Initiation of Review of Management Plan and Regulations of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Conduct Scoping and Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan, 51973-51975 [2015-21132]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Proposed Rules 51973 Advisory Circular No. 11–2A, Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Distribution System, which describes the application procedure. Procedures’’ prior to any FAA final regulatory action. List of Subjects in 14 CFR Part 71 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Availability and Summary of Documents Proposed for Incorporation by Reference This document proposes to amend FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014. FAA Order 7400.9Y is publicly available as listed in the ADDRESSES section of this proposed rule. FAA Order 7400.9Y lists Class A, B, C, D, and E airspace areas, air traffic service routes, and reporting points. Airspace, Incorporation by reference, Navigation (air). 15 CFR Part 922 rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS The Proposal This action proposes to amend Title 14, Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR), Part 71 by establishing Class E en route domestic airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface in the International Falls, MN area. This action would contain aircraft while in IFR conditions under control of Minneapolis ARTCC by safely vectoring aircraft from en route airspace to terminal areas. Class E airspace areas are published in Paragraph 6006 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, which is incorporated by reference in 14 CFR 71.1. The Class E airspace designation listed in this document would be published subsequently in the Order. Regulatory Notices and Analyses The FAA has determined that this proposed regulation only involves an established body of technical regulations for which frequent and routine amendments are necessary to keep them operationally current. It, therefore, (1) is not a ‘‘significant regulatory action’’ under Executive Order 12866; (2) is not a ‘‘significant rule’’ under DOT Regulatory Policies and Procedures (44 FR 11034; February 26, 1979); and (3) does not warrant preparation of a Regulatory Evaluation as the anticipated impact is so minimal. Since this is a routine matter that will only affect air traffic procedures and air navigation, it is certified that this rule, when promulgated, will not have a significant economic impact on a substantial number of small entities under the criteria of the Regulatory Flexibility Act. The Proposed Amendment In consideration of the foregoing, the Federal Aviation Administration proposes to amend 14 CFR part 71 as follows: PART 71—DESIGNATION OF CLASS A, B, C, D, AND E AIRSPACE AREAS; AIR TRAFFIC SERVICE ROUTES; AND REPORTING POINTS 1. The authority citation for part 71 continues to read as follows: ■ Authority: 49 U.S.C. 106(f), 106(g); 40103, 40113, 40120; E.O. 10854, 24 FR 9565, 3 CFR, 1959–1963 Comp., p. 389. § 71.1 [Amended] 2. The incorporation by reference in 14 CFR 71.1 of FAA Order 7400.9Y, Airspace Designations and Reporting Points, dated August 6, 2014, and effective September 15, 2014, is amended as follows: ■ Paragraph 6006 Airspace Areas En Route Domestic * * * * AGL MN E6 * International Falls, MN [New] That airspace extending upward from 1,200 feet above the surface within an area bounded by lat. 49°00′00″ N., long. 095°00′00″ W.; to lat. 49°00′00″ N., long. 093°30′00″ W.; to lat. 48°06′30″ N., long. 090°06′00″ W.; to lat. 47°53′00″ N., long. 090°55′00″ W.; to lat. 48°34′00″ N., long. 094°00′00″ W.; to lat. 48°40′00″ N., long. 095°00′00″ W., thence to the point of beginning, excluding that airspace within Federal airways. Issued in Fort Worth, TX, on August 13, 2015. Robert W. Beck, Manager, Operations Support Group, ATO Central Service Center. [FR Doc. 2015–21087 Filed 8–26–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4910–13–P Environmental Review This proposal will be subject to an environmental analysis in accordance with FAA Order 1050.1E, ‘‘Environmental Impacts: Policies and VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:07 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Initiation of Review of Management Plan and Regulations of the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Conduct Scoping and Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Initiation of review of management plan and regulations; intent to conduct scoping and prepare environmental impact statement. AGENCY: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or sanctuary) was designated in September 1992. It spans 4,601 square nautical miles (6.094 square miles) of marine waters off the central California coast, encompassing several large, nearshore submarine canyons, an offshore seamount and numerous marine habitats representative of the central California coastal and marine ecosystem. The present management plan was written and published in 2008 along with a final environmental impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). In accordance with Section 304(e) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act, as amended, (NMSA), the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is initiating a review of the MBNMS management plan, to evaluate substantive progress toward implementing the goals for the sanctuary, and to make revisions to the plan and regulations as necessary to fulfill the purposes and policies of the NMSA. NOAA anticipates regulatory and management plan changes will require preparation of an environmental analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NOAA will conduct public scoping meetings to gather information and other comments from individuals, organizations, tribes, and government agencies on the scope, types and significance of issues related to the MBNMS management plan and regulations and the proper scope of environmental review for the project. The scoping meetings are scheduled as detailed below. