Public Comment of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research

CourtCommerce Department,National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Citation87 FR 16169
Record Number2022-05955
Federal Register, Volume 87 Issue 55 (Tuesday, March 22, 2022)
[Federal Register Volume 87, Number 55 (Tuesday, March 22, 2022)]
                [Notices]
                [Pages 16169-16170]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
                [FR Doc No: 2022-05955]
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                DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
                National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
                Public Comment of the Office of Ocean Exploration and Research
                AGENCY: Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National
                Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce
                (DOC).
                ACTION: Notice of public comment.
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                SUMMARY: The National Ocean Mapping, Exploration, and Characterization
                (NOMEC) Council and the Interagency Working Group on Ocean Exploration
                and Characterization (IWG-OEC) request public comment from all
                interested parties on the draft Strategic Priorities for Ocean
                Exploration and Characterization of the United States Exclusive
                Economic Zone (``Priorities Report''). The Priorities Report was
                developed per the National Strategy for Ocean Mapping, Exploring, and
                Characterizing the United States Exclusive Economic Zone (``National
                Strategy'') and as detailed in the NOMEC Implementation Plan
                (``Implementation Plan''). To help ensure implementation of the
                National Strategy continues to be informed by all sectors, the NOMEC
                Council and IWG-OEC issue this notice to seek public comment on the
                specific thematic and geographic priorities for ocean exploration and
                characterization that were identified by Federal subject-matter
                experts.
                 The NOMEC Council and IWG-OEC issue this notice on behalf of the
                Ocean Science and Technology Subcommittee of the Ocean Policy
                Committee, which is chaired by the Office of Science and Technology
                Policy (OSTP) and the Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ).
                DATES: Comments must be received by May 2, 2022.
                ADDRESSES: A copy of the draft Priorities Report may be downloaded or
                viewed at: https://www.noaa.gov/nomec/IWG-OEC.
                 A copy of the National Strategy may be downloaded or viewed at:
                https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-08/NOMEC%20Strategy.pdf.
                 A copy of the Implementation Plan may be downloaded or viewed at:
                https://www.noaa.gov/sites/default/files/2021-11/210107-FINALNOMECImplementationPlan-Clean.pdf.
                 Responses should be submitted via email to [email protected].
                 Instructions: Response to this notice is voluntary. Include
                ``Public Comment on Priorities Report for Exploration and
                Characterization'' in the subject line of the message. If applicable,
                clearly indicate the section and page number to which submitted
                comments pertain. All submissions must be in English. Email attachments
                will be accepted in plain text, Microsoft Word, or Adobe PDF formats
                only. Each individual or institution is requested to submit only one
                response.
                 Responses to this notice may be posted without change on a Federal
                website. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address,
                etc.), confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive
                information submitted voluntarily by the sender will become publicly
                accessible. NOAA, therefore, requests that no business proprietary
                information, copyrighted information, or personally identifiable
                information be submitted in response to this notice. Anonymous comments
                will be accepted. Please note that the U.S. Government will not pay for
                response preparation, or for the use of any information contained in
                the response.
                FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: IWG-OEC Co-Chairs: Rachel Medley,
                NOAA, [email protected], 301-789-3075; Dr. Amanda Demopoulos, U.S.
                Geological Survey, [email protected], 352-264-3490; Mark Mueller,
                Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, [email protected], 703-787-1089.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The NOMEC Council and IWG-OEC seek public
                comment for development of thematic and geographic ocean exploration
                and characterization priorities in accordance with the Implementation
                Plan of the National Strategy. In coordination with the Administrator
                of NOAA, this notice is issued on behalf of the Ocean Science and
                Technology Subcommittee of the Ocean Policy Committee, which is co-
                chaired by the Director of the OSTP and the Chair of the CEQ. The
                Priorities Report is pursuant to the Presidential Memorandum on ``Ocean
                Mapping of the United States Exclusive Economic Zone and the Shoreline
                and Nearshore of Alaska'' (84 FR 64699; Nov. 19, 2020).
                 The IWG-OEC has developed a draft report on Strategic Priorities
                for Ocean Exploration and Characterization of the United States
                Exclusive Economic Zone. This notice solicits comment from
                stakeholders, including academia, private industry, and other relevant
                institutions regarding thematic and geographic priorities. The public
                comment provided in response to this
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                notice will inform finalization of the report.
                David Holst,
                Chief Financial and Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic and
                Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
                [FR Doc. 2022-05955 Filed 3-21-22; 8:45 am]
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