Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs, 20107-20108 [2019-09390]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / Notices Regarding the quantification of expected takes from acoustic and explosive sources (by Level A harassment and Level B harassment, as well as mortality resulting from exposure to explosives), the number of takes are based directly on the level of activities (days, hours, counts, etc., of different activities and events) in a given year. In the 2018 HSTT final rule, take estimates across the five-years were based on the Navy conducting three years of a representative level of activity and two years of maximum level of activity. Consistent with the pattern set forth in the 2017 application, the 2018 HSTT Final Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS/OEIS, www.hstteis.com/), and the 2018 HSTT final rule, the Navy proposes to add one additional representative year and one additional maximum year to determine the predicted take numbers in this rule. Specifically, as in the 2018 HSTT final rule, the Navy proposes to use the maximum annual level to calculate annual takes (which would remain identical to what was determined in the 2018 HSTT final rule), and the sum of all years (four representative and three maximum) to calculate the seven-year totals for this rule. The existing 2018 HSTT regulations authorize three serious injuries or mortalities from vessel strike in the HSTT Study Area over five years. Based on a revised vessel strike analysis encompassing seven years of activities, the Navy requests no change in the number of requested large whale mortalities due to vessel strike. The large whale stocks that are proposed to be taken by vessel strike are the same as those included in the 2018 HSTT final rule. As noted above, the proposed extension of the rule would include mitigation, monitoring, and reporting measures that are identical to those included in the 2018 HSTT final rule. Mitigation would include procedural mitigation measures and mitigation areas. Procedural mitigation includes, but is not limited to, the use of trained Lookouts (protected species observers) to monitor for marine mammals in mitigation zones, requirements for Lookouts to immediately provide notification of sightings to the appropriate watch station, requirements for implementation of powerdown and shutdown mitigation measures (based on activity defined zones), pre- and post-monitoring requirements for explosive events, and measures to reduce the likelihood of ship strikes. Chapter 5 of the 2018 HSTT FEIS/OEIS and the Mitigation Measures section of VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 May 07, 2019 Jkt 247001 20107 the 2018 HSTT final rule include detailed descriptions of mitigation measures for each specified activity in the HSTT Study Area. The Navy will also implement mitigation measures within certain areas (Mitigation Areas) and/or at times to avoid or minimize potential impacts on marine mammals in areas and/or times where they are known to engage in biologically important behaviors (i.e., for foraging, migration, reproduction), where the disruption of those behaviors would be more likely to result in population-level impact. The Mitigation Measures section in the 2018 HSTT final rule includes detailed descriptions of geographic mitigation measures in the HSTT Study Area. Maps and tables of the mitigation areas can be found in Chapter 5 of the 2018 HSTT FEIS/OEIS. The Navy proposes to continue forward the implementation of the robust Integrated Comprehensive Monitoring Program and Strategic Planning Process outlined in the current regulations. The Navy’s monitoring strategy, currently required by the 2018 HSTT regulations, is well-designed to work across Navy ranges to help better understand the impacts of the Navy’s activities on marine mammals and their habitat by focusing on learning more about marine mammal occurrence in different areas and exposure to Navy stressors, marine mammal responses to different sound sources, and the consequences of those exposures and responses on marine mammal populations. Similarly, the proposed extension of regulations would include identical adaptive management provisions and reporting requirements as the existing regulations. Please refer to Chapter 13 of the Navy’s application for full details on the monitoring and reporting proposed by the Navy. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Information Solicited 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, by phone at (240) 533– 0730 or email comments Carrie.Hall@ noaa.gov. Copies of the previous evaluation findings and 2016–2020 Assessment and Strategy may be viewed and downloaded on the internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be obtained upon request by contacting the person identified under FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management Interested persons may submit information, suggestions, and comments concerning the Navy’s request (see ADDRESSES). NMFS will consider all information, suggestions, and comments related to the request during the development of proposed regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals by the Navy, if appropriate. Dated: April 30, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–09376 Filed 5–7–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs Office for Coastal Management (OCM), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit comments on the performance evaluation of the Rhode Island Coastal Management Program. SUMMARY: Rhode Island Coastal Management Program Evaluation: The public meeting will be held on June 18, 2019, and written comments must be received on or before June 28, 2019. For specific dates, times, and locations of the public meetings, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the coastal program NOAA intends to evaluate by any of the following methods: Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in Wakefield, Rhode Island. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written Comments: Please direct written comments to 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 email comments Carrie.Hall@ noaa.gov. DATES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\08MYN1.SGM 08MYN1 20108 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 89 / Wednesday, May 8, 2019 / Notices Act (CZMA) requires NOAA to conduct periodic evaluations of federally approved state and territorial coastal programs. The process includes one or more public meetings, consideration of written public comments, and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies and members of the public. During the evaluation, NOAA will consider the extent to which the state has met the national objectives, adhered to the management program approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and adhered to the terms of financial assistance under the CZMA. 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. You may participate or submit oral comments at the public meeting scheduled as follows: Date: June 18, 2019 Time: 6:00 p.m., local time Location: Department of Administration, Conference Room A, One Capitol Hill, Providence, Rhode Island 20908 Written public comments must be received on or before June 28, 2019. Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419. Coastal Zone Management Program Administration Dated: April 30, 2019. Keelin Kuipers, Acting Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2019–09390 Filed 5–7–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–08–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XH020 Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Issuance of Exempted Fishing Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: NMFS West Coast Region is announcing exempted fishing permits (EFP) issued to target highly migratory SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:57 May 07, 2019 Jkt 247001 species (HMS) in Federal waters off the U.S. West Coast for 2019. NMFS renewed 21 standard deep-set buoy gear (standard DSBG) EFPs for 2019 and issued a new pelagic longline EFP valid for 24 months from the effective date. Ten linked deep-set buoy gear (linked DSBG) EFPs issued in 2018 remain valid for the 2019 calendar year. The permits are issued as exemptions from specific prohibitions under the Fishery Management Plan for U.S. West Coast Fisheries for Highly Migratory Species (HMS FMP). The general purpose of the EFPs is to allow novel fishing practices and gear types that are not otherwise authorized under a fishery management plan. Specifically, NMFS will collect data on the effects and efficacy of using these gears to fish for swordfish and other HMS off the West Coast. DATES: See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for details on the dates that permits were issued and will expire. FR 40751), November 16, 2017 (82 FR 53480), and June 6, 2018 (82 FR 53481). Standard and linked DSBG are not currently authorized gear types under the HMS FMP. Standard DSBG fishing trials occurred for the past eight years under research activity (2011 to 2015) and EFPs (2015 to 2018) in the U.S. West Coast EEZ off California. Linked DSBG research fishing trials included a total of 40 fishing days from 2015 through 2017. Data collected from these fishing activities have demonstrated that about 95 percent of fish species caught with standard DSBG and 90 percent of those caught with linked DSBG are marketable. Longline fishing is currently prohibited within the U.S. West Coast EEZ; therefore, an EFP was needed to authorize the activity to take place in Federal waters. The longline EFP will provide data for fishery managers about the performance of the gear and the mitigation measures intended to minimize adverse environmental impacts in these waters. Copies of supporting documents are available via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov, docket NOAA– Standard and Linked DSBG EFPs NMFS–2019–0048, or by contacting the Highly Migratory Species Branch of NMFS considered all applicable NMFS West Coast Region at WCR.HMS@ Federal laws when issuing the standard noaa.gov. and linked DSBG EFPs, including section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Species Act (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et Chris Fanning, NMFS West Coast seq.), and determined that the proposed Region, 562–980–4198, or action is not likely to adversely affect Chris.Fanning@noaa.gov. any endangered or threatened species or SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: result in the destruction or adverse modification of critical habitat. Background Additionally, NMFS completed the On July 2, 2014, the Pacific Fishery appropriate analyses under the National Management Council (Council) solicited Environmental Policy Act, in EFP proposals to test alternative fishing accordance with NOAA Administrative gear as a substitute in the large mesh Order 216–6, prior to issuing the drift net (DGN) fishery, or test new standard and linked DSBG EFPs. In approaches or methods of fishing DGN 2018, NMFS issued 27 standard DSBG gear (http://www.pcouncil.org/wpEFPs valid through December 31, 2018, content/uploads/G3a_Att1_HMS_EFP_ and ten linked DSBG EFPs valid Notice_Ltr_July2014_SEPT2014BB.pdf). through December 31, 2019 (Table 1). Applications for EFPs were submitted Based on standard DSBG fishing activity on February 9, 2015, for the Council’s in 2018 and other factors (e.g., gear consideration during the March 2015 purchase, participation in other Council meeting. The Council unrelated fisheries that precluded recommended that NMFS approve EFP fishing DSBG, appeal for renewal, etc.), applications to use standard and linked NMFS renewed 21 standard DSBG EFPs DSBG and an application to use deepthrough 2019 (Table 2). As a result of set and shallow-set longline gear in the Federal review and a growing exclusive economic zone (EEZ) off the understanding of risks with the gear, West Coast of the United States. NMFS NMFS issued terms and conditions for published notice of receipt of these the EFPs that include more mitigation applications, as well as the Council’s measures than those proposed in the recommendations, in the Federal original applications. See the ADDRESSES Register on the respective dates: May section for more information on these 22, 2015 (80 FR 29662), October 17, 2016 (81 FR 71845), August 28, 2017 (81 supporting documents. ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\08MYN1.SGM 08MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 89 (Wednesday, May 8, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 20107-20108]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-09390]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Evaluation of State Coastal Management Programs

