Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings, 47190-47191 [2017-21886]

Download as PDF 47190 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / Notices asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES other three species (harbor seals, killer whales, and harbor porpoise) range from about 13–31 percent of the stock abundance. However, when the fact that a fair number of these instances are expected to be repeat takes of the same animals is considered, the number of individual marine mammals taken is significantly lower. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the monitoring and mitigation measures, NMFS finds that the total marine mammal take from the planned activity will have a negligible impact on all affected marine mammal species or stocks. Small Numbers As noted above, only small numbers of incidental take may be authorized under Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA for specified activities other than military readiness activities. The MMPA does not define small numbers and so, in practice, where estimated numbers are available, NMFS compares the number of individuals taken to the most appropriate estimation of abundance of the relevant species or stock in our determination of whether an authorization is limited to small numbers of marine mammals. Additionally, other factors may be considered in the analysis, such as the temporal or spatial scale of the activities. Take of eight of the eleven species is less than one percent of the stock abundance. Instances of take for the SRKW and transient killer whales, harbor seals, and harbor porpoise ranges from about 13–31 percent of the stock abundance. However, when the fact that a fair number of these instances are expected to be repeat takes of the same animals is considered, the number of individual marine mammals taken is significantly lower. Specifically, for example, Jefferson et al. 2016 conducted harbor porpoise surveys in eight regions of Puget Sound, and estimated an abundance of 147 harbor porpoise in the Seattle area (1,798 porpoise in North Puget Sound and 599 porpoise in South Puget Sound). While individuals do move between regions, we would not realistically expect that 3,000+ individuals would be exposed around the pile driving for the Seattle DOT’s Pier 62 Project. Considering these factors, as well as the general small size of the project area as compared to the range of the species affected, the numbers of marine mammals estimated to be taken are small proportions of the VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Oct 10, 2017 Jkt 244001 total populations of the affected species or stocks. Further, for SRWK we acknowledge that 30.77% of the stock is authorized to be taken by Level B harassment, but we believe that a single, brief incident of take of one group of any species represents take of small numbers for that species. Based on the analysis contained herein of the planned activity (including the mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, NMFS finds that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the population sizes of the affected species or stocks. Dated: October 4, 2017. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination AGENCY: There are no relevant subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal stocks or species implicated by this action. Therefore, NMFS has determined that the total taking of affected species or stocks would not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of such species or stocks for taking for subsistence purposes. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) of the ESA of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the West Coast Regional Office (WCRO), whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. The Permit and Conservation Division consulted under of section 7 of the ESA with the WCRO for the issuance of this IHA. The WCRO concluded that the actions are not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of SRKW and humpback whales will not result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. NMFS will authorize take of SRKW and humpback whales, which are listed under the ESA. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to the Seattle DOT for the harassment of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to pile driving and removal activities for the Pier 62 Project within Elliot Bay, Seattle, Washington from October 2017 to February 2018, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [FR Doc. 2017–21857 Filed 10–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF711 Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting change of dates due to the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria through Puerto Rico. The Caribbean Fishery Management Council’s SSC will hold a 5-day meeting, from October 30, 2017, to November 3, 2017, to discuss the items contained in the agenda below. DATES: The meetings will be held from October 30 through November 3, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at ˜ the Council Office, 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918–1903, telephone: (787) 766–5926. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Agenda —Call to Order —Adoption of Agenda —Overview Review outcomes from previous meeting —Review Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rule Language Review suggestions from General Counsel and Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) on text of Tier 4 of the control rule Develop language to define ‘‘consensus’’ as used in determining Tier assignments (or otherwise alter language to remove the term) —Action 2: Finalize establishment of stock/stock complexes for each of the Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas/St. John Fishery Management Plans (FMPs) E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 asabaliauskas on DSKBBXCHB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 195 / Wednesday, October 11, 2017 / Notices —Determine use of Indicator Species to recommend to the Council —Finalize recommendations on: —Criteria used to select indicator species —How indicator species will be used to determine management reference points for stock complexes —Action 3: Management Reference Points for Stocks/Stock complexes in each of the Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix FMPs Tiered ABC Control Rule: —Review and finalize Tier assignments (4a or 4b): Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas/St. John —Define process for determining the scalars used in Tiered ABC Control Rule —Define process for determining the buffer from the overfishing limit (OFL) to ABC (scientific uncertainty buffer) used in the Tiered ABC Control Rule. —Choice of scalar and scientific uncertainty buffer for Tiers 4a and 4b for the applicable stocks. Stocks/stock complexes to which the Tiered ABC CR cannot be applied: —Recommendations on time series of landings data (year sequences) to establish reference points for the applicable stocks/stock complexes. —Recommendations on the establishment of the maximum sustainable yield proxy (e.g., mean, median, following the Caribbean Annual Catch Limit Amendments’ approach) for the applicable stocks/ stock complexes. —Recommendations on the scientific uncertainty buffer to determine the ABC for the applicable stocks/stock complexes. —Recommendations to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council —Other Business The order of business may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate the completion of agenda items. The meeting will begin on October 30, 2017 at 9 a.m. Other than the start time, interested parties should be aware that discussions may start earlier or later than indicated. In addition, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to the date established in this notice. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. For more information or request for sign language interpretation and other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. ´ Miguel A. Rolon, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:58 Oct 10, 2017 Jkt 244001 ˜ 270 Munoz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00918–1903, telephone (787) 766–5926, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 5, 2017. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–21886 Filed 10–10–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID: DOD–2013–OS–0128] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Defense Finance and Accounting Service, DoD. ACTION: 60-Day information collection notice. 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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 195 (Wednesday, October 11, 2017)]
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[FR Doc No: 2017-21886]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Caribbean Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings

