Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition, 52888-52889 [2017-24686]

Download as PDF 52888 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / Notices sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES also be killed because juveniles from different ESUs cannot be distinguished visually. Fish that are killed would be frozen individually and later identified to ESU using genetic analysis. The researchers would pool UWR Chinook specimens into composite samples for toxicological analysis and would use scales and otoliths for analysis of age and growth. Specimens that are identified through genetic analysis to an ESU other than the UWR Chinook ESU would be saved and offered for use in other studies pending NMFS approval. The NWFSC researchers used information from past studies to estimate the number of fish needed to obtain enough tissues for statistically robust sample sizes, and to estimate expected mortality rates of fish from non-target ESUs. Based on this information, the NWFSC proposes to intentionally kill up to: 201 naturalorigin and 9 hatchery-origin (intact adipose fin) juvenile UWR Chinook salmon; 119 natural-origin and 5 hatchery-origin (intact adipose fin) juvenile LCR Chinook salmon; 4 natural-origin juvenile SR fall-run Chinook salmon; 2 natural-origin juvenile SR spring/summer-run Chinook salmon; and 5 natural-origin juvenile UCR spring-run Chinook salmon. Any Chinook salmon unintentionally killed during the research would be used in lieu of a fish that would otherwise be sacrificed. The NWFSC does not intend to kill any fish that is not a juvenile Chinook salmon, but a small number of individuals from other species may die as an unintended result of the research activities. Permit 21432 Cramer Fish Sciences is seeking a research permit, for two years, that would allow them to take juvenile LCR Chinook, LCR coho, LCR steelhead, and MCR steelhead in the Klickitat, Wind, and White Salmon River subbasins (Washington). The purpose of the research is to determine fish occupancy in stream reaches in lands owned by SDS Lumber Company. Cramer Fish Sciences proposes to capture fish using single-pass backpack electrofishing, identify fish while they are held briefly in hand-held dip nets, and return fish to the stream. The researchers would compare results of the electrofishing surveys with environmental DNA (eDNA) studies done in the same stream reaches, which would provide information on the utility of eDNA analysis for determining fish occupancy. The research would benefit listed fish by affording them protections if they are found in streams that previously were assessed as non-fish bearing. The VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:58 Nov 14, 2017 Jkt 244001 researchers do not propose to kill any fish but a small number may die as an unintended result of research activities. Permit 21507 Mount Hood Environmental is seeking a research permit, for three years, that would allow them to take juvenile and adult UWR steelhead and UWR Chinook in the Tualatin River (Oregon). The purpose of the research is to determine if salmonids and lamprey are present in the intake channel from the Tualatin River to the Spring Hill Pumping Plant and if these fish are likely to be entrained in the intake. The study would benefit listed fish by providing information to manage and mitigate for potential entrainment of these fish during early life-stages. The researchers propose to work in the intake channel, where they would measure water temperature and velocity, capture fish by seining, trapping, and boat-electrofishing, hold fish in aerated buckets, identify them, and then release them back to the channel. The researchers do not propose to kill any fish but a small number may die as an unintended result of research activities. This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the applications, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the applications meet the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register. Dated: November 8, 2017. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–24690 Filed 11–14–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF728 Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary of SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Commerce (Secretary), has found that the following stocks are subject to overfishing or approaching an overfished condition. The Stillaguamish coho salmon stock in Puget Sound is now subject to overfishing. The Klamath River fall Chinook salmon stock on the Northern California coast, the Queets coho salmon stock on the Washington coast, and the Skagit coho salmon stock in Puget Sound are all approaching an overfished condition. The Puerto Rico spiny lobster stock and the Puerto Rico Triggerfishes and Filefishes Complex are both still subject to overfishing. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, notifies the appropriate fishery management council (Council) whenever it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an overfished condition or a stock is approaching an overfished condition. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Spallone, (301) 427–8568. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, must notify Councils, and publish in the Federal Register, whenever it determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, overfished, or approaching an overfished condition. NMFS has determined that the Stillaguamish coho salmon stock in Puget Sound is now subject to overfishing, as the current estimate of fishing mortality (F) exceeds its maximum fishing mortality threshold (MFMT). This determination is based on a 2017 assessment—using data from 2015—produced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT). The Pacific Council manages this stock. Since this stock migrates north, it is also managed under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (Treaty), a bilateral agreement to facilitate management of certain salmon stocks between the United States and Canada. The Pacific Salmon Commission (Commission) implements this Treaty. NMFS has informed the Pacific Council of this determination and that, if exceedance of MFMT for Stillaguamish coho continues, the Council may consider taking further action, consistent with the provisions of the FMP. Due to the international management of this stock, the Pacific Council has limited ability to control ocean fisheries in waters outside their jurisdiction. NMFS has determined that the Klamath River fall Chinook salmon stock on the Northern California coast, E:\FR\FM\15NON1.SGM 15NON1 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 219 / Wednesday, November 15, 2017 / Notices the Queets coho salmon stock on the Washington coast, and the Skagit coho salmon stock in Puget Sound are all approaching an overfished condition. These determinations are made when the 3-year geometric mean of each stock’s two most recent postseason estimates of spawning escapement and the current preseason forecast of spawning escapement is below the stock’s minimum stock size threshold (MSST). The determination for Chinook is based on a 2017 assessment—using data from 2015–2017—produced by the Pacific Council’s STT using methodologies that have been reviewed by the Pacific Council’s Science and Statistical Committee. The determinations for the two coho stocks are based on a 2017 assessment—using data from 2014–2015, 2017—produced by the Commission’s Coho Technical Committee. NMFS informed the Pacific Council that if any of these stocks become overfished, they must direct the STT to prepare a rebuilding plan within one year. Due to the international management of the coho stocks, the Pacific Council has limited ability to control ocean fisheries in waters outside their jurisdiction. NMFS has determined that Puerto Rico spiny lobster and the Puerto Rico Triggerfishes and Filefishes Complex are both still subject to overfishing because the 2015 landings exceeded the overfishing limits (OFLs). NMFS is working with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council to implement conservation and management measures to end overfishing on this stock and stock complex. Dated: November 8, 2017. Emily H. Menashes, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF728


