Department of Commerce March 2008 – Federal Register Recent Federal Regulation Documents

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Magnuson-Stevens Act Provisions; General Provisions for Domestic Fisheries; Application for Exempted Fishing Permit
Document Number: E8-4645
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS (Regional Administrator) has made a preliminary determination that the subject Exempted Fishing Permit (EFP) application from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) that would exempt Atlantic herring (herring) vessels from the Management Area 1A (Area 1A) herring trawl gear restriction period contains all the required information and warrants further consideration. The Regional Administrator has also made a preliminary determination that the activities authorized under the EFP would be consistent with the goals and objectives of the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP). However, further review and consultation may be necessary before a final determination is made.
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-4637
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-4636
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce
Submission for OMB Review; Comment Request
Document Number: E8-4635
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Deep Seabed Mining Regulations for Exploration Licenses
Document Number: E8-4634
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Department of Commerce, as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on proposed and/or continuing information collections, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-4615
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Skate Committee, in March, 2008, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council for formal consideration and action, if appropriate.
New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting
Document Number: E8-4614
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council's (Council) Groundfish Oversight Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings
Document Number: E8-4613
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council to convene its Socioeconomic Panel (SEP) via conference call.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Catcher Vessels Using Trawl Gear in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 08-991
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-10
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by trawl catcher vessels in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area (BSAI). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allowance of the 2008 Pacific cod allowable catch (TAC) specified for trawl catcher vessels in the BSAI.
Public Safety Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP) Roundtable for Organizations Interested in Utilization of VoIP for Communication Between Public Safety Personnel
Document Number: E8-4563
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Office of Law Enforcement Standards (OLES), in cooperation with the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Interoperability and Compatibility (DHS/OIC) and representatives of the public safety community, will hold a public working group on April 7-11, 2008, at the Institute for Telecommunication Sciences (ITS) in Boulder, CO. The purpose of the first three days of the meeting (April 7-10, 2008) is to bring manufacturers together to establish Voice over IP (VoIP) connectivity between radio communication system bridging devices. The purpose of the last two days of the working group is to discuss the development of an enhanced implementation profile for VoIP between radio system bridging solutions. The results of this and subsequent roundtable discussions will be used in the development of specific implementation profiles for VoIP usage in public-safety owned systems. There is no charge for the roundtable; however, because of meeting room restrictions, advance registration is mandatory and limited to three representatives from any one organization. There will be no on- site, same-day registration. The registration deadline is April 1, 2008. Please note registration and admittance instructions and other additional information under the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section of this notice.
Technology Innovation Program
Document Number: E8-4562
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Institute of Standards and Technology
The Director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), United States Department of Commerce, requests comments on proposed regulations which implement the Technology Innovation Program (TIP). The proposed rule prescribes policies and procedures for the award of financial assistance (grants and/or cooperative agreements) under TIP. In addition, NIST is revising the heading of Subchapter K of its regulations to accurately reflect the current contents of that subchapter.
Canned Pineapple Fruit from Thailand: Notice of Initiation of Changed Circumstances Review of the Antidumping Duty Order, Preliminary Results of Changed Circumstances Review, and Intent to Revoke Antidumping Duty Order
Document Number: E8-4555
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
In response to a request for a changed circumstances review from the Thai Food Processors( Association (TFPA), and pursuant to section 751(b) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act), and 19 CFR 351.216 and 351.221(c)(3), the Department of Commerce is initiating a changed circumstances review of the antidumping duty order on canned pineapple fruit (CPF) from Thailand. The domestic interested party for this proceeding is Maui Pineapple Company Ltd. (petitioner).
Foreign-Trade Zone 64 - Jacksonville, Florida, Application for Expansion
Document Number: E8-4553
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Foreign-Trade Zones Board
Notice of Initiation of Administrative Review of the Antidumping Duty Order on Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China
Document Number: E8-4548
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') received timely requests to conduct an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The anniversary month of this order is January. In accordance with the Department's regulations, we are initiating this administrative review.
Wooden Bedroom Furniture From the People's Republic of China; Initiation of New Shipper Reviews
Document Number: E8-4546
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the ``Department'') received timely requests to conduct new shipper reviews of the antidumping duty order on wooden bedroom furniture from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). In accordance with 19 CFR 351.214(d)(1), we are initiating new shipper reviews for Golden Well International (HK), Ltd. (``Golden Well'') and its supplier Zhangzhou XYM Furniture Product Co., Ltd. (Zhangzhou XYM), and for Dongguan Sunshine Furniture Co., Ltd. (``Sunshine'').
