Review of Nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary, 61935-61936 [2020-21664]

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[FR Doc. 2020–21679 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–HR–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE ADDRESSES: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Review of Nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary The meeting will be held virtually via Cisco WebEx. Tahara Dawkins, NOAA/NESDIS/ CRSRA, 1335 East West Highway, G– 101, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910; 301–427–2560 or CRSRA@noaa.gov. As required by Section 10(a)(2) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. App. (FACA) and its implementing regulations, see 41 CFR 102–3.150, notice is hereby given of the meeting of ACCRES. 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PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In May 2020, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requested written comments to facilitate ONMS review of the nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS). NOAA requested relevant information as it pertains to the 11 national significance criteria and management considerations that NOAA applied to evaluate the CHNMS nomination for inclusion in the national inventory of areas that NOAA may be considered for future designation as a national marine sanctuary. NOAA has synthesized the information gathered through the public process, completed an internal analysis, and the ONMS Director has determined that the CHNMS nomination will remain in the inventory until at least October 5, 2025. DATES: This determination is effective on October 5, 2020. ADDRESSES: William Douros Regional Director, ONMS West Coast Region, 99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 100F, Monterey, CA SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1 61936 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 191 / Thursday, October 1, 2020 / Notices 93940, or at william.douros@noaa.gov, or 831–647–6452. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Douros Regional Director, ONMS West Coast Region, 99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 100F, Monterey, CA 93940, or at william.douros@noaa.gov, or 831– 647–6452. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Background Information In 2014, NOAA issued a final rule establishing the sanctuary nomination process (SNP), a process by which communities may submit nominations of areas of the marine and Great Lakes environment for NOAA to consider for designation as a national marine sanctuary (79 FR 33851). The final rule establishing the SNP included a five year limit on any nomination added to the inventory that NOAA does not advance for designation. The nomination for CHNMS was accepted to the national inventory on October 5, 2015, and was scheduled to expire in October 2020. In November 2019, NOAA issued a notice (84 FR 61546) to clarify procedures for evaluating and updating a nomination as it approaches the fiveyear mark. The clarified procedure is intended to ensure the inventory contains nominations that remain relevant and responsive to the 11 SNP national significance criteria and management considerations (‘‘SNP Criteria’’). The 11 SNP Criteria can be found at https://nominate.noaa.gov. The process to update a nomination about to expire at the five-year mark includes the following steps: 1. ONMS notifies the nominating party at about the four and a half-year mark to give the nominating party an opportunity to provide updates of the nominated area’s relevance to the SNP Criteria. 2. ONMS staff work with partners and the public to gather information on the nomination’s relevance to the SNP Criteria. 3. ONMS staff review information received from the original nominating party, partners, the public and other relevant sources against the SNP Criteria to assess if the nomination is still accurate and relevant. 4. ONMS staff produce a brief synopsis report to the ONMS Director, presenting an analysis of information that has been collected, and a recommendation regarding maintaining the nomination in the inventory, or removing it once the five-year anniversary is reached. On May 4, 2020, NOAA issued a request for public comments on this VerDate Sep<11>2014 22:13 Sep 30, 2020 Jkt 253001 nomination (85 FR 26443). NOAA requested relevant information pertaining to the 11 SNP Criteria that NOAA applied to evaluate the CHNMS nomination for inclusion in the national inventory of areas that NOAA may consider for future designation as a national marine sanctuary. NOAA also hosted a virtual public meeting on May 27, 2020. A total of 14,358 public comments were received during this public process. Comments can be found at regulations.gov (search for document number NOAA–NOS–2020–0063–0001). In analyzing these comments, particular attention was given to new scientific information about the national significance of natural and cultural resources, as well as increases or decreases in the threats to resources originally proposed for protection, and changes to the management framework of the area. NOAA also assessed the level of community-based support for the nomination from a broad range of interests. NOAA reviewed information provided regarding the nomination’s merit for remaining on the inventory after five years, and has determined that new information shows: There are still significant threats to the area; it is still an area of national significance, and there is still broad community support for the nomination remaining on the inventory of possible designations, among other criteria that the nomination still continues to meet. Therefore, the ONMS Director has determined the nomination for the CHNMS should remain on the inventory. NOAA is not proposing to designate CHNMS or any other any new national marine sanctuary with this action. This notice serves to inform the public of this decision to extend the nomination on the inventory. I. Classification A. National Environmental Policy Act NOAA determined that because this action is a notice of an administrative nature, and does not designate any new national marine sanctuaries, it meets the definition in Appendix E of the NOAA NEPA Companion Manual under categorical exclusion reference number G7 ‘‘Preparation of policy directives, rules, regulations, and guidelines of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural nature, or for which the environmental effects are too broad, speculative or conjectural to lend themselves to meaningful analysis and will be subject later to the NEPA process, either collectively or on a caseby-case basis.’’ In considering the list of extraordinary circumstances, NOAA PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 determined that none would be triggered by this action. Therefore, NOAA determined that this action would not result in significant effects to the human environment and is categorically excluded from the need for further review under NEPA. Should NOAA decide to designate a national marine sanctuary, each national marine sanctuary designation will be subject to case-by-case analysis as required under NEPA and section 304(a)(2)(A) of the NMSA. This NEPA determination was prepared using the 2020 CEQ NEPA Regulations. The effective date of the 2020 CEQ NEPA Regulations was September 14, 2020, and reviews begun after this date are required to apply the 2020 regulations unless there is a clear and fundamental conflict with an applicable statute. 85 FR at 43372–73 (§§ 1506.13, 1507.3(a)). B. Paperwork Reduction Act Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law, no person is required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et seq., unless that collection of information displays a currently valid Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. Nominations for national marine sanctuaries discussed in this notice involve a collection-ofinformation requirement subject to the requirements of the PRA. OMB has approved this collection-of-information requirement under OMB control number 0648–0682. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.) John Armor, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–21664 Filed 9–30–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA324] Fisheries of the South Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean; Southeast Data, Assessment, and Review (SEDAR); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\01OCN1.SGM 01OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Review of Nomination for Chumash Heritage National Marine 
Sanctuary

