Marine Mammals; File No. 10080, 78725-78726 [E8-30580]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices File No. 13599: The NOS Lab has been issued a permit authorizing the receipt, importation, exportation, transfer, archive, and analysis of marine mammal and endangered species parts. This permit includes all cetaceans, pinnipeds (except for walrus), sea turtles (in the water), smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata), shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) and white abalone (Haliotis sorenseni) under NMFS jurisdiction. No live animal takes or incidental harassment of animals would is authorized under this permit. Samples will be archived at the NOS Lab and used to support law enforcement actions, research studies (primarily genetics), and outreach education. This permit is valid for five years. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Issuance of these permits, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permits: (1) were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: December 16, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–30369 Filed 12–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XM34 for formal consideration and action, if appropriate. This meeting will be held on Thursday, January 22, 2009 at 9 a.m. DATES: This meeting will be held at the Crowne Plaza, 801 Greenwich Avenue, Warwick, RI 02886; telephone: (401) 732–6000; fax: (401) 732–0261 Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. The committee will review and make final recommendations to the Council on the range of alternatives that should be analyzed under Scallop Amendment 15. The primary goal of Amendment 15 is to consider alternatives to comply with new requirements of the reauthorized Magnuson-Stevens Conservation and Management Act, specifically implementing annual catch limits. In addition, this action is considering alternatives to address excess capacity in the limited access scallop fishery. Alternatives are being considered that are designed to provide more flexibility for efficient use of the resourse such as permit stacking and leasing of days at sea and/or access area trips. Lastly, this action is considering a number of alternatives to adjust several aspects of the overall scallop management program such as revising the overfishing definition, specific adjustments to the general category management program, a specific alternative to address essential fish habitat (EFH) closures on Georges Bank, adjustments to the current scallop research set-aside program, and changing the scallop fishing year from March 1 to May 1. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Special Accommodations New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council (Council) is scheduling a public meeting of its Scallop Committee, in January, 2009, to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). Recommendations from this group will be brought to the full Council VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 This meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, at (978) 465–0492, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: December 17, 2008. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–30362 Filed 12–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 78725 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XL41 Marine Mammals; File No. 10080 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendment. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. Kathryn A. Ono, Department of Biological Sciences, University of New England, Biddeford, ME has been issued a major amendment to Permit No. 10080–02. ADDRESSES: The permit amendment 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 Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978)281–9300; fax (978) 281– 9333. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tammy Adams or Kate Swails, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 27, 2008, notice was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 63697) that a request for an amendment Permit No. 10080–02, to conduct research on gray seals (Halichoerus grypus) in the Gulf of Maine, had been submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit amendment has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The amended permit includes authorization to: (1) remotely mark the pelage of adult gray seals of both sexes (200 per year) using the various dyes and paints already permitted for use on pups; (2) use an additional type of marking agent, an alcohol based- dye (Rhodamine B 500%), on pups and adults; (3) disturb an additional 400 non-target gray seals per year during the additional marking activities; and (4) disturb an additional 300 gray seals annually during field camp operations associated with conduct of the research. The amendment also authorizes the incidental research-related mortality of up to four gray seal pups annually. E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 23DEN1 78726 Federal Register / Vol. 73, No. 247 / Tuesday, December 23, 2008 / Notices In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Dated: December 17, 2008. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E8–30580 Filed 12–22–08; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office Public User ID Badging ACTION: Proposed collection; comment request. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO), as part of its continuing effort to reduce paperwork and respondent burden, invites the general public and other Federal agencies to take this opportunity to comment on the revision of a continuing information collection, as required by the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, Public Law 104–13 (44 U.S.C. 3506(c)(2)(A)). SUMMARY: DATES: Written comments must be submitted on or before February 23, 2009. You may submit comments by any of the following methods: • E-mail: Susan.Fawcett@uspto.gov. Include ‘‘0651–0041 comment’’ in the subject line of the message. • Fax: 571–273–0112, marked to the attention of Susan K. Fawcett. • Mail: Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, Office of the Chief Information Officer, Customer Information Services Group, Public Information Services Division, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450. • Federal Rulemaking Portal: http:// www.regulations.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Requests for additional information regarding online access cards or user and must be worn at all times while at the USPTO facilities. The USPTO has recently eliminated the $25 fee for the public training courses offered for the online search systems available at the Public Search Facility. There is still a $120 fee for users who request private instruction. The public training fee is being deleted from this collection. The estimated time for completing the user training registration forms has also been reduced from ten minutes to five minutes due to the removal of the payment information from the forms. training should be directed to Diane Lewis, Manager, Public Search Facility, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272– 8714; or by electronic mail to Diane.Lewis@uspto.gov. Requests for additional information regarding security identification badges should be directed to J.R. Garland, Director, Security Office, United States Patent and Trademark Office, P.O. Box 1450, Alexandria, VA 22313–1450; by telephone at 571–272–6247; or by electronic mail to Calib.Garland@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: II. Method of Collection I. Abstract The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is required by 35 U.S.C. 41(i)(1) to maintain a Public Search Facility to provide patent and trademark collections for searching and retrieval of information. The Public Search Facility is maintained for public use with paper and electronic search files and trained staff to assist searchers. The USPTO also offers training courses to assist the public with using the advanced electronic search systems available at the facility. In order to manage the patent and trademark collections that are available to the public, the USPTO issues online access cards to customers who wish to use the electronic search systems at the Public Search Facility. Customers may obtain an online access card by completing the application at the Public Search Facility reference desk and providing proper identification. The plastic online access cards include a bar-coded user number and an expiration date. Users may renew their cards by validating and updating the required information and may obtain a replacement for a lost card by providing proper identification. Under the authority provided in 41 CFR Part 102–81, the USPTO issues security identification badges to members of the public who wish to use the facilities at the USPTO. Public users may apply for a security badge in person at the USPTO Office of Security by providing the necessary information and presenting a valid form of identification with photograph. The security badges include a color photograph of the user The applications for online access cards and security identification badges are completed on site and handed to a USPTO staff member for issuance. User training registration forms may be mailed, faxed, or hand delivered to the USPTO. III. Data OMB Number: 0651–0041. Form Number(s): PTO–2030, PTO– 2224. Type of Review: Revision of a currently approved collection. Affected Public: Individuals or households; businesses or other forprofits; and not-for-profit institutions. Estimated Number of Respondents: 10,500 responses per year. Estimated Time per Response: The USPTO estimates that it will take the public approximately five to ten minutes (0.08 to 0.17 hours) to complete the information in this collection, including gathering the necessary information, preparing the appropriate form, and submitting the completed request. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Burden Hours: 1,045 hours per year. Estimated Total Annual Respondent Cost Burden: $177,650 per year. The USPTO estimates that approximately 1⁄3 of the users responding to this collection are attorneys and 2⁄3 are paraprofessionals. Using 1⁄3 of the professional rate of $310 per hour for attorneys in private firms and 2⁄3 of the paraprofessional rate of $100 per hour, the estimated rate for respondents to this collection is approximately $170 per hour. Estimated time for response (minutes) Item Application for Public User ID (Online Access Card) (PTO–2030) ............................................. Issue Online Access Card ........................................................................................................... Renew Online Access Card ........................................................................................................ Replace Online Access Card ...................................................................................................... VerDate Aug<31>2005 16:29 Dec 22, 2008 Jkt 217001 PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 E:\FR\FM\23DEN1.SGM 5 10 5 5 23DEN1 Estimated annual responses 2,553 2,282 1,126 165 Estimated annual burden hours 204 388 90 13

