Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 3287-3288 [2017-00300]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 11, 2017 / Notices II. Background III. Period of Investigation IV. Scope of the Investigation V. Changes Since the Preliminary Determination VI. Application of Adverse Facts Available VII. Affirmative Finding of Critical Circumstances VIII. List of Comments IX. Discussion of the Issues Company-Specific Issues BOSTD Comment 1: Application of Total Adverse Facts Available (AFA) to BOSTD Comment 2: Moot Arguments for BOSTD Taian Modern Comment 3: Application of Total AFA to Taian Modern Comment 4: Moot Arguments for Taian Modern General Issues Comment 5: Selection of AFA Rate to PRCWide Entity Comment 6: Critical Circumstances Comment 7: Moot Arguments for General Issues [FR Doc. 2017–00428 Filed 1–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF130 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Application for one enhancement permit renewal. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received, from the United States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), a permit application (16608–2R) to enhance the propagation and survival of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. Under permit application 16608–2R, Reclamation is requesting renewal of permit 16608, for a five year period, to continue implementation of the San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) Steelhead Monitoring Program. The permit application may be viewed online at: https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/preview_ open_for_comment.cfm. DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the applications must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on February 10, 2017. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jan 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 Written comments on the application should be submitted to the California Central Valley Office, NMFS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5–100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 916–930– 3629 or by email to Jeff.Abrams@ noaa.gov (include the permit number in the subject line of the fax or email). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Abrams, Sacramento, CA (ph.: 916–930– 3714, Fax: 916–930–3629, email: Jeff.Abrams@noaa.gov). Permit application instructions are available from the address above, or online at https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: Species Covered in This Notice The following listed species are covered in this notice: Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened Central Valley (CV) spring-run; Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened California Central Valley (CCV). Authority Enhancement permits are issued in accordance with Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222–227). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of Section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS. Permit Application(s) Received Permit 16608–2R Reclamation has applied for an enhancement permit under Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA for a period of 5 years that would allow take of adult CCV steelhead, and adult CV spring-run Chinook salmon. Actions taken pursuant to the application are designed to monitor for the presence of CCV steelhead that may be attracted into the SJRRP Restoration Area (Restoration Area), and to relocate those captured fish to locations with better access to suitable spawning habitat. Prior to the completion of ongoing SJRRP efforts to PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3287 improve fish passage, fish that are attracted into the Restoration Area will not have access to spawning habitat upstream. The proposed activities are intended to benefit listed species by relocating captured steelhead back to areas where they have access to spawning habitat in the Merced River or other San Joaquin River tributaries. The proposed monitoring would further benefit steelhead by providing data on the distribution of steelhead and their use of the Restoration Area in order to inform future ESA consultations and SJRRP management actions. While adult CV spring-run Chinook salmon are not the target species for these efforts, some may be captured during permitted activities. The post capture handling of CV spring-run Chinook salmon is covered under ESA Section 10(a)(1)(A) permit 17781. Listed fish would be captured by: Boat mounted electrofisher, fyke net, and trammel net. Handling would include conducting length measurements, gender identification, tissue and scale collection, checking for the presence of tags, and tagging by Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT). Captured steelhead would be transported by tank truck and released in the San Joaquin River downstream of the mouth of the Merced River. Observe/harass take may occur at occur at temporary weirs with electronic fish counting devices installed. Recaptured steelhead would be identified by the presence of a PIT tag. All persons implementing proposed activities would follow appropriate protocols to minimize injury to captured fish, including: Handling live steelhead with extreme care, monitoring water temperature to the maximum extent possible during sampling and processing procedures, maintaining adequate circulation and replenishment of water in holding units, following the NMFS 2000 electrofishing guidelines, and checking all traps at least daily. In addition, when a sample is comprised of a mix of species, any captured steelhead would be processed first, and steelhead rescued at the capture site would be allowed to recover to the maximum extent possible prior to being released into the mainstem San Joaquin River. The applicants are not proposing to kill any of the fish they capture, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities. Public Comments Solicited NMFS invites the public to comment on the permit application and associated HGMPs during a 30 day public comment period beginning on the date of this notice. This notice is E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1 3288 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 7 / Wednesday, January 11, 2017 / Notices provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1529(c)). All comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will become part of the administrative record and may be released to the public. We provide this notice in order to allow the public, agencies, or other organizations to review and comment on these documents. Next Steps NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day public comment period and after NMFS has fully considered all relevant comments received. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: January 4, 2017. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00300 Filed 1–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Reporting Requirements for the Ocean Salmon Fishery Off the Coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov.) FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:05 Jan 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Peggy Mundy, (206) 526– 4323 or peggy.mundy@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Abstract This request is for an extension of a currently approved information collection. Based on the management regime specified each year, designated regulatory areas in the commercial ocean salmon fishery off the coasts of Washington, Oregon, and California may be managed by numerical quotas. To accurately assess catches relative to quota attainment during the fishing season, catch data by regulatory area must be collected in a timely manner. Requirements to land salmon within specific time frames and in specific areas may be implemented in the preseason regulations to aid in timely and accurate catch accounting for a regulatory area. State landing systems normally gather the data at the time of landing. If unsafe weather conditions or mechanical problems prevent compliance with landing requirements, fishermen need an alternative to allow for a safe response. Fishermen would be exempt from landing requirements if the appropriate notifications are made to provide the name of the vessel, the port where delivery will be made, the approximate amount of salmon (by species) on board, and the estimated time of arrival. II. Method of Collection Notifications are made by at-sea radio or cellular phone transmissions. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0433. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 40. Estimated Time per Response: 15 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 10 hours. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 5, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–00348 Filed 1–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request; Vessel Monitoring System Requirements in Western Pacific Fisheries National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before March 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental Paperwork Clearance Officer, Department of Commerce, Room 6616, 14th and Constitution Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20230 (or via the Internet at JJessup@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Walter Ikehara, (808) 725– 5175 or Walter.Ikehara@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. E:\FR\FM\11JAN1.SGM 11JAN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 7 (Wednesday, January 11, 2017)]
[Notices]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-00300]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF130


