SUMMARY: The Service is reclassifying the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from threatened to endangered status. This measure, required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), reflects a final determination of endangered status by the National Marine Fisheries Service, which has jurisdiction for the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon. EFFECTIVE DATE: March 23, 1994. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ms. Jamie Rappaport Clark, Chief, Division of Endangered Species, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Mail Stop 452, Arlington, Virginia 22203 (703/358-2171). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Under the Endangered Species Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and in accordance with Reorganization Plan No. 4 of 1970, the National Marine Fisheries Services (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Commerce, is responsible for the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon. Under section 4(a)(2)(A) of the Act, NMFS must decide whether a species under its jurisdiction should be changed in status from a threatened species to an endangered species. The Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) is responsible for the actual addition of a species to the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife in 50 CFR 17.11(h). NMFS published its determination of endangered status for the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon on January 4, 1994 (59 FR 440). Accordingly, the FWS is revising the status of the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon from threatened to endangered on the List of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife. Because this action of the FWS is nondiscretionary, and in view of the public comment period provided by NMFS on the proposed reclassification (June 19, 1992; 57 FR 27416), the FWS finds that good cause exists to omit the notice and public comment procedures of 5 U.S.C. 553(b) and to make this action effective on March 23, 1994. National Environmental Policy Act The Fish and Wildlife Service has 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 Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended. A notice outlining the Service's reasons for this determination was published 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, and Transportation. Regulation Promulgation Accordingly, part 17, subchapter B of chapter 1, title 50 of the Code of Federal Regulations, is amended as set forth below: PART 17--[AMENDED] 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. Sec. 17.11 [Amended] 2. Section 17.11(h) is amended by revising the entry under FISHES for ``Salmon, chinook'' for the vertebrate population that reads ``Sacramento R. (U.S.A.--CA) winter run, wherever found'' to read ``E'' under ``Status'' and to read ``383E, 407, 534'' under ``When listed.'' Dated: February 28, 1994. Mollie H. Beattie, Director, Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. 94-6789 Filed 3-22-94; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 4310-55-P
Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon From Threatened to Endangered Status
The Service is reclassifying the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) from threatened to endangered status. This measure, required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (Act), reflects a final determination of endangered status by the National Marine Fisheries Service, which has jurisdiction for the Sacramento River winter-run chinook salmon.