National Estuarine Research Reserve System, 81807-81808 [2015-32942]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 251 / Thursday, December 31, 2015 / Notices tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES salmon fisheries. This document announces the availability of Pacific Council documents as well as the dates and locations of Pacific Council meetings and public hearings comprising the Pacific Council’s complete schedule of events for determining the annual proposed and final modifications to ocean salmon fishery management measures. The agendas for the March and April 2016 Pacific Council meetings will be published in subsequent Federal Register documents prior to the actual meetings. DATES: Written comments on the salmon management alternatives must be received by 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time, April 3, 2016. ADDRESSES: Documents will be available from, and written comments should be sent to 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). Comments can also be submitted via email at PFMC.comments@noaa.gov or through the Internet at the Federal Rulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments, and include the I.D. number in the subject line of the message. For specific meeting and hearing locations, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Council Address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mr. Mike Burner, telephone: (503) 820– 2414. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Tentative Schedule for Document Completion and Availability February 19, 2016: ‘‘Review of 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries, Stock Assessment and Fishery Evaluation Document for the Pacific Coast Salmon Fishery Management Plan’’ is scheduled to be posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. February 26, 2016: ‘‘Preseason Report I—Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations’’ is scheduled to be posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. March 23, 2016: ‘‘Preseason Report II—Proposed Alternatives and Environmental Assessment Part 2 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations’’ and public hearing schedule is scheduled to be posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http:// VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Dec 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 81807 www.pcouncil.org. The report will include a description of the adopted salmon management alternatives and a summary of their biological and economic impacts. April 20, 2016: ‘‘Preseason Report III—Council-Adopted Management Measures and Environmental Assessment Part 3 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations’’ scheduled to be posted on the Pacific Council Web site at http://www.pcouncil.org. May 1, 2016: Federal regulations for 2016 ocean salmon regulations will be published in the Federal Register and implemented. Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the STT’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Meetings and Hearings January 19–22, 2016: The Salmon Technical Team (STT) will meet at the Pacific Council office in a public work session to draft ‘‘Review of 2015 Ocean Salmon Fisheries’’ and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries. February 16–19, 2016: The STT will meet at the Pacific Council office in a public work session to draft ‘‘Preseason Report I—Stock Abundance Analysis and Environmental Assessment Part 1 for 2016 Ocean Salmon Fishery Regulations’’ and to consider any other estimation or methodology issues pertinent to the 2016 ocean salmon fisheries. March 28–29, 2016: Public hearings will be held to receive comments on the proposed ocean salmon fishery management alternatives adopted by the Pacific Council. Written comments received at the public hearings and a summary of oral comments at the hearings will be provided to the Pacific Council at its April meeting. All public hearings begin at 7 p.m. at the following locations: March 28, 2016: Chateau Westport, Beach Room, 710 West Hancock, Westport, WA 98595, telephone: (360) 268–9101. March 28, 2016: Red Lion Hotel, South Umpqua Room, 1313 North Bayshore Drive, Coos Bay, OR 97420, telephone: (541) 267–4141. March 29, 2016: Motel 6, Convention Room, 400 South Main St, Fort Bragg, CA 95437, telephone: (707) 964–4761. Although nonemergency issues not contained in the STT meeting agendas may come before the STT for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal STT action during these meetings. STT action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and to any issues arising after publication of this document requiring emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson- Dated: December 28, 2015. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. PO 00000 Frm 00003 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Special Accommodations These public meetings and hearings 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) 820–2280 (voice), or (503) 820–2299 (fax) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. [FR Doc. 2015–32927 Filed 12–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Estuarine Research Reserve System Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Approval for the Mission-Aransas, Texas National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. AGENCY: Under 15 CFR 921.33(d), notice is hereby given that the Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce approves the MissionAransas, Texas National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. The Mission-Aransas Reserve revised plan will replace the plan approved in 2006. The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; the research/monitoring, stewardship, education, and training programs of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility development to support reserve operations. The Mission-Aransas Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research, education, coastal training, and stewardship functions. The Reserve has outlined how it will manage administration and its core program providing detailed actions that will enable it to accomplish specific SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1 tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 81808 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 251 / Thursday, December 31, 2015 / Notices goals and objectives. Since the last management plan, the Reserve has built out its core programs and monitoring