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Office for Coastal Management will hold a public meeting to solicit 
comments on the performance evaluation of the Rhode Island Coastal 
Management Program.

DATES: Rhode Island Coastal Management Program Evaluation: The public 
meeting will be held on June 18, 2019, and written comments must be 
received on or before June 28, 2019.
    For specific dates, times, and locations of the public meetings, 
see SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the coastal program NOAA intends 
to evaluate by any of the following methods:
    Public Meeting and Oral Comments: A public meeting will be held in 
Wakefield, Rhode Island. For the specific location, see SUPPLEMENTARY 
INFORMATION.
    Written Comments: Please direct written comments to 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 email comments 
[email protected].

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, by phone at (240) 533-0730 or email comments 
[email protected]. Copies of the previous evaluation findings and 
2016-2020 Assessment and Strategy may be viewed and downloaded on the 
internet at http://coast.noaa.gov/czm/evaluations. A copy of the 
evaluation notification letter and most recent progress report may be 
obtained upon request by contacting the person identified under FOR 
FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 312 of the Coastal Zone Management

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Act (CZMA) requires NOAA to conduct periodic evaluations of federally 
approved state and territorial coastal programs. The process includes 
one or more public meetings, consideration of written public comments, 
and consultations with interested Federal, state, and local agencies 
and members of the public. During the evaluation, NOAA will consider 
the extent to which the state has met the national objectives, adhered 
to the management program approved by the Secretary of Commerce, and 
adhered to the terms of financial assistance under the CZMA. 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.
    You may participate or submit oral comments at the public meeting 
scheduled as follows:

Date: June 18, 2019
Time: 6:00 p.m., local time
Location: Department of Administration, Conference Room A, One Capitol 
Hill, Providence, Rhode Island 20908

    Written public comments must be received on or before June 28, 
2019.

    Federal Domestic Assistance Catalog 11.419.

Coastal Zone Management Program Administration

    Dated: April 30, 2019.
Keelin Kuipers,
Acting Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, 
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2019-09390 Filed 5-7-19; 8:45 am]
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