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13 / Monday, January 22, 2007 / Notices

(1) The proposed activity would only DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE methods of taking and other means
occur in a small area which supports a effecting the least practicable adverse
small proportion (<0.01 percent) of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric impact on the species and its habitat
ringed seal populations in the Beaufort Administration and on the availability of the species for
Sea. [I.D. 111706C] subsistence uses, paying particular
(2) Geotechnical operators will avoid attention to rookeries, mating grounds,
moderate and large pressure ridges, Incidental Take of Marine Mammals; and areas of similar significance. The
where seal and pupping lairs are likely Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental regulations must include requirements
to Missile Launch Operations from San pertaining to the monitoring and
to be present.
Nicolas Island, CA reporting of such taking. Regulations
(3) Mitigation and monitoring governing the taking incidental to target
procedures such as using an AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and missile operations on San Nicolas
experienced native hunter to conduct Island, CA, were published on
pre-operational survey and monitoring Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce. September 2, 2003 (68 FR 52132), and
of ringed seal lairs and breathing holes remain in effect until October 2, 2008.
within the proposed action area and ACTION: Notice of issuance of a letter of
travel corridor, mapping the travel authorization. Pursuant to these regulations, NMFS
corridor and work areas that are free of has issued an LOA to the NAWC-WD.
SUMMARY: In accordance with the Issuance of the LOA is based on
ringed seal lairs with GPS coordination, Marine Mammal Protection Act findings made in the preamble to the
and establishing a rollingon traveling (MMPA), as amended, notification is final rule that the total takings by this
route prior to the seal pupping season hereby given that a letter of project will result in only small
to discourage the use of these areas by authorization (LOA) to take three numbers (as the term is defined in 50
seals during the pupping season, will be species of marine mammals incidental CFR 216.103) of marine mammals being
implemented. to missile launch operations from San taken. In addition, given the
As a result, NMFS believes the effects Nicolas Island, CA (SNI) has been
implementation of the mitigation
of on-ice geotechnical operations are issued to the Naval Air Warfare Center
requirements contained in the LOA, the
expected to be limited to short-term and Weapons Division (NAWC-WD), Point
resultant incidental harassment will
localized behavioral changes involving Mugu, CA.
have no more than a negligible impact
relatively small numbers of ringed seals. DATES: This authorization is effective
on the affected marine mammal stocks
NMFS has preliminarily determined, from February 3, 2007, through or habitats and will not have an
based on information in the application February 2, 2008.
unmitigable adverse impact on the
and supporting documents, that these ADDRESSES: The application, LOA, and availability of such species or stock for
changes in behavior will have no more Navy monitoring report are available for taking for subsistence uses. NMFS also
than a negligible impact on the affected review in the Office of Protected finds that the applicant will meet the
ringed seal population within the Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West requirements contained in the
proposed action area. Also, the potential Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 or by implementing regulations and LOA,
effects of the proposed on-ice contacting one of the individuals including monitoring and reporting
geotechnical operations during 2007 mentioned below (See FOR FURTHER requirements. This LOA will be
INFORMATION CONTACT).
will not have an unmitigable adverse renewed annually based on a review of
impact on subsistence uses of this FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: the activity, completion of monitoring
species. Kenneth Hollingshead or Candace requirements and receipt of reports
Nachman, NMFS, (301) 713–2289. required by the LOA.
Proposed Authorization SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section
According to the draft technical
101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C.
NMFS proposes to issue an IHA to report, the NAWC-WD performed a total
1361 et seq.) directs NMFS to allow, on
CPAI for conducting on-ice geotechnical of five missile launches between
request, the incidental, but not
operations in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, intentional, taking of small numbers of February and September 2006. Two
provided the previously mentioned marine mammals by U.S. citizens who Advanced Gun System (AGS) guided
mitigation, monitoring, and reporting engage in a specified activity (other than rounds were launched on 14 February;
requirements are incorporated. NMFS commercial fishing) within a specified one Falcon rocket was launched on 6
has preliminarily determined that the geographical region, if certain findings April; and two AGS launches occurred
proposed activity would result in the are made by NMFS and regulations are on May 15, 2006. California sea lions
harassment of small numbers of ringed issued. Under the MMPA, the term were observed during four of five
seals; would have no more than a ‘‘taking’’ means to harass, hunt, capture, launches on all three launch dates.
negligible impact on the affected ringed or kill or to attempt to harass, hunt, Northern elephant seals were observed
seal stock; and would not have an capture or kill marine mammals. during three launches on two dates.
unmitigable adverse impact on the Authorization may be granted for Harbor seals were observed during four
availability of ringed seals for periods up to five years if NMFS finds, launches on all three launch dates.
subsistence uses. after notification and opportunity for Based on monitoring efforts between
public comment, that the taking will February and September 2006, the
Dated: January 16, 2007.
have a negligible impact on the species NAWC-WD estimates that
James H. Lecky, or stock(s) of marine mammals and will approximately 295 sea lions, 13 harbor
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Director, Office of Protected Resources, not have an unmitigable adverse impact seals, and no elephant seals were
National Marine Fisheries Service. on the availability of the species or affected by launch sounds. There was
[FR Doc. E7–812 Filed 1–19–07; 8:45 am] stock(s) for subsistence uses. In no evidence of injury or mortality
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S addition, NMFS must prescribe during or immediately succeeding the
regulations that include permissible launches for any pinniped species.

