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requirements of the Regulatory Snake River (SR) spring/summer-run would be observed/harassed during
Flexibility Act (5 U.S.C. 601 et seq.) are (spr/sum), threatened SR fall-run, spawning ground surveys and
inapplicable. Therefore, a regulatory threatened Puget Sound (PS). snorkeling activities. They would also
flexibility analysis has not been Chum salmon (O. keta): threatened be collected using temporary/portable
prepared. Columbia River (CR), threatened Hood picket weirs, sampled for biological
Dated: February 12, 2007. Canal (HC). information, sampled for fin tissues and
Daniel L. Clever,
Steelhead (O. mykiss): threatened scales, marked with opercule punches,
LCR, threatened middle Columbia River tagged with Tyvek disc tags, and
Deputy Director, Acquisition and Grants
Office, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
(MCR), threatened Snake River (SR), released. Adult steelhead carcasses
Administration. threatened UCR, proposed threatened would also be collected and sampled for
[FR Doc. E7–2833 Filed 2–19–07; 8:45 am]
PS. tissues and/or scales and biological
Coho salmon (O. kisutch): threatened information. The CRITFC does not
LCR. intend to kill any of the fish being
Sockeye salmon (O. nerka): captured but a small number may die as
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE threatened Ozette Lake (OL), an unintended result of the activities.
endangered SR.
Permit 1379 — Modification 2
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Authority
Administration For a number of years, CRITFC has
Scientific research permits are issued been permitted to annually take UCR
[I.D. 021207B] in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) Chinook salmon, UCR steelhead, SR
of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et. seq) and spr/sum Chinook salmon, SR fall
Endangered and Threatened Species; regulations governing listed fish and
Take of Anadromous Fish Chinook salmon, SR sockeye salmon,
wildlife permits (50 CFR 222–226). LCR Chinook salmon, and LCR coho
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries NMFS issues permits based on findings salmon while conducting three studies
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and that such permits: (1) are applied for in designed to increase what we know
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, about the status and productivity of
Commerce. would not operate to the disadvantage various fish populations, collect data on
ACTION: Applications for three scientific of the listed species that are the subject migratory and exploitation (harvest)
research permits and one modification. of the permit; and (3) are consistent patterns, and develop baseline
with the purposes and policy of section information on various population and
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that 2 of the ESA. The authority to take habitat parameters in order to guide
NMFS has received four scientific listed species is subject to conditions set salmonid restoration strategies. The
research permit application requests forth in the permits. studies are: Project 1 Juvenile Upriver
relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed Anyone requesting a hearing on an Bright Fall Chinook Sampling at the
research is intended to increase application listed in this notice should Hanford Reach; Project 2 Adult
knowledge of species listed under the set out the specific reasons why a Chinook, Sockeye, and Coho Sampling
Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to hearing on that application would be at Bonneville Dam; and Project 3 Adult
help guide management and appropriate (see ADDRESSES). Such Sockeye Sampling at Tumwater Dam,
conservation efforts. hearings are held at the discretion of the Wenatchee River.
DATES: Comments or requests for a Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, This year, CRITFC is seeking to add
public hearing on the applications must NMFS. three new aspects to their currently
be received at the appropriate address or allowed research: (1) They wish add
Applications Received
fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later adult tagging as a permitted activity for
than 5 p.m. Pacific standard time on Permit 1339 all species sampled at Bonneville Dam;
March 22, 2007. The Columbia River Inter-tribal Fish (2) they are seeking to add adult
ADDRESSES: Written comments on the Commission (CRITFC) is currently steelhead sampling at Bonneville Dam
applications should be sent to the authorized to annually take adult, to their permit rather than having it
Protected Resources Division, NMFS, threatened, SR spr/sum Chinook salmon covered by a separate permit (this action
1201 NE Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, and adult, threatened, SR steelhead would necessitate adding MCR
Portland, OR 97232–1274. Comments while conducting research in a number steelhead to the permit); and (3) they
may also be sent via fax to 503–230– of the tributaries to the Imnaha River in seek to increase their allowable take for
5441 or by e-mail to Oregon. Their permit to do so is the Hanford project as it appears likely
resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov. expiring this year and they desire to they will receive funding for a new
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: renew it for another five years. The project which would increase the
Garth Griffin, Portland, OR (ph.: 503– purpose of the research is to acquire number of UCR and SR spring-run
231–2005, Fax: 503–230–5441, e-mail: information on the status (escapement Chinook salmon they catch.
Garth.Griffin@noaa.gov). Permit abundance, genetic structure, life The research would benefit listed fish
application instructions are available history traits) of steelhead in the Imnaha by helping managers set in-river and
from the address above. River Basin. The research will continue ocean harvest regimes so that they have
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: to benefit the listed species by providing minimal impacts on listed populations.
information that fisheries managers can It would also help managers prioritize
Species Covered in This Notice use to determine if recovery actions are projects in a way that gives maximum
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The following listed species are helping increase wild Snake River benefit to listed species including
covered in this notice: salmonid populations. Baseline projects designed to help the listed fish
Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus information on steelhead populations in recover. The CRITFC does not intend to
tshawytscha): threatened lower the Imnaha River Basin would also be kill any of the fish being captured but
Columbia River (LCR), endangered used to help guide future management a small number may die as an
upper Columbia River (UCR), threatened actions. Adult salmon and steelhead unintended result of the activities.

