Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting, 39568-39569 [2017-17625]

Download as PDF 39568 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 160 / Monday, August 21, 2017 / Notices Authority: Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2017. Jeffrey N. Lonergan, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–17531 Filed 8–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF529 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Waterfront Construction National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of issuance of Letter of Authorization. AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a Letter of Authorization (LOA) has been issued to the U.S. Navy (Navy) for the take of marine mammals incidental to waterfront construction activities at Naval Submarine Base Kings Bay, Georgia. SUMMARY: Effective from July 12, 2017, through July 11, 2022. ADDRESSES: The LOA and supporting documentation are available online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/construction.htm. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Laws, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DATES: asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Aug 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 An authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has 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. Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: Any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild (Level A harassment); or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering (Level B harassment). Summary of Request On June 7, 2017, we issued a final rule upon request from the Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to waterfront construction activities (82 FR 26360). The Navy plans to repair in-water structures at NSB Kings Bay, as well as to construct new facilities and modify existing facilities. These repairs, upgrades, and new construction would include use of impact and vibratory pile driving, including installation and removal of steel, concrete, composite, and timber piles. The use of both vibratory and impact pile driving is expected to produce underwater sound at levels that have the potential to result in behavioral harassment of marine mammals. Only the bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncatus truncatus) is expected to be present. The regulations are valid for five years, from July 12, 2017, through July 11, 2022. Authorization We have issued a LOA to Navy authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to waterfront construction activities, as described above. Take of marine mammals will be minimized through the implementation of the following planned mitigation measures: (1) Required monitoring of the waterfront construction areas to detect the presence of marine mammals before PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 beginning construction activities; (2) shutdown of construction activities under certain circumstances to avoid injury of marine mammals; and (3) soft start for impact pile driving to allow marine mammals the opportunity to leave the area prior to beginning impact pile driving at full power. Additionally, the rule includes an adaptive management component that allows for timely modification of mitigation or monitoring measures based on new information, when appropriate. The Navy will submit reports as required. Based on these findings and the information discussed in the preamble to the final rule, the activities described under this LOA will have a negligible impact on marine mammal stocks and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the affected marine mammal stock for subsistence uses. Dated: August 15, 2017. Cathryn E. Tortorici, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–17605 Filed 8–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (council). The meeting is open to the public, and participants may provide comments at the appropriate time during the meeting. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, and an opportunity for public comment will be provided around 3:45 p.m. ET. Both these times and agenda topics are subject to change. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hall of the States located at 444 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20001. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Spidalieri, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910 (Phone: 240–533–0679; Fax: 301–713–0404; Email: Kate.Spidalieri@noaa.gov). SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 160 / Monday, August 21, 2017 / Notices ONMS serves as the trustee for a network of underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 national marine ¯ ¯ sanctuaries and Papahanaumokuakea and Rose Atoll marine national monuments. National marine sanctuaries protect our nation’s most vital coastal and marine natural and cultural resources, and through active research, management, and public engagement, sustain healthy environments that are the foundation for thriving communities and stable economies. One of the many ways ONMS ensures public participation in the designation and management of national marine sanctuaries is through the formation of advisory councils. The Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (council) has been formed to provide advice and recommendations to the Director regarding the relationship of ONMS with the business community. Additional information on the council can be found at http:// sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/ac/ welcome.html. Matters to be Considered: The meeting will provide an opportunity for council members to hear news from across the National Marine Sanctuary System and review and comment on program initiatives. For a complete agenda, including times and topics, please visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/ management/bac/meetings.html. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Authority: 16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq. (Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary Program) Dated: July 21, 2017. John Armor, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–17625 Filed 8–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF587 Atlantic Highly Migratory Species; Meeting of the Atlantic Highly Migratory Species Advisory Panel National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:37 Aug 18, 2017 Jkt 241001 Notice of public meeting and webinar/conference call. ACTION: NMFS will hold a 2-day Atlantic Highly Migratory Species (HMS) Advisory Panel (AP) meeting in September 2017. The intent of the meeting is to consider options for the conservation and management of Atlantic HMS. The meeting is open to the public. DATES: The AP meeting and webinar will be held from 9 a.m. to 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, September 6, and from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 7. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Silver Spring Hotel, 8777 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The meeting presentations will also be available via WebEx webinar/ conference call. The meeting on Wednesday, September 6, and Thursday, September 7, 2017, will also be accessible via conference call and webinar. Conference call and webinar access information are available at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ sfa/hms/advisory_panels/hms_ap/ meetings/sept-2017/ap-meeting.html. Participants are strongly encouraged to log/dial in 15 minutes prior to the meeting. NMFS will show the presentations via webinar and allow public comment during identified times on the agenda. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peter Cooper or Margo Schulze-Haugen at (301) 427–8503. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., as amended by the Sustainable Fisheries Act, Public Law 104–297, provided for the establishment of an AP to assist in the collection and evaluation of information relevant to the development of any FMP or FMP amendment for Atlantic HMS. NMFS consults with and considers the comments and views of AP members when preparing and implementing FMPs or FMP amendments for Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and sharks. The AP has previously consulted with NMFS on: Amendment 1 to the Billfish FMP (April 1999); the HMS FMP (April 1999); Amendment 1 to the HMS FMP (December 2003); the Consolidated HMS FMP (October 2006); and Amendments 1, 2, 3, 4, 5a, 5b, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 10 to the 2006 Consolidated HMS FMP (April and October 2008, February and September 2009, May and September 2010, April and September 2011, March and September 2012, January and September 2013, April and September 2014, March and September 2015, and SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 39569 March, September, and December 2016, and May 2017), among other things. The intent of this meeting is to consider alternatives for the conservation and management of all Atlantic tunas, swordfish, billfish, and shark fisheries. We anticipate discussing: • Final Amendment 10 on Essential Fish Habitat; • Implementation of Final Amendment 7 on bluefin tuna management, including the upcoming three-year review; • Commercial swordfish pelagic longline fishery issues; • Recreational fishery issues, such as the use of circle hooks in tournaments, and Charter/Headboat permitted vessels • Progress updates regarding the exempted fishing permit requests; and • Updates on electronic dealer reporting (eDealer) and quota monitoring. We also anticipate inviting other NMFS offices to provide updates, if available, on their activities relevant to HMS fisheries with a focus on national policies/guidance that may require an FMP amendment or implementation strategy, such as Standardized Bycatch Reporting Methodology and EcosystemBased Fishery Management Policy. Additional information on the meeting and a copy of the draft agenda will be posted prior to the meeting at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/sfa/hms/ advisory_panels/hms_ap/meetings/ap_ meetings.html. Special Accommodations This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Peter Cooper at (301) 427–8503 at least 7 days prior to the meeting. Dated: August 16, 2017. Alan D. Risenhoover, Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–17636 Filed 8–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Estuarine Research Reserve System Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public comment period for the Jobos Bay National AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\21AUN1.SGM 21AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 160 (Monday, August 21, 2017)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-17625]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council: Public Meeting