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Dated: January 10, 2007. NMFS Management Report (including caps/spatial analysis, and refine
James H. Lecky, legal opinion on Community alternatives as necessary.
Director, Office of Protected Resources, Development Quotas (CDQ) (T) and 14. Habitat Conservation: Initial review
National Marine Fisheries Service. Agency report on Area 2A catch sharing of analysis to adjust the Aleutian Island
[FR Doc. E7–813 Filed 1–19–07; 8:45 am] plan) Habitat Conservation Area; preliminary
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Enforcement Report review of analysis to conserve Bering
U.S. Coast Guard Report Sea habitat.
Alaska Department of Fish & Game 15. Staff Tasking: Review Committees
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Report and tasking and take action as
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Report necessary; review progress report on
National Oceanic and Atmospheric U.S. Department of State Report Aleutian Island Fishery Ecosystem Plan.
Administration International Pacific Halibut 16. Other Business
Commission Report The SSC agenda will include the
[I.D. 011707C]
Protected Species Report (including following issues:
North Pacific Fishery Management SSC review of List of Fisheries 1. Protected Species
Council; Public Meetings methodology and Steller Sea Lion 2. Seabird Interactions (T)
Mitigation (SSLMC) ranking tool) 3. Halibut Charter Management
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries 2. Programmatic Supplemental 4. Trawl LLP Recency
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Environmental Impact Statement: 5. Pacific cod genetics
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Review and adopt revised workplan. 6. VMS requirements
Commerce. 3. American Fisheries Act (AFA) 7. Groundfish Management
ACTION: Notice of public meetings. Pollock Cooperatives (Coop): Review 8. BSAI Crab
Coop reports for 2006, and plans for 9. Salmon Bycatch
SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery 2007. 10. Habitat Conservation
Management Council (Council) and its 4. Seabird Interactions: Final action to 11. Aleutian Island Fishery Ecosystem
advisory committees will hold public revise regulations. (T) Plan
meetings, in Portland, OR. 5. Charter Halibut Management: Review
The Advisory Panel will address the
DATES: The North Pacific Fishery report on Area 2A catch sharing plan
same agenda issues as the Council.
Management Council will meet on (report under B–2); initial review of
February 5–13, 2007. See moratorium analysis; review workplan Special Accommodations
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for specific for regulatory amendment package (SSC These meetings are physically
dates and times. All meetings are open only). accessible to people with disabilities.
to the public, except executive sessions. 6. Trawl License Limitation Program Requests for sign language
ADDRESSES: The meetings will be held at
(LLP) Recency: Initial review of interpretation or other auxiliary aids
the Benson Hotel, 309 Southwest analysis. (T) should be directed to Gail Bendixen at
7. Trawl License Limitation Program
Broadway, Portland, OR 97205. (907) 271–2809 at least 7 working days
Council address: North Pacific Recency: Preliminary review of analysis
prior to the meeting date.
Fishery Management Council, 605 W. and direction as necessary.
8. Bering Sea and Aleutian Island split Dated: January 17, 2007.
4th Avenue, Suite 306, Anchorage, AK James P. Burgess,
for Pacific cod: Review discussion
99501–2252.
paper; Pacific cod genetics workshop Acting Director, Office of Sustainable
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: (SSC only). Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service.
David Witherell, Council staff, 9. Gulf of Alaska (GOA) Groundfish [FR Doc. E7–830 Filed 1–19–07; 8:45 am]
telephone: (907) 271–2809. Management Issues: Review discussion BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The paper on sector splits and latent
Council will begin its plenary session at licenses.
8 a.m. on Wednesday, February 7, 10. Vessel Monitoring Systems (VMS) DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
continuing through February 13, 2007. Requirements: Preliminary review of
The Council’s Advisory Panel (AP) will draft analysis to implement National Oceanic and Atmospheric
begin at 8 a.m., Monday, February 5 and comprehensive VMS program. Administration
continue through Saturday February 10. 11. Groundfish Management: Initial [I.D. 011707B]
The Scientific and Statistical Committee review Dark Rockfish management
(SSC) will begin at 8 a.m. on amendment package; review summary Pacific Fishery Management Council
Wednesday, February 5 and continue of Center for Independent Experts (Council); Public Meeting
through Friday February 7, 2007. The Report on rockfish (SSC only); review
Enforcement Committee will meet discussion paper on GOA arrowtooth AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Tuesday, February 6, from 9 a.m. to 12 Maximum Retainable Amount (MRA). Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
p.m. in the Parliament Room 3&4; the (T) Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Ecosystem Committee will meet 12. Bering Sea Aleutian Island Crab Commerce.
February 6, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. in the (BSAI): Initial review of BSAI crab ACTION: Notice of a public meeting.
Parliament Room 3&4. overfishing definition analysis;
Council Plenary Session: The agenda discussion paper on Aleutian Island SUMMARY: The Joint Canada-U.S. Review
for the Council’s plenary session will crab custom processing caps; review Panel for Pacific hake / Whiting will
include the following issues. The information on crab vessel use caps; hold a work session which is open to
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Council may take appropriate action on discuss proposed contents of crab the public.
any of the issues identified. rationalization 18 month review report. DATES: The Joint Canada-U.S. Review
1. Reports 13. Salmon Bycath: Update on BSAI Panel will meet beginning at 1 p.m.,
Executive Director’s Report (including Amendment 84; review discussion Monday, February 5, 2007 and will
Magnuson-Stevens Act Update) paper on process to estimate interim continue on Tuesday, February 6, 2007

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