Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals, Public Hearings and Extension of Public Comment Period, 83899-83900 [2020-28434]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Notices NMFS proposed the implementing notice on August 11, 2006 (71 FR 46364), and published the final notice on September 29, 2006 (71 FR 57696). NMFS allocated the $35,000,000 reduction loan (A Loan) to the reduction fishery and this loan is repayable by fees from the fishery. On September 24, 2007, NMFS published in the Federal Register (72 FR 54219), the final rule to implement the industry fee system for repaying the non-pollock groundfish program’s reduction loan and established October 24, 2007, as the effective date when fee collection and loan repayment began. The regulations implementing the program are located at § 600.1012. NMFS published a final rule to implement a second $2,700,000 reduction loan (B Loan) for this fishery in the Federal Register on September 24, 2012 (77 FR 58775). The loan was disbursed December 18, 2012 with fee collection of $0.001 per pound to begin January 1, 2013. This fee is in addition to the A Loan fee. jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Purpose The purpose of this notice is to adjust the fee rate for the reduction fishery in accordance with the framework rule’s § 600.1013(b). 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 determined for the reduction fishery that the current fee rate of $0.021 per pound is less than that needed to service the A Loan. Therefore, NMFS is increasing the Loan A fee rate to $0.024 per pound which NMFS has determined is sufficient to ensure timely loan repayment. The fee rate for Loan B will remain $0.001 per pound. Subsector members may continue to use Pay.gov to disburse collected fee deposits at: http://www.pay.gov/paygov/ . Please visit the NMFS website for additional information at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/ funding-and-financial-services/longlinecatcher-processor-subsector-bering-seaand-aleutian-islands-non-pollock. Notice The new fee rate for the non-pollock groundfish fishery will begin on January 1, 2021. From and after this date, all subsector members paying fees on the non-pollock groundfish fishery shall begin paying non-pollock groundfish fishery program fees at the revised rate. Fee collection and submission shall follow previously established methods VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 in § 600.1013 of the framework rule and in the final fee rule published in the Federal Register on September 24, 2007 (72 FR 54219). Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1861 et seq.; Pub. L. 108–447. Dated: December 17, 2020. Brian T. Pawlak, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Director, Office of Management and Budget, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–28361 Filed 12–22–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [Docket No.: 200918–0249] RIN 0648–BJ52 Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals, Public Hearings and Extension of Public Comment Period National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public hearings, extension of comment period. AGENCY: SUMMARY: We, NMFS, will hold two public hearings related to our proposed rule to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We are also extending the public comment period for this proposed rule by 30 days to February 25, 2021. DATES: Public hearings on the proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven threatened Indo-Pacific corals will be held online on the following dates, during the early evening hours of the affected jurisdictions (Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, American Samoa). Times are given in Chamorro Standard Time (GMT+10:00), Samoa Standard Time (GMT–11:00), and Hawaii Standard Time (GMT–10:00). • The first hearing is scheduled for the early evening in Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, from 4 to 7 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (7 to 10 p.m. Samoa Standard Time on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and PO 00000 Frm 00017 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 83899 8 to 11 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Tuesday, January 19, 2021). • The second hearing is scheduled for the early evening in American Samoa, from 4 to 7 p.m. Samoa Standard Time on Thursday, January 21, 2021 (1 to 4 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time on Friday, January 22, 2021, and 5 to 8 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Thursday, January 21, 2021). Since the hearings will be held online, any member of the public can join by internet or phone regardless of location. Instructions for joining the hearings are provided under ADDRESSES below. The proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven ESA-listed corals was issued on November 27, 2020 (85 FR 76262), and provided for a public comment period to end on January 26, 2021. The comment period is now extended 30 days and will close on February 25, 2021. Comments must be received by February 25, 2021, as specified under ADDRESSES. Comments received after this date may not be accepted. ADDRESSES: Both public hearings will be conducted as Webex meetings. You may join the Webex meetings using a web browser, the Webex desktop app (app installation required), a mobile app on a phone (app installation required), or audio-only using just a phone call, as specified below. • To join the first hearing, click on the link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex. com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/ g.php?MTID=ecfe01efe62d246f 452d3bf93c907008a Password: ‘‘coral’’. If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1–415– 527–5035 Access code: 199 477 7805 • To join the second hearing, click on link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex. com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/ g.php?MTID=e616fdb7791f ad92917495cd0002b23bd Password: ‘‘coral’’. If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1–415–527–5035 Access code: 199 394 4864 More information about the public hearings is provided under SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may submit comments verbally or in writing at the public hearings, or in writing by any of the following methods. Comments must be received by February 25, 2021: • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D= NOAA-NMFS-2016-0131 click the ‘‘Comment Now’’ icon, complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments. E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 83900 Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 247 / Wednesday, December 23, 2020 / Notices • Mail: Lance Smith, Protected Resources Division, NMFS, Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, 1845 Wasp Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818. Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the previously described methods to ensure that we receive, document, and consider them. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: jbell on DSKJLSW7X2PROD with NOTICES Lance Smith at lance.smith@noaa.gov or 808–725–5131, or Layne Bolen at layne.bolen@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background On November 27, 2020, NMFS proposed to designate critical habitat for seven Indo-Pacific corals listed as threatened under the ESA within U.S. waters in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Area (PRIA). The seven species are Acropora globiceps, A. jacquelineae, A. retusa, A. speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata. Proposed coral critical habitat consists of substrate and water column habitat characteristics essential for the reproduction, recruitment, growth, and maturation of the listed corals. Proposed critical habitat consists of 17 separate units, each of which contains all ESA-listed corals that occur there: There are four units in American Samoa (Tutuila, Ofu-Olosega, Ta‘u, Rose Atoll); seven in CNMI (Rota, Aguijan, Tinian, Saipan, Anatahan, Pagan, and Maug Islands); five in PRIA (Howland, Palmyra, Kingman, Johnston, and Jarvis Islands); and one unit encompassing all proposed designations in Guam. Between one and six listed corals occur in each unit. The following areas are either ineligible for proposed critical habitat, or excluded because of national security impacts: A complex of overlapping Navy Surface Danger Zones VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:21 Dec 22, 2020 Jkt 253001 off of Ritidian Point in Guam, other parts of Guam, parts of Tinian, a group of six Navy anchorage berths on Garapan Bank in Saipan, all of Farallon de Medinilla, and all of Wake Atoll. Critical habitat protections apply only to Federal actions under Section 7 of the ESA; activities that are not funded, authorized, or carried out by a Federal agency are not subject to these protections. The proposed rule and other materials prepared in support of this action, including maps showing the proposed critical habitat, are available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/ action/proposed-rule-designate-criticalhabitat-threatened-indo-pacific-corals. We are accepting public comments for the proposed rule through February 25, 2021. Public comments can be submitted as described under ADDRESSES. Dated: December 18, 2020. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Public Hearings SUMMARY: The Pacific Fishery Management Council’s (Pacific Council) Highly Migratory Species Advisory Subpanel (HMSAS) and HMS Management Team (HMSMT) will conduct online meetings, which are open to the public. DATES: The HMSMT will hold an online meeting on Friday, January 15, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., Pacific Time. The HMSMT and HMSAS will meet jointly from 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., or until business is completed, on the same day. ADDRESSES: This meeting will be held online. Specific meeting information, including directions on how to join the meeting and system requirements will be provided in the meeting announcement on the Pacific Council’s website (see www.pcouncil.org). You may send an email to Mr. Kris Kleinschmidt (kris.kleinschmidt@ noaa.gov) or contact him at (503) 820– 2280, extension 412 for technical assistance. Council address: Pacific Fishery Management Council, 7700 NE Ambassador Place, Suite 101, Portland, OR 97220–1384. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kit Dahl, Staff Officer, Pacific Council; telephone: (503) 820–2422. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) is seeking clarifications on the Pacific Council’s September 2019 proposal to authorize deep-set buoy gear and specifically criteria the Pacific Council identified for individuals to receive a permit under the proposed limited entry permit program to use the gear in the Southern California Bight. The HMSMT will first meet to discuss The two public hearings will be conducted online as Webex meetings, as specified in ADDRESSES above. More detailed instructions for joining the Webex meetings are provided on our web page https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/ proposed-rule-designate-critical-habitatthreatened-indo-pacific-corals. If you do not have internet access, you may join by phone at the numbers listed in ADDRESSES above. Each hearing will follow the same format and cover the same material. The hearings will begin with a brief presentation by NMFS that gives an overview of critical habitat under the ESA and a summary of proposed coral critical habitat in Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, and PRIA. After the presentation but before public comments, there will be a question and answer session during which members of the public may ask NMFS staff questions about proposed coral critical habitat. Following the question and answer session, members of the public will have the opportunity to provide oral comments on the record regarding proposed coral critical habitat. Members of the public will also have the opportunity to submit written comments at the hearings. Written comments may also be submitted at any time during the relevant public comment period as described under ADDRESSES. All oral comments will be recorded, transcribed, and added to the public comment record for this proposed rule. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[Docket No.: 200918-0249]
RIN 0648-BJ52


Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for the 
Threatened Indo-Pacific Corals, Public Hearings and Extension of Public 
Comment Period

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

ACTION: Notice of public hearings, extension of comment period.

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SUMMARY: We, NMFS, will hold two public hearings related to our 
proposed rule to designate critical habitat for seven threatened corals 
in U.S. waters in the Indo-Pacific (Acropora globiceps, Acropora 
jacquelineae, Acropora retusa, Acropora speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, 
Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora aculeata) under the Endangered 
Species Act (ESA). We are also extending the public comment period for 
this proposed rule by 30 days to February 25, 2021.

DATES: Public hearings on the proposed rule to designate critical 
habitat for the seven threatened Indo-Pacific corals will be held 
online on the following dates, during the early evening hours of the 
affected jurisdictions (Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana 
Islands, American Samoa). Times are given in Chamorro Standard Time 
(GMT+10:00), Samoa Standard Time (GMT-11:00), and Hawaii Standard Time 
(GMT-10:00).
     The first hearing is scheduled for the early evening in 
Guam and the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, from 4 to 7 
p.m. Chamorro Standard Time on Wednesday, January 20, 2021 (7 to 10 
p.m. Samoa Standard Time on Tuesday, January 19, 2021, and 8 to 11 p.m. 
Hawaii Standard Time on Tuesday, January 19, 2021).
     The second hearing is scheduled for the early evening in 
American Samoa, from 4 to 7 p.m. Samoa Standard Time on Thursday, 
January 21, 2021 (1 to 4 p.m. Chamorro Standard Time on Friday, January 
22, 2021, and 5 to 8 p.m. Hawaii Standard Time on Thursday, January 21, 
2021).
    Since the hearings will be held online, any member of the public 
can join by internet or phone regardless of location. Instructions for 
joining the hearings are provided under ADDRESSES below.
    The proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the seven ESA-
listed corals was issued on November 27, 2020 (85 FR 76262), and 
provided for a public comment period to end on January 26, 2021. The 
comment period is now extended 30 days and will close on February 25, 
2021. Comments must be received by February 25, 2021, as specified 
under ADDRESSES. Comments received after this date may not be accepted.

ADDRESSES: Both public hearings will be conducted as Webex meetings. 
You may join the Webex meetings using a web browser, the Webex desktop 
app (app installation required), a mobile app on a phone (app 
installation required), or audio-only using just a phone call, as 
specified below.
     To join the first hearing, click on the link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/g.php?MTID=ecfe01efe62d246f452d3bf93c907008a Password: ``coral''. If 
you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1-415-
527-5035 Access code: 199 477 7805
     To join the second hearing, click on link https://noaanmfs-meets.webex.com/noaanmfs-meets/onstage/g.php?MTID=e616fdb7791fad92917495cd0002b23bd Password: ``coral''. If 
you do not have internet access, you may join by phone: US Toll +1-415-
527-5035 Access code: 199 394 4864
    More information about the public hearings is provided under 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. You may submit comments verbally or in 
writing at the public hearings, or in writing by any of the following 
methods. Comments must be received by February 25, 2021:
     Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0131 click the ``Comment Now'' icon, 
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.

