Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Reclassification of the Sacramento River Winter-Run Chinook Salmon From Threatened to Endangered Status

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.

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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]
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