Marine Mammals and Endangered Species, 63524-63525 [2020-22333]

Download as PDF 63524 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 196 / Thursday, October 8, 2020 / Notices 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. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally, in this case with the NMFS Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office (GARFO), whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. Within the Survey Area, fin, sei, humpback, North Atlantic right, and sperm whales are listed as endangered species under the ESA. Under section 7 of the ESA, BOEM consulted with NMFS on commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf in Massachusetts, Rhode Island, New York, and New Jersey Wind Energy Areas. NOAA’s GARFO issued a Biological Opinion concluding that these activities may adversely affect but are not likely to jeopardize the continues existence of the North Atlantic right, fin, sei, and sperm whale. The Biological Opinion can be found online at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/new-englandmid-atlantic/consultations/section-7biological-opinions-greater-atlanticregion. Upon request from the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, NMFS GARFO issued an amended incidental take statement associated with this Biological Opinion to include the take of the ESA-listed marine mammal species authorized through this IHA in September, 2020. 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 evaluate our proposed action (i.e., the promulgation of regulations and subsequent issuance of incidental take authorization) and alternatives with respect to potential impacts on the human environment. This action is consistent with categories of activities identified in Categorical Exclusion B4 of the Companion Manual for NAO 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 planned action qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to ;rsted for conducting marine site characterization surveys in coastal waters from New York to Massachusetts, for a period of one year, provided the previously mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements are incorporated. Dated: October 5, 2020. Donna Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22307 Filed 10–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. Notice; issuance of permits and permit modifications. ACTION: Notice is hereby given that permits and permit modifications 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 via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 23932), Amy Hapeman (Permit Nos. 18238–03, 21111–02, and 23639), Erin Markin (Permit Nos. 23683, 23850, and 23851), Jordan Rutland (Permit No. 23310), and Sara Young (Permit No. 23188); at (301) 427–8401. Notices were published in the Federal Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit or permit modification 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 Table 1 below. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: [RTID 0648–XA555] Marine Mammals and Endangered Species National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES TABLE 1—ISSUED PERMITS AND PERMIT MODIFICATIONS Previous Federal Register notice Permit No. RTID Applicant 18238–03 .......... 0648–XA264 ..... 21111–02 .......... 0648–XA237 ..... 23188 ................ 0648–XR092 ..... 23310 ................ 0648–XA074 ..... 23639 ................ 0648–XA264 ..... 23683 ................ 0648–XA237 ..... NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla, Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 (Responsible Party: Robin LeRoux). NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8901 La Jolla, Shores Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037 (Responsible Party: Robin LeRoux). Institute of Marine Sciences, University of California at Santa Cruz, 130 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 95060 (Responsible Party: Daniel Costa, Ph.D.). Patricia Fair, Ph.D., South Carolina Aquarium, 100 Aquarium Wharf, Charleston, SC 29401. Coonamessett Farm Foundation, Inc., 277 Hatchville Road, East Falmouth, MA 02536, (Responsible Party: Ronald Smolowitz). Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources, 163 Dairy Road, Mangilao, Guam 96913, (Responsible Party: Jay Gutierrez). VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Oct 07, 2020 Jkt 253001 PO 00000 Frm 00025 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issuance date 85 FR 40971; July 8, 2020. September 18, 2020. 85 FR 37433; June 22, 2020. September 18, 2020. 85 FR 31747; May 27, 2020. September 25, 2020. 85 FR 14468; March 12, 2020. 85 FR 40971; July 8, 2020. September 15, 2020. 85 FR 37433; June 22, 2020. September 25, 2020. E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1 September 25, 2020. 63525 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 196 / Thursday, October 8, 2020 / Notices TABLE 1—ISSUED PERMITS AND PERMIT MODIFICATIONS—Continued RTID Applicant 23850 ................ 0648–XA264 ..... 23851 ................ 0648–XA237 ..... 23932 ................ 0648–XA287 and 0648– XA321. Shigetomo Hirama, Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, 1105 S.W. Williston Road, Gainesville, FL 32601. Michael Arendt, South Carolina Department of Natural Resources, Marine Resources, 217 Fort Johnson Road, Charleston, SC 29412. New York Genome Center, 101 Avenue of the Americas, New York City, NY 10013 (Responsible Party: Catherine Reeves). 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 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 MMPA 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 ESA 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), as applicable. Dated: October 5, 2020. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22333 Filed 10–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA537] khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Previous Federal Register notice Permit No. Fisheries of the South Atlantic; South Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:48 Oct 07, 2020 Jkt 253001 85 FR 40971; July 8, 2020. September 25, 2020. 85 FR 37433; June 22, 2020. September 25, 2020. 85 FR 43818; July 20, 2020 and 85 FR 47187; August 4, 2020 (Correction). September 2, 2020. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will convene a meeting of the South Atlantic Selectivity Workgroup via webinar to address gear selectivity for fishery stock assessments for species managed by the Council. DATES: The South Atlantic Selectivity Workgroup meeting will be held via webinar on Tuesday, October 27, 2020, from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held via webinar. The webinar is open to members of the public. Information, including a link to webinar registration and meeting materials will be posted on the Council’s website at: https:// safmc.net/safmc-meetings/othermeetings/ as it becomes available. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N Charleston, SC 29405. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Chip Collier, Deputy Director for Science, SAFMC; phone: (843) 302– 8444 or toll free: (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: chip.collier@ safmc.net. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The South Atlantic Selectivity Workgroup consists of scientists with expertise in selectivity or gears used in fisheries in the South Atlantic region including members of the Council’s Scientific and Statistical Committee chosen to participate. The Workgroup will provide recommendations on selectivity for species managed by the Council for consideration in upcoming stock assessments. Agenda items include: 1. Review working papers developed by the South Atlantic Selectivity Workgroup on selectivity; 2. Provide recommendations on selectivity for Red Snapper, Vermilion Snapper; and Black Sea Bass; 3. Review and address the Terms of Reference for the Workgroup; SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Issuance date 4. Review sections of the Workgroup report; and 5. Assign sections to Workgroup members. Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for auxiliary aids should be directed to the council office (see ADDRESSES) 5 days prior to the meeting. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: October 5, 2020. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–22301 Filed 10–7–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA547] North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. AGENCY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (NPFMC) Charter Halibut Management Committee will meet via webconference on October 27, 2020. DATES: The meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 27, 2020 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Alaska time. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be a webconference. Join online through the link at https://meetings.npfmc.org/ Meeting/Details/1568. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\08OCN1.SGM 08OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 196 (Thursday, October 8, 2020)]
[Notices]
[Pages 63524-63525]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-22333]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA555]


