Endangered and Threatened Species; Announcement of a Recovery Planning Workshop and Request for Information, 68405-68406 [2016-23857]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / Notices SUMMARY: plan. On October 2, 2013, we published a Notice of Intent to prepare a Recovery Plan and Request for Information for this DPS. We received seven public comments in response to that notice, which remain relevant and will be considered in the recovery planning process. Because significant time has elapsed since this last request, we are requesting any additional information that has become available in the interim. DATES: • Workshop dates and information: The four-day recovery planning workshop for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS will be held Tuesday, October 25 through Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Ohana Waikiki East Hotel, 150 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815. The workshop will begin each day at 9 a.m. and end each day at 5:30 p.m. or as necessary to complete business for the day. RSVP date: If you plan to attend the workshop as an interested member of the public, please contact Krista Graham, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, krista.graham@noaa.gov, 808– 725–5152 no later than October 21, 2016. • Date for information submission: Please submit information to inform recovery planning via the methods listed below in the ADDRESSES section by December 5, 2016. ADDRESSES: You may submit information by either of the following methods: • Mail: Krista Graham, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, Protected Resources Division, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic information that may inform the development of recovery criteria and actions via email to NMFS.PIR.FKWRecoveryPlan@noaa.gov (No files larger than 5MB can be accepted). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Graham, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, 808–725–5152. You may also visit our Web site at: http:// www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_mhi_ false_killer_whale.html#fwk_esa_listing. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 3 Under 19 CFR 351.214(k)(i)(2), this period may be extended to 300 days. Background On November 28, 2012, we published a final rule listing the MHI insular false killer whale DPS as endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) (77 FR 70915). The final listing rule describes the background of the listing action for this DPS and provides a summary of our conclusions regarding its status. For additional background and a summary of natural history and provide a full response to the Department’s questionnaire. Therefore, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(k), we are initiating an expedited review of the countervailing duty order on CORE from Korea. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(i)(1) and (k)(3), we intend to issue the preliminary results of this expedited review not later than 180 days from the date of initiation of this review.3 As specified by 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(i), the period of review will be the same as the original period of investigation, i.e., January 1, 2014, through December 31, 2014. Pursuant to 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iii), the final results of this expedited review will not be the basis for the assessment of countervailing duties. Instead, this expedited review is intended to establish individual cash deposit rates for POSCO and Hyundai, or to exclude from the countervailing duty order a company for which the final results of review are zero or de minimis, as provided in 19 CFR 351.214(k)(3)(iv) . Interested parties must submit applications for disclosure under administrative protective orders in accordance with 19 CFR 351.305 and 351.306. Dated: September 28, 2016. Christian Marsh, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2016–23967 Filed 10–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC901 Endangered and Threatened Species; Announcement of a Recovery Planning Workshop and Request for Information National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for information. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: We, NMFS, are convening a workshop to solicit facts and information from experts to inform recovery planning for the Main Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) Distinct Population Segment (DPS). This workshop will be open to the public. We also request information that might inform the development of the recovery VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:01 Oct 03, 2016 Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 68405 threats to the species, the reader is referred to the status review report and final listing rule (available at http:// www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/ prd_mhi_false_killer_whale.html). NMFS is required by section 4(f) of the ESA to develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of federally listed species unless the Secretary finds that such a plan will not promote the conservation of the species. Recovery means that listed species and their ecosystems are restored, and their future secured, so that the protections of the ESA are no longer necessary. The ESA specifies that recovery plans are to include (1) a description of site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the plan’s goals for the conservation and survival of the species; (2) objective, measurable criteria which, when met, would result in the species being removed from the list; and (3) estimates of the time and costs required to carry out the actions and achieve the plan’s conservation goals. Under Section 4(f) of the ESA, public notice and an opportunity for public review and comment are also provided during recovery plan development. We published a Notice of Intent and Request for Information to Prepare a Recovery Plan for this DPS in October of 2013 (78 FR 60850). We received seven substantive public comments in response to that notice, which remain relevant and will be considered in the recovery planning process. Because significant time has elapsed since the last request, we are requesting any relevant information that may have become available. This notice and request for information serves as a second public notice and opportunity for public input early in the process. Once a recovery plan has been drafted, it will be announced in the Federal Register and available on our Web site (see ADDRESSES section) for public review and comment before being finalized. Recovery Planning Workshop Announcement From October 25 through 28, 2016, NMFS will hold a workshop at the Ohana Waikiki East Hotel in Honolulu, HI to help inform our recovery planning for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS (see DATES section). We are inviting experts in specific topic areas, including the species’ biology/ecology, threats to the species and the species’ habitat, and the recovery planning process itself. These experts will help us to update the threats analysis from the listing rule, and identify potential actions to address the threats. Identified experts include representatives of Federal and state E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1 68406 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 192 / Tuesday, October 4, 2016 / Notices agencies, scientific experts, individuals from conservation partners and nongovernmental organizations, and commercial and recreational fishermen. Information received at the workshop may be used to inform the development of other conservation decisions and actions, including the designation of critical habitat. NMFS will provide a moderator to manage the workshop as well as a notetaker to document input received. We are seeking only individual analysis, facts, and opinions from participants. Questions to the participants will be limited to those necessary to clarify the expert’s presentation and questions seeking consensus among panelists or experts will not be entertained. NMFS also will provide a time-limited question and answer period during which attendees may ask NMFS about information presented. NMFS will prepare a summary of the workshop, noting the main points raised by the panelists and registered speakers. This workshop will be open to the public, and a public comment period will be provided at the end of each session. If you plan to attend the workshop as an interested member of the public, please contact Krista Graham at the address listed above by October 21, 2016, so we can ensure sufficient space for all participants and interested parties during our logistics planning. 3. Physical, biological or chemical features of the environment that limit the recovery of the MHI insular false killer whale; 4. Recovery strategies addressing threats to physical and biological features that are essential to species conservation; 5. Strategies and/or actions to recover the MHI insular false killer whale; 6. Estimates of the time and cost to implement recovery actions; 7. Critical knowledge gaps and/or uncertainties that need to be resolved to better inform recovery efforts; and 8. Research, monitoring, and evaluation needs to address knowledge gaps and uncertainties, or to assess the species’ status, limiting factors, and threats relative to recovery goals. Information may be submitted via the methods listed above in the ADDRESSES section. The workshop is accessible to persons with disabilities. Send requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids at least five business days in advance to Krista Graham at 808– 725–5152. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: September 28, 2016. Nicole R. LeBoeuf, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–23857 Filed 10–3–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Agenda Æ October 25–26 will focus on recovery actions and criteria related to non-longline commercial and recreational fisheries interactions; Æ October 27 will focus on recovery actions and criteria related to nutrition, i.e., prey size/biomass, distribution, and competition with fisheries; Æ October 28 will focus on recovery actions and criteria related to other threats to both the species itself and its habitat including noise and contaminants. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Request for Information 19:01 Oct 03, 2016 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE913 Marine Mammals; File No. 20452 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that SMRU Consulting North America, LLC, P.O. Box 764, Friday Harbor, WA 98250, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on harbor porpoises and harbor seals in Admiralty Inlet and the San Juan Islands, Washington. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before November 3, 2016. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, SUMMARY: We also invite the public to submit scientific or commercial information that may help to inform the recovery criteria and actions for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS. We are soliciting relevant information related to the MHI insular false killer whale and its habitat, including the following: 1. Criteria for removing the MHI insular false killer whale from the list of threatened and endangered species (this could be either threats-based or abundance/trends based); 2. Human activities that contribute to threats to the species; VerDate Sep<11>2014 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Jkt 241001 PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 20452 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Young or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427– 8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The applicant proposes to characterize the behavioral responses of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) to marine renewable energy devices, and to characterize the fine scale habitat use of marine mammals in tidal inlets to inform collision risk with tidal turbines. Behavioral responses to tidal turbine noise will be addressed with an experimental playback approach. The playback studies will be undertaken in the inland waters of Washington State using a combination of land-based surveys and passive acoustic monitoring methods. Studies to characterize the fine scale habitat use of harbor porpoise and pinnipeds in tidal inlets will use a combination of land-based and unmanned aerial system surveys, and will also be carried out in the inland waters of Washington State during 2016–2021. The applicant requests 244 Level B takes of harbor porpoise between two study areas, 416 takes of harbor seals, 154 Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), and 7 California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) by means of acoustic playbacks and UAS. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 E:\FR\FM\04OCN1.SGM 04OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 192 (Tuesday, October 4, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC901


