Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit (1529), 51756-51757 [05-17343]

Download as PDF 51756 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 31, 2005 / Notices conduct a survey to collect data that will be used to develop recovery actions for the federally endangered U.S. distinct population segment (DPS) of smalltooth sawfish. The National Marine Fisheries Service works to conserve and recovery listed species protected under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Species Covered in This Notice National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration II. Method of Collection AGENCY: The following species are included in the conservation plan and Permit application: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles. The data will be collected through a mail survey. Permitted Commercial Gulf of Mexico Reef Fish, Gulf of Mexico Charter/Head boat for Reef Fish, Commercial Shark Directed and Incidental, Coastal Migratory Pelagic, South Atlantic Rock Shrimp Endorsement And Permit, and Gulf of Mexico Shrimp fishers will receive the survey. III. Data OMB Number: None. Form Number: None. Type of Review: Regular submission. Affected Public: Not-for-profit institutions; and business or other forprofit organizations. Estimated Number of Respondents: 5,153. Estimated Time Per Response: 30 minutes. Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 2,577. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $1,907. IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: August 25, 2005. Gwellnar Banks, Management Analyst, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. 05–17289 Filed 8–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Aug<18>2005 17:39 Aug 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 [I.D. 082205A] Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit (1529) National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce ACTION: Notice of permit issuance. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of that NMFS issued on August 17, 2005, an incidental take permit 1529 to David N. Hata, Ph.D., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). As required by the ESA, the application includes a conservation plan designed to minimize and mitigate any such take of endangered or threatened species. The Permit application is for the incidental take of ESA-listed sea turtles associated with otherwise lawful research to assess horseshoe crab abundance from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to the GeorgiaFlorida border. The duration of the proposed Permit is for 7 years. ADDRESSES: The application, permit, and related documents are available in the following office by appointment: Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The application and conservation plan is also available for download athttp://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/ protlres/PR3/Permits/ESAPermit.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Therese Conant (ph. 301–713–1401, fax 301–427–2522, e-mail Therese.Conant@noaa.gov.) Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations prohibit the ‘‘taking’’ of a species listed as endangered or threatened. The term ‘‘take’’ is defined under the ESA to mean harass, harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or to attempt to engage in any such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under limited circumstances, to take listed species incidental to, and not the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the ESA provides for authorizing incidental take of listed species. NMFS regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are promulgated at 50 CFR 222.307. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Background NMFS received an application from Dr. Hata on April 2, 2004. Based on a review of the application, NMFS determined that the application was incomplete and requested further information. The applicant submitted a revised application on January 10, 2005. NMFS published a notice of receipt and requested comment on the revised application (70 FR 19733, April 14, 2005). No comments were received. The application is for incidental take of ESA-listed species that may result from proposed research. The proposed research activity will consist of annual horseshoe crab abundance monitoring surveys and associated studies to evaluate survey methodology. The annual trawl surveys will provide abundance, distribution and demographic information in support of the horseshoe crab Fishery Management Plan of the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The surveys will be conducted from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the Georgia-Florida border. Sampling consists of approximately 48 days at sea for a total of 250 tows deploying flounder and whelk trawls intended to capture horseshoe crabs for examination and enumeration. Tows will be no longer than 15 minutes of bottom time and will be conducted at night from mid-August through mid-November. Turtle excluder devices will not be installed in the trawl gear because these devices may hinder capture of horseshoe crabs. Thus, it is anticipated that fish and sea turtles will be captured by the unmodified gears. The application anticipates the annual capture of one lethal or non-lethal leatherback, one lethal or non-lethal hawksbill, one lethal and 3 non-lethal green, 2 lethal and 34 non-lethal loggerheads, one lethal and 15 nonlethal Kemp’s ridley sea turtles in 48 days of sampling. The lethal take numbers are based on a 3 percent mortality rate which is the rate published for trawl fisheries with less than a 40 minute tow time (NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC–455 