Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 12593 [2019-06317]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 63 / Tuesday, April 2, 2019 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Charlene Hurst at (503) 230–5409 or by email at Charlene.n.hurst@noaa.gov. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: RIN 0648–XG929 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of evaluation of joint state/tribal hatchery plans and request for comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot Tribe, and the Suquamish Tribe have prepared 10 Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans, to be considered jointly, to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plans specify the propagation of four species of salmon and steelhead in the Duwamish/Green River basin of Washington State. This document serves to notify the public of the availability for comment of the proposed evaluation and pending determination of the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) as to whether implementation of the joint plans will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on May 2, 2019. Comments received after this date may not be accepted. ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending determination should be addressed to Charlene Hurst, NMFS Sustainable Fisheries Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for providing email comments is: nmfs.duwamishgreen.hatcheries-PEPD@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Duwamish/Green River hatchery evaluation. The documents are available on the internet at www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Comments received will also be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business hours by calling (503) 230–5409. amozie on DSK9F9SC42PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:37 Apr 01, 2019 Jkt 247001 ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound. Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound. Background The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe have prepared plans for 10 jointly operated hatchery programs in the Duwamish/Green River region. The plans were submitted from April 2013 to June 2017, pursuant to limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. The hatchery programs release ESA-listed Chinook salmon and winter steelhead and nonlisted coho salmon, fall chum salmon, and summer steelhead into the Duwamish/Green River basin and nearby. As required by the ESA 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005), the Secretary is seeking public comment on his pending determination as to whether the joint plans for hatchery programs in the Duwamish/Green River basin would appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESA-listed Puget Sound salmon and steelhead. 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 6 of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(b)(6)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities associated with a joint state/tribal artificial propagation plan provided that the joint plan has been determined by NMFS to be in accordance with the ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule. PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 12593 Dated: March 27, 2019. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–06317 Filed 4–1–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG912 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Mackerel and Cobia Advisory Panel (AP) and Cobia Sub-Panel. DATES: The meeting will be held via webinar on April 18, 2019, from 9 a.m. until 12 p.m. ADDRESSES: Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. Meeting Address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Registration is required. Webinar registration, an online public comment form, and briefing book materials will be available two weeks prior to the meeting at: http://safmc.net/safmc-meetings/ current-advisory-panel-meetings/. Public comments must be received by 12 p.m. on April 18, 2019. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; phone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769– 4520; email: kim.iverson@safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Mackerel Cobia AP and Cobia Sub-Panel will meet jointly via webinar. Agenda items for the AP and Cobia Sub-Panel include: proposed modifications to the commercial trip limit for king mackerel in the Atlantic southern zone during season two (October to the end of February); discussion of recent closures in the commercial Atlantic Spanish mackerel fishery; and modifications to the minimum size limit for Florida east coast zone cobia. The AP and Cobia subpanel members will discuss these issues and provide recommendations for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\02APN1.SGM 02APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG929


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice; availability of evaluation of joint state/tribal 
hatchery plans and request for comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Washington Department of Fish 
and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot Tribe, and the Suquamish Tribe have 
prepared 10 Hatchery and Genetic Management Plans, to be considered 
jointly, to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on take prohibitions for 
actions conducted under Limit 6 of the 4(d) Rule for salmon and 
steelhead promulgated under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The plans 
specify the propagation of four species of salmon and steelhead in the 
Duwamish/Green River basin of Washington State. This document serves to 
notify the public of the availability for comment of the proposed 
evaluation and pending determination of the Secretary of Commerce 
(Secretary) as to whether implementation of the joint plans will 
appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of ESA-
listed Puget Sound Chinook salmon and Puget Sound steelhead.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address (see 
ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on May 2, 2019. 
Comments received after this date may not be accepted.

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending 
determination should be addressed to Charlene Hurst, NMFS Sustainable 
Fisheries Division, 1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 
97232. Comments may be submitted by email. The mailbox address for 
providing email comments is: [email protected]. Include in the subject line of the email comment the 
following identifier: Comments on Duwamish/Green River hatchery 
evaluation. The documents are available on the internet at 
www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov. Comments received will also be 
available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business 
hours by calling (503) 230-5409.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charlene Hurst at (503) 230-5409 or by 
email at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

ESA-Listed Species Covered in This Notice

    Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened, naturally 
produced and artificially propagated Puget Sound.
    Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened, naturally produced and 
artificially propagated Puget Sound.

Background

    The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, the Muckleshoot 
Tribe, and Suquamish Tribe have prepared plans for 10 jointly operated 
hatchery programs in the Duwamish/Green River region. The plans were 
submitted from April 2013 to June 2017, pursuant to limit 6 of the 4(d) 
Rule for ESA-listed salmon and steelhead. The hatchery programs release 
ESA-listed Chinook salmon and winter steelhead and non-listed coho 
salmon, fall chum salmon, and summer steelhead into the Duwamish/Green 
River basin and nearby.
    As required by the ESA 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42422, July 10, 2000, as 
updated in 70 FR 37160, June 28, 2005), the Secretary is seeking public 
comment on his pending determination as to whether the joint plans for 
hatchery programs in the Duwamish/Green River basin would appreciably 
reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the ESA-listed Puget 
Sound salmon and steelhead.

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 6 of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 
223.203(b)(6)) further provides that the prohibitions of paragraph (a) 
of the updated 4(d) Rule (50 CFR 223.203(a)) do not apply to activities 
associated with a joint state/tribal artificial propagation plan 
provided that the joint plan has been determined by NMFS to be in 
accordance with the ESA salmon and steelhead 4(d) Rule.

    Dated: March 27, 2019.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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