Endangered Species; File No. 21293, 17638-17639 [2017-07410]

Download as PDF 17638 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 69 / Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / Notices Dated: April 7, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–07344 Filed 4–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF285 Endangered Species; File No. 21293 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application for an incidental take permit (permit) from Mr. Jack Rudloe, Gulf Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc. (GSML), pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). As required by the ESA, GSML’s application includes a conservation plan designed to minimize and mitigate the impacts of any take of endangered or threatened species. The permit application is for the incidental take of ESA-listed adult and juvenile sea turtles associated with otherwise lawful trawling activities in Florida state waters of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla Counties to harvest marine organisms for the purpose of supplying entities conducting scientific research and educational activities. The duration of the proposed permit is for 18 years. NMFS is furnishing this notice in order to allow other agencies and the public an opportunity to review and comment on this document. All comments received will become part of the public record and will be available for review. DATES: Written comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) on or before May 12, 2017. ADDRESSES: The application is available for download and review at http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/esa_ review.htm under the section heading ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permits and Applications. The application is also available upon written request or by appointment in the following office: Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13752, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8403; fax (301) 713–4060. You may submit comments, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2017–0035, by any of the following methods: mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Apr 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/ #!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-20170035 click the ‘‘Comment Now’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. • Fax: (301) 713–4060; Attn: Ron Dean or Lisa Manning. • Mail: Submit written comments to Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13535, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Attn: Ron Dean or Lisa Manning. Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the above methods to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Dean or Lisa Manning, (301) 427–8403. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ‘taking’ of a species listed as endangered or threatened. The ESA defines ‘‘take’’ to mean harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under limited circumstances to take listed species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for authorizing incidental take of listed species. NMFS regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are promulgated at 50 CFR 222.307. Background Pursuant to the ESA, GSML has submitted an application to NMFS for the incidental take of ESA-listed adult and juvenile sea turtles associated with otherwise lawful trawling activities in Florida state waters of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla Counties to harvest marine organisms for the purpose of supplying entities conducting scientific research and PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 educational activities. The species identified in the application were: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta Northwest Atlantic Ocean Distinct Population Segment), green (Chelonia mydas North Atlantic Distinct Population Segment), and Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles. NMFS received a draft permit application from GSML on February 4, 2016. Based on our review of the application, we requested further information and clarification. On July 22, 2016, GSML submitted supplemental information to its application. NMFS and GSML held further discussions on amount and extent of anticipated takes and clarifications of gear type to be used. During these discussions, NMFS determined that leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Gulf sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) also occur in the action area specified in the permit application. Thus, NMFS included these species in its analysis of the permit application. On March 16, 2017, NMFS notified GSML of this approach, and GSML confirmed the updated approach on March 21, 2017. The duration of the proposed permit is 18 years. GSML uses small trawls (under 500 square feet) without Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) and trawl times are less than thirty minutes in duration. Turtle Excluder Devices often expel the desired stingrays, electric rays, horseshoe crabs and other benthic invertebrates and fish that are required for the laboratory’s ongoing operations, and are not practical in the collection of these specimens. A take of one turtle and one gulf sturgeon every three years is anticipated, given the nature of the activities and the location of the species in the area where the activities will occur. No mortalities or injury are expected should this take occur. As data are gathered through monitoring, NMFS will amend the permit to reflect any changes in the take estimate, if appropriate. Conservation Plan Section 10 of the ESA specifies that no permit may be issued unless an applicant submits an adequate conservation plan. The conservation plan prepared by GSML describes measures designed to minimize and mitigate the impacts of any incidental takes of ESA-listed sea turtles. It includes provisions to ensure that any captured sea turtles in need of resuscitation are provided such care, per NMFS guidelines. Additionally, any animals needing medical attention or E:\FR\FM\12APN1.SGM 12APN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 69 / Wednesday, April 12, 2017 / Notices rehabilitation will be cared for by authorized persons and facilities. The conservation plan will mitigate the impacts of any incidental takes of ESA-listed sea turtles that are harmed due to interactions with other fisheries in the area. Specifically, GSML will remove, taking into account any human safety considerations, any turtles it encounters ensnared in fishing lines, nets, and trap ropes. If any of these sea turtles require care, GSML will transport them to a rehabilitation facility. The applicant’s conservation plan did not include procedures for handling Gulf sturgeon. However, the applicant will follow specific handling procedures for Gulf sturgeon to minimize impacts to this species in the unlikely event an interaction should occur. This conservation plan will be funded through GSML revenues derived from the sale of the marine fish, invertebrates, and algae collected via trawling; donations from membership in its aquarium; and grants and contracts. GSML considered and rejected two other alternatives: (1) Reduced trawl times; and (2) alternative methods. GSML cannot practicably further reduce the trawl times or employ alternative methodologies. National Environmental Policy Act mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA and the National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and submitted comments to determine whether the application meets the requirements of the ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) permitting process. If it is determined that the requirements are met, a permit will be issued for incidental takes of ESA-listed sea turtles and Gulf sturgeon under the jurisdiction of NMFS. The final permit determinations will not be completed until after the end of the 30-day comment period and will fully consider all public comments received during the comment period. NMFS will publish a record of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: April 7, 2017. Angela Somma, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–07410 Filed 4–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:45 Apr 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Knowledge, Attitudes and Perceptions of the Management Strategies and Regulations of the Grays Reef National Marine Sanctuary 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 June 12, 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 pracomments@doc.gov). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information or copies of the information collection instrument and instructions should be directed to Dr. Vernon R. (Bob) Leeworthy, (240) 533–0647 or Bob.Leeworthy@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Abstract This request is for a reinstatement, with changes, of a previous information collection. NOAA, through its National Ocean Service, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, is replicating a study done in 2010–2011 on users and non-users of Gray’s Reef National Marine Sanctuary (GRNMS) off the coast of Georgia. The study will support analysis of its current regulations to support management plan revision, which could include changes in regulations. The study will collect information to assess recreational uses of GRNMS and surrounding areas off the coast of Georgia, demographic profiles, and attitudes on GRNMS current regulations, especially the research only area, which displaced recreational fishing. In addition, user perceptions of the conditions of GRNMS natural resources/environment will be obtained. PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 17639 II. Method of Collection A mail survey will be used as was done in 2010–2011 using self-addressed, postage paid mailback questionnaires. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–XXXX. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular (reinstatement with changes). Affected Public: Individuals or households. Estimated Number of Respondents: 300. Estimated Time per Response: 30 minutes per individual. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 150. 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 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. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF285


