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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 76 / Monday, April 20, 2020 / Notices population conditions, and recommends research and monitoring needs. The assessment is independently peer reviewed at the Review Workshop. The product of the Review Workshop is a Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, Highly Migratory Species Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include: data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs); international experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. 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[FR Doc. 2020–08266 Filed 4–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA109] Endangered Species; File No. 19641 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for a permit modification. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, Connecticut 06371 (Responsible Party: Tom Savoy), has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 19641–01. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before May 20, 2020. ADDRESSES: The modification request and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1 jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES 21834 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 76 / Monday, April 20, 2020 / Notices Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 19641–03 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available 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. 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Erin Markin, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject modification to Permit No. 19641–01, issued on March 12, 2019 (84 FR 15595), is requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (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). Permit No. 19641–01 authorizes the permit holder to conduct scientific research on Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon to determine their presence, status, health, habitat use, and movements in Connecticut waters. Researchers may use gill nets and trawls to capture Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon to then measure, weigh, passive integrated transponder (PIT) tag, tissue sample, and photograph prior to release. A subset of individuals may also be anesthetized, acoustically tagged, fin ray sampled, and gastric lavaged. Early life stages (ELS) of shortnose sturgeon may be lethally sampled to document the occurrence of spawning in Connecticut waters. During research activities, the unintentional mortality of up to one juvenile and adult/sub-adult life stage of each species may occur, annually. Due to an expanding population of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in the Connecticut River, the Permit Holder requests annual increases in the take numbers authorized (i.e., from 250 to 500) for both juvenile Atlantic sturgeon and VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:34 Apr 17, 2020 Jkt 250001 adult/sub-adult shortnose sturgeon life stages. The Permit Holder also requests authorization for lethal collection of 300 Atlantic sturgeon ELS to document the occurrence of spawning events in Connecticut waters. The permit expires March 31, 2027. Dated: April 14, 2020. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–08237 Filed 4–17–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Federal Consistency Appeal by Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of appeal. AGENCY: This announcement provides notice that the Department of Commerce has received a ‘‘Notice of Appeal’’ filed by Appellants Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP. Appellants are requesting that the Secretary of Commerce override an objection by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to a consistency certification for a proposed project to construct and operate a liquified natural gas export terminal and a 229-mile interstate natural gas pipeline and compressor station off the Pacific Coast. ADDRESSES: NOAA intends to post publicly available materials and related documents comprising the appeal record on the following website: http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=NOAA-HQ-2020-0058. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For questions about this Notice, contact Rachel Morris, Attorney-Advisor, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Oceans and Coasts Section, and Patrick Carroll, Attorney-Advisor, NOAA Office of the General Counsel, Oceans and Coasts Section, at jordancove.appeal@ noaa.gov or (301) 713–7387. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: SUMMARY: I. Notice of Appeal On March 20, 2020, the Secretary of Commerce (Secretary) received a ‘‘Notice of Appeal’’ filed by Appellants Jordan Cove Energy Project, L.P. and Pacific Connector Gas Pipeline, LP pursuant to the Coastal Zone PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Management Act of 1972 (CZMA), 16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq., and implementing regulations found at 15 CFR part 930, subpart H. Appellants are appealing an objection by the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development to Appellants’ CZMA federal consistency certification for a proposed project to construct and operate a liquified natural gas (LNG) export terminal within the North Spit of Coos Bay and a 229-mile interstate natural gas pipeline and compressor station to connect the LNG export terminal to existing pipeline infrastructure. This matter constitutes an appeal of an ‘‘energy project’’ within the meaning of the CZMA regulations. See 15 CFR 930.123(c). Under the CZMA, the Secretary may override the Oregon Department of Land Conservation and Development’s objection on grounds that the project is consistent with the objectives or purposes of the CZMA, or is necessary in the interest of national security. To make the determination that the proposed activity is ‘‘consistent with the objectives or purposes of the CZMA,’’ the Secretary must find that: (1) The proposed activity furthers the national interest as articulated in sections 302 or 303 of the CZMA, in a significant or substantial manner; (2) the national interest furthered by the proposed activity outweighs the activity’s adverse coastal effects, when those effects are considered separately or cumulatively; and (3) no reasonable alternative is available that would permit the proposed activity to be conducted in a manner consistent with the enforceable policies of the applicable coastal management program. 15 CFR 930.121. To make the determination that the proposed activity is ‘‘necessary in the interest of national security,’’ the Secretary must find that a national defense or other national security interest would be significantly impaired if the proposed activity is not permitted to go forward as proposed. 15 CFR 930.122. II. Public Availability of Appeal Documents NOAA intends to provide access to publicly available materials and related documents comprising the appeal record on the following website: http:// www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail; D=NOAA-HQ-2020-0058. The consolidated record maintained by the lead federal permitting agency is also located at FERC Docket Numbers CP17–494 and CP17–495, FERC Online Docket Search, available at https:// elibrary.ferc.gov/idmws/docket_ search.asp. E:\FR\FM\20APN1.SGM 20APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 76 (Monday, April 20, 2020)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-08237]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA109]


Endangered Species; File No. 19641

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for a permit modification.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Connecticut Department of 
Energy and Environmental Protection, P.O. Box 719, Old Lyme, 
Connecticut 06371 (Responsible Party: Tom Savoy), has requested a 
modification to scientific research Permit No. 19641-01.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before May 20, 2020.

ADDRESSES: The modification request and related documents are available 
for review by selecting ``Records Open for Public Comment'' from the 
Features box on the Applications and Permits for

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Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and 
then selecting File No. 19641-03 from the list of available 
applications. These documents are also available 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.
    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: Malcolm Mohead or Erin Markin, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject modification to Permit No. 
19641-01, issued on March 12, 2019 (84 FR 15595), is requested under 
the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (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).
    Permit No. 19641-01 authorizes the permit holder to conduct 
scientific research on Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon to determine 
their presence, status, health, habitat use, and movements in 
Connecticut waters. Researchers may use gill nets and trawls to capture 
Atlantic and shortnose sturgeon to then measure, weigh, passive 
integrated transponder (PIT) tag, tissue sample, and photograph prior 
to release. A subset of individuals may also be anesthetized, 
acoustically tagged, fin ray sampled, and gastric lavaged. Early life 
stages (ELS) of shortnose sturgeon may be lethally sampled to document 
the occurrence of spawning in Connecticut waters. During research 
activities, the unintentional mortality of up to one juvenile and 
adult/sub-adult life stage of each species may occur, annually. Due to 
an expanding population of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in the 
Connecticut River, the Permit Holder requests annual increases in the 
take numbers authorized (i.e., from 250 to 500) for both juvenile 
Atlantic sturgeon and adult/sub-adult shortnose sturgeon life stages. 
The Permit Holder also requests authorization for lethal collection of 
300 Atlantic sturgeon ELS to document the occurrence of spawning events 
in Connecticut waters. The permit expires March 31, 2027.

    Dated: April 14, 2020.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-08237 Filed 4-17-20; 8:45 am]
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