AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; request for comments.
SUMMARY: NMFS reviewed the Alaska, Atlantic, and Pacific regional
marine mammal stock assessment reports (SARs) in accordance with the
Marine Mammal Protection Act. SARs for marine mammals in the Alaska,
Atlantic, and Pacific regions were revised according to new
information. NMFS solicits public comments on the draft 2013 SARs.
DATES: Comments must be received by February 4, 2014.
ADDRESSES: The 2013 draft SARs are available in electronic form via the
Internet at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/sars/draft.htm.
Copies of the Alaska Regional SARs may be requested from Dee Allen,
Alaska Fisheries Science Center, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way, NE BIN
15700, Seattle, WA 98115-0070.
Copies of the Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Regional SARs
may be requested from Gordon Waring, Northeast Fisheries Science
Center, 166 Water St., Woods Hole, MA 02543.
Copies of the Pacific Regional SARs may be requested from Jim
Carretta, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, 8604 La Jolla Shores
Drive, La Jolla, CA 92037-1508.
You may submit comments, identified by [NOAA-NMFS-2013-0136], by
any of the following methods:
Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via
the Federal eRulemaking Portal http://www.regulations.gov.
Mail: Send comments or requests for copies of reports to: Chief,
Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Conservation Division, Office of Protected
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway,
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226, Attn: Stock Assessments.
Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record
generally be posted to http://www.regulations.gov without change. All
Personal Identifying Information (for example, name, address, etc.)
voluntarily submitted by the commenter may be publicly accessible. Do
not submit Confidential Business Information or otherwise sensitive or
NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter N/A in the required
fields, if you wish to remain anonymous). You may submit attachments to
electronic comments in Microsoft Word, Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF
file formats only.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Shannon Bettridge, Office of Protected
Resources, 301-427-8402, Shannon.Bettridge@noaa.gov; Dee Allen 206-526-
4048, Dee.Allen@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock assessments;
Gordon Waring, 508-495-2311, Gordon.Waring@noaa.gov, regarding
Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean regional stock assessments; or
Jim Carretta, 858-546-7171, Jim.Carretta@noaa.gov, regarding Pacific
regional stock assessments.