Endangered Species; File No. 21293

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application 
for an incidental take permit (permit) from Mr. Jack Rudloe, Gulf 
Specimen Marine Laboratories, Inc. (GSML), pursuant to the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). As required by the ESA, GSML's 
application includes a conservation plan designed to minimize and 
mitigate the impacts of any take of endangered or threatened species. 
The permit application is for the incidental take of ESA-listed adult 
and juvenile sea turtles associated with otherwise lawful trawling 
activities in Florida state waters of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla 
Counties to harvest marine organisms for the purpose of supplying 
entities conducting scientific research and educational activities. The 
duration of the proposed permit is for 18 years. NMFS is furnishing 
this notice in order to allow other agencies and the public an 
opportunity to review and comment on this document. All comments 
received will become part of the public record and will be available 
for review.

DATES: Written comments must be received at the appropriate address or 
fax number (see ADDRESSES) on or before May 12, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The application is available for download and review at 
http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/esa_review.htm under the section 
heading ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) Permits and Applications. The 
application is also available upon written request or by appointment in 
the following office: Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office 
of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13752, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8403; fax (301) 713-4060.
    You may submit comments, identified by NOAA-NMFS-2017-0035, by any 
of the following methods:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2017-0035 click the ``Comment Now'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
     Fax: (301) 713-4060; Attn: Ron Dean or Lisa Manning.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Endangered Species 
Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-
West Highway, Room 13535, Silver Spring, MD 20910; Attn: Ron Dean or 
Lisa Manning.
    Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the above methods 
to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent 
by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received 
after the end of the comment period may not be considered. All comments 
received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted 
for public viewing on http://www.regulations.gov without change. All 
personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) 
confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive information 
submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. We 
will accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if 
you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ron Dean or Lisa Manning, (301) 427-
8403.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations 
prohibit the `taking' of a species listed as endangered or threatened. 
The ESA defines ``take'' to mean harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, 
wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any 
such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under limited circumstances to 
take listed species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise 
lawful activities. Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for 
authorizing incidental take of listed species. NMFS regulations 
governing permits for threatened and endangered species are promulgated 
at 50 CFR 222.307.

