NOAA offers workshop on green sturgeon critical habitat, fixes error in previously noticed map
73 Fed. Reg. 58527 / 73 FR 58527-58528 / Vol. 73, No. 195 (Tuesday, October 7, 2008)(DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE; National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 50 CFR Part 226 ocket No. 080730953–81003–01RIN 0648–AX04 Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants: Proposed Rulemaking to Designate Critical Habitat for the Threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment ofNorth American Green Sturgeon; Notification of Public Workshop; Correction to proposed rule)
According to the Center for Biological Diversity, the San Francisco Bay-Delta and Sacramento-San Joaquin river system are home to a rare, enormous species of living fossil called the green sturgeon. The ancient fish has survived unchanged for almost 200 million years, but is now at the brink of extinction from overharvesting and rapid habitat change." See CBD image from California Department of Fish and Game.
SUMMARY: We, NMFS, will convene a public workshop in Sacramento, CA on October 16, 2008, to collect information and to provide an opportunity for the public and other interested parties to comment on the proposed rulemaking to designate critical habitat for the threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon. This document also contains a correction to the proposed rulemaking. DATES: The public workshop will be held on Thursday, October 16, 2008, from 9 a.m. to approximately 5 p.m., Pacific Daylight Time.
EXCERPT: A proposed rule to designate critical habitat for the threatened Southern DPS of green sturgeon was published in the Federal Register (and posted by ESA blawg) on September 8, 2008 (73 FR 52084)... As published, the notice of proposed rulemaking (73 FR 52084; September 8, 2008) contains an error in the map of proposed critical habitat for the Southern DPS in California. The spatial extent of the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta, California, as depicted on the overview map on page 52110, does not match the textual description of the Delta found in 50 CFR 226.216(a)(3)(i) of the proposed regulatory text.