Marine Mammals; File No. 1128-1922, 46610 [E7-16462]

Download as PDF 46610 Federal Register / Vol. 72, No. 161 / Tuesday, August 21, 2007 / Notices 8226 (fax), at least five days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: August 15, 2007. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E7–16358 Filed 8–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC11 Marine Mammals; File No. 1128–1922 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. rmajette on PROD1PC64 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Eduardo Mercado III, Ph.D, Department of Psychology, 350 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, SUNY, Buffalo, New York, 14260, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae). DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before September 20, 2007. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: 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 Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727) 824–5301; fax (727) 824–5320. Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301) 427–2521, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 15:08 Aug 20, 2007 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Carrie Hubard, (301) 713–2289. The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), 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). Dr. Mercado is requesting a five-year scientific research permit to expose humpback whales to playback sessions in the coastal waters of Puerto Rico. The purpose of this research is to develop methods for testing the hearing and auditory perceptual capabilities of humpback whales in order to better predict when anthropogenic sounds may interfere with social behaviors, particularly mating and group feeding. Up to 200 humpback whales would be harassed by playback experiments (active acoustics) and up to 30 additional humpbacks would be harassed by close approach during vessel surveys for passive acoustic recordings annually. In addition, up to 45 Stenellid dolphins (Stenella spp.), 45 bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), 5 sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), and 5 Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) may be incidentally harassed annually during playback sessions. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE VerDate Aug<31>2005 providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: File No. 1128–1922. Jkt 211001 Dated: August 15, 2007. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E7–16462 Filed 8–20–07; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN XC06 U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product Draft Report 4.4: ‘‘Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for ClimateSensitive Ecosystems and Resources’’ National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of availability and request for public comments. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration publishes this notice to announce the availability for public comments for the draft document titled, U.S. Climate Change Science Program Synthesis and Assessment Product 4.4: ‘‘Preliminary Review of Adaptation Options for Climate-Sensitive Ecosystems and Resources.’’ This Synthesis and Assessment Product (SAP) analyzes information on the state of knowledge of adaptation options for key, representative ecosystems and resources that may be sensitive to climate variability and change. This draft document is being released solely for the purpose of predissemination peer review under applicable information quality guidelines. This document has not been formally disseminated by NOAA. It does not represent and should not be construed to represent any Agency policy or determination. Any public comments submitted in accordance with this notice will be considered when revising the document. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC11


Marine Mammals; File No. 1128-1922

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Eduardo Mercado III, Ph.D, 
Department of Psychology, 350 Park Hall, University at Buffalo, SUNY, 
Buffalo, New York, 14260, has applied in due form for a permit to 
conduct research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae).

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before September 20, 2007.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices:
    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 Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, 
Florida 33701; phone (727) 824-5301; fax (727) 824-5320.
    Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this 
application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and 
Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 
East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those 
individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons 
why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate.
    Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301) 427-2521, 
provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and 
postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period.
    Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 
providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: 
File No. 1128-1922.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking 
and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), 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).
    Dr. Mercado is requesting a five-year scientific research permit to 
expose humpback whales to playback sessions in the coastal waters of 
Puerto Rico. The purpose of this research is to develop methods for 
testing the hearing and auditory perceptual capabilities of humpback 
whales in order to better predict when anthropogenic sounds may 
interfere with social behaviors, particularly mating and group feeding. 
Up to 200 humpback whales would be harassed by playback experiments 
(active acoustics) and up to 30 additional humpbacks would be harassed 
by close approach during vessel surveys for passive acoustic recordings 
annually. In addition, up to 45 Stenellid dolphins (Stenella spp.), 45 
bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), 5 sperm whales (Physeter 
macrocephalus), and 5 Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris) may 
be incidentally harassed annually during playback sessions.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: August 15, 2007.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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