Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans, 77430-77431 [2013-30478]

Download as PDF 77430 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2013 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Foreign Fishing Vessel Permits, Vessel, and Gear Identification, and Reporting Requirements 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 February 21, 2014. 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 copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Mark Wildman, (301) 427– 8386 or mark.wildman@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a current information collection. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) issues permits, under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.; MSA), to foreign fishing vessels fishing or operating in U.S. waters. MSA and associated regulations at 50 CFR Part 600 requires applications for the permits, vessels and certain gear be marked for identification purposes, and for permit holders to report their fishing effort and catch or, when processing fish, amount and locations of fish received from U.S. vessels. These requirements apply to all foreign vessels fishing, transshipping, or processing fish in U.S. waters. Information is collected from persons who operate a foreign fishing vessel in U.S. waters to participate in a directed fishery or joint venture operation, transship fish harvested by a U.S. vessel to a location outside the U.S., or process VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Dec 20, 2013 Jkt 232001 fish in internal waters. Each person may be required to submit information for a permit, mark their vessels and gear, or submit information about their fishing activities. To facilitate observer coverage, foreign fishing vessel operators must provide a quarterly schedule of fishing effort and upon request must also provide observers with copies of any required records. For foreign fishing vessels that process fish in internal waters, the information collected varies somewhat from other foreign fishing vessels that participate in a directed fishery or a joint venture operation. In particular these vessels may not be required to provide a permit application or mark their vessels. The information submitted in applications is used to determine whether permits should be used to authorize directed foreign fishing, participation in joint ventures with U.S. vessels, or transshipments of fish or fish products within U.S. waters. The display of identifying numbers on vessels and gear aid in fishery law enforcement and allows other fishermen to report suspicious activity. Reporting of fishing activities allows monitoring of fish received by foreign vessels. II. Method of Collection Foreign fishing activity reports are made by radio when fishing begins or ceases, to report on transfers of fish, and to file weekly reports on the catch or receipt of fish. Weekly reports may be submitted by fax or email. Recordkeeping requirement for foreign vessels include a communications log, a transfer log, a daily fishing log, a consolidated fishing or joint venture log, and a daily joint venture log. These records must be maintained for three years. Paper forms are used for foreign fishing vessel permit applications. No information is submitted for the vessel and gear marking requirements. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0075. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 8. Estimated Time per Response: For permit applications: one and one-half hours for an application for a directed fishery; two hours for a joint venture application, and 45 minutes for a transshipment permit. For fishing activity reporting: 6 minutes for a joint venture report; 30 minutes per day for joint venture recordkeeping; and 71⁄2 minutes per day for recordkeeping by PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 transport vessels. For weekly reports, 30 minutes per response. For foreign vessel and gear identification marking: 15 minutes per marking. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 82. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $3,337 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: December 17, 2013. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 2013–30455 Filed 12–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC279 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Availability. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the adoption of an Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plan for the SouthCentral California Coast Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Distinct Population Segment (DPS), which spawn and rear in coastal rivers from the Pajaro River to Arroyo Grande Creek, California. The Final SouthCentral California Coast Steelhead SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 246 / Monday, December 23, 2013 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Recovery Plan (Final Recovery Plan) is now available. ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Final Recovery Plan are available online at http://www.westcoast.fisheries. noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_ steelhead/recovery_planning_and_ implementation/south_central_southern _california_coast/south_central_ southern_california_salmon_recovery_ domain.html. A CD ROM of these documents can be obtained by emailing a request to Anthony.Spina@noaa.gov or by writing to NMFS at 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Spina, National Marine Fisheries Service, (562) 980–4045. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background The ESA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that we develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of threatened and endangered species under our jurisdiction, unless it is determined that such plans would not result in the conservation of the species. We designated the South-Central California Coast Steelhead Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) as threatened in the Federal Register on August 18, 1997 (62 FR 43937). NMFS reaffirmed the listing of all West Coast steelhead populations and applied the DPS designation in place of the ESU designation on January 5, 2006 (72 FR 834). We published a Notice of Availability of the proposed Draft Recovery Plan in the Federal Register on October 19, 2012 (77 FR 64316). NMFS held eight multi-day public meetings on the threats assessment and recovery actions, and two public meetings on the proposed draft Recovery Plan to solicit public comments. We received over 40 comments on the proposed draft Recovery Plan. We revised the proposed draft Recovery Plan based on the comments received, and this final version now constitutes the Recovery Plan for the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS. The ESA requires that recovery plans incorporate, to the extent practicable: (1) Objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in a determination that the species is no longer threatened or endangered; (2) site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the plan’s goals; and (3) estimates of the time required and costs to implement recovery actions. Our goal is to restore the threatened South-Central California VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:12 Dec 20, 2013 Jkt 232001 Coast Steelhead DPS to the point where they are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems and no longer need the protections of the ESA. The Final Recovery Plan provides background on the natural history of South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS, current population trends, and the threats to their viability. The Final Recovery Plan lays out a recovery strategy to address the threats based on the best available science and includes goals that incorporate objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in a determination that the species may be removed from the Federal list of threatened and endangered species. The Final Recovery Plan is not regulatory, but presents guidance for use by agencies and interested parties to assist in the recovery of the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS. The Final Recovery Plan identifies substantive recovery actions needed to achieve recovery by addressing the systemic threats to the species, and provides a time-line and estimated costs of recovery actions. The strategy for recovery includes a linkage between conservation and management actions and an active research and monitoring program intended to fill data gaps and assess effectiveness of those actions. The Final Recovery Plan incorporates an adaptive management framework by which conservation and management actions and other elements will evolve and adapt as we gain information through research and monitoring; it describes the agency guidance for periodic review of the status of the species and the recovery plan. To address threats related to the species, the Final Recovery Plan acknowledges many of the significant efforts already underway to restore steelhead access to high quality habitat and to improve habitat previously degraded. We expect the Final Recovery Plan to help us and other Federal agencies take a consistent approach to section 7 consultations under the ESA and to other ESA decisions. For example, the Final Recovery Plan will provide information on the biological context for the effects that a proposed action may have on the listed DPS. The information in the Final Recovery Plan on the natural history, threats, and potential limiting factors, and priorities for recovery can be used to help assess risks and conservation actions. Consistent with the adoption of this Final Recovery Plan for the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS, we will implement relevant actions for which we have authority, work cooperatively on implementation of other actions, and PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 77431 encourage other Federal and state agencies to implement recovery actions for which they have responsibility and authority. Recovery of the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS will require a long-term effort in cooperation and coordination with Federal, state, tribal and local government agencies, and the community. Conclusion NMFS has reviewed the Plan for compliance with the requirements of the ESA section 4(f), determined that it does incorporate the required elements and is therefore adopting it as the Final Recovery Plan for South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: December 18, 2013. Angela Somma, Division Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–30478 Filed 12–20–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD017 Appointments to a Recreational Fisheries Working Group by the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for applications. AGENCY: Applications are being solicited for appointment to a Recreational Fisheries Working Group of the Marine Fisheries Advisory Committee (MAFAC). The members will be appointed by MAFAC in consultation with NOAA and will serve for an initial term of up to two years, with the option to apply for re-appointment. The term would begin in February 2014. Nominees should possess demonstrable expertise in one or more of the following: The management or business of recreational fishing and/or fisheries science; a well-informed background in recreational fisheries issues; an operational knowledge of federal agencies and interactions with the Fishery Management Councils and/or regional and state partners; and be able to fulfill the time commitments required for up to one annual meeting, and conference calls quarterly. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC279


Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the 
adoption of an Endangered Species Act (ESA) recovery plan for the 
South-Central California Coast Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) Distinct 
Population Segment (DPS), which spawn and rear in coastal rivers from 
the Pajaro River to Arroyo Grande Creek, California. The Final South-
Central California Coast Steelhead

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Recovery Plan (Final Recovery Plan) is now available.

ADDRESSES: Electronic copies of the Final Recovery Plan are available 
online at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/south_central_southern_california_coast/south_central_southern_california_salmon_recovery_domain.html. A CD ROM of these documents 
can be obtained by emailing a request to Anthony.Spina@noaa.gov or by 
writing to NMFS at 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 
90802.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Anthony Spina, National Marine 
Fisheries Service, (562) 980-4045.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    The ESA, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that we 
develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival 
of threatened and endangered species under our jurisdiction, unless it 
is determined that such plans would not result in the conservation of 
the species. We designated the South-Central California Coast Steelhead 
Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) as threatened in the Federal 
Register on August 18, 1997 (62 FR 43937). NMFS reaffirmed the listing 
of all West Coast steelhead populations and applied the DPS designation 
in place of the ESU designation on January 5, 2006 (72 FR 834).
    We published a Notice of Availability of the proposed Draft 
Recovery Plan in the Federal Register on October 19, 2012 (77 FR 
64316). NMFS held eight multi-day public meetings on the threats 
assessment and recovery actions, and two public meetings on the 
proposed draft Recovery Plan to solicit public comments. We received 
over 40 comments on the proposed draft Recovery Plan. We revised the 
proposed draft Recovery Plan based on the comments received, and this 
final version now constitutes the Recovery Plan for the South-Central 
California Coast Steelhead DPS.
    The ESA requires that recovery plans incorporate, to the extent 
practicable: (1) Objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would 
result in a determination that the species is no longer threatened or 
endangered; (2) site-specific management actions necessary to achieve 
the plan's goals; and (3) estimates of the time required and costs to 
implement recovery actions. Our goal is to restore the threatened 
South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS to the point where they 
are again secure, self-sustaining members of their ecosystems and no 
longer need the protections of the ESA.
    The Final Recovery Plan provides background on the natural history 
of South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS, current population 
trends, and the threats to their viability. The Final Recovery Plan 
lays out a recovery strategy to address the threats based on the best 
available science and includes goals that incorporate objective, 
measurable criteria which, when met, would result in a determination 
that the species may be removed from the Federal list of threatened and 
endangered species. The Final Recovery Plan is not regulatory, but 
presents guidance for use by agencies and interested parties to assist 
in the recovery of the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS. 
The Final Recovery Plan identifies substantive recovery actions needed 
to achieve recovery by addressing the systemic threats to the species, 
and provides a time-line and estimated costs of recovery actions. The 
strategy for recovery includes a linkage between conservation and 
management actions and an active research and monitoring program 
intended to fill data gaps and assess effectiveness of those actions. 
The Final Recovery Plan incorporates an adaptive management framework 
by which conservation and management actions and other elements will 
evolve and adapt as we gain information through research and 
monitoring; it describes the agency guidance for periodic review of the 
status of the species and the recovery plan. To address threats related 
to the species, the Final Recovery Plan acknowledges many of the 
significant efforts already underway to restore steelhead access to 
high quality habitat and to improve habitat previously degraded.
    We expect the Final Recovery Plan to help us and other Federal 
agencies take a consistent approach to section 7 consultations under 
the ESA and to other ESA decisions. For example, the Final Recovery 
Plan will provide information on the biological context for the effects 
that a proposed action may have on the listed DPS. The information in 
the Final Recovery Plan on the natural history, threats, and potential 
limiting factors, and priorities for recovery can be used to help 
assess risks and conservation actions. Consistent with the adoption of 
this Final Recovery Plan for the South-Central California Coast 
Steelhead DPS, we will implement relevant actions for which we have 
authority, work cooperatively on implementation of other actions, and 
encourage other Federal and state agencies to implement recovery 
actions for which they have responsibility and authority.
    Recovery of the South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS will 
require a long-term effort in cooperation and coordination with 
Federal, state, tribal and local government agencies, and the 
community.

Conclusion

    NMFS has reviewed the Plan for compliance with the requirements of 
the ESA section 4(f), determined that it does incorporate the required 
elements and is therefore adopting it as the Final Recovery Plan for 
South-Central California Coast Steelhead DPS.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: December 18, 2013.
Angela Somma,
Division Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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