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1 51974 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Proposed Rules Written comments should be received on or before October 30, 2015. Scoping meetings will be held on: (1) September 10, 6–8 p.m., Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, CA. (2) September 23, 6–8 p.m., Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz, CA. (3) October 23, 6–8 p.m., Veteran’s Memorial Hall, Cambria, CA. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NOS–2015–0999, 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-NOS-20150999, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: 99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A, Monterey, California 93940, Attn: Paul Michel, Superintendent. 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 NOAA. 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. NOAA will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Hayes, 831.647.4256, mbnmsmanagementplan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Reviewing the MBNMS management plan may result in proposed changes to existing plans and policies to address contemporary issues and challenges, and better protect and manage the sanctuary’s resources and qualities. The review process is composed of four major stages: (1) Information collection and characterization; (2) preparation and release of a draft management plan and environmental impact statement, and any proposed amendments to the regulations; (3) public review and comment; (4) preparation and release of a final management plan and environmental document, and any final amendments to the regulations. NOAA will also address other statutory and regulatory requirements that may be required pursuant to the Endangered Species Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Essential Fish Habitat provisions of rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:07 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act. Preliminary Priority Topics NOAA has prepared a preliminary list of priority topics to consider during the MBNMS management plan review process. We are interested in public comment on these topics, as well as any other topics of interest to the public or other agencies in the context of the MBNMS management plan review. This list does not preclude or in any way limit the consideration of additional topics raised through public comment, government-to-government and interagency consultations, and discussions with partner agencies. Collaborative Research and Management There is a continuing need for characterization, research and monitoring to understand baseline conditions of marine resources within the sanctuary, ecosystem functions, and status and trends of biological and socioeconomic resources. NOAA relies on the continued support of multiple partners and volunteers, and strives to address critical resource protection through collaborative multi-stakeholder management efforts. In addition to updating existing action plans in the management plan, NOAA is considering adding strategies and activities to address the following issues: Climate Change—Climate change is widely acknowledged, yet there is considerable uncertainty about current and future consequences at local, ecosystem and oceanic scales. Increased coordination and cooperation among science and resource management agencies are required to improve planning, monitoring and adaptive management to address this phenomenon as it pertains to the protection of MBNMS resources. Wildlife Disturbance—MBNMS is an active area with abundant human use, offering some of the most significant marine wildlife viewing in the world. NOAA is concerned about a variety of human activities that have the ability to disturb marine wildlife. The harassment of wildlife, in particular marine mammals, has increased in recent years due to increased numbers (and proximity) of certain whale species and humans involved in on-the-water activities. Impacts to the MBNMS soundscape are also a concern, as the cumulative effects of underwater noise generated by a variety of human activities have grown over the past half century. Expanded use of unmanned aircraft systems over the sanctuary may also require additional analysis to PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 determine the degree to which these aircraft may, or may not, be causing harm to wildlife. Water Quality Protection—Water quality is key to ensuring protection for all sanctuary resources. Given the level of coastal development along MBNMS’s extensive coastline, runoff of contaminants such as sediments, nutrients, fecal bacteria, pesticides, oil, grease, metals, and detergents from the approximately 7,000 square miles of coastal watershed areas makes the sanctuary vulnerable to coastal water pollution problems. Although MBNMS has an award-winning water quality protection program, NOAA believes that more focused attention on specific water quality issues is needed, as well as a coordinated regional monitoring program to provide meaningful information on conditions, trends, and contaminant loads. Marine Debris—Coastal marine debris is a persistent and poorly diagnosed problem within the sanctuary that negatively impacts natural and socioeconomic resources and qualities, including marine mammals, turtles and seabirds. NOAA is seeking input on innovative source controls and cleanups could help minimize impacts to sanctuary waters and habitats. Regulatory Changes and Clarifications NOAA is considering several modifications