National Estuarine Research Reserve System, 53732 [2013-21220]

Download as PDF 53732 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 169 / Friday, August 30, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Estuarine Research Reserve System Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of approval of the Grand Bay, Mississippi and Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revisions. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce approves the Grand Bay, Mississippi and the Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revisions. The revised management plans outline the administrative structure; the research, education, training, and stewardship goals of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The Grand Bay Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research, education, training and stewardship functions to address high priority issues including climate change, threats to reserve resources and ecological functions, watershed development, and changes in water quality. Since the last management plan, the reserve has built out its core programs and monitoring infrastructure; constructed a L.E.E.D. certified Coastal Resources Center that includes laboratories, offices, classrooms, interpretative areas, and dormitories; and created interpretive trails. With the approval of this management plan, the Grand Bay Reserve will decrease their total acreage from 18,400 acres to 18,049. The change is attributable to accuracy adjustments based on improved geographic information for the site. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 18,049 acre Grand Bay Reserve for the next five years. The Delaware management plan focuses on improving the scientific understanding of estuarine and coastal ecosystems; improving public awareness and environmental literacy to enable environmentally sustainable tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:00 Aug 29, 2013 Jkt 229001 decision-making; and protecting, managing and restoring the reserve to serve as a model site for sustainable community stewardship. Notable changes in the revised plan include a boundary expansion, a new coastal training program, implementation of the Blackbird Creek Reserve Master Ecological Restoration Plan, the opening of the Blackbird Creek Stewardship Center and facility improvements to the St. Jones Coastal Training Center. With the approval of this management plan, the Delaware Reserve will increase their total acreage from 4,930 acres to 6,206. The change is attributable to acquisition of two parcels, totaling 64.3 acres, and increased mapping accuracy. These parcels have high ecological value and provide increased opportunities for research, education, and restoration. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 6,206 acre Delaware Reserve for the next five years. The Grand Bay, Mississippi Reserve Management Plan revision is available at (http://grandbaynerr.org/reservemanagement-plan) and the Delaware Reserve Management Plan revision is available at (http://de.gov/dnerr). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Chasse at (301) 563–1198, Michael Migilori at (301) 563–1126 or Erica Seiden at (301) 563–1172 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: August 23, 2013. Christopher C. Cartwright, Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and CFO/CAO, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–21220 Filed 8–29–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC010 Marine Mammals; File No. 14325 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 Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), Division of Wildlife Conservation, Juneau, AK, (Principal Investigator: Michael Rehberg), has SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 14325–02 for taking Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) in Alaska. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before September 30, 2013. 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. 14325 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 Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone (907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249. 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, Conservation and Education 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: Tammy Adams or Amy Sloan, (301)427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 14325–02 is requested 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 (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.). Permit No. 14325, issued on August 17, 2009 (74 FR 44822), authorizes taking of marine mammals during continuation of a long-term research program investigating various hypotheses for the decline or lack of recovery of Steller sea lions in Alaska. E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 169 (Friday, August 30, 2013)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Estuarine Research Reserve System

AGENCY: Estuarine Reserves Division, Office of Ocean and Coastal 
Resource Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of approval of the Grand Bay, Mississippi and Delaware 
National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revisions.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Estuarine Reserves Division, 
Office of Ocean and Coastal Resource Management, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce approves the Grand Bay, Mississippi and the 
Delaware National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan Revisions. 
The revised management plans outline the administrative structure; the 
research, education, training, and stewardship goals of the reserve; 
and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to 
support reserve operations.
    The Grand Bay Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, 
linking research, education, training and stewardship functions to 
address high priority issues including climate change, threats to 
reserve resources and ecological functions, watershed development, and 
changes in water quality. Since the last management plan, the reserve 
has built out its core programs and monitoring infrastructure; 
constructed a L.E.E.D. certified Coastal Resources Center that includes 
laboratories, offices, classrooms, interpretative areas, and 
dormitories; and created interpretive trails.
    With the approval of this management plan, the Grand Bay Reserve 
will decrease their total acreage from 18,400 acres to 18,049. The 
change is attributable to accuracy adjustments based on improved 
geographic information for the site. The revised management plan will 
serve as the guiding document for the 18,049 acre Grand Bay Reserve for 
the next five years.
    The Delaware management plan focuses on improving the scientific 
understanding of estuarine and coastal ecosystems; improving public 
awareness and environmental literacy to enable environmentally 
sustainable decision-making; and protecting, managing and restoring the 
reserve to serve as a model site for sustainable community stewardship. 
Notable changes in the revised plan include a boundary expansion, a new 
coastal training program, implementation of the Blackbird Creek Reserve 
Master Ecological Restoration Plan, the opening of the Blackbird Creek 
Stewardship Center and facility improvements to the St. Jones Coastal 
Training Center.
    With the approval of this management plan, the Delaware Reserve 
will increase their total acreage from 4,930 acres to 6,206. The change 
is attributable to acquisition of two parcels, totaling 64.3 acres, and 
increased mapping accuracy. These parcels have high ecological value 
and provide increased opportunities for research, education, and 
restoration. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding 
document for the 6,206 acre Delaware Reserve for the next five years.
    The Grand Bay, Mississippi Reserve Management Plan revision is 
available at (http://grandbaynerr.org/reserve-management-plan) and the 
Delaware Reserve Management Plan revision is available at (http://de.gov/dnerr).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Chasse at (301) 563-1198, Michael 
Migilori at (301) 563-1126 or Erica Seiden at (301) 563-1172 of NOAA's 
National Ocean Service, Estuarine Reserves Division, 1305 East-West 
Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Dated: August 23, 2013.
Christopher C. Cartwright,
Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and CFO/CAO, National 
Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2013-21220 Filed 8-29-13; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-08-P