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64512 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No.

212 / Thursday, November 2, 2006 / Notices

Products, the OMB Peer Review • Fax: 1–562–980–4027, Attention: ultimate goal is to increase white
bulletin, and the Information Quality Melissa Neuman. abalone abundance to viable and self-
Act guidelines. The CPDC—S&A 1.3 • Mail: Submit written information to sustaining levels such that the species
will consist of no more than 20 Chief, Protected Resources Division, can be downlisted to threatened status
members to be appointed by the Under Southwest Region, National Marine and eventually removed from the
Secretary to assure a balanced Fisheries Service, 501 West Ocean Endangered Species List.
representation among preeminent Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA NMFS sought a scientific review of
scientists, educators, and experts 90802 4213. the draft Plan by 12 experts in October
reflecting the full scope of the scientific The draft Plan can be obtained via the 2005. NMFS requested that the
issues addressed in CCSP Synthesis and Internet at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov or scientific reviewers consider: (1) issues
Assessment Product 1.3. The CPDC— by submitting a request to the Assistant and assumptions relating to the
S&A 1.3 will function solely as an Regional Administrator, Protected biological and ecological information of
advisory body, and in compliance with Resources Division, Southwest Region, the draft Plan, and (2) scientific data
the provisions of the Federal Advisory NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite relating to the tasks in the proposed
Committee Act. Its charter will be filed 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213. recovery program. Four reviewers
under the Act, fifteen days from the date FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: responded to NMFS’ request. The
of publication of this notice. Melissa Neuman, NMFS, Southwest recovery team reconvened in June 2006
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Region (562) 980–4115. to consider the reviewer’s comments
CPDC—S&A 1.3 DFO and Dr. Ming Ji, SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: White and incorporate changes to the draft
Program Manager, NOAA/OAR/Climate abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) was listed Plan accordingly. NMFS will consider
Program Office, Climate Dynamics and as the first federally endangered marine all substantive comments and
Experimental Prediction Program, 1100 invertebrate under the United States information presented during the public
Wayne Avenue, Suite 1215, Silver Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) comment period in the course of
Spring, Maryland 20910; telephone in May 2001. The ESA (15 U.S.C. 1531 finalizing this Plan.
301–427–2373, e-mail: et seq.) requires that NOAA’s National Dated: October 27, 2006.
Ming.Ji@noaa.gov. Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Angela Somma,
Dated: October 26, 2006. develop and implement recovery plans Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office
Mark E. Brown, for the conservation and survival of of Protected Resources, National Marine
Chief Financial Officer, Office of Oceanic and
threatened and endangered species Fisheries Service.
Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and under its jurisdiction, unless it is [FR Doc. E6–18505 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am]
Atmospheric Administration. determined that such plans would not BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
[FR Doc. 06–9017 Filed 11–1–06; 8:45 am] promote the conservation of the species.
BILLING CODE 3510–22–M
Accordingly, during the summer of
2002, NMFS appointed a recovery team DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
comprised of experts in the fields of
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE abalone biology and ecology, National Oceanic and Atmospheric
conservation biology, genetics, Administration
National Oceanic and Atmospheric population dynamics and modeling, [I.D. 102706C]
Administration pathology, aquaculture, and marine
policy to develop a recovery plan as Marine Mammals; File No. 775–1600
[I.D. 092006B]
mandated by the ESA.
Endangered and Threatened Species; The purposes of this Recovery Plan AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Recovery Plan for White Abalone are to: (1) delineate those aspects of Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
white abalone biology, life history, and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries threats that are pertinent to its Commerce.
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and endangerment and recovery; (2) outline ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and justify a strategy to achieve amendment.
Commerce. recovery; (3) identify the actions
ACTION: Notice of Availability; request necessary to achieve recovery; (4) SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that
for comments. identify goals and criteria by which to the Northeast Fisheries Science Center,
measure the achievement of recovery; NMFS,166 Water Street, Woods Hole,
SUMMARY: The National Marine (5) serve as an outreach tool by Massachusetts 02543–1026 [Principal
Fisheries Service (NMFS) announces the articulating the reasons for white Investigator (PI): Dr. Richard Merrick]
availability of the draft White Abalone abalone’s endangerment, and by has requested a major amendment to
Recovery Plan (Plan) for public review. explaining why the particular suite of Permit No. 775–1600 to take northern
NMFS is soliciting review and comment recovery actions described is the most right whales (Eubalaena glacialis) for
from the public and all interested effective and efficient approach to purposes of scientific research.
parties on the Plan, and will consider all achieving recovery; (6) help potential ADDRESSES: The amendment request
substantive comments received during cooperators and partners understand the and related documents are available for
the review period before submitting the rationale behind the recovery actions review upon written request or by
Plan for final approval. identified, and assist them in appointment in the following office(s):
DATES: Comments on the draft Plan identifying how they can facilitate Permits, Conservation and Education
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must be received by close of business on recovery; (7) serve as a tool for Division, Office of Protected Resources,
December 18, 2006. monitoring recovery activities; and (8) NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room
ADDRESSES: You may submit comments be used to obtain funding for NMFS and 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone
by any of the following methods: its partners by identifying necessary (301)713–2289; fax (301)713–0376;
• E-Mail: recovery actions and their relative Northeast Region, NMFS, One
whiteabalone.recoveryplan@noaa.gov. priority in the recovery process. NMFS’ Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA

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