Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish, 33062-33063 [2019-14771]

Download as PDF jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES 33062 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices Jaburek, Fisheries Management Specialist, 978–282–8456. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Coonamessett Farm Foundation (CFF) submitted a complete application for an Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) on May 1, 2019, that would allow gear research to be conducted by vessels on compensation fishing trips associated with projects funded by the 2019 Scallop Research Set-Aside (RSA) Program. The exemptions would allow 21 participating commercial fishing vessels to exceed the crew size regulations at 50 CFR 648.51(c) to place a researcher on the vessel and temporarily exempt the participating vessels from possession limits and minimum size requirements specified in 50 CFR part 648, subsections B and D through O, for biological sampling purposes. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited, including landing fish in excess of a possession limit or below the minimum size. Experimental fishing activity would test a one-way extended link dredge gear modification to reduce flatfish bycatch and catch of pre-recruit scallops in the scallop dredge fishery. Any modification would comply with existing scallop gear regulations. All trips would take place in scallop open access areas of Southern New England and scallop fishing areas open to scallop RSA compensation fishing. The exemption from crew size limits is needed because a research technician would accompany vessels on the compensation fishing trips to collect catch data associated with the dredge modifications. The crew size exemption would be for approximately 120 days-atsea and must be used in conjunction with a valid compensation fishing letter of authorization. The technician would only engage in data collection activities and would not process catch to be landed for sale. Exemption from possession limit and minimum sizes would support catch sampling activities and ensure the vessel is not in conflict with possession regulations while collecting catch data. All catch above a possession limit or below a minimum size would be discarded as soon as possible following data collection. The proposed gear modifications are not expected to increase catch above typical commercial fishing practices and gears. All research trips would otherwise be consistent with normal commercial fishing activity and catch would be retained for sale. If approved, the applicant may request minor modifications and VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 extensions to the EFP throughout the year. EFP modifications and extensions may be granted without further notice if they are deemed essential to facilitate completion of the proposed research and have minimal impacts that do not change the scope or impact of the initially approved EFP request. Any fishing activity conducted outside the scope of the exempted fishing activity would be prohibited. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 5, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–14728 Filed 7–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XR012 Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; availability of fishery evaluation and management plans, a proposed evaluation and determination, and a draft environmental assessment for public comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife (ODFW), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) have provided two Fishery Management and Evaluation Plans (FMEP), and the Nez Perce Tribe has provided a Tribal Resource Management Plan (TRMP), pursuant to the protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FMEPs and TRMP specify the implementation of fisheries targeting fall Chinook salmon, and coho salmon in the Snake River Basin. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the FMEPs, a Proposed Evaluation and Pending Determination (PEPD) on the Nez Perce Tribe’s TRMP, and a draft Environmental Assessment for comment prior to a decision by NMFS on whether to approve the proposed fisheries. DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 August 12, 2019. Comments received after this date may not be accepted. 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: Snake.River.Salmon.Fisheries@ noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Snake River Salmon Fisheries. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Charlene Hurst, at phone number: (503) 230–5409, or via email: Charlene.n.hurst@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: ESA-Listed 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. Background The fall Chinook salmon FMEP submitted jointly by IDFG, ODFW, and WDFW describes fisheries targeting adult hatchery- and natural-origin fall Chinook salmon within the Snake River Basin waters in the States of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The coho FMEP submitted by IDFG describes fisheries targeting adult hatchery- and naturalorigin coho salmon within Snake River Basin waters in Idaho and their boundary waters with Washington and Oregon. All FMEPs were submitted to NMFS under limit 4 of the ESA 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead. 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 FMEPs. Prior to approving an FMEP, NMFS must publish notification announcing the availability of the FMEP for public review and comment. The Nez Perce Tribe TRMP describes fisheries targeting adult fall Chinook and coho salmon within the Snake River Basin. The plan was provided to NMFS under the ESA Tribal 4(d) Rule. The E:\FR\FM\11JYN1.SGM 11JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 133 / Thursday, July 11, 2019 / Notices TRMP describes timing, location, harvest impact limits, and gear. A variety of monitoring and evaluation is included in the TRMP. Prior to making a final determination on Tribal plans, NMFS must take comments on its pending determination as to whether or not implementation of the plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of the listed salmonids. All of these plans are considered together in the draft Environmental Assessment. NMFS proposed approval of the FMEPs and proposed determination on the TRMP are considered as a single action in the Environmental Assessment. 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). The ESA Tribal 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42481, July 10, 2000) states that the ESA section 9 take prohibitions will not apply to Tribal Plans that will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for the listed species (50 CFR 223.204(b)(3)). Dated: July 8, 2019. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–14771 Filed 7–10–19; 8:45 am] jspears on DSK30JT082PROD with NOTICES BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:26 Jul 10, 2019 Jkt 247001 CORPORATION FOR NATIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE Agency Information Collection Activities; Submission to the Office of Management and Budget for Review and Approval; Comment Request; Application Package for AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member Experience Survey Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS). ACTION: Notice of information collection; request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, CNCS is soliciting comments concerning its proposed renewal of the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) Member Experience Survey. The AmeriCorps NCCC Member Experience Survey is completed by AmeriCorps members who have been a part of an AmeriCorps NCCC team. AmeriCorps NCCC is a fulltime, residential, national service program whose mission is to strengthen communities and develop leaders through team-based national and community service. A copy of the information collection request can be obtained by contacting the office listed in the addresses section of this notice. DATES: Written comments must be submitted to the individual and office listed in the ADDRESSES section by September 9, 2019. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection activity, by any of the following methods: (1) By mail sent to: Corporation for National and Community Service, Attention Jacob Sgambati, 250 E Street SW, Washington, DC 20525. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 133 (Thursday, July 11, 2019)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XR012


