Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 90787-90788 [2016-30182]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 241 / Thursday, December 15, 2016 / Notices The Proposed Recovery Plan The Proposed Plan contains biological background and contextual information that includes descriptions of the ESU and DPS, the planning area, and the context of the plan’s development. It presents relevant information on ESU and DPS structure, guidelines for assessing salmonid population and ESU and DPS status, and a brief summary of Interior Columbia Technical Recovery Team products on population structure and species status. It also presents NMFS’ proposed biological viability criteria and threats criteria for delisting. The Proposed Plan also describes specific information on the following: current status of Snake River Spring/ Summer Chinook Salmon and Snake River Steelhead (Chapter 4); limiting factors and threats throughout the life cycle that have contributed to each species’ decline (Chapter 5); recovery strategies and actions addressing these limiting factors and threats (Chapter 6); and a proposed research, monitoring, and evaluation program for adaptive management (Chapter 7). For recovery actions, the Proposed Plan incorporates the site-specific actions in each management unit plan, together with the associated location, life stage affected and potential implementing entity. The Proposed Plan also summarizes time and costs (Chapter 8) required to implement recovery actions. In some cases, costs of implementing actions could not be determined at this time and NMFS is interested in additional information regarding scale, scope, and costs of these actions. We are also particularly interested in comments on establishing appropriate forums (Chapter 9) to coordinate implementation of the Proposed Plan. We are also interested in information to address critical uncertainties identified in the Proposed Plan, particularly regarding causes of mortality of juvenile fish as they move from natal tributaries into the Salmon and Snake Rivers during migration to the Pacific Ocean. rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Public Comments Solicited We are soliciting written comments on the Proposed Plan. All substantive comments received by the date specified above will be considered and incorporated, as appropriate, prior to our decision whether to approve the plan. While we invite comments on all aspects of the Proposed Plan, we are particularly interested in comments on addressing critical uncertainties in our knowledge about the early juvenile life stage survival from natal tributaries downstream into the Salmon and Snake Rivers, comments on the cost of VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Dec 14, 2016 Jkt 241001 recovery actions for which we have not yet determined implementation costs, and comments on establishing an appropriate implementation forum for the plan. After considering the public comments, we will issue a news release announcing the adoption and availability of the final plan. We will post on the NMFS West Coast Region Web site (www.wcr.noaa.gov) a summary of, and responses to, the comments received, along with electronic copies of the final plan and its appendices. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: December 12, 2016. Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–30163 Filed 12–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF077 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement; request for comments. AGENCY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this notice announces that NMFS intends to obtain information necessary to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for salmon and steelhead hatchery programs currently operating in the Upper Willamette River Basin of Oregon. NMFS is also requesting public review and comment on four Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) submitted by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for evaluation and determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) rule for threatened salmon and steelhead. The HGMPs specify the propagation of hatchery spring Chinook salmon released in the North Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie, Middle Fork Willamette, Coast Fork Willamette, and Molalla Rivers. NMFS provides this notice to: (1) Advise other agencies and the public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of issues and alternatives to SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 90787 include in the EIS. This notice further serves to notify the public of the availability of the four HGMPs for comment prior to a decision by NMFS on whether to approve the proposed hatchery programs. DATES: Written or electronic scoping comments must be received at the appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Time January 30, 2017. ADDRESSES: Submit your comments by either of the following methods: • Email to the following address: WillametteHatcheryEIS.wcr@noaa.gov with the following identifier in the subject line: Comments on Intent to Prepare the Willamette Hatchery EIS. • Mail or hand-deliver to NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 2900 NW. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471. • Fax to (541) 957–3386. Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the comment period ends. 