers will be provided with an opportunity to speak and provide information. Each registered speaker will be limited to 5 minutes. Attendees may also submit written information. Science Workshops June 18, 2012: 8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.; East-West Center; Jefferson Hall (Imin Conference Center), University of Hawaii campus, 1601 East-West Road, Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 983– 5303. June 27, 2012: 8:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Nova Southeastern University, Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262–3600. Science Workshop Topics The science workshops in the Pacific Islands (HI) and Southeast (FL) regions will follow a similar format. Each will begin with a brief presentation on the Status Review Report, followed by sessions that expand specific elements of the Status Review Report. The science workshops will focus on two themes: ‘‘Climate Change and Climate Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems,’’ and ‘‘Coral Reef Ecology and Adaptation.’’ The Pacific Islands science workshop will include two Panel sessions, and the Southeast science workshop will include three sessions. Speaker Time Limits and Opportunities for Public Input After the presentation on the Status Review Report, there will be an interactive, time-limited, question-andanswer period during which attendees may ask NMFS staff about information presented. After each thematic session, there will be a 45- to 60-minute period during which registered speakers will be given an opportunity to ask additional questions of the panelists or to present additional information. During registration, speakers should sign up to speak under one or more thematic sessions. Each registered speaker will be limited to 5 minutes. Attendees may also submit written information. Questions Questions to panelists should be limited to those necessary to clarify the panelist’s presentation. Questions seeking consensus among panelists or registered speakers will not be entertained. Workshop Rapporteur NOAA scientific experts knowledgeable of coral reef ecosystems and climate will prepare a summary of the workshop, noting the main points raised by the panelists and the registered speakers. This summary and any written information submitted by the panelists, registered speakers, or other attendees will be part of the record of the workshop. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: May 16, 2012. Alan D. Risenhoover, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–12368 Filed 5–21–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\22MYN1.SGM 22MYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XT12


Petition To List 83 Species of Coral as Threatened or Endangered 
Under the Endangered Species Act (ESA)

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

ACTION: Notice of details of public listening sessions and scientific 
workshops.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announced in an April 17, 2012, Federal Register 
notice, public listening sessions and science workshops related to our 
status review of 82 coral species in response to a petition from the 
Center for Biological Diversity (CBD) to list 83 coral species as 
threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The 
purposes of the listening sessions are to

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explain to the public the process and information we are using to 
decide whether listing one or more of the 82 corals species is 
warranted, and to allow opportunity for the public to provide us with 
additional information that may further inform that decision. The 
purpose of the science workshops is to provide the opportunity for 
additional individual expert advice and public input on the science 
relevant to our decision concerning the 82 species of coral being 
considered for listing under the ESA.

DATES: The public listening sessions and science workshops will be held 
in June 2012. For specific dates and times, see SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: A public listening session and a science workshop will be 
held in Hawaii, and another public listening session and another 
science workshop will be held in Florida. For specific locations, see 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may obtain a copy of the Status Review 
Report of 82 Candidate Coral Species Petitioned Under the U.S. 
Endangered Species Act (Status Review Report) and the draft Management 
Report for 82 Corals Status Review under the Endangered Species Act: 
Assessment of Existing Regulatory Mechanisms and Conservation Efforts 
(draft Management Report) by visiting the Internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/stories/2012/04/4_13_12corals_petition.html.
    The two reports may also be viewed, by appointment, during regular 
business hours, at: NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 1601 
Kapiolani Blvd., Suite 1110, Honolulu, HI, 96814; or NMFS, Southeast 
Regional Office, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For listening sessions: Chelsey Young, 
NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808-944-2137; Lance Smith, NMFS, 
Pacific Island Regional Office, 808-944-2258; Jennifer Moore, NMFS, 
Southeast Regional Office, 727-824-5312. For science workshops: Samuel 
Pooley, NMFS, Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, 808-983-5301; 
Margaret Miller, NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center, 305-361-
4561.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    These public listening sessions and science workshops are not part 
of the usual rulemaking process and are unique to NMFS's response to 
the petition to list 83 coral species. Thus, the additional outreach 
conducted in this case does not establish precedent for any other ESA-
listing process.
    We will hold one public listening session and one science workshop 
in each of two NMFS regions: the Southeast and Pacific Islands.

Speaker Sign Up

    Doors will open for speaker registration one hour before the 
listening sessions and science workshops begin, though sign-up will 
continue throughout these meetings. If there are more speakers signed 
up than time allows for, we will select speakers from the registration 
list randomly. Registered speakers will be asked to indicate their full 
name, contact information, any organization(s) they are representing, 
and a brief summary of the information provided. Because it is possible 
that the schedule may not accommodate all registered speakers, we also 
encourage attendees to submit written information at the listening 
sessions and science workshops.

Listening Sessions

    June 25, 2012: 6-9 p.m.; Pagoda Hotel; 1525 Rycroft Street; 
Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 941-6611.
    June 28, 2012: 4-7 p.m.; Nova Southeastern University, 
Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems 
Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive; Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262-
3600.
    NMFS staff will provide a moderator for meeting management. Note-
takers will document the listening sessions, and audio recordings will 
be used to assist in clarifying speaker information for the final 
record.
    NMFS staff will provide a brief PowerPoint presentation that will 
cover the ESA status review process, the Status Review Report, and the 
draft Management Report. There will then be an interactive, time-
limited, question-and-answer period during which attendees may ask NMFS 
staff about information presented. Finally, registered speakers will be 
provided with an opportunity to speak and provide information. Each 
registered speaker will be limited to 5 minutes. Attendees may also 
submit written information.

Science Workshops

    June 18, 2012: 8:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.; East-West Center; Jefferson 
Hall (Imin Conference Center), University of Hawaii campus, 1601 East-
West Road, Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808) 983-5303.
    June 27, 2012: 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.; Nova Southeastern University, 
Oceanographic Center, Center of Excellence in Coral Reef Ecosystems 
Science, 8000 North Ocean Drive, Dania Beach, FL; telephone: (954) 262-
3600.

Science Workshop Topics

    The science workshops in the Pacific Islands (HI) and Southeast 
(FL) regions will follow a similar format. Each will begin with a brief 
presentation on the Status Review Report, followed by sessions that 
expand specific elements of the Status Review Report. The science 
workshops will focus on two themes: ``Climate Change and Climate 
Impacts on Coral Reef Ecosystems,'' and ``Coral Reef Ecology and 
Adaptation.'' The Pacific Islands science workshop will include two 
Panel sessions, and the Southeast science workshop will include three 
sessions.

Speaker Time Limits and Opportunities for Public Input

    After the presentation on the Status Review Report, there will be 
an interactive, time-limited, question-and-answer period during which 
attendees may ask NMFS staff about information presented.
    After each thematic session, there will be a 45- to 60-minute 
period during which registered speakers will be given an opportunity to 
ask additional questions of the panelists or to present additional 
information.
    During registration, speakers should sign up to speak under one or 
more thematic sessions. Each registered speaker will be limited to 5 
minutes. Attendees may also submit written information.

Questions

    Questions to panelists should be limited to those necessary to 
clarify the panelist's presentation. Questions seeking consensus among 
panelists or registered speakers will not be entertained.

Workshop Rapporteur

    NOAA scientific experts knowledgeable of coral reef ecosystems and 
climate will prepare a summary of the workshop, noting the main points 
raised by the panelists and the registered speakers. This summary and 
any written information submitted by the panelists, registered 
speakers, or other attendees will be part of the record of the 
workshop.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: May 16, 2012.
Alan D. Risenhoover,
Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-12368 Filed 5-21-12; 8:45 am]
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