Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals, 85935-85936 [2016-28731]

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[FR Doc. 2016–28594 Filed 11–28–16; 8:45 am] DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF052 The Council will hold meetings in Hilo, HI on Tuesday, December 6, 2016, between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. All times listed are local island times. For specific times and agendas, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. DATES: The Hilo meeting will be held at the University of Hawaii at Hilo, Edith Kanakaole Hall Room 126, 200 W Kawili St, Hilo, HI 96720. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; telephone: (808) 522–8220. The original notice published in the Federal Register on November 21, 2016 (81 FR 83204). The location of the meeting was changed from the previous notice. The agenda has not changed and public scoping and comment periods will be provided in the agenda. The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. The meetings will run as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Schedule and Agenda for All Meetings 1. Visit Informational Booths 2. Informational Briefing on Presidential Proclamation, Council Role in Rulemaking Process, Data Discovery 3. Public Comment/Scoping Session 4. Adjourn Special Accommodations Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting; Correction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) announces a change in location for its Hilo, HI public meetings and scoping sessions to discuss fishery management regulations for the Monument Expanded Area in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands. SUMMARY: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522– 8226 (fax), at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. BILLING CODE 3510–KA–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 Notice of a change to a public meeting notice. ACTION: Jkt 241001 Dated: November 22, 2016. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28614 Filed 11–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 85935 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF029 Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; affirmative finding annual renewals for Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain. AGENCY: The NMFS Assistant Administrator (Assistant Administrator) has issued affirmative finding annual renewals for the Governments of Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain (Hereafter known as ‘‘The Nations’’) under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). These affirmative finding annual renewals will allow yellowfin tuna and yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean (ETP) in compliance with the Agreement on the International Dolphin Conservation Program (AIDCP) by The Nations’ flagged purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under The Nations’ jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative finding annual renewals were based on reviews of documentary evidence submitted by the Governments of The Nations and by information obtained from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC). DATES: These affirmative finding annual renewals are effective for the one-year period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 90802. Phone: 562–980–3264. Email: justin.greenman@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the Department of State. The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation is SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1 asabaliauskas on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 85936 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 229 / Tuesday, November 29, 2016 / Notices meeting its obligations under the AIDCP and obligations of membership in the IATTC. Every five years, the government of the harvesting nation must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A nation may provide information related to compliance with AIDCP and IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an affirmative finding determination without an application from the harvesting nation. An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the AIDCP. As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 216.24(f)(8), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary evidence submitted by the governments of The Nations and obtained from the IATTC, and has determined that The Nations have met the MMPA’s requirements to receive affirmative finding annual renewals. After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant Administrator issued affirmative finding annual renewals to The Nations, allowing the continued importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in the ETP by The Nations’ flagged purse seine vessels or purse seine vessels operating under The Nations’ jurisdiction for the one-year period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017. El Salvador’s five-year affirmative finding will remain valid through March 31, 2018 and Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain’s five-year affirmative findings will remain valid through March 31, 2020, subject to subsequent annual reviews by NMFS. Dated: November 23, 2016. Eileen Sobeck, Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–28731 Filed 11–28–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Nov 28, 2016 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF025 Notice of Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credit Purchase National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS); National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment; request for comments. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a document entitled, ‘‘Draft Environmental Assessment for the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project Credits Purchase’’ (Draft EA) is available for public review and comment. This document has been prepared by the state, tribal, and Federal natural resource trustee agencies (the ‘‘Trustees’’)—NOAA, United States Fish & Wildlife Service (USFWS) acting on behalf of the U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), Washington Department of Ecology (as lead State trustee), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe, and the Suquamish Tribe—to evaluate potential impacts to the environment from purchasing 30 credits in the Bluefield Holdings, Inc. Site 2 Shoreline Restoration Project (Site 2). The proposed credits purchase in the Site 2 project is a component of the overall effort to restore natural resources and resource services that have been injured and lost resulting from releases of hazardous substances into the Lower Duwamish River (LDR). This draft EA is tiered from the June 2013 Final LDR NRDA Restoration Plan and Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (RP/EIS). The EA describes the Trustees’ proposed plan to purchase 30 credits in the Site 2 project. The purchase would utilize a portion of the funds provided to the Trustees from the Pacific Sound Resources settlement (United States et al. v. Pacific Sound Resources et al., Civ. No. C94–687 (W.D. Wash. Aug. 29, 1994)). The Trustees may only use these funds for restoration purposes. The Trustees will consider comments received during the public comment period before finalizing this EA. SUMMARY: Comments on the Draft EA must be submitted in writing on or before December 27, 2016. DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Requests for copies of the Draft EA should be sent to Rebecca Hoff of NOAA at 7600 Sand Point Way NE., DARC Building 1, Seattle, WA 98115 or by email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. The Draft EA is also available for downloading at http://bit.ly/2fJlE8G. Comments on this plan are to be sent in writing to Rebecca Hoff of NOAA. These written comments may be submitted either by mail at the address provided above; by fax to 206–526–6665, or by email to Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rebecca Hoff, at 206–526–6276, or email: Rebecca.Hoff@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The LDR is the estuarine portion of the Duwamish River, and starts from the mouth at the East and West Waterways on both sides of Harbor Island at Seattle’s Elliott Bay and ends at the natural rock formation commonly known as North Winds Weir (approximately 7 miles), in central Puget Sound. Historic operations of various entities resulted in releases of hazardous substances, such as polynuclear aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs), heavy metals, and other hazardous compounds, into the LDR. The RP/PEIS describes the type of restoration that the Trustees believe would be most effective in addressing the injuries in the LDR resulting from releases of hazardous substances— Integrated Habitat Restoration. The Site 2 project will create the full suite of habitats identified in the Integrated Habitat Restoration approach, and is consistent with the description of projects and project impacts discussed in the RP/PEIS. The Draft EA released today identifies the Trustees’ proposed use of some of the settlement funds to purchase restoration credits sufficient to allow Bluefield Holdings to begin implementing the Site 2 project. The Site 2 project will create and/or rehabilitate shallow subtidal habitat, intertidal mudflat habitat, marsh habitat, and riparian habitat. In undertaking this NRDA restoration effort and in releasing this Draft EA, the Trustees are acting in accordance with their designation and authorities under section 107(f) of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA), 42 U.S.C. 9607(f) of the Federal Water Pollution and Control Act (FWPCA), 33 U.S.C. 1321, Subpart G of the National Oil and Hazardous Substances Pollution Contingency Plan (NCP), 40 CFR 300.600 through 300.615, and regulations at 43 CFR part 11, which are applicable to natural resource ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\29NON1.SGM 29NON1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 229 (Tuesday, November 29, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 85935-85936]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2016-28731]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF029


Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals

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

ACTION: Notice; affirmative finding annual renewals for Ecuador, El 
Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain.

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SUMMARY: The NMFS Assistant Administrator (Assistant Administrator) has 
issued affirmative finding annual renewals for the Governments of 
Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain (Hereafter known as 
``The Nations'') under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). These 
affirmative finding annual renewals will allow yellowfin tuna and 
yellowfin tuna products harvested in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean 
(ETP) in compliance with the Agreement on the International Dolphin 
Conservation Program (AIDCP) by The Nations' flagged purse seine 
vessels or purse seine vessels operating under The Nations' 
jurisdiction to be imported into the United States. The affirmative 
finding annual renewals were based on reviews of documentary evidence 
submitted by the Governments of The Nations and by information obtained 
from the Inter-American Tropical Tuna Commission (IATTC).

DATES: These affirmative finding annual renewals are effective for the 
one-year period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Justin Greenman, West Coast Region, 
National Marine Fisheries Service, 501 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, CA 
90802. Phone: 562-980-3264. Email: justin.greenman@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The MMPA, 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq., allows for 
importation into the United States of yellowfin tuna harvested by purse 
seine vessels in the ETP under certain conditions. If requested by the 
harvesting nation, the Assistant Administrator will determine whether 
to make an affirmative finding based upon documentary evidence provided 
by the government of the harvesting nation, the IATTC, or the 
Department of State.
    The affirmative finding process requires that the harvesting nation 
is

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meeting its obligations under the AIDCP and obligations of membership 
in the IATTC. Every five years, the government of the harvesting nation 
must request a new affirmative finding and submit the required 
documentary evidence directly to the Assistant Administrator. On an 
annual basis, NMFS reviews the affirmative finding and determines 
whether the harvesting nation continues to meet the requirements. A 
nation may provide information related to compliance with AIDCP and 
IATTC measures directly to NMFS on an annual basis or may authorize the 
IATTC to release the information to NMFS to annually renew an 
affirmative finding determination without an application from the 
harvesting nation.
    An affirmative finding will be terminated, in consultation with the 
Secretary of State, if the Assistant Administrator determines that the 
requirements of 50 CFR 216.24(f) are no longer being met or that a 
nation is consistently failing to take enforcement actions on 
violations, thereby diminishing the effectiveness of the AIDCP.
    As a part of the affirmative finding process set forth in 50 CFR 
216.24(f)(8), the Assistant Administrator considered documentary 
evidence submitted by the governments of The Nations and obtained from 
the IATTC, and has determined that The Nations have met the MMPA's 
requirements to receive affirmative finding annual renewals.
    After consultation with the Department of State, the Assistant 
Administrator issued affirmative finding annual renewals to The 
Nations, allowing the continued importation into the United States of 
yellowfin tuna and products derived from yellowfin tuna harvested in 
the ETP by The Nations' flagged purse seine vessels or purse seine 
vessels operating under The Nations' jurisdiction for the one-year 
period of April 1, 2016, through March 31, 2017.
    El Salvador's five-year affirmative finding will remain valid 
through March 31, 2018 and Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, and Spain's 
five-year affirmative findings will remain valid through March 31, 
2020, subject to subsequent annual reviews by NMFS.

    Dated: November 23, 2016.
Eileen Sobeck,
Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-28731 Filed 11-28-16; 8:45 am]
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