Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve, 61543-61544 [2017-28110]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 248 / Thursday, December 28, 2017 / Notices ACTION: Notice. ACTION: Notice is hereby given of the availability of final evaluation findings of state coastal programs and national estuarine research reserves. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management has completed review of the Coastal Zone Management Program evaluations for the states of New York, New Hampshire, Washington, and Maine. The states were found to be implementing and enforcing their federally approved Coastal Zone Management Programs, addressing the national coastal management objectives identified in CZMA Section 303(2)(A)– (K), and adhering to the programmatic terms of their financial assistance awards. The NOAA Office for Coastal Management has completed review of the National Estuarine Research Reserve evaluations for South Slough, Jacques Cousteau, Wells, and Narragansett Bay. The reserves were found to be adhering to programmatic requirements of the National Estuarine Research Reserve System. Copies of these final evaluation findings may be downloaded at http:// coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations/ evaluation_findings/index.html or by submitting a written request to the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hall, Evaluator, Planning and Performance Measurement Program, Office for Coastal Management, NOS/ NOAA, 1305 East-West Highway, 11th Floor, N/OCM1, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, or Carrie.Hall@ noaa.gov. SUMMARY: Dated: December 19, 2017. Keelin Kuipers, Acting Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419 Coastal Zone Management Program Administration [FR Doc. 2017–28111 Filed 12–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee; Public Meeting Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Dec 27, 2017 Jkt 244001 Notice of open meeting. Notice is hereby given of a meeting of the Marine Protected Areas Federal Advisory Committee (Committee) in San Francisco, California. SUMMARY: 61543 Dated: December 21, 2017. Rebecca Holyoke, Deputy Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2017–28108 Filed 12–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P The meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. through Friday, January 19, 2018, at 1 p.m. These times and the agenda topics described below are subject to change. Refer to the web page listed below for the most up-todate meeting agenda. DATES: The meeting will be held at the Argonaut Hotel, 495 Jefferson Street at Hyde, San Francisco, CA 94109. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charles M. Wahle, Ph.D., Designated Federal Officer, MPA FAC, National Marine Protected Areas Center, 99 Pacific St., Suite 100–F, Monterey, CA 93940. (Phone: 831–647–6460; Fax: 831–647–1732; email: charles.wahle@ noaa.gov; or visit the National MPA Center website at http://marine protectedareas.noaa.gov/fac). The Committee, composed of external, knowledgeable representatives of stakeholder groups, was established by the Department of Commerce (DOC) to provide advice to the Secretaries of Commerce and the Interior on implementation of Section 4 of Executive Order 13158, on marine protected areas (MPAs). The meeting is open to the public, and public comment will be accepted from 4:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018. In general, each individual or group will be limited to a total time of five (5) minutes. If members of the public wish to submit written statements, they should be submitted to the Designated Federal Officer by Friday, January 12, 2018. Matters To Be Considered: This meeting will focus on: (i) Refining the Committee’s charge and work plans for 2018–2019; (ii) identifying ways to enhance the impact of the Committee’s recommendations and products; (iii) engaging with National Marine Sanctuary Advisory Council Chairs and other MPA programs to explore common approaches to emerging issues facing US MPAs; and, (iv) establishing subcommittees and working groups, as needed, to address the Committee’s new charge. The agenda is subject to change. The latest version will be posted at http://marineprotectedareas.noaa.gov/ fac. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments for the performance evaluation of the Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve. DATES: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Evaluation: The public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and written comments must be received on or before Friday, March 9, 2018. For the specific date, time, and location of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the reserves and coastal program NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods: Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Mt. Vernon, Washington for the Padilla Bay Reserve. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East West Highway N/OCM1, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or via email to Ralph.Cantral@ noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, Policy, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, (240) 543–0729, 2234 South Hobson Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405–2413, or via email to Ralph.Cantral@noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings, Management Plan, and Site Profile may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/ evaluations. A copy of the evaluation SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1 61544 Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 248 / Thursday, December 28, 2017 / Notices notification letter and most recent performance report may be obtained upon request by contacting Ralph Cantral. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone Management Act (CZMA) require NOAA to conduct periodic evaluations of federally-approved National Estuarine Research Reserves. The process includes a public meeting, consideration of written public comments and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. For the evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserves, NOAA will consider the extent to which the state has met the national objectives, adhered to its management plan approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance under the Coastal Zone Management Act. When the evaluation is completed, NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management will place a notice in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final Evaluation Findings. Specific information on the periodic evaluation of reserves that are the subject of this notice are detailed below as follows: RIN 0648–XF460 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Evaluation You may participate or submit oral comments at the public meeting scheduled as follows: Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018. Time: 7:00 p.m., local time. Location: Padilla Bay Reserve Interpretive Center, 10441 BayviewEdison Road, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273. Written comments must be received on or before March 9, 2018. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES Dated: December 18, 2017. Keelin Kuipers, Acting Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419 Coastal Zone Management Program Administration [FR Doc. 2017–28110 Filed 12–27–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:14 Dec 27, 2017 Jkt 244001 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Pile Driving Activities for Waterfront Repairs at the U.S. Coast Guard Station Monterey, Monterey, California National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: 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 U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during pile driving activities associated with waterfront repairs at the USCG Monterey Station in Monterey, California. DATES: This Authorization is applicable from December 20, 2017 through October 15, 2018. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Egger, 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 PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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, or kill, or attempt to harass, hunt, capture, or kill any marine mammal. 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). National Environmental Policy Act In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6A, NMFS reviewed our action (i.e., the issuance of an incidental harassment authorization) with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. Accordingly, NMFS reviewed and adopted the USCG’s Supplemental Environmental Assessment entitled Supplemental Environmental Assessment for Waterfront Repairs at U.S. Coast Guard Station Monterey, Monterey, California, and signed a Finding of No Significant Impact on November 9, 2017. Summary of Request On February 10, 2017, NMFS received a request from the USCG for an IHA to take marine mammals incidental to pile driving activities for waterfront restoration, at the USCG Station Monterey in Monterrey, California. USCG’s request is for take of eight species of marine mammals, by Level B harassment. Neither USCG nor NMFS expect mortality to result from this activity and, therefore, an IHA is appropriate. NMFS previously issued an IHA to the USCG for similar work (79 FR 57052; September 24, 2014). However, no work was conducted under that IHA. E:\FR\FM\28DEN1.SGM 28DEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Evaluation of National Estuarine Research Reserve

AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service 
(NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit 
comments for the performance evaluation of the Padilla Bay National 
Estuarine Research Reserve.

DATES: Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Evaluation: The 
public meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, and 
written comments must be received on or before Friday, March 9, 2018.
    For the specific date, time, and location of the public meetings, 
see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the reserves and coastal program 
NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods:
    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in 
Mt. Vernon, Washington for the Padilla Bay Reserve. For the specific 
location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Written Comments: Please direct written comments to Ralph Cantral, 
Senior Advisor, NOAA Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East West 
Highway N/OCM1, Silver Spring, MD 20910, or via email to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ralph Cantral, Senior Advisor, Policy, 
NOAA Office for Coastal Management, (240) 543-0729, 2234 South Hobson 
Avenue, Charleston, South Carolina 29405-2413, or via email to 
[email protected]. Copies of the previous evaluation findings, 
Management Plan, and Site Profile may be viewed and downloaded on the 
internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the 
evaluation

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notification letter and most recent performance report may be obtained 
upon request by contacting Ralph Cantral.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sections 312 and 315 of the Coastal Zone 
Management Act (CZMA) require NOAA to conduct periodic evaluations of 
federally-approved National Estuarine Research Reserves. The process 
includes a public meeting, consideration of written public comments and 
consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and 
members of the public. For the evaluation of National Estuarine 
Research Reserves, NOAA will consider the extent to which the state has 
met the national objectives, adhered to its management plan approved by 
the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial 
assistance under the Coastal Zone Management Act. When the evaluation 
is completed, NOAA's Office for Coastal Management will place a notice 
in the Federal Register announcing the availability of the Final 
Evaluation Findings.
    Specific information on the periodic evaluation of reserves that 
are the subject of this notice are detailed below as follows:

Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve Evaluation

    You may participate or submit oral comments at the public meeting 
scheduled as follows:
    Date: Wednesday, February 28, 2018.
    Time: 7:00 p.m., local time.
    Location: Padilla Bay Reserve Interpretive Center, 10441 Bayview-
Edison Road, Mt. Vernon, WA 98273.
    Written comments must be received on or before March 9, 2018.

    Dated: December 18, 2017.
Keelin Kuipers,
Acting Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
    Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419
    Coastal Zone Management Program Administration
[FR Doc. 2017-28110 Filed 12-27-17; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-08-P