Marine Mammals and Endangered Species, 67722-67723 [2019-26619]

Download as PDF 67722 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / Notices MS Co-op Program: • 0.29 percent = the lower of 3 percent or ($33,232.92/$11,562,542.83) × 100. CP Co-op Program: • 0.08 percent = the lower of 3 percent or ($16,050.48/$20,307,972.13) × 100. MS pricing is the average price per pound that the CP Co-op Program will use to determine their fee amount due (MS pricing multiplied by the value of the Pacific whiting harvested by the vessel registered to a CP-endorsed limited entry trawl permit, multiplied by the CP fee percentage, equals the fee amount due). MS pricing is based on the average price per pound of Pacific whiting as reported in PacFIN from the shorebased IFQ sector. In other words, data from the IFQ fishery was used as a proxy for the MS average price per pound to determine the MS pricing used in the calculation for the CP Co-op Program’s fee amount due. NMFS has calculated the 2020 MS pricing to be used as a proxy by the CP Co-op Program as: $0.08/lb for Pacific whiting. Cost recovery fees are submitted to NMFS by fish buyers via Pay.gov (https://www.pay.gov/paygov/). Fees are only accepted in Pay.gov by credit/debit card or bank transfers. Cash or checks cannot be accepted. Fish buyers registered with Pay.gov can login in the upper left-hand corner of the screen. Fish buyers not registered with Pay.gov can go to the cost recovery forms directly from the website below. The links to the Pay.gov forms for each lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES Permit No. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq., 16 U.S.C.773 et seq., and 16 U.S.C. 7001 et seq. Dated: December 5, 2019. Jennifer M. Wallace, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26618 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] 0648–XF801 22435 .............. 0648–XR017 22835 .............. 0648–XR003 23043 .............. 0648–XR051 23092 .............. 0648–PR–A004 23095 .............. 0648–XR033 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: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman (Permit Nos. 22835 and 23095), Jennifer Skidmore (Permit Nos. 20610–02, 22435, and 23092), and Carrie Hubard (Permit No. 23043); at (301) 427–8401. 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. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Marine Mammals and Endangered Species National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: Applicant Previous Federal Register notice David Portnoy, Ph.D., Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi, TX 78412. Northwest Fisheries Science Center, Marine Forensic Laboratory (Responsible Party: Kevin Werner, Ph.D.), 2725 Montlake Blvd East, Seattle, WA 98112. Scripps Institute of Oceanography (Responsible Party: John Hildebrand, Ph.D.), University of California San Diego, 9500 Gilman Drive, La Jolla, CA 92093. Devon Massyn, Natural History Unit, 2118 Manhattan Beach Blvd, Unit B, Redondo Beach, CA 90278. C. Scott Baker, Ph.D., Oregon State University, Marine Mammal Institute, Hatfield Marine Science Center, 2030 SE Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR 97365. Ari Friedlaender, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, 115 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060. 84 FR 50018; September 24, 2019. 84 FR 36054; July 26, 2019. November 15, 2019. 84 FR 31846; July 3, 2019. November 1, 2019. 84 FR 52073; October 1, 2019. November 25, 2019. 84 FR 49098; September 18, 2019. November 5, 2019. 84 FR 39811; August 12, 2019. November 13, 2019. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final 16:23 Dec 10, 2019 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: BILLING CODE 3510–22–P RIN 20610–02 ........ VerDate Sep<11>2014 program (IFQ, MS, or CP) are listed below: IFQ: https://www.pay.gov/public/form/ start/58062865 MS: https://www.pay.gov/public/form/ start/58378422 CP: https://www.pay.gov/public/form/ start/58102817 As stated in the preamble to the cost recovery proposed and final rules, in the spring of each year, NMFS will release an annual report documenting the details and data used for the above calculations. The report includes information such as the fee percentage calculation, program costs, and exvessel value by sector. Annual reports are available at: http:// www.westcoast.fisheries.noaa.gov/ fisheries/groundfish_catch_shares/ rules_regulations/costrecovery.html. Jkt 250001 determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Permit or amendment issuance date November 15, 2019. prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was based on E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 238 / Wednesday, December 11, 2019 / Notices 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: December 5, 2019. Amy Sloan, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26619 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XV139] Fishing Capacity Reduction Program for the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of fee rate adjustment. AGENCY: NMFS issues this notice to decrease the fee rate to 3.5 percent for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fee-share fishery to repay the $28,428,718.88 Groundfish sub-loan of the $35,662,471 reduction loan that financed the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishing capacity reduction program. DATES: The fee rate decrease for the Pacific Coast Groundfish fishery will begin on landings starting on January 1, 2020. The first due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2020. ADDRESSES: Send questions about this notice to Elaine Saiz, Chief, Financial Services Division, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910– 3282. lotter on DSKBCFDHB2PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Elaine Saiz, (301) 427–8752. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:23 Dec 10, 2019 Jkt 250001 I. Background Sections 312(b) through (e) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e)) generally authorizes fishing capacity reduction programs. In particular, section 312(d) authorizes industry fee systems for repaying reduction loans that finance reduction programs. Subpart L of 50 CFR part 600 is the framework rule generally implementing section 312(b) through (e). Sections 1111 and 1112 of the Merchant Marine Act, 1936 (46 App. U.S.C. 1279f and 1279g) generally authorizes reduction loans. Enacted on February 20, 2003, section 212 of Division B, Title II, of Public Law 108–7 (section 212) specifically authorizes a fishing capacity reduction program for that portion of the limited entry trawl fishery under the Pacific Coast Groundfish Fishery Management Plan whose permits, excluding those registered to whiting catcher-processors, are endorsed for trawl gear operation (reduction fishery). The reduction program’s objective was to reduce the number of vessels and permits endorsed for the operation of groundfish trawl gear. The program also involved corollary fishing capacity reduction in the California, Oregon, and Washington fisheries for Dungeness crab and pink shrimp and the sub-loans for these state fisheries have all been repaid. NMFS proposed the implementing notice on May 28, 2003 (68 FR 31653) and published the final notice on July 18, 2003 (68 FR 42613). NMFS allocated a $28,428,719 reduction loan to the groundfish fishery. The allocation became a reduction loan repayable by fees from the groundfish fishery. NMFS published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225), the final rule to implement the industry fee system for repaying the program’s reduction loan. The regulations implementing the program are located at § 600.1012 of 50 CFR part 600’s subpart M. On August 8, 2005, NMFS published in the Federal Register (70 FR 45695) a notice of the fee effective date and established September 8, 2005 as the effective date when fee collection and loan repayment began. II. Purpose The purpose of this notice is to adjust, in accordance with the framework rule’s § 600.1013(b), the fee rate for the groundfish fishery. Section 600.1013(b) directs NMFS to recalculate the fee rate that will be reasonably necessary to ensure reduction loan repayment within the specified 30-year term. NMFS has PO 00000 Frm 00021 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 67723 determined that the current fee rate of 4.0 percent for the groundfish fishery is projected to collect more than the annual amortization amount needed for 2020. Therefore, NMFS is decreasing the fee rate to 3.5 percent for all landings beginning January 1, 2020. Fish buyers may continue to disburse collected fee deposits to NMFS by using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) or by mailing payments to our lockbox. Our lockbox’s address is: NOAA Fisheries Pacific Coast Groundfish Buyback, P.O. Box 979059, St. Louis, MO 63197–9000. Fish buyers must include the fee collection report with the fee payment. Fish buyers using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) will find an electronic fee collection report form. Fish buyers not using www.pay.gov (http://www.pay.gov) may also access the NMFS website for a copy of the fee collection report at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/ funding-and-financial-services/pacificcoast-groundfish-buyback. III. Notice The new 3.5 percent fee rate for the groundfish fishery will begin for all landings starting January 1, 2020. From and after this date, all groundfish program fish sellers paying fees shall begin paying groundfish program fees at the revised rate. From and after this date, all fees received by NMFS for the groundfish fishery shall be subject to the new fee rates regardless of the applicable fee month. The first due date for fee payments with the decreased rate will be February 14, 2020. Fee collection and submission shall follow previously established methods in § 600.1013 of the framework rule and in the final fee rule published in the Federal Register on July 13, 2005 (70 FR 40225). Authority: The authority for this action is Pub. L. 107 206, Pub. L. 108 7, 16 U.S.C. 1861a (b) through (e), and 50 CFR 600.1000 et seq. Dated: December 5, 2019. Brian T. Pawlak, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–26630 Filed 12–10–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\11DEN1.SGM 11DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 238 (Wednesday, December 11, 2019)]
[Notices]
[Pages 67722-67723]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-26619]