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     Mail: Lance Smith, Protected Resources Division, NMFS, 
Pacific Islands Regional Office, NOAA Inouye Regional Center, 1845 Wasp 
Blvd., Bldg. 176, Honolulu, HI 96818.
    Instructions: You must submit comments by one of the previously 
described methods to ensure that we receive, document, and consider 
them. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or 
individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be 
considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and 
will generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. 
All Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.) 
voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do 
not submit confidential business information or otherwise sensitive or 
protected information.
    NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required 
fields if you wish to remain anonymous).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Lance Smith at [email protected] or 
808-725-5131, or Layne Bolen at [email protected].

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    On November 27, 2020, NMFS proposed to designate critical habitat 
for seven Indo-Pacific corals listed as threatened under the ESA within 
U.S. waters in Guam, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands 
(CNMI), American Samoa, and the Pacific Remote Island Area (PRIA). The 
seven species are Acropora globiceps, A. jacquelineae, A. retusa, A. 
speciosa, Euphyllia paradivisa, Isopora crateriformis, and Seriatopora 
aculeata. Proposed coral critical habitat consists of substrate and 
water column habitat characteristics essential for the reproduction, 
recruitment, growth, and maturation of the listed corals.
    Proposed critical habitat consists of 17 separate units, each of 
which contains all ESA-listed corals that occur there: There are four 
units in American Samoa (Tutuila, Ofu-Olosega, Ta`u, Rose Atoll); seven 
in CNMI (Rota, Aguijan, Tinian, Saipan, Anatahan, Pagan, and Maug 
Islands); five in PRIA (Howland, Palmyra, Kingman, Johnston, and Jarvis 
Islands); and one unit encompassing all proposed designations in Guam. 
Between one and six listed corals occur in each unit. The following 
areas are either ineligible for proposed critical habitat, or excluded 
because of national security impacts: A complex of overlapping Navy 
Surface Danger Zones off of Ritidian Point in Guam, other parts of 
Guam, parts of Tinian, a group of six Navy anchorage berths on Garapan 
Bank in Saipan, all of Farallon de Medinilla, and all of Wake Atoll.
    Critical habitat protections apply only to Federal actions under 
Section 7 of the ESA; activities that are not funded, authorized, or 
carried out by a Federal agency are not subject to these protections. 
The proposed rule and other materials prepared in support of this 
action, including maps showing the proposed critical habitat, are 
available at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/proposed-rule-designate-critical-habitat-threatened-indo-pacific-corals. We are 
accepting public comments for the proposed rule through February 25, 
2021. Public comments can be submitted as described under ADDRESSES.

Public Hearings

    The two public hearings will be conducted online as Webex meetings, 
as specified in ADDRESSES above. More detailed instructions for joining 
the Webex meetings are provided on our web page https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/proposed-rule-designate-critical-habitat-threatened-indo-pacific-corals. If you do not have internet access, you 
may join by phone at the numbers listed in ADDRESSES above.
    Each hearing will follow the same format and cover the same 
material. The hearings will begin with a brief presentation by NMFS 
that gives an overview of critical habitat under the ESA and a summary 
of proposed coral critical habitat in Guam, CNMI, American Samoa, and 
PRIA. After the presentation but before public comments, there will be 
a question and answer session during which members of the public may 
ask NMFS staff questions about proposed coral critical habitat. 
Following the question and answer session, members of the public will 
have the opportunity to provide oral comments on the record regarding 
proposed coral critical habitat. Members of the public will also have 
the opportunity to submit written comments at the hearings. Written 
comments may also be submitted at any time during the relevant public 
comment period as described under ADDRESSES. All oral comments will be 
recorded, transcribed, and added to the public comment record for this 
proposed rule.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.

    Dated: December 18, 2020.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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