National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB), 64441-64442 [2016-22620]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 20, 2016 / Notices Therefore, SCWA requests authorization to incidentally take marine mammals. NMFS has previously issued seven consecutive one-year incidental harassment authorizations (IHA) to SCWA, for take of marine mammals incidental to similar specified activities. SCWA was first issued an IHA, effective on April 1, 2010 (75 FR 17382), and was subsequently issued one-year IHAs for incidental take associated with the same activities, effective on April 21, 2011 (76 FR 23306), April 21, 2012 (77 FR 24471), April 21, 2013 (78 FR 23746), April 21, 2014 (79 FR 20180), April 21, 2015 (80 FR 24237), and April 21, 2016 (81 FR 22050). Monitoring reports submitted to NMFS as a condition of previously-issued IHAs are available online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/incidental/construction.htm. Specified Activities SCWA plans to manage the naturallyformed barrier beach at the mouth of the Russian River in order to minimize potential for flooding adjacent to the estuary and to enhance habitat for juvenile salmonids, as well as to conduct biological and physical monitoring of the barrier beach and estuary. Flood control-related breaching of barrier beach at the mouth of the river may include artificial breaches, as well as construction and maintenance of a lagoon outlet channel. The latter activity, an alternative management technique conducted to mitigate impacts of flood control on rearing habitat for Endangered Species Act (ESA)-listed salmonids, occurs only from May 15 through October 15 (the ‘‘lagoon management period’’). Artificial breaching and monitoring activities may occur at any time during the period of validity of the proposed regulations. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Information Solicited Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning SCWA’s request (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will consider all information, suggestions, and comments related to the request during the development of proposed regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals by SCWA, if appropriate. Dated: September 13, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–22583 Filed 9–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB) National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for the National Sea Grant Advisory Board and notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94– 461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which requires the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to solicit nominations at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP). To apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current resume to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not required. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an equal opportunity employer. This notice also sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Board. Board members will discuss and provide advice on the NSGCP in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http:// seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/ Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisory Board/UpcomingAdvisory BoardMeetings.aspx. DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended. Resumes may be sent to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section, at any time. The announced meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT, and Monday, October 10, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. EDT. Individuals Selected for Federal Advisory Committee Membership: Upon selection and agreement to serve on the Board, you become a Special Government Employee (SGE) of the United States Government. According to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64441 18 U.S.C. 202(a), an SGE is an officer or employee of an agency who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform temporary duties, with or without compensation, not to exceed 130 days during any period of 365 consecutive days, either on a fulltime or intermittent basis. Please be aware that after the selection process is complete, applicants selected to serve on the Board must complete the following actions before they can be appointed as a Board member: (a) Security clearance (on-line background security check process and fingerprinting), and other applicable forms, both conducted through NOAA Workforce Management; and (b) Confidential Financial Disclosure Report—As an SGE, you are required to file a Confidential Financial Disclosure Report annually to avoid involvement in a real or apparent conflict of interest. You may find the Confidential Financial Disclosure Report at the following Web site: https://www.oge.gov/Web/oge.nsf/0/ 98A9E45F947BE66B85257EC1006 4B655/$FILE/oge450%20 (June%202015)%20(fillable).pdf. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominations will be accepted by email or mail. They should be sent to the attention of Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Jennifer.Hinden@noaa.gov. If you need additional assistance, call 301–734– 1083. For any additional questions concerning the meeting, please contact Mrs. Hinden using the contact information above. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Newport Marriott Hotel located at 25 America’s Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-minute public comment period on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. Check the agenda on the Web site to confirm time. The Board expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. Written comments should be received by Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by Friday, September 30, 2016 to provide sufficient time for the Board review. Comments received after the deadline will be E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1 sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES 64442 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 182 / Tuesday, September 20, 2016 / Notices distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by Monday, September 26, 2016. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Section 209 of the Act and as amended the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2008 (Pub. L. 110–394), the duties of the Board are as follows: (1) In general. The Board shall advise the Secretary and the National Sea Grant College Program Director (Director) concerning: (A) Strategies for utilizing the Sea Grant College Program to address the Nation’s highest priorities regarding the understanding, assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources; (B) The designation of Sea Grant Colleges and Sea Grant Institutes; and (C) Such other matters as the Secretary refer to the Board for review and advice. (2) Biennial Report. The Board shall report to the Congress every two years on the state of the National Sea Grant College Program. The Board shall indicate in each such report the progress made toward meeting the priorities identified in the strategic plan in effect under section 204(c). The Secretary shall make available to the Board such information, personnel, and administrative services and assistance as it may reasonably require carrying out its duties under this title. The Board shall consist of 15 voting members who will be appointed by the Secretary for a 4-year term. The Director and a director of a Sea Grant program who is elected by the various directors of Sea Grant programs shall serve as nonvoting members of the Board. Not less than 8 of the voting members of the Board shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one or more of the disciplines and fields included in marine science. The other voting members shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in, or representative of, education, marine affairs and resource management, coastal management, extension services, State government, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:13 Sep 19, 2016 Jkt 238001 industry, economics, planning, or any other activity which is appropriate to, and important for, any effort to enhance the understanding, assessment, development, management, utilization, or conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources. No individual is eligible to be a voting member of the Board if the individual is (A) the director of a Sea Grant College or Sea Grant Institute; (B) an applicant for, or beneficiary (as determined by the Secretary) of, any grant or contract under section 205 [33 U.S.C. 1124]; or (C) a full-time officer or employee of the United States. Dated: September 14, 2016. Jason Donaldson, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–22620 Filed 9–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE883 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Northeast Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Research National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of issuance of Letter of Authorization. AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a Letter of Authorization (LOA) has been issued to the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) for the take of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in the Atlantic coast region. DATES: Effective through September 9, 2021. SUMMARY: The LOA and supporting documentation is available online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/research.htm. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Laws, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. An authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild [Level A harassment]; or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering [Level B harassment]. Summary of Request On December 17, 2014, we received an adequate and complete request from NEFSC for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research activities. On July 9, 2015 (80 FR 39542), we published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, requesting comments and information related to the NEFSC request for thirty days. We subsequently published corrections to the notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register on August 6, 2015 (80 FR 46939), and August 17, 2015 (80 FR 49196), including an extension of the comment period. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on August 11, 2016 (81 FR 53061). For E:\FR\FM\20SEN1.SGM 20SEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 182 (Tuesday, September 20, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 64441-64442]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-22620]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Sea Grant Advisory Board (NSGAB)

AGENCY: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of solicitation for nominations for the National Sea 
Grant Advisory Board and notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: This notice responds to Section 209 of the Sea Grant Program 
Improvement Act of 1976 (Pub. L. 94-461, 33 U.S.C. 1128), which 
requires the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) to solicit nominations 
at least once a year for membership on the National Sea Grant Advisory 
Board (Board), a Federal Advisory Committee that provides advice on the 
implementation of the National Sea Grant College Program (NSGCP). To 
apply for membership to the Board, applicants should submit a current 
resume to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section. A cover letter highlighting specific areas 
of expertise relevant to the purpose of the Board is helpful, but not 
required. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is an 
equal opportunity employer.
    This notice also sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a 
forthcoming meeting of the Board. Board members will discuss and 
provide advice on the NSGCP in the areas of program evaluation, 
strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology 
programs, and other matters as described in the agenda found on the 
National Sea Grant College Program Web site at http://seagrant.noaa.gov/WhoWeAre/Leadership/NationalSeaGrantAdvisoryBoard/UpcomingAdvisoryBoardMeetings.aspx.

DATES: Solicitation of nominations is open ended. Resumes may be sent 
to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the methods under the FOR FURTHER 
INFORMATION CONTACT section, at any time.
    The announced meeting is scheduled for Sunday, October 9, 2016 from 
9:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. EDT, and Monday, October 10, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. 
to 11:00 a.m. EDT.
    Individuals Selected for Federal Advisory Committee Membership: 
Upon selection and agreement to serve on the Board, you become a 
Special Government Employee (SGE) of the United States Government. 