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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: Amy Hapeman (Permit Nos. 22835 and 
23095), Jennifer Skidmore (Permit Nos. 20610-02, 22435, and 23092), and 
Carrie Hubard (Permit No. 23043); 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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20610-02...............        0648-XF801  David Portnoy, Ph.D.,      84 FR 50018;          November 15, 2019.
                                            Texas A&M University,      September 24, 2019.
                                            Corpus Christi, TX 78412.
22435..................        0648-XR017  Northwest Fisheries        84 FR 36054; July     November 15, 2019.
                                            Science Center, Marine     26, 2019.
                                            Forensic Laboratory
                                            (Responsible Party:
                                            Kevin Werner, Ph.D.),
                                            2725 Montlake Blvd East,
                                            Seattle, WA 98112.
22835..................        0648-XR003  Scripps Institute of       84 FR 31846; July 3,  November 1, 2019.
                                            Oceanography               2019.
                                            (Responsible Party: John
                                            Hildebrand, Ph.D.),
                                            University of California
                                            San Diego, 9500 Gilman
                                            Drive, La Jolla, CA
                                            92093.
23043..................        0648-XR051  Devon Massyn, Natural      84 FR 52073; October  November 25, 2019.
                                            History Unit, 2118         1, 2019.
                                            Manhattan Beach Blvd,
                                            Unit B, Redondo Beach,
                                            CA 90278.
23092..................      0648-PR-A004  C. Scott Baker, Ph.D.,     84 FR 49098;          November 5, 2019.
                                            Oregon State University,   September 18, 2019.
                                            Marine Mammal Institute,
                                            Hatfield Marine Science
                                            Center, 2030 SE Marine
                                            Science Drive, Newport,
                                            OR 97365.
23095..................        0648-XR033  Ari Friedlaender, Ph.D.,   84 FR 39811; August   November 13, 2019.
                                            University of California   12, 2019.
                                            at Santa Cruz, 115
                                            McAllister Way, Santa
                                            Cruz, CA 95060.
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    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 or environmental impact statement.
    As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was 
based on

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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: December 5, 2019.
Amy Sloan,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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