Endangered and Threatened Species; Announcement of a Recovery 
Planning Workshop and Request for Information

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

ACTION: Notice; request for information.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, are convening a workshop to solicit facts and 
information from experts to inform recovery planning for the Main 
Hawaiian Islands (MHI) insular false killer whale (Pseudorca 
crassidens) Distinct Population Segment (DPS). This workshop will be 
open to the public. We also request information that might inform the 
development of the recovery plan. On October 2, 2013, we published a 
Notice of Intent to prepare a Recovery Plan and Request for Information 
for this DPS. We received seven public comments in response to that 
notice, which remain relevant and will be considered in the recovery 
planning process. Because significant time has elapsed since this last 
request, we are requesting any additional information that has become 
available in the interim.

DATES: 
     Workshop dates and information: The four-day recovery 
planning workshop for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS will be 
held Tuesday, October 25 through Friday, October 28, 2016, at the Ohana 
Waikiki East Hotel, 150 Kaiulani Ave., Honolulu, HI 96815. The workshop 
will begin each day at 9 a.m. and end each day at 5:30 p.m. or as 
necessary to complete business for the day.
    RSVP date: If you plan to attend the workshop as an interested 
member of the public, please contact Krista Graham, NMFS, Pacific 
Islands Regional Office, krista.graham@noaa.gov, 808-725-5152 no later 
than October 21, 2016.
     Date for information submission: Please submit information 
to inform recovery planning via the methods listed below in the 
ADDRESSES section by December 5, 2016.

ADDRESSES: You may submit information by either of the following 
methods:
     Mail: Krista Graham, NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office, 
Protected Resources Division, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Building 176, Honolulu, 
HI 96818.
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic information 
that may inform the development of recovery criteria and actions via 
email to NMFS.PIR.FKWRecoveryPlan@noaa.gov (No files larger than 5MB 
can be accepted).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Krista Graham, NMFS, Pacific Islands 
Regional Office, 808-725-5152. You may also visit our Web site at: 
http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_mhi_false_killer_whale.html#fwk_esa_listing.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Background

    On November 28, 2012, we published a final rule listing the MHI 
insular false killer whale DPS as endangered under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA) (77 FR 70915). The final listing rule describes the 
background of the listing action for this DPS and provides a summary of 
our conclusions regarding its status. For additional background and a 
summary of natural history and threats to the species, the reader is 
referred to the status review report and final listing rule (available 
at http://www.fpir.noaa.gov/PRD/prd_mhi_false_killer_whale.html).
    NMFS is required by section 4(f) of the ESA to develop and 
implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of federally 
listed species unless the Secretary finds that such a plan will not 
promote the conservation of the species. Recovery means that listed 
species and their ecosystems are restored, and their future secured, so 
that the protections of the ESA are no longer necessary. The ESA 
specifies that recovery plans are to include (1) a description of site-
specific management actions necessary to achieve the plan's goals for 
the conservation and survival of the species; (2) objective, measurable 
criteria which, when met, would result in the species being removed 
from the list; and (3) estimates of the time and costs required to 
carry out the actions and achieve the plan's conservation goals. Under 
Section 4(f) of the ESA, public notice and an opportunity for public 
review and comment are also provided during recovery plan development. 
We published a Notice of Intent and Request for Information to Prepare 
a Recovery Plan for this DPS in October of 2013 (78 FR 60850). We 
received seven substantive public comments in response to that notice, 
which remain relevant and will be considered in the recovery planning 
process. Because significant time has elapsed since the last request, 
we are requesting any relevant information that may have become 
available.
    This notice and request for information serves as a second public 
notice and opportunity for public input early in the process. Once a 
recovery plan has been drafted, it will be announced in the Federal 
Register and available on our Web site (see ADDRESSES section) for 
public review and comment before being finalized.

