Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 72573-72574 [2016-25395]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices Wildlife, the Northwest Fisheries Science Center, and the Southwest Fisheries Science Center. Additionally, individuals from the Eulachon Stakeholder Group also provided input to the development of the Plan. NMFS’s goal is to restore the threatened eulachon DPS to the point where they are again secure, selfsustaining members of their ecosystems and no longer need the protections of the ESA. The Plan provides background on the natural history of eulachon, population trends, and the potential threats to their viability. The Plan lays out a recovery strategy to address the potential threats based on the best available science, identifies site-specific actions with time lines and costs, and includes recovery goals and criteria. NMFS concludes that the Plan meets the requirements of the ESA. The primary factors responsible for the decline of eulachon are climate change impacts on ocean conditions, eulachon bycatch in shrimp trawl fisheries, climate change impacts on freshwater habitats, dams/ water diversions, and predation. The Plan assesses these factors and other threats using the best available scientific and commercial data, provides current information and conservation measures to assess, rank, and prioritize, and provides guidance to address the threats. In some cases, more information is needed to understand the extent of a threat or whether the threat is limiting recovery, and in those cases research to address these data gaps is outlined. The Plan is not regulatory, but presents guidance for use by agencies and interested parties to assist in the recovery of eulachon. The Plan identifies substantive actions needed to achieve recovery by assessing the species’ population abundance, distribution, and genetic changes over time and addressing the threats to the species. When determining recovery actions, the Plan prioritized actions that increase knowledge of the species, threats ranked as high risk threats, and aims to improve understanding of whether a particular threat is limiting recovery and to eliminate or mitigate that threat, or to improve our understanding of, and ability to manage, that threat. The actions in the Plan include research, management, monitoring, and outreach efforts, because a comprehensive approach to eulachon recovery is likely to have greater success than focusing on any one type of action. There are also actions targeted at incorporating new information and conducting regular reassessments, making this Plan an adaptive management plan. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 We expect the Plan to inform section 7 consultations with Federal agencies under the ESA and to support other ESA decisions, such as considering permits under section 10. We have already begun implementation of several actions as described in the plan, such as partnering with the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife to conduct spawning stock biomass estimations of eulachon in the Columbia River and coastal systems. After public comment and the adoption of the Final Recovery Plan, we will continue to implement actions in the plan for which we have authority, work cooperatively on implementation of other actions, and encourage other Federal and state agencies to implement recovery actions for which they have responsibility and authority. The total time and cost to recovery are difficult to predict with the current information. The Plan outlines recovery research and actions, priority numbers, and estimated eulachon recovery program cost over an initial 5-year period. Projections of which actions may continue beyond year five are provided, but there is uncertainty regarding how long recovery will take. Currently, we do not have reliable abundance and productivity information for all subpopulations of eulachon. As prioritized information is obtained on abundance and productivity, as well as additional information to assess the impact on how some threats may limit recovery and how the threats can be effectively managed or mitigated, more robust time and expense projections can be developed. The cost of the approximately 70 actions recommended in this Plan for the first 5 years of recovery is approximately $14,750,000. A gross estimate for the total cost of recovery action to be implemented is between $29,500,000 (25 years) to $84,765,000 (100 years). There are numerous parallel efforts underway, independent from listed eulachon recovery, to protect and restore the Columbia River and Washington, Oregon, and California coastal ecosystems. These efforts will provide benefits to listed eulachon and their habitats and prey base and are thus highlighted in the plan. However, the costs of these actions are not included in the total cost of listed eulachon recovery because they would occur independently of this Plan. Similarly, actions conducted to restore listed eulachon and their habitats will benefit other listed species that utilize the Columbia River and Washington, PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 72573 Oregon, and California coastal ecosystems, such as the 28 salmon and steelhead (Oncorhynchus spp.) species, and may provide economic benefits. We are unable to quantify the economic benefits of listed eulachon recovery actions, but it is likely the benefits to the ecosystem and economy would offset the total recovery costs estimated in the Plan. NMFS requests and will consider all substantive comments and information presented during the public comment period as we finalize this Plan. References Cited The complete citations for the references used in this document can be obtained by contacting NMFS (See ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or online at: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ protected. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: October 17, 2016. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–25399 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE979 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Groundfish Management Team (GMT) will hold a webinar that is open to the public. DATES: The GMT webinar will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016, from 1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., or until business for the day is complete. ADDRESSES: To attend the webinar: (1) Join the meeting by visiting this link http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/ webinar/join-webinar; (2) enter the Webinar ID: 917–479–603, and (3) enter your name and email address (required). After logging in to the webinar, please (1) dial this TOLL number +1 (415) 655– 0052 (not a toll-free number); (2) enter the attendee phone audio access code E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1 72574 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 203 / Thursday, October 20, 2016 / Notices 764–818–012; and (3) then enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Note: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; Mac®-based attendees are required to use Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are required to use iPhone®, iPad®, AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (See the GoToMeeting WebinarApps). You may send an email to Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820–2280, extension 425 for technical assistance. A public listening station will also be available at the Pacific Council office. Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Kelly Ames, Pacific Council, (503) 820– 2426. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to prepare and develop recommendations for the November 13– 21, 2016 Pacific Council meeting in Garden Grove, CA. The GMT may also address other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair. A detailed agenda will be provided on the Council’s Web site one week prior to the meeting. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. 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. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Special Accommodations The public listening station is 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 10 business days prior to the meeting date. VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:40 Oct 19, 2016 Jkt 241001 Dated: October 17, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–25395 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE977 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Herring Committee to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. DATES: This meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 9, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Four Points by Sheraton, 1 Audubon Road, Wakefield, MA 01880; telephone: (781) 245–9300. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda The Herring Committee review alternatives and analyses prepared for Framework Adjustment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP), an action considering modification of accountability measures (AMs) that trigger if the sub-ACL of Georges Bank haddock is exceeded by the midwater trawl herring fishery. The committee may recommend preferred alternatives for the Council to consider for final action. The committee will also review additional Plan Development Team analysis and discuss a range of the range of measures developed to date related to localized depletion and user conflicts that will be considered in Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP as well as review plans for future PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 workshop on Management Strategy Evaluation of Atlantic Herring Acceptable Biological Catch control rules being considered in Amendment 8 to the Atlantic Herring FMP. Other business may be discussed as necessary. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 17, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–25393 Filed 10–19–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Title: Rip Current Visualization Survey and Focus Groups. OMB Control Number: 0648-xxxx. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (request for a new information collection). Number of Respondents: 580. Average Hours per Response: Survey, 30 minutes; focus groups, 1.5 hours. Burden Hours: 370. Needs and Uses: This is a request for a new collection of information. The objective of the survey and focus groups is to collect information on the current use and knowledge of NOAA’s National Weather Service (NWS) products and perceptions of various rip current products. The focus groups will ask participants to explain their responses. This information will help create better rip current products used by the National Weather Service (NWS) to protect lives and prevent injury from rip currents. The primary data collection vehicles will be an internet-based, public survey and face to face focus groups. The focus groups will target lifeguards and E:\FR\FM\20OCN1.SGM 20OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 203 (Thursday, October 20, 2016)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE979