Background

    Pursuant to the ESA, GSML has submitted an application to NMFS for 
the incidental take of ESA-listed adult and juvenile sea turtles 
associated with otherwise lawful trawling activities in Florida state 
waters of Bay, Gulf, Franklin, and Wakulla Counties to harvest marine 
organisms for the purpose of supplying entities conducting scientific 
research and educational activities. The species identified in the 
application were: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta Northwest Atlantic Ocean 
Distinct Population Segment), green (Chelonia mydas North Atlantic 
Distinct Population Segment), and Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) 
sea turtles.
    NMFS received a draft permit application from GSML on February 4, 
2016. Based on our review of the application, we requested further 
information and clarification. On July 22, 2016, GSML submitted 
supplemental information to its application. NMFS and GSML held further 
discussions on amount and extent of anticipated takes and 
clarifications of gear type to be used. During these discussions, NMFS 
determined that leatherback sea turtles (Dermochelys coriacea) and Gulf 
sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus desotoi) also occur in the action area 
specified in the permit application. Thus, NMFS included these species 
in its analysis of the permit application. On March 16, 2017, NMFS 
notified GSML of this approach, and GSML confirmed the updated approach 
on March 21, 2017.
    The duration of the proposed permit is 18 years. GSML uses small 
trawls (under 500 square feet) without Turtle Excluder Devices (TEDs) 
and trawl times are less than thirty minutes in duration. Turtle 
Excluder Devices often expel the desired stingrays, electric rays, 
horseshoe crabs and other benthic invertebrates and fish that are 
required for the laboratory's ongoing operations, and are not practical 
in the collection of these specimens.
    A take of one turtle and one gulf sturgeon every three years is 
anticipated, given the nature of the activities and the location of the 
species in the area where the activities will occur. No mortalities or 
injury are expected should this take occur. As data are gathered 
through monitoring, NMFS will amend the permit to reflect any changes 
in the take estimate, if appropriate.

Conservation Plan

    Section 10 of the ESA specifies that no permit may be issued unless 
an applicant submits an adequate conservation plan. The conservation 
plan prepared by GSML describes measures designed to minimize and 
mitigate the impacts of any incidental takes of ESA-listed sea turtles. 
It includes provisions to ensure that any captured sea turtles in need 
of resuscitation are provided such care, per NMFS guidelines. 
Additionally, any animals needing medical attention or

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rehabilitation will be cared for by authorized persons and facilities.
    The conservation plan will mitigate the impacts of any incidental 
takes of ESA-listed sea turtles that are harmed due to interactions 
with other fisheries in the area. Specifically, GSML will remove, 
taking into account any human safety considerations, any turtles it 
encounters ensnared in fishing lines, nets, and trap ropes. If any of 
these sea turtles require care, GSML will transport them to a 
rehabilitation facility.
    The applicant's conservation plan did not include procedures for 
handling Gulf sturgeon. However, the applicant will follow specific 
handling procedures for Gulf sturgeon to minimize impacts to this 
species in the unlikely event an interaction should occur.
    This conservation plan will be funded through GSML revenues derived 
from the sale of the marine fish, invertebrates, and algae collected 
via trawling; donations from membership in its aquarium; and grants and 
contracts.
    GSML considered and rejected two other alternatives: (1) Reduced 
trawl times; and (2) alternative methods. GSML cannot practicably 
further reduce the trawl times or employ alternative methodologies.

National Environmental Policy Act

    This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA and 
the National Environmental Policy Act regulations (40 CFR 1506.6). NMFS 
will evaluate the application, associated documents, and submitted 
comments to determine whether the application meets the requirements of 
the ESA Section 10(a)(1)(B) permitting process. If it is determined 
that the requirements are met, a permit will be issued for incidental 
takes of ESA-listed sea turtles and Gulf sturgeon under the 
jurisdiction of NMFS.
    The final permit determinations will not be completed until after 
the end of the 30-day comment period and will fully consider all public 
comments received during the comment period. NMFS will publish a record 
of its final action in the Federal Register.

    Dated: April 7, 2017.
Angela Somma,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-07410 Filed 4-11-17; 8:45 am]
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