2002). E:\FR\FM\31AUN1.SGM 31AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 70, No. 168 / Wednesday, August 31, 2005 / Notices Conservation Plan DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE The conservation plan prepared by the applicant describes measures designed to monitor, minimize, and mitigate the incidental takes of ESAlisted sea turtles. The conservation plan includes limiting sampling effort in areas and times where sea turtles are likely to be present; avoiding coral and rock habitats associated with hawksbills and areas of submerged aquatic vegetation associated with green turtles; using minimal tow durations; avoiding areas of high fishing vessel activity which may attract foraging sea turtles and may increase the chance of multiple captures. All activities will be conducted under the direct supervision of scientific parties from Virginia Tech. Sampling will not be conducted when sea turtles are observed in the area. If a sea turtle is captured, all efforts will be made to release the turtle as quickly as possible with minimal trauma. If necessary, resuscitation will be attempted as proscribed by 50 CFR 223.206. Scientific parties will be familiarized with resuscitation techniques prior to surveys, and a copy of the resuscitation guidelines will be carried aboard the vessel during survey activities. In the event resuscitation is unsuccessful, the sea turtle will be transferred to the sea turtle stranding network of the appropriate jurisdiction. Other monitoring or mitigation actions will be undertaken as required. The applicant considered and rejected three other alternatives: Not applying for a permit; conducting the research in an area where ESA-listed species do not occur; and using different sampling gear when developing their conservation plan. Upon a review of the application, relevant documents, public comments, and further discussions with NCDMF, NMFS found that the application met the criteria for issuance of 50 CFR 222.307(c). Permit 1529 was issued on August 17, 2005, and expires on December 15, 2011. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Dated: August 26, 2005. Thomas C. Eagle, Acting Chief, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–17343 Filed 8–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S VerDate Aug<18>2005 17:39 Aug 30, 2005 Jkt 205001 [I.D. 080305C] Endangered Species; File No. 1537 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Guam Division of Aquatic and Wildlife Resources (DAWR), 142 Dairy Road, Mangilao, Guam 96913, has been issued a permit to take green (Chelonia mydas) and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s): Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713– 2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700; phone (808)973–2935; fax (808)973–2941. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Opay or Ruth Johnson, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 3, 2005, notice was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 32582) that a request for a scientific research permit to take green and hawksbill sea turtles had been submitted by the above-named organization. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). Researchers will annually capture 63 green and 30 hawksbill sea turtles by hand or by tangle net. Turtles will be measured, flipper tagged, Passive Integrated Transponder tagged, tissue sampled, and released. A subset of individuals of each species will also have a satellite transmitter attached to their carapace. The research will gather information on turtle population size and stratification, species distribution, and health status. This information will be used to develop conservation management measures for these species. The research will occur in the waters off of Guam. The permit is issued for a 5– year period. PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 51757 Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of any endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: August 26, 2005. Stephen L. Leathery, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 05–17344 Filed 8–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMISSION OF FINE ARTS Notice of Meeting The next meeting of the Commission of Fine Arts is scheduled for 15 September 2005 at 9 a.m. in the Commission’s offices at the National Building Museum, Suite 312, Judiciary Square, 401 F Street, NW., Washington, DC 20001–2728. Items of discussion affecting the appearance of Washington, DC, may include buildings, parks and memorials. Draft agendas and additional information regarding the Commission are available on our Web site: http:// www.cfa.gov. Inquiries regarding the agenda and requests to submit written or oral statements should be addressed to Thomas Luebke, Secretary, Commission of Fine Arts, at the above address or call 202–504–2200. Individuals requiring sign language interpretation for the hearing impaired should contact the Secretary at least 10 days before the meeting date. Dated in Washington, DC, 25 August 2005. Thomas Luebke, Secretary. [FR Doc. 05–17322 Filed 8–30–05; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6330–01–M DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Negotiation of a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding With Argentina Department of Defense (DoD). Request for industry feedback regarding experience in public (defense) procurements conducted by Argentina. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: DoD is commencing negotiation of a Reciprocal Defense Procurement Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Argentina. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 082205A]


