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 2015 SARs.
DATES: Comments must be received by December 29, 2015.
ADDRESSES: The 2015 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 Marcia
Muto, 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 Peter Corkeron, 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-2015-0108, 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
and will 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 protected information.
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; Marcia Muto 206-
526-4026, Marcia.Muto@noaa.gov, regarding Alaska regional stock
assessments; Peter Corkeron, 508-495-2191, Peter.Corkeron@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.