Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting, 54892-54893 [2019-22291]

Download as PDF 54892 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 198 / Friday, October 11, 2019 / Notices 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 incidental take of ESA-listed species is proposed for authorization or expected to result from this activity. Therefore, NMFS has determined that formal consultation under section 7 of the ESA is not required for this action. jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Proposed Authorization As a result of these preliminary determinations, NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to Carnival for conducting Port of Long Beach Cruise Terminal Improvement Project in Port of Long Beach, California from November 15, 2019 to November 14, 2020, 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 Port of Long Beach Cruise Terminal Improvement Project. We also request at this time comment on the potential 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 decisions on the request for this IHA or a subsequent Renewal. 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 Renewal 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. • 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 VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Oct 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 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). (2) A preliminary monitoring report showing the results of the required monitoring to date and an explanation showing that the monitoring results do not indicate impacts of a scale or nature not previously analyzed or authorized. 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: October 7, 2019. Catherine G. Marzin, Acting Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22252 Filed 10–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XV108 Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting (webinar). AGENCY: SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will host a webinar that is open to the public. DATES: The webinar will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 9 a.m. and will end at 2 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed. ADDRESSES: A public listening station is available at the Pacific Council office (address below). To attend the webinar, use this link: https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinar (click ‘‘Join’’ in top right corner of page); (1) Enter the Webinar ID: 526–133–259; (2) Enter your name and email address (required). You must use your telephone for the audio portion of the meeting by PO 00000 Frm 00060 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 dialing this TOLL number: 1 (914) 614– 3221; (3) Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 294–147–773. NOTE: We have disabled Mic/Speakers as an option and require all participants to use a telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use Windows® 7, Vista, or XP; Mac®-based attendees are required to use Mac OS® X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are required to use iPhone®, iPad®, AndroidTM phone or Android tablet (see https:// www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ipadiphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt at Kris.Kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov or contact him at (503) 820– 2280, extension 411 for technical assistance. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Ehlke, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2410. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the webinar will be to prepare for the Pacific Council’s upcoming November meeting in Costa Mesa, CA; review the Workgroup’s draft Risk Assessment; discuss data needs; and document development, work plans, and progress made on assigned tasks. The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future Workgroup and Council meetings. The Pacific Council’s Salmon Advisory Subpanel will be invited to attend in order to provide additional input and comments on the Workgroup’s draft Risk Assessment report as needed. Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after publication of this document that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations The public listening station is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov; (503) 820–2411) at least 10 days prior to the meeting date. E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 198 / Friday, October 11, 2019 / Notices Dated: October 8, 2019. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22291 Filed 10–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XR058 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Alaska Fisheries Science Center Fisheries Research National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of issuance of Letter of Authorization. AGENCY: jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that a Letter of Authorization (LOA) has been issued to the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) for the take of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in multiple specified geographical regions. DATES: Effective from October 7, 2019, through October 7, 2024. ADDRESSES: The LOA and supporting documentation is available online: www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/ incidental-take-authorization-noaafisheries-afsc-fisheries-and-ecosystemresearch. In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed below. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ben Laws, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Paragraphs 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1371(a)(5)(A) and (D)) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed authorization is provided to the public for review. An authorization for incidental takings shall be granted if NMFS finds VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:56 Oct 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant), and if the permissible methods of taking and requirements pertaining to the mitigation, monitoring and reporting of such takings are set forth. NMFS has defined ‘‘negligible impact’’ in 50 CFR 216.103 as ‘‘an impact resulting from the specified activity that cannot be reasonably expected to, and is not reasonably likely to, adversely affect the species or stock through effects on annual rates of recruitment or survival.’’ Except with respect to certain activities not pertinent here, the MMPA defines ‘‘harassment’’ as: Any act of pursuit, torment, or annoyance which (i) has the potential to injure a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild (Level A harassment); or (ii) has the potential to disturb a marine mammal or marine mammal stock in the wild by causing disruption of behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering (Level B harassment). Summary of Request On September 6, 2017, we received an adequate and complete request from AFSC for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research activities. On August 1, 2018 (83 FR 37638), we published a notice of proposed rulemaking in the Federal Register, requesting comments and information related to the proposed rule for thirty days. The final rule was published in the Federal Register on September 5, 2019 (84 FR 46788). For detailed information on this action, please refer to those documents. The regulations include mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements for the incidental take of marine mammals during fisheries research activities in the specified geographic regions. AFSC conducts fisheries research using trawl gear used at various levels in the water column, hook-and-line gear (including longlines with multiple hooks), gillnets, and other gear. If a marine mammal interacts with gear deployed by AFSC, the outcome could potentially be Level A harassment, serious injury (i.e., any injury that will likely result in mortality), or mortality. We pooled the estimated number of incidents of take resulting from gear interactions and assessed the potential impacts accordingly. AFSC also uses various active acoustic devices in the conduct of fisheries research, and use of PO 00000 Frm 00061 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 54893 these devices has the potential to result in Level B harassment of marine mammals. Level B harassment of pinnipeds hauled out on land may also occur as a result of visual disturbance from vessels conducting AFSC research. AFSC is authorized to take individuals of 19 species by Level A harassment, serious injury, or mortality and of 25 species by Level B harassment. Authorization We have issued an LOA to AFSC authorizing the take of marine mammals incidental to fishery research activities, as described above. Take of marine mammals will be minimized through implementation of the following mitigation measures: (1) Required monitoring of the sampling areas to detect the presence of marine mammals before deployment of certain research gear; and (2) implementation of a ‘‘move-on’’ rule in certain circumstances that is expected to reduce the potential for physical interaction with marine mammals. Additionally, the rule includes an adaptive management component that allows for timely modification of mitigation or monitoring measures based on new information, when appropriate. The AFSC will submit reports as required. Based on these findings and the information discussed in the preamble to the final rule, the activities described will have a negligible impact on marine mammal stocks and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the affected marine mammal stock for subsistence uses. Dated: October 7, 2019. Catherine G. Marzin, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–22251 Filed 10–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No. PTO–P–2019–0037] Grant of Interim Extension of the Term of U.S. Patent No. 6,406,699–ECI® (ELIAS Cancer Immunotherapy) United States Patent and Trademark Office, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Interim Patent Term Extension. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office has issued an order granting interim extension for a oneyear interim extension of the term of U.S. Patent No. 6,406,699. E:\FR\FM\11OCN1.SGM 11OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 198 (Friday, October 11, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 54892-54893]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-22291]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XV108


Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting

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

ACTION: Notice of public meeting (webinar).

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SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council's (Pacific Council) 
Southern Resident Killer Whale (SRKW) Workgroup (Workgroup) will host a 
webinar that is open to the public.

DATES: The webinar will be held Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 9 a.m. 
and will end at 2 p.m. or when business for the day has been completed.

ADDRESSES: A public listening station is available at the Pacific 
Council office (address below). To attend the webinar, use this link: 
https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar (click ``Join'' in top right corner 
of page); (1) Enter the Webinar ID: 526-133-259; (2) Enter your name 
and email address (required). You must use your telephone for the audio 
portion of the meeting by dialing this TOLL number: 1 (914) 614-3221; 
(3) Enter the Attendee phone audio access code: 294-147-773. NOTE: We 
have disabled Mic/Speakers as an option and require all participants to 
use a telephone or cell phone to participate. Technical Information and 
System Requirements: PC-based attendees are required to use 
Windows[supreg] 7, Vista, or XP; Mac[supreg]-based attendees are 
required to use Mac OS[supreg] X 10.5 or newer; Mobile attendees are 
required to use iPhone[supreg], iPad[supreg], AndroidTM 
phone or Android tablet (see https://www.gotomeeting.com/webinar/ipad-iphone-android-webinar-apps). You may send an email to Mr. Kris 
Kleinschmidt at [email protected] or contact him at (503) 820-
2280, extension 411 for technical assistance.
    Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE 
Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220-1384.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Robin Ehlke, Pacific Council; 
telephone: (503) 820-2410.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of the webinar will be to 
prepare for the Pacific Council's upcoming November meeting in Costa 
Mesa, CA; review the Workgroup's draft Risk Assessment; discuss data 
needs; and document development, work plans, and progress made on 
assigned tasks. The Workgroup may also discuss and prepare for future 
Workgroup and Council meetings. The Pacific Council's Salmon Advisory 
Subpanel will be invited to attend in order to provide additional input 
and comments on the Workgroup's draft Risk Assessment report as needed.
    Although non-emergency issues not contained in the meeting agenda 
may be discussed, those issues may not be the subject of formal action 
during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues 
specifically listed in this document and any issues arising after 
publication of this document that require emergency action under 
section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and 
Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to 
take final action to address the emergency.

Special Accommodations

    The public listening station is physically accessible to people 
with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids should be directed to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt 
([email protected]; (503) 820-2411) at least 10 days prior to 
the meeting date.


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    Dated: October 8, 2019.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-22291 Filed 10-10-19; 8:45 am]
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