Marine Mammals; File No. 20532, 63631-63632 [2018-26749]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 11, 2018 / Notices within 48 hours after any discard; and (5) submit certain information regarding purse seine fishing activities. The information collected from these requirements is used by NOAA and the WCPFC to help ensure compliance with domestic laws and the Commission’s conservation and management measures, and are necessary in order for the United States to satisfy its obligations under the Convention. Affected Public: Business or other forprofit organizations; individuals or households. Frequency: On occasion. Respondent’s Obligation: Mandatory. This information collection request may be viewed at reginfo.gov. Follow the instructions to view Department of Commerce collections currently under review by OMB. Written comments and recommendations for the proposed information collection should be sent within 30 days of publication of this notice to OIRA_Submission@ omb.eop.gov or fax to (202) 395–5806. Endangered Species Act (ESA). That comment period ended on December 6, 2018. In response to a request received from the public, NMFS intends to obtain additional information. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on December 13, 2018. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the application should be addressed to the NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Boulevard, Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: IdahoSteelheadFisheriesPlan.wcr@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Idaho’s Snake River Steelhead Fisheries Plan. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Allyson Purcell, at phone number: (503) 736–4736, or via email: allyson.purcell@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: December 5, 2018. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River Spring/Summer and Snake River Fall. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River Basin. Sockeye salmon (O. nerka): endangered, naturally produced and artificially propagated Snake River. IDFG submitted the FMEP to NMFS describing fisheries targeting adult adipose-fin-clipped, hatchery-origin steelhead within the State of Idaho and in boundary waters with Oregon and Washington. The plan was submitted under ESA limit 4 of the 4(d) Rule. These fisheries were designed to support fishing opportunities while minimizing potential risks to ESA-listed species. The FMEP describes timing, location, harvest impact limits, licensing, and gear requirements, and requires that all fish caught with an intact adipose fin be released unharmed. A variety of monitoring and evaluation is included in the FMEP. This reopening is in place of a planned extension of the comment period. NMFS had previously considered extending the comment period by seven days, until December 13. However, extensions may only occur while the comment period is ongoing, and NMFS could not be certain that a public notice of an extension would be published before December 6. Therefore, to avoid potential confusion, we are executing a reopening of the comment [FR Doc. 2018–26753 Filed 12–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG653 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; re-opening of public comment period. AGENCY: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is announcing the re-opening of a public comment period regarding recreational fisheries in the State of Idaho. The FMEP, provided by the Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG), specifies the implementation of fisheries targeting adipose-fin-clipped, hatchery-origin Snake River steelhead within the State of Idaho and in boundary waters with Oregon and Washington. On November 6, 2018, NMFS opened a 30-day public comment period on a Fishery Management and Evaluation Plan (FMEP) pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Dec 10, 2018 Jkt 247001 PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 63631 period to accept comments until December 13, so that the result is identical to the planned extension. This additional period for public comment will not affect NMFS’s overall schedule for completing our ESA review. As specified in the July 10, 2000, ESA 4(d) rule for salmon and steelhead (65 FR 42422) and updated June 28, 2005 (70 FR 37160), NMFS may approve an FMEP if it meets criteria set forth in 50 CFR 223.203(b)(4)(i)(A) through (I). Prior to final approval of an FMEP, NMFS must publish notification announcing the FMEP’s availability for public review and comment. Authority Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary of Commerce is required to adopt such regulations as he deems necessary and advisable for the conservation of species listed as threatened. The ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005) specifies categories of activities that contribute to the conservation of listed salmonids and sets out the criteria for such activities. Limit 4 of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(4)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the updated 4(d) rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to fisheries provided that an FMEP has been approved by NMFS to be in accordance with the salmon and steelhead 4(d) rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005). Dated: December 6, 2018. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–26794 Filed 12–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE766 Marine Mammals; File No. 20532 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Stephen John Trumble, Ph.D., Baylor University, 101 Bagby Ave, Waco, TX 76706, has applied in due form for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 20532 for the import, export, SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 amozie on DSK3GDR082PROD with NOTICES1 63632 Federal Register / Vol. 83, No. 237 / Tuesday, December 11, 2018 / Notices and receipt of marine mammal parts for scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before January 10, 2019. 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 File No. 20532 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 this application 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. 20532 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 this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shasta McClenahan or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 20532 is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), 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). Permit No. 20532, issued on October 26, 2016 (81 FR 70100), authorizes the permit holder to receive, import, and export biological samples from seven species of cetaceans from museum holdings, stranded animals, or legally subsistence hunted animals worldwide for scientific research to chronologically profile anthropogenic and physiological data including hormones and pesticides to record exposure and stress. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to include authorization to import earwax and baleen samples from VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:51 Dec 10, 2018 Jkt 247001 additional cetacean species including: 50 each of Bryde’s (Balaenoptera edeni), all species of right (Eubalaena spp.), and sei (Balaenoptera borealis) whales, and up to 100 individual unidentified cetaceans. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: December 6, 2018. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2018–26749 Filed 12–10–18; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Science Advisory Board Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a meeting of the NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB). The members will discuss issues outlined in the section on Matters to be considered. DATES: The meeting will be held Wednesday, February 27, 2019 from 1:00 p.m. EST to 4:00 p.m. EST. These times and agenda topics described below are subject to change. For the latest agenda please refer to the SAB website: http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeet ings.aspx. SUMMARY: The meeting will be held at the Hugh Gregg Coastal Conservation Center, 93 Depot Road, Greenland, NH 03840. Members of the public may participate virtually by registering at: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/ register/3113875598632844289. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dr. Cynthia Decker, Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910; Phone ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Number: 301–734–1156; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov; or visit the SAB website at http://sab.noaa.gov/SAB Meetings.aspx. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOAA Science Advisory Board (SAB) was established by a Decision Memorandum dated September 25, 1997, and is the only Federal Advisory Committee with responsibility to advise the Under Secretary of Commerce for Oceans and Atmosphere on strategies for research, education, and application of science to operations and information services. SAB activities and advice provide necessary input to ensure that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) science programs are of the highest quality and provide optimal support to resource management. Matters to be Considered: The meeting will include the following topics: (1) Climate Working Group Review of the Climate Program Office Climate and Global Change PostDoctoral Program; (2) Environmental Information Services Working Group Interim Report on the Use of Observing System Simulation Experiments (OSSEs); (3) Input on the draft NOAA Strategic Aquaculture Science Plan; and (4) Discussion of the NOAA Research and Development Plan. Meeting materials, including work products will be made available on the SAB website: http://sab.noaa.gov/SABMeetings.aspx. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5-minute public comment period on February 27th from 3:50–3:55 p.m. EST (check website to confirm time). The SAB expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of one (1) minute. Written comments for the meeting should be received in the SAB Executive Director’s Office by February 20, 2019 to provide sufficient time for SAB review. Written comments received after February 20 will be distributed to the SAB, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Seating at the meeting will be available on a firstcome, first served basis. Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12:00 p.m. on February 20, 2019, to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MC 20910; Email: Cynthia.Decker@noaa.gov. E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 83, Number 237 (Tuesday, December 11, 2018)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63631-63632]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2018-26749]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE766


Marine Mammals; File No. 20532

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Stephen John Trumble, Ph.D., 
Baylor University, 101 Bagby Ave, Waco, TX 76706, has applied in due 
form for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 20532 for the 
import, export,

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and receipt of marine mammal parts for scientific research.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before January 10, 2019.

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 File 
No. 20532 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 this application 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. 20532 
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 this application would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shasta McClenahan or Jennifer 
Skidmore, (301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 20532 is 
requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 
1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations 
governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), 
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).
    Permit No. 20532, issued on October 26, 2016 (81 FR 70100), 
authorizes the permit holder to receive, import, and export biological 
samples from seven species of cetaceans from museum holdings, stranded 
animals, or legally subsistence hunted animals worldwide for scientific 
research to chronologically profile anthropogenic and physiological 
data including hormones and pesticides to record exposure and stress. 
The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to include 
authorization to import earwax and baleen samples from additional 
cetacean species including: 50 each of Bryde's (Balaenoptera edeni), 
all species of right (Eubalaena spp.), and sei (Balaenoptera borealis) 
whales, and up to 100 individual unidentified cetaceans.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that 
the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement 
to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact 
statement.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the applications to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: December 6, 2018.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2018-26749 Filed 12-10-18; 8:45 am]
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