Marine Mammals; File No. 23117, 45997-45998 [2019-18865]

Download as PDF khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / Notices the haulouts may cause behavioral responses by an animal, but they are expected to be mild and temporary and limited to Level B harassment. The planned activities would not result in permanent impacts to habitats used directly by marine mammals except the actual footprint of the project. The footprint of the project is small, and equal to the area the ferry associated pile placement. The installation of piles for the new pier will result in permanent impacts on 61 ft2 of aquatic habitat. At best, the impact area, which is located in Seaplane Lagoon, provides marginal foraging habitat for marine mammals and fish. In addition, impacts to marine mammal prey species are expected to be minor and temporary. Overall, the area impacted by the project is very small compared to the available habitat in the bay. The most likely impact to prey will be temporary behavioral avoidance of the immediate area. During pile driving/removal activities, it is expected that fish and marine mammals would temporarily move to nearby locations and return to the area following cessation of in-water construction activities. Therefore, indirect effects on marine mammal prey during the construction are not expected to be substantial. In summary and as described above, the following factors primarily support our determination that the impacts resulting from this activity are not expected to adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival: D No serious injury or mortality is anticipated; D Anticipated incidents of Level A harassment are very small in number and would consist of no more than a small degree of PTS; D Anticipated incidents of Level B harassment consist of, at worst, temporary modifications in behavior; D Minimal impacts to marine mammal habitat are expected; D The action area is located and within an active marine commercial area; D There are no rookeries, or other known areas or features of special significance for foraging or reproduction in the project area; D The required mitigation measures (i.e., shutdown zones and pile cushion, and bubble curtain) are expected to be 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 planned monitoring and mitigation VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Aug 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 measures, NMFS finds that the total marine mammal take from the planned 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 6 marine mammal stocks 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 planned activity (including the mitigation and monitoring measures) and the anticipated take of marine mammals, NMFS finds that small numbers of marine mammals will be taken relative to the population size of the affected species or stocks. 45997 qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. 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 authorized for take. Therefore, NMFS has determined consultation under the ESA is not required. Authorization As a result of these determinations, NMFS authorizes an IHA to the City for pile driving and removal activities during construction of the Alameda Seaplane Lagoon ferry terminal provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. Dated: August 27, 2019. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–18884 Filed 8–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Unmitigable Adverse Impact Analysis and Determination There are no relevant subsistence uses of the affected marine mammal stocks or species implicated by this action. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Environmental Policy Act To comply with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (NEPA; 42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) and NOAA Administrative Order (NAO) 216–6A, NMFS must review our action (i.e., the issuance of an incidental harassment authorization) with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. This action is consistent with categories of activities identified in Categorical Exclusion B4 (incidental harassment authorizations with no anticipated serious injury or mortality) of the Companion Manual for NOAA Administrative Order 216–6A, which do not individually or cumulatively have the potential for significant impacts on the quality of the human environment and for which we have not identified any extraordinary circumstances that would preclude this categorical exclusion. Accordingly, NMFS has determined that the issuance of the IHA AGENCY: PO 00000 Frm 00054 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 RIN 0648–XR031 Marine Mammals; File No. 23117 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. Notice is hereby given that BBC Worldwide Americas, 1120 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036 (Responsible Party: Orla Doherty), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct commercial or educational photography on Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii), minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and killer whales (Orcinus orca). DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before October 3, 2019. ADDRESSES: These documents are available upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 EastSUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1 45998 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 170 / Tuesday, September 3, 2019 / Notices 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. 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. Carrie Hubard or Sara Young, (301) 427– 8401. The subject permit 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 applicant proposes to film Weddell seals near McMurdo Station, Antarctica and to film killer and minke whales in ice leads of the Ross Sea. Up to 800 Weddell seals could be filmed annually from tripods on the ice, underwater divers, remotely operated underwater vehicles, pole cameras, static underwater cameras, and unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). A maximum of 200 minke whales and 500 killer whales could be filmed annually using UAS, cameras on the ice, and underwater pole and static cameras. Crabeater (Lobodon carcinophaga) and leopard (Hydrurga leptonyx) seals may be incidentally harassed during filming. Footage will be used for the Frozen Planet II television documentary series. The permit would be valid until January 31, 2021. 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 activity proposed is 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 application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. khammond on DSKBBV9HB2PROD with NOTICES VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:24 Aug 30, 2019 Jkt 247001 [FR Doc. 2019–18865 Filed 8–30–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P BUREAU OF CONSUMER FINANCIAL PROTECTION [Docket No. CFPB–2019–0049] Agency Information Collection Activities: Comment Request Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection. ACTION: Notice and request for comment. AGENCY: In accordance with the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (PRA), the Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Bureau) is requesting, to renew the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approval for an existing information collection titled, ‘‘Generic Information Collection Plan for Surveys Using the Consumer Credit Panel.’’ DATES: Written comments are encouraged and must be received on or before November 4, 2019 to be assured of consideration. ADDRESSES: You may submit comments, identified by the title of the information collection, OMB Control Number (see below), and docket number (see above), by any of the following methods: • Electronic: Go to http:// www.regulations.gov. Follow the instructions for submitting comments. • Email: PRA_Comments@cfpb.gov. Include Docket No. CFPB–2019–0049 in the subject line of the message. • Mail: Comment Intake, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. • Hand Delivery/Courier: Comment Intake, Bureau of Consumer Financial Protection (Attention: PRA Office), 1700 G Street NW, Washington, DC 20552. Please note that comments submitted after the comment period will not be accepted. In general, all comments received will become public records, including any personal information provided. Sensitive personal information, such as account numbers or Social Security numbers, should not be included. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Documentation prepared in support of this information collection request is available at www.regulations.gov. Requests for additional information should be directed to Darrin King, PRA SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: August 27, 2019. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. PO 00000 Frm 00055 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Officer, at (202) 435–9575, or email: CFPB_PRA@cfpb.gov. If you require this document in an alternative electronic format, please contact CFPB_ Accessibility@cfpb.gov. Please do not submit comments to these email boxes. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Title of Collection: Generic Information Collection Plan for Surveys Using the Consumer Credit Panel. OMB Control Number: 3170–0066. Type of Review: Extension without change of an existing information collection. Affected Public: Individuals and households. Estimated Number of Annual Respondents: 6,000. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 3,000. Abstract: Under the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act, the Bureau is charged with researching, analyzing, and reporting on topics relating to the Bureau’s mission, including consumer behavior, consumer awareness, and developments in markets for consumer financial products and services. In order to improve its understanding of how consumers engage with financial markets, the Bureau has used the Consumer Credit Panel, a proprietary sample dataset from one of the national credit reporting agencies, as a frame to survey people about their experiences in consumer credit markets. The Bureau seeks to obtain approval for a generic information collection plan for these types of surveys. Surveys conducted under this generic information collection plan will support the Bureau’s mission to conduct research in areas related to consumer finance including research to monitor developments in consumers’ financial situations, related changes in their use of financial products, and the impacts that these decisions have on their balance sheets. All research under this plan will be for general, formative, and informational research on consumer financial markets and consumers’ use of financial products and will not directly provide the basis for specific policymaking at the Bureau. This is a routine request for OMB to renew its approval of the collections of information currently approved under this OMB control number. The Bureau is not proposing any new or revised collections of information pursuant to this request. Request for Comments: Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the Bureau, including whether the E:\FR\FM\03SEN1.SGM 03SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XR031


