Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Removal of the Scarlet-Chested Parakeet and Turquoise Parakeet From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, 3373-3374 [2016-01142]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 13 / Thursday, January 21, 2016 / Proposed Rules 3373 TABLE TO § 100.701—Continued No. Date Event Sponsor Location Wando River, main shipping channel of Charleston Harbor, Ashley River, Charleston, South Carolina; A moving zone around all waters within a 75-yard radius around Swim Around Charleston participant vessels that are officially associated with the swim. The Swim Around Charleston swimming race consists of a 10-mile course that starts at Remley′s Point on the Wando River in approximate position 32°48′49″ N., 79°54′27″ W., crosses the main shipping channel of Charleston Harbor, and finishes at the General William B. Westmoreland Bridge on the Ashley River in approximate position 32°50′14″ N., 80°01′23″ W. Upper Savannah River mile marker 199 to mile marker 196, Georgia. Charleston harbor, South Carolina, from Anchorage A through Shutes Folly, Horse Reach, Hog Island Reach, Town Creek Lower Reach, Ashley River, and finishing at City Marina. 4 .......... 3rd week of September. Swim Around Charleston. Kathleen Wilson ...... 5 .......... 2nd week of November. 2nd week December Head of the South ... Augusta Rowing Club. City of Charleston .... 6 .......... Charleston Harbor Christmas Parade of Boats. Dated: January 11, 2016. S.A. Buschman, Rear Admiral, U.S. Coast Guard, Commander, Seventh Coast Guard District. [FR Doc. 2016–01032 Filed 1–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 9110–04–P DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service 50 CFR Part 17 [Docket No FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0176; 4500030113] RIN 1018–A104 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Removal of the Scarlet-Chested Parakeet and Turquoise Parakeet From the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period. AGENCY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the reopening of the public comment period on our September 2, 2003, proposed rule to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema splendida) and the turquoise parakeet (Neophema pulchella) from the List (List) of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. We are taking this action to determine whether removing these species from the List is still warranted, and to ensure we get the best scientific and commercial information available. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS SUMMARY: We will consider comments received or postmarked on or before February 22, 2016. Comments submitted DATES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:09 Jan 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 electronically using the Federal eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods: (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. In the Search field, enter FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0176, which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, click the Search button. You may submit a comment by clicking on ‘‘Comment Now!’’ (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public Comments Processing, Attn: FWS–HQ–ES–2015– 0176, Division of Policy and Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803. We request that you send comments only by the methods described above. We will post all comments on http:// www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section, below, for more information). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janine Van Norman, Chief, Branch of Foreign Species, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041–3803; telephone, 703–358–2171; facsimile, 703–358–1735. If you use a telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service (FIRS) at 800–877–8339. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background In our September 2, 2003 proposed rule (68 FR 52169), we proposed to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema splendida) and the turquoise parakeet (Neophema PO 00000 Frm 00033 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 pulchella) from the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Act, because the endangered designation no longer correctly reflected the current conservation status of these birds. Our review of the status of the species at the time showed that the wild populations of these species were stable and increasing, with more than 20,000 breeding-age turquoise parakeets and 10,000 breeding-age scarlet-chested parakeets found throughout their range. Furthermore, trade in wild caught specimens was strictly limited, and the species’ were protected through domestic regulation within the range country (Australia), as well as through additional national and international treaties and laws. Currently, the Act prohibits the import, export and interstate and foreign commerce of these species, unless the individual can prove that the otherwise prohibited act enhances the propagation or survival of the species, or it is for scientific research. Removal of these species from the List means that the protections of the Act will no longer apply. However, protections under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Fauna and Flora the Lacey Act and the Wild Bird Conservation Act (for wildcaught specimens only) would remain unchanged. For more information on previous Federal actions concerning the scarletchested and turquoise parakeet, or information regarding the species’ biology, status, distribution, and habitat, refer to the proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2003 (68 FR 52169), which is available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/ granule/FR-2003-09-02/03-22225, or by mail from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Falls Church, VA (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). E:\FR\FM\21JAP1.SGM 