Endangered Species; File Nos. 18238, 21327 and 22123, 33209-33210 [2018-15196]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995. DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before September 17, 2018. 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 Dr. Scott Crosson, (305) 361– 4468 or scott.crosson@ SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ADDRESSES: I. Abstract This request is for extension of a currently approved information collection. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to collect economic information from golden-crab landing commercial fishermen in the United States (U.S.) South Atlantic region. The data gathered will be used to evaluate the likely economic impacts of management proposals. In addition, the information will be used to satisfy legal mandates under Executive Order 12898, the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (U.S.C. 1801 et seq.), the Regulatory Flexibility Act, the Endangered Species Act, and the National Environmental Policy Act, and other pertinent statues. II. Method of Collection A standardized survey will be administered via in-person, telephone and/or mail to all fishermen participating in the fishery. daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES III. Data OMB Number: 0648–0631. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission (extension of a currently approved information collection). Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 9. Estimated Time per Response: 1 hour. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 9. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $0 in recordkeeping/reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: July 12, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2018–15191 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG302 Endangered Species; File Nos. 18238, 21327 and 22123 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications for permits and a permit modification. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that three applicants have applied in due form for a permit or permit modification to take green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), and olive ridley (L. olivacea) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before August 16, 2018. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting the applicable File No. from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 33209 NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376. Written comments on the applications should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on the application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman (for File No. 18238–01) or Erin Markin (for File Nos. 21327 and 22123), (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits and permit modification are requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). File No. 18238–01: Permit No. 18238 issued on April 21, 2016 (81 FR 43589) authorizes the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, (Responsible Party: Lisa Ballance, Ph.D.,) to take green, loggerhead, and olive ridley sea turtles for research in southern California waters. Researchers may conduct vessel surveys for sea turtle counts, captures, examination, observation, marking, biological sampling, tagging, and morphometrics. The permit holder requests authorization to: (1) Increase the number of green sea turtles that may be taken from 60 to 100 turtles annually to accommodate an increase in survey effort needed to improve population abundance estimates, and (2) extend the duration of the permit until September 30, 2025. File No. 21327: Raymond Carthy, Florida Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, USGS–BRD, P.O. Box 110485, Gainesville, FL 23611, proposes to continue research to determine (1) distribution and abundance, (2) use of benthic habitats, (3) demographics and movement patterns, and (4) human impacts for sea turtles in the Florida Panhandle and Big Bend region of Florida. Up to 1720 green, 160 hawksbill, 285 Kemp’s ridley, and 180 loggerhead sea turtles, annually, may be harassed, but not captured, during E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 33210 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 137 / Tuesday, July 17, 2018 / Notices daltland on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES vessel surveys and when using a remotely operated vehicle to study brumating behavior. Up to 540 green, 40 hawksbill, 210 Kemp’s ridley, and 130 loggerhead sea turtles would be captured, annually, by hand, or dip, tangle, or strike net, marked, biologically sampled (blood, tissue, scute), tagged (flipper and passive integrated transponder [PIT]), measured, weighed, and photographed prior to release. A subset of captured sea turtles would receive a satellite tag or a combination of an acoustic and archival tag and a subset of green sea turtles would be lavaged prior to release. The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. File No. 22123: Jeffrey Schmid, Ph.D., Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102, proposes to continue long-term in-water studies of sea turtles inhabiting the Charlotte Harbor and Ten Thousand Islands estuarine complexes on the southwest coast of Florida to determine species composition, abundance, sizeclass distribution, migration patterns, growth, habitat preference, and site fidelity. Up to 60 Kemp’s ridley and 30 loggerhead sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), transported to and temporarily held in a facility for opportunistic fecal collection, photographed, measured, and weighed prior to release. A subset of captured Kemp’s ridley and loggerhead sea turtles also would receive a satellite tag or radio and sonic tags prior to release. Up to 20 green sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, measured, weighed, and receive a satellite tag or radio and sonic tags prior to release. Up to five hawksbill sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, measured, and weighed prior to release. The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of issuance. Dated: July 12, 2018. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–15196 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:07 Jul 16, 2018 Jkt 244001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG336 International Whaling Commission; 67th Meeting; Announcement of Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice announces the date, time, and location of the public meeting being held prior to the 67th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC). Because the meeting will address U.S. positions, any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation policy may participate, but NOAA reserves the authority to inquire about the interests of any person who appears at the meeting and to determine the appropriateness of that person’s participation. SUMMARY: The public meeting will be held August 7, 2018 at 9:00 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910, in the Spring Room. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carolyn Doherty, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, NOAA Fisheries (phone: (301) 427–8385 or email: Carolyn.Doherty@noaa.gov). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Secretary of Commerce is responsible for discharging the domestic obligations of the United States under the International Convention for the Regulation of Whaling, 1946. The U.S. IWC Commissioner has responsibility for the preparation and negotiation of U.S. positions on international issues concerning whaling and for all matters involving the IWC. The U.S. IWC Commissioner is staffed by the Department of Commerce and assisted by the Department of State, the Department of the Interior, the Marine Mammal Commission, and other U.S. Government agencies. Additional information about the IWC meeting, including a draft agenda for the meeting, is posted on the IWC Secretariat’s website at https://iwc.int/ iwc67. NOAA will a hold public meeting to discuss the tentative U.S. positions for the September 2018 IWC meeting in Florianopolis, Brazil. Because the meeting will address U.S. positions, the DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 substance of the meeting must be kept confidential. Any U.S. citizen with an identifiable interest in U.S. whale conservation policy may participate, but NOAA reserves the authority to inquire about the interests of any person who appears at the meeting and to determine the appropriateness of that person’s participation. In particular, persons who represent foreign interests may not attend. Persons deemed by NOAA to be ineligible to attend will be asked to leave the meeting. These stringent measures are necessary to protect the confidentiality of U.S. negotiating positions. The August 7, 2018, meeting will be held at 9:00 a.m. in the Spring Room of the Silver Spring Civic Center, 1 Veterans Pl, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Carolyn Doherty, Carolyn.Doherty@ noaa.gov or (301) 427–8385, by July 23, 2018. Dated: July 12, 2018. Christopher W. Rogers, Acting Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–15237 Filed 7–16–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Environmental Compliance Questionnaire for National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Financial Assistance Applicants 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 September 17, 2018. ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments to Jennifer Jessup, Departmental SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 137 (Tuesday, July 17, 2018)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-15196]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG302