AGENCY: Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS), National Ocean 
Service (NOS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), 
Department of Commerce (DOC).

ACTION: Notice.

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SUMMARY: In May 2020, the Office of National Marine Sanctuaries (ONMS) 
of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) requested 
written comments to facilitate ONMS review of the nomination for 
Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary (CHNMS). NOAA requested 
relevant information as it pertains to the 11 national significance 
criteria and management considerations that NOAA applied to evaluate 
the CHNMS nomination for inclusion in the national inventory of areas 
that NOAA may be considered for future designation as a national marine 
sanctuary. NOAA has synthesized the information gathered through the 
public process, completed an internal analysis, and the ONMS Director 
has determined that the CHNMS nomination will remain in the inventory 
until at least October 5, 2025.

DATES: This determination is effective on October 5, 2020.

ADDRESSES: William Douros Regional Director, ONMS West Coast Region, 99 
Pacific Street, Bldg. 100F, Monterey, CA

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93940, or at [email protected], or 831-647-6452.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: William Douros Regional Director, ONMS 
West Coast Region, 99 Pacific Street, Bldg. 100F, Monterey, CA 93940, 
or at [email protected], or 831-647-6452.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background Information

    In 2014, NOAA issued a final rule establishing the sanctuary 
nomination process (SNP), a process by which communities may submit 
nominations of areas of the marine and Great Lakes environment for NOAA 
to consider for designation as a national marine sanctuary (79 FR 
33851). The final rule establishing the SNP included a five year limit 
on any nomination added to the inventory that NOAA does not advance for 
designation. The nomination for CHNMS was accepted to the national 
inventory on October 5, 2015, and was scheduled to expire in October 
2020.
    In November 2019, NOAA issued a notice (84 FR 61546) to clarify 
procedures for evaluating and updating a nomination as it approaches 
the five-year mark. The clarified procedure is intended to ensure the 
inventory contains nominations that remain relevant and responsive to 
the 11 SNP national significance criteria and management considerations 
(``SNP Criteria''). The 11 SNP Criteria can be found at https://nominate.noaa.gov. The process to update a nomination about to expire 
at the five-year mark includes the following steps:
    1. ONMS notifies the nominating party at about the four and a half-
year mark to give the nominating party an opportunity to provide 
updates of the nominated area's relevance to the SNP Criteria.
    2. ONMS staff work with partners and the public to gather 
information on the nomination's relevance to the SNP Criteria.
    3. ONMS staff review information received from the original 
nominating party, partners, the public and other relevant sources 
against the SNP Criteria to assess if the nomination is still accurate 
and relevant.
    4. ONMS staff produce a brief synopsis report to the ONMS Director, 
presenting an analysis of information that has been collected, and a 
recommendation regarding maintaining the nomination in the inventory, 
or removing it once the five-year anniversary is reached.
    On May 4, 2020, NOAA issued a request for public comments on this 
nomination (85 FR 26443). NOAA requested relevant information 
pertaining to the 11 SNP Criteria that NOAA applied to evaluate the 
CHNMS nomination for inclusion in the national inventory of areas that 
NOAA may consider for future designation as a national marine 
sanctuary. NOAA also hosted a virtual public meeting on May 27, 2020. A 
