Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 13434 [2017-04840]

Download as PDF 13434 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 47 / Monday, March 13, 2017 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF258 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of hatchery plans and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW) has submitted two Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans (HGMPs), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has submitted eight HGMPs, pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The two ODFW HGMPs describe hatchery programs rearing chum salmon in Big Creek and steelhead in the Clackamas River subbasin within the State of Oregon. The eight WDFW HGMPs describe hatchery programs that release fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter and summer steelhead into Washington tributaries of the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the HGMPs for comment prior to a decision by NMFS whether to approve the proposed hatchery programs. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on April 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be addressed to the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 N.E. Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, or faxed to 503– 872–2737. Comments may be submitted by email to: LowerColumbiaHatcheries.wcr@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on ODFW’s and WDFWs hatchery plans. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Turner, at phone number: (503) 736– 4737, or email: Rich.Turner@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:49 Mar 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Columbia River. Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River. Pacific eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus): Threatened, naturally produced southern distinct population segment. ODFW has submitted to NMFS two HGMPs describing hatchery programs that release chum salmon into Big Creek and adjacent tributaries and winter steelhead into the Clackamas River in a manner that is intended to comply with requirements of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. WDFW has submitted to NMFS eight HGMPs describing hatchery programs that release fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter and summer steelhead into Washington tributaries of the Columbia River below Bonneville Dam in a manner that is intended to comply with requirements of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. The ODFW HGMPs specify the operations of two hatchery programs rearing chum salmon in Big Creek and steelhead in the Clackamas River subbasins within the State of Oregon. The WDFW HGMPs specify the operations of eight hatchery programs— two programs rearing fall Chinook salmon in the North Fork Toutle River and the Washougal River, two programs rearing winter and summer steelhead in the Kalama River, and four programs rearing coho salmon in the Grays River, Elochoman River, North Fork Toutle River, and the Washougal River. The Elochoman River program is a new program while the other programs are currently ongoing. The programs are designed to meet mitigation responsibilities related to impacts from development in Columbia River Basin by providing hatchery fish to support reintroduction of chum salmon, recovery of fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon, and to provide fishing opportunities for fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, winter steelhead, and summer steelhead while minimizing potential risks to natural-origin Lower Columbia River Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead populations, consistent with NMFS’ Lower Columbia River Salmon and Steelhead ESA Recovery Plan. As specified in the July 10, 2000, ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead (65 FR 42422) and updated June 28, 2005 (70 FR 37160), NMFS may approve an HGMP if it meets criteria set forth in 50 PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 CFR 223.203(b)(5)(i)(A) through (K). Prior to final approval of an HGMP, NMFS must publish notification announcing its availability for public review and comment. Authority 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). Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–04840 Filed 3–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF279 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meetings. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and its advisory committees will meet April 3, 2017 through April 11, 2017. DATES: The meetings will be held Monday, April 3 through Tuesday, April 11, 2017. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific dates and times. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W. 3rd Ave, Anchorage, AK 99501. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF258


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 hatchery plans and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and 
Wildlife (ODFW) has submitted two Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans 
(HGMPs), and the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW) has 
submitted eight HGMPs, pursuant to the protective regulations 
promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). The two ODFW HGMPs describe hatchery programs 
rearing chum salmon in Big Creek and steelhead in the Clackamas River 
subbasin within the State of Oregon. The eight WDFW HGMPs describe 
hatchery programs that release fall chinook salmon, coho salmon, and 
winter and summer steelhead into Washington tributaries of the Columbia 
River below Bonneville Dam. This document serves to notify the public 
of the availability of the HGMPs for comment prior to a decision by 
NMFS whether to approve the proposed hatchery programs.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax 
number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on April 
12, 2017.

ADDRESSES:  Written comments on the application should be addressed to 
the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 N.E. Lloyd Boulevard, 
Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232, or faxed to 503-872-2737. Comments may 
be submitted by email to: LowerColumbiaHatcheries.wcr@noaa.gov. Include 
in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: 
Comments on ODFW's and WDFWs hatchery plans.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Rich Turner, at phone number: (503) 
736-4737, or email: Rich.Turner@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): Threatened, naturally 
produced and artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Chum salmon (O. keta): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Columbia River.
    Coho salmon (O. kisutch): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): Threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Lower Columbia River.
    Pacific eulachon (Thaleichthys pacificus): Threatened, naturally 
produced southern distinct population segment.
    ODFW has submitted to NMFS two HGMPs describing hatchery programs 
that release chum salmon into Big Creek and adjacent tributaries and 
winter steelhead into the Clackamas River in a manner that is intended 
to comply with requirements of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. 
WDFW has submitted to NMFS eight HGMPs describing hatchery programs 
that release fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and winter and summer 
steelhead into Washington tributaries of the Columbia River below 
Bonneville Dam in a manner that is intended to comply with requirements 
of the ESA under limit 5 of the 4(d) Rule. The ODFW HGMPs specify the 
operations of two hatchery programs rearing chum salmon in Big Creek 
and steelhead in the Clackamas River subbasins within the State of 
Oregon. The WDFW HGMPs specify the operations of eight hatchery 
programs--two programs rearing fall Chinook salmon in the North Fork 
Toutle River and the Washougal River, two programs rearing winter and 
summer steelhead in the Kalama River, and four programs rearing coho 
salmon in the Grays River, Elochoman River, North Fork Toutle River, 
and the Washougal River. The Elochoman River program is a new program 
while the other programs are currently ongoing.
    The programs are designed to meet mitigation responsibilities 
related to impacts from development in Columbia River Basin by 
providing hatchery fish to support reintroduction of chum salmon, 
recovery of fall Chinook salmon and coho salmon, and to provide fishing 
opportunities for fall Chinook salmon, coho salmon, winter steelhead, 
and summer steelhead while minimizing potential risks to natural-origin 
Lower Columbia River Chinook salmon, coho salmon, and steelhead 
populations, consistent with NMFS' Lower Columbia River Salmon and 
Steelhead ESA Recovery Plan.
    As specified in the July 10, 2000, ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and 
steelhead (65 FR 42422) and updated June 28, 2005 (70 FR 37160), NMFS 
may approve an HGMP if it meets criteria set forth in 50 CFR 
223.203(b)(5)(i)(A) through (K). Prior to final approval of an HGMP, 
NMFS must publish notification announcing its availability for public 
review and comment.

Authority

    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).

Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
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