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

ACTION: Notice of Caribbean Fishery Management Council's (Council) 
Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) meeting change of dates due 
to the passing of hurricanes Irma and Maria through Puerto Rico.

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SUMMARY: The Caribbean Fishery Management Council's SSC will hold a 5-
day meeting, from October 30, 2017, to November 3, 2017, to discuss the 
items contained in the agenda below.

DATES: The meetings will be held from October 30 through November 3, 
2017, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at the Council Office, 270 
Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 
270 Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico 00918-
1903, telephone: (787) 766-5926.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Agenda

--Call to Order
--Adoption of Agenda
--Overview
    Review outcomes from previous meeting
--Review Acceptable Biological Catch (ABC) Control Rule Language
    Review suggestions from General Counsel and Southeast Fisheries 
Science Center (SEFSC) on text of Tier 4 of the control rule
    Develop language to define ``consensus'' as used in determining 
Tier assignments (or otherwise alter language to remove the term)
--Action 2: Finalize establishment of stock/stock complexes for each of 
the Puerto Rico, St. Croix, St. Thomas/St. John Fishery Management 
Plans (FMPs)

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    --Determine use of Indicator Species to recommend to the Council
    --Finalize recommendations on:
    --Criteria used to select indicator species
    --How indicator species will be used to determine management 
reference points for stock complexes
--Action 3: Management Reference Points for Stocks/Stock complexes in 
each of the Puerto Rico, St. Thomas/St. John and St. Croix FMPs

    Tiered ABC Control Rule:

--Review and finalize Tier assignments (4a or 4b): Puerto Rico, St. 
Croix, St. Thomas/St. John
--Define process for determining the scalars used in Tiered ABC Control 
Rule
--Define process for determining the buffer from the overfishing limit 
(OFL) to ABC (scientific uncertainty buffer) used in the Tiered ABC 
Control Rule.
--Choice of scalar and scientific uncertainty buffer for Tiers 4a and 
4b for the applicable stocks.

    Stocks/stock complexes to which the Tiered ABC CR cannot be 
applied:

--Recommendations on time series of landings data (year sequences) to 
establish reference points for the applicable stocks/stock complexes.
--Recommendations on the establishment of the maximum sustainable yield 
proxy (e.g., mean, median, following the Caribbean Annual Catch Limit 
Amendments' approach) for the applicable stocks/stock complexes.
--Recommendations on the scientific uncertainty buffer to determine the 
ABC for the applicable stocks/stock complexes.
--Recommendations to the Caribbean Fishery Management Council
--Other Business

    The order of business may be adjusted as necessary to accommodate 
the completion of agenda items. The meeting will begin on October 30, 
2017 at 9 a.m. Other than the start time, interested parties should be 
aware that discussions may start earlier or later than indicated. In 
addition, the meeting may be extended from, or completed prior to the 
date established in this notice.

Special Accommodations

    These meetings are physically accessible to people with 
disabilities. For more information or request for sign language 
interpretation and other auxiliary aids, please contact Mr. Miguel A. 
Rol[oacute]n, Executive Director, Caribbean Fishery Management Council, 
270 Mu[ntilde]oz Rivera Avenue, Suite 401, San Juan, Puerto Rico, 
00918-1903, telephone (787) 766-5926, at least 5 days prior to the 
meeting date.

    Dated: October 5, 2017.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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