21JAP1 3374 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 13 / Thursday, January 21, 2016 / Proposed Rules Public Comments DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE We will accept written comments and information during this reopened comment period on our proposal to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema splendida) and the turquoise parakeet (Neophema pulchella) from the List. We will consider information and recommendations from all interested parties. We intend that any final action resulting from the proposal be as accurate as possible and based on the best available scientific and commercial data. If you submit a comment via http:// www.regulations.gov, your entire comment—including any personal identifying information—will be posted on the Web site. We will post all hardcopy comments on http:// www.regulations.gov as well. If you submit a hardcopy comment that includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top of your document that we withhold this information from public review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting documentation we used in preparing the proposed listing, will be available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov at Docket No. FWS–HQ–ES–2015–0176, or by appointment, during normal business hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Falls Church, VA (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Authors The primary authors of this notice are staff members in the Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Falls Church, VA. Authority The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) Dated: January 8, 2016. Stephen Guertin, Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. jstallworth on DSK7TPTVN1PROD with PROPOSALS [FR Doc. 2016–01142 Filed 1–20–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4333–55–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:09 Jan 20, 2016 Jkt 238001 50 CFR Part 679 RIN 0648–BF05 Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Western Alaska Community Development Quota Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of fishery management plan amendment; request for comments. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) has submitted Amendment 109 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) to the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) for review. If approved, Amendment 109 would amend the FMP to support increased participation in local small-scale groundfish fisheries managed under the Western Alaska Community Development Quota (CDQ) Program. Specifically, Amendment 109 would amend the description of observer coverage requirements in the FMP to allow catcher vessels less than or equal to 46 feet (ft) (14.0 meters (m)) length overall (LOA) using hook-andline gear to be placed in the partial observer coverage category when groundfish CDQ fishing. In addition, Amendment 109 would exempt operators of registered catcher vessels greater than 32 ft (9.8 m) LOA and less than or equal to 46 ft LOA using hookand-line gear from the requirement to obtain and carry a License Limitation Program (LLP) license when conducting groundfish CDQ fishing. Amendment 109 also would update descriptive information about the CDQ Program in the FMP and make several editorial revisions. The objective of Amendment 109 is to facilitate increased participation by residents of CDQ communities in the groundfish CDQ fisheries in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (BSAI), and to support economic development in western Alaska. This action would benefit the six CDQ groups and the operators of local small hook-and-line catcher vessels that the CDQ groups authorize to participate in the groundfish CDQ fisheries by reducing the costs of participating in those fisheries. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00034 Fmt 4702 Sfmt 4702 Submit comments on or before March 21, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA– NMFS–2015–0060, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20150060, click the ‘‘Comment Now!’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Mail: Submit written comments to Glenn Merrill, Assistant Regional Administrator, Sustainable Fisheries Division, Alaska Region NMFS, Attn: Ellen Sebastian. Mail comments to P. O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668. 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 NMFS. 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), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/ A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Electronic copies of the Regulatory Impact Review/Initial Regulatory Flexibility Analysis/Environmental Assessment prepared for this action (collectively the ‘‘Analysis’’) are available from http:// www.regulations.gov or from the NMFS Alaska Region Web site at http:// alaskafisheries.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sally Bibb, 907–586–7389. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery and Conservation Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act) in section 304(a) requires that each regional fishery management council submit an amendment to a fishery management plan for review and approval, disapproval, or partial approval by the Secretary. The Magnuson-Stevens Act in section 304(a) also requires that the Secretary, upon receiving an amendment to a fishery management plan, immediately publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing that the amendment is available for public review and comment. The Council has submitted Amendment 109 to the Secretary for review. This notice announces that proposed Amendment 109 to the FMP is DATES: E:\FR\FM\21JAP1.SGM 21JAP1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 13 (Thursday, January 21, 2016)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Pages 3373-3374]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-01142]