Endangered Species; File Nos. 18238, 21327 and 22123

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications for permits and a permit 
modification.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that three applicants have applied in 
due form for a permit or permit modification to take green (Chelonia 
mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys 
kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), and olive ridley (L. olivacea) 
sea turtles for purposes of scientific research.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before August 16, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review by selecting ``Records Open for Public Comment'' from the 
``Features'' box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species 
(APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting the 
applicable File No. from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376.
    Written comments on the applications should be submitted to the 
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. 
Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by 
email to [email protected]. Please include the File No. in the 
subject line of the email comment.
    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a 
written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the 
address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons 
why a hearing on the application would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman (for File No. 18238-01) or 
Erin Markin (for File Nos. 21327 and 22123), (301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits and permit modification 
are requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations 
governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and 
threatened species (50 CFR parts 222-226).
    File No. 18238-01: Permit No. 18238 issued on April 21, 2016 (81 FR 
43589) authorizes the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La 
Jolla Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037, (Responsible Party: Lisa 
Ballance, Ph.D.,) to take green, loggerhead, and olive ridley sea 
turtles for research in southern California waters. Researchers may 
conduct vessel surveys for sea turtle counts, captures, examination, 
observation, marking, biological sampling, tagging, and morphometrics. 
The permit holder requests authorization to: (1) Increase the number of 
green sea turtles that may be taken from 60 to 100 turtles annually to 
accommodate an increase in survey effort needed to improve population 
abundance estimates, and (2) extend the duration of the permit until 
September 30, 2025.
    File No. 21327: Raymond Carthy, Florida Cooperative Fish and 
Wildlife Research Unit, USGS-BRD, P.O. Box 110485, Gainesville, FL 
23611, proposes to continue research to determine (1) distribution and 
abundance, (2) use of benthic habitats, (3) demographics and movement 
patterns, and (4) human impacts for sea turtles in the Florida 
Panhandle and Big Bend region of Florida. Up to 1720 green, 160 
hawksbill, 285 Kemp's ridley, and 180 loggerhead sea turtles, annually, 
may be harassed, but not captured, during

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vessel surveys and when using a remotely operated vehicle to study 
brumating behavior. Up to 540 green, 40 hawksbill, 210 Kemp's ridley, 
and 130 loggerhead sea turtles would be captured, annually, by hand, or 
dip, tangle, or strike net, marked, biologically sampled (blood, 
tissue, scute), tagged (flipper and passive integrated transponder 
[PIT]), measured, weighed, and photographed prior to release. A subset 
of captured sea turtles would receive a satellite tag or a combination 
of an acoustic and archival tag and a subset of green sea turtles would 
be lavaged prior to release. The permit would be valid for 10 years 
from the date of issuance.
    File No. 22123: Jeffrey Schmid, Ph.D., Conservancy of Southwest 
Florida, 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102, proposes to 
continue long-term in-water studies of sea turtles inhabiting the 
Charlotte Harbor and Ten Thousand Islands estuarine complexes on the 
southwest coast of Florida to determine species composition, abundance, 
size-class distribution, migration patterns, growth, habitat 
preference, and site fidelity. Up to 60 Kemp's ridley and 30 loggerhead 
sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically 
sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), transported to 
and temporarily held in a facility for opportunistic fecal collection, 
photographed, measured, and weighed prior to release. A subset of 
captured Kemp's ridley and loggerhead sea turtles also would receive a 
satellite tag or radio and sonic tags prior to release. Up to 20 green 
sea turtles, annually, would be captured by strike net, biologically 
sampled (blood, scute, tissue), tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, 
measured, weighed, and receive a satellite tag or radio and sonic tags 
prior to release. Up to five hawksbill sea turtles, annually, would be 
captured by strike net, biologically sampled (blood, scute, tissue), 
tagged (PIT, flipper), photographed, measured, and weighed prior to 
release. The permit would be valid for 10 years from the date of 
issuance.

    Dated: July 12, 2018.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-15196 Filed 7-16-18; 8:45 am]
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