Endangered Species; File No. 13330, 58566-58567 [E8-23741]

Download as PDF mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES 58566 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 7, 2008 / Notices e. By project types. iii. Whether this project duplicates other projects funded or considered for funding by NOAA or other Federal agencies. iv. Program priorities and policy factors. v. Applicant’s prior award performance. vi. Partnerships and/or participation of targeted groups. vii. Adequacy of information necessary for NOAA staff to make a National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) determination and draft necessary documentation before recommendations for funding are made to the Grants Officer. 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Brown, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. E8–23661 Filed 10–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XJ28 Endangered Species; File No. 13330 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permit. AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 75 Virginia Beach Drive Miami, Florida 33149, has been issued a permit to take smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permits 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 Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824– 5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Patrick Opay or Jennifer Skidmore, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 2, 2008, notice was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 17955) that a request for scientific research permit to take smalltooth sawfish had been submitted by the above–named institution. 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 research will be conducted each year over the course of a five-year permit in coastal waters of Florida. Up to 45 smalltooth sawfish will be taken annually using nets and hook and line gear. Researchers will conduct a variety E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 195 / Tuesday, October 7, 2008 / Notices sampling and tagging activities in order to collect biological and ecological information on these species that will help efforts to conserve them. Up to 2 loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and one green (Chelonia mydas) or hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) or leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) or Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea turtle, and one American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) could be lethally taken during the smalltooth sawfish research. 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 such endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: October 1, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–23741 Filed 10–6–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XK94 Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: ACTION: Notice of public meetings. SUMMARY: The Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council will convene public meetings. The meetings will be held at the Renaissance Riverview Plaza, 64 S. Water St., Mobile, AL 36602. Council address: Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council, 2203 North Lois Avenue, Suite 1100, Tampa, FL 33607. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Richard Leard, Interim Executive Director, Gulf of Mexico Fishery Management Council; telephone: (813) 348–1630. 18:23 Oct 06, 2008 Jkt 217001 1 p.m. - The Council meeting will begin with a review of the agenda and minutes. From 1:15 p.m. - 1:30 p.m., the Council will approve the 2009 Committee Rosters. From 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., the Council will receive public testimony on exempted fishing permits (EFPs), if any; the Final Aquaculture Fishery Management Plan (FMP); and hold an Open Public Comment Period regarding any fishery issue of concern. People wishing to speak before the Council should complete a public comment card prior to the comment period. From 3:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m., the Council will review and discuss reports from the previous two days’ committee meetings as follows: Joint Reef Fish/ Mackerel/Red Drum, Ad Hoc Allocation, and Reef Fish Management. The following will be, in part, CLOSED SESSIONS - Joint Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection/Administrative Policy and Budget/Personnel. From 8:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m., the Council will continue to review and discuss reports from the committee meetings as follows: Joint SSC Selection/Administrative Policy; Budget/Personnel; Operator Permits; Law Enforcement; Outreach & Education (O&E); Habitat Protection; Migratory Species; and Marine Reserves. From 10:30 a.m. - 11 a.m., the Council will receive a report from the SSC of its Review of the 5-year Research Plan. From 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., other business items will follow. The Council will conclude its meeting at approximately 12 p.m. Monday, October 27, 2008 The meetings will be held October 27–30, 2008. VerDate Aug<31>2005 Wednesday, October 29, 2008 Committees DATES: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Session and Public Hearing on the Aquaculture FMP. Council Thursday, October 30, 2008 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE 1 p.m. - 3 p.m. - The Ad Hoc Allocation Committee will meet to discuss Draft Allocation Principles. 3 p.m. - 4 p.m. - The Operator Permits Committee will meet to discuss a Draft Scoping Document for Generic Operator Permit Amendment. 4 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. - The Law Enforcement Committee will meet to discuss the 2009–12 Strategic Plan and the 2009–10 Operations Plan. 4:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - The Outreach and Education Committee will meet to discuss proposed agenda for the O&E Advisory Panel (AP) Meeting. 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. - There will be an Open Public Question and Answer PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58567 Tuesday, October 28, 2008 8:30 a.m. - 11 a.m. - The Reef Fish Management Committee will meet to discuss the Ad Hoc Recreational Red Snapper AP Recommendations, review an Update on Endangered Species Act (ESA) Biological Opinion on sea turtle bycatch, consider red snapper recreational seasons and establishing a Vessel Monitoring System AP. 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. - The Budget/ Personnel Committee will meet to discuss the status of 2008 budget; FY 2009 budget; and will have a CLOSED SESSION to discuss the Executive Director search status. 1:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - The Joint Reef Fish/Mackerel/Red Drum Management Committee will meet to discuss the Final Aquaculture FMP. 3:30 p.m. - 5 p.m. - The Joint SSC Selection Committee/Administrative Policy Committee will meet to Review the SSC’s role and appointment process and in a CLOSED SESSION review the SSC membership. Wednesday, October 29, 2008 8:30 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - The Migratory Species Committee will receive a presentation on Amendment 3 to the HMS FMP (Small Coastal Sharks) and Amendment 4 to the Highly Migratory Species (HMS) FMP (Caribbean Issues). 9:30 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. - The Marine Reserves Committee will receive a presentation on marine protected area (MPA) Framework and Proposed Nomination Process and may comment on an advanced notice of proposed rule (ANPR) for consultations under the National Marine Sanctuaries Act (NMSA). 10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - The Habitat Protection Committee will receive a presentation on Amendment 1 to the HMS EFH FMP. Although other non-emergency issues not on the agendas may come before the Council and Committees for discussion, in accordance with the MagnusonStevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during these meetings. Actions of the Council and Committees will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in the agendas and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take action to address the emergency. The established times for addressing items on the agenda may be E:\FR\FM\07OCN1.SGM 07OCN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 195 (Tuesday, October 7, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 58566-58567]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-23741]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN: 0648-XJ28


Endangered Species; File No. 13330

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

ACTION: Issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Southeast Fisheries Science 
Center (SEFSC), National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), 75 Virginia 
Beach Drive Miami, Florida 33149, has been issued a permit to take 
smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) for purposes of scientific 
research.

ADDRESSES: The permits 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 Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701; phone (727)824-5312; fax (727)824-5309.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 2, 2008, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (73 FR 17955) that a request for scientific 
research permit to take smalltooth sawfish had been submitted by the 
above-named institution. 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 research will be conducted each year over the course of a five-
year permit in coastal waters of Florida. Up to 45 smalltooth sawfish 
will be taken annually using nets and hook and line gear. Researchers 
will conduct a variety

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sampling and tagging activities in order to collect biological and 
ecological information on these species that will help efforts to 
conserve them. Up to 2 loggerhead (Caretta caretta) and one green 
(Chelonia mydas) or hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) or leatherback 
(Dermochelys coriacea) or Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii) sea 
turtle, and one American crocodile (Crocodylus acutus) could be 
lethally taken during the smalltooth sawfish research.
    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 such endangered or threatened 
species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth 
in section 2 of the ESA.

    Dated: October 1, 2008.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-23741 Filed 10-6-08; 8:45 am]
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