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: E8-4543
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 630 in the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the B season allowance of the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock for Statistical Area 630 in the GOA.
Fisheries of the Caribbean, Gulf of Mexico, and South Atlantic; Reef Fish Fishery of the Gulf of Mexico; Environmental Assessment for Amendment 30B
Document Number: E8-4542
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS, in cooperation with the Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council (Council), is preparing an EA in accordance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) for Amendment 30B to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for the Reef Fish Resources of the Gulf of Mexico. This notice is intended to inform the public of the change from the preparation of a draft environmental impact statement (EIS) to an EA for Amendment 30B.
Silicon Metal From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results and Preliminary Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4529
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``Department'') is currently conducting the 2006/2007 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on silicon metal from the People's Republic of China (``PRC''). The period of review (``POR'') for this administrative review is June 1, 2006, through May 31, 2007. Fifteen companies reported that they had no shipments of subject merchandise during the POR; therefore, we are preliminarily rescinding our review of these companies. We preliminarily determine that three companies, Hunan Provincial Import & Export Group Co (PRC) (``Hunan Provincial''), Gather Hope Int'l Co., Ltd. (``Gather Hope''), and Alloychem Impex Corp. (``Alloychem''), have failed to cooperate by not acting to the best of their ability to cooperate with the Department's requests for information and, as a result, should be assigned a rate based on adverse facts available (``AFA''). If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of these reviews, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on entries of subject merchandise during the POR for which the importer-specific assessment rates are above de minimis. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We will issue the final results no later than 120 days from the date of publication of this notice.
Final Procedures for Participation in the 2010 Decennial Census Local Update of Census Addresses Program
Document Number: E8-4457
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, Bureau of the Census, Census Bureau
This notice documents the final procedures for the 2010 Decennial Census Local Update of Census Addresses (LUCA) program, as well as the comments received on the proposed procedures published in the June 22, 2007, Federal Register notice (72 FR 34434). The Bureau of the Census (Census Bureau) is using the LUCA program to help develop the housing unit and group quarters (e.g., college dormitory, nursing home, correctional facility, etc.) address information that it will need to conduct the 2010 Decennial Census LUCA program. The LUCA program is offered to tribal, state, and local units of general-purpose governments, such as cities and townships, and the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico (or their designated representatives), in areas where the Census Bureau performs a precensus address canvassing operation. Participants have three options for reviewing and annotating the 2010 Decennial Census LUCA program materials. A future notice will announce the establishment, outside the Department of Commerce (DOC), of the Census Address List Appeals process that will be established by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for the 2010 Census LUCA program. The Census Bureau and the OMB will publish a separate Federal Register notice seeking comments on this Appeals process at a later date.
Stainless Steel Bar From India: Notice of Preliminary Results and Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4245
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on stainless steel bar from India. The period of review is February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007. This review covers imports of stainless steel bar from two producers/ exporters. We preliminarily find that sales of the subject merchandise have been made below normal value. Also, we are rescinding this administrative review with respect to a third producer/exporter. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection to assess antidumping duties on appropriate entries. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We will issue the final results no later than 120 days from the date of publication of this notice.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Groundfish Fisheries of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area
Document Number: 08-988
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS issues a proposed rule that would implement Amendment 89 to the Fishery Management Plan for Groundfish of the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands Management Area (FMP) to establish Bering Sea habitat conservation measures. Amendment 89, if approved, would prohibit nonpelagic trawling in certain waters of the Bering Sea subarea to protect bottom habitat from the potential adverse effects of nonpelagic trawling. Amendment 89 also would establish the Northern Bering Sea Research Area for studying the impacts of nonpelagic trawling on bottom habitat. This proposed rule is necessary to protect Bering Sea subarea bottom habitat from the potential effects of nonpelagic trawling and to provide the opportunity to further study the effects of nonpelagic trawling on bottom habitat. This action is intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Application for Duty-Free Entry of a Scientific Instrument
Document Number: 08-984
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Pacific Halibut Fisheries; Catch Sharing Plan
Document Number: 08-982
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA (AA), on behalf of the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC), publishes annual management measures promulgated as regulations by the IPHC and approved by the Secretary of State governing the Pacific halibut fishery. The AA also announces modifications to the Catch Sharing Plan (CSP) for Area 2A (waters off the U.S. West Coast) and implementing regulations for 2008, and announces approval of the Area 2A CSP. These actions are intended to enhance the conservation of Pacific halibut and further the goals and objectives of the Pacific Fishery Management Council (PFMC) and the North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council).