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 (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Additional information to assist with consideration of the notice of intent, as well as the HGMPs themselves, is available on the Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 957–3381, or email to lance.kruzic@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ESA-listed Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha): threatened, naturally-produced and specified artificially-produced stocks in the Upper Willamette ESU. Winter steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally-produced in the Upper Willamette distinct population segment. Background The USACE has submitted four HGMPs for spring Chinook salmon hatchery programs in the Upper E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1 rmajette on DSK2TPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 90788 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 241 / Thursday, December 15, 2016 / Notices Willamette River to NMFS, pursuant to Limit 5 of the 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the ESA (65 FR 42422; July 10, 2000). Before a decision is made by NMFS on these HGMPs, NEPA requires Federal agencies to conduct environmental analyses of proposed actions to fully consider their effects on the human environment. NMFS’s action of evaluating USACE’s HGMPs under Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule is a major Federal action subject to environmental review under NEPA. Therefore, NMFS is seeking public input on the scope of the required NEPA analysis, including the range of reasonable alternatives, recommendations for relevant analysis methods, and information associated with impacts of the alternatives to the resources listed below or other relevant resources. The hatchery programs considered in the analysis are those rearing and releasing North Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie, and Middle Fork Willamette hatchery spring Chinook salmon. The EIS will also consider the potential effects of the current summer steelhead program. Hatchery fish are released into the following waterbodies: North Santiam River, South Santiam River, McKenzie River, Middle Fork Willamette River, Molalla River, and Coast Fork Willamette River. A list of all of the hatchery programs, including links to the HGMPs undergoing public comment, is available online (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will perform an environmental review of the hatchery salmon and steelhead programs and prepare an EIS that will evaluate potentially significant direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the following resources identified to have a potential for effect from the proposed action: • Water quantity and water quality • Fish and wildlife species and their habitats • Socioeconomics • Environmental Justice • Cumulative impacts NMFS will rigorously explore and objectively evaluate a full range of reasonable alternatives in the EIS, including the proposed action (implementation of USACE’s HGMPs) and a no-action alternative. Additional alternatives could include a reduction in artificial production and/or elimination of the hatchery programs. For all potentially significant impacts, the EIS will identify measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts, where feasible, to a level below significance. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:19 Dec 14, 2016 Jkt 241001 Request for Comments NMFS provides this notice to: (1) advise other agencies and the public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of issues and the full range of alternatives to include in the EIS. NMFS invites comment from all interested parties to ensure that the full range of issues related to hatchery salmon and steelhead are identified. Comments should be as specific as possible, with recommendations to address identified issues. Written comments concerning the proposed action and the environmental review should be directed to NMFS as described above (see ADDRESSES). All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. Authority The environmental review of the hatchery salmon and steelhead programs will be conducted in accordance with requirements of the NEPA of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 CFR parts 1500–1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and policies and procedures of NMFS for compliance with those regulations. This notice is being furnished in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 to obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public on the scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS. Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to adopt such regulations as he 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 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(5)) 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 artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP has been approved 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). PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: December 12, 2016. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–30182 Filed 12–14–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF083 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will hold a twoday meeting of its Joint Ad Hoc Reef Fish Headboat and Ad Hoc Red Snapper Charter For-Hire Advisory Panels. DATES: The meeting will convene on Monday, January 9, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, January 10, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EDT. ADDRESSES: The meeting will take place at the Hyatt Centric French Quarter Hotel, located at 800 Iberville Street, New Orleans, LA 70112; telephone: (504) 586–0800. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 N. Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607; telephone: (813) 348–1630. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Assane Diagne, Economist, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; assane.diagne@gulfcouncil.org, telephone: (813) 348–1630. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Monday, January 9, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Tuesday, January 10, 2017, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., EDT I. Adoption of Agenda II. Overview of the For-Hire Sector III. Summary of Current Reef Fish Amendments 41 and 42 IV. Decisions on For-Hire Management Programs a. Type of Management Approaches Considered b. Timing and Number of For-Hire Management Programs c. Prioritization of Reef Fish Species to Included d. Apportionment of For-Hire Quotas between Programs (if necessary) e. Adjustments to Individual Allocations f. Participation in Management E:\FR\FM\15DEN1.SGM 15DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 241 (Thursday, December 15, 2016)]
[Notices]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF077


