[Federal Register: May 5, 2004 (Volume 69, Number 87)]
[Proposed Rules]               
[Page 25055-25056]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AI44

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Notice of a Public 
Hearing for the Proposed Listing of the Southwest Alaska Distinct 
Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter as Threatened

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; announcement of public hearing.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) will hold a 
public hearing on the proposed listing of the Southwest Alaska Distinct 
Population Segment of the Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) 
as threatened.

DATES: One public hearing will be held on May 19, 2004, in Kodiak, 
Alaska, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The public is invited to participate and 
to provide oral testimony. The public hearing will be preceded by an 
informational meeting from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Teleconference facilities 
will be available for members of the public who wish to participate by 

ADDRESSES: The public hearing will be held at the Best Western Hotel, 
236 Rezanof Drive, Kodiak, Alaska 99615. To participate by 
teleconference call toll-free 888/391-1373. The Teleconference Leader 
is Ms. Sue Detwiler and the Passcode is Sea Otter.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Douglas Burn, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Marine Mammals Management Office, 1011 East Tudor Road, 
Anchorage, Alaska 99503 (telephone 907/786-3800; facsimile 907/786-


Public Comments Solicited

    We solicit comments on our proposal to list the southwest Alaska 
distinct population segment (DPS) of the northern sea otter (69 FR 
6600, February 11, 2004). Of particular interest to us are comments 
    (1) Biological, commercial trade, or any other relevant data 
concerning any threat (or lack thereof) to the DPS;
    (2) The location of any additional populations of this DPS;
    (3) The specific physical and biological features to consider, and 
specific areas that meet the definition of critical habitat and that 
should or should not be considered for critical

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habitat designation as provided by section 4 of the Endangered Species 
    (4) Additional information concerning the range, distribution, and 
size of this DPS; and
    (5) Current or planned activities in the subject area and their 
possible impacts on this DPS.


    On February 11, 2004, we published in the Federal Register (69 FR 
6600) a proposed rule to list the southwest Alaska DPS of the northern 
sea otter as threatened under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as 
amended (Act) (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The comment period for the 
proposed listing closes on June 10, 2004. We are announcing a public 
hearing to allow all interested parties to submit oral comments on the 
proposed rule. We are seeking comments or suggestions from the public, 
other concerned agencies, the scientific community, industry, or any 
other interested parties concerning the proposed rule. Comments already 
submitted on the proposed rule need not be resubmitted as they will be 
fully considered in our final determination.
    Section 4(b)(5)(E) of the Act requires that a public hearing be 
held if it is requested within 45 days of the publication of a proposed 
rule. In response to a request from the Alaska Sea Otter and Steller 
Sea Lion Commission, we are holding a public hearing on the date and at 
the address described in the DATES and ADDRESSES section.
    Anyone wishing to make an oral statement for the record is 
encouraged to provide a written copy of the statement and present it to 
us at the hearing. In the event there is a large attendance, the time 
allotted for oral statements may be limited. Oral and written 
statements receive equal consideration. There are no limits to the 
length of written comments presented at the hearing or mailed to us.
    Persons needing reasonable accommodations in order to attend and 
participate in the public hearing should contact M. Ellen Baier at 907/
786-3800, as soon as possible. In order to allow sufficient time to 
process requests, please call no later than one week before the hearing 
date. Information regarding our proposal is available in alternative 
formats upon request.


    The primary author of this notice is Susan Detwiler, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, Alaska 99503 
(telephone 907/786-3868; facsimile 907/786-3350).

    Authority: The authority for this action is the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

    Dated: April 29, 2004.
Craig Manson,
Assistant Secretary for Fish and Wildlife and Parks.
[FR Doc. 04-10282 Filed 4-30-04; 4:48 pm]