total of 14,358 public comments were received during this public 
process. Comments can be found at regulations.gov (search for document 
number NOAA-NOS-2020-0063-0001). In analyzing these comments, 
particular attention was given to new scientific information about the 
national significance of natural and cultural resources, as well as 
increases or decreases in the threats to resources originally proposed 
for protection, and changes to the management framework of the area. 
NOAA also assessed the level of community-based support for the 
nomination from a broad range of interests.
    NOAA reviewed information provided regarding the nomination's merit 
for remaining on the inventory after five years, and has determined 
that new information shows: There are still significant threats to the 
area; it is still an area of national significance, and there is still 
broad community support for the nomination remaining on the inventory 
of possible designations, among other criteria that the nomination 
still continues to meet. Therefore, the ONMS Director has determined 
the nomination for the CHNMS should remain on the inventory. NOAA is 
not proposing to designate CHNMS or any other any new national marine 
sanctuary with this action. This notice serves to inform the public of 
this decision to extend the nomination on the inventory.

I. Classification

A. National Environmental Policy Act

    NOAA determined that because this action is a notice of an 
administrative nature, and does not designate any new national marine 
sanctuaries, it meets the definition in Appendix E of the NOAA NEPA 
Companion Manual under categorical exclusion reference number G7 
``Preparation of policy directives, rules, regulations, and guidelines 
of an administrative, financial, legal, technical, or procedural 
nature, or for which the environmental effects are too broad, 
speculative or conjectural to lend themselves to meaningful analysis 
and will be subject later to the NEPA process, either collectively or 
on a case-by-case basis.'' In considering the list of extraordinary 
circumstances, NOAA determined that none would be triggered by this 
action. Therefore, NOAA determined that this action would not result in 
significant effects to the human environment and is categorically 
excluded from the need for further review under NEPA. Should NOAA 
decide to designate a national marine sanctuary, each national marine 
sanctuary designation will be subject to case-by-case analysis as 
required under NEPA and section 304(a)(2)(A) of the NMSA. This NEPA 
determination was prepared using the 2020 CEQ NEPA Regulations. The 
effective date of the 2020 CEQ NEPA Regulations was September 14, 2020, 
and reviews begun after this date are required to apply the 2020 
regulations unless there is a clear and fundamental conflict with an 
applicable statute. 85 FR at 43372-73 (Sec. Sec.  1506.13, 1507.3(a)).

B. Paperwork Reduction Act

    Notwithstanding any other provisions of the law, no person is 
required to respond to, nor shall any person be subject to a penalty 
for failure to comply with a collection of information subject to the 
requirements of the Paperwork Reduction Act (PRA), 44 U.S.C. 3501 et 
seq., unless that collection of information displays a currently valid 
Office of Management and Budget (OMB) control number. Nominations for 
national marine sanctuaries discussed in this notice involve a 
collection-of-information requirement subject to the requirements of 
the PRA. OMB has approved this collection-of-information requirement 
under OMB control number 0648-0682.

(Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1431 et seq.)

John Armor,
Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries, National Ocean 
Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
[FR Doc. 2020-21664 Filed 9-30-20; 8:45 am]
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