[Federal Register: February 10, 2009 (Volume 74, Number 26)]
[Proposed Rules]
[Page 6563-6564]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

50 CFR Part 92

[FWS-R7-MB-2008-0099; 91200-1231-9BPP L2]
RIN 1018-AW29

Migratory Bird Subsistence Harvest in Alaska; Harvest Regulations
for Migratory Birds in Alaska During the 2009 Season

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Proposed rule; reopening of public comment period.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, are reopening the
public comment period on our proposed rule to establish migratory bird
subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2009 season. This

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will allow all interested parties an additional opportunity to comment
on our proposal. The initial public comment period for the proposed
rule ended on January 20, 2009. If you submitted comments previously,
or in the interim, then you do not need to resubmit them because we
have already incorporated them into the public record and we will fully
consider them in preparation of our final determination.

DATES: We will accept comments received or postmarked on or before
March 12, 2009.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments by one of the following methods:
     Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
Follow the instructions for submitting comments.
     U.S. mail or hand-delivery: Public Comments Processing,
Attn: RIN 1018-AW29, Division of Policy and Directives Management, U.S.
Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Suite 222, Arlington,
VA 22203.
    We will not accept e-mail or faxes. We will post all comments on
http://www.regulations.gov. This generally means that we will post any
personal information you provide us (see the Public Comments section
below for more information).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Fred Armstrong, (907) 786-3887, or
Donna Dewhurst, (907) 786-3499, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1011 E.
Tudor Road, Mail Stop 201, Anchorage, AK 99503.



    We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, published a proposed rule
in the Federal Register on December 18, 2008 (73 FR 76994), to propose
migratory bird subsistence harvest regulations in Alaska for the 2009
season. The proposed regulations would enable the continuation of
customary and traditional subsistence uses of migratory birds in Alaska
and prescribe regional information on when and where the harvesting of
birds may occur. These proposed regulations were developed under a co-
management process involving the Service, the Alaska Department of Fish
and Game, and Alaska Native representatives. The rulemaking is
necessary because the regulations governing the subsistence harvest of
migratory birds in Alaska are subject to annual review. This rulemaking
proposes region-specific regulations that would go into effect on April
2, 2009, and expire on August 31, 2009.
    We are reopening the public comment period on our proposed rule for
an additional 30 days (see DATES section) in response to written
requests for additional time to comment that we received during the
initial public comment period.

Public Comments Solicited

    You may submit your comments and materials concerning this proposed
rule by one of the methods listed in the ADDRESSES section. We will not
accept comments sent by e-mail or fax or to an address not listed in
the ADDRESSES section. We will not consider hand-delivered comments
that we do not receive, or mailed comments that are not postmarked, by
the date specified in the DATES section.
    We will post your entire comment--including your personal
identifying information--on http://www.regulations.gov. If you provide
personal identifying information in your comment, you may request at
the top of your document that we withhold this information from public
review. However, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
    Comments and materials we receive, as well as supporting
documentation we used in preparing this proposed rule, will be
available for public inspection on http://www.regulations.gov, or by
appointment, during normal business hours, at the U.S. Fish and
Wildlife Service, Office of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-management
Council, 1011 E. Tudor Rd., Anchorage, AK 99503 (877) 229-2344.


    The primary authors of this package are the staff members of the
Office of the Alaska Migratory Bird Co-Management Council.


    We derive our authority to issue these regulations from the
Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918, 16 U.S.C. 712(1), which authorizes
the Secretary of the Interior, in accordance with the treaties with
Canada, Mexico, Japan, and Russia, to ``issue such regulations as may
be necessary to assure that the taking of migratory birds and the
collection of their eggs, by the indigenous inhabitants of the State of
Alaska, shall be permitted for their own nutritional and other
essential needs, as determined by the Secretary of the Interior, during
seasons established so as to provide for the preservation and
maintenance of stocks of migratory birds.''

    Dated: January 30, 2009.
Jane Lyder,
Assistant Deputy Secretary.
 [FR Doc. E9-2793 Filed 2-9-09; 8:45 am]