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Permit 1590 minimize the harm their projects may PLACE: 999 E Street, NW., Washington,
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers do to listed fish. Survey methods would DC (ninth floor).
(USACE) is requesting a permit to depend on the size of the stream system STATUS: This meeting will be open to the
annually take juvenile PS Chinook and may include snorkel surveys, dip public.
salmon and HC chum salmon over the nets, stick seines, baited gee minnow ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED:
next five years. The research would also traps and electrofishing. Fish would be Correction and Approval of Minutes.
affect the PS steelhead (currently captured, identified, and released in the Regulations Priority.
proposed for listing as ‘‘threatened’’). same location. The WSDOT does not Future Meeting Dates.
The purpose of the research is to study intend to kill any of the fish being Management and Administrative
the marine phase of ‘‘resident’’ Chinook captured but a small number may die as Matters.
salmon, a life-history type that rears to an unintended result of the activities.
adulthood in the Puget Sound marine This notice is provided pursuant to
Mr. Robert Biersack, Press Officer,
zone foregoing the typical ocean section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will
Telephone: (202) 694–1220.
migration of the species. The goals are evaluate the application, associated
to describe the behavior and life history documents, and comments submitted to Mary W. Dove,
of resident Chinook salmon, and determine whether the application Secretary of the Commission.
determine whether the proportion of PS meets the requirements of section 10(a) [FR Doc. 07–782 Filed 2–15–07; 3:42 pm]
Chinook salmon adopting this resident of the ESA and Federal regulations. The BILLING CODE 6715–01–M
pattern varies among populations and final permit decisions will not be made
hatchery stocks. Research activities until after the end of the 30-day
would be conducted throughout the comment period. NMFS will publish DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND
marine zone of Puget Sound and Hood notice of its final action in the Federal SECURITY
Canal, Washington. The information Register.
gathered by this research would be used Dated: February 14, 2007. Bureau of Customs and Border
to develop a conceptual model of the Angela Somma, Protection
life history of resident PS Chinook. The Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office
research would benefit PS Chinook by of Protected Resources, National Marine
Proposed Collection; Comment
helping managers develop a better Fisheries Service. Request; United States-Caribbean
understanding of the abundance, [FR Doc. E7–2847 Filed 2–19–07; 8:45 am]
Basin Trade Partnership Act
distribution, and habitat requirements of BILLING CODE 3510–22–S Notice and request for
this life history strategy. The USACE comments.
proposes to capture fish using shoreline
and boat angling, beach seining, and FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION SUMMARY: As part of its continuing effort
purse-seining. Captured fish would be to reduce paperwork and respondent
anesthetized, measured, checked for fin Sunshine Act Notices burden, Bureau of Customs and Border
clip or CWT, tagged with acoustic or Protection (CBP) invites the general
archival loggers, and fin clipped for DATE AND TIME: Wednesday, February 21, public and other Federal agencies to
tissue samples. Additionally, stomach 2007 at 10 a.m. comment on an information collection
content samples would be collected PLACE: 999 E. Street, NW., Washington, requirement concerning the United
from a portion of the captured fish. The DC. States-Caribbean Basin Trade
USACE does not intend to kill any of STATUS: This meeting will be closed to Partnership Act. This request for
the fish being captured but a small the public. comments is being made pursuant to the
number may die as an unintended result ITEMS TO BE DISCUSSED: Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub.
of the activities. Compliance matters pursuant to 2 L. 104–13; 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)).
Permit 1598 U.S.C. 437g. DATES: Written comments should be
Audits conducted pursuant to 2 U.S.C. received on or before April 23, 2007, to
The Washington Department of be assured of consideration.
Transportation (WSDOT) is requesting a 437g, § 438(b), and Title 26, U.S.C.
5-year research permit to annually take Matters concerning participation in civil ADDRESSES: Direct all written comments
all fish species identified in this notice actions or proceedings or arbitration. to Bureau of Customs and Border
while conducting research throughout Internal personnel rules and procedures Protection, Information Services Group,
the State of Washington. The purpose of or matters affecting a particular Room 3.2.C, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave.,
the research is determine the employee. NW., Washington, DC 20229.
anadromous fish species in waterbodies Mr. Robert Biersack, Press Officer, Requests for additional information
crossed by or adjacent to the state Telephone: (202) 694–1220. should be directed to Bureau of Customs
transportation systems (highways, and Border Protection, Attn.: Tracey
Mary W. Dove,
railroads, and/or airports). The surveys Denning, Room 3.2.C., 1300
Secretary of the Commission.
would help establish presence of listed Pennsylvania Avenue, NW.,
[FR Doc. 07–781 Filed 2–15–07; 3:42 pm] Washington, DC 20229, Tel. (202) 344–
salmon and steelhead in waterbodies
BILLING CODE 6715–01–M 1429.
about which we currently have little
data. That information would be used to SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: CBP
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assess the impacts proposed projects FEDERAL ELECTION COMMISSION invites the general public and other
may have on listed species. The Federal agencies to comment on
research would benefit the listed species Sunshine Act Notices proposed and/or continuing information
by helping WSDOT develop best collections pursuant to the Paperwork
management practices and in-water DATE AND TIME: Thursday, February 22, Reduction Act of 1995 (Pub. L. 104–13;
work window timing so they can 2007, at 10 a.m. 44 U.S.C. 3505(c)(2)). The comments

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