Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 4546-4547 [2015-01567]

Download as PDF 4546 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 18 / Wednesday, January 28, 2015 / Notices responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this POR. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. We are issuing and publishing this determination in accordance with sections 751(a)(2)(B) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: January 20, 2015. Paul Piquado, Assistant Secretary for Enforcement and Compliance. ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Appendix List of Topics Discussed in the Preliminary Decision Memorandum 1. Summary 2. Background 3. Scope of the Order 4. Bona Fides Analysis 5. Conclusion [FR Doc. 2015–01599 Filed 1–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD738 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of final determination and discussion of underlying biological analysis. AGENCY: NMFS has evaluated the joint resource management plan (RMP), represented by five Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), submitted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plans specify the propagation of five species of salmon and steelhead in the Elwha River of Washington state. This document serves to notify the public that NMFS, by delegated authority from the Secretary of Commerce, has determined pursuant to Limit 6 of the ESA 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Jan 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 that implementing and enforcing the RMP will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead. DATES: The final determination on the plans was made on January 9, 2015. ADDRESSES: Written responses to the determination should be sent to Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE., Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Tynan at (360) 753–9579 or email: tim.tynan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, Puget Sound, naturally produced and artificially propagated. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, Puget Sound, naturally produced and artificially propagated. Background The plans describe hatchery operations intended to protect five species of salmon and steelhead (two of them ESA-listed) during the removal of two dams on the Elwha River, and subsequent propagation intended to enhance the rebuilding of those salmonid species. Four of the plans are submitted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and one by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW); the plans were developed jointly by the Tribe and the WDFW. NMFS has determined that implementing and enforcing the RMP will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon or Puget Sound steelhead. As required by § 223.203(b)(6) of the ESA 4(d) Rule, NMFS must determine pursuant to 50 CFR 223.209 and pursuant to the government-togovernment processes therein whether the RMP for Elwha River basin hatcheries would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU or Puget Sound Steelhead DPS. NMFS must take comments on how the RMP addresses the criteria in § 223.203(b)(5) in making that determination. Discussion of the Biological Analysis Underlying the Determination The proposed hatchery activities described in the RMP are intended to conserve salmon and steelhead populations in the Elwha River basin PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 during operations to remove two dams on the Elwha River, and for a period of time after the dams have been removed, as the salmonid habitat is restored. The RMP provides the framework through which the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the State of Washington can jointly manage Elwha River salmon and steelhead hatchery, monitoring, and evaluation activities while meeting requirements specified under the ESA. The proposed action covers continued operation of the five hatchery programs over the initial phases of fish restoration in the Elwha River—the preservation and recolonization phases—with transitions between phases gauged by achievement of population viability parameters for listed Chinook salmon and steelhead. Using native Elwha River fish as broodstock, the programs would continue to be operated to minimize any impacts on genetic integrity of the natural salmon and steelhead populations while providing the intended benefits. The benefits include preserving and assisting in the recolonization of the indigenous populations of Elwha River salmon and steelhead in the wake of dam removal when natural productivity conditions will be poor. The hatchery programs would add marine-derived nutrients to the aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems above Glines Canyon Dam, which were inaccessible to salmon and steelhead from the early 1900s until completion of dam removal in 2014. The programs would increase total and natural-origin abundance and spatial structure of the Chinook salmon and steelhead populations as hatchery-origin fish of the same native lineage return to spawn naturally with fish produced naturally, and as new habitat becomes available. The hatchery programs would protect the Elwha River salmon and steelhead populations when turbidity and bedload movement levels are high and detrimental to natural-origin fish survival due to dam removal activities. The proposed plans are interrelated and interdependent through shared population preservation and recolonization objectives and effects, broodstock collection locations and actions, fish rearing and release sites, monitoring and evaluation actions, and funding sources. The RMP includes provisions for annual reports that will assess compliance with performance standards established through the RMP. Reporting and inclusion of new information derived from RMP research, monitoring, and evaluation activities provides assurance that performance standards will be achieved in future