Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meeting, 16326-16327 [2021-06445]

Download as PDF 16326 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 58 / Monday, March 29, 2021 / Notices of the public comment period for the same reason. In response, we extended the public comment period by another 30 days to March 27, 2021. On March 12, 2021, we received a letter from the Directors of the American Samoa Department of Marine and Wildlife Resources, Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands Department of Lands and Natural Resources, and Guam Department of Agriculture requesting additional time for public comments to provide the Territories and NMFS time to gather the best available scientific information on the listed corals to inform the final coral critical habitat rule. In response, we are extending the public comment period by another 60 days, and are accepting public comments for the proposed rule through May 26, 2021. Public comments can be submitted as described under ADDRESSES. (Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) Dated: March 23, 2021. Samuel D. Rauch, III, Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06343 Filed 3–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA960] Endangered and Threatened Species; Notice of Initiation of a 5-Year Review of the Banggai Cardinalfish National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for information. AGENCY: NMFS announces the initiation of a 5-year review for the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni). NMFS is required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) to conduct 5-year reviews to ensure that the listing classifications of species are accurate. The 5-year review must be based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review. We request submission of any such information on the Banggai cardinalfish, particularly information on the status, threats, and recovery of the species that has become available since its listing, effective February 19, 2016. DATES: To allow us adequate time to conduct this review, we must receive SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Mar 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 your information no later than May 28, 2021. ADDRESSES: You may submit information on this document, identified by NOAA–NMFS–2021–0031, by the following method: • Electronic Submission: Submit electronic information via the Federal eRulemaking Portal. Go to www.regulations.gov and enter NOAA– NMFS–2021–0031. Click on the ‘‘Comment’’ icon and complete the required fields. Enter or attach your comments. Instructions: Comments sent by any other method or received after the end of the specified period, may not be considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous submissions (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Markin, by phone at (301) 427–8416 or Erin.Markin@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: This notice announces our review of the Banggai cardinalfish (Pterapogon kauderni) listed as threatened under the ESA. Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the ESA requires that we conduct a review of listed species at least once every 5 years. This will be the first review of this species since it was listed in 2016 (81 FR 3023, January 20, 2016). The regulations in 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing species currently under active review. On the basis of such reviews under section 4(c)(2)(B), we determine whether any species should be delisted or reclassified from endangered to threatened or from threatened to endangered (16 U.S.C. 1533(c)(2)(B)). As described by the regulations in 50 CFR 424.11(e), the Secretary shall delist a species if the Secretary finds that, after conducting a status review based on the best scientific and commercial data available: (1) The species is extinct; (2) the species does not meet the definition of an endangered species or a threatened species; and/or (3) the listed entity does not meet the statutory definition of a species. Any change in Federal classification would require a separate rulemaking process. Background information on the species is available on the NMFS PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 website at: https:// www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/ banggai-cardinalfish. Public Solicitation of New Information To ensure that the 5-year review is complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we are soliciting new information from the public, governmental agencies, Tribes, the scientific community, industry, environmental entities, and any other interested parties concerning the status of Pterapogon kauderni. Categories of requested information include: (1) Species biology including, but not limited to, population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics; (2) habitat conditions including, but not limited to, amount, distribution, and important features for conservation; (3) status and trends of threats to the species and its habitats; (4) conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species, including monitoring data demonstrating effectiveness of such measures; and (5) other new information, data, or corrections including, but not limited to, taxonomic or nomenclatural changes and improved analytical methods for evaluating extinction risk. If you wish to provide information for the review, you may submit your information and materials electronically. We request that all information be accompanied by supporting documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, or reprints of pertinent publications. We also would appreciate the submitter’s name, address, and any association, institution, or business that the person represents; however, anonymous submissions will also be accepted. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Dated: March 24, 2021. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2021–06406 Filed 3–26–21; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA972] Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council); Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1 Federal Register / Vol. 86, No. 58 / Monday, March 29, 2021 / Notices Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. The Western Pacific Stock Assessment Review (WPSAR) Steering Committee will convene a public meeting to discuss and approve the 5year calendar for stock assessments, and to address any other concerns related to the WPSAR process. DATES: The Steering Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on April 14, 2021. ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held by web conference. Audio and visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at: https://wprfmc.webex.com/ wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID= e8c384805392ab62d6dd9bf6f6c818a68. Web conference access information will also be posted on the Council’s website at www.wpcouncil.org. For assistance with the web conference connection, contact the Council office at (808) 522– 8220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty Simonds, Executive Director, Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, (808) 522–8220 (voice) or (808) 522–8226 (fax). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The WPSAR steering committee consists of the Council’s Executive Director, the Director of the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, and the Regional Administrator of the NMFS Pacific Islands Regional Office. You may read more about WPSAR at https:// www.pifsc.noaa.gov/peer_reviews/ wpsar/index.php. The public will have an opportunity to comment during the meeting. The agenda order may change. The meeting will run as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. SUMMARY: Meeting Agenda 1. Introductions. 2. Stock assessment prioritization results. 3. Discuss and update 5-year stock assessment review schedule, including any changes to the scheduling of reviews for stock assessments already on the calendar, and any new additions to the schedule. 4. Discuss and update review levels, i.e., whether the stock assessments on the calendar will be reviewed as benchmark assessments (new assessments) or assessment updates (updates of existing models with recent data). 5. Review the upcoming schedule and nominate additional products for review by the Center for Independent Experts, if necessary. VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:20 Mar 26, 2021 Jkt 253001 16327 the proposed renewal not previously provided during the initial 30-day comment period. If issued, the renewal Special Accommodations IHA would be effective April 20, 2021 The meeting is physically accessible through April 19, 2022. to people with disabilities. Make direct DATES: Comments and information must requests for sign language interpretation be received no later than April 13, 2021. or other auxiliary aids to Kitty Simonds ADDRESSES: Comments should be at (808) 522–8220, at least 5 days prior addressed to Jolie Harrison, Chief, to the meeting date. Permits and Conservation Division, Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Written Dated: March 24, 2021. comments should be submitted via Tracey L. Thompson, email to ITP.Daly@noaa.gov. Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Instructions: NMFS is not responsible Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. for comments sent by any other method, [FR Doc. 2021–06445 Filed 3–26–21; 8:45 am] to any other address or individual, or BILLING CODE 3510–22–P received after the end of the comment period. Comments, including all attachments, must not exceed a 25DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE megabyte file size. Attachments to comments will be accepted in Microsoft National Oceanic and Atmospheric Word or Excel or Adobe PDF file Administration formats only. All comments received are [RTID 0648–XA923] a part of the public record and will generally be posted online at https:// Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ Specified Activities; Taking Marine incidental-take-authorizations-underMammals Incidental to Marine Site marine-mammal-protection-act without Characterization Surveys off of New change. All personal identifying York and New Jersey information (e.g., name, address) voluntarily submitted by the commenter AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries may be publicly accessible. Do not Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and submit confidential business Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), information or otherwise sensitive or Commerce. ACTION: Notice; request for comments on protected information. proposed renewal incidental harassment FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Daly, Office of Protected authorization. Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUMMARY: NMFS received a request from Electronic copies of the original Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind, LLC application, renewal request, and (Atlantic Shores), for the renewal of supporting documents (including their currently active 2020 incidental Federal Register notices of the initial harassment authorization (IHA) to take proposed and final authorizations and marine mammals incidental to marine issued IHA), as well as a list of the site characterization surveys off the references cited in this document, may coasts of New York and New Jersey in be obtained online at: https:// the area of the Commercial Lease of www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/ Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy incidental-take-authorizations-underDevelopment on the Outer Continental marine-mammal-protection-act. In case Shelf (OCS–A 0499) and along potential of problems accessing these documents, submarine cable routes to a landfall please call the contact listed above. location in New York or New Jersey. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: These activities for which Atlantic Shores has requested a renewal IHA are Background identical to those covered in the initial The MMPA prohibits the ‘‘take’’ of IHA, which is currently active and marine mammals, with certain expires on April 19, 2020. Pursuant to exceptions. Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et (MMPA), prior to issuing the initial IHA seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce in 2020, NMFS requested comments on (as delegated to NMFS) to allow, upon both the proposed IHA and the potential request, the incidental, but not for renewing the initial authorization if intentional, taking of small numbers of certain requirements were satisfied. The marine mammals by U.S. citizens who renewal requirements have been engage in a specified activity (other than satisfied, and NMFS is now providing commercial fishing) within a specified an additional 15-day comment period to geographical region if certain findings allow for any additional comments on are made and either regulations are 6. Other business. 7. Public comment. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1

