Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Identify the Central North Pacific Population of Humpback Whale as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Delist the DPS Under the Endangered Species Act; Extension of Public Comment Period, 40054-40055 [2014-16150]

Download as PDF 40054 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 133 / Friday, July 11, 2014 / Proposed Rules Parts per million Commodity Sapodilla ................................. Sapote, black .......................... Sapote, mamey ...................... Star apple ............................... Swiss chard ............................ Tomato .................................... Turnip, greens ........................ Vegetable, cucurbit, group 9 .. 2.5 2.5 2.5 2.5 18 1.5 40 0.5 § 180.577 [Amended] § 180.602 [Amended] 45. In § 180.602, remove the entry for ‘‘Hop, dried cones’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.605 [Amended] 46. In § 180.605, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ (2) * * * Parts per million Commodity § 180.625 [Amended] 47. In § 180.625, remove the entry for 0.10 0.20 ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in 0.10 paragraph (a). ■ Cattle, fat ................................ Cattle, meat byproducts ......... Goat, fat .................................. Goat, meat byproducts ........... Horse, fat ................................ Horse, meat byproducts ......... Sheep, fat ............................... Sheep, meat byproducts ........ 0.20 0.10 0.20 0.10 0.20 [FR Doc. 2014–16063 Filed 7–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6560–50–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE * * § 180.479 * * * National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Amended] 35. In § 180.479, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a)(2). ■ § 180.484 [Amended] 36. In § 180.484, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.495 [Amended] 37. In § 180.495, remove the entry for ‘‘Coriander, leaves’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.507 38. In § 180.507, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a)(1). ■ § 180.515 [Amended] 39. In § 180.515, remove the entries for ‘‘Caneberry subgroup 13A,’’ ‘‘Cotton, hulls,’’ ‘‘Cotton, meal,’’ ‘‘Cotton, refined oil’’ and ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.517 [Amended] 40. In § 180.517, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.541 sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS ■ [Removed] 41. Remove § 180.541. § 180.555 [Amended] 42. In § 180.555, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ § 180.570 [Amended] 43. In § 180.570, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a)(2). ■ VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:55 Jul 10, 2014 50 CFR Parts 223 and 224 RIN 0648–XD267 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition To Identify the Central North Pacific Population of Humpback Whale as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Delist the DPS Under the Endangered Species Act; Extension of Public Comment Period National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Extension of public comment period. AGENCY: [Amended] Jkt 232001 We, NMFS, announce the extension of the public comment period on our June 26, 2014, 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As part of that finding, we solicited scientific and commercial information about the status of this population and announced a 30-day comment period to end on July 28, 2014. Today, we extend the public comment period to August 27, 2014. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they will be fully considered in the agency’s final determination. DATES: The deadline for receipt of comments is extended from July 28, 2014 until August 27, 2014. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00037 Fmt 4702 You may submit comments on this document, identified by FDMS Docket Number NOAA–NMFS–2014– 0051, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= NOAA-NMFS-2014-0051, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Address written comments to Jon Kurland, Assistant Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. Interested persons may obtain a copy of the petition online at the NMFS Alaska Region Web site: http:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protected resources/whales/humpback/. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aleria Jensen, NMFS Alaska Region, (907) 586–7248 or Jon Kurland, NMFS Alaska Region, (907) 586–7638. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: 44. In § 180.577, remove the entry for ‘‘Rice, straw’’ from the table in paragraph (a). ■ Sfmt 4702 Background On June 26, 2014 we published a proposed rule (79 FR 36281) announcing a positive 90-day finding on a petition to designate the Central North Pacific population of humpback whale as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). In that notice we also solicited comments and information from the public to inform the continued development of our humpback whale status review to determine whether the Central North Pacific humpback whale population constitutes a DPS under the ESA, and if so, the risk of extinction to this DPS. We have received requests to extend the public comment period by 30 days E:\FR\FM\11JYP1.SGM 11JYP1 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 133 / Friday, July 11, 2014 / Proposed Rules to be consistent with previous 60-day comment periods for other listing and delisting actions under the ESA. Given the complexity of the issues raised in the petition, this extension would provide the public with additional time to gather relevant information and adequately comment on the validity of the petitioned action in a meaningful and constructive manner. We considered these requests and concluded that a 30-day extension should allow sufficient time for responders to submit comments without significantly delaying the completion of the status review. We are therefore extending the close of the public comment period from July 28, 2014, to August 27, 2014. Although we have extended the public comment period, we are unable to extend the deadline for completing the status review. As such, we urge members of the public to submit their comments as soon as possible to allow us more time to review and incorporate the submitted information where appropriate. Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Dated: July 7, 2014. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–16150 Filed 7–10–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 300 [Docket No. 140502404–4404–01] RIN 0648–BE21 International Fisheries; Western and Central Pacific Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species; Fishing Capacity Limits in Purse Seine and Longline Fisheries National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Advance notice of proposed rulemaking; notification of control date; request for comments. sroberts on DSK5SPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS AGENCY: NMFS announces that persons who bring a U.S. purse seine or longline vessel into the fisheries in the western and central Pacific Ocean (WCPO) after July 11, 2014 (‘‘control date’’), or who, after the control date, expand the carrying capacity or well SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:55 Jul 10, 2014 Jkt 232001 volume of a purse seine vessel already in the fishery, are not guaranteed the future participation of that vessel in the fishery if NMFS decides to limit the number of fishing vessels in the fishery or, with respect to purse seine vessels, the fishing capacity of the fleet or of vessels in the fleet in terms of carrying capacity or well volume. Furthermore, with respect to purse seine vessels, even if the future participation of such a vessel is allowed, the vessel’s future allowable level of fishing effort and/or catch might be limited if NMFS decides to limit vessels’ individual or collective allowable levels of fishing effort or catch. NMFS is considering the need to undertake such actions to implement provisions of a conservation and management measure adopted by the Commission for the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (WCPFC or Commission). DATES: Comments must be submitted in writing by August 11, 2014. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2014–0067, by either of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= NOAA-NMFS-2014-0067, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Michael D. Tosatto, Regional Administrator, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office (PIRO), 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, might not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name and address), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Graham, NMFS PIRO, 808–725–5032. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00038 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 40055 Background on the U.S. WCPO Purse Seine and Longline Fisheries Participation by U.S. flagged purse seine and longline vessels in the WCPO fisheries is contingent on fishing authorizations granted under several statutes. The U.S. WCPO purse seine fishery is regulated in part under the authority of the South Pacific Tuna Act of 1988 (16 U.S.C. 973–973r; SPTA) through implementing regulations at 50 CFR part 300, subpart D. The terms of the treaty between the United States and 16 Members of the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (Treaty on Fisheries between the Governments of Certain Pacific Island States and the Government of the United States of America and its annexes, schedules, and implementing agreements, as amended; hereafter called ‘‘the Treaty’’) are implemented by the SPTA and the regulations cited above. The Treaty provides access to and generally governs U.S. fishing vessels operating in the Treaty Area, which comprises much of the WCPO, including all or portions of the exclusive economic zones of the 16 Pacific Island Parties to the Treaty (PIPs) through a licensing system. License applications are first submitted to NMFS, which are approved or disapproved according to procedures established at 50 CFR 300.32. NMFS forwards approved applications to the Pacific Islands Forum Fisheries Agency (FFA, located in the Solomon Islands), which issues the licenses and acts as the Treaty administrator on behalf of the PIPs. In addition to being governed by the Treaty and the SPTA, the U.S. WCPO purse seine fishery is subject to the authority of the WCPFC Implementation Act (16 U.S.C. 6901 et seq.). The WCPFC Implementation Act authorizes the Secretary of Commerce to implement the provisions of the Convention on the Conservation and Management of Highly Migratory Fish Stocks in the Western and Central Pacific Ocean (Convention) and the decisions of the Commission, which was established under the Convention. The area of competence of the Commission, or the Convention Area, includes the majority of the Treaty Area. As a Party to the Convention and a Member of the Commission, the United States is obligated to implement the decisions of the Commission. The decisions of the Commission can be found on its Web site (http://www.wcpfc.int/). Pursuant to the Convention and the decisions of the Commission, a U.S. fishing vessel must have a high seas fishing permit (see below) with a valid WCPFC Area E:\FR\FM\11JYP1.SGM 11JYP1