seasons. E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 18 / Wednesday, January 28, 2015 / Notices NMFS’ evaluation is available on the Sustainable Fisheries Division Web site at http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/. Summary of Comments Received in Response to the Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination [FR Doc. 2015–01567 Filed 1–27–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P NMFS published notice of its proposed evaluation and pending determination on the RMP for public review and comment on August 5, 2014 (79 FR 45426). The proposed evaluation and pending determination and an associated draft environmental assessment were available for public review and comment for 30 days. NMFS received no comments in response to the notice. However, NMFS did receive comments from one environmental group pertaining to the proposed evaluation and pending determination on the RMP in response to a prior, separate notice published to announce availability for public review of NMFS’s draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the RMP (79 FR 35318, June 20, 2014). NMFS considered these comments in completing the final Evaluation and Recommended Determination document, but no substantive changes were required to the RMP. A detailed summary of the comments and NMFS’ responses is also available on the Sustainable Fisheries Division Web site. Based on its evaluation and recommended determination and taking into account the public comments, NMFS issued its final determination on the Elwha River basin salmon and steelhead hatchery RMP. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 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) specifies categories of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the criteria for such activities. The Rule further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the Rule do not apply to actions undertaken in compliance with a RMP developed jointly by the State of Washington and the Tribe and determined by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000). VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:41 Jan 27, 2015 Jkt 235001 Dated: January 23, 2015. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD696 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings and Hearings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of opportunities to submit public comments. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council (Pacific Council) has announced its annual preseason management process for the 2015 ocean salmon fisheries. This notice informs the public of opportunities to provide comments on the 2015 ocean salmon management measures. DATES: Written comments on the salmon management alternatives adopted by the Pacific Council at its March 2015 meeting, and described in Preseason Report II, submitted electronically or in hard copy by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, April 2, 2015, will be considered in the Pacific Council’s final recommendation for the 2015 management measures. ADDRESSES: Documents will be available from Ms. Dorothy Lowman, Chair, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE., Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384, telephone: 503–820–2280 (voice) or 503–820–2299 (fax), and posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. You may submit comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2015–0001, by any one of the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal. Go to http://www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20150001, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Ms. Dorothy Lowman, Chair, Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE. Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. • Fax: 503–820–2299, Attn: Mr. Mike Burner. • Comments can also be submitted via email at PFMC.comments@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 4547 Instructions: Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual may not be considered by NMFS or the Pacific Council. 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 and the Pacific Council 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: Mr. Mike Burner, telephone: 503–820–2280. For information on submitting comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking portal, contact Peggy Mundy, telephone: 206–526–4323. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Pacific Council has published its annual notice of availability of reports; public meetings, and hearings for the 2015 ocean salmon fisheries (79 FR 78805, December 31, 2014). The Pacific Council will adopt alternatives for 2015 ocean salmon fisheries at its meeting, March 6–12, 2015, at the Hilton Hotel in Vancouver, WA. Details of this meeting are available on the Pacific Council’s Web site (www.pcouncil.org) and will be published in the Federal Register in February 2015. On March 20, 2015, ‘‘Preseason Report II-Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2015 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations’’ and public hearing schedule will be mailed to the public that have requested to receive these documents (see ADDRESSES) and posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. The report will include a description of the salmon management alternatives and a summary of their biological and economic impacts. Comments on the alternatives the Pacific Council adopts at its March 2015 meeting, and described in Preseason Report II, may be submitted in writing or electronically as described under ADDRESSES, or verbally or in writing at any of the public hearings held on March 30–31, 2015, or at the Pacific Council’s meeting, April 10–16, 2015, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Sonoma in Rohnert Park, CA. Details of these meetings are available on the Pacific Council’s Web site (www.pcouncil.org) and will be published in the Federal E:\FR\FM\28JAN1.SGM 28JAN1