infrastructure; constructed several facilities including a L.E.E.D. certified Estuarine Research Center that serves as the reserve headquarters and includes laboratories, offices, classrooms, interpretative areas and dormitories; and built new partnerships with organizations along the Coastal Bend of Texas. On October 1, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of a thirty day public comment period for the Mission-Aransas Reserve revised plan (80 FR 59138). Responses to the written and oral comments received, and an explanation of how comments were incorporated into the final revised plan, are available in Appendix K to the revised plan (http://missionaransas.org/sites/default/ files/manerr/files/final_2015-2020_ manerr_management_plan_appendices_ dec_2015.pdf). With the approval of this management plan, the Mission-Aransas Reserve will increase their total acreage from 185,708 acres to 186,189. The change is attributable to the recent acquisitions of several parcels by Reserve partners, totaling 481 acres. All of the proposed additions are owned by existing Reserve partners and will be managed for longterm protection and conservation value. These parcels have high ecological value and will enhance the Reserve’s ability to provide increased opportunities for research, education, and stewardship. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the expanded 186,189 acre Mission-Aransas Reserve for the next five years. The 2015–2020 Mission-Aransas, Texas Reserve Management Plan, which contains a more detailed description of the boundary change and acquired parcels, is available at (https:// sites.cns.utexas.edu/manerr/about/ management-plan). The impacts of the revised management plan have not changed and the initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared at the time of designation is still valid. NOAA has made the determination that the revision of the management plan will not have a significant effect on the human environment and therefore qualifies for a categorical exclusion under NOAA Administrative Order 216–6. An environmental assessment will not be prepared. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Chasse at (301) 563–1198 or Erica Seiden at (301) 563–1172 of NOAA’s National Ocean Service, Stewardship VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:49 Dec 30, 2015 Jkt 238001 Division, Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Dated: October 22, 2015. John King, Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2015–32942 Filed 12–30–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE380 Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; Fisheries Off West Coast States; Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery; Trawl Rationalization Program; 2016 Cost Recovery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; 2016 cost recovery fee percentages and mothership (MS) pricing. AGENCY: This action provides participants in the Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program with the 2016 fee percentages and ‘‘MS pricing’’ needed to calculate the required payments for trawl rationalization program cost recovery fees due in 2016. For calendar year 2016, NMFS announces the following fee percentages by sector: 3.0 percent for the Shorebased Individual Fishing Quota (IFQ) Program; 2.5 percent for the MS Coop Program; and 0.7 percent for the Catcher/Processer (C/P) Coop Program. For 2016, the MS pricing to be used as a proxy by the C/P Coop Program is: $0.11/lb for Pacific whiting. DATES: Effective January 1, 2016. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher Biegel, Cost Recovery Program Coordinator, (503) 231–6291, fax (503) 872–2737, email Christopher.Biegel@NOAA.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA) requires NMFS to collect fees to recover the costs directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of a limited access privilege program (LAPP) (16 U.S.C. 1854(d)(2)), also called ‘‘cost recovery.’’ The Pacific coast groundfish trawl rationalization program is a LAPP, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 implemented in 2011, and consists of three sectors: The Shorebased IFQ Program, the MS Coop Program, and the C/P Coop Program. In accordance with the MSA, and based on a recommended structure and methodology developed in coordination with the Pacific Fishery Management Council, NMFS began collecting mandatory fees of up to three percent of the ex-vessel value of groundfish from each sector (Shorebased IFQ Program, MS Coop Program, and C/P Coop Program) in 2014. NMFS collects the fees to recover the incremental costs of management, data collection, and enforcement of the trawl rationalization program. Additional background can be found in the cost recovery proposed and final rules, 78 FR 7371 (February 1, 2013) and 78 FR 75268 (December 11, 2013), respectively. The details of cost recovery for the groundfish trawl rationalization program are in regulation at 50 CFR 660.115 (trawl fishery cost recovery program), § 660.140 (Shorebased IFQ Program), § 660.150 (MS Coop Program), and § 660.160 (C/P Coop Program). By December 31 of each year, NMFS must announce the next year’s fee percentages, and the applicable MS pricing for the C/P Coop Program. NMFS calculated the 2016 fee percentages by sector using the best available information. For 2016, the fee percentages by sector, which must not exceed three percent of the ex-vessel value of fish harvested, are: • 3.0 percent for the Shorebased IFQ Program, • 2.5 percent for the MS Coop Program • 0.7 percent for the C/P Coop Program. To calculate the fee percentages, NMFS used the formula specified in regulation at § 660.115(b)(1), where the fee percentage by sector equals the lower of three percent or direct program costs (DPC) for that sector divided by total ex-vessel value (V) for that sector multiplied by 100 (Fee percentage = the lower of 3% or (DPC/V) × 100). ‘‘DPC,’’ as defined in the regulations at § 660.115(b)(1)(i), are the actual incremental costs for the previous fiscal year directly related to the management, data collection, and enforcement of each sector (Shorebased IFQ Program, MS Coop Program, and C/P Coop Program). Actual incremental costs means those net costs that would not have been incurred but for the implementation of the trawl rationalization program, including both increased costs for new requirements of the program and reduced costs resulting from any program efficiencies. Similar to E:\FR\FM\31DEN1.SGM 31DEN1