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 and permit modifications 
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 via email to [email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 23932), 
Amy Hapeman (Permit Nos. 18238-03, 21111-02, and 23639), Erin Markin 
(Permit Nos. 23683, 23850, and 23851), Jordan Rutland (Permit No. 
23310), and Sara Young (Permit No. 23188); 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 
modification 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 
Table 1 below.

                                Table 1--Issued Permits and Permit Modifications
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                                                                            Previous Federal
       Permit No.                  RTID                  Applicant           Register notice     Issuance date
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18238-03...............  0648-XA264.............  NMFS, Southwest          85 FR 40971; July   September 18,
                                                   Fisheries Science        8, 2020.            2020.
                                                   Center, 8901 La Jolla,
                                                   Shores Drive, La
                                                   Jolla, CA 92037
                                                   (Responsible Party:
                                                   Robin LeRoux).
21111-02...............  0648-XA237.............  NMFS, Southwest          85 FR 37433; June   September 18,
                                                   Fisheries Science        22, 2020.           2020.
                                                   Center, 8901 La Jolla,
                                                   Shores Drive, La
                                                   Jolla, CA 92037
                                                   (Responsible Party:
                                                   Robin LeRoux).
23188..................  0648-XR092.............  Institute of Marine      85 FR 31747; May    September 25,
                                                   Sciences, University     27, 2020.           2020.
                                                   of California at Santa
                                                   Cruz, 130 McAllister
                                                   Way, Santa Cruz, CA
                                                   95060 (Responsible
                                                   Party: Daniel Costa,
                                                   Ph.D.).
23310..................  0648-XA074.............  Patricia Fair, Ph.D.,    85 FR 14468; March  September 15,
                                                   South Carolina           12, 2020.           2020.
                                                   Aquarium, 100 Aquarium
                                                   Wharf, Charleston, SC
                                                   29401.
23639..................  0648-XA264.............  Coonamessett Farm        85 FR 40971; July   September 25,
                                                   Foundation, Inc., 277    8, 2020.            2020.
                                                   Hatchville Road, East
                                                   Falmouth, MA 02536,
                                                   (Responsible Party:
                                                   Ronald Smolowitz).
23683..................  0648-XA237.............  Guam Division of         85 FR 37433; June   September 25,
                                                   Aquatic and Wildlife     22, 2020.           2020.
                                                   Resources, 163 Dairy
                                                   Road, Mangilao, Guam
                                                   96913, (Responsible
                                                   Party: Jay Gutierrez).

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23850..................  0648-XA264.............  Shigetomo Hirama,        85 FR 40971; July   September 25,
                                                   Florida Fish and         8, 2020.            2020.
                                                   Wildlife Conservation
                                                   Commission, Fish and
                                                   Wildlife Research
                                                   Institute, 1105 S.W.
                                                   Williston Road,
                                                   Gainesville, FL 32601.
23851..................  0648-XA237.............  Michael Arendt, South    85 FR 37433; June   September 25,
                                                   Carolina Department of   22, 2020.           2020.
                                                   Natural Resources,
                                                   Marine Resources, 217
                                                   Fort Johnson Road,
                                                   Charleston, SC 29412.
23932..................  0648-XA287 and 0648-     New York Genome Center,  85 FR 43818; July   September 2,
                          XA321.                   101 Avenue of the        20, 2020 and 85     2020.
                                                   Americas, New York       FR 47187; August
                                                   City, NY 10013           4, 2020
                                                   (Responsible Party:      (Correction).
                                                   Catherine Reeves).
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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 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 
MMPA 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 ESA 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), as 
applicable.

    Dated: October 5, 2020.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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