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice of open meeting.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Sanctuary System 
Business Advisory Council (council). The meeting is open to the public, 
and participants may provide comments at the appropriate time during 
the meeting.

DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, August 30, 2017, from 9:00 
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. ET, and an opportunity for public comment will be 
provided around 3:45 p.m. ET. Both these times and agenda topics are 
subject to change.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Hall of the States located 
at 444 North Capitol Street NW., Washington, DC 20001.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Spidalieri, Office of National 
Marine Sanctuaries, 1305 East West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 
20910 (Phone: 240-533-0679; Fax: 301-713-0404; Email: 
Kate.Spidalieri@noaa.gov).

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ONMS serves as the trustee for a network of 
underwater parks encompassing more than 600,000 square miles of marine 
and Great Lakes waters from Washington state to the Florida Keys, and 
from Lake Huron to American Samoa. The network includes a system of 13 
national marine sanctuaries and Papah[amacr]naumoku[amacr]kea and Rose 
Atoll marine national monuments. National marine sanctuaries protect 
our nation's most vital coastal and marine natural and cultural 
resources, and through active research, management, and public 
engagement, sustain healthy environments that are the foundation for 
thriving communities and stable economies. One of the many ways ONMS 
ensures public participation in the designation and management of 
national marine sanctuaries is through the formation of advisory 
councils. The Sanctuary System Business Advisory Council (council) has 
been formed to provide advice and recommendations to the Director 
regarding the relationship of ONMS with the business community. 
Additional information on the council can be found at http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/ac/welcome.html.
    Matters to be Considered: The meeting will provide an opportunity 
for council members to hear news from across the National Marine 
Sanctuary System and review and comment on program initiatives. For a 
complete agenda, including times and topics, please visit http://sanctuaries.noaa.gov/management/bac/meetings.html.

    Authority:  16 U.S.C. Sections 1431, et seq.

(Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog Number 11.429 Marine Sanctuary 
Program)

    Dated: July 21, 2017.
John Armor,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2017-17625 Filed 8-18-17; 8:45 am]
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