Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.
Notice; request for information.
We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (Service), are initiating a 5-year status review of the Alaska-breeding population of Steller's eider under the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of any new information on the species that has become available since the last review of the species.
To ensure consideration of your comments in our preparation of this 5-year status review, we must receive your comments and information by March 5, 2018. However, we will accept information about any species at any time.
Please submit your information by any one of the following methods:
Email: Kate_Martin@fws.gov; or
U.S. mail or hand delivery: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, ATTN: Kate Martin 1011 East Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503.
For more about submitting information, see Request for Information in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section.
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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Kate Martin, Fairbanks Fish and Wildlife Field Office, by telephone at 907-786-3459 (phone). Individuals who are hearing impaired or speech impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 800-877-8339 for TTY assistance.
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We are initiating a 5-year status review under the ESA for the Alaska-breeding population of Steller's eider. A 5-year status review is based on the best scientific and commercial data available at the time of the review; therefore, we are requesting submission of information that has become available since the last review of the species.
Why do we conduct 5-year reviews?
Under the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), we maintain Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants (which we collectively refer to as the List) in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17.11 (for animals) and 17.12 (for plants). Section 4(c)(2)(A) of the ESA requires us to review each listed species' status at least once every 5 years. Further, our regulations at 50 CFR 424.21 require that we publish a notice in the Federal Register announcing those species under active review. For additional information about 5-year reviews, go to http://www.fws.gov/endangered/what-we-do/recovery-overview.html, scroll down to “Learn More about 5-Year Reviews,” and click on the “5-Year Reviews” link.
What information do we consider in our review?
A 5-year review considers all new information available at the time of the review. In conducting these reviews, we consider the best scientific and commercial data that have become available since the listing determination or most recent status review, such as:
(1) The biology of the species, including but not limited to population trends, distribution, abundance, demographics, and genetics;
(2) Habitat conditions, including but not limited to amount, distribution, and suitability;
(3) Conservation measures that have been implemented that benefit the species;
(4) Threat status and trends in relation to the five listing factors (as defined in section 4(a)(1) of the ESA); and
(5) Other new information, data, or corrections, including but not limited to taxonomic or nomenclatural changes, identification of erroneous information contained in the List, and improved analytical methods.
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Species Under Review
Entity listed: Steller's eiders (Polysticta stelleri).
Where listed: United States (Alaska-breeding population only).
Date listed (publication date for final listing rule): June 11, 1997.
citation for final listing rule: 62 FR 31748.
Request for Information
To ensure that a 5-year review is complete and based on the best available scientific and commercial information, we request new information from all sources. For specific criteria, see What information do we consider in our review? If you submit information, please support it with documentation such as maps, bibliographic references, methods used to gather and analyze the data, and/or copies of any pertinent publications, reports, or letters by knowledgeable sources. If you submit purported sightings of the species, please also provide supporting documentation in any form to the extent that it is available.
Public Availability of Comments
Before including your address, phone number, email address, or other personal identifying information in your comments, you should be aware that your entire comment—including your personal identifying information—may be made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
Completed and Active Reviews
A list of all completed and currently active 5-year reviews addressing species for which the Alaskan Region of the Service has lead responsibility is available at http://www.fws.gov/alaska/fisheries/endangered/reviews.htm.
This document is published under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).
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Dated: September 20, 2017.
Regional Director, Alaska Region.
[FR Doc. 2017-28302 Filed 12-29-17; 8:45 am]
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