Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 31835-31836 [2012-13117]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 104 / Wednesday, May 30, 2012 / Notices These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, The Japan Steel Company ... 118.53 All Others .............................. 118.53 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)427–8401; fax (301)713–0376; and This notice also serves as the only Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box reminder to parties subject to 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone administrative protective order (APO) of (907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249. their responsibility concerning the Written comments on this application return or destruction of proprietary should be submitted to the Chief, information disclosed under APO in Permits and Conservation Division, at accordance with 19 CFR 351.305. the address listed above. Comments may Timely notification of the return or also be submitted by facsimile to destruction of APO materials or (301)713–0376, or by email to conversion to judicial protective orders NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please is hereby requested. Failure to comply include the File No. in the subject line with the regulations and terms of an of the email comment. APO is a violation which is subject to Those individuals requesting a public sanction. hearing should submit a written request We are issuing and publishing the to the Chief, Permits and Conservation results and notice in accordance with Division at the address listed above. The sections 751(c), 752(c), and 777(i)(1) of request should set forth the specific the Act. reasons why a hearing on these applications would be appropriate. Dated: May 22, 2012. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul Piquado, Laura Morse or Jennifer Skidmore, Assistant Secretary for Import (301)427–8401. Administration. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The [FR Doc. 2012–13103 Filed 5–29–12; 8:45 am] subject permit is requested under the BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR National Oceanic and Atmospheric part 216), the Endangered Species Act of Administration 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the regulations governing the RIN 0648–XB158 taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 Marine Mammals; File No. 16580 CFR 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and seq.). Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), The objectives of the proposed Commerce. research are to examine reproductive, nutritional and stress physiology, and ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. morphology in marine mammals. The applicant is requesting to receive and SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Shannon Atkinson, Ph.D., University of export samples of marine mammals taken by Alaskan Native subsistence Alaska Fairbanks, 17101 Pt. Lena Loop hunters, and receive, and import/export Road, Juneau, AK 99801 has applied in specimens from foreign scientists in due form for a permit to import, export, academic, federal, and state institutions and receive marine mammal parts for involved in legally authorized marine scientific research. mammal research. The applicant DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email requests parts for all marine mammal comments must be received on or before species under NMFS jurisdiction. June 29, 2012. Marine mammal parts will be used ADDRESSES: The application and related incidentally for educational purposes. documents are available for review by Import/export activities would occur selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public world-wide. No live animals would be Comment’’ from the Features box on the harassed or taken, lethally or otherwise, Applications and Permits for Protected under the requested permit. The Species (APPS) home page, https:// requested duration of the permit is 5 apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting years. File No. 16580 from the list of available In compliance with the National applications. Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Manufacturers/Exporters/Producers VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:58 May 29, 2012 Weighted-average dumping margin (percent) Jkt 226001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31835 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding a copy of the application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: May 23, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–13115 Filed 5–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC049 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of tribal harvest plan evaluation and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have submitted a Tribal Resource Management Plan (Tribal Plan) to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Tribal Plans promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan specifies the management of ceremonial and subsistence fisheries in the Salmon River basin in the State of Idaho that potentially affect Snake River salmon and steelhead listed as threatened under the ESA. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the proposed evaluation of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) as to whether implementation of the Tribal Plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of Snake River salmon and steelhead. This notice further advises the public of the availability for review of an Environmental Assessment of the effects of the NMFS determination on the subject Tribal Plan. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on June 29, 2012. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30MYN1.SGM 30MYN1 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

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 104 (Wednesday, May 30, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 31835-31836]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-13117]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC049


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice; availability of tribal harvest plan evaluation and 
request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Shoshone-Bannock Tribes have 
submitted a Tribal Resource Management Plan (Tribal Plan) to NMFS 
pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted 
under Tribal Plans promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 
The Tribal Plan specifies the management of ceremonial and subsistence 
fisheries in the Salmon River basin in the State of Idaho that 
potentially affect Snake River salmon and steelhead listed as 
threatened under the ESA. This document serves to notify the public of 
the availability for comment of the proposed evaluation of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) as to whether implementation of the 
Tribal Plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and 
recovery of Snake River salmon and steelhead.
    This notice further advises the public of the availability for 
review of an Environmental Assessment of the effects of the NMFS 
determination on the subject Tribal Plan.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax 
number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on June 29, 
2012.

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ADDRESSES: 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 Pati[ntilde]o, at phone 
number: (206) 526-4655, or email: Enrique.Patino@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

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 fall-run.
    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 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.
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