Agencies

[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 251 (Thursday, December 31, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 81807-81808]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-32942]


-----------------------------------------------------------------------

DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Estuarine Research Reserve System

AGENCY: Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National 
Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of Approval for the Mission-Aransas, Texas National 
Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision.

-----------------------------------------------------------------------

SUMMARY: Under 15 CFR 921.33(d), notice is hereby given that the 
Stewardship Division, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. 
Department of Commerce approves the Mission-Aransas, Texas National 
Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. The Mission-
Aransas Reserve revised plan will replace the plan approved in 2006.
    The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; 
the research/monitoring, stewardship, education, and training programs 
of the reserve; and the plans for future land acquisition and facility 
development to support reserve operations.
    The Mission-Aransas Reserve takes an integrated approach to 
management, linking research, education, coastal training, and 
stewardship functions. The Reserve has outlined how it will manage 
administration and its core program providing detailed actions that 
will enable it to accomplish specific

[[Page 81808]]

goals and objectives. Since the last management plan, the Reserve has 
built out its core programs and monitoring infrastructure; constructed 
several facilities including a L.E.E.D. certified Estuarine Research 
Center that serves as the reserve headquarters and includes 
laboratories, offices, classrooms, interpretative areas and 
dormitories; and built new partnerships with organizations along the 
Coastal Bend of Texas.
    On October 1, 2015, NOAA issued a notice of a thirty day public 
comment period for the Mission-Aransas Reserve revised plan (80 FR 
59138). Responses to the written and oral comments received, and an 
explanation of how comments were incorporated into the final revised 
plan, are available in Appendix K to the revised plan (http://missionaransas.org/sites/default/files/manerr/files/final_2015-2020_manerr_management_plan_appendices_dec_2015.pdf).
    With the approval of this management plan, the Mission-Aransas 
Reserve will increase their total acreage from 185,708 acres to 
186,189. The change is attributable to the recent acquisitions of 
several parcels by Reserve partners, totaling 481 acres. All of the 
proposed additions are owned by existing Reserve partners and will be 
managed for long-term protection and conservation value. These parcels 
have high ecological value and will enhance the Reserve's ability to 
provide increased opportunities for research, education, and 
stewardship. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding 
document for the expanded 186,189 acre Mission-Aransas Reserve for the 
next five years. The 2015-2020 Mission-Aransas, Texas Reserve 
Management Plan, which contains a more detailed description of the 
boundary change and acquired parcels, is available at (https://sites.cns.utexas.edu/manerr/about/management-plan).
    The impacts of the revised management plan have not changed and the 
initial Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) prepared at the time of 
designation is still valid. NOAA has made the determination that the 
revision of the management plan will not have a significant effect on 
the human environment and therefore qualifies for a categorical 
exclusion under NOAA Administrative Order 216-6. An environmental 
assessment will not be prepared.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt Chasse at (301) 563-1198 or Erica 
Seiden at (301) 563-1172 of NOAA's National Ocean Service, Stewardship 
Division, Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Highway, N/
ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

    Dated: October 22, 2015.
John King,
Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2015-32942 Filed 12-30-15; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-08-P