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 2016 SARs.
DATES: Comments must be received by January 9, 2017.
ADDRESSES: The 2016 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 Elizabeth Josephson, 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-2016-0101, by any
of the following methods:
Federal e-Rulemaking Portal: Go to www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=NOAA-NMFS-2016-0101, click the "Comment Now!" icon,
complete the required fields, and enter or attach your comments.
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: NMFS may not consider comments if they are sent by
any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after
the end of the comment period. All comments received are a part of the
public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on
www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying
information (e.g., name, address, etc.), confidential business
information, or otherwise sensitive information submitted voluntarily
by the sender will be publicly accessible. NMFS will accept anonymous
comments (enter "N/A" in the required fields if you wish to remain
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; Elizabeth Josephson, 508-495-2362,
Elizabeth.Josephson@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.