Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 74116 [2013-29399]

Download as PDF 74116 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 10, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD018 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of hatchery plans and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has submitted four Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The HGMPs specify the operations of four hatchery programs rearing salmon and steelhead in the Sandy River subbasin within the State of Oregon. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the HGMPs for comment prior to a decision by NMFS whether to approve the proposed hatchery programs. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on January 9, 2014. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be addressed to the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries 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: SandyHatcheries2013.wcr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Oregon’s 2013 Sandy hatchery plans. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Turner, at phone number: (503) 736– 4737, or via email: Rich.Turner@ noaa.gov. SUMMARY: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: maindgalligan on DSK5TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Columbia River. Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:48 Dec 09, 2013 Jkt 232001 Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Pacific eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus): Threatened, naturally produced southern distinct population segment. ODFW has previously submitted to NMFS four HGMPs describing hatchery programs that release salmon and steelhead into the Sandy River that were found, in a September 28, 2012, determination, to comply with requirements of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. These programs were designed to meet mitigation responsibilities related to impacts from development in the Sandy River and Columbia River basins by providing hatchery fish to support fishing opportunities while minimizing potential risks to natural-origin spring Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter steelhead populations, consistent with Oregon’s Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead. The September 28, 2012, determination remains in effect. Since the determination, ODFW has identified changes it wishes to make to its hatchery operations and has submitted to NMFS four revised HGMPs describing changes to the current hatchery programs. The revised Spring Chinook Salmon HGMP includes the incorporation of natural-origin Chinook salmon into the broodstock, a reduction in the number of juveniles released, and changes in rearing locations. The revised Winter Steelhead Program HGMP includes the incorporation of natural-origin winter steelhead into the broodstock. The revised Coho Salmon Program and the Summer Steelhead Program HGMPs include changes to rearing locations. Submittal of these four revised HGMPs constitutes the proposed action and the revised HGMPs are the subject of this notice. As specified in the July 10, 2000, ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead (65 FR 42422) and updated June 28, 2005 (70 FR 37160), NMFS may approve an HGMP if it meets criteria set forth in 50 CFR 223.203(b)(5)(i)(A) through (K). Prior to final approval of an HGMP, NMFS must publish notification announcing its availability for public review and comment. Authority Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the criteria for such activities. Limit 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(5)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities associated with artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP has been approved by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005). Dated: December 4, 2013. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–29399 Filed 12–9–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD019 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of receipt and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received three applications for direct take permits for spring Chinook salmon, in the form of Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). One application is from the Public Utility District No. 1 of Douglas County (Douglas PUD), the Public Utility District of Grant County (Grant PUD), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) for the operation of the Methow spring Chinook salmon program. Another application is from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) and U.S. Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation) for the Winthrop National Fish Hatchery (WNFH) spring Chinook salmon program. The third application is from the Confederated Colville Tribes (CCT); this program is funded by the Bonneville Power Administration (BPA) and operates in close coordination with the USFWS and Reclamation WNFH spring Chinook program. All applicants SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10DEN1.SGM 10DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD018


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 hatchery plans and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and 
Wildlife (ODFW) has submitted four Hatchery and Genetic Management 
Plans (HGMPs) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for 
Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). 
The HGMPs specify the operations of four hatchery programs rearing 
salmon and steelhead in the Sandy River subbasin within the State of 
Oregon. This document serves to notify the public of the availability 
of the HGMPs for comment prior to a decision by NMFS whether to approve 
the proposed hatchery programs.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax 
number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific time on January 9, 
2014.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be addressed to 
the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries 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: SandyHatcheries2013.wcr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of 
the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Oregon's 2013 
Sandy hatchery plans.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Turner, at phone number: (503) 
736-4737, or via email: Rich.Turner@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened, naturally 
produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Columbia River.
    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Pacific eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus): Threatened, naturally 
produced southern distinct population segment.
    ODFW has previously submitted to NMFS four HGMPs describing 
hatchery programs that release salmon and steelhead into the Sandy 
River that were found, in a September 28, 2012, determination, to 
comply with requirements of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. 
These programs were designed to meet mitigation responsibilities 
related to impacts from development in the Sandy River and Columbia 
River basins by providing hatchery fish to support fishing 
opportunities while minimizing potential risks to natural-origin spring 
Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter steelhead populations, 
consistent with Oregon's Lower Columbia River Conservation and Recovery 
Plan for Oregon Populations of Salmon and Steelhead. The September 28, 
2012, determination remains in effect.
    Since the determination, ODFW has identified changes it wishes to 
make to its hatchery operations and has submitted to NMFS four revised 
HGMPs describing changes to the current hatchery programs. The revised 
Spring Chinook Salmon HGMP includes the incorporation of natural-origin 
Chinook salmon into the broodstock, a reduction in the number of 
juveniles released, and changes in rearing locations. The revised 
Winter Steelhead Program HGMP includes the incorporation of natural-
origin winter steelhead into the broodstock. The revised Coho Salmon 
Program and the Summer Steelhead Program HGMPs include changes to 
rearing locations. Submittal of these four revised HGMPs constitutes 
the proposed action and the revised HGMPs are the subject of this 
notice.
    As specified in the July 10, 2000, ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and 
steelhead (65 FR 42422) and updated June 28, 2005 (70 FR 37160), NMFS 
may approve an HGMP if it meets criteria set forth in 50 CFR 
223.203(b)(5)(i)(A) through (K). Prior to final approval of an HGMP, 
NMFS must publish notification announcing its availability for public 
review and comment.

Authority

    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required 
to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the 
conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and 
steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 
37160, June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that 
contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the 
criteria for such activities. Limit 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 
223.203(b)(5)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) 
of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities 
associated with artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP 
has been approved by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and 
steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 
37160, June 28, 2005).

    Dated: December 4, 2013.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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