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Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Notices berth and the immediate surrounding area. The location, timing, and nature of the activities, including the types of equipment planned for use, are identical to those described in the initial IHA. The mitigation, monitoring, and reporting measures are also identical to those prescribed in the initial IHA. Species that are expected to be taken by the specified activity include shortbeaked common dolphin (Delphinus delphis), long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis), bottlenose dolphin (Tursiops truncates), California sea lion (Zalophus californianus) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). A description of the methods and inputs used to estimate take anticipated to occur and, ultimately, the take that was authorized is found in the previous documents referenced above. The data inputs and methods of estimating take are identical to those used in the initial IHA. NMFS has reviewed recent Stock Assessment Reports, information on relevant Unusual Mortality Events, and recent scientific literature, and determined that no new information affects our original analysis of impacts or take estimate under the initial IHA. khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES Determinations Carnival will conduct activities as analyzed in the initial 2019 IHA. As described above, the number of authorized takes of the same species and stocks of marine mammals are identical to the numbers that were found to meet the negligible impact and small numbers standards and authorized under the initial IHA and no new information has emerged that would change those findings. The re-issued 2020 IHA includes identical required mitigation, monitoring, and reporting measures as the initial IHA, and there is no new information suggesting that our analysis or findings should change. Based on the information contained here and in the referenced documents, NMFS has determined the following: (1) The required mitigation measures will effect the least practicable impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat; (2) the authorized takes will have a negligible impact on the affected marine mammal species or stocks; (3) the authorized takes represent small numbers of marine mammals relative to the affected stock abundances; and (4) Carnival’s activities will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on taking for subsistence purposes as no relevant subsistence uses of marine mammals are implicated by this action. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:32 Dec 15, 2020 Jkt 253001 81453 National Environmental Policy Act DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 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 review our proposed action with respect to environmental consequences on the human environment. Accordingly, NMFS has determined that the issuance of the IHA qualifies to be categorically excluded from further NEPA review. This action is consistent with categories of activities identified in CE B4 of the Companion Manual for NOAA Administrative Order 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. Because the only change to the IHA are effective dates, the CE on record for issuance of the initial IHA applies to this action. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) requires that each Federal 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. To ensure ESA compliance for the issuance of IHAs, NMFS consults internally whenever we propose to authorize take for endangered or threatened species. However, no incidental take of ESAlisted species is authorized 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. Authorization NMFS has issued an IHA to Carnival for in-water construction activities associated with the specified activity from December 10, 2020 through December 9, 2021. All previously described mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements from the initial 2019 IHA are incorporated. Dated: December 11, 2020. Donna S. Wieting, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–27675 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 [RTID 0648–XA689] Interagency Working Group on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing; Request for Comments National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments. AGENCY: NMFS is seeking public comments on the Work Plan of the Interagency Working Group on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing. This Interagency Working Group was established under the Maritime Security and Fisheries Enforcement Act. DATES: Information should be received on or before January 15, 2021. ADDRESSES: Information may be submitted electronically to iuu.fishing@ noaa.gov. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mi Ae Kim, phone 301–427–8365 or email mi.ae.kim@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Maritime Security and Fisheries Enforcement Act (Maritime SAFE Act) became law on December 20, 2019. The overarching purpose of the Maritime SAFE Act is to support a whole-ofgovernment approach across the Federal government to counter illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and related threats to maritime security. It seeks to achieve this through a number of means, including: Improve data sharing that enhances surveillance, enforcement, and prosecution against IUU fishing and related activities; support coordination and collaboration to counter IUU fishing within priority regions; and increase and improve global transparency and traceability across the seafood supply chain to deter IUU fishing and strengthen fisheries management and food security; improve global enforcement operations against IUU fishing; and prevent the use of IUU fishing as a financing source for transnational organized crime groups. Part II of the Maritime SAFE Act calls for the establishment of the Interagency Working Group on IUU Fishing (Working Group), specifying the chair and agency membership in the Working Group, as well as the