Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental; Assessment for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration National Data Buoy Center, 41214-41215 [2017-18415]

Download as PDF 41214 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 167 / Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / Notices Estimated Time per Response: Share Transfer Receipt form, Cost Recovery Fee Submission form, 1 minute; Share Transfer form, IFQ Close Account form, Cost Recovery Fee Submission form, Landing Transaction Correction Request form, Landing Location Submission form, Transfer Allocation form, Cost Recovery Fee payment through pay.gov, 3 minutes; Notification of Landing form, 5 minutes; Landing Transaction Report form, 6 minutes; IFQ Online Account Application form, 15 minutes; Wreckfish Quota Share Transfer form, 18 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,322. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $150 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. Dated: August 25, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–18372 Filed 8–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request The Department of Commerce will submit to the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for clearance the following proposal for collection of information under the provisions of the Paperwork Reduction Act (44 U.S.C. Chapter 35). Agency: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Aug 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 Title: Greater Atlantic Observers Providers’ Requirements. OMB Control Number: 0648–0546. Form Number(s): None. Type of Request: Regular (extension of a currently approved information collection). Number of Respondents: 515. Average Hours per Response: Application for approval of observer service provider and applicant response to denial of application for approval of observer service provider, 10 hours each; observer service provider request for observer training, 30 minutes; observer deployment report and observer availability reports, 10 minutes each; safety refusal report, 30 minutes; submission of raw observer data and biological samples, 5 minutes each; observer debriefing, 2 hours; rebuttal of pending removal from list of approved observer service providers, 8 hours; vessel request to observer service provider for procurement of a certified observer, 25 minutes; vessel request for waiver of observer coverage requirement and observer contact list updates, 5 minutes each; observer availability updates, 1 minute; service provider material submissions and service provider contracts, 30 minutes each. Burden Hours: 5,250. Needs and Uses: This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. Under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) has the responsibility for the conservation and management of marine fishery resources. Much of this responsibility has been delegated to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)/National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS). Under this stewardship role, the Secretary was given certain regulatory authorities to ensure the most beneficial uses of these resources. One of the regulatory steps taken to carry out the conservation and management objectives is to collect data from users of the resource. Regulations at 50 CFR 648.11(g) require observer service providers to comply with specific requirements in order to operate as an approved provider in the Atlantic sea scallop (scallop) fishery. Observer service providers must comply with the following requirements: Submit applications for approval as an observer service provider; formally request observer training by the Northeast Fisheries Observer Program (NEFOP); submit observer deployment reports and biological samples; give notification of whether a vessel must carry an observer PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 within 24 hours of the vessel owner’s notification of a prospective trip; maintain an updated contact list of all observers that includes the observer identification number; observer’s name mailing address, email address, phone numbers, homeports or fisheries/trip types assigned, and whether or not the observer is ‘‘in service.’’ The regulations also require observer service providers submit any outreach materials, such as informational pamphlets, payment notification, and descriptions of observer duties as well as all contracts between the service provider and entities requiring observer services for review to NMFS/NEFOP. Observer service providers also have the option to respond to application denials, and submit a rebuttal in response to a pending removal from the list of approved observer providers. These requirements allow NMFS/NEFOP to effectively administer the scallop observer program. Affected Public: Business and other for-profit organizations. Frequency: Daily and on occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Dated: August 25, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–18371 Filed 8–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental; Assessment for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration National Data Buoy Center National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Request for public comments. AGENCY: The Draft PEA is available for public review and comment for 30 days after posting. It can be accessed at http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/pea/ndbc_ draft_pea.pdf. DATES: E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 167 / Wednesday, August 30, 2017 / Notices If you wish to comment on the Draft PEA, please send comments via email to Joe Swaykos, NDBC Chief Scientist, at joe.swaykos@noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Swaykos, National Data Buoy Center, Bldg 3205, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529; phone (228) 688–4766; fax (228)688–1364; email joe.swaykos@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), a part of the National Weather Service (NWS), designs, develops, operates, and maintains a network of moored buoys and coastal stations throughout the world’s oceans, seas, and lakes for the purpose of civil earth marine observations. NDBC has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment (PEA) to analyze the continued operational activities of its network of moored buoys and coastal stations. NDBC provides high quality ocean and coastal observations for public safety use in direct support of short range and extended range NWS forecasts, warnings, and watches. NDBC provides essential real-time oceanographic and meteorological observation data to stakeholders in key U.S. Economic Sectors, such as, Trade and Retail (i.e., maritime transportation) and Commercial sectors (i.e., energy, fishing, and agriculture). This valuable data provides users with up to the minute decision-making observations needed for safe commercial and marine recreation activities. NDBC operates a network composed of four formal NOAA Observing Systems of Record: (1) Coastal Weather Buoys (CWB); (2) the land-based Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C– MAN); (3) Tropical Atmosphere Ocean Array (TAO) and (4) Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis (DART). Currently, NDBC’s network consists of 200 buoys and 46 C–MAN stations that transmit observations and data (i.e., wind speed and direction, barometric pressure, air temperature; sea surface temperatures, wave height and period, water currents, and conductivity) via satellite that are processed and quality-controlled, and then disseminated for public release in near real-time. In-situ real-time oceanographic and meteorological observations are critical to a wide variety of users such as federal, state, academic, and private industry stakeholders. These observations add value to a diverse spectrum of civil use applications mstockstill on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:40 Aug 29, 2017 Jkt 241001 including severe and routine weather forecasting; improved coastal ocean circulation models; commercial and recreational marine transportation and fishing; and environmental monitoring and research. The societal benefits of ocean observations are interconnected at local, regional, national, and international scales. The National Plan for Civil Earth Observations and the National Strategy for Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings identify the Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) supported by NDBC ocean observations. These SBAs include scientific research, economic activities, and environmental and social domains. Many involve critical government functions, such as the protection of life and property (NSTC 2014). The nine SBAs that are applicable to NDBC are: Climate; Coastal and Marine Hazards and Disasters; Ocean and Coastal Energy and Mineral Resources; Human Health; Ocean and Coastal Resources and Ecosystems; Marine Transportation; Water Resources; Coastal and Marine Weather; and Reference Measurements. Ocean observations are an indispensable component to measure and monitor our progress towards addressing societal challenges. Among the diverse sources of ocean observations, data buoys provide unique and invaluable information to support critical government functions, such as the protection of life and property. NDBC data are accessed on a daily basis, by millions of national and international stakeholders and assimilated into a myriad products and services. Dated: August 22, 2017. David Holst, Acting Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–18415 Filed 8–29–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF457 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility Project National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00009 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41215 Notice; Issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization. ACTION: 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 San Francisco Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) to incidentally harass, by Level A and Level B harassment, marine mammals during in-water construction activities associated with the Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility Project in Alameda, CA. DATES: This Authorization is valid from August 1, 2017 through July 31, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura McCue, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. Electronic copies of the applications and supporting documents, as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may be obtained online at: www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental/construction.htm. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed above. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce (as delegated to NMFS) 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. 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. The MMPA states that the term ‘‘take’’ means to harass, hunt, capture, kill or E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)


