Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Survey Projects, 36998-36999 [2012-14998]

Download as PDF 36998 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 20, 2012 / Notices On its domestic sales, Pfizer would be able to choose the duty rate during customs entry procedures that applies to the ibuprofen pharmaceutical products (duty-free) for foreign-status ibuprofen active ingredient (duty rate, 6.5%). Customs duties also could possibly be deferred or reduced on foreign-status production equipment. Public comment is invited from interested parties. Submissions shall be addressed to the Board’s Executive Secretary at the address below. The closing period for their receipt is July 30, 2012. A copy of the notification will be available for public inspection at the Office of the Executive Secretary, Foreign-Trade Zones Board, Room 2111, U.S. Department of Commerce, 1401 Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230–0002, and in the ‘‘Reading Room’’ section of the Board’s Web site, which is accessible via www.trade.gov/ ftz. For further information, contact Diane Finver at Diane.Finver@trade.gov or (202) 482–1367. Elizabeth Whiteman, Acting Executive Secretary. [FR Doc. 2012–15093 Filed 6–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Mandatory Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Survey National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before August 20, 2012. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:14 Jun 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Anik Clemens, (727) 551– 5611 or Anik.Clemens@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a current information collection. The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) authorizes the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) to prepare and amend fishery management plans for any fishery in waters under its jurisdiction. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) manages the shrimp fishery in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico under the Shrimp Fishery Management Plan (FMP). The regulations for the Gulf Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Form may be found at 50 CFR 622.5(a)(1)(iii)(C). Owners or operators of vessels applying for or renewing a commercial vessel moratorium permit for Gulf shrimp must complete an annual Gulf Shrimp Vessel and Gear Characterization Form. The form will be provided by NMFS at the time of permit application and renewal. Compliance with this reporting requirement is required for permit issuance and renewal. Through this form, NMFS is collecting census-level information on fishing vessel and gear characteristics in the Gulf of Mexico Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) shrimp fishery to conduct analyses that will improve fishery management decision-making in this fishery; ensure that national goals, objectives, and requirements of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA), Endangered Species Act (ESA), and Executive Order (E.O.) 12866 are met; and quantify achievement of the performance measures in the NMFS’ Operating Plans. This information is vital in assessing the economic, social, and environmental effects of fishery management decisions and regulations on individual shrimp fishing enterprises, fishing communities, and the nation as a whole. The burden estimates for this information collection have changed due to adjustments. Currently, there are approximately 1,563 permitted vessels in the Gulf shrimp fishery—fewer vessels than in the previous renewal. II. Method of Collection Respondents are mailed hard copies of the form. The forms must be PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 completed and mailed back to NMFS before their permits expire. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0542. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 1,563. Estimated Time per Response: Reports, 20 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 521. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: June 14, 2012. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2012–14987 Filed 6–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Survey Projects Office of Coast Survey (OCS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 119 / Wednesday, June 20, 2012 / Notices Notice of availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment; Request for comments. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE NOAA’s Office of Coast Survey (OCS) seeks comment on a draft programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the hydrographic surveys and related activities that OCS regularly conducts in navigationally significant waters around the nation. These surveys use a vessel equipped with high-frequency side scan sonar, single beam, and multibeam echosounders, which use sound waves to find and identify objects in the water and to determine water depth. Hydrographic survey projects support the OCS mission to provide reliable nautical charts and other products necessary for safe navigation and sound decision-making in U.S. ocean and coastal waters. The intended effects of the surveys are to provide the foundation for navigational charts required by all domestic ships moving people and products in and out of U.S. ports every year. Charts help prevent mariners from running ships aground or hitting dangerous obstructions (e.g., ship wrecks, marine debris, or pinnacle rocks). Groundings or collisions with other objects in the sea can result in the release of oil or dangerous chemicals into the marine environment. Date and Time: The above document is available for public review and comment through July 22, 2012. RIN 0648–XA626 ACTION: SUMMARY: If you wish to comment on the OCS Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment, you may email comments to Jeff Ferguson, Chief, Hydrographic Surveys Division at jeff.ferguson@noaa.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Jamison, Office of Coast Survey at 301–713–2777 x153 or kathleen.jamison@noaa.gov. The Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Survey Projects is available for review at http:// www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/Legal/. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: Coast and Geodetic Survey Act (33 U.S.C. 883a et seq.); Hydrographic Services Improvement Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 892). Dated: June 8, 2012. Kathryn Ries, Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2012–14998 Filed 6–19–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:14 Jun 19, 2012 Jkt 226001 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Mammals; File No. 16160 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that The Whale Museum (Responsible Party: Jenny Atkinson; Principal Investigator: Eric Eisenhardt), PO Box 945, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 16160. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before July 20, 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. 16160 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available 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 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 the File No. 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: Joselyd Garcia-Reyes or Kristy Beard, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 16160 is requested under the authority of the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36999 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 222–226). Permit No. 16160, issued on June 5, 2012 (77 FR 35657), authorizes takes of eight species of cetaceans in the inland waters of Washington State for scientific research. Two of the eight species targeted for research are listed as threatened or endangered: Killer whales (Orcinus orca) from the Southern Resident stock and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). Other species targeted for research are: Pacific whitesided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Dall’s porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli), harbor porpoises (Phocoena phocoena), eastern gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus), minke whales (B. acutorostrata), and killer whales. The research involves harassment by vessel approach for photo-identification, behavioral observation, and monitoring. The permit expires June 6, 2017. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to increase Southern Resident killer whale takes from 50 to 200 per year based on recommendations provided during the ESA Section 7 consultation. An environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (signed June 4, 2012) prepared for the permit has analyzed the requested 200 Southern Resident killer whale annual takes. NMFS determined that 200 Southern Resident killer whale takes would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of an environmental impact statement was not required. The EA and FONSI are available upon request. A Biological Opinion was also prepared for the permit, which analyzed 200 Southern Resident killer whale takes (signed June 4, 2012) and concluded that the research would not jeopardize threatened and endangered species or destroy or adversely modify critical habitat. However, the permit authorizes 50 annual takes of Southern Resident killer whales pending public opportunity to comment on the higher take number. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the amendment request to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. E:\FR\FM\20JNN1.SGM 20JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment for Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Survey Projects

