[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 140 (Monday, July 22, 2019)]
[Pages 35100-35101]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-15495]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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

ACTION: Notice of availability and request for comment.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Yurok Tribal Fisheries Program 
(YTFP) has submitted a Tribal Research and Monitoring Plan (Tribal 
Plan) and associated application to NMFS pursuant to the limitation on 
take prohibitions for actions conducted under Tribal Plans promulgated 
under section 4(d) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The Tribal Plan 
and associated application describe research and monitoring activities 
that may affect ESA-listed Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast 
(SONCC) coho salmon in California. The proposed research is intended to 
increase knowledge of this listed species and to help guide management 
and conservation efforts. This document serves to notify the public 
that the proposed evaluation and pending determination by the Secretary 
of Commerce (Secretary) as to whether the implementation of the Tribal 
Plan will appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of 
SONCC coho salmon is available for public comment.

DATES: Comments must be received at the appropriate address or fax 
number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5:00 p.m. Pacific time on August 
21, 2019. Comments received after this date and time may not be 

ADDRESSES: Written comments on the proposed evaluation and pending 
determination should be addressed to NMFS (Attn: Jeff Abrams), West 
Coast Region, California Coastal Office, 1655 Heindon Road, Arcata, 
California 95521. Comments may be submitted by email addressed to: 
[email protected]. Include in the subject line of the email the 
following identifier: Comments on Yurok Tribal Plan. Comments may also 
be sent via fax to (707) 825-4840. Comments received will also be 
available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal business 
hours by calling Jeff Abrams: (707) 825-5186.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeff Abrams (phone: (707) 825-5186, 
fax: (707) 825-4840, email: [email protected]).


Species Covered in This Notice

    Coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): Threatened (70 FR 37160; June 
28, 2005), naturally produced and artificially propagated SONCC coho 


    The YTFP submitted a Tribal Plan to NMFS for scientific research 
and monitoring they propose to conduct within the Lower Klamath River 
and its tributaries, which are within the range of SONCC coho salmon. 
The Tribal Plan identifies a variety of research and assessment 
activities intended to provide the technical basis for fisheries and 
watershed management, and conserving and restoring salmon stocks and 
their habitat. The majority of the YTFP proposed research is motivated 
by a need to improve understanding of salmonid freshwater survival. 
Many of the proposed activities are also intended to provide 
information to help plan, implement, and monitor habitat protection and 
restoration efforts. The Tribal Plan includes implementation, 
monitoring, and evaluation procedures designed to ensure that the 
research is consistent with the objectives of the ESA. The research 
activities described in the Tribal Plan would take place over a five-
year period starting in 2019.
    As required by a rule promulgated under ESA section 4(d) related to 
Tribal Plans (65 FR 42481, July 10, 2000, as redesignated at 70 FR 
37203, June 28, 2005; Tribal Plan 4(d) rule), the Secretary is seeking 
public comment on the proposed evaluation and pending determination as 
to whether implementation of the Tribal Plan will appreciably reduce 
the likelihood of survival and recovery of SONCC coho salmon.


    Under section 4 of the ESA, the Secretary is required to adopt such 
regulations as the Secretary deems necessary and advisable for the 
conservation of species listed as threatened. The Tribal Plan 4(d) rule 
states that the ESA section 9 take

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prohibitions do not apply to Tribal Plans that the Secretary determines 
will not appreciably reduce the likelihood of survival and recovery of 
the listed species.

    Dated: July 17, 2019.
Angela Somma,
Chief, Endangered Species Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15495 Filed 7-19-19; 8:45 am]