to MBNMS regulations and definitions to facilitate resource protection, clarify legal intent, and enhance public understanding. These include: Clarifying the extent of the shoreward sanctuary boundary line and the means by which some of the zones within MBNMS are delineated; clarifying the intent of the prohibition on the take of historical resources; and prohibiting tampering with MBNMS signage and buoys. Other regulatory changes may be considered based on public scoping comments and staff work to adjust various action plans within the management plan. Other potential regulatory modifications on which NOAA is seeking public input include: (1) Reducing the required High Surf Warning (HSW) condition for Motorized Personal Watercraft operations at Mavericks to a High Surf Advisory (HSA) condition. (2) Minimizing disturbance from low overflights in the area of the Common Murre colony at Devil’s Slide, a restoration site just beyond the MBNMS boundary line at Point San Pedro (San Mateo County). (3) Designating of specific zones where fireworks may be permitted within MBNMS. E:\FR\FM\27AUP1.SGM 27AUP1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 166 / Thursday, August 27, 2015 / Proposed Rules (4) Updating regulations to clarify the extent of the shoreward sanctuary boundary line. (5) Ensuring that salvers operating within MBNMS meet minimum industry standards for safety, liability, capacity, and environmentally sensitive salvage techniques during both emergency and non-emergency operations. (6) Clarifying the definition of ‘‘cruise ship’’ to include not only ships with berths for hire as is currently defined, but also ships with condominiums under private ownership. (7) Clarifying the intent and applicability of the existing prohibition on deserting a vessel in MBNMS. Education, Outreach and Citizen Science Enhancing the public’s awareness and appreciation of sanctuary resources is a cornerstone of MBNMS’s mission. Recent initiatives, such as visitor centers, video media production, and partnering with recreation and tourism industry offer opportunities for NOAA and other entities to expand educational and outreach contributions and reach larger audiences. NOAA is seeking the public’s view on developing and enhancing programs designed to enhance public awareness, including opportunities to participate in environmental research and monitoring. rmajette on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS Condition Report To inform the MBNMS management plan review, NOAA is updating the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report, which was first published in 2009. The 2009 report provided a summary of resources in MBNMS, pressures on those resources, current conditions and recent trends within the Sanctuary, and management responses to mitigate negative impacts. The 2015 Condition Report will update current conditions and recent changes for water quality, habitat, living resources and maritime archaeological resources in the sanctuary. It will also include an assessment of the Davidson Seamount Management Zone which NOAA added to MBNMS in 2009. A summary of the 2015 Condition Report will be available to the general public during the public scoping period and on the Internet at: http:// sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/condition/ welcome.html. The final report will be made available in late December 2015 on the same Web site. Public Comments NOAA is interested in hearing the public’s view on: VerDate Sep<11>2014 14:07 Aug 26, 2015 Jkt 235001 • The potential impacts of the proposed actions discussed above and ways to mitigate these impacts. • The topics discussed above for the next five to ten years and whether these are the right topics, the priority topics, or if there are additional topics NOAA should consider. • The effectiveness of the existing management plan in meeting both the mandates of the NMSA and MBNMS goals and objectives. • The public’s view on the effectiveness of the MBNMS programs, including programs focused on: Resource protection; research and monitoring; education; volunteer; and outreach. • NOAA’s implementation of MBNMS regulations and permits. • Adequacy of existing boundaries to protect sanctuary resources. • Assessment of the existing operational and administrative framework (staffing, offices, vessels, etc.). Federal Consultations This document also advises the public that NOAA will coordinate its consultation responsibilities under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) under the Magnuson Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), section 106 of the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, 16 U.S.C. 470), and Federal Consistency review under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), along with its ongoing NEPA process including the use of NEPA documents and public and stakeholder meetings to also meet the requirements of other federal laws. In fulfilling its responsibility under the NHPA and NEPA, NOAA intends to identify consulting parties; identify historic properties and assess the effects of the undertaking on such properties; initiate formal consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, and other consulting parties; involve the public in accordance with NOAA’s NEPA procedures, and develop in consultation with identified consulting parties alternatives and proposed measures that might avoid, minimize or mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties and describe them in any environmental assessment or draft environmental impact statement. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq. PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 51975 Dated: August 20, 2015. John Armor, Acting Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