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[Federal Register Volume 86, Number 58 (Monday, March 29, 2021)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA972]


Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council); Public 
Meeting

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

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Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; public meeting.

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SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Stock Assessment Review (WPSAR) Steering 
Committee will convene a public meeting to discuss and approve the 5-
year calendar for stock assessments, and to address any other concerns 
related to the WPSAR process.

DATES: The Steering Committee will meet from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. on 
April 14, 2021.

ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held by web conference. Audio and 
visual portions of the web conference can be accessed at: https://wprfmc.webex.com/wprfmc/onstage/g.php?MTID=e8c384805392ab62d6dd9bf6f6c818a68. Web conference access 
information will also be posted on the Council's website at 
www.wpcouncil.org. For assistance with the web conference connection, 
contact the Council office at (808) 522-8220.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty Simonds, Executive Director, 
Western Pacific Fishery Management Council, (808) 522-8220 (voice) or 
(808) 522-8226 (fax).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The WPSAR steering committee consists of the 
Council's Executive Director, the Director of the NMFS Pacific Islands 
Fisheries Science Center, and the Regional Administrator of the NMFS 
Pacific Islands Regional Office. You may read more about WPSAR at 
https://www.pifsc.noaa.gov/peer_reviews/wpsar/index.php.
    The public will have an opportunity to comment during the meeting. 
The agenda order may change. The meeting will run as late as necessary 
to complete scheduled business.

Meeting Agenda

    1. Introductions.
    2. Stock assessment prioritization results.
    3. Discuss and update 5-year stock assessment review schedule, 
including any changes to the scheduling of reviews for stock 
assessments already on the calendar, and any new additions to the 
schedule.
    4. Discuss and update review levels, i.e., whether the stock 
assessments on the calendar will be reviewed as benchmark assessments 
(new assessments) or assessment updates (updates of existing models 
with recent data).
    5. Review the upcoming schedule and nominate additional products 
for review by the Center for Independent Experts, if necessary.
    6. Other business.
    7. Public comment.

Special Accommodations

    The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. 
Make direct requests for sign language interpretation or other 
auxiliary aids to Kitty Simonds at (808) 522-8220, at least 5 days 
prior to the meeting date.

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq.

    Dated: March 24, 2021.
Tracey L. Thompson,
Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National 
Marine Fisheries Service.
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