Marine Mammals; File No. 473-1700-02, 8232 [E9-3923]

Download as PDF 8232 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 35 / Tuesday, February 24, 2009 / Notices March 18, 6:30 p.m ....................... Rogers City, MI ............................. March 19, 6:30 p.m ....................... March 20, 2 p.m ............................ Harrisville, MI ............................... Lansing, MI ................................... March 24, 6:30 p.m ....................... Alpena, MI .................................... Dated: February 17, 2009. Daniel J. Basta, Director, Office of National Marine Sanctuaries. [FR Doc. E9–3720 Filed 2–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–NK–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE37 Marine Mammals; File No. 473–1700–02 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendment. mstockstill on PROD1PC66 with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Janice Straley, University of Alaska, 1332 Seward Ave, Sitka, AK 99835, has been issued an amendment to Permit No. 473–1700–01 to conduct research on marine mammals. 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, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301)713–2289; fax (301)427–2521; and Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone (907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Daly or Amy Sloan, (301)713– 2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 26, 2007, notice was published in the Federal Register (72 FR 72997) that a request for a scientific research permit amendment to take sperm whales and killer whales had been submitted by the above-named individual. The requested permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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 VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:23 Feb 23, 2009 Jkt 217001 Presque Isle District Library, 181 East Erie Street, Rogers City, MI 49779. Harrisville Courthouse, 106 North 5th Street, Harrisville, MI 48740. Michigan Historical Center, 702 West Kalamazoo Street, Lansing, MI 48909. Great Lakes Maritime Heritage Center, 500 West Fletcher Street, Alpena, MI 49707. the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). The researchers previous permit, 473– 1700–01, authorized research on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) , minke whales (Balaenoptera acustorostrata), sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) , fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and killer whales (Orcinus orca). Incidental harassment of harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Dall’s porpoise (P. dalli), Atlantic white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus), harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) is also authorized. Research methods include photo-identification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral observations, suction-cup tagging (including Crittercam), and biopsy. The permit amendment includes those activities and the following: an increase in the number of sperm whales that may be suction-cup tagged to 50 (an increase of 25 animals); attachment of satellite tags to 20 sperm whales and 20 killer whales; and modification to operations of fishing vessel methods, which could result in the taking of 40 sperm whales by Level B harassment, annually. All research will be conducted in the Gulf of Alaska. The permit amendment also extends the expiration date by one year, to June 30, 2010. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a supplemental environmental assessment was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities. After a Finding of No Significant Impact, the determination was made that it was not necessary to prepare an environmental impact statement. 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 species; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: February 18, 2009. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–3923 Filed 2–23–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XN28 Pacific Halibut Fishery; Guideline Harvest Levels for the Charter Vessel Fishery for Halibut AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of guideline harvest level. SUMMARY: NMFS provides notice of Pacific halibut guideline harvest levels (GHLs) for the guided sport charter vessel fishery in the International Pacific Halibut Commission (IPHC) regulatory areas 2C and 3A. The GHLs are benchmark harvest levels for participants in the charter vessel fishery for halibut in each area. This notice is necessary to meet the management and regulatory requirements for the GHLs and to inform the public about the 2009 GHLs for the charter halibut fishery. DATES: The GHLs are effective beginning February 1, 2009, through December 31, 2009. This period is specified by the IPHC as the sport fishing season in all waters of Alaska. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Peggy Murphy, (907) 586–7228, or email at peggy.murphy@noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: NMFS implemented a final rule to establish GHLs in IPHC regulatory areas 2C and 3A for the harvest of Pacific halibut (Hippoglossus stenolepis) by the charter vessel fishery on August 8, 2003 (68 FR 47256). A correcting amendment was published May 28, 2008 (73 FR 30504) to correct the GHL table at 50 CFR 300.65(c)(1) that lists GHLs corresponding to different levels of the total constant exploitation yield (CEY) because of non–substantive errors in E:\FR\FM\24FEN1.SGM 24FEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE37


Marine Mammals; File No. 473-1700-02

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 Janice Straley, University of 
Alaska, 1332 Seward Ave, Sitka, AK 99835, has been issued an amendment 
to Permit No. 473-1700-01 to conduct research on marine mammals.

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, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 
20910; phone (301)713-2289; fax (301)427-2521; and
    Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668; phone 
(907)586-7221; fax (907)586-7249.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jaclyn Daly or Amy Sloan, (301)713-
2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 26, 2007, notice was published 
in the Federal Register (72 FR 72997) that a request for a scientific 
research permit amendment to take sperm whales and killer whales had 
been submitted by the above-named individual. The requested permit has 
been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 
1972, as amended (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).
    The researchers previous permit, 473-1700-01, authorized research 
on humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), gray whales (Eschrichtius 
robustus) , minke whales (Balaenoptera acustorostrata), sperm whales 
(Physeter macrocephalus) , fin whales (Balaenoptera physalus), and 
killer whales (Orcinus orca). Incidental harassment of harbor porpoise 
(Phocoena phocoena), Dall's porpoise (P. dalli), Atlantic white-sided 
dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), Steller sea lions (Eumetopias 
jubatus), harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and Northern fur seals 
(Callorhinus ursinus) is also authorized. Research methods include 
photo-identification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral 
observations, suction-cup tagging (including Crittercam), and biopsy. 
The permit amendment includes those activities and the following: an 
increase in the number of sperm whales that may be suction-cup tagged 
to 50 (an increase of 25 animals); attachment of satellite tags to 20 
sperm whales and 20 killer whales; and modification to operations of 
fishing vessel methods, which could result in the taking of 40 sperm 
whales by Level B harassment, annually. All research will be conducted 
in the Gulf of Alaska. The permit amendment also extends the expiration 
date by one year, to June 30, 2010.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a supplemental environmental assessment was 
prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities. After a 
Finding of No Significant Impact, the determination was made that it 
was not necessary to prepare an environmental impact statement.
    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 species; and (3) is 
consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the 
ESA.

    Dated: February 18, 2009.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-3923 Filed 2-23-09; 8:45 am]
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