Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans, 42298-42300 [2014-17023]

Download as PDF 42298 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 139 / Monday, July 21, 2014 / Notices listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book, as updated annually. Passenger vehicle and light truck tires, whether or not attached to wheels or rims, are included in the scope. However, if a subject tire is imported attached to a wheel or rim, only the tire is covered by the scope. Specifically excluded from the scope of this investigation are the following types of tires: (1) Racing car tires, defined as tires for use exclusively on a race track; such tires do not bear the symbol ‘‘DOT’’ on the sidewall; (2) new pneumatic tires, of rubber, of a size that is not listed in the passenger car section or light truck section of the Tire and Rim Association Year Book; (3) pneumatic tires, of rubber, that are not new, including recycled and retreaded tires; and (4) nonpneumatic tires, such as solid rubber tires. 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Plan contains objective, measurable delisting criteria, site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the Proposed Plan’s goals, and estimates of the time and costs required to implement recovery actions. We are soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Proposed Plan. DATES: We will consider and address, as appropriate, all substantive comments received during the comment period. Comments on the Proposed Plan must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific daylight time on September 19, 2014. ADDRESSES: Please send written comments and materials to Rosemary Furfey, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may also be submitted by email to: nmfs.wcr.snakeriversockeyeplan@ noaa.gov. Please include ‘‘Comments on Snake River Sockeye Salmon Recovery Plan’’ in the subject line of the email. Comments may be submitted via facsimile (fax) to (503) 230–5441. Electronic copies of the Proposed Plan are available on the NMFS Web site at http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ protected_species/salmon_steelhead/ recovery_planning_and_ implementation/snake_river/snake_ river_salmon_recovery_ subdomain.html. Persons wishing to obtain an electronic copy on CD–ROM of the Proposed Plan may do so by calling Marcella LaFayette at (503) 231– 2202 or by emailing a request to marcella.lafayette@noaa.gov with the subject line ‘‘CD–ROM Request for Snake River Sockeye Salmon Recovery Plan.’’ FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemary Furfey, NMFS Snake River Sockeye Salmon Recovery Coordinator, at (503) 231–2149, or rosemary.furfey@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, NMFS, announce that the Proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon (Proposed Plan) is available for public review and comment. The Proposed Plan addresses the Snake River Sockeye Salmon (Onchorhynchus nerka) evolutionarily significant unit (ESU) listed as endangered under the ESA. The geographic area covered by the Proposed Plan is the Sawtooth Valley in Idaho including the Upper Salmon River and its tributaries, Stanley Lake, Redfish Lake, Yellowbelly Lake, Pettit Lake, and Alturas Lake. As required under the ESA, the Proposed Background We are responsible for developing and implementing recovery plans for Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the ESA of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Recovery means that the listed species and their ecosystems are sufficiently restored, and their future secured, to the point that the protections of the ESA are no longer necessary. Section 4(f)(1) of the ESA requires that recovery plans include, 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) [FR Doc. 2014–17111 Filed 7–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD367 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans AGENCY: emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jul 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the plan’s goals; and (3) estimates of the time required and costs to implement recovery actions. The ESA requires the development of recovery plans for each listed species unless such a plan would not promote its recovery. We believe it is essential to have local support of recovery plans by those whose activities directly affect the listed species and whose continued commitment and leadership will be needed to implement the necessary recovery actions. We therefore support and participate in locally led, collaborative efforts to develop recovery plans that involve state, tribal, and federal entities, local communities, and other stakeholders. For this Proposed Plan for endangered Snake River Sockeye Salmon, we worked collaboratively with local state, tribal, and Federal partners to produce a recovery plan that satisfies the ESA requirements. We have determined that this Proposed ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon meets the statutory requirements for a recovery plan and are proposing to adopt it as the ESA recovery plan for this endangered species. Section 4(f) of the ESA, as amended in 1988, requires that public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment be provided prior to final approval of a recovery plan. This notice solicits comments on this Proposed Plan. Development of the Proposed Plan For the purpose of recovery planning for the ESA-listed species of Pacific salmon and steelhead in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, NMFS designated five geographically based ‘‘recovery domains.’’ The Snake River Sockeye Salmon ESU spawning range is in the Interior Columbia domain. For each domain, NMFS appointed a team of scientists, nominated for their geographic and species expertise, to provide a solid scientific foundation for recovery plans. The Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team included biologists from NMFS, other federal agencies, states, tribes, and academic institutions. A primary task for the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team was to recommend criteria for determining when each component population with an ESU or distinct population segment (DPS) should be considered viable (i.e., when they are have a low risk of extinction over a 100-year period) and when ESUs or DPSs have a risk of extinction consistent with no longer needing the protections of the ESA. All Technical Recovery Teams used the E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 139 / Monday, July 21, 2014 / Notices same biological principles for developing their recommendations; these principles are described in the NOAA technical memorandum Viable Salmonid Populations and the Recovery of Evolutionarily Significant Units (McElhany et al., 2000). Viable salmonid populations (VSP) are defined in terms of four parameters: Abundance, productivity or growth rate, spatial structure, and diversity. For this Proposed Plan, we collaborated with state, tribal and federal biologists and resource managers to provide technical information that NMFS used to write the Proposed Plan which is built upon locally-led recovery efforts. In addition, NMFS established a multi-state (Idaho, Oregon and Washington), tribal and federal partners’ regional forum called the Snake River Coordination Group that addresses the four ESA-listed Snake River salmon and steelhead species. They met twice a year to be briefed and provide technical and policy information to NMFS. We presented regular updates on the status of this Proposed Plan to the Snake River Coordination Group and posted draft chapters on NMFS’ West Coast Region Snake River recovery planning Web page. In addition to the Proposed Plan, we developed and incorporated the Module for the Ocean Environment (Fresh et al. 2014) as Appendix B to address Snake River Sockeye Salmon recovery needs in the Columbia River estuary, plume, and Pacific Ocean. To address recovery needs related to the Lower Columbia River mainstem and estuary, we incorporated the Columbia Estuary ESA Recovery Plan Module (NMFS 2011) as Appendix C. To address recovery needs for fishery harvest management in the Salmon, Snake and Columbia Rivers mainstem, Columbia River estuary and ocean, we developed and incorporated the Harvest Module (NMFS 2014a) as Appendix D. To address recovery needs related to the Columbia River Hydropower System, we developed and incorporated the Supplemental Recovery Plan Module for Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Mainstem Columbia River Hydropower Projects (NMFS 2014b) as Appendix E of this Proposed Plan. The Proposed Plan, including the recovery plan modules, is now available for public review and comment. Contents of Proposed Plan The Proposed Plan contains biological background and contextual information that includes description of the ESU, the planning area, and the context of the plan’s development. It presents relevant information on ESU structure, VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jul 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 guidelines for assessing salmonid population and ESU-level status, and a brief summary of Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team products on population structure and species status. It also presents NMFS’ proposed biological viability criteria and threats criteria for delisting. The Proposed Plan also describes specific information on the following: Current status of Snake River Sockeye Salmon; limiting factors and threats for the full life cycle that contributed to the species decline; recovery strategies and actions addressing these limiting factors and threats; key information needs, and a proposed research, monitoring, and evaluation program for adaptive management. For recovery actions, the Proposed Plan includes a table summarizing each proposed action, together with the associated location, life stage affected, estimated costs, timing and potential implementing entity. It also describes how implementation, prioritization of actions, and adaptive management will proceed at the population and ESU scales. The Proposed Plan also summarizes time and costs (Section 9 and Appendix A) required to implement recovery actions. In addition to the information in the Proposed Plan, readers are referred to the recovery plan modules (Appendices B–E) for more information on all these topics. How NMFS and Others Expect To Use the Plan With approval of the final Plan, we will commit to implement the actions in the Plan for which we have authority and funding; encourage other federal and state agencies and tribal governments to implement recovery actions for which they have responsibility, authority and funding; and work cooperatively with the public and local stakeholders on implementation of other actions. We expect the Plan to guide us and other federal agencies in evaluating federal actions under ESA section 7, as well as in implementing other provisions of the ESA and other statutes. For example, the Plan will provide greater biological context for evaluating the effects that a proposed action may have on a species by providing delisting criteria, information on priority areas for addressing specific limiting factors, and information on how future populations within the ESU can tolerate varying levels of risk. When we are considering a species for delisting, the agency will examine whether the section 4(a)(1) listing factors have been addressed. To assist in this examination, we will use the PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 42299 delisting criteria described in Section 3.3 of the Proposed Plan, which include both biological criteria and criteria addressing each of the ESA section 4(a)(1) listing factors, as well as any other relevant data and policy considerations. We will also work with the proposed Snake River Sockeye Salmon Implementation and Science Team described in Section 10 of the Proposed Plan to develop implementation schedules that provide greater specificity for recovery actions to be implemented over three-to five-year periods. This Team will also help promote implementation of recovery actions and subsequent implementation schedules, and will track and report on implementation progress. The Implementation and Science Team, working