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Application for one enhancement permit renewal.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received, from the United 
States Bureau of Reclamation (Reclamation), a permit application 
(16608-2R) to enhance the propagation and survival of species listed 
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended. Under 
permit application 16608-2R, Reclamation is requesting renewal of 
permit 16608, for a five year period, to continue implementation of the 
San Joaquin River Restoration Program (SJRRP) Steelhead Monitoring 
Program. The permit application may be viewed online at: https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/preview/preview_open_for_comment.cfm.

DATES: Comments or requests for a public hearing on the applications 
must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see 
ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on February 10, 
2017.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be submitted to 
the California Central Valley Office, NMFS, 650 Capitol Mall, Suite 5-
100, Sacramento, CA 95814. Comments may also be submitted via fax to 
916-930-3629 or by email to Jeff.Abrams@noaa.gov (include the permit 
number in the subject line of the fax or email).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Abrams, Sacramento, CA (ph.: 916-
930-3714, Fax: 916-930-3629, email: Jeff.Abrams@noaa.gov). Permit 
application instructions are available from the address above, or 
online at https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Species Covered in This Notice

    The following listed species are covered in this notice:
    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened Central 
Valley (CV) spring-run;
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened California Central Valley (CCV).

Authority

    Enhancement permits are issued in accordance with Section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and regulations 
governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222-227). NMFS 
issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) Are applied for 
in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the 
disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; 
and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of Section 2 of the 
ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set 
forth in the permits.
    Anyone requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice 
should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application 
would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such hearings are held at the 
discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NMFS.

Permit Application(s) Received

Permit 16608-2R

    Reclamation has applied for an enhancement permit under Section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA for a period of 5 years that would allow take of 
adult CCV steelhead, and adult CV spring-run Chinook salmon. Actions 
taken pursuant to the application are designed to monitor for the 
presence of CCV steelhead that may be attracted into the SJRRP 
Restoration Area (Restoration Area), and to relocate those captured 
fish to locations with better access to suitable spawning habitat. 
Prior to the completion of ongoing SJRRP efforts to improve fish 
passage, fish that are attracted into the Restoration Area will not 
have access to spawning habitat upstream. The proposed activities are 
intended to benefit listed species by relocating captured steelhead 
back to areas where they have access to spawning habitat in the Merced 
River or other San Joaquin River tributaries. The proposed monitoring 
would further benefit steelhead by providing data on the distribution 
of steelhead and their use of the Restoration Area in order to inform 
future ESA consultations and SJRRP management actions. While adult CV 
spring-run Chinook salmon are not the target species for these efforts, 
some may be captured during permitted activities. The post capture 
handling of CV spring-run Chinook salmon is covered under ESA Section 
10(a)(1)(A) permit 17781.
    Listed fish would be captured by: Boat mounted electrofisher, fyke 
net, and trammel net. Handling would include conducting length 
measurements, gender identification, tissue and scale collection, 
checking for the presence of tags, and tagging by Passive Integrated 
Transponder (PIT). Captured steelhead would be transported by tank 
truck and released in the San Joaquin River downstream of the mouth of 
the Merced River. Observe/harass take may occur at occur at temporary 
weirs with electronic fish counting devices installed. Recaptured 
steelhead would be identified by the presence of a PIT tag. All persons 
implementing proposed activities would follow appropriate protocols to 
minimize injury to captured fish, including: Handling live steelhead 
with extreme care, monitoring water temperature to the maximum extent 
possible during sampling and processing procedures, maintaining 
adequate circulation and replenishment of water in holding units, 
following the NMFS 2000 electrofishing guidelines, and checking all 
traps at least daily. In addition, when a sample is comprised of a mix 
of species, any captured steelhead would be processed first, and 
steelhead rescued at the capture site would be allowed to recover to 
the maximum extent possible prior to being released into the mainstem 
San Joaquin River. The applicants are not proposing to kill any of the 
fish they capture, but a small number may die as an unintended result 
of the activities.

Public Comments Solicited

    NMFS invites the public to comment on the permit application and 
associated HGMPs during a 30 day public comment period beginning on the 
date of this notice. This notice is

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provided pursuant to Section 10(c) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1529(c)). All 
comments and materials received, including names and addresses, will 
become part of the administrative record and may be released to the 
public. We provide this notice in order to allow the public, agencies, 
or other organizations to review and comment on these documents.

Next Steps

    NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and 
comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the 
requirements of Section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA and Federal regulations. 
The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 
30-day public comment period and after NMFS has fully considered all 
relevant comments received. NMFS will publish notice of its final 
action in the Federal Register.

    Dated: January 4, 2017.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-00300 Filed 1-10-17; 8:45 am]
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