National Estuarine Research Reserve System, 1027 [2018-00182]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 6 / Tuesday, January 9, 2018 / Notices cost is provided for an initial 20-year period. Projections of when certain actions could occur are provided based on five year increments. Assuming all recovery actions are implemented, the cost of the first 20 years of recovery is approximately $236 million. Given a generation time for sDPS green sturgeon of approximately 22 years, a substantial increase in adult abundance in response to habitat-based recovery actions may not be observed for 66–88 years. Additional funds will thus likely be needed to monitor adult abundance after the first 20 years, with a total added projected cost of $25–40 million. Many of the most costly recovery actions (e.g., barrier removal, increased enforcement, addressing entrainment at diversions) have multi-species benefits and may be covered under recovery efforts for other species. For example, the recovery plan for ESA-listed Central Valley salmonids (NMFS 2014b) includes recovery actions designed to improve watershed-wide processes that will likely benefit sDPS green sturgeon by restoring natural ecosystem functions. Specific actions to improve delta habitat, remove barriers, and reduce entrainment could aid in the recovery of sDPS green sturgeon and reduce the recovery plan cost by $17 million. We are unable to quantify the economic benefits of sDPS green sturgeon recovery actions, but full recovery or delisting will provide multiple benefits to the ecosystem and economy. Delisting of the sDPS will enhance fishing opportunities by lifting fisheries restrictions aimed at reducing direct or incidental sDPS mortality. The ESA regulatory burden will also be eased for fisheries, water resource, industrial, and commercial activities. Accomplishing the habitat restoration measures will also result in more functional ecosystems that support other economic activities and contribute to delisting of other species. sradovich on DSK3GMQ082PROD with NOTICES References Cited The complete citations for the references used in this document can be obtained by contacting NMFS (see ADDRESSES and FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) or online at: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ protected_species/green_sturgeon/ green_sturgeon_pg.html. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. VerDate Sep<11>2014 15:58 Jan 08, 2018 Jkt 244001 Dated: January 4, 2018. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–00208 Filed 1–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Estuarine Research Reserve System Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public comment period for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. AGENCY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nina Garfield at (240) 533–0817 or Kim Texeira at (240) 533–0781 of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, 1305 East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATON: Notice is hereby given that the Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce is announcing a thirty-day public comment period for the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. Pursuant to 15 CFR 921.33(c), the revised plan will bring the reserve into compliance. The Jacques Cousteau Reserve revised plan will replace the plan approved in 2009. The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; the research/monitoring, stewardship, education, and training programs and priorities of the reserve; plans for a proposed future boundary expansion through inclusion of past and future land acquisition; and facility development priorities to support reserve operations. The Jacques Cousteau Reserve takes an integrated approach to management, linking research and education, coastal training, and stewardship functions. The Rutgers University has outlined how it will administer the reserve and its core programs by providing detailed actions that will enable it to accomplish specific goals and objectives. Since the last management plan, the reserve has: Provided technical expertise to coastal communities to reduce risks to natural PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 1027 hazards; expanded monitoring programs; installed a sentinel site for monitoring marsh ecosystem response to sea level rise; upgraded exhibits; conducted training workshops; implemented K–12 education programs; purchased a marsh; installed a trail; and promoted reclamation of ghost crab pots. The total number of acres within the boundary is 116,116 acres, which is a modification of the original 114,665 acres identified in the previous management plan. The revised acreage is a result of updated mapping techniques rather than a boundary expansion resulting from inclusion of new habitats. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the Jacques Cousteau Reserve for the next five years. NOAA’s Office Coastal Management will be conducting an environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act on the proposed approval of the Reserve’s revised management plan. The public is invited to provide comment or information about any potential environmental impacts of the proposed action, and these comments will be used to inform the decision making process. View the Jacques Cousteau Reserve Management Plan revision at (https:// jcnerr.org/JCNERR_MNGMTPLAN_ 2018to2023.pdf) and provide comments to the Reserve’s Assistant Manager, Lisa Auermuller (auermull@ marine.rutgers.edu). Keelin Kuipers, Acting Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2018–00182 Filed 1–8–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice Monday, January 8, 2018; 1:00 p.m.* PLACE: Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. STATUS: Commission Meeting—Closed to the Public. MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Compliance Matter: The Commission staff will brief the Commission on the status of a compliance matter. TIME AND DATE: * The Commission unanimously determined by recorded vote that Agency business requires calling the meeting without seven calendar days advance public notice. E:\FR\FM\09JAN1.SGM 09JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


National Estuarine Research Reserve System

AGENCY: Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National 
Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of public comment period for the Jacques Cousteau 
National Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nina Garfield at (240) 533-0817 or Kim 
Texeira at (240) 533-0781 of NOAA's Office for Coastal Management, 1305 
East-West Highway, N/ORM5, 10th floor, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATON: Notice is hereby given that the Office for 
Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce is announcing a 
thirty-day public comment period for the Jacques Cousteau National 
Estuarine Research Reserve Management Plan revision. Pursuant to 15 CFR 
921.33(c), the revised plan will bring the reserve into compliance. The 
Jacques Cousteau Reserve revised plan will replace the plan approved in 
2009.
    The revised management plan outlines the administrative structure; 
the research/monitoring, stewardship, education, and training programs 
and priorities of the reserve; plans for a proposed future boundary 
expansion through inclusion of past and future land acquisition; and 
facility development priorities to support reserve operations.
    The Jacques Cousteau Reserve takes an integrated approach to 
management, linking research and education, coastal training, and 
stewardship functions. The Rutgers University has outlined how it will 
administer the reserve and its core programs by providing detailed 
actions that will enable it to accomplish specific goals and 
objectives. Since the last management plan, the reserve has: Provided 
technical expertise to coastal communities to reduce risks to natural 
hazards; expanded monitoring programs; installed a sentinel site for 
monitoring marsh ecosystem response to sea level rise; upgraded 
exhibits; conducted training workshops; implemented K-12 education 
programs; purchased a marsh; installed a trail; and promoted 
reclamation of ghost crab pots.
    The total number of acres within the boundary is 116,116 acres, 
which is a modification of the original 114,665 acres identified in the 
previous management plan. The revised acreage is a result of updated 
mapping techniques rather than a boundary expansion resulting from 
inclusion of new habitats. The revised management plan will serve as 
the guiding document for the Jacques Cousteau Reserve for the next five 
years.
    NOAA's Office Coastal Management will be conducting an 
environmental analysis in accordance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act on the proposed approval of the Reserve's revised management 
plan. The public is invited to provide comment or information about any 
potential environmental impacts of the proposed action, and these 
comments will be used to inform the decision making process.
    View the Jacques Cousteau Reserve Management Plan revision at 
(https://jcnerr.org/JCNERR_MNGMTPLAN_2018to2023.pdf) and provide 
comments to the Reserve's Assistant Manager, Lisa Auermuller 
([email protected]).

Keelin Kuipers,
Acting Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2018-00182 Filed 1-8-18; 8:45 am]
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