15 CFR Part 922


Initiation of Review of Management Plan and Regulations of the 
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary; Intent To Conduct Scoping and 
Prepare Draft Environmental Impact Statement and Management Plan

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Initiation of review of management plan and regulations; intent 
to conduct scoping and prepare environmental impact statement.

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SUMMARY: Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary (MBNMS or sanctuary) 
was designated in September 1992. It spans 4,601 square nautical miles 
(6.094 square miles) of marine waters off the central California coast, 
encompassing several large, nearshore submarine canyons, an offshore 
seamount and numerous marine habitats representative of the central 
California coastal and marine ecosystem. The present management plan 
was written and published in 2008 along with a final environmental 
impact statement in accordance with the National Environmental Policy 
Act (NEPA). In accordance with Section 304(e) of the National Marine 
Sanctuaries Act, as amended, (NMSA), the Office of National Marine 
Sanctuaries (ONMS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) is initiating a review of the MBNMS management 
plan, to evaluate substantive progress toward implementing the goals 
for the sanctuary, and to make revisions to the plan and regulations as 
necessary to fulfill the purposes and policies of the NMSA. NOAA 
anticipates regulatory and management plan changes will require 
preparation of an environmental analysis under the National 
Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). NOAA will conduct public scoping 
meetings to gather information and other comments from individuals, 
organizations, tribes, and government agencies on the scope, types and 
significance of issues related to the MBNMS management plan and 
regulations and the proper scope of environmental review for the 
project. The scoping meetings are scheduled as detailed below.

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DATES: Written comments should be received on or before October 30, 
2015.
    Scoping meetings will be held on:
    (1) September 10, 6-8 p.m., Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, 
CA.
    (2) September 23, 6-8 p.m., Louden Nelson Center, Santa Cruz, CA.
    (3) October 23, 6-8 p.m., Veteran's Memorial Hall, Cambria, CA.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by 
NOAA-NOS-2015-0999, 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-NOS-2015-0999, click the 
``Comment Now!'' icon, complete the required fields, and enter or 
attach your comments.
     Mail: 99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 455A, Monterey, California 
93940, Attn: Paul Michel, Superintendent.
    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 NOAA. 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. NOAA will accept anonymous 
comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to remain 
anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dawn Hayes, 831.647.4256, 
mbnmsmanagementplan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Reviewing the MBNMS management plan may 
result in proposed changes to existing plans and policies to address 
contemporary issues and challenges, and better protect and manage the 
sanctuary's resources and qualities. The review process is composed of 
four major stages: (1) Information collection and characterization; (2) 
preparation and release of a draft management plan and environmental 
impact statement, and any proposed amendments to the regulations; (3) 
public review and comment; (4) preparation and release of a final 
management plan and environmental document, and any final amendments to 
the regulations. NOAA will also address other statutory and regulatory 
requirements that may be required pursuant to the Endangered Species 
Act, Marine Mammal Protection Act, Essential Fish Habitat provisions of 
the Magnuson-Stevens Act, and the National Historic Preservation Act.