According to 18 U.S.C. 202(a), an SGE is an officer or employee of an 
agency who is retained, designated, appointed, or employed to perform 
temporary duties, with or without compensation, not to exceed 130 days 
during any period of 365 consecutive days, either on a fulltime or 
intermittent basis. Please be aware that after the selection process is 
complete, applicants selected to serve on the Board must complete the 
following actions before they can be appointed as a Board member: (a) 
Security clearance (on-line background security check process and 
fingerprinting), and other applicable forms, both conducted through 
NOAA Workforce Management; and (b) Confidential Financial Disclosure 
Report--As an SGE, you are required to file a Confidential Financial 
Disclosure Report annually to avoid involvement in a real or apparent 
conflict of interest. You may find the Confidential Financial 
Disclosure Report at the following Web site: https://www.oge.gov/Web/
oge.nsf/0/98A9E45F947BE66B85257EC10064B655/$FILE/
oge450%20(June%202015)%20(fillable).pdf.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nominations will be accepted by email 
or mail. They should be sent to the attention of Mrs. Jennifer Hinden, 
National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration, 1315 East-West Highway, SSMC 3, Room 11717, Silver 
Spring, Maryland 20910, or Jennifer.Hinden@noaa.gov. If you need 
additional assistance, call 301-734-1083.
    For any additional questions concerning the meeting, please contact 
Mrs. Hinden using the contact information above.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Newport Marriott Hotel 
located at 25 America's Cup Avenue, Newport, RI 02840.
    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-
minute public comment period on Sunday, October 9, 2016 at 11:45 a.m. 
Check the agenda on the Web site to confirm time.
    The Board expects that public statements presented at its meetings 
will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written 
statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal 
presentation will be limited to a total time of three (3) minutes. 
Written comments should be received by Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using the 
methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by Friday, 
September 30, 2016 to provide sufficient time for the Board review. 
Comments received after the deadline will be

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distributed to the Board, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting 
date. Seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
    Special Accomodations: These meetings are physically accessible to 
people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or 
other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mrs. Jennifer Hinden using 
the methods under the FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT section by 
Monday, September 26, 2016.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Established by Section 209 of the Act and as 
amended the National Sea Grant College Program Amendments Act of 2008 
(Pub. L. 110-394), the duties of the Board are as follows:
    (1) In general. The Board shall advise the Secretary and the 
National Sea Grant College Program Director (Director) concerning:
    (A) Strategies for utilizing the Sea Grant College Program to 
address the Nation's highest priorities regarding the understanding, 
assessment, development, management, utilization, and conservation of 
ocean, coastal, and Great Lakes resources;
    (B) The designation of Sea Grant Colleges and Sea Grant Institutes; 
and
    (C) Such other matters as the Secretary refer to the Board for 
review and advice.
    (2) Biennial Report. The Board shall report to the Congress every 
two years on the state of the National Sea Grant College Program. The 
Board shall indicate in each such report the progress made toward 
meeting the priorities identified in the strategic plan in effect under 
section 204(c). The Secretary shall make available to the Board such 
information, personnel, and administrative services and assistance as 
it may reasonably require carrying out its duties under this title.
    The Board shall consist of 15 voting members who will be appointed 
by the Secretary for a 4-year term. The Director and a director of a 
Sea Grant program who is elected by the various directors of Sea Grant 
programs shall serve as nonvoting members of the Board. Not less than 8 
of the voting members of the Board shall be individuals who, by reason 
of knowledge, experience, or training, are especially qualified in one 
or more of the disciplines and fields included in marine science. The 
other voting members shall be individuals who, by reason of knowledge, 
experience, or training, are especially qualified in, or representative 
of, education, marine affairs and resource management, coastal 
management, extension services, State government, industry, economics, 
planning, or any other activity which is appropriate to, and important 
for, any effort to enhance the understanding, assessment, development, 
management, utilization, or conservation of ocean, coastal, and Great 
Lakes resources. No individual is eligible to be a voting member of the 
Board if the individual is (A) the director of a Sea Grant College or 
Sea Grant Institute; (B) an applicant for, or beneficiary (as 
determined by the Secretary) of, any grant or contract under section 
205 [33 U.S.C. 1124]; or (C) a full-time officer or employee of the 
United States.

    Dated: September 14, 2016.
Jason Donaldson,
Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2016-22620 Filed 9-19-16; 8:45 am]
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