Working Group’s responsibilities. This Working Group met for the first time in June 2020. NOAA is chair of this Working Group for its first three years, joined by the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\16DEN1.SGM 16DEN1 khammond on DSKJM1Z7X2PROD with NOTICES 81454 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 242 / Wednesday, December 16, 2020 / Notices U.S. Department of State and U.S. Coast Guard as deputy chairs. The Working Group has developed its Work Plan, a living document that will serve as the basis for a 5-year strategic plan that is due to Congress by the end of calendar year 2021. In this Work Plan, the Working Group identified ongoing existing activities, as well as new lines of effort, that comprise the initial focus of Federal government actions under the purview of the Working Group. Many of the new activities proposed in the Work Plan emphasize the use of maritime intelligence and the involvement of military departments to support efforts to combat IUU fishing. The Work Plan can be found here: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/ maritime-safe-act-interagency-workinggroup-iuu-fishing. The Working Group is exploring potential ways in which the government and private sector stakeholders can work together to combat IUU fishing and enhance maritime security. We are interested to hear from the seafood industry, non-governmental organizations, and other stakeholders that are engaged in efforts to combat IUU fishing. We welcome comments in relation to the Work Plan, particularly any responses to the following questions: • Which activities in the Work Plan are connected to the expertise or interests of your organization related to combating IUU fishing? • What kinds of distinctive capabilities or capacities could your organization bring to the activities in the Work Plan? • Which specific activities could serve as the basis for a partnership between your organization and particular Federal agencies? • Are there specific geographic regions or seafood industry sectors (e.g., harvesting, processing, or trade) where your organization focuses efforts to build capacity in combating IUU fishing that could be tied to activities in the Work Plan? • Which elements in the Work Plan do you see as priorities to include in the 5-year Strategic Plan of the Working Group? Dated: December 11, 2020. Alexa Cole, Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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In accordance with applicable Federal regulations, the North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality’s Division of Coastal Management revised the reserve’s management plan, which replaces the plan previously approved in 2009. ADDRESSES: The approved management plan can be downloaded or viewed at https://coast.noaa.gov/data/docs/nerrs/ Reserves_NOC_MgmtPlan.pdf. The document is also available by sending a written request to the point of contact identified below (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Stephanie Robinson of NOAA’s Office for Coastal Management, by email at steph.robinson@noaa.gov, phone at 843–740–1174, or mail at 2234 South Hobson Ave., Charleston, SC 29405. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Pursuant to 15 CFR 921.33(c), a state must revise the management plan for a research reserve at least every five years. Changes to a reserve’s management plan may be made only after receiving written approval from NOAA. NOAA approves changes to management plans via notice in the Federal Register. On October 28, 2019, NOAA issued a notice in the Federal Register announcing a 30-day public comment period for the proposed revision of the management plan for the North Carolina National Estuarine Research Reserve (Federal Register, Volume 84, No. 208, pg. 57701). No comments were received; however, a summary of the public input process is available in Appendix U of the plan. The management plan outlines the reserve’s strategic goals and objectives; administrative structure; programs for SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00013 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 conducting research and monitoring, education, and training; resource protection, restoration, and manipulation plans; public access and visitor use plans; consideration for future land acquisition; and facility development to support reserve operations. Since 2009, the reserve has completed its habitat map and added marsh vegetation and surface elevation monitoring; conducted a habitat vulnerability assessment to understand marsh vulnerability; led a number of research and training initiatives related to living shorelines; increased education programming at the Masonboro Island component of the reserve; begun implementing Teachers on the Estuary (TOTE) training; expanded use of volunteers to conduct citizen science regarding sensitive species and site conditions; and implemented training focused on informing real estate professionals about coastal issues. The revised management plan will serve as the guiding document for the 10,568acre research reserve for the next five years. NOAA reviewed the environmental impacts of the revised management plan and determined that this action is categorically excluded from further analysis under the National Environmental Policy Act, consistent with NOAA Administrative Order 216– 6.] Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1451 et seq.; 15 CFR 921.33. Keelin S. Kuipers, Deputy Director, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2020–27603 Filed 12–15–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Telecommunications and Information Administration The National Strategy To Secure 5G Industry Listening National Telecommunications and Information Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of open meeting. AGENCY: The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) will convene two virtual industry roundtable listening sessions on aspects of the implementation plan of the Secure 5G Strategy. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA689]


