Threatened Species: Take of Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss), 13436-13437 [2017-04870]

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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. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: March 8, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–04891 Filed 3–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF261 Threatened Species: Take of Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss) NOAA’s National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of one U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 10(a)1(A) scientific enhancement permit (permit 20085). AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued Stillwater Sciences one section 10(a)1(A) scientific enhancement permit (permit 20085) for conducting invasive species removal from a south-central California watershed (Chorro Creek). Authorized activities within the permit are expected to affect the threatened South Central California Coast (SCCC) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss). ADDRESSES: The permit application, the permit, and other related documents are available for review, by appointment, at the foregoing address: California Coastal Office, 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 4200, Long Beach, California 90802 (phone: 562–980–4026, fax: 562–980– 4027, email at: Matthew.McGoogan@ SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 47 / Monday, March 13, 2017 / Notices noaa.gov. The permit application is also available for review at the Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species Web site: https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/search/search.cfm. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt McGoogan at 562–980–4026, or email: Matthew.McGoogan@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Species Covered in This Notice Threatened SCCC steelhead. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES Authority Scientific research and 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 222–227). NMFS issues a section 10(a)1(A) permit based on findings that the permit is (1) applied for in good faith, (2) would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species which is the subject of the permit, and (3) consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permit. Permit Issued A receipt of application notice for Permit 20085 was published in the Federal Register on July 21, 2016 (81 FR 47359), providing 30 days for public comment prior to permit processing. No comments were received. Permit 20085 was issued to Stillwater Sciences on October 31, 2016. Permit 20085 authorizes take of threatened SCCC steelhead in association with enhancement activities involving the removal of Sacramento pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis) from the Chorro Creek watershed in San Luis Obispo County, California. The primary objectives of the enhancement effort involve: (1) Determining the distribution, abundance, size, and age structures of both pikeminnow and steelhead in the watershed; (2) eliminating pikeminnow from the watershed; (3) developing a plan for long-term pikeminnow management in the watershed; and (4) documenting changes in steelhead abundance and distribution in response to pikeminnow removal. Proposed enhancement activities include: (1) Conducting snorkel surveys to assess abundance and distribution of pikeminnow and steelhead; (2) using backpack electrofishing equipment, seines, hookand-line sampling, and spearfishing to capture pikeminnow; (3) measuring the weight and length of juvenile steelhead collected during sampling activities; (4) returning the collected steelhead alive VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:29 Mar 10, 2017 Jkt 241001 and unharmed to Chorro Creek; and (5) humanely euthanizing and disposing pikeminnow. Permit 20085 authorized field activities associated with the enhancement effort to begin on October 31, 2016 (the date the permit was issued), and ceases authorization of the subject activities when the permit expires on December 31, 2020. The annual take of threatened SCCC steelhead that permit 20085 authorizes Stillwater Sciences for the subject enhancement effort is as follows: (1) Non-lethal capture and release of up to 1,500 juvenile steelhead while electrofishing, (2) non-lethal capture and release of up to 150 juvenile steelhead while seining, (3) non-lethal capture and release up to 5 juvenile steelhead while hook-and-line fishing, and (4) non-lethal observation of up to 2,000 juvenile and 10 adult steelhead during instream snorkel surveys. The potential annual unintentional lethal take permit 20085 authorizes is up to 33 juvenile steelhead. Overall, no intentional lethal take of steelhead is authorized or expected as a result of these enhancement activities. The subject scientific enhancement activities that permit 20085 authorize are expected to support steelhead recovery in the Chorro Creek watershed and are consistent with recommendations and objectives outlined in NMFS’ South Central California Steelhead Recovery Plan. See the application for and issued permit 20085 for greater details on the associated scientific enhancement activities and related methodology authorized with this permit. Dated: March 8, 2017. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–04870 Filed 3–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P Department of the Navy Notice of Intent To Prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement for Land-Water Interface and Service Pier Extension at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington Department of the Navy, DoD. Notice. AGENCY: ACTION: Pursuant to section (102)(2)(c) of the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of 1969, and the regulations implemented by the Council on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Environmental Quality (40 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) parts 1500– 1508), the Department of the Navy (DoN) announces its intent to prepare a Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to the July 2016 Final EIS for Land-Water Interface (LWI) and Service Pier Extension (SPE), Naval Base (NAVBASE) Kitsap Bangor, Washington. The Final EIS for LWI and SPE resulted in a Record of Decision (ROD) that was signed on September 8, 2016 for the LWI project only. The SPE proposed action is to extend the existing Service Pier and construct associated support facilities. The purpose is to provide additional berthing capacity and improve associated support facilities for existing homeported and visiting submarines at NAVBASE Kitsap Bangor. The SPE project is needed to provide alternative opportunities for berthing to mitigate restrictions at NAVBASE Kitsap Bremerton, Washington, on navigating SEAWOLF Class submarines through Rich Passage under certain tidal conditions and to improve long-term operational effectiveness for the three SEAWOLF Class submarines on NAVBASE Kitsap. The Supplemental EIS will address the SPE project only and will evaluate resources based upon changes in design and new information relevant to environmental concerns per 40 CFR 1502.9. The DoN will evaluate this new, relevant information and incorporate that information into revised analyses where appropriate. The analysis will address, among others, changes to the Alternative 2 design and new regulatory guidance and requirements. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest, 1101 Tautog Circle, Silverdale, Washington 98315–1101, Attn: Ms. Kimberly Kler, LWI/SPE Supplemental EIS Project Manager, 360–396–0927, or project Web site: http://www.nbkies/lwi.com. The DoN announced its intent to prepare an EIS for the LWI and SPE in the Federal Register on February 1, 2013 (78 FR 7416), and invited the public to comment on the scope of the EIS. A Draft EIS was released on February 13, 2015 (80 FR 8081), in which the potential environmental effects associated with construction and operation of the LWI and SPE were evaluated. A Final EIS was released on July 15, 2016 (81 FR 46077), addressing comments received on the Draft EIS. The Navy issued a ROD on only the LWI portion of the proposed action on SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE 13437 E:\FR\FM\13MRN1.SGM 13MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 47 (Monday, March 13, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-04870]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF261


