Marine Mammals and Endangered Species, 34371-34372 [2019-15304]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 138 / Thursday, July 18, 2019 / Notices effective in reducing the effects of the specified activity. Based on the analysis contained herein of the likely effects of the specified activity on marine mammals and their habitat, and taking into consideration the implementation of the proposed monitoring and mitigation measures, NMFS preliminarily finds that the total marine mammal take from the proposed activity will have a negligible impact on all affected marine mammal species or stocks. Small Numbers As noted above, only small numbers of incidental take may be authorized under Section 101(a)(5)(D) of the MMPA for specified activities other than military readiness activities. The MMPA does not define small numbers and so, in practice, where estimated numbers are available, NMFS compares the number of individuals taken to the most appropriate estimation of abundance of the relevant species or stock in our determination of whether an authorization is limited to small numbers of marine mammals. Additionally, other qualitative factors may be considered in the analysis, such as the temporal or spatial scale of the activities. The take of six marine mammal stocks proposed for authorization comprises less than two percent of the stock abundance, and less than 11 percent for bottlenose dolphins (California coastal). Based on the analysis contained herein of the proposed activity (including the proposed mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, NMFS preliminarily finds that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the population size of the affected species or stocks. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination There are no relevant subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal stocks or species implicated by this action. Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal agency insure that any action it authorizes, funds, or carries out is not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of any endangered or threatened species or result in the destruction or adverse modification of designated critical habitat. No ESA listed species are proposed for take. Therefore, NMFS has determined consultation under the ESA is not required. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jul 17, 2019 Jkt 247001 Proposed Authorization As a result of these preliminary determinations, NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to the City for conducting for the proposed pile driving and removal activities for construction of the Alameda Seaplane Lagoon ferry terminal for one year, beginning August 2019, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. A draft of the proposed IHA can be found at https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ incidental-take-authorizations-undermarine-mammal-protection-act. Request for Public Comments We request comment on our analyses, the proposed authorization, and any other aspect of this Notice of Proposed IHA for the proposed pile driving and removal activities for construction of the ferry terminal. We also request comment on the potential for renewal of this proposed IHA as described in the paragraph below. Please include with your comments any supporting data or literature citations to help inform our final decision on the request for MMPA authorization. D On a case-by-case basis, NMFS may issue a one-year IHA renewal with an additional 15 days for public comments when (1) another year of identical or nearly identical activities as described in the Specified Activities section of this notice is planned or (2) the activities as described in the Specified Activities section of this notice would not be completed by the time the IHA expires and a second IHA would allow for completion of the activities beyond that described in the Dates and Duration section of this notice, provided all of the following conditions are met. A request for renewal is received no later than 60 days prior to expiration of the current IHA. D The request for renewal must include the following: (1) An explanation that the activities to be conducted under the requested Renewal are identical to the activities analyzed under the initial IHA, are a subset of the activities, or include changes so minor (e.g., reduction in pile size) that the changes do not affect the previous analyses, mitigation and monitoring requirements, or take estimates (with the exception of reducing the type or amount of take because only a subset of the initially analyzed activities remain to be completed under the Renewal); and (2) A preliminary monitoring report showing the results of the required monitoring to date and an explanation PO 00000 Frm 00040 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34371 showing that the monitoring results do not indicate impacts of a scale or nature not previously analyzed or authorized; D Upon review of the request for Renewal, the status of the affected species or stocks, and any other pertinent information, NMFS determines that there are no more than minor changes in the activities, the mitigation and monitoring measures will remain the same and appropriate, and the findings in the initial IHA remain valid. Dated: July 15, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–15299 Filed 7–17–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Mammals and Endangered Species National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Notice; issuance of permits and permit modifications. ACTION: Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable. SUMMARY: The permits and related documents are available for review 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. ADDRESSES: Erin Markin (Permit No. 21858–01), Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 20610–01), and Sara Young (Permit Nos. 22289, 22293, and 22298); at (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notices were published in the Federal Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit or permit amendment had been submitted by the below-named applicants. To locate the Federal Register notice that announced our receipt of the application and a complete description of the research, go to www.federalregister.gov and search on the permit number provided in the table below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1 34372 khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Permit No. Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 138 / Thursday, July 18, 2019 / Notices 20610–01 ... 0648–XF801 21858–01 ... 0648–XG332 22289 ......... 0648–XG913 22293 ......... 0648–XG913 22298 ......... 0648–XG913 Previous Federal Register notice David Portnoy, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester MA 01930 (Responsible Party: Julie Crocker). Alaska Fisheries Science Center’s Marine Mammal Laboratory (MML), 7600 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle, WA 98115–0070 (Responsible Party: John Bengtson). Alaska Sea Life Center (ASLC), P.O. Box 1329, 301 Railway Avenue, Seward, AK 99664 (Responsible Party: Tara Reimer). Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G), P.O. Box 25526, Juneau, AK 99802–5526 (Responsible Party: Michael Rehberg). 84 FR 24103; May 24, 2019 .. June 27, 2019 84 FR 20618; May 10, 2019 .. June 25, 2019. 84 FR 15597; April 16, 2019 .. June 21, 2019. 84 FR 15597; April 16, 2019 .. June 21, 2019. 84 FR 15597; April 16, 2019 .. June 21, 2019. For Permit Nos. 20610–01 and 21585– 01, in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS). For Permit Nos. 22289, 22293, and 22298, a determination was made that the activities authorized are consistent with the Preferred Alternative in the Final Programmatic EIS for Steller Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research (NMFS 2007). A supplemental EA (NMFS 2014) was prepared for the addition of unmanned aerial surveys to the suite of Steller sea lion research activities analyzed under the EIS and concluded that issuance of the permits would not have a significant adverse impact on the human environment. An environmental review memo was prepared to summarize these findings. As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA. Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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), as applicable. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Jul 17, 2019 Permit or amendment issuance date Applicant RIN Jkt 247001 Dated: July 15, 2019. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. STATUS: [FR Doc. 2019–15304 Filed 7–17–19; 8:45 am] Alberta E. Mills, Secretary, Division of the Secretariat, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7479. BILLING CODE 3510–22–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice Wednesday, July 24, 2019; 1:30 p.m. PLACE: Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. STATUS: Commission Meeting. MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: Recreational Off-Highway Vehicles (ROV). TIME AND DATE: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Alberta E. Mills, Secretary, Division of the Secretariat, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7479. Dated: July 16, 2019. Alberta E. Mills, Secretary. Commission Meeting. Refrigerator Safety Act Policy Statement. MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: Dated: July 16, 2019. Alberta E. Mills, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–15427 Filed 7–16–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice Wednesday, July 24, 2019; 10:00 a.m. TIME AND DATE: Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. PLACE: STATUS: Commission Meeting. The National Academy of Science (NAS) will brief the Commission on Organohalogen Flame Retardant Scoping and Feasibility Plan. MATTER TO BE CONSIDERED: [FR Doc. 2019–15429 Filed 7–16–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P CONTACT PERSON FOR MORE INFORMATION: CONSUMER PRODUCT SAFETY COMMISSION Sunshine Act Meeting Notice Wednesday, July 24, 2019; 9:00 a.m. PLACE: Hearing Room 420, Bethesda Towers, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814. TIME AND DATE: PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Alberta E. Mills, Secretary, Division of the Secretariat, Office of the General Counsel, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 4330 East West Highway, Bethesda, MD 20814, (301) 504–7479. Dated: July 16, 2019. Alberta E. Mills, Secretary. [FR Doc. 2019–15428 Filed 7–16–19; 4:15 pm] BILLING CODE 6355–01–P E:\FR\FM\18JYN1.SGM 18JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 138 (Thursday, July 18, 2019)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-15304]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permits and permit modifications.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have 
been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as 
applicable.

