Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 932-1905; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA-009526, 34725-34726 [E9-17087]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 136 / Friday, July 17, 2009 / Notices impact on the availability of the affected species or stock for subsistence uses is not implicated for this action. For reasons stated previously in this document, the negligible impact determination is supported by: (1) The likelihood that, given sufficient ‘‘notice’’ through relatively slow ship speed, marine mammals are expected to move away from a noise source that is annoying prior to its becoming potentially injurious; (2) The fact that cetaceans would have to be closer than 23 m (75 ft) in deep water, 35 m (115 ft) in intermediate depths, and 150 m (492 ft) in shallow water when the GI airgun is in use from the vessel to be exposed to levels of sound (180 dB) believed to have even a minimal chance of causing PTS; (3) The fact that pinnipeds would have to be closer than 8 m (26 ft) in deep water, 12 m (39 ft) in intermediate depths, and 95 m (312 ft) in shallow water when the GI airgun is in use from the vessel to be exposed to levels of sound (190 dB) believed to have even a minimal chance of causing PTS; (4) The fact that marine mammals would have to be closer than 220 m (ft) in deep water, 330 m at intermediate depths, and 570 m (ft) in shallow water when the GI airgun is in use from the vessel to be exposed to levels of sound (160 dB) believed to have even a minimal chance at causing TTS; and (5) The likelihood that marine mammal detection ability by trained observers is high at that short distance from the vessel, enabling the implementation of shut-downs to avoid injury, serious injury, or mortality. As a result, no take by injury or death is anticipated, and the potential for temporary or permanent hearing impairment is very low and will be avoided through the incorporation of the proposed mitigation measures. While the number of marine mammals potentially incidentally harassed will depend on the distribution and abundance of marine mammals in the vicinity of the survey activity, the number of potential harassment takings is estimated to be small, less than one percent of any of the estimated population sizes, and has been mitigated to the lowest level practicable through incorporation of the measures mentioned previously in this document. Authorization As a result of these determinations, NMFS issued an IHA to SIO for conducting a low-energy marine seismic survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean in July, 2009, including the previously VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:20 Jul 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 mentioned mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements. Dated: July 13, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–17067 Filed 7–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR Fish and Wildlife Service RIN 0648–XF79 Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries Service File No. 932–1905; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA– 009526 AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP), Silver Spring, MD (Dr. Teri Rowles, Principal Investigator), has been issued a permit to conduct enhancement and research activities on marine mammals. ADDRESSES: The permit 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) 713–0376; and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203 (1–800–358–2104). FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard, NMFS Office of Protected Resources, (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.); the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR parts 18 and 216); the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); the regulations PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 34725 governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 17 and 222–226); and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). Permit No. 932–1905/MA–009526 authorizes the MMHSRP to: (1) Carry out response, rescue, rehabilitation, and release of threatened and endangered marine mammals under NMFS jurisdiction [Cetacea and Pinnipedia (excluding walrus)] under sections 109(h) and 112(c) and Title IV of the MMPA; and carry out such activities as enhancement under section 10 the ESA; (2) Conduct health–related scientific research studies on marine mammals and marine mammal parts under NMFS jurisdiction under section 104 of the MMPA and section 10 of the ESA; (3) Conduct Level B harassment on marine mammals under NMFS and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) jurisdiction [West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), polar bear (Ursus maritimus), and sea otters (Enhydra lutris)] incidental to all MMHSRP activities in the United States; (4) Collect, salvage, receive, possess, transfer, import, export, analyze, and curate marine mammal specimens under NMFS jurisdiction for purposes delineated in numbers (1) and (2) above; and (5) Salvage (from dead stranded animals), receive, possess, transfer, import, export, analyze, and curate marine mammal specimens under USFWS jurisdiction [including dugong and manatees (Sirenia), walrus, polar bear, marine otter (Lontra felina), sea otter] for purposes consistent with Title IV of the MMPA and section 10 of the ESA. The permit has been issued for a 5-year period. The NMFS MMHSRP has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement (FPEIS) in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321et seq.), which covers the entirety of the MMHSRP program’s activities, including those covered by the issued permit. The FPEIS was published on March 6, 2009 (74 FR 9817). The ROD was signed on April 21, 2009. The FPEIS is available on the following web site: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ health/eis.htm. 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. E:\FR\FM\17JYN1.SGM 17JYN1 34726 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 136 / Friday, July 17, 2009 / Notices Dated: July 10, 2009. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. Dated: July 10, 2009. Timothy J. Van Norman, Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. [FR Doc. E9–17087 Filed 7–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN: 0648–XQ31 New England Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: SUMMARY: The New England Fishery Management Council(s (Council) Herring Oversight Committee will meet to consider actions affecting New England fisheries in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). DATES: The meeting will be held on Thursday, August 6, 2009, at 9:30 a.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Holiday Inn, 31 Hampshire Street, Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339–2200; fax: (508) 339–1040. 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: mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES Agenda 1. Review and discuss results of Transboundary Resource Assessment Committee (TRAC) 2009 stock assessment of Atlantic herring complex; 2. Discuss development of 2010–12 Atlantic herring fishery specifications; 3. Review and discuss ongoing research regarding catch monitoring programs, maximized retention, and other monitoring tools applied in other fisheries; and 4. Continue development of catch monitoring alternatives for inclusion in Amendment 5 to the Atlantic Herring Fishery Management Plan (FMP), which VerDate Nov<24>2008 19:20 Jul 16, 2009 Jkt 217001 may include but are not limited to: specific monitoring and reporting requirements for herring vessels and processors, observer coverage and at-sea monitoring, shoreside/dockside monitoring and sampling, electronic reporting, video-based monitoring, maximized retention, catch monitoring and control plans, and vessel monitoring system (VMS) requirements. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council(s intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations 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 (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 14, 2009. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–17017 Filed 7–16–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List; Proposed Addition and Deletions FOR FURTHER INFORMATION OR TO SUBMIT COMMENTS CONTACT: Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or e-mail CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. This notice is published pursuant to 41 U.S.C 47(a)(2) and 41 CFR 51–2.3. Its purpose is to provide interested persons an opportunity to submit comments on the proposed actions. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Addition If the Committee approves the proposed addition, the entities of the Federal Government identified in this notice for a service will be required to procure that service listed below from nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. Regulatory Flexibility Act Certification I certify that the following action will not have a significant impact on a substantial number of small entities. The major factors considered for this certification were: 1. If approved, the action will not result in any additional reporting, recordkeeping or other compliance requirements for small entities other than the small organizations that will furnish the service to the Government. 2. If approved, the action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the service to the Government. 3. There are no known regulatory alternatives which would accomplish the objectives of the Javits-WagnerO’Day Act (41 U.S.C. 46–48c) in connection with the service proposed for addition to the Procurement List. Comments on this certification are invited. Commenters should identify the statement(s) underlying the certification on which they are providing additional information. AGENCY: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Proposed Addition to and Deletions From Procurement List. End of Certification SUMMARY: The Committee is proposing to add to the Procurement List a service to be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities, and to delete services previously furnished by such agencies. Comments Must Be Received on or Before: 8/17/2009. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. Service Service Type/Location: Food Service Attendants, CMSGT Emerson E. Williams Dining Facility, 417 Polifka Drive, Shaw AFB, SC. NPA: Goodwill Industries of Lower South Carolina, Inc., North Charleston, SC. Contracting Activity: Dept of the Air Force, FA4803 20 CONS COS, Shaw AFB, SC. 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[FR Doc No: E9-17087]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

