[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 192 (Wednesday, October 3, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 60381-60382]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-24433]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC148


Migratory Bird Conservation; Executive Order 13186

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice of availability.

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SUMMARY: This notice announces the availability of the final signed 
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the National Marine Fisheries 
Service (NMFS) and the U.S. Fish and

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Wildlife Service (FWS) to promote the conservation of migratory birds.

DATES: This MOU went into effect on July 17, 2012, the date it was 
signed.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kim Rivera, (907) 586-7424, email 
Kim.Rivera@noaa.gov.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 10, 2001, President Clinton 
signed Eexecutive Order (EO) 13186, ``Responsibilities of Federal 
Agencies to Protect Migratory Birds''. One of the requirements of E.O. 
13186 is that each Federal agency taking actions that have, or are 
likely to have, a measurable negative effect on migratory bird 
populations is directed to develop and implement a MOU with the FWS 
that shall promote the conservation of migratory bird populations (E.O. 
13186 Section 3(a)). On July 17, 2012, NMFS and FWS finalized this MOU 
to conserve migratory bird populations as prescribed by E.O. 13186. 
This MOU went into effect on the date it was signed.
    This NMFS-FWS MOU encompasses all relevant seabird-related NMFS 
activities and identifies specific areas of collaboration and 
cooperation with FWS, including seabird bycatch reduction, information 
sharing and coordination, international policy and diplomacy, and 
habitat conservation. The MOU also provides for strengthening migratory 
bird conservation by identifying strategies that promote conservation 
and reduce adverse impacts on migratory birds through enhanced 
collaboration between NMFS and the FWS. In addition, This MOU 
identifies specific activities where cooperation between NMFS and the 
FWS, will contribute to the conservation of migratory birds and their 
habitat. These activities are intended to complement and support 
existing efforts and to facilitate new collaborative conservation 
efforts for migratory birds.
    The complete text of the MOU is available at http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/mou/eo13186_nmfs_fws_mou2012.pdf. Section 3(g) of the E.O. 13186 states that ``Each agency 
shall advise the public of the availability of its MOU through a notice 
published in the Federal Register.'' This notice fulfills the 
requirements of Section 3(g) of E.O. 13186. The E.O. is posted at 
http://www.fakr.noaa.gov/protectedresources/seabirds/protectmigratory.pdf.

    Dated: September 27, 2012.
Samuel D. Rauch III,
Deputy Assistant Administrator for Regulatory Programs, Performing the 
functions and duties of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, 
National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-24433 Filed 10-2-12; 8:45 am]
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