Endangered Species; File No. 1572, 47778-47779 [E6-13692]

Download as PDF 47778 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award. 4. The Panel will report to the Director of NIST. NIST invites and requests nomination of individuals for appointment to the Judges Panel of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award (Judges Panel). The terms of some of the members of the Judges Panel will soon expire. NIST will consider nominations received in response to this notice for appointment to the Committee, in addition to nominations already received. DATES: Please submit nominations on or before September 5, 2006. ADDRESSES: Please submit nominations to Harry Hertz, Director, National Quality Program, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899–1020. Nominations may also be submitted via FAX to 301–948–3716. Additional information regarding the Committee, including its charter, current membership list, and executive summary may be found on its electronic home page at: http:// www.quality.nist.gov. Membership 1. The Judges Panel is composed of at least nine, and not more than twelve, members selected on a clear, standardized basis, in accordance with applicable Department of Commerce guidance. There will be a balanced representation from U.S. service, manufacturing, education, health care industries, and the nonprofit sector including government. The Panel will include members familiar with the quality improvement operations of organizations representing manufacturing, service, small business, education, health care, and the nonprofit sector. No employee of the Federal Government shall serve as a member of the Judges Panel. 2. The Judges Panel will be appointed by the Secretary of Commerce and will serve at the discretion of the Secretary. The term of office of each Panel member shall be three years. All terms will commence on March 1 and end on February 28 of the appropriate year. SUMMARY: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Harry Hertz, Director, National Quality Program and Designated Federal Official, NIST, 100 Bureau Drive, Mail Stop 1020, Gaithersburg, MD 20899– 1020; telephone 301–975–2361; FAX— 301–948–3716; or via e-mail at harry.hertz@nist.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: I. Judges Panel Information The Judges Panel was established in accordance with 15 U.S.C. 3711a(d)(1) , the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. app.2), The Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Improvement Act of 1987 (Public Law 101–107). jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES Objectives and Duties 1. The Judges Panel will ensure the integrity of the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award selection process by reviewing the results of examiners’ scoring of written applications, and then voting on which applicants merit site visits by examiners to verify the accuracy of quality improvements claimed by applicants. 2. The Judges Panel will ensure that individuals on site visit teams for the Award finalists have no conflict of interest with respect to the finalists. The Panel will also review recommendations from site visits, and recommend Award recipients. 3. The Judges Panel will function solely as an advisory body, and will comply with the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act. VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 Miscellaneous 1. Members of the Judges Panel shall serve without compensation, but may, upon request, be reimbursed travel expenses, including per diem, as authorized by 5 U.S.C. 5701 et seq. 2. The Judges Panel will meet four times per year. Additional meetings may be called as deemed necessary by the NIST Director or by the Chairperson. Meetings are one to four days in duration. In addition, each Judge must attend an annual three-day Examiner training course. 3. Committee meetings are closed to the public pursuant to Section 10(d) of the Federal Advisory Committee Act, 5 U.S.C. app. 2, as amended by Section 5(c) of the Government in the Sunshine Act, Pub. L. 94–409, and in accordance with Section 552b(c)(4) of title 5, United States Code. Since the members of the Judges Panel examine records and discuss Award applicant data, the meeting is likely to disclose trade secrets and commercial or financial information obtained from a person may be privileged or confidential. II. Nomination Information 1. Nominations are sought from all U.S. service and manufacturing industries, education, and health care as described above. 2. Nominees should have established records of distinguished service and shall be familiar with the quality improvement operations of manufacturing companies, service PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 companies, small businesses, education and health care organizations. The category (field of eminence) for which the candidate is qualified should be specified in the nomination letter. Nominations for a particular category should come from organizations or individuals within that category. A summary of the candidate’s qualifications should be included with the nomination, including (where applicable) current or former service on Federal advisory boards and Federal employment. In addition, each nomination letter should state that the person agrees to the nomination, acknowledge the responsibilities of serving on the Judges Panel, and will actively participate in good faith in the tasks of the Judges Panel. Besides participation at meetings, it is desired that members be able to devote the equivalent of seventeen days between meetings to either developing or researching topics of potential interest, reading Baldrige applications, and so forth, in furtherance of their Committee duties. 3. The Department of Commerce is committed to equal opportunity in the workplace and seeks a broad-based and diverse Judges Panel membership. Dated: August 14, 2006. James E. Hill, Acting Deputy Director. [FR Doc. E6–13676 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 080306B] Endangered Species; File No. 1572 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Amanda Southwood, Department of Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 601 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 has been issued a permit to take loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), and Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) 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, E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1 Federal Register / Vol. 71, No. 160 / Friday, August 18, 2006 / Notices 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. jlentini on PROD1PC65 with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Opay or Kate Swails, (301)713– 2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 12, 2006, notice was published in the Federal Register (71 FR 18726) that a request for a scientific research permit to take loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles had been submitted by the above-named individual. 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). The purpose of the research is to assess the physiological response of loggerhead, green, and Kemp’s ridley sea turtles to entanglement in fishing gear, identify post-release mortality events, and integrate these data to assess the feasibility of using biochemical indices as predictors of post-release mortality. The research will also provide information on the movements of sea turtles utilizing the lower Cape Fear River, North Carolina. Researchers would annually capture up to 15 loggerhead, 25 green, and 5 Kemp’s ridley sea turtles for a 3–year period using gillnets. Animals would be measured, weighed, blood sampled, passive integrated transponder tagged, satellite transmitter tagged, VHF tagged and tracked, have their cloacal body temperature taken, and be released. The level of post-release mortality of turtles that are part of the physiological stress portion of the research may be high and reach up to 30 percent (9 animals per year or 27 over the course of the permit, all species combined). The principal investigator believes that current fishery mortality estimates are too high; therefore the study is being permitted for one year to gain a better understanding of actual mortality levels. Research after year one is contingent on the results of the first year and will only be authorized if NMFS determines further research is warranted and can be justified. 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 VerDate Aug<31>2005 18:35 Aug 17, 2006 Jkt 208001 with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: August 14, 2006. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E6–13692 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Review Panel National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: SUMMARY: This notice sets forth the schedule and proposed agenda of a forthcoming meeting of the Sea Grant Review Panel. The meeting will have several purposes. Panel members will discuss and provide advice on the National Sea Grant College Program in the areas of program evaluation, strategic planning, education and extension, science and technology programs, and other matters as described below: The announced meeting is scheduled for: Tuesday, August 29, 2006. DATES: Conference Call. Public access is available at SSMC Bldg 3, ROOM # 12836, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD. ADDRESSES: Mr. Joseph Brown, National Sea Grant College Program, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, 1315 EastWest Highway, Room 11717, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910, (301) 713– 2438. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The Panel, which consists of a balanced representation from academia, industry, state government and citizens groups, was established in 1976 by Section 209 of the Sea Grant Improvement Act (Public Law 94–461, 33 U.S.C. 1128). The Panel advises the Secretary of Commerce and the Director of the National Sea Grant College Program with respect to operations under the Act, and such other matters as the Secretary refers to them for review and advice. The agenda for the meeting is as follows: Wednesday, August 30, 2006—1 to 4 p.m. PO 00000 Frm 00008 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Agenda I. Old Business. II. Sea Grant Staffing. III. NRC Report. This meeting will be open to the public. Dated: August 11, 2006. Mark Brown, Acting Deputy Assistant Administrator, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research. [FR Doc. E6–13696 Filed 8–17–06; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [I.D. 080306A] Notice of public meeting. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 47779 Pacific Albacore Tuna Fisheries; Updating Annual Vessel List National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: SUMMARY: NMFS revises the methodology to create a vessel list at the beginning of each calendar year of vessels eligible to fish for albacore tuna in Canadian waters. The vessel list reverts to zero vessels on December 31 of each year, unless NMFS receives a notice for a vessel to be added to the list for the upcoming year, with the requisite information. This notice clarifies NMFS’ original intention that the vessel list remain valid for a single calendar year. Revising the way the list is created and updating the list every year is intended to facilitate the United States’ obligation to annually provide Canada a current list of U. S. vessels that are likely to fish albacore off the coast of Canada. ADDRESSES: Submit requests to be added to the vessel list of those vessels desiring to fish in Canadian waters to: • E-mail: albacore.fish@noaa.gov. • Mail: Mark Helvey, Assistant Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802– 4213. • Phone: (562)980–4024. • Fax: (562) 980–4047. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Mark Helvey, Southwest Region, NMFS, (562) 980–4040. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The 1981 Treaty Between the Government of the United States of America and the Government of Canada on Pacific Coast Albacore Tuna Vessels and Port Privileges (Treaty), as amended in 2002, E:\FR\FM\18AUN1.SGM 18AUN1