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 webinar that is open to 
the public.

DATES: The GMT webinar will be held on Monday, November 7, 2016, from 
1:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m., or until business for the day is complete.

ADDRESSES: To attend the webinar: (1) Join the meeting by visiting this 
link http://www.gotomeeting.com/online/webinar/join-webinar; (2) enter 
the Webinar ID: 917-479-603, and (3) enter your name and email address 
(required). After logging in to the webinar, please (1) dial this TOLL 
number +1 (415) 655-0052 (not a toll-free number); (2) enter the 
attendee phone audio access code

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764-818-012; and (3) then enter your audio phone pin (shown after 
joining the webinar). Note: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as on option 
and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to 
participate. Technical Information and System Requirements: PC-based 
attendees are required to use Windows[supreg] 7, Vista, or XP; 
Mac[supreg]-based attendees are required to use Mac OS[supreg] X 10.5 
or newer; Mobile attendees are required to use iPhone[supreg], 
iPad[supreg], AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (See the 
GoToMeeting WebinarApps). You may send an email to 
Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820-2280, extension 
425 for technical assistance. A public listening station will also be 
available at the Pacific Council office.
    Council address: Pacific Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 
101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The primary purpose of the GMT webinar is to 
prepare and develop recommendations for the November 13-21, 2016 
Pacific Council meeting in Garden Grove, CA. The GMT may also address 
other assignments relating to groundfish management. No management 
actions will be decided by the GMT. Public comment will be accommodated 
if time allows, at the discretion of the GMT Chair. A detailed agenda 
will be provided on the Council's Web site one week prior to the 
meeting.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda 
may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during this meeting. 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 public listening station is 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 10 business days prior to the meeting date.

    Dated: October 17, 2016.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-25395 Filed 10-19-16; 8:45 am]
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