Interagency Working Group on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated 
Fishing; Request for Comments

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

ACTION: Notice; request for comments.

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SUMMARY: NMFS is seeking public comments on the Work Plan of the 
Interagency Working Group on Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated 
Fishing. This Interagency Working Group was established under the 
Maritime Security and Fisheries Enforcement Act.

DATES: Information should be received on or before January 15, 2021.

ADDRESSES: Information may be submitted electronically to 
[email protected].

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mi Ae Kim, phone 301-427-8365 or email 
[email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The Maritime Security and Fisheries 
Enforcement Act (Maritime SAFE Act) became law on December 20, 2019. 
The overarching purpose of the Maritime SAFE Act is to support a whole-
of-government approach across the Federal government to counter 
illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing and related threats 
to maritime security. It seeks to achieve this through a number of 
means, including: Improve data sharing that enhances surveillance, 
enforcement, and prosecution against IUU fishing and related 
activities; support coordination and collaboration to counter IUU 
fishing within priority regions; and increase and improve global 
transparency and traceability across the seafood supply chain to deter 
IUU fishing and strengthen fisheries management and food security; 
improve global enforcement operations against IUU fishing; and prevent 
the use of IUU fishing as a financing source for transnational 
organized crime groups.
    Part II of the Maritime SAFE Act calls for the establishment of the 
Interagency Working Group on IUU Fishing (Working Group), specifying 
the chair and agency membership in the Working Group, as well as the 
Working Group's responsibilities. This Working Group met for the first 
time in June 2020. NOAA is chair of this Working Group for its first 
three years, joined by the

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U.S. Department of State and U.S. Coast Guard as deputy chairs.
    The Working Group has developed its Work Plan, a living document 
that will serve as the basis for a 5-year strategic plan that is due to 
Congress by the end of calendar year 2021. In this Work Plan, the 
Working Group identified ongoing existing activities, as well as new 
lines of effort, that comprise the initial focus of Federal government 
actions under the purview of the Working Group. Many of the new 
activities proposed in the Work Plan emphasize the use of maritime 
intelligence and the involvement of military departments to support 
efforts to combat IUU fishing. The Work Plan can be found here: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/maritime-safe-act-interagency-working-group-iuu-fishing.
    The Working Group is exploring potential ways in which the 
government and private sector stakeholders can work together to combat 
IUU fishing and enhance maritime security. We are interested to hear 
from the seafood industry, non-governmental organizations, and other 
stakeholders that are engaged in efforts to combat IUU fishing. We 
welcome comments in relation to the Work Plan, particularly any 
responses to the following questions:
     Which activities in the Work Plan are connected to the 
expertise or interests of your organization related to combating IUU 
fishing?
     What kinds of distinctive capabilities or capacities could 
your organization bring to the activities in the Work Plan?
     Which specific activities could serve as the basis for a 
partnership between your organization and particular Federal agencies?
     Are there specific geographic regions or seafood industry 
sectors (e.g., harvesting, processing, or trade) where your 
organization focuses efforts to build capacity in combating IUU fishing 
that could be tied to activities in the Work Plan?
     Which elements in the Work Plan do you see as priorities 
to include in the 5-year Strategic Plan of the Working Group?

    Dated: December 11, 2020.
Alexa Cole,
Director, Office of International Affairs and Seafood Inspection, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-27695 Filed 12-15-20; 8:45 am]
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