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[Federal Register Volume 71, Number 160 (Friday, August 18, 2006)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 080306B]


Endangered Species; File No. 1572

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Amanda Southwood, Department of 
Biology and Marine Biology, University of North Carolina at Wilmington, 
601 S. College Road, Wilmington, North Carolina 28403 has been issued a 
permit to take loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), 
and Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) 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,

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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: Patrick Opay or Kate Swails, (301)713-
2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 12, 2006, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (71 FR 18726) that a request for a scientific 
research permit to take loggerhead, green, and Kemp's ridley sea 
turtles had been submitted by the above-named individual. 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).
    The purpose of the research is to assess the physiological response 
of loggerhead, green, and Kemp's ridley sea turtles to entanglement in 
fishing gear, identify post-release mortality events, and integrate 
these data to assess the feasibility of using biochemical indices as 
predictors of post-release mortality. The research will also provide 
information on the movements of sea turtles utilizing the lower Cape 
Fear River, North Carolina. Researchers would annually capture up to 15 
loggerhead, 25 green, and 5 Kemp's ridley sea turtles for a 3-year 
period using gillnets. Animals would be measured, weighed, blood 
sampled, passive integrated transponder tagged, satellite transmitter 
tagged, VHF tagged and tracked, have their cloacal body temperature 
taken, and be released. The level of post-release mortality of turtles 
that are part of the physiological stress portion of the research may 
be high and reach up to 30 percent (9 animals per year or 27 over the 
course of the permit, all species combined). The principal investigator 
believes that current fishery mortality estimates are too high; 
therefore the study is being permitted for one year to gain a better 
understanding of actual mortality levels. Research after year one is 
contingent on the results of the first year and will only be authorized 
if NMFS determines further research is warranted and can be justified.
    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 14, 2006.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-13692 Filed 8-17-06; 8:45 am]
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