together with NMFS staff, will coordinate the implementation of recovery actions among federal, state, tribal entities and local stakeholders. Conclusion Section 4(f)(1)(B) of 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. We conclude that the Proposed Plan meets the requirements of ESA section 4(f) and are proposing to adopt it as the ESA Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon. Public Comments Solicited We are soliciting written comments on the Proposed Plan. All substantive comments received by the date specified above will be considered and incorporated, as appropriate, prior to our decision whether to approve the plan. We will issue a news release announcing the adoption and availability of the final plan. We will post on the NMFS West Coast Region Web site (www.wcr.noaa.gov) a summary of, and responses to, the comments received, along with electronic copies of the final plan and its appendices. Literature Cited McElhany, P., M.H. Ruckelshaus, M.J. Ford, T.C. Wainwright, and E.P. Bjorkstedt. 2000. Viable salmon populations and the recovery of evolutionarily significant units. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. Memo., NMFS NWFSC 42, 156 p. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 2011. Columbia River Estuary ESA E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1 42300 Federal Register / Vol. 79, No. 139 / Monday, July 21, 2014 / Notices Recovery Plan Module for Salmon and Steelhead. Northwest Region. January 2011. Available at: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ protected_species/salmon_steelhead/ recovery_planning_and_ implementation/lower_columbia_river/ lower_columbia_river_recovery_plan_ for_salmon_steelhead.html. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: July 14, 2014. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–17023 Filed 7–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD397 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meetings. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold public hearings for Sector Separation—Amendment 40. DATES: The public hearings will be held from Monday, August 4 through Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at eight locations throughout the Gulf of Mexico. The public hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and will conclude no later than 9 p.m. For specific dates and locations see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION below. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The public hearings will be held in the following locations: Orange Beach and Mobile, AL; Gulfport, MS; Panama City and St. Petersburg, FL; Baton Rouge, LA; and Galveston and Port Aransas, TX. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Assane Diagne, Economist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630; fax: (813) 348–1711; email: assane.diagne@ gulfcouncil.org. emcdonald on DSK67QTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: The items of discussion in the public hearings are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:14 Jul 18, 2014 Jkt 232001 Sector Separation—Amendment 40 Defines distinct private angling and federal for-hire components of the recreational red snapper fishery and allocate red snapper resources between these recreational components. The public hearings will begin at 6 p.m. and conclude at the end of public testimony or no later than 9 p.m. at the following locations: Monday, August 4, 2014, Hilton Galveston Island Hotel, 5400 Seawall Boulevard, Galveston Island, TX 77551 (409) 744–5000; Sirata Beach Hotel, 5300 Gulf Boulevard, St. Pete Beach, FL 33706; telephone: (727) 897–5200; Tuesday, August 5, 2014, Plantation Suites & Conference Center, 1909 State Highway 361, Port Aransas, TX 78373; telephone: (361) 749–3866; Wednesday, August 6, 2014, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, 3111 Loop Road, Orange Beach, AL 36561; telephone: (251) 543–4444; Thursday, August 7, 2014, Renaissance Mobile Riverview Plaza Hotel, 64 South Water Street, Mobile, AL 36602; telephone: (251) 438–4000; Tuesday, August 12, 2014, Holiday Inn Select, 2001 MLK Boulevard, Panama City, FL 32405; telephone: (866) 866–0441; Monday, August 18, 2014, Hyatt Place Baton Rouge, 6080 Bluebonnet Boulevard, Baton Rouge, LA 70808; telephone: (225) 769–4400; and Tuesday, August 19, 2014, Courtyard by Marriott Gulfport Beachfront, 1600 E. Beach Boulevard, Gulfport, MS 39501; telephone: (228) 864–4310. Copies of the public hearing documents can be obtained by calling (813) 348–1630 or visiting www.GulfCouncil.org. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kathy Pereira at the Council Office (see ADDRESSES), at least 5 working days prior to the meeting. PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 16, 2014. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2014–17026 Filed 7–18–14; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD398 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of the Socioeconomic Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC). SUMMARY: The meeting will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday, August 5, 2014. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Council’s office. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL, 33607. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Assane Diagne, Economist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630; fax: (813) 348–1711; email: assane.diagne@ gulfcouncil.org. DATES: The items of discussion on the agenda are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Socioeconomic SSC Agenda, Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 9 a.m. Until 5 p.m. 1. Adoption of Agenda 2. Reef Fish Amendment 28—Red Snapper Allocation 3. Discussion and Review —Review of Agar and Carter’s Economic Analysis of Red Snapper Allocation Alternatives for Reef Fish Amendment 28 (King and Buc) —Comments on the King and Buc Review (Bergstrom and Southwick Associates) —Review of NOAA Technical Memorandum NMFS–NWFSC–115 Allocation of Fishery Harvests under E:\FR\FM\21JYN1.SGM 21JYN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD367


Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans

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

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, announce that the Proposed Endangered Species Act 
(ESA) Recovery Plan for Snake River Sockeye Salmon (Proposed Plan) is 
available for public review and comment. The Proposed Plan addresses 
the Snake River Sockeye Salmon (Onchorhynchus nerka) evolutionarily 
significant unit (ESU) listed as endangered under the ESA. The 
geographic area covered by the Proposed Plan is the Sawtooth Valley in 
Idaho including the Upper Salmon River and its tributaries, Stanley 
Lake, Redfish Lake, Yellowbelly Lake, Pettit Lake, and Alturas Lake. As 
required under the ESA, the Proposed Plan contains objective, 
measurable delisting criteria, site-specific management actions 
necessary to achieve the Proposed Plan's goals, and estimates of the 
time and costs required to implement recovery actions. We are 
soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested 
parties on the Proposed Plan.

DATES: We will consider and address, as appropriate, all substantive 
comments received during the comment period. Comments on the Proposed 
Plan must be received no later than 5 p.m. Pacific daylight time on 
September 19, 2014.

ADDRESSES: Please send written comments and materials to Rosemary 
Furfey, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, 
Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may also be submitted by email 
to: nmfs.wcr.snakeriversockeyeplan@noaa.gov. Please include ``Comments 
on Snake River Sockeye Salmon Recovery Plan'' in the subject line of 
the email. Comments may be submitted via facsimile (fax) to (503) 230-
5441. Electronic copies of the Proposed Plan are available on the NMFS 
Web site at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/snake_river/snake_river_salmon_recovery_subdomain.html. Persons wishing to 
obtain an electronic copy on CD-ROM of the Proposed Plan may do so by 
calling Marcella LaFayette at (503) 231-2202 or by emailing a request 
to marcella.lafayette@noaa.gov with the subject line ``CD-ROM Request 
for Snake River Sockeye Salmon Recovery Plan.''