Preliminary Priority Topics

    NOAA has prepared a preliminary list of priority topics to consider 
during the MBNMS management plan review process. We are interested in 
public comment on these topics, as well as any other topics of interest 
to the public or other agencies in the context of the MBNMS management 
plan review. This list does not preclude or in any way limit the 
consideration of additional topics raised through public comment, 
government-to-government and interagency consultations, and discussions 
with partner agencies.

Collaborative Research and Management

    There is a continuing need for characterization, research and 
monitoring to understand baseline conditions of marine resources within 
the sanctuary, ecosystem functions, and status and trends of biological 
and socioeconomic resources. NOAA relies on the continued support of 
multiple partners and volunteers, and strives to address critical 
resource protection through collaborative multi-stakeholder management 
efforts. In addition to updating existing action plans in the 
management plan, NOAA is considering adding strategies and activities 
to address the following issues:
    Climate Change--Climate change is widely acknowledged, yet there is 
considerable uncertainty about current and future consequences at 
local, ecosystem and oceanic scales. Increased coordination and 
cooperation among science and resource management agencies are required 
to improve planning, monitoring and adaptive management to address this 
phenomenon as it pertains to the protection of MBNMS resources.
    Wildlife Disturbance--MBNMS is an active area with abundant human 
use, offering some of the most significant marine wildlife viewing in 
the world. NOAA is concerned about a variety of human activities that 
have the ability to disturb marine wildlife. The harassment of 
wildlife, in particular marine mammals, has increased in recent years 
due to increased numbers (and proximity) of certain whale species and 
humans involved in on-the-water activities. Impacts to the MBNMS 
soundscape are also a concern, as the cumulative effects of underwater 
noise generated by a variety of human activities have grown over the 
past half century. Expanded use of unmanned aircraft systems over the 
sanctuary may also require additional analysis to determine the degree 
to which these aircraft may, or may not, be causing harm to wildlife.
    Water Quality Protection--Water quality is key to ensuring 
protection for all sanctuary resources. Given the level of coastal 
development along MBNMS's extensive coastline, runoff of contaminants 
such as sediments, nutrients, fecal bacteria, pesticides, oil, grease, 
metals, and detergents from the approximately 7,000 square miles of 
coastal watershed areas makes the sanctuary vulnerable to coastal water 
pollution problems. Although MBNMS has an award-winning water quality 
protection program, NOAA believes that more focused attention on 
specific water quality issues is needed, as well as a coordinated 
regional monitoring program to provide meaningful information on 
conditions, trends, and contaminant loads.
    Marine Debris--Coastal marine debris is a persistent and poorly 
diagnosed problem within the sanctuary that negatively impacts natural 
and socioeconomic resources and qualities, including marine mammals, 
turtles and seabirds. NOAA is seeking input on innovative source 
controls and cleanups could help minimize impacts to sanctuary waters 
and habitats.

Regulatory Changes and Clarifications

    NOAA is considering several modifications to MBNMS regulations and 
definitions to facilitate resource protection, clarify legal intent, 
and enhance public understanding. These include: Clarifying the extent 
of the shoreward sanctuary boundary line and the means by which some of 
the zones within MBNMS are delineated; clarifying the intent of the 
prohibition on the take of historical resources; and prohibiting 
tampering with MBNMS signage and buoys. Other regulatory changes may be 
considered based on public scoping comments and staff work to adjust 
various action plans within the management plan.
    Other potential regulatory modifications on which NOAA is seeking 
public input include:
    (1) Reducing the required High Surf Warning (HSW) condition for 
Motorized Personal Watercraft operations at Mavericks to a High Surf 
Advisory (HSA) condition.
    (2) Minimizing disturbance from low overflights in the area of the 
Common Murre colony at Devil's Slide, a restoration site just beyond 
the MBNMS boundary line at Point San Pedro (San Mateo County).
    (3) Designating of specific zones where fireworks may be permitted 
within MBNMS.