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[FR Doc No: 2015-01567]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD738


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice of final determination and discussion of underlying 
biological analysis.

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SUMMARY: NMFS has evaluated the joint resource management plan (RMP), 
represented by five Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), 
submitted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the Washington 
Department of Fish and Wildlife to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on 
take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule 
for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act 
(ESA). The plans specify the propagation of five species of salmon and 
steelhead in the Elwha River of Washington state. This document serves 
to notify the public that NMFS, by delegated authority from the 
Secretary of Commerce, has determined pursuant to Limit 6 of the ESA 
4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead that implementing and enforcing the 
RMP will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery 
of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead.

DATES: The final determination on the plans was made on January 9, 
2015.

ADDRESSES: Written responses to the determination should be sent to 
Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE., Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, 
Portland, OR 97232.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Tynan at (360) 753-9579 or email: 
tim.tynan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, Puget Sound, 
naturally produced and artificially propagated.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, Puget Sound, naturally produced 
and artificially propagated.

Background

    The plans describe hatchery operations intended to protect five 
species of salmon and steelhead (two of them ESA-listed) during the 
removal of two dams on the Elwha River, and subsequent propagation 
intended to enhance the rebuilding of those salmonid species. Four of 
the plans are submitted by the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe, and one by 
the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW); the plans were 
developed jointly by the Tribe and the WDFW. NMFS has determined that 
implementing and enforcing the RMP will not appreciably reduce the 
likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook 
salmon or Puget Sound steelhead.
    As required by Sec.  223.203(b)(6) of the ESA 4(d) Rule, NMFS must 
determine pursuant to 50 CFR 223.209 and pursuant to the government-to-
government processes therein whether the RMP for Elwha River basin 
hatcheries would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and 
recovery of the Puget Sound Chinook Salmon ESU or Puget Sound Steelhead 
DPS. NMFS must take comments on how the RMP addresses the criteria in 
Sec.  223.203(b)(5) in making that determination.

Discussion of the Biological Analysis Underlying the Determination

    The proposed hatchery activities described in the RMP are intended 
to conserve salmon and steelhead populations in the Elwha River basin 
during operations to remove two dams on the Elwha River, and for a 
period of time after the dams have been removed, as the salmonid 
habitat is restored. The RMP provides the framework through which the 
Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe and the State of Washington can jointly 
manage Elwha River salmon and steelhead hatchery, monitoring, and 
evaluation activities while meeting requirements specified under the 
ESA. The proposed action covers continued operation of the five 
hatchery programs over the initial phases of fish restoration in the 
Elwha River--the preservation and recolonization phases--with 
transitions between phases gauged by achievement of population 
viability parameters for listed Chinook salmon and steelhead. Using 
native Elwha River fish as broodstock, the programs would continue to 
be operated to minimize any impacts on genetic integrity of the natural 
salmon and steelhead populations while providing the intended benefits. 
The benefits include preserving and assisting in the recolonization of 
the indigenous populations of Elwha River salmon and steelhead in the 
wake of dam removal when natural productivity conditions will be poor. 
The hatchery programs would add marine-derived nutrients to the aquatic 
and terrestrial ecosystems above Glines Canyon Dam, which were 
inaccessible to salmon and steelhead from the early 1900s until 
completion of dam removal in 2014. The programs would increase total 
and natural-origin abundance and spatial structure of the Chinook 
salmon and steelhead populations as hatchery-origin fish of the same 
native lineage return to spawn naturally with fish produced naturally, 
and as new habitat becomes available. The hatchery programs would 
protect the Elwha River salmon and steelhead populations when turbidity 
and bedload movement levels are high and detrimental to natural-origin 
fish survival due to dam removal activities. The proposed plans are 
interrelated and interdependent through shared population preservation 
and recolonization objectives and effects, broodstock collection 
locations and actions, fish rearing and release sites, monitoring and 
evaluation actions, and funding sources.
    The RMP includes provisions for annual reports that will assess 
compliance with performance standards established through the RMP. 
Reporting and inclusion of new information derived from RMP research, 
monitoring, and evaluation activities provides assurance that 
performance standards will be achieved in future seasons.

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NMFS' evaluation is available on the Sustainable Fisheries Division Web 
site at http://www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/.

Summary of Comments Received in Response to the Proposed Evaluation and 
Pending Determination

    NMFS published notice of its proposed evaluation and pending 
determination on the RMP for public review and comment on August 5, 
2014 (79 FR 45426). The proposed evaluation and pending determination 
and an associated draft environmental assessment were available for 
public review and comment for 30 days.
    NMFS received no comments in response to the notice. However, NMFS 
did receive comments from one environmental group pertaining to the 
proposed evaluation and pending determination on the RMP in response to 
a prior, separate notice published to announce availability for public 
review of NMFS's draft Supplemental Environmental Assessment for the 
RMP (79 FR 35318, June 20, 2014). NMFS considered these comments in 
completing the final Evaluation and Recommended Determination document, 
but no substantive changes were required to the RMP. A detailed summary 
of the comments and NMFS' responses is also available on the 
Sustainable Fisheries Division Web site. Based on its evaluation and 
recommended determination and taking into account the public comments, 
NMFS issued its final determination on the Elwha River basin salmon and 
steelhead hatchery RMP.

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) specifies categories 
of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids 
and sets out the criteria for such activities. The Rule further 
provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the Rule do not 
apply to actions undertaken in compliance with a RMP developed jointly 
by the State of Washington and the Tribe and determined by NMFS to be 
in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422, 
July 10, 2000).

     Dated: January 23, 2015.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-01567 Filed 1-27-15; 8:45 am]
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