Endangered Species; File No. 1506, 31165 [E6-8406]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 105 / Thursday, June 1, 2006 / Notices integrated transponder tag, skin biopsy, and release green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill, leatherback, olive ridley, and unidentified hardshell (combination of green, loggerhead, Kemp’s ridley, hawksbill, olive ridley, or hybrids that would not be able to be identified at the time of capture) sea turtles. In addition, turtle carcasses, tissues or parts will be collected annually from incidental lethal take that has been previously authorized. Turtles that are incidentally captured during resource assessment cruises will be used by the SEFSC in their assessments of distribution and abundance of turtles, as well as the cumulative impacts of the relevant fishery on the stocks. The incidental capture will accrue to and be authorized by the fisheries being researched. The research will use cruise surveys as a platform to fill in data gaps in the basic biology of sea turtles, provide information on population dynamics to improve stock assessments, and to better understand the distribution of turtles in time and space. The information will be used to develop, implement, and evaluate conservation recovery efforts for sea turtles. The research will take place in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, Caribbean Sea, and their tributaries. The permit is issued for 5 years. 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: May 24, 2006. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–8405 Filed 5–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 050106B] Endangered Species; File No. 1506 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit modification. wwhite on PROD1PC61 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Blair Witherington, Ph.D., Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, VerDate Aug<31>2005 19:10 May 31, 2006 Jkt 208001 Fish and Wildlife Research Institute, Melbourne Beach Field Laboratory, 9700 South A1A, Melbourne Beach, Florida 32951 has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1506. ADDRESSES: The modification 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, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824– 5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Patrick Opay, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2006, notice was published in the Federal Register (71 FR 12184) that a modification of Permit No. 1506, issued March 23, 2005 (70 FR 20530), had been requested by the above-named individual. The requested modification has been granted 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 222–226). Permit No. 1506 currently authorizes the permit holder to study neonate and juvenile loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles in the waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida to continue long-term studies. The purpose of the research is to identify developmental habitat and evaluate the extent of ingestion of marine debris. Dr. Witherington is currently authorized to annually capture up to 250 loggerhead, 10 green, 5 hawksbill, 2 Kemp’s ridley, and 2 leatherback sea turtles by handheld dip nets. All turtles are measured and released. A subset of loggerhead turtles would be transported to a lab and examined with a veterinary high resolution magnetic resonance interferometry (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) exam, held for 3–4 days and released to determine their level of anthropogenic debris ingestion. The permit modification allows the permit holder to increase takes to collect up to 100 green, 50 Kemp’s ridley, 50 hawksbill and 10 leatherback sea turtles annually. A subset of green sea turtles PO 00000 Frm 00024 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 31165 would be examined with MRI, held for 3–4 days and released to determine their level of anthropogenic debris ingestion. Annually, four of each species of green, hawksbill, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles would have transmitters attached to measure movements and dive patterns, would be recaptured after 24 hours to remove the transmitter, and released. The goal of the additional research will be to improve the quality of the data gathered and provide insight into juvenile sea turtle movements and dive patterns. Issuance of this modification, 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: May 24, 2006. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–8406 Filed 5–31–06; 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 June 2006 at 10 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: https:// 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, 24 May 2006. Thomas Luebke, AIA, Secretary. [FR Doc. 06–5001 Filed 5–31–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 6330–01–M E:\FR\FM\01JNN1.SGM 01JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 050106B]


Endangered Species; File No. 1506

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit modification.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Blair Witherington, Ph.D., Florida 
Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Fish and Wildlife Research 
Institute, Melbourne Beach Field Laboratory, 9700 South A1A, Melbourne 
Beach, Florida 32951 has been issued a modification to scientific 
research Permit No. 1506.

ADDRESSES: The modification 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, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 
20910; phone (301)713-2289; fax (301)427-2521; and
    Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701; phone (727)824-5312; fax (727)824-5309.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Patrick Opay, (301)713-
2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2006, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (71 FR 12184) that a modification of Permit No. 
1506, issued March 23, 2005 (70 FR 20530), had been requested by the 
above-named individual. The requested modification has been granted 
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 
222-226).
    Permit No. 1506 currently authorizes the permit holder to study 
neonate and juvenile loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia 
mydas), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), hawksbill (Eretmochelys 
imbricata) and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles in the 
waters of the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of 
Florida to continue long-term studies. The purpose of the research is 
to identify developmental habitat and evaluate the extent of ingestion 
of marine debris. Dr. Witherington is currently authorized to annually 
capture up to 250 loggerhead, 10 green, 5 hawksbill, 2 Kemp's ridley, 
and 2 leatherback sea turtles by handheld dip nets. All turtles are 
measured and released. A subset of loggerhead turtles would be 
transported to a lab and examined with a veterinary high resolution 
magnetic resonance interferometry (MRI) or computerized tomography (CT) 
exam, held for 3-4 days and released to determine their level of 
anthropogenic debris ingestion.
    The permit modification allows the permit holder to increase takes 
to collect up to 100 green, 50 Kemp's ridley, 50 hawksbill and 10 
leatherback sea turtles annually. A subset of green sea turtles would 
be examined with MRI, held for 3-4 days and released to determine their 
level of anthropogenic debris ingestion. Annually, four of each species 
of green, hawksbill, and Kemp's ridley sea turtles would have 
transmitters attached to measure movements and dive patterns, would be 
recaptured after 24 hours to remove the transmitter, and released. The 
goal of the additional research will be to improve the quality of the 
data gathered and provide insight into juvenile sea turtle movements 
and dive patterns.
    Issuance of this modification, 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: May 24, 2006.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-8406 Filed 5-31-06; 8:45 am]
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