ADDRESSES: The permits and related documents are available for review 
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.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Markin (Permit No. 21858-01), 
Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 20610-01), and Sara Young (Permit Nos. 
22289, 22293, and 22298); at (301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notices were published in the Federal 
Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit or permit 
amendment had been submitted by the below-named applicants. To locate 
the Federal Register notice that announced our receipt of the 
application and a complete description of the research, go to 
www.federalregister.gov and search on the permit number provided in the 
table below.

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                                                                      Previous Federal     Permit or amendment
     Permit No.               RIN                  Applicant           Register notice        issuance date
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20610-01...........  0648-XF801             David Portnoy, Ph.D.,    84 FR 24103; May    June 27, 2019
                                             Texas A&M University,    24, 2019.
                                             Corpus Christi, TX
                                             78412.
21858-01...........  0648-XG332             NMFS Greater Atlantic    84 FR 20618; May    June 25, 2019.
                                             Regional Fisheries       10, 2019.
                                             Office, 55 Great
                                             Republic Drive,
                                             Gloucester MA 01930
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Julie Crocker).
22289..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Fisheries         84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             Science Center's         16, 2019.
                                             Marine Mammal
                                             Laboratory (MML), 7600
                                             Sand Point Way NE,
                                             Seattle, WA 98115-0070
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             John Bengtson).
22293..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Sea Life Center   84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             (ASLC), P.O. Box 1329,   16, 2019.
                                             301 Railway Avenue,
                                             Seward, AK 99664
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Tara Reimer).
22298..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Department of     84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             Fish and Game (ADF&G),   16, 2019.
                                             P.O. Box 25526,
                                             Juneau, AK 99802-5526
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Michael Rehberg).
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    For Permit Nos. 20610-01 and 21585-01, in compliance with the 
National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a 
final determination has been made that the activities proposed are 
categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental 
assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS).
    For Permit Nos. 22289, 22293, and 22298, a determination was made 
that the activities authorized are consistent with the Preferred 
Alternative in the Final Programmatic EIS for Steller Sea Lion and 
Northern Fur Seal Research (NMFS 2007). A supplemental EA (NMFS 2014) 
was prepared for the addition of unmanned aerial surveys to the suite 
of Steller sea lion research activities analyzed under the EIS and 
concluded that issuance of the permits would not have a significant 
adverse impact on the human environment. An environmental review memo 
was prepared to summarize these findings.
    As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was 
based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good 
faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered 
species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set 
forth in Section 2 of the ESA.
    Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the Marine 
Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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), as applicable.

    Dated: July 15, 2019.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15304 Filed 7-17-19; 8:45 am]
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