Incidental Take Permit and Habitat Conservation Plan for PacifiCorp Klamath Hydroelectric Project Interim Operations
This notice announces that PacifiCorp Energy (PacifiCorp or applicant) has submitted to the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) an application for an incidental take permit under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA), for a 10-year period. As required by the ESA, PacifiCorp has also prepared a Habitat Conservation Plan (Plan) as part of the application. The application and Plan address potential incidental take of one ESA-listed species as a result of operation and maintenance of the Klamath Hydroelectric Project (Project) in and near the Klamath River in Southern Oregon and Northern California and implementation of the Plan during a 10-year period. This notice also announces the availability of a draft Environmental Assessment (EA) related to the requested permit, the proposed Plan, and the corresponding Implementing Agreement (IA) for public review and comment.
National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC)
This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the DOC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC). The members will discuss and provide advice on issues outlined below. Date and Time: The meeting is scheduled for: Friday, May 20, from 1-5 p.m. Eastern Time.
Proposed Information Collection; Comment Request; Highly Migratory Species Vessel Logbooks and Coast-Earnings Data Reports
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.
Fisheries of the Exclusive Economic Zone Off Alaska; Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs
The North Pacific Fishery Management Council submitted Amendments 38 and 39 to the Fishery Management Plan for Bering Sea/ Aleutian Islands King and Tanner Crabs (FMP) to NMFS for review. If approved, Amendment 38 would establish a mechanism in the FMP to specify annual catch limits and accountability measures for each crab stock. This action is necessary to account for uncertainty in the overfishing limit and prevent overfishing. If approved, Amendment 39 would modify the snow crab rebuilding plan to define the stock as rebuilt the first year the stock biomass is above the level necessary to produce maximum sustainable yield. Amendments 38 and 39 are intended to promote the goals and objectives of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, the FMP, and other applicable laws.
Notice is hereby given that Jennifer Burns, Ph.D., University of Alaska Anchorage, Biology Department, 3101 Science Circle, Anchorage, AK, has been issued a permit to conduct scientific research on marine mammal parts.
Fisheries Off West Coast States; West Coast Salmon Fisheries; 2011 Management Measures
NMFS establishes fishery management measures for the 2011 ocean salmon fisheries off Washington, Oregon, and California and the 2012 salmon seasons opening earlier than May 1, 2012. Specific fishery management measures vary by fishery and by area. The measures establish fishing areas, seasons, quotas, legal gear, recreational fishing days and catch limits, possession and landing restrictions, and minimum lengths for salmon taken in the U.S. exclusive economic zone (EEZ) (3- 200 NM) off Washington, Oregon, and California. The management measures are intended to prevent overfishing and to apportion the ocean harvest equitably among treaty Indian, non-treaty commercial, and recreational fisheries. The measures are also intended to allow a portion of the salmon runs to escape the ocean fisheries in order to provide for spawning escapement and to provide for inside fisheries (fisheries occurring in state internal waters). This document also announces the availability of an environmental assessment (EA) that analyzes the environmental impacts of implementing the 2011 ocean salmon management measures.
Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Military Training Activities Conducted Within the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area
NMFS, upon application from the U.S. Navy (Navy), issues regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to training activities conducted in the Gulf of Alaska (GoA) Temporary Maritime Activities Area (TMAA) for the period April 2011 through April 2016. The Navy's activities are considered military readiness activities pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004 (NDAA). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of ``Letters of Authorization'' (LOAs) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.