Endangered and Threatened Species; Designation of Critical Habitat for Lower Columbia River Coho Salmon and Puget Sound Steelhead

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), propose to designate critical habitat for Puget Sound steelhead (O. mykiss), currently listed as threatened species under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). The specific areas proposed for designation for Puget Sound steelhead include approximately 1,880 mi (3,026 km) of freshwater and estuarine habitat in Puget Sound, Washington. We propose to exclude a number of particular areas from designation because the benefits of exclusion outweigh the benefits of inclusion and exclusion will not result in the extinction of the species.

National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) Notice

We are soliciting comments from the public on all aspects of the proposal, including information on the economic, national security, and other relevant impacts of the proposed designations, as well as the benefits to the species from designations. We will consider additional information received prior to
making final designations.

DATES: Comments on this proposed rule must be received by 5 p.m. P.S.T. on April 15, 2013. Requests for public hearings must be made in writing by February 28, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments on the proposed rule, identified by FDMS docket number [NOAA–NMFS–2012–0224], by any one of the following
methods:

  • Electronic Submissions: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal eRulemaking Portal: http://www.regulations.gov.
  • Fax: 503–230–5441, Attn: Steve Stone.
  • Mail: Chief, Protected Resources Division, Northwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1201 NE. Lloyd Blvd., Suite 1100, Portland, OR 97232.
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