Recovery Planning Workshop Announcement

    From October 25 through 28, 2016, NMFS will hold a workshop at the 
Ohana Waikiki East Hotel in Honolulu, HI to help inform our recovery 
planning for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS (see DATES 
section). We are inviting experts in specific topic areas, including 
the species' biology/ecology, threats to the species and the species' 
habitat, and the recovery planning process itself. These experts will 
help us to update the threats analysis from the listing rule, and 
identify potential actions to address the threats. Identified experts 
include representatives of Federal and state

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agencies, scientific experts, individuals from conservation partners 
and non-governmental organizations, and commercial and recreational 
fishermen. Information received at the workshop may be used to inform 
the development of other conservation decisions and actions, including 
the designation of critical habitat.
    NMFS will provide a moderator to manage the workshop as well as a 
notetaker to document input received. We are seeking only individual 
analysis, facts, and opinions from participants. Questions to the 
participants will be limited to those necessary to clarify the expert's 
presentation and questions seeking consensus among panelists or experts 
will not be entertained. NMFS also will provide a time-limited question 
and answer period during which attendees may ask NMFS about information 
presented. NMFS will prepare a summary of the workshop, noting the main 
points raised by the panelists and registered speakers.
    This workshop will be open to the public, and a public comment 
period will be provided at the end of each session. If you plan to 
attend the workshop as an interested member of the public, please 
contact Krista Graham at the address listed above by October 21, 2016, 
so we can ensure sufficient space for all participants and interested 
parties during our logistics planning.

Agenda

    [cir] October 25-26 will focus on recovery actions and criteria 
related to non-longline commercial and recreational fisheries 
interactions;
    [cir] October 27 will focus on recovery actions and criteria 
related to nutrition, i.e., prey size/biomass, distribution, and 
competition with fisheries;
    [cir] October 28 will focus on recovery actions and criteria 
related to other threats to both the species itself and its habitat 
including noise and contaminants.

Request for Information

    We also invite the public to submit scientific or commercial 
information that may help to inform the recovery criteria and actions 
for the MHI insular false killer whale DPS. We are soliciting relevant 
information related to the MHI insular false killer whale and its 
habitat, including the following:
    1. Criteria for removing the MHI insular false killer whale from 
the list of threatened and endangered species (this could be either 
threats-based or abundance/trends based);
    2. Human activities that contribute to threats to the species;
    3. Physical, biological or chemical features of the environment 
that limit the recovery of the MHI insular false killer whale;
    4. Recovery strategies addressing threats to physical and 
biological features that are essential to species conservation;
    5. Strategies and/or actions to recover the MHI insular false 
killer whale;
    6. Estimates of the time and cost to implement recovery actions;
    7. Critical knowledge gaps and/or uncertainties that need to be 
resolved to better inform recovery efforts; and
    8. Research, monitoring, and evaluation needs to address knowledge 
gaps and uncertainties, or to assess the species' status, limiting 
factors, and threats relative to recovery goals.

    Information may be submitted via the methods listed above in the 
ADDRESSES section.
    The workshop is accessible to persons with disabilities. Send 
requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids at 
least five business days in advance to Krista Graham at 808-725-5152.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: September 28, 2016.
Nicole R. LeBoeuf,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-23857 Filed 10-3-16; 8:45 am]
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