AGENCY: Office of Coast Survey (OCS), National Ocean Service (NOS), 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of 
Commerce.

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ACTION: Notice of availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment; Request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NOAA's Office of Coast Survey (OCS) seeks comment on a draft 
programmatic environmental assessment (PEA) of the hydrographic surveys 
and related activities that OCS regularly conducts in navigationally 
significant waters around the nation. These surveys use a vessel 
equipped with high-frequency side scan sonar, single beam, and 
multibeam echosounders, which use sound waves to find and identify 
objects in the water and to determine water depth. Hydrographic survey 
projects support the OCS mission to provide reliable nautical charts 
and other products necessary for safe navigation and sound decision-
making in U.S. ocean and coastal waters. The intended effects of the 
surveys are to provide the foundation for navigational charts required 
by all domestic ships moving people and products in and out of U.S. 
ports every year. Charts help prevent mariners from running ships 
aground or hitting dangerous obstructions (e.g., ship wrecks, marine 
debris, or pinnacle rocks). Groundings or collisions with other objects 
in the sea can result in the release of oil or dangerous chemicals into 
the marine environment.
    Date and Time: The above document is available for public review 
and comment through July 22, 2012.

ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment on the OCS Draft Programmatic 
Environmental Assessment, you may email comments to Jeff Ferguson, 
Chief, Hydrographic Surveys Division at jeff.ferguson@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathleen Jamison, Office of Coast 
Survey at 301-713-2777 x153 or kathleen.jamison@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Draft Programmatic Environmental 
Assessment for Office of Coast Survey Hydrographic Survey Projects is 
available for review at http://www.nauticalcharts.noaa.gov/Legal/.

    Authority:  Coast and Geodetic Survey Act (33 U.S.C. 883a et 
seq.); Hydrographic Services Improvement Act, as amended (33 U.S.C. 
892).

    Dated: June 8, 2012.
Kathryn Ries,
Director, Office of Coast Survey, National Ocean Service, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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