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rosemary Furfey, NMFS Snake River 
Sockeye Salmon Recovery Coordinator, at (503) 231-2149, or 
rosemary.furfey@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    We are responsible for developing and implementing recovery plans 
for Pacific salmon and steelhead listed under the ESA of 1973, as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). Recovery means that the listed 
species and their ecosystems are sufficiently restored, and their 
future secured, to the point that the protections of the ESA are no 
longer necessary. Section 4(f)(1) of the ESA requires that recovery 
plans include, 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. 
The ESA requires the development of recovery plans for each listed 
species unless such a plan would not promote its recovery.
    We believe it is essential to have local support of recovery plans 
by those whose activities directly affect the listed species and whose 
continued commitment and leadership will be needed to implement the 
necessary recovery actions. We therefore support and participate in 
locally led, collaborative efforts to develop recovery plans that 
involve state, tribal, and federal entities, local communities, and 
other stakeholders. For this Proposed Plan for endangered Snake River 
Sockeye Salmon, we worked collaboratively with local state, tribal, and 
Federal partners to produce a recovery plan that satisfies the ESA 
requirements. We have determined that this Proposed ESA Recovery Plan 
for Snake River Sockeye Salmon meets the statutory requirements for a 
recovery plan and are proposing to adopt it as the ESA recovery plan 
for this endangered species. Section 4(f) of the ESA, as amended in 
1988, requires that public notice and an opportunity for public review 
and comment be provided prior to final approval of a recovery plan. 
This notice solicits comments on this Proposed Plan.

Development of the Proposed Plan

    For the purpose of recovery planning for the ESA-listed species of 
Pacific salmon and steelhead in Idaho, Oregon and Washington, NMFS 
designated five geographically based ``recovery domains.'' The Snake 
River Sockeye Salmon ESU spawning range is in the Interior Columbia 
domain. For each domain, NMFS appointed a team of scientists, nominated 
for their geographic and species expertise, to provide a solid 
scientific foundation for recovery plans. The Interior Columbia 
Technical Recovery Team included biologists from NMFS, other federal 
agencies, states, tribes, and academic institutions.
    A primary task for the Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team 
was to recommend criteria for determining when each component 
population with an ESU or distinct population segment (DPS) should be 
considered viable (i.e., when they are have a low risk of extinction 
over a 100-year period) and when ESUs or DPSs have a risk of extinction 
consistent with no longer needing the protections of the ESA. All 
Technical Recovery Teams used the

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same biological principles for developing their recommendations; these 
principles are described in the NOAA technical memorandum Viable 
Salmonid Populations and the Recovery of Evolutionarily Significant 
Units (McElhany et al., 2000). Viable salmonid populations (VSP) are 
defined in terms of four parameters: Abundance, productivity or growth 
rate, spatial structure, and diversity.
    For this Proposed Plan, we collaborated with state, tribal and 
federal biologists and resource managers to provide technical 
information that NMFS used to write the Proposed Plan which is built 
upon locally-led recovery efforts. In addition, NMFS established a 
multi-state (Idaho, Oregon and Washington), tribal and federal 
partners' regional forum called the Snake River Coordination Group that 
addresses the four ESA-listed Snake River salmon and steelhead species. 
They met twice a year to be briefed and provide technical and policy 
information to NMFS. We presented regular updates on the status of this 
Proposed Plan to the Snake River Coordination Group and posted draft 
chapters on NMFS' West Coast Region Snake River recovery planning Web 
page.
    In addition to the Proposed Plan, we developed and incorporated the 
Module for the Ocean Environment (Fresh et al. 2014) as Appendix B to 
address Snake River Sockeye Salmon recovery needs in the Columbia River 
estuary, plume, and Pacific Ocean. To address recovery needs related to 
the Lower Columbia River mainstem and estuary, we incorporated the 
Columbia Estuary ESA Recovery Plan Module (NMFS 2011) as Appendix C. To 
address recovery needs for fishery harvest management in the Salmon, 
Snake and Columbia Rivers mainstem, Columbia River estuary and ocean, 
we developed and incorporated the Harvest Module (NMFS 2014a) as 
Appendix D. To address recovery needs related to the Columbia River 
Hydropower System, we developed and incorporated the Supplemental 
Recovery Plan Module for Snake River Salmon and Steelhead Mainstem 
Columbia River Hydropower Projects (NMFS 2014b) as Appendix E of this 
Proposed Plan.
    The Proposed Plan, including the recovery plan modules, is now 
available for public review and comment.