Threatened Species: Take of Steelhead (Oncorhynchus mykiss)

AGENCY: NOAA's National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Department of 
Commerce.

ACTION: Issuance of one U.S. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 
10(a)1(A) scientific enhancement permit (permit 20085).

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued Stillwater 
Sciences one section 10(a)1(A) scientific enhancement permit (permit 
20085) for conducting invasive species removal from a south-central 
California watershed (Chorro Creek). Authorized activities within the 
permit are expected to affect the threatened South Central California 
Coast (SCCC) Distinct Population Segment (DPS) of steelhead 
(Oncorhynchus mykiss).

ADDRESSES: The permit application, the permit, and other related 
documents are available for review, by appointment, at the foregoing 
address: California Coastal Office, 501 West Ocean Boulevard, Suite 
4200, Long Beach, California 90802 (phone: 562-980-4026, fax: 562-980-
4027, email at: Matthew.McGoogan@

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noaa.gov. The permit application is also available for review at the 
Authorizations and Permits for Protected Species Web site: https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov/search/search.cfm.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Matt McGoogan at 562-980-4026, or 
email: noaa.gov">Matthew.McGoogan@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Species Covered in This Notice

    Threatened SCCC steelhead.

Authority

    Scientific research and 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 222-227). NMFS issues a section 10(a)1(A) permit based on findings 
that the permit is (1) applied for in good faith, (2) would not operate 
to the disadvantage of the listed species which is the subject of the 
permit, and (3) consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in 
section 2 of the ESA. Authority to take listed species is subject to 
conditions set forth in the permit.

Permit Issued

    A receipt of application notice for Permit 20085 was published in 
the Federal Register on July 21, 2016 (81 FR 47359), providing 30 days 
for public comment prior to permit processing. No comments were 
received. Permit 20085 was issued to Stillwater Sciences on October 31, 
2016.
    Permit 20085 authorizes take of threatened SCCC steelhead in 
association with enhancement activities involving the removal of 
Sacramento pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus grandis) from the Chorro Creek 
watershed in San Luis Obispo County, California. The primary objectives 
of the enhancement effort involve: (1) Determining the distribution, 
abundance, size, and age structures of both pikeminnow and steelhead in 
the watershed; (2) eliminating pikeminnow from the watershed; (3) 
developing a plan for long-term pikeminnow management in the watershed; 
and (4) documenting changes in steelhead abundance and distribution in 
response to pikeminnow removal. Proposed enhancement activities 
include: (1) Conducting snorkel surveys to assess abundance and 
distribution of pikeminnow and steelhead; (2) using backpack 
electrofishing equipment, seines, hook-and-line sampling, and 
spearfishing to capture pikeminnow; (3) measuring the weight and length 
of juvenile steelhead collected during sampling activities; (4) 
returning the collected steelhead alive and unharmed to Chorro Creek; 
and (5) humanely euthanizing and disposing pikeminnow.
    Permit 20085 authorized field activities associated with the 
enhancement effort to begin on October 31, 2016 (the date the permit 
was issued), and ceases authorization of the subject activities when 
the permit expires on December 31, 2020. The annual take of threatened 
SCCC steelhead that permit 20085 authorizes Stillwater Sciences for the 
subject enhancement effort is as follows: (1) Non-lethal capture and 
release of up to 1,500 juvenile steelhead while electrofishing, (2) 
non-lethal capture and release of up to 150 juvenile steelhead while 
seining, (3) non-lethal capture and release up to 5 juvenile steelhead 
while hook-and-line fishing, and (4) non-lethal observation of up to 
2,000 juvenile and 10 adult steelhead during instream snorkel surveys. 
The potential annual unintentional lethal take permit 20085 authorizes 
is up to 33 juvenile steelhead. Overall, no intentional lethal take of 
steelhead is authorized or expected as a result of these enhancement 
activities.
    The subject scientific enhancement activities that permit 20085 
authorize are expected to support steelhead recovery in the Chorro 
Creek watershed and are consistent with recommendations and objectives 
outlined in NMFS' South Central California Steelhead Recovery Plan. See 
the application for and issued permit 20085 for greater details on the 
associated scientific enhancement activities and related methodology 
authorized with this permit.

    Dated: March 8, 2017.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-04870 Filed 3-10-17; 8:45 am]
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