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[Federal Register Volume 79, Number 133 (Friday, July 11, 2014)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 40054-40055]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2014-16150]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

50 CFR Parts 223 and 224

RIN 0648-XD267


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife; 90-Day Finding on a Petition 
To Identify the Central North Pacific Population of Humpback Whale as a 
Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and Delist the DPS Under the 
Endangered Species Act; Extension of Public Comment Period

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

ACTION: Extension of public comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce the extension of the public comment period 
on our June 26, 2014, 90-day finding on a petition to designate the 
Central North Pacific population of humpback whale (Megaptera 
novaeangliae) as a Distinct Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS 
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). As part of that finding, we 
solicited scientific and commercial information about the status of 
this population and announced a 30-day comment period to end on July 
28, 2014. Today, we extend the public comment period to August 27, 
2014. Comments previously submitted need not be resubmitted, as they 
will be fully considered in the agency's final determination.

DATES: The deadline for receipt of comments is extended from July 28, 
2014 until August 27, 2014.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by FDMS 
Docket Number NOAA-NMFS-2014-0051, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to 
www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2014-0051, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: Address written comments to Jon Kurland, Assistant 
Regional Administrator for Protected Resources, Alaska Region NMFS, 
Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 
99802-1668.
    Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be considered by NMFS. All comments received are a part of the 
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on 
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying 
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business 
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily 
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in 
Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only.
    Interested persons may obtain a copy of the petition online at the 
NMFS Alaska Region Web site: http://alaskafisheries.noaa.gov/protectedresources/whales/humpback/.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Aleria Jensen, NMFS Alaska Region, 
(907) 586-7248 or Jon Kurland, NMFS Alaska Region, (907) 586-7638.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On June 26, 2014 we published a proposed rule (79 FR 36281) 
announcing a positive 90-day finding on a petition to designate the 
Central North Pacific population of humpback whale as a Distinct 
Population Segment (DPS) and delist the DPS under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). In that notice we also solicited comments and 
information from the public to inform the continued development of our 
humpback whale status review to determine whether the Central North 
Pacific humpback whale population constitutes a DPS under the ESA, and 
if so, the risk of extinction to this DPS.
    We have received requests to extend the public comment period by 30 
days

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to be consistent with previous 60-day comment periods for other listing 
and delisting actions under the ESA. Given the complexity of the issues 
raised in the petition, this extension would provide the public with 
additional time to gather relevant information and adequately comment 
on the validity of the petitioned action in a meaningful and 
constructive manner. We considered these requests and concluded that a 
30-day extension should allow sufficient time for responders to submit 
comments without significantly delaying the completion of the status 
review. We are therefore extending the close of the public comment 
period from July 28, 2014, to August 27, 2014. Although we have 
extended the public comment period, we are unable to extend the 
deadline for completing the status review. As such, we urge members of 
the public to submit their comments as soon as possible to allow us 
more time to review and incorporate the submitted information where 
appropriate.

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: July 7, 2014.
Perry F. Gayaldo,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-16150 Filed 7-10-14; 8:45 am]
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