Marine Mammals; File No. 23117

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that BBC Worldwide Americas, 1120 
Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY 10036 (Responsible Party: Orla 
Doherty), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct commercial or 
educational photography on Weddell seals (Leptonychotes weddellii), 
minke whales (Balaenoptera acutorostrata) and killer whales (Orcinus 
orca).

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before October 3, 2019.

ADDRESSES: These documents are available upon written request or by 
appointment in the Permits and Conservation Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-

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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. 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: Carrie Hubard or Sara Young, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit 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 applicant proposes to film Weddell seals near McMurdo Station, 
Antarctica and to film killer and minke whales in ice leads of the Ross 
Sea. Up to 800 Weddell seals could be filmed annually from tripods on 
the ice, underwater divers, remotely operated underwater vehicles, pole 
cameras, static underwater cameras, and unmanned aircraft systems 
(UAS). A maximum of 200 minke whales and 500 killer whales could be 
filmed annually using UAS, cameras on the ice, and underwater pole and 
static cameras. Crabeater (Lobodon carcinophaga) and leopard (Hydrurga 
leptonyx) seals may be incidentally harassed during filming. Footage 
will be used for the Frozen Planet II television documentary series. 
The permit would be valid until January 31, 2021.
    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 activity proposed is 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 application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: August 27, 2019.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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