Marine Mammals; File No. 15240, 31836-31837 [2012-13112]

Download as PDF 31836 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 104 / Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / Notices Written comments on the application should be addressed to the NMFS Salmon Management Division, 1201 NE. Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, or faxed to 503– 872–2737. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: TribalFisheries.nwr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Tribal fishery plan in Idaho. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: ˜ Enrique Patino, at phone number: (206) 526–4655, or email: Enrique.Patino@noaa.gov. ADDRESSES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River spring/summer. Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River fallrun. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River basin. Sockeye (O. nerka): endangered, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River. The Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have submitted to NMFS a Tribal Plan describing the management of ceremonial and subsistence fisheries in the Salmon River basin in the State of Idaho. The objective of the Tribal Plan is to harvest spring Chinook salmon in a manner that does not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESU. Impact levels on the listed spring Chinook salmon populations in the ESU are specified by a sliding-scale harvest rate schedule based on run size and escapement needs as described in the Tribal Plan. The Tribal Plan sets maximum harvest rates for each management unit or population based on its status, and assures that those rates or objectives are not exceeded. A variety of monitoring and evaluation tasks to be conducted by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes is specified in the Tribal Plan to assess the abundance of spring Chinook salmon and to determine fishery effort and catch. A comprehensive review of the Tribal Plan to evaluate whether the fisheries and ESA-listed salmon and steelhead populations are performing as expected will be done within the proposed fishery season and at the end of the proposed season. As required by the ESA 4(d) rule for Tribal Plans (65 FR 42481, July 10, 2000), the Secretary is seeking public VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 May 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 comment on his pending determination as to whether the Tribal Plan for fisheries in the Salmon River of Idaho by the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESA-listed Snake River salmon and steelhead. Under section 4(d) of the ESA, the Secretary is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. NMFS has issued a final ESA 4(d) Rule for Tribal Plans adopting regulations necessary and advisable to harmonize statutory conservation requirements with tribal rights and the Federal trust responsibility to tribes (50 CFR 223.209). This 4(d) Rule for Tribal Plans applies the prohibitions enumerated in section 9(a)(1) of the ESA. NMFS did not find it necessary and advisable to apply the take prohibitions described in section 9(a)(1)(B) and 9(a)(1)(C) to fishery harvest activities if the fisheries are managed in accordance with a Tribal Plan whose implementation has been determined by the Secretary to not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the listed salmonids. As specified in the Tribal 4(d) Rule, before the Secretary makes a decision on the Tribal Plan, the public must have an opportunity to review and comment on the pending determination. 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 (50 CFR 223.209) states that the ESA section 9 take prohibitions will not apply to Tribal Plans that will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for the listed species. Dated: May 23, 2012. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–13117 Filed 5–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA874 Marine Mammals; File No. 15240 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), 2570 Dole Street, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (Responsible Party: Frank A. Parrish, Ph.D.) to conduct research on cetaceans. 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 Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700; phone (808)944–2200; fax (808)973–2941. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Laura Morse, (301)427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 20, 2011, notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 78890) that a request for a permit to conduct cetacean research had been submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). Permit No. 15240 authorizes the PIFSC to take 20 cetacean species, including six species listed as endangered [blue (Balaenoptera musculus), fin (B. physalus), sei (B. borealis), humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), sperm (Physeter macrocephalus), and North Pacific right (Eubalaena japonica) whales] and one stock proposed to be listed as endangered, Hawaiian insular false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). Endangered Hawaiian monk seals [Monachus schauinslandi] may be harassed incidental to the cetacean research. The purpose of the research is to determine the abundance, distribution, stock structure, movement patterns, and ecological relationships of cetaceans occurring in U.S. and international waters of the Pacific Islands Region. The action area includes Hawaii, Palmyra, American Samoa, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 104 / Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / Notices Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Johnston Atoll, Kingman Reef, Howland Island, Baker Island, Jarvis Island, and Wake Island. Research methodologies include aerial and vessel surveys, behavioral observations, photo-identification, acoustic recordings, biopsy collection, and dart and suction cup tagging. Salvage and import/export of cetacean parts, specimens, and biological samples may also occur. The permit is valid through May 31, 2017. An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human environment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the permit would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of an environmental impact statement was not required. That determination is documented in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on May 15, 2012. As required by the ESA, issuance of this permit 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 species; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: May 23, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–13112 Filed 5–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Information Collection; Submission for OMB Review, Comment Request Corporation for National and Community Service. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Corporation for National and Community Service (the Corporation), has submitted a public information collection request (ICR) entitled Understanding the Value of Service in Participant’s Experience for review and approval in accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13, (44 U.S.C. chapter 35). Copies of this ICR, with applicable supporting documentation, may be obtained by calling the Corporation for National and Community Service, Scott Richardson, at (202) 606–6903 or email srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 May 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 to srichardson@cns.gov. 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This comment period ended January 24, 2012. One public comment was received from this Notice, submitted by the Washington Commission for National & Community Service (‘‘Commission’’). The Commission recommended removing ‘‘active duty’’ from the survey question about veteran status, and CNCS removed ‘‘active duty’’ from the survey. The Commission questioned whether it was necessary to collect respondents’ income and household size data. CNCS omitted these questions from the survey. The Commission recommended adding ‘‘transfer of the Siegel Education Award PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31837 to a family member’’ as a possible motivation for Senior Corps volunteers to serve. CNCS added this to the survey. The Commission suggested clarifying the term ‘‘supervisor/team leader’’ in the survey. CNCS program offices provided accurate wording for supervisors and team leaders, and these were added to the survey. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA874


