Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 48701-48702 [2017-22641]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 201 / Thursday, October 19, 2017 / Notices Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination Impacts to subsistence uses of marine mammals resulting from the proposed action are not anticipated. The proposed action would occur outside of the primary subsistence use season (i.e., summer months), and the study area is 100–200 nmi seaward of known subsistence use areas. Harvest locations for ringed seals extend up to 80 nmi from shore during the summer months while winter harvest of ringed seals typically occurs closer to shore. Based on this information, NMFS has preliminarily determined that there will not be an unmitigable adverse impact on subsistence uses from the Navy’s proposed activities. 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 with our ESA Interagency Cooperation Division whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. No incidental take of ESA-listed species is proposed for authorization or expected to result from this activity. Therefore, NMFS has determined that formal consultation under section 7 of the ESA is not required for this action. rmajette on DSKBCKNHB2PROD with NOTICES Proposed Authorization As a result of these preliminary determinations, NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to the Navy for conducting submarine training and testing provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. This section contains a draft of the IHA itself. The wording contained in this section is proposed for inclusion in the IHA (if issued). 1. This Authorization is valid from February 1, 2018 through May 1, 2018. 2. This Authorization is valid only for activities associated with submarine training and testing in the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean. 3. General Conditions. (a) A copy of this IHA must be in the possession of the Navy, its designees, and work crew personnel operating under the authority of this IHA. (b) The number of animals and species authorized for taking by Level B harassment is 1,676 ringed seals. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Oct 18, 2017 Jkt 244001 4. Prohibitions. (a) The taking, by incidental harassment only, is limited to the species and number listed under condition 3(b). The taking by death of these species or the taking by harassment, injury or death of any other species of marine mammal is prohibited and may result in the modification, suspension, or revocation of this Authorization. 5. Mitigation Measures. The holder of this Authorization is required to implement the following mitigation measures. (a) Shutdown Measures. (i) The Navy shall implement shutdown measures if a marine mammal is detected by submarines via passive acoustics during use of active sonar transmissions from submarines and torpedoes. (ii) The Navy shall not restart acoustic transmissions until after 15 minutes have passed with no marine mammal detections. (b) The Navy shall avoid on-ice take by implementing the following: (i) Foot and snowmobile movement shall avoid pressure ridges; (ii) The ice camp, including runway, shall be built on multi-year ice without pressure ridges; (iii) Snowmobiles shall follow established routes; (iv) Camp deployment shall be gradual with activity increasing over the first five days and shall be completed by March 15, 2018. (vi) Implementation of 100-meter avoidance distance of all marine mammals. 6. Reporting. The holder of this Authorization is required to: (a) Submit a draft exercise monitoring report within 90 days of the completion of proposed training and testing activities. (b) The draft exercise monitoring report will include data regarding sonar use and any marine mammal sightings or detection. It will also include information on the number of sonarrelated shutdowns recorded. (c) If no comments are received from NMFS within 30 days of submission of the draft final report, the draft final report will constitute the final report. If comments are received, a final report must be submitted within 30 days after receipt of comments. (d) Reporting injured or dead marine mammals: (i) In the unanticipated event that the specified activity clearly causes the take of a marine mammal in a manner prohibited by this IHA, such as an injury (Level A harassment), serious PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 48701 injury, or mortality, the Navy shall immediately cease the specified activities and report the incident to the Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, and the Alaska Regional Stranding Coordinator, NMFS. The Navy shall adhere to protocols outlined in the Stranding Response Plan for Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area (November 2013). 7. This Authorization may be modified, suspended or withdrawn if the holder fails to abide by the conditions prescribed herein, or if NMFS determines the authorized taking is having more than a negligible impact on the species or stock of affected marine mammals. Request for Public Comments We request comment on our analyses, the draft authorization, and any other aspect of this Notice of Proposed IHA for the Navy’s proposed ICEX18 training and testing activities. Please include with your comments any supporting data or literature citations to help inform our final decision on the request for MMPA authorization. Dated: October 13, 2017. Catherine Marzin, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22637 Filed 10–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF745 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting (webinar). AGENCY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a webinar meeting that is open to the public. DATES: The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., or until business has been completed. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held via webinar. A public listening station is available at the Pacific Council office (address below). To attend the webinar, ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1 rmajette on DSKBCKNHB2PROD with NOTICES 48702 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 201 / Thursday, October 19, 2017 / Notices (1) join the meeting by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ join-webinar, (https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinarhttps:// global.gotomeeting.com/join/ 9556681252) enter the Webinar ID: 486– 474–157, and (3) enter your name and email address (required). After logging in to the webinar, please dial this TOLL number 1–646–749–3131 (not a toll-free number), and enter your audio phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Note: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as an option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; Mac®-based attendees are required to use Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are required to use iPhone®, iPad®, AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (See the https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ipadiphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at Kris.Kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820– 2280, extension 411 for technical assistance. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE. Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerry Griffin, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2409. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss items on the agenda of the November Pacific Council meeting, being held November 14–20, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA. These may include exempted fishing permit proposals, methodology review proposals, and administrative matters. The CPSAS and CPSMT may develop reports to the Pacific Council on those items, and public comment may be taken at the discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations This public listening station is physically accessible to people with VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:13 Oct 18, 2017 Jkt 244001 disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov); (503) 820–2411 at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: October 13, 2017. Jeffrey N. Lonergan, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–22641 Filed 10–18–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Protocol for Access to Tissue Specimen Samples From the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank 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 December 18, 2017. SUMMARY: 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 Sarah Wilkin, (301) 427– 8470 or sarah.wilkin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a current information collection. In 1989, the National Marine Mammal Tissue Bank (NMMTB) was established by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Office of Protected Resources (OPR) in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), Minerals Management Service (MMS), and the PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 U.S. Geological Survey/Biological Resources Division (USGS/BRD). The NMMTB provides protocols, techniques, and physical facilities for the long-term storage of tissues from marine mammals. Scientists can request tissues from this repository for retrospective analyses to determine environmental trends of contaminants and other substances of interest. The NMMTB collects, processes, and stores tissues from specific indicator species (e.g., Atlantic bottlenose dolphins, Atlantic white sided dolphins, pilot whales, harbor porpoises), animals from mass strandings, animals that have been obtained incidental to commercial fisheries, animals taken for subsistence purposes, biopsies, and animals from unusual mortality events through two projects, the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) and the Alaska Marine Mammal Tissue Archival Project (AMMTAP). The purposes of this collection of information are: (1) To enable NOAA to allow the scientific community the opportunity to request tissue specimen samples from the NMMTB and, (2) to enable the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP) of NOAA to assemble information on all specimens submitted to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Marine Environmental Specimen Bank (Marine ESB), which includes the NMMTB. II. Method of Collection Respondents must complete a specimen banking information sheet for every sample submitted to the Bank. Methods of submitting reports include Internet, mail and facsimile transmission of paper forms. Those requesting samples send the information, and their research findings, mainly via email. III. Data OMB Control Number: 0648–0468. Form Number(s): None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a current information collection). Affected Public: Individuals or households; business or other for-profit organizations; not-for-profit institutions; state, local, or tribal government; federal government. Estimated Number of Respondents: 105: 100 specimen submission forms (from ∼20 different organizations); 5 requests for tissue samples. Estimated Time per Response: Request for tissue sample, 2 hours; specimen submission form, 45 minutes. E:\FR\FM\19OCN1.SGM 19OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 201 (Thursday, October 19, 2017)]
[Notices]
[Pages 48701-48702]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-22641]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF745


Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting (webinar).

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SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) 
Coastal Pelagic Species Management Team (CPSMT) and Coastal Pelagic 
Species Advisory Subpanel (CPSAS) will hold a webinar meeting that is 
open to the public.

DATES: The webinar will be held Tuesday, November 7, 2017, from 1 p.m. 
to 4 p.m., or until business has been completed.

ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held via webinar. A public listening 
station is available at the Pacific Council office (address below). To 
attend the webinar,

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(1) join the meeting by visiting this link: https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/join-webinar, (https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinarhttps://global.gotomeeting.com/join/9556681252) enter the 
Webinar ID: 486-474-157, and (3) enter your name and email address 
(required). After logging in to the webinar, please dial this TOLL 
number 1-646-749-3131 (not a toll-free number), and enter your audio 
phone pin (shown after joining the webinar). Note: We have disabled 
Mic/Speakers as an option and require all participants to use a 
telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and 
System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use 
Windows[supreg] 7, Vista, or XP; Mac[supreg]-based attendees are 
required to use Mac OS[supreg] X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are 
required to use iPhone[supreg], iPad[supreg], AndroidTM 
phone or Android tablet (See the https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ipad-iphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris 
Kleinschmidt at Kris.Kleinschmidt@noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820-
2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.
    Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE. 
Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kerry Griffin, Pacific Council; 
telephone: (503) 820-2409.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the meeting is to discuss 
items on the agenda of the November Pacific Council meeting, being held 
November 14-20, 2017 in Costa Mesa, CA. These may include exempted 
fishing permit proposals, methodology review proposals, and 
administrative matters. The CPSAS and CPSMT may develop reports to the 
Pacific Council on those items, and public comment may be taken at the 
discretion of the CPSMT and CPSAS Chairs.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda 
may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues 
specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after 
publication of this document that require emergency action under 
section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to 
take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    This public listening station is physically accessible to people 
with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt 
(kris.kleinschmidt@noaa.gov); (503) 820-2411 at least 10 days prior to 
the meeting date.

    Dated: October 13, 2017.
Jeffrey N. Lonergan,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-22641 Filed 10-18-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P