Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Open Meeting, 16799-16800 [2017-06858]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 65 / Thursday, April 6, 2017 / Notices ADDRESSES: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for locations of the hearings. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331; Web site: www.mafmc.org. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore, Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Council will hold nine public hearings: 1. April 24, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: The Greater Ocean City Chamber of Commerce, 12320 Ocean Gateway, Ocean City, MD 21842, phone: (410) 213–0144. 2. April 25, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, ME 04101, phone: (207) 775–2311. 3. April 26, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries, Annisquam River Marine Fisheries Station, 30 Emerson Ave., Gloucester, MA 01930, phone: (978) 282–0308. 4. May 2, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: Congress Hall, 200 Congress Place, Cape May, NJ 08204, phone: (609) 884–8421. 5. May 3, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: DoubleTree by Hilton Tinton Falls, 700 Hope Road, Tinton Falls, NJ 07724, phone: (732) 544–9300. 6. May 4, 2017, 6–8 p.m.: Webinar, http://mafmc.adobeconnect.com/ squid2017/ phone: (800) 832–0736, Rm: *7833942#. A listening station will be available at Virginia Marine Resources Commission, 2600 Washington Avenue, 3rd Floor, Newport News, VA 23607, phone: (757) 247– 2200. 7. May 8, 2017, 5–8 p.m.: University of Rhode Island, Corless Auditorium, Watkins Building, 218 Ferry Rd., Narragansett, RI 401–874–6222. 8. May 9, 2017, 4:30–7 p.m.: Doubletree by Hilton Cape Cod— Hyannis, 287 Iyannough Rd., Hyannis, MA 02601, 508–771–1700. 9. May 11, 2017, 5–7 p.m.: Hyatt Place Long Island/East End, 431 East Main St., Riverhead, NY 11901, 631–208–0002. Addresses for written comments: Written comments may be sent through mail, email, fax, or online through 11:59 p.m. on Thursday, May 18, 2017. —Mail to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 North State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901 (please write ‘‘Squid Amendment Comments’’ on the outside of the envelope); —Fax to Dr. Chris Moore, Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Apr 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 Management Council at 302–674– 5399 (please include ‘‘Squid Amendment Comments’’ in the subject line); —Email to squid@mafmc.org; —Online at http://www.mafmc.org/ comments/squid-amendment-publiccomments. The purpose of the meetings and comment period is gather input from the public on the alternatives in the amendment. The objectives of this action are to: A. Consider the appropriate number of vessels in the directed longfin squid and Illex squid fisheries and design appropriate management measures for permitted vessels. The Council is considering this action because there is considerable latent effort in both fisheries—a relatively small portion of vessels with limited access (‘‘moratorium’’) squid permits account for the majority of landings in most years. The Council is concerned that activation of latent permits in the squid fisheries could lead to excessive fishing effort (shortening seasons) on these semeparous, sub-annual species, and increased catch of non-target species. B. Re-evaluate the management of longfin squid in Trimester 2. The Council is considering this action because the productivity of the longfin squid stock may be negatively impacted if excessive fishing effort in T2, which occurs on the inshore spawning grounds, does not allow sufficient spawning and/or hatching from egg mops. Additional information and relevant background documents are available on the Council’s Web site at http://www.mafmc.org/actions/squidcapacity-amendment. The public hearing document, which describes and analyzes the alternatives, will be posted there by April 18, 2017. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aid should be directed to M. Jan Saunders, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to any meeting date. Dated: April 3, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–06807 Filed 4–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 16799 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Open Meeting Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 from 9:45 a.m. EDT to 5:45 p.m. EDT and on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. EDT to 12:00 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page www.sab.noaa.gov/ SABMeetings.aspx for the most up-todate meeting times and agenda. Place: The meeting will be held at The DoubleTree by Hilton, 8727 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-minute public comment period on April 25th from 10:45–11:00 a.m. EDT (check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by April 17, 2017 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by April 17, 2017, to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by the SAB Executive Director after April 17, 2017, will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1 16800 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 65 / Thursday, April 6, 2017 / Notices Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MC 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov. Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Draft Report on Indigenous and Local Ecological Knowledge and NOAA; (2) Proposal for Creation of a High Performance Computing Standing Working Group; (3) Discussion of the Process to Review SAB Standing Working Groups; (4) Discussion of Short-Term Topics for the SAB; (5) Discussion on SAB Transition Materials; and (6) Updates from the Acting NOAA Administrator and Acting Chief Scientist. Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http:// www.sab.noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: March 31, 2017. Paul Johnson, Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–06858 Filed 4–5–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE687 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental To Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Tidal Marsh Restoration Project National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the California Department of Fish and Wildlife—Central Region (CADFW) to SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:51 Apr 05, 2017 Jkt 241001 defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘. . . an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA established an expedited process by which citizens of the U.S. can apply for an authorization to incidentally take small numbers of marine mammals by harassment. Section 101(a)(5)(D) establishes a 45-day time limit for Availability NMFS review of an application An electronic copy of the CADFW’s followed by a 30-day public notice and application and supporting documents, comment period on any proposed as well as a list of the references cited authorizations for the incidental in this document, may be obtained harassment of marine mammals. Within online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ 45 days of the close of the comment permits/incidental/construction.htm. In period, NMFS must either issue or deny case of problems accessing these the authorization. Except with respect to documents, please call the contact listed certain activities not pertinent here, the above. MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as ‘‘any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance National Environmental Policy Act which (i) has the potential to injure a In accordance with the National marine mammal or marine mammal Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) (42 stock in the wild (Level A harassment); U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), NMFS prepared a or (ii) has the potential to disturb a Supplemental Environmental marine mammal or marine mammal Assessment (SEA) titled ‘‘Final stock in the wild by causing disruption Supplemental Environmental of behavioral patterns, including, but Assessment for the Minhoto-Hester not limited to, migration, breathing, Marsh Restoration Project, Elkhorn nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering Slough, Monterey County, California.’’ A (Level B harassment).’’ Finding of No Significant Impact Summary of Requests (FONSI) was signed on November 15, 2016. NMFS considered comments On June 2, 2016, we received an submitted in response to our Federal application from the CADFW for Register notice of the proposed IHA (81 authorization to take marine mammals FR 67297; September 30, 2016) and incidental to construction activities CADFW’s application as part of the associated with a 47-acre tidal marsh process. All documents are available at restoration project within the Minhotothe aforementioned Web site. Hester Marsh in Elkhorn Slough (Monterey, CA) (Phase 1). The overall Background Elkhorn Slough Tidal Marsh Restoration Sections 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA Project will restore a total of 147 acres, (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the however, future phases are not part of Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon this application as they are currently request by U.S. citizens who engage in unfunded and present some additional a specified activity (other than technical challenges. Another IHA commercial fishing) within a specified request will be made prior to geographical region if certain findings implementation of any proposed future are made and either regulations are phases. The CADFW submitted revised issued or, if the taking is limited to versions of the application on July 13, harassment, a notice of a proposed 2016, August 2, 2016, August 29, 2016, authorization was provided to the and a final application on September 6, public for review. 2016 which we deemed adequate and Authorization for incidental takings complete. The activity will begin August 1, 2017 shall be granted if NMFS finds that the and last approximately 11 months with taking will have a negligible impact on built in buffers for adverse weather and the species or stock(s), will not have an other conditions when work is not unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for possible. Pacific harbor seal (Phoca subsistence uses (where relevant), and if vitulina richardii) and southern sea otters (Enhydra lutris nereis) are the permissible methods of taking and expected to be present during the work. requirements pertaining to the Southern sea otters are managed by the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and will such takings are set forth. NMFS has incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during construction activities associated with the tidal marsh restoration project within the Minhoto-Hester Marsh in Elkhorn Slough (Monterey, CA). DATES: This Authorization is in effect for one year beginning August 1, 2017. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Egger, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00022 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\06APN1.SGM 06APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 65 (Thursday, April 6, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 16799-16800]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-06858]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Science Advisory Board (SAB); Notice of Open Meeting

AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce 
(DOC).

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision 
Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory 
Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce 
for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and 
application of science to operations and information services. SAB 
activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of 
the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management.
    Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, April 24, 2017 from 
9:45 a.m. EDT to 5:45 p.m. EDT and on Tuesday, April 25, 2017 from 9:00 
a.m. EDT to 12:00 p.m. EDT. These times and the agenda topics described 
below are subject to change. Please refer to the Web page 
www.sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx for the most up-to-date meeting times 
and agenda.
    Place: The meeting will be held at The DoubleTree by Hilton, 8727 
Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD, 20910.
    Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 15-
minute public comment period on April 25th from 10:45-11:00 a.m. EDT 
(check Web site to confirm time). The SAB expects that public 
statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of 
previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each 
individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a 
total time of two (2) minutes. Individuals or groups planning to make a 
verbal presentation should contact the SAB Executive Director by April 
17, 2017 to schedule their presentation. Written comments should be 
received in the SAB Executive Director's Office by April 17, 2017, to 
provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received by 
the SAB Executive Director after April 17, 2017, will be distributed to 
the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at 
the meeting will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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    Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to 
people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be 
directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on April 17, 2017, to Dr. Cynthia 
Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MC 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov.
    Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following 
topics: (1) Draft Report on Indigenous and Local Ecological Knowledge 
and NOAA; (2) Proposal for Creation of a High Performance Computing 
Standing Working Group; (3) Discussion of the Process to Review SAB 
Standing Working Groups; (4) Discussion of Short-Term Topics for the 
SAB; (5) Discussion on SAB Transition Materials; and (6) Updates from 
the Acting NOAA Administrator and Acting Chief Scientist.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive 
Director, Science Advisory Board, NOAA, Room 11230, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or 
visit the NOAA SAB Web site at http://www.sab.noaa.gov.

    Dated: March 31, 2017.
Paul Johnson,
Acting Deputy Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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