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 fishery evaluation and management 
plans, a proposed evaluation and determination, and a draft 
environmental assessment for public comment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Oregon Department of Fish and 
Wildlife (ODFW), Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW), and 
Idaho Department of Fish and Game (IDFG) have provided two Fishery 
Management and Evaluation Plans (FMEP), and the Nez Perce Tribe has 
provided a Tribal Resource Management Plan (TRMP), pursuant to the 
protective regulations promulgated for Pacific salmon and steelhead 
under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The FMEPs and TRMP specify the 
implementation of fisheries targeting fall Chinook salmon, and coho 
salmon in the Snake River Basin. This document serves to notify the 
public of the availability of the FMEPs, a Proposed Evaluation and 
Pending Determination (PEPD) on the Nez Perce Tribe's TRMP, and a draft 
Environmental Assessment for comment prior to a decision by NMFS on 
whether to approve the proposed fisheries.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address (see 
ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on August 12, 2019. 
Comments received after this date may not be accepted.

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: 
[email protected]. Include in the subject line of 
the email comment the following identifier: Comments on Snake River 
Salmon Fisheries.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 

ESA-Listed 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.

Background

    The fall Chinook salmon FMEP submitted jointly by IDFG, ODFW, and 
WDFW describes fisheries targeting adult hatchery- and natural-origin 
fall Chinook salmon within the Snake River Basin waters in the States 
of Oregon, Washington, and Idaho. The coho FMEP submitted by IDFG 
describes fisheries targeting adult hatchery- and natural-origin coho 
salmon within Snake River Basin waters in Idaho and their boundary 
waters with Washington and Oregon. All FMEPs were submitted to NMFS 
under limit 4 of the ESA 4(d) Rule for salmon and steelhead. 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 FMEPs. Prior to approving an FMEP, NMFS must publish 
notification announcing the availability of the FMEP for public review 
and comment.
    The Nez Perce Tribe TRMP describes fisheries targeting adult fall 
Chinook and coho salmon within the Snake River Basin. The plan was 
provided to NMFS under the ESA Tribal 4(d) Rule. The

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TRMP describes timing, location, harvest impact limits, and gear. A 
variety of monitoring and evaluation is included in the TRMP. Prior to 
making a final determination on Tribal plans, NMFS must take comments 
on its pending determination as to whether or not implementation of the 
plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of 
the listed salmonids.
    All of these plans are considered together in the draft 
Environmental Assessment. NMFS proposed approval of the FMEPs and 
proposed determination on the TRMP are considered as a single action in 
the Environmental Assessment.

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).
    The ESA Tribal 4(d) Rule (65 FR 42481, July 10, 2000) states that 
the ESA section 9 take prohibitions will not apply to Tribal Plans that 
will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery for 
the listed species (50 CFR 223.204(b)(3)).

    Dated: July 8, 2019.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-14771 Filed 7-10-19; 8:45 am]
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