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement; 
request for comments.

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SUMMARY: Pursuant to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA), this 
notice announces that NMFS intends to obtain information necessary to 
prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for salmon and 
steelhead hatchery programs currently operating in the Upper Willamette 
River Basin of Oregon. NMFS is also requesting public review and 
comment on four Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs) submitted 
by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) for evaluation and 
determination under Limit 5 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) 4(d) 
rule for threatened salmon and steelhead. The HGMPs specify the 
propagation of hatchery spring Chinook salmon released in the North 
Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie, Middle Fork Willamette, Coast Fork 
Willamette, and Molalla Rivers.
    NMFS provides this notice to: (1) Advise other agencies and the 
public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) 
obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of 
issues and alternatives to include in the EIS. This notice further 
serves to notify the public of the availability of the four HGMPs for 
comment prior to a decision by NMFS on whether to approve the proposed 
hatchery programs.

DATES: Written or electronic scoping comments must be received at the 
appropriate address or email mailbox (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 
p.m. Pacific Time January 30, 2017.

ADDRESSES: Submit your comments by either of the following methods:
     Email to the following address: 
WillametteHatcheryEIS.wcr@noaa.gov with the following identifier in the 
subject line: Comments on Intent to Prepare the Willamette Hatchery 
EIS.
     Mail or hand-deliver to NMFS Sustainable Fisheries 
Division, 2900 NW. Stewart Parkway, Roseburg, OR 97471.
     Fax to (541) 957-3386.
    Instructions: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by 
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after 
the comment period ends. 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 (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by 
the commenter will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential 
business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. 
NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required 
fields if you wish to remain anonymous).
    Additional information to assist with consideration of the notice 
of intent, as well as the HGMPs themselves, is available on the 
Internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance Kruzic, NMFS, by phone at (541) 
957-3381, or email to lance.kruzic@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

ESA-listed Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (O. tshawytscha): threatened, naturally-produced and 
specified artificially-produced stocks in the Upper Willamette ESU.
    Winter steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally-produced in the 
Upper Willamette distinct population segment.

Background

    The USACE has submitted four HGMPs for spring Chinook salmon 
hatchery programs in the Upper

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Willamette River to NMFS, pursuant to Limit 5 of the 4(d) rule for 
salmon and steelhead promulgated under the ESA (65 FR 42422; July 10, 
2000). Before a decision is made by NMFS on these HGMPs, NEPA requires 
Federal agencies to conduct environmental analyses of proposed actions 
to fully consider their effects on the human environment. NMFS's action 
of evaluating USACE's HGMPs under Limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule is a major 
Federal action subject to environmental review under NEPA. Therefore, 
NMFS is seeking public input on the scope of the required NEPA 
analysis, including the range of reasonable alternatives, 
recommendations for relevant analysis methods, and information 
associated with impacts of the alternatives to the resources listed 
below or other relevant resources.
    The hatchery programs considered in the analysis are those rearing 
and releasing North Santiam, South Santiam, McKenzie, and Middle Fork 
Willamette hatchery spring Chinook salmon. The EIS will also consider 
the potential effects of the current summer steelhead program. Hatchery 
fish are released into the following waterbodies: North Santiam River, 
South Santiam River, McKenzie River, Middle Fork Willamette River, 
Molalla River, and Coast Fork Willamette River. A list of all of the 
hatchery programs, including links to the HGMPs undergoing public 
comment, is available online (see ADDRESSES).
    NMFS will perform an environmental review of the hatchery salmon 
and steelhead programs and prepare an EIS that will evaluate 
potentially significant direct, indirect, and cumulative impacts on the 
following resources identified to have a potential for effect from the 
proposed action:

     Water quantity and water quality
     Fish and wildlife species and their habitats
     Socioeconomics
     Environmental Justice
     Cumulative impacts

    NMFS will rigorously explore and objectively evaluate a full range 
of reasonable alternatives in the EIS, including the proposed action 
(implementation of USACE's HGMPs) and a no-action alternative. 
Additional alternatives could include a reduction in artificial 
production and/or elimination of the hatchery programs.
    For all potentially significant impacts, the EIS will identify 
measures to avoid, minimize, and mitigate the impacts, where feasible, 
to a level below significance.

Request for Comments

    NMFS provides this notice to: (1) advise other agencies and the 
public of its plans to analyze effects related to the action, and (2) 
obtain suggestions and information that may be useful to the scope of 
issues and the full range of alternatives to include in the EIS.
    NMFS invites comment from all interested parties to ensure that the 
full range of issues related to hatchery salmon and steelhead are 
identified. Comments should be as specific as possible, with 
recommendations to address identified issues.
    Written comments concerning the proposed action and the 
environmental review should be directed to NMFS as described above (see 
ADDRESSES). All comments and materials received, including names and 
addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be 
released to the public.

Authority

    The environmental review of the hatchery salmon and steelhead 
programs will be conducted in accordance with requirements of the NEPA 
of 1969 as amended (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NEPA Regulations (40 CFR 
parts 1500-1508), other appropriate Federal laws and regulations, and 
policies and procedures of NMFS for compliance with those regulations. 
This notice is being furnished in accordance with 40 CFR 1501.7 to 
obtain suggestions and information from other agencies and the public 
on the scope of issues and alternatives to be addressed in the EIS.
    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required 
to adopt such regulations as he 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 5 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 
223.203(b)(5)) 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 artificial propagation programs provided that an HGMP 
has been approved 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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