Marine Mammals; File No. 15240

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to NMFS 
Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC), 2570 Dole Street, 
Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (Responsible Party: Frank A. Parrish, Ph.D.) to 
conduct research on cetaceans.

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
    Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808)944-2200; fax (808)973-2941.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Laura Morse, 
(301)427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 20, 2011, notice was published 
in the Federal Register (76 FR 78890) that a request for a permit to 
conduct cetacean research had been submitted by the above-named 
applicant. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of 
the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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.), and the regulations governing 
the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened 
species (50 CFR parts 222-226).
    Permit No. 15240 authorizes the PIFSC to take 20 cetacean species, 
including six species listed as endangered [blue (Balaenoptera 
musculus), fin (B. physalus), sei (B. borealis), humpback (Megaptera 
novaeangliae), sperm (Physeter macrocephalus), and North Pacific right 
(Eubalaena japonica) whales] and one stock proposed to be listed as 
endangered, Hawaiian insular false killer whales (Pseudorca 
crassidens). Endangered Hawaiian monk seals [Monachus schauinslandi] 
may be harassed incidental to the cetacean research. The purpose of the 
research is to determine the abundance, distribution, stock structure, 
movement patterns, and ecological relationships of cetaceans occurring 
in U.S. and international waters of the Pacific Islands Region. The 
action area includes Hawaii, Palmyra, American Samoa,

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Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Johnston Atoll, 
Kingman Reef, Howland Island, Baker Island, Jarvis Island, and Wake 
Island. Research methodologies include aerial and vessel surveys, 
behavioral observations, photo-identification, acoustic recordings, 
biopsy collection, and dart and suction cup tagging. Salvage and 
import/export of cetacean parts, specimens, and biological samples may 
also occur. The permit is valid through May 31, 2017.
    An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared analyzing the effects 
of the permitted activities on the human environment in compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). 
Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the 
permit would not significantly impact the quality of the human 
environment and that preparation of an environmental impact statement 
was not required. That determination is documented in a Finding of No 
Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on May 15, 2012.
    As required by the ESA, issuance of this permit 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 species; and (3) is 
consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the 
ESA.

    Dated: May 23, 2012.
Tammy C. Adams,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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