Marine Mammals, 77631 [E8-30239]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 245 / Friday, December 19, 2008 / Notices (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 222–226). The applicant requests authorization to permanently maintain two nonreleasable Guadalupe fur seals at Sea World of California (and other Sea World facilities if relocation is necessary) for enhancement purposes. These animals were taken into captivity by the Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Network and were deemed nonreleasable. Thus, release of either of these animals would not be in the best interest of their individual welfare and that of the wild population. Furthermore, the applicant has agreed to provide additional space for future nonreleasable Guadalupe fur seals should placement be necessary (up to 6 total animals). These animals would be provided with daily husbandry care and treatment for current medical conditions, routine veterinary care, and would be made available for opportunistic research. The applicant has requested a five-year permit. 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: December 12, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–30243 Filed 12–18–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM25 Marine Mammals AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of Availability. implementation of the preferred alternative and recommendations in Chapter 5 of the 2007 Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Steller Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research. Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before January 20, 2009. DATES: The document is available for review on the EIS project webpage at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/eis/steller.htm. To receive a hard copy, contact: Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3226; phone (301)713–2289. Written comments should be mailed to: P. Michael Payne, Chief, at the address above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at 301–427–2583 or email at ssleis.comments@noaa.gov. For email comments, use ‘‘SSL EIS policy document’’ in the subject line. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Adams or Kate Swails, (301)713–2289. In 2007 NMFS completed the programmatic EIS and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) which identified the preferred alternative. NMFS limited implementation of the preferred alternative by limiting duration of research permits to span three summer field seasons, through July 2008. Full implementation of the preferred alternative is being phased in, upon completion of action items in the ROD and Chapter 5 of the EIS. The policy and guidance document is one item. Additional information about the EIS, ROD, and research permits issued in 2007 is available on the EIS project webpage (See ADDRESSES). SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: December 15, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–30239 Filed 12–18–08; 8:45 am] 17:29 Dec 18, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00041 Fmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XM07 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals; Undersea Warfare Training Range Activities AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for letter of authorization; request for comments and information. SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the U.S. Navy (Navy) for authorization for the take of marine mammals incidental to Navy training activities conducted in the Undersea Warfare Training Range (USWTR) off the east coast of the United States. Pursuant to the implementing regulations of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is announcing our receipt of the Navy’s request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals and inviting information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy’s application and request. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than January 20, 2009. ADDRESSES: Comments on the application should be addressed to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225. The mailbox address for providing email comments is PR1.0648XM07@noaa.gov. NMFS is not responsible for e-mail comments sent to addresses other than the one provided here. Comments sent via e-mail, including all attachments, must not exceed a 10-megabyte file size. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jolie Harrison, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713-2289, ext. 166. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Availability A copy of the Navy’s application may be obtained by writing to the address specified above (See ADDRESSES), telephoning the contact listed above (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or visiting the internet at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm. On September 12, 2008, the Navy made available to the public, BILLING CODE 3510–22–S SUMMARY: NMFS has developed a policy and guidance document for implementation of the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) and northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) research permits and grants programs. This document establishes policy for VerDate Aug<31>2005 77631 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\19DEN1.SGM 19DEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 245 (Friday, December 19, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Page 77631]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-30239]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XM25


Marine Mammals

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

ACTION: Notice of Availability.

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SUMMARY: NMFS has developed a policy and guidance document for 
implementation of the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) and 
northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus) research permits and grants 
programs. This document establishes policy for implementation of the 
preferred alternative and recommendations in Chapter 5 of the 2007 
Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) for Steller Sea 
Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before January 20, 2009.

ADDRESSES: The document is available for review on the EIS project 
webpage at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/eis/steller.htm. To 
receive a hard copy, contact:
    Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226; phone (301)713-2289.
    Written comments should be mailed to: P. Michael Payne, Chief, at 
the address above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at 301-
427-2583 or email at ssleis.comments@noaa.gov. For email comments, use 
``SSL EIS policy document'' in the subject line.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Adams or Kate Swails, (301)713-
2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: In 2007 NMFS completed the programmatic EIS 
and issued a Record of Decision (ROD) which identified the preferred 
alternative. NMFS limited implementation of the preferred alternative 
by limiting duration of research permits to span three summer field 
seasons, through July 2008. Full implementation of the preferred 
alternative is being phased in, upon completion of action items in the 
ROD and Chapter 5 of the EIS. The policy and guidance document is one 
item. Additional information about the EIS, ROD, and research permits 
issued in 2007 is available on the EIS project webpage (See ADDRESSES).

    Dated: December 15, 2008.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-30239 Filed 12-18-08; 8:45 am]
BILLING CODE 3510-22-S