[Federal Register: December 29, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 249)]

[Rules and Regulations]               

[Page 72960-72961]

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Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 17

RIN 1018-AF82


Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Determination of 

Threatened Status for Two Chinook Salmon Evolutionarily Significant 

Units (ESUs) in California

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Final rule.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service) are adding 

the Central Valley spring-run Evolutionarily Significant Unit (ESU) and 

the California Coastal ESU of the west coast chinook salmon 

(Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) to the List of Endangered and Threatened 

Wildlife as threatened. This amendment to the list, authorized by the 

Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), is based on a determination by 

the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), which has jurisdiction 

for this species.

EFFECTIVE DATE: November 15, 1999.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Nancy Gloman, Chief, Division of 

Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, (703/358-2171).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In accordance with Reorganization Plan No. 4 

of 1970, the NMFS, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 

Department of Commerce, is responsible for the decisions regarding the 

Central Valley spring-run and the California Coastal, both are ESUs of 

the west coast chinook salmon as defined in the Act. Under section 

4(a)(2) of the Act, NMFS must decide whether a species under its 

jurisdiction should be classified as endangered or threatened, and the 

Service is responsible for the actual addition of these species to the 

List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in 50 CFR 17.11(h).

    The NMFS published its determination of threatened status for the 

Central Valley spring-run ESU and the California Coastal ESU of the 

west coast chinook salmon on September 16, 1999 (64 FR 50394). 

Accordingly, we are now adding both ESUs to the List of Endangered and 

Threatened Wildlife, as threatened species. This addition is effective 

as of November 15, 1999, as indicated in the NMFS determination. 

Because this action is nondiscretionary, and in view of the public 

comment period provided by NMFS on the March 9, 1998, proposed listing 

(63 FR 11482), we find that good cause exists to omit the notice and 

public comment procedures of 5 U.S.C. 553(b).

National Environmental Policy Act

    We have determined that an environmental assessment, as defined 

under the authority of the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969, 

need not be prepared in connection with regulations adopted pursuant to 

section 4(a) of the Act. We published a notice outlining our reasons 

for this determination in the Federal Register on October 25, 1983 (48 

FR 49244).

List of Subjects in 50 CFR Part 17

    Endangered and threatened species, Export, Import, Reporting and 

recordkeeping requirements, Transportation.

Regulation Promulgation

    Accordingly, we amend part 17, subchapter B of chapter 1, title 50 

of the Code of Federal Regulations, as set forth below:


    1. The authority citation for part 17 continues to read as follows:

    Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1361-1407; 16 U.S.C. 1531-1544; 16 U.S.C. 

4201-4245; Pub. L. 99-625, 100 Stat. 3500, unless otherwise noted.

    2. Amend Sec. 17.11(h) by adding the following to the List of 

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife, in alphabetical order under FISHES:

Sec. 17.11  Endangered and threatened wildlife.

* * * * *

    (h) * * *


                        Species                                                     Vertebrate

--------------------------------------------------------                         population where                                 Critical     Special

                                                            Historic range        endangered or         Status     When listed    habitat       Rules

           Common name                Scientific name                               threatened


                   *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *


                   *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *

Salmon, chinook..................  Oncorhynchus          North Pacific Basin   U.S.A. (CA) all      T                      674           NA           NA

                                    (=Salmo)              from U.S.A. (CA) to   naturally spawned

                                    tshawytscha.          Japan.                spring-run

                                                                                populations from

                                                                                the Sacramento San

                                                                                Joaquin R.

                                                                                mainstem and its


Salmon, chinook..................  Oncorhynchus          North Pacific Basin   U.S.A. (CA) from     T                      674           NA           NA

                                    tshawytscha.          from U.S.A. (CA) to   Redwood Creek

                                                          Japan.                south to Russian

                                                                                R., inclusive, all

                                                                                naturally spawn

                                                                                populations in

                                                                                mainstems and


                   *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *                  *


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    Dated: December 9, 1999.

Jamie Rappaport Clark,

Director, Fish and Wildlife Service.

[FR Doc. 99-33782 Filed 12-28-99; 8:45 am]