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    (4) Updating regulations to clarify the extent of the shoreward 
sanctuary boundary line.
    (5) Ensuring that salvers operating within MBNMS meet minimum 
industry standards for safety, liability, capacity, and environmentally 
sensitive salvage techniques during both emergency and non-emergency 
operations.
    (6) Clarifying the definition of ``cruise ship'' to include not 
only ships with berths for hire as is currently defined, but also ships 
with condominiums under private ownership.
    (7) Clarifying the intent and applicability of the existing 
prohibition on deserting a vessel in MBNMS.

Education, Outreach and Citizen Science

    Enhancing the public's awareness and appreciation of sanctuary 
resources is a cornerstone of MBNMS's mission. Recent initiatives, such 
as visitor centers, video media production, and partnering with 
recreation and tourism industry offer opportunities for NOAA and other 
entities to expand educational and outreach contributions and reach 
larger audiences. NOAA is seeking the public's view on developing and 
enhancing programs designed to enhance public awareness, including 
opportunities to participate in environmental research and monitoring.

Condition Report

    To inform the MBNMS management plan review, NOAA is updating the 
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Condition Report, which was 
first published in 2009. The 2009 report provided a summary of 
resources in MBNMS, pressures on those resources, current conditions 
and recent trends within the Sanctuary, and management responses to 
mitigate negative impacts. The 2015 Condition Report will update 
current conditions and recent changes for water quality, habitat, 
living resources and maritime archaeological resources in the 
sanctuary. It will also include an assessment of the Davidson Seamount 
Management Zone which NOAA added to MBNMS in 2009.
    A summary of the 2015 Condition Report will be available to the 
general public during the public scoping period and on the Internet at: 
http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/science/condition/welcome.html. The final 
report will be made available in late December 2015 on the same Web 
site.

Public Comments

    NOAA is interested in hearing the public's view on:
     The potential impacts of the proposed actions discussed 
above and ways to mitigate these impacts.
     The topics discussed above for the next five to ten years 
and whether these are the right topics, the priority topics, or if 
there are additional topics NOAA should consider.
     The effectiveness of the existing management plan in 
meeting both the mandates of the NMSA and MBNMS goals and objectives.
     The public's view on the effectiveness of the MBNMS 
programs, including programs focused on: Resource protection; research 
and monitoring; education; volunteer; and outreach.
     NOAA's implementation of MBNMS regulations and permits.
     Adequacy of existing boundaries to protect sanctuary 
resources.
     Assessment of the existing operational and administrative 
framework (staffing, offices, vessels, etc.).

Federal Consultations

    This document also advises the public that NOAA will coordinate its 
consultation responsibilities under section 7 of the Endangered Species 
Act (ESA), Essential Fish Habitat (EFH) under the Magnuson Stevens 
Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), section 106 of the 
National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA, 16 U.S.C. 470), and Federal 
Consistency review under the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA), along 
with its ongoing NEPA process including the use of NEPA documents and 
public and stakeholder meetings to also meet the requirements of other 
federal laws.
    In fulfilling its responsibility under the NHPA and NEPA, NOAA 
intends to identify consulting parties; identify historic properties 
and assess the effects of the undertaking on such properties; initiate 
formal consultation with the State Historic Preservation Officer, the 
Advisory Council of Historic Preservation, and other consulting 
parties; involve the public in accordance with NOAA's NEPA procedures, 
and develop in consultation with identified consulting parties 
alternatives and proposed measures that might avoid, minimize or 
mitigate any adverse effects on historic properties and describe them 
in any environmental assessment or draft environmental impact 
statement.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.

    Dated: August 20, 2015.
John Armor,
Acting Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries.
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