DEPARTMENT OF THE INTERIOR

Fish and Wildlife Service

RIN 0648-XF79


Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries 
Service File No. 932-1905; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. MA-
009526

AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Marine Mammal Health and 
Stranding Response Program (MMHSRP), Silver Spring, MD (Dr. Teri 
Rowles, Principal Investigator), has been issued a permit to conduct 
enhancement and research activities on marine mammals.

ADDRESSES: The permit 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) 713-0376; and
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-
2104).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard, NMFS Office 
of Protected Resources, (301) 713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit has been issued under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.); the regulations governing the taking 
and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR parts 18 and 216); the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.); 
the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of 
endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 17 and 222-226); and 
the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.).
    Permit No. 932-1905/MA-009526 authorizes the MMHSRP to: (1) Carry 
out response, rescue, rehabilitation, and release of threatened and 
endangered marine mammals under NMFS jurisdiction [Cetacea and 
Pinnipedia (excluding walrus)] under sections 109(h) and 112(c) and 
Title IV of the MMPA; and carry out such activities as enhancement 
under section 10 the ESA; (2) Conduct health-related scientific 
research studies on marine mammals and marine mammal parts under NMFS 
jurisdiction under section 104 of the MMPA and section 10 of the ESA; 
(3) Conduct Level B harassment on marine mammals under NMFS and U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) jurisdiction [West Indian manatee 
(Trichechus manatus), walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), polar bear (Ursus 
maritimus), and sea otters (Enhydra lutris)] incidental to all MMHSRP 
activities in the United States; (4) Collect, salvage, receive, 
possess, transfer, import, export, analyze, and curate marine mammal 
specimens under NMFS jurisdiction for purposes delineated in numbers 
(1) and (2) above; and (5) Salvage (from dead stranded animals), 
receive, possess, transfer, import, export, analyze, and curate marine 
mammal specimens under USFWS jurisdiction [including dugong and 
manatees (Sirenia), walrus, polar bear, marine otter (Lontra felina), 
sea otter] for purposes consistent with Title IV of the MMPA and 
section 10 of the ESA. The permit has been issued for a 5-year period.
    The NMFS MMHSRP has prepared a Final Programmatic Environmental 
Impact Statement (FPEIS) in compliance with the National Environmental 
Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321et seq.), which covers the entirety 
of the MMHSRP program's activities, including those covered by the 
issued permit. The FPEIS was published on March 6, 2009 (74 FR 9817). 
The ROD was signed on April 21, 2009. The FPEIS is available on the 
following web site: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/health/eis.htm.
    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.


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    Dated: July 10, 2009.
Tammy C. Adams,
Acting Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
    Dated: July 10, 2009.
Timothy J. Van Norman,
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service.
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