Contents of Proposed Plan

    The Proposed Plan contains biological background and contextual 
information that includes description of the ESU, the planning area, 
and the context of the plan's development. It presents relevant 
information on ESU structure, guidelines for assessing salmonid 
population and ESU-level status, and a brief summary of Interior 
Columbia Technical Recovery Team products on population structure and 
species status. It also presents NMFS' proposed biological viability 
criteria and threats criteria for delisting.
    The Proposed Plan also describes specific information on the 
following: Current status of Snake River Sockeye Salmon; limiting 
factors and threats for the full life cycle that contributed to the 
species decline; recovery strategies and actions addressing these 
limiting factors and threats; key information needs, and a proposed 
research, monitoring, and evaluation program for adaptive management. 
For recovery actions, the Proposed Plan includes a table summarizing 
each proposed action, together with the associated location, life stage 
affected, estimated costs, timing and potential implementing entity. It 
also describes how implementation, prioritization of actions, and 
adaptive management will proceed at the population and ESU scales. The 
Proposed Plan also summarizes time and costs (Section 9 and Appendix A) 
required to implement recovery actions. In addition to the information 
in the Proposed Plan, readers are referred to the recovery plan modules 
(Appendices B-E) for more information on all these topics.

How NMFS and Others Expect To Use the Plan

    With approval of the final Plan, we will commit to implement the 
actions in the Plan for which we have authority and funding; encourage 
other federal and state agencies and tribal governments to implement 
recovery actions for which they have responsibility, authority and 
funding; and work cooperatively with the public and local stakeholders 
on implementation of other actions. We expect the Plan to guide us and 
other federal agencies in evaluating federal actions under ESA section 
7, as well as in implementing other provisions of the ESA and other 
statutes. For example, the Plan will provide greater biological context 
for evaluating the effects that a proposed action may have on a species 
by providing delisting criteria, information on priority areas for 
addressing specific limiting factors, and information on how future 
populations within the ESU can tolerate varying levels of risk.
    When we are considering a species for delisting, the agency will 
examine whether the section 4(a)(1) listing factors have been 
addressed. To assist in this examination, we will use the delisting 
criteria described in Section 3.3 of the Proposed Plan, which include 
both biological criteria and criteria addressing each of the ESA 
section 4(a)(1) listing factors, as well as any other relevant data and 
policy considerations.
    We will also work with the proposed Snake River Sockeye Salmon 
Implementation and Science Team described in Section 10 of the Proposed 
Plan to develop implementation schedules that provide greater 
specificity for recovery actions to be implemented over three-to five-
year periods. This Team will also help promote implementation of 
recovery actions and subsequent implementation schedules, and will 
track and report on implementation progress. The Implementation and 
Science Team, working together with NMFS staff, will coordinate the 
implementation of recovery actions among federal, state, tribal 
entities and local stakeholders.

Conclusion

    Section 4(f)(1)(B) of 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. 
We conclude that the Proposed Plan meets the requirements of ESA 
section 4(f) and are proposing to adopt it as the ESA Recovery Plan for 
Snake River Sockeye Salmon.

Public Comments Solicited

    We are soliciting written comments on the Proposed Plan. All 
substantive comments received by the date specified above will be 
considered and incorporated, as appropriate, prior to our decision 
whether to approve the plan. We will issue a news release announcing 
the adoption and availability of the final plan. We will post on the 
NMFS West Coast Region Web site (www.wcr.noaa.gov) a summary of, and 
responses to, the comments received, along with electronic copies of 
the final plan and its appendices.

Literature Cited

McElhany, P., M.H. Ruckelshaus, M.J. Ford, T.C. Wainwright, and E.P. 
Bjorkstedt. 2000. Viable salmon populations and the recovery of 
evolutionarily significant units. U.S. Dept. of Commerce, NOAA Tech. 
Memo., NMFS NWFSC 42, 156 p.
National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). 2011. Columbia River 
Estuary ESA

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Recovery Plan Module for Salmon and Steelhead. Northwest Region. 
January 2011. Available at: http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/protected_species/salmon_steelhead/recovery_planning_and_implementation/lower_columbia_river/lower_columbia_river_recovery_plan_for_salmon_steelhead.html.

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

    Dated: July 14, 2014.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2014-17023 Filed 7-18-14; 8:45 am]
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