Endangered Species; File No. 13544 and No. 13573, 18354 [E9-9252]

Download as PDF 18354 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 76 / Wednesday, April 22, 2009 / Notices headed whales (Peponocephala electra), pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Pursuant to these regulations, NMFS has issued an LOA to ExxonMobil Production Company. Issuance of the LOA is based on a finding made in the preamble to the final rule that the total taking by these activities (with monitoring, mitigation, and reporting measures) will result in no more than a negligible impact on the affected species or stock(s) of marine mammals and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on subsistence uses. NMFS also finds that the applicant will meet the requirements contained in the implementing regulations and LOA, including monitoring, mitigation, and reporting requirements. Dated: April 16, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–9264 Filed 4–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XO20 Endangered Species; File No. 13544 and No. 13573 dwashington3 on PROD1PC60 with NOTICES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Issuance of permits. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Jeffrey Schmid, Conservancy of Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples, FL 34102 has been issued a permit to take Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and green (Chelonia mydas) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research. Michael Salmon, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton, FL 33431–0991 has been issued a permit to take green sea turtles 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. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:31 Apr 21, 2009 Jkt 217001 Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824– 5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kate Swails or Patrick Opay, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 24, 2008, notice was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 43211) that a request for a scientific research permit to take sea turtles had been submitted by Dr. Schmid. On September 3, 2008, notice was published in the Federal Register (73 FR 51446) that a request for a scientific research permit to take sea turtles had been submitted by Dr. Salmon. The requested permits have 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). Dr. Schmid’s research activities will characterize the aggregations of marine turtles in the nearshore waters of Lee County in southwest Florida. The permit holder will annually capture 130 Kemp’s ridley, 50 loggerhead, 20 green, and five hawksbill turtles. Turtles will be collected in Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay, Estero Bay, and adjacent Gulf of Mexico waters using a largemesh, run-around strike net. Turtles will be measured, weighed, and tagged with Inconel and passive integrated transponder tags. Tissue samples will be collected for genetic and stable isotope analyses. A subset of Kemp’s ridleys will be held for 24–48 hrs. for fecal sample collection. Another subset of Kemp’s ridleys will receive electronic transmitters to investigate their movements, home range, and habitat associations. The permit is a five-year permit. Dr. Salmon will study when green sea turtle navigation is guided by magnetic versus solar cues. Animals will be captured by hand, handled, weighed, measured, flipper and passive integrated transponder tagged, transported, temporarily held for experiments in an outdoor tank arena, and released. Researchers will capture and conduct research on up to 40 animals on near shore reefs of Palm Beach County, Florida over the course of the permit. The permit is issued for 3 years. 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 or threatened species, and (3) are consistent with the purposes and PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: April 17, 2009. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–9252 Filed 4–21–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XO83 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; public meeting. SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council’s (Council) VMS/ Enforcement Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the Sheraton Ferncroft Hotel, 50 Ferncroft Road, Danvers, MA 01923; Telephone: (978) 777–2500; Fax: (978) 750–7991. Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978)465–0492. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The items of discussion in the committee’s agenda are as follows: (1) The committee will review and discuss management alternatives under development in Amendment 4 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which may include measures to establish annual catch limits and accountability measures, a catch monitoring program for the Atlantic herring fishery, management measures to address/minimize bycatch, and measures to address access by herring vessels to groundfish closed areas; and develop Enforcement Committee recommendations for Herring Committee/Council consideration. (2) The enforcement discussion regarding Amendment 4 to the Herring FMP will likely focus on the details of E:\FR\FM\22APN1.SGM 22APN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XO20


Endangered Species; File No. 13544 and No. 13573

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

ACTION:  Issuance of permits.

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SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that Jeffrey Schmid, Conservancy of 
Southwest Florida, 1450 Merrihue Drive, Naples, FL 34102 has been 
issued a permit to take Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), loggerhead 
(Caretta caretta), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and green 
(Chelonia mydas) sea turtles for purposes of scientific research. 
Michael Salmon, Florida Atlantic University, 777 Glades Road, Boca 
Raton, FL 33431-0991 has been issued a permit to take green sea turtles 
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.
    Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Ave South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701; phone (727)824-5312; fax (727)824-5309.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On July 24, 2008, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (73 FR 43211) that a request for a scientific 
research permit to take sea turtles had been submitted by Dr. Schmid. 
On September 3, 2008, notice was published in the Federal Register (73 
FR 51446) that a request for a scientific research permit to take sea 
turtles had been submitted by Dr. Salmon. The requested permits have 
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).
    Dr. Schmid's research activities will characterize the aggregations 
of marine turtles in the nearshore waters of Lee County in southwest 
Florida. The permit holder will annually capture 130 Kemp's ridley, 50 
loggerhead, 20 green, and five hawksbill turtles. Turtles will be 
collected in Pine Island Sound, San Carlos Bay, Estero Bay, and 
adjacent Gulf of Mexico waters using a large-mesh, run-around strike 
net. Turtles will be measured, weighed, and tagged with Inconel and 
passive integrated transponder tags. Tissue samples will be collected 
for genetic and stable isotope analyses. A subset of Kemp's ridleys 
will be held for 24-48 hrs. for fecal sample collection. Another subset 
of Kemp's ridleys will receive electronic transmitters to investigate 
their movements, home range, and habitat associations. The permit is a 
five-year permit.
    Dr. Salmon will study when green sea turtle navigation is guided by 
magnetic versus solar cues. Animals will be captured by hand, handled, 
weighed, measured, flipper and passive integrated transponder tagged, 
transported, temporarily held for experiments in an outdoor tank arena, 
and released. Researchers will capture and conduct research on up to 40 
animals on near shore reefs of Palm Beach County, Florida over the 
course of the permit. The permit is issued for 3 years.
    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 or threatened 
species, and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set 
forth in section 2 of the ESA.

    Dated: April 17, 2009.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-9252 Filed 4-21-09; 8:45 am]
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