Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 55606-55607 [2015-23261]

Download as PDF 55606 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 179 / Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES impact rates of recruitment or survival and will therefore not result in population-level impacts. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the planned monitoring and mitigation measures, we find that the total marine mammal take from the Navy’s wharf construction activities will have a negligible impact on the affected marine mammal species or stocks. Small Numbers Analysis As described previously, of the 304 incidents of behavioral harassment predicted to occur for bottlenose dolphin, we have no information allowing us to parse those predicted incidents amongst the three stocks of bottlenose dolphin that may occur in the project area. Therefore, we assessed the total number of predicted incidents of take against the best abundance estimate for each stock, as though the total would occur for the stock in question. For two of the bottlenose dolphin stocks, the total predicted number of incidents of take authorized would be considered small— approximately three percent for the southern migratory stock and less than 25 percent for the northern Florida coastal stock—even if each estimated taking occurred to a new individual. This is an extremely unlikely scenario as, for bottlenose dolphins in estuarine and nearshore waters, there is likely to be some overlap in individuals present day-to-day. The total number of authorized takes for bottlenose dolphins, if assumed to accrue solely to new individuals of the JES stock, is higher relative to the total stock abundance, which is currently considered unknown. However, these numbers represent the estimated incidents of take, not the number of individuals taken. That is, it is highly likely that a relatively small subset of JES bottlenose dolphins would be harassed by project activities. JES bottlenose dolphins range from Cumberland Sound at the GeorgiaFlorida border south to approximately Palm Coast, Florida, an area spanning over 120 linear km of coastline and including habitat consisting of complex inshore and estuarine waterways. JES dolphins, divided by Caldwell (2001) into Northern and Southern groups, show strong site fidelity and, although members of both groups have been observed outside their preferred areas, it is likely that the majority of JES dolphins would not occur within waters ensonified by project activities. Further, VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Sep 15, 2015 Jkt 235001 although the largest area of ensonification is predicted to extend up to 7.5 km offshore from NSM, estuarine dolphins are generally considered as restricted to inshore waters and only 1– 2 km offshore. In summary, JES dolphins are (1) known to form two groups and exhibit strong site fidelity (i.e., individuals do not generally range throughout the recognized overall JES stock range); (2) would not occur at all in a significant portion of the larger ZOI extending offshore from NSM; and (3) the specified activity will be stationary within an enclosed basin not recognized as an area of any special significance that would serve to attract or aggregate dolphins. We therefore believe that the estimated numbers of takes, were they to occur, likely represent repeated exposures of a much smaller number of bottlenose dolphins and that these estimated incidents of take represent small numbers of bottlenose dolphins. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the mitigation and monitoring measures, we find that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the populations of the affected species or stocks. Impact on Availability of Affected Species for Taking for Subsistence Uses There are no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals implicated by this action. Therefore, we have determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. suitability for adoption by NMFS in order to assess the impacts to the human environment of issuance of an IHA to the Navy. Also in compliance with NEPA and the CEQ regulations, as well as NOAA Administrative Order 216–6, NMFS has reviewed the Navy’s EA, determined it to be sufficient, and adopted that EA and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) on November 20, 2013. We have reviewed the Navy’s application for a renewed IHA for ongoing construction activities for 2015–16 and results of required marine mammal monitoring. Based on that review, we have determined that the proposed action is very similar to that considered in the previous IHA. In addition, no significant new circumstances or information relevant to environmental concerns have been identified. Thus, we have determined that the preparation of a new or supplemental NEPA document is not necessary, and, after review of public comments, reaffirm our 2013 FONSI. The 2013 NEPA documents are available for review at www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/construction.htm. Authorization As a result of these determinations, we have issued an IHA to the Navy for conducting the described construction activities in Mayport, FL, for one year from the date of issuance, provided the previously described mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. Dated: September 9, 2015. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Endangered Species Act (ESA) No marine mammal species listed under the ESA are expected to be affected by these activities. Therefore, we have determined that section 7 consultation under the ESA are not required. [FR Doc. 2015–23174 Filed 9–15–15; 8:45 am] National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), as implemented by the regulations published by the Council on Environmental Quality (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), the Navy prepared an Environmental Assessment (EA) to consider the direct, indirect and cumulative effects to the human environment resulting from the pier maintenance project. NMFS made the Navy’s EA available to the public for review and comment, in relation to its RIN 0648–XE177 PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a work session that is open to the public. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 179 / Wednesday, September 16, 2015 / Notices The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. until business for each day has been completed. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Pacific Council Office, Large Conference Room, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220– 1384, telephone: (503) 820–2280. Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. ADDRESSES: Ms. Kelly Ames, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2426. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The primary purpose of the GMT meeting will be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council at its November 13–19, 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, CA. Specific agenda topics include the development of the 2017–18 harvest specifications and management measures including stock assessments and rebuilding analyses. The GMT may also address other groundfish agenda items scheduled for the November Council meeting. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document 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 intent to take final action to address the emergency. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: asabaliauskas on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Special Accommodations The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820–2425 at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: September 11, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–23261 Filed 9–15–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:18 Sep 15, 2015 Jkt 235001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No.: PTO–C–2015–0054] National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice and request for nominations for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce (United States Patent and Trademark Office) is requesting nominations of individuals to serve on the National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee. The United States Patent and Trademark Office will consider all timely nominations received in response to this notice as well as from other sources. DATES: To ensure full consideration, nominations must be postmarked, faxed or electronically transmitted no later than October 16, 2015. ADDRESSES: Nominations must be submitted to, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450. Nominations also may be submitted via fax: (571) 273–9821 or by electronic mail to: nmti@uspto.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: John Palafoutas, Program Manager, National Medal of Technology and Innovation Program, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, Virginia 22313–1450, telephone (571) 272–9821, or electronic mail: nmti@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background The National Medal of Technology and Innovation Nomination Evaluation Committee was established in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (FACA) (Title 5, United States Code, Appendix 2). The following provides information about the committee and membership: • Committee members are appointed by and serve at the discretion of the Secretary of Commerce. The committee provides advice to the Secretary on the implementation of Section 12 of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, Public Law 96– 480 (15 U.S.C. 3711), as amended by Public Law 110–69, Title I, § 1003, August 9, 2007. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 55607 • The committee functions solely as an advisory body under the FACA. Members are appointed to the approximately 12-member committee for a term of three years. At the conclusion of the three-year term, a member may be eligible for appointment to one additional term, pending advisory committee needs. Selection of membership is made in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidelines. • Members are responsible for reviewing nominations and making recommendations for the Nation’s highest honor for technological innovation, awarded periodically by the President of the United States. Members of the committee must have an understanding of, and experience in, developing and utilizing technological innovation and/or be familiar with the education, training, employment and management of technological manpower. • The Department is seeking additional nominations of candidates from small, medium-sized, and large businesses and academia, with expertise in sub-sectors of the technology enterprise, including: Medical Innovations/Bioengineering and Biomedical Technology; Technology Management/Computing/IT/ Manufacturing Innovation; Technological Manpower/Workforce Training/Education. Under the FACA, membership on a committee must be balanced in background and expertise. In order to maximize the balance of background and expertise on the current committee, nominations of individuals with backgrounds in the following areas are particularly sought: Computer science, information technology, and medicine. • Committee members generally are Chief Executive Officers or former Chief Executive Officers; former winners of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation; presidents or distinguished faculty of universities; or senior executives of non-profit organizations. As such, they not only offer the stature of their positions but also possess intimate knowledge of the forces determining future directions for their organizations and industries. The committee as a whole is balanced in representing geographical, professional, and diverse interests. Nomination Information • Nominees must be United States citizens, must be able to fully participate in meetings pertaining to the review and selection of finalists for the National Medal of Technology and Innovation, and must uphold the E:\FR\FM\16SEN1.SGM 16SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE177


Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) 
Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a work session that is open 
to the public.

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DATES: The GMT meeting will be held Monday, October 5, 2015, at 1 p.m. 
until business for the day is completed. The GMT meeting will reconvene 
Tuesday, October 6 through Friday, October 9, 2015, from 8:30 a.m. 
until business for each day has been completed.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Pacific Council Office, 
Large Conference Room, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, 
OR 97220-1384, telephone: (503) 820-2280.
    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 
101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Kelly Ames, Pacific Council; 
telephone: (503) 820-2426.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the GMT meeting will 
be to develop recommendations for consideration by the Pacific Council 
at its November 13-19, 2015 meeting in Garden Grove, CA. Specific 
agenda topics include the development of the 2017-18 harvest 
specifications and management measures including stock assessments and 
rebuilding analyses. The GMT may also address other groundfish agenda 
items scheduled for the November Council meeting. No management actions 
will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time 
allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda 
may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during these meetings. Action will be restricted to those issues 
specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after 
publication of this document 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 intent to 
take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    The meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids 
should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at (503) 820-2425 at least 
5 days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: September 11, 2015.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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