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pacific Cod by Vessels Catching Pacific Cod for Processing by the Offshore Component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-981
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-07
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is prohibiting directed fishing for Pacific cod by vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component in the Western Regulatory Area of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA). This action is necessary to prevent exceeding the A season allocation of the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of Pacific cod apportioned to vessels catching Pacific cod for processing by the offshore component of the Western Regulatory Area of the GOA.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From Ecuador: Preliminary Results and Preliminary Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4424
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Ecuador with respect to 45 companies.\1\ The respondents which the Department selected for individual review are OceanInvest, S.A. (OceanInvest) and Promarisco, S.A. (Promarisco). The respondents which were not selected for individual review are listed in the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice. This is the second administrative review of this order. The period of review (POR) covers February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007.
Certain Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe from Turkey: Final Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4419
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
On November 7, 2007, the Department of Commerce (``the Department'') published in the Federal Register its preliminary results of administrative review of the countervailing duty (``CVD'') order on certain welded carbon steel standard pipe from Turkey for the period January 1, 2006, through December 31, 2006. See Certain Welded Carbon Steel Standard Pipe from Turkey: Preliminary Results of Countervailing Duty Administrative Review, 72 FR 62837 (November 7, 2007) (``Pipe Preliminary Results''). The Department preliminarily found that the Borusan Group (``Borusan''), the producer/exporter of subject merchandise covered by this review, had a de minimis net subsidy rate for the period of review (``POR''). We did not receive any comments on our preliminary results and have made no revisions to those results.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp From Thailand: Preliminary Results and Preliminary Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4418
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Thailand with respect to 42 \1\ companies. The four respondents which the Department selected for individual review are Andaman Seafood Co., Ltd., Chanthaburi Frozen Food Co., Ltd. (CFF), Chanthaburi Seafoods Co., Ltd., Euro-Asian International Seafoods Co., Ltd., Intersia Foods Co., Ltd. (Intersia Foods) (formerly Y2K Frozen Foods Co., Ltd. (Y2K Frozen Foods)), Phattana Seafood Co., Ltd., Phattana Frozen Food Co., Ltd., S.C.C. Frozen Seafood Co., Ltd., Seawealth Frozen Food Co., Ltd., Thailand Fishery Cold Storage Public Co., Ltd., Thai International Seafoods Co., Ltd., and Wales & Co. Universe Limited (collectively ``the Rubicon Group''); Pakfood Public Company Limited and its affiliated subsidiaries, Asia Pacific (Thailand) Company Limited, Chaophraya Cold Storage Company Limited, Okeanos Company Limited, and Takzin Samut Company Limited (collectively ``Pakfood''); Thai I-Mei Frozen Foods Co., Ltd. (Thai I-Mei); and Thai Union Frozen Products Public Co., Ltd. (Thai Union Frozen), Thai Union Seafood Co., Ltd. (Thai Union Seafood) (collectively ``Thai Union''). The respondents which were not selected for individual review are listed in the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice. This is the second administrative review of this order. The review covers the period February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from India: Preliminary Results and Preliminary Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4417
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from India with respect to 201 companies.\1\ The respondents which the Department selected for individual review are Devi Sea Foods Limited (Devi) and Falcon Marine Exports Limited (Falcon). The respondents which were not selected for individual review are listed in the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice. This is the second administrative review of this order. The period of review (POR) is February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007.
Magnesium Metal From the People's Republic of China: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4416
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
In response to timely request from Tianjin Magnesium International Co., Ltd. (TMI) the Department of Commerce (the Department) is conducting the 2006-2007 administrative review of the antidumping duty order on magnesium metal from the People's Republic of China (PRC). The Department has reviewed shipments of subject merchandise made by TMI and has determined that TMI made sales below normal value (NV) during the period of review (POR). If the preliminary results are adopted in our final results of review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) to assess antidumping duties on entries of subject merchandise during the POR for which the importer-specific assessment rates are above de minimis. Interested parties are invited to comment on these preliminary results. We will issue the final results no later than 120 days from the date of publication of this notice.
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam: Preliminary Results, Preliminary Partial Rescission and Final Partial Rescission of the Second Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4412
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from the Socialist Republic of Vietnam (``Vietnam''), covering the period of review (``POR'') of February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007. As discussed below, we preliminarily determine that sales have not been made below normal value (``NV'') with respect to certain exporters who participated fully and are entitled to a separate rate in this administrative review. If these preliminary results are adopted in our final results of review, we will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection (``CBP'') to assess antidumping duties on entries of subject merchandise during the POR for which the importer-specific assessment rates are above de minimis.