Issuance of an Incidental Take Permit (1529)

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

ACTION: Notice of permit issuance.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given of that NMFS issued on August 17, 2005, 
an incidental take permit 1529 to David N. Hata, Ph.D., Virginia 
Polytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) pursuant to 
the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA). As required by 
the ESA, the application includes a conservation plan designed to 
minimize and mitigate any such take of endangered or threatened 
species. The Permit application is for the incidental take of ESA-
listed sea turtles associated with otherwise lawful research to assess 
horseshoe crab abundance from Cape Cod, Massachusetts south to the 
Georgia-Florida border. The duration of the proposed Permit is for 7 
years.

ADDRESSES: The application, permit, and related documents are available 
in the following office by appointment:
    Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. The application 
and conservation plan is also available for download athttp://
www.nmfs.noaa.gov/prot_res/PR3/Permits/ESAPermit.html.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Therese Conant (ph. 301-713-1401, fax 
301-427-2522, e-mail Therese.Conant@noaa.gov.)

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 9 of the ESA and Federal regulations 
prohibit the ``taking'' of a species listed as endangered or 
threatened. The term ``take'' is defined under the ESA to mean harass, 
harm, pursue, hunt, shoot, wound, kill, trap, capture, or collect, or 
to attempt to engage in any such conduct. NMFS may issue permits, under 
limited circumstances, to take listed species incidental to, and not 
the purpose of, otherwise lawful activities. Section 10(a)(1)(B) of the 
ESA provides for authorizing incidental take of listed species. NMFS 
regulations governing permits for threatened and endangered species are 
promulgated at 50 CFR 222.307.

Species Covered in This Notice

    The following species are included in the conservation plan and 
Permit application: Loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia 
mydas), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys 
imbricata), and Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtles.

Background

    NMFS received an application from Dr. Hata on April 2, 2004. Based 
on a review of the application, NMFS determined that the application 
was incomplete and requested further information. The applicant 
submitted a revised application on January 10, 2005. NMFS published a 
notice of receipt and requested comment on the revised application (70 
FR 19733, April 14, 2005). No comments were received.
    The application is for incidental take of ESA-listed species that 
may result from proposed research. The proposed research activity will 
consist of annual horseshoe crab abundance monitoring surveys and 
associated studies to evaluate survey methodology. The annual trawl 
surveys will provide abundance, distribution and demographic 
information in support of the horseshoe crab Fishery Management Plan of 
the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission. The surveys will be 
conducted from Cape Cod, Massachusetts to the Georgia-Florida border. 
Sampling consists of approximately 48 days at sea for a total of 250 
tows deploying flounder and whelk trawls intended to capture horseshoe 
crabs for examination and enumeration. Tows will be no longer than 15 
minutes of bottom time and will be conducted at night from mid-August 
through mid-November. Turtle excluder devices will not be installed in 
the trawl gear because these devices may hinder capture of horseshoe 
crabs. Thus, it is anticipated that fish and sea turtles will be 
captured by the unmodified gears. The application anticipates the 
annual capture of one lethal or non-lethal leatherback, one lethal or 
non-lethal hawksbill, one lethal and 3 non-lethal green, 2 lethal and 
34 non-lethal loggerheads, one lethal and 15 non-lethal Kemp's ridley 
sea turtles in 48 days of sampling. The lethal take numbers are based 
on a 3 percent mortality rate which is the rate published for trawl 
fisheries with less than a 40 minute tow time (NMFS Southeast Fisheries 
Science Center Tech. Memo. NMFS-SEFSC-455 2002).

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Conservation Plan

    The conservation plan prepared by the applicant describes measures 
designed to monitor, minimize, and mitigate the incidental takes of 
ESA-listed sea turtles. The conservation plan includes limiting 
sampling effort in areas and times where sea turtles are likely to be 
present; avoiding coral and rock habitats associated with hawksbills 
and areas of submerged aquatic vegetation associated with green 
turtles; using minimal tow durations; avoiding areas of high fishing 
vessel activity which may attract foraging sea turtles and may increase 
the chance of multiple captures.
    All activities will be conducted under the direct supervision of 
scientific parties from Virginia Tech. Sampling will not be conducted 
when sea turtles are observed in the area. If a sea turtle is captured, 
all efforts will be made to release the turtle as quickly as possible 
with minimal trauma. If necessary, resuscitation will be attempted as 
proscribed by 50 CFR 223.206. Scientific parties will be familiarized 
with resuscitation techniques prior to surveys, and a copy of the 
resuscitation guidelines will be carried aboard the vessel during 
survey activities. In the event resuscitation is unsuccessful, the sea 
turtle will be transferred to the sea turtle stranding network of the 
appropriate jurisdiction. Other monitoring or mitigation actions will 
be undertaken as required.
    The applicant considered and rejected three other alternatives: Not 
applying for a permit; conducting the research in an area where ESA-
listed species do not occur; and using different sampling gear when 
developing their conservation plan.
    Upon a review of the application, relevant documents, public 
comments, and further discussions with NCDMF, NMFS found that the 
application met the criteria for issuance of 50 CFR 222.307(c). Permit 
1529 was issued on August 17, 2005, and expires on December 15, 2011.

    Dated: August 26, 2005.
Thomas C. Eagle,
Acting Chief, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-17343 Filed 8-30-05; 8:45 am]
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