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[Federal Register Volume 73, Number 247 (Tuesday, December 23, 2008)]
[Notices]
[Pages 78725-78726]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E8-30580]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XL41


Marine Mammals; File No. 10080

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. Kathryn A. Ono, Department of 
Biological Sciences, University of New England, Biddeford, ME has been 
issued a major amendment to Permit No. 10080-02.

ADDRESSES: The permit amendment 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
    Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930; phone (978)281-9300; fax (978) 281-9333.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On October 27, 2008, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (73 FR 63697) that a request for an amendment 
Permit No. 10080-02, to conduct research on gray seals (Halichoerus 
grypus) in the Gulf of Maine, had been submitted by the above-named 
applicant. The requested permit amendment has been issued under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and 
importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).
    The amended permit includes authorization to: (1) remotely mark the 
pelage of adult gray seals of both sexes (200 per year) using the 
various dyes and paints already permitted for use on pups; (2) use an 
additional type of marking agent, an alcohol based- dye (Rhodamine B 
500%), on pups and adults; (3) disturb an additional 400 non-target 
gray seals per year during the additional marking activities; and (4) 
disturb an additional 300 gray seals annually during field camp 
operations associated with conduct of the research. The amendment also 
authorizes the incidental research-related mortality of up to four gray 
seal pups annually.

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    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the 
activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to 
prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

    Dated: December 17, 2008.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E8-30580 Filed 12-22-08; 8:45 am]
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