Determination of Overfishing or an Overfished Condition

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

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: This action serves as a notice that NMFS, on behalf of the 
Secretary of Commerce (Secretary), has found that the following stocks 
are subject to overfishing or approaching an overfished condition. The 
Stillaguamish coho salmon stock in Puget Sound is now subject to 
overfishing. The Klamath River fall Chinook salmon stock on the 
Northern California coast, the Queets coho salmon stock on the 
Washington coast, and the Skagit coho salmon stock in Puget Sound are 
all approaching an overfished condition. The Puerto Rico spiny lobster 
stock and the Puerto Rico Triggerfishes and Filefishes Complex are both 
still subject to overfishing. NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, 
notifies the appropriate fishery management council (Council) whenever 
it determines that overfishing is occurring, a stock is in an 
overfished condition or a stock is approaching an overfished condition.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Regina Spallone, (301) 427-8568.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to section 304(e)(2) of the 
Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-
Stevens Act), 16 U.S.C. 1854(e)(2), NMFS, on behalf of the Secretary, 
must notify Councils, and publish in the Federal Register, whenever it 
determines that a stock or stock complex is subject to overfishing, 
overfished, or approaching an overfished condition.
    NMFS has determined that the Stillaguamish coho salmon stock in 
Puget Sound is now subject to overfishing, as the current estimate of 
fishing mortality (F) exceeds its maximum fishing mortality threshold 
(MFMT). This determination is based on a 2017 assessment--using data 
from 2015--produced by the Pacific Fishery Management Council's 
(Pacific Council) Salmon Technical Team (STT). The Pacific Council 
manages this stock. Since this stock migrates north, it is also managed 
under the Pacific Salmon Treaty (Treaty), a bilateral agreement to 
facilitate management of certain salmon stocks between the United 
States and Canada. The Pacific Salmon Commission (Commission) 
implements this Treaty. NMFS has informed the Pacific Council of this 
determination and that, if exceedance of MFMT for Stillaguamish coho 
continues, the Council may consider taking further action, consistent 
with the provisions of the FMP. Due to the international management of 
this stock, the Pacific Council has limited ability to control ocean 
fisheries in waters outside their jurisdiction.
    NMFS has determined that the Klamath River fall Chinook salmon 
stock on the Northern California coast,

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the Queets coho salmon stock on the Washington coast, and the Skagit 
coho salmon stock in Puget Sound are all approaching an overfished 
condition. These determinations are made when the 3-year geometric mean 
of each stock's two most recent postseason estimates of spawning 
escapement and the current preseason forecast of spawning escapement is 
below the stock's minimum stock size threshold (MSST). The 
determination for Chinook is based on a 2017 assessment--using data 
from 2015-2017--produced by the Pacific Council's STT using 
methodologies that have been reviewed by the Pacific Council's Science 
and Statistical Committee. The determinations for the two coho stocks 
are based on a 2017 assessment--using data from 2014-2015, 2017--
produced by the Commission's Coho Technical Committee. NMFS informed 
the Pacific Council that if any of these stocks become overfished, they 
must direct the STT to prepare a rebuilding plan within one year. Due 
to the international management of the coho stocks, the Pacific Council 
has limited ability to control ocean fisheries in waters outside their 
jurisdiction.
    NMFS has determined that Puerto Rico spiny lobster and the Puerto 
Rico Triggerfishes and Filefishes Complex are both still subject to 
overfishing because the 2015 landings exceeded the overfishing limits 
(OFLs). NMFS is working with the Caribbean Fishery Management Council 
to implement conservation and management measures to end overfishing on 
this stock and stock complex.

    Dated: November 8, 2017.
Emily H. Menashes,
Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
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