Notice of Availability of a Draft Programmatic Environmental; 
Assessment for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric, Administration 
National Data Buoy Center

AGENCY: National Weather Service (NWS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Request for public comments.

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DATES: The Draft PEA is available for public review and comment for 30 
days after posting. It can be accessed at http://www.ndbc.noaa.gov/pea/ndbc_draft_pea.pdf.

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ADDRESSES: If you wish to comment on the Draft PEA, please send 
comments via email to Joe Swaykos, NDBC Chief Scientist, at 
joe.swaykos@noaa.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Joe Swaykos, National Data Buoy 
Center, Bldg 3205, Stennis Space Center, MS 39529; phone (228) 688-
4766; fax (228)688-1364; email joe.swaykos@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Administration (NOAA) National Data Buoy Center (NDBC), a part of the 
National Weather Service (NWS), designs, develops, operates, and 
maintains a network of moored buoys and coastal stations throughout the 
world's oceans, seas, and lakes for the purpose of civil earth marine 
observations. NDBC has prepared a Programmatic Environmental Assessment 
(PEA) to analyze the continued operational activities of its network of 
moored buoys and coastal stations.
    NDBC provides high quality ocean and coastal observations for 
public safety use in direct support of short range and extended range 
NWS forecasts, warnings, and watches. NDBC provides essential real-time 
oceanographic and meteorological observation data to stakeholders in 
key U.S. Economic Sectors, such as, Trade and Retail (i.e., maritime 
transportation) and Commercial sectors (i.e., energy, fishing, and 
agriculture). This valuable data provides users with up to the minute 
decision-making observations needed for safe commercial and marine 
recreation activities.
    NDBC operates a network composed of four formal NOAA Observing 
Systems of Record: (1) Coastal Weather Buoys (CWB); (2) the land-based 
Coastal-Marine Automated Network (C-MAN); (3) Tropical Atmosphere Ocean 
Array (TAO) and (4) Deep-ocean Assessment and Reporting of Tsunamis 
(DART). Currently, NDBC's network consists of 200 buoys and 46 C-MAN 
stations that transmit observations and data (i.e., wind speed and 
direction, barometric pressure, air temperature; sea surface 
temperatures, wave height and period, water currents, and conductivity) 
via satellite that are processed and quality-controlled, and then 
disseminated for public release in near real-time.
    In-situ real-time oceanographic and meteorological observations are 
critical to a wide variety of users such as federal, state, academic, 
and private industry stakeholders. These observations add value to a 
diverse spectrum of civil use applications including severe and routine 
weather forecasting; improved coastal ocean circulation models; 
commercial and recreational marine transportation and fishing; and 
environmental monitoring and research. The societal benefits of ocean 
observations are interconnected at local, regional, national, and 
international scales. The National Plan for Civil Earth Observations 
and the National Strategy for Sustained Network of Coastal Moorings 
identify the Societal Benefit Areas (SBAs) supported by NDBC ocean 
observations. These SBAs include scientific research, economic 
activities, and environmental and social domains. Many involve critical 
government functions, such as the protection of life and property (NSTC 
2014). The nine SBAs that are applicable to NDBC are: Climate; Coastal 
and Marine Hazards and Disasters; Ocean and Coastal Energy and Mineral 
Resources; Human Health; Ocean and Coastal Resources and Ecosystems; 
Marine Transportation; Water Resources; Coastal and Marine Weather; and 
Reference Measurements.
    Ocean observations are an indispensable component to measure and 
monitor our progress towards addressing societal challenges. Among the 
diverse sources of ocean observations, data buoys provide unique and 
invaluable information to support critical government functions, such 
as the protection of life and property. NDBC data are accessed on a 
daily basis, by millions of national and international stakeholders and 
assimilated into a myriad products and services.

    Dated: August 22, 2017.
David Holst,
Acting Chief Financial Officer/CAO, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric 
Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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