Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 90784-90785 [2016-30180]

Download as PDF 90784 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 241 / Thursday, December 15, 2016 / Notices provides updated climate science findings and projections, and is an important input to the authors of the next quadrennial NCA, expected in 2018. appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for the listed species. Dated: December 12, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–30181 Filed 12–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Notice of Availability of Draft Scientific Assessment for Public Comment The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on Behalf of the United States Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) ACTION: Notice of availability of draft scientific assessment for public comment. 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Jason Donaldson, Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–30102 Filed 12–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF75 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of evaluation of joint state/tribal hatchery plans and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes have submitted six Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans, to be considered jointly, to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plans specify the propagation of three species of salmon in the Snohomish River basin of Washington State. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the proposed evaluation of the Secretary of Commerce SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 241 / Thursday, December 15, 2016 / Notices (Secretary) as to whether implementation of the joint plans will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead. This notice further advises the public of the availability for review of a draft Environmental Assessment of the effects of the NMFS determination on the subject joint plans. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on January 17, 2017. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending determination should be addressed to the Tim Tynan, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 103, Lacey, WA 98503. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: SnohomishHatcheries.wcr@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Snohomish River hatchery programs. The documents are available on the Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Comments received will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by calling (360) 753–9579. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Tynan at (360) 753–9579 or by email at tim.tynan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Dated: December 12, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–30180 Filed 12–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE939 Endangered and Threatened Species; Recovery Plans National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability; extension of public comment period. AGENCY: Background rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Authority Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to adopt such regulations as she deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the criteria for such activities. Limit 6 of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(6)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities associated with a joint state/tribal artificial propagation plan provided that the joint plan has been determined by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes have submitted to NMFS plans for six jointly operated hatchery programs in the Snohomish River region. The plans were submitted from December 2012 to September 2016, pursuant to limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. The hatchery programs release ESA-listed Chinook salmon and non-listed coho and fall chum salmon into the Snohomish River basin and nearby. As required by the ESA 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005), the Secretary is seeking public comment on VerDate Sep<11>2014 her pending determination as to whether the joint plans for hatchery programs in the Snohomish River basin would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESA-listed Puget Sound salmon and steelhead. 15:19 Dec 14, 2016 Jkt 241001 We, NMFS, announce the extension of the comment period for the Proposed Endangered Species Act (ESA) Recovery Plan for Snake River Spring/ Summer Chinook Salmon and Snake River Steelhead (Proposed Plan) published on October 27, 2016. The Proposed Plan addresses the Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook Salmon (Onchorhynchus tshawytscha) evolutionarily significant unit (ESU), which is listed as threatened under the SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 90785 ESA, and the Snake River Steelhead (Onchorhynchus mykiss) distinct population segment (DPS), which is listed as threatened under the ESA. The geographic area covered by the Proposed Plan is the lower mainstem Snake River and its tributaries, as well as the mainstem Columbia River below its confluence with the Snake River. As required under the ESA, the Proposed Plan contains objective, measurable delisting criteria, site-specific management actions necessary to achieve the Proposed Plan’s goals, and estimates of the time and cost required to implement recovery actions. We are soliciting review and comment from the public and all interested parties on the Proposed Plan. The close of the comment period is being extended— from December 27, 2016, to February 9, 2017—to provide additional opportunity for public comment. DATES: The deadline for receipt of comments on the Proposed Plan published on October 27, 2016 (81 FR 74770), is extended to close of business on February 9, 2017. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the Proposed Plan by the following methods: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via: nmfs_ snakeriver_ssch_st_plan.wcr@noaa.gov. Please include ‘‘Comments on Snake River Spring/Summer Chinook and Steelhead Recovery Plan’’ in the subject line of the email. • Facsimile: (503) 230–5441. • Mail: Rosemary Furfey, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE. Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that they are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period, may not be considered. Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word, Excel, or Adobe PDF file formats only. All comments received are part of the public record and NMFS will generally post for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g. name, address, etc), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender is publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Electronic copies of the Proposed Plan are available at: http:// E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 241 (Thursday, December 15, 2016)]
[Notices]
[Pages 90784-90785]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF75


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice; availability of evaluation of joint state/tribal 
hatchery plans and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Washington Department of Fish 
and Wildlife and the Tulalip Tribes have submitted six Hatchery and 
Genetic Management Plans, to be considered jointly, to NMFS pursuant to 
the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 
of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the 
Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plans specify the propagation of 
three species of salmon in the Snohomish River basin of Washington 
State. This document serves to notify the public of the availability 
for comment of the proposed evaluation of the Secretary of Commerce

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(Secretary) as to whether implementation of the joint plans will 
appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-
listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead.
    This notice further advises the public of the availability for 
review of a draft Environmental Assessment of the effects of the NMFS 
determination on the subject joint plans.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax 
number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on January 
17, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending 
determination should be addressed to the Tim Tynan, NMFS Sustainable 
Fisheries Division, 510 Desmond Drive, Suite 103, Lacey, WA 98503. 
Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing 
email comments is: SnohomishHatcheries.wcr@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on 
Snohomish River hatchery programs. The documents are available on the 
Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Comments received will 
also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal 
business hours by calling (360) 753-9579.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tim Tynan at (360) 753-9579 or by 
email at tim.tynan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally 
produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Puget Sound.

Background

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife and the Tulalip 
Tribes have submitted to NMFS plans for six jointly operated hatchery 
programs in the Snohomish River region. The plans were submitted from 
December 2012 to September 2016, pursuant to limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule 
for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. The hatchery programs release ESA-
listed Chinook salmon and non-listed coho and fall chum salmon into the 
Snohomish River basin and nearby.
    As required by the ESA 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000, as 
updated in 70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005), the Secretary is seeking public 
comment on her pending determination as to whether the joint plans for 
hatchery programs in the Snohomish River basin would appreciably reduce 
the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESA-listed Puget Sound 
salmon and steelhead.

Authority

    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required 
to adopt such regulations as she deems necessary and advisable for the 
conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and 
steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 
37160; June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that 
contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the 
criteria for such activities. Limit 6 of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 
223.203(b)(6)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) 
of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities 
associated with a joint state/tribal artificial propagation plan 
provided that the joint plan has been determined by NMFS to be in 
accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422; July 
10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160; June 28, 2005).

    Dated: December 12, 2016.
Donna S. Wieting,
 Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
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