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DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

[Docket No FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176; 4500030113]
RIN 1018-A104


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Proposed Removal 
of the Scarlet-Chested Parakeet and Turquoise Parakeet From the List of 
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), announce the 
reopening of the public comment period on our September 2, 2003, 
proposed rule to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema 
splendida) and the turquoise parakeet (Neophema pulchella) from the 
List (List) of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended. We are taking this action to determine 
whether removing these species from the List is still warranted, and to 
ensure we get the best scientific and commercial information available.

DATES: We will consider comments received or postmarked on or before 
February 22, 2016. Comments submitted electronically using the Federal 
eRulemaking Portal (see ADDRESSES section, below) must be received by 
11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on the closing date.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
    (1) Electronically: Go to the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov. In the Search field, enter FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176, 
which is the docket number for this rulemaking. Then, click the Search 
button. You may submit a comment by clicking on ``Comment Now!''
    (2) By hard copy: Submit by U.S. mail or hand-delivery to: Public 
Comments Processing, Attn: FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176, Division of Policy and 
Directives Management; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; MS: BPHC, 5275 
Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803.
    We request that you send comments only by the methods described 
above. We will post all comments on http://www.regulations.gov. This 
generally means that we will post any personal information you provide 
us (see the Public Comments section, below, for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Janine Van Norman, Chief, Branch of 
Foreign Species, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
MS: ES, 5275 Leesburg Pike, Falls Church, VA 22041-3803; telephone, 
703-358-2171; facsimile, 703-358-1735. If you use a telecommunications 
device for the deaf (TDD), call the Federal Information Relay Service 
(FIRS) at 800-877-8339.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    In our September 2, 2003 proposed rule (68 FR 52169), we proposed 
to remove the scarlet-chested parakeet (Neophema splendida) and the 
turquoise parakeet (Neophema pulchella) from the List of Endangered and 
Threatened Wildlife under the Act, because the endangered designation 
no longer correctly reflected the current conservation status of these 
birds. Our review of the status of the species at the time showed that 
the wild populations of these species were stable and increasing, with 
more than 20,000 breeding-age turquoise parakeets and 10,000 breeding-
age scarlet-chested parakeets found throughout their range. 
Furthermore, trade in wild caught specimens was strictly limited, and 
the species' were protected through domestic regulation within the 
range country (Australia), as well as through additional national and 
international treaties and laws. Currently, the Act prohibits the 
import, export and interstate and foreign commerce of these species, 
unless the individual can prove that the otherwise prohibited act 
enhances the propagation or survival of the species, or it is for 
scientific research. Removal of these species from the List means that 
the protections of the Act will no longer apply. However, protections 
under the Convention on International Trade of Endangered Fauna and 
Flora the Lacey Act and the Wild Bird Conservation Act (for wild-caught 
specimens only) would remain unchanged.
    For more information on previous Federal actions concerning the 
scarlet-chested and turquoise parakeet, or information regarding the 
species' biology, status, distribution, and habitat, refer to the 
proposed rule published in the Federal Register on September 2, 2003 
(68 FR 52169), which is available online at http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/granule/FR-2003-09-02/03-22225, or by mail from the U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service in Falls Church, VA (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT).

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Public Comments

    We will accept written comments and information during this 
reopened comment period on our proposal to remove the scarlet-chested 
parakeet (Neophema splendida) and the turquoise parakeet (Neophema 
pulchella) from the List. We will consider information and 
recommendations from all interested parties. We intend that any final 
action resulting from the proposal be as accurate as possible and based 
on the best available scientific and commercial data.
    If you submit a comment via http://www.regulations.gov, your entire 
comment--including any personal identifying information--will be posted 
on the Web site. We will post all hardcopy comments on http://www.regulations.gov as well. If you submit a hardcopy comment that 
includes personal identifying information, you may request at the top 
of your document that we withhold this information from public review. 
However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting 
documentation we used in preparing the proposed listing, will be 
available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov at Docket 
No. FWS-HQ-ES-2015-0176, or by appointment, during normal business 
hours at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Falls Church, VA (see FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT).

Authors

    The primary authors of this notice are staff members in the 
Ecological Services Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Falls 
Church, VA.

Authority

    The authority for this action is the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.)

    Dated: January 8, 2016.
Stephen Guertin,
Acting Director, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-01142 Filed 1-20-16; 8:45 am]
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