Applications for Duty-Free Entry of Scientific Instruments
Document Number: E8-4407
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
Certain Frozen Warmwater Shrimp from Brazil: Preliminary Results and Preliminary Partial Rescission of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review
Document Number: E8-4392
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, International Trade Administration
The Department of Commerce (``the Department'') is conducting an administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain frozen warmwater shrimp from Brazil with respect to 15 companies.\1\ The respondents which the Department selected for individual review are Amazonas Industrias Alimenticias S.A. (``AMASA'') and Comercio de Pescado Aracatiense Ltda. (``Compescal''). Compescal did not respond to the Department's request for information in this review. For further discussion, see the ``Use of Facts Available'' section of this notice. The respondents which were not selected for individual review are listed in the ``Preliminary Results of Review'' section of this notice. This is the second administrative review of this order. The period of review (``POR'') is February 1, 2006, through January 31, 2007.
Endangered and Threatened Species; Endangered Status for North Pacific and North Atlantic Right Whales
Document Number: E8-4376
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
We, NMFS, completed a status review of right whales in the North Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) in December 2006 and are listing the currently endangered northern right whale (Eubalaena spp.) as two separate, endangered species, North Pacific right whale (E. japonica) and North Atlantic right whale (E. glacialis).
Marine Mammals; File No. 10137
Document Number: E8-4374
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center, Marine Mammal Research Program (MMRP), 2570 Dole Street, Honolulu, HI 96822-2396 (Responsible Party: George A. [Bud] Antonelis, Jr.), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research and enhancement activities on Hawaiian monk seals (Monachus schauinslandi).
Endangered and Threatened Species; Critical Habitat for Threatened Elkhorn and Staghorn Corals
Document Number: 08-973
Type: Proposed Rule
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
This document corrects a map in the regulatory language of a proposed rule published in the Federal Register of February 6, 2008. This correction makes the map of the Florida area of critical habitat for elkhorn and staghorn corals consistent with the textual description.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska
Document Number: 08-972
Type: Rule
Date: 2008-03-06
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS is opening directed fishing for pollock in Statistical Area 610 of the Gulf of Alaska (GOA) for 24 hours. This action is necessary to fully use the A season allowance of the 2008 total allowable catch (TAC) of pollock specified for Statistical Area 610 of the GOA.
New England Fishery Management Council; Atlantic Sea Scallop; Scoping Process
Document Number: E8-4283
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) announces its intent to prepare an amendment to the Fishery Management Plan (FMP) for Atlantic Sea scallops (Placopecten magellanicus ((Gmelin)) and to prepare an EIS to analyze the impacts of any proposed management measures. The Council is also formally re-initiating a public process to determine the scope of alternatives to be addressed in the amendment and EIS. The purpose of this notification is to alert the interested public of the re-commencement of the scoping process and to provide for public participation in compliance with environmental documentation requirements.
Availability of a Draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan, and Receipt of Applications for Incidental Take Permits from the Broughton Land Company, Columbia County, Washington
Document Number: E8-4262
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Fish and Wildlife Service, Department of the Interior
The FWS and the NMFS (collectively, the Services) announce the availability for public review of a combined draft Environmental Assessment/Habitat Conservation Plan (EA/HCP) pertaining to an application by the Broughton Land Company (BLC) for incidental take permits (ITPs) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). The draft EA/HCP addresses the proposed issuance of ITPs by the Services to the BLC for land management activities in Columbia County, Washington, that are identified in the HCP portion of the draft document. The proposed ITPs would authorize take, incidental to otherwise lawful activities, of the following threatened fish species: the bull trout (Salvelinus confluentus); Snake River spring/summer Chinook salmon and the Snake River fall Chinook salmon (both Oncorhynchus tshawytscha); and the middle Columbia River steelhead trout and the Snake River steelhead trout (both O. mykiss). We request comments from the public on the permit applications and the draft EA/HCP, all of which are available for review. The EA/HCP describes the proposed action and the measures that the BLC will implement to minimize and mitigate take of the threatened fish species discussed above. To review the documents, see ``Availability of Documents'' in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section below.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) Activities
Document Number: E8-4261
Type: Notice
Date: 2008-03-05
Agency: Department of Commerce, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization for the take of marine mammals incidental to Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training (AFAST) activities conducted off the Atlantic coast and in the Gulf of Mexico for the period beginning January 2009 and ending January 2014. Pursuant to the implementing regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of the Navy's request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy's application and request.