Marine Mammals; File No. 14341, 36462-36463 [E9-17543]

Download as PDF 36462 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 140 / Thursday, July 23, 2009 / Notices erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES substantial strides in water conservation throughout southern California, flow conditions for anadromous salmonids will limit recovery. Similarly, recovery is unlikely without programs to restore properly functioning historic habitat such as estuaries, and access to upstream spawning and rearing habitat. Although the recovery of this species is expected to be a long process, the TRT recommended certain actions that should be implemented as soon as possible to help guide the recovery process for the Southern California Steelhead DPS (Boughton et al. 2007). Additional and more specific recovery actions to address specific threat sources in individual watersheds are discussed in the text. Implementation and Cost Estimates Implementation of this Recovery Plan by NMFS will take many forms. To achieve recovery, NMFS will need to promote the Recovery Plan and provide needed technical information and assistance to other entities responsible for actions that may impact the species’ recovery. NMFS should work with key partners on planning and implementation of all high priority recovery actions. Additionally it will be important to work with local governments to ensure that protective measures consistent with recovery objectives are included in their general plans and local coastal plans. NMFS should also work with state and Federal regional entities on Regional Water Control Board Basin Plans and U.S. Forest Service Plans. An implementation schedule describing time frames and costs associated with individual recovery actions is under development. Estimating total cost to recovery is much more challenging, if not impossible to estimate for a variety of reasons. These include the large geographic extent of the DPS; the need to refine recovery criteria; the need to complete watershed-specific investigations such as barrier inventories and assessments; the establishment of flow regimes for individual watersheds; and the review and possible modification of a variety of exiting land-use and water management plans (including waste discharge requirements) under a variety of local, state, and federal jurisdictions. Additionally, the biological response of many of the recovery actions is uncertain, and achieving full recovery will be a long-term effort likely requiring decades, and addressing new stressors that emerge over time. In some instances, however, NMFS is able to estimate the costs associated with certain common restoration activities VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:01 Jul 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 such as those undertaken as part of the California Department of Fish and Game Fisheries Restoration Grants Program. An appendix to the Plan contains estimates for these categories of typical watershed restoration actions. The criteria and recovery actions identified in this Recovery Plan provide a comprehensive road-map for recovery and are consistent with many ongoing activities intended to protect and or restore ecosystem functions in southern California watersheds. As a result, many of these recovery actions will be undertaken by local, state and Federal agencies, as well as non-governmental organizations and other private entities as a part of their local ecosystem protection efforts. Also, the wide variety of threats to steelhead provide for a variety of potential funding sources available to develop and implement these recovery actions, often as part of other ongoing natural resource restoration, management, and mitigation programs. Public Comments Solicited NMFS solicits written comments on the Draft Plan. All comments received by the date specified above will be considered prior to NMFS’ decision whether to approve the Plan. NMFS seeks comments particularly in the following areas: (1) the analysis of limiting factors and threats; (2) the recovery objectives, strategies, and actions; (3) the criteria for removing the DPS from the Federal list of endangered and threatened wildlife and plants; and (4) estimates of time and cost to implement recovery actions. NMFS will also hold public meetings to provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Draft Plan, ask questions of NMFS staff, and submit oral or written comments on the Draft Plan. Public Meetings NMFS will hold public meetings on the dates and at locations as follows: –August 25, 2009, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Carlsbad Fish and Wildlife Office, 6010 Hidden Valley Road., Carlsbad, CA 92011. –September 1, 2009, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Fess Parker’s Double Tree Resort, 633 East Cabrillo Boulevard , Santa Barbara, CA 93103. These meetings will provide an opportunity for the public to learn more about the Proposed Plan, ask questions of NMFS staff, and submit oral or written comments on the Proposed Plan. PO 00000 Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq. Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: July 15, 2009. Angela Somma, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–17284 Filed 7–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–ZP93 Marine Mammals; File No. 14341 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, Zoological Pathology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Illinois, LUMC Room 0745, Building 101, 2160 South First Street, Maywood, IL 60153, has been issued a scientific research permit to import marine mammal specimens for scientific research. 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 Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978)281–9300; fax (978)281– 9333. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Skidmore or Kate Swails, (301)713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2009, notice was published in the Federal Register (74 FR 10035) that a request for a scientific research permit 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 (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 permit authorizes the importation of unlimited biological samples from up E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 140 / Thursday, July 23, 2009 / Notices to 200 individuals per year of the orders Cetacea (all species) and Pinnipedia (with the exception of walruses) from yet to be determined locations outside the U.S. All samples will be imported for diagnostic testing to determine the causes of outbreaks or unusual natural mortalities, investigations into the ecology of diseases in free-ranging animals, or unexpected mortalities in captive populations. All biological specimens will originate from animals found deceased in nature, collected opportunistically during the animals’ capture by other researchers possessing permits for such activities, or from specimens legally held in captivity outside the U.S.A. No live animals will be taken from the wild for research. The permit is issued for a period of 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 activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or 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: July 17, 2009. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–17543 Filed 7–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ41 erowe on DSK5CLS3C1PROD with NOTICES Western Pacific Fishery Management Council; Partially Closed Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of partially closed meeting. SUMMARY: The Western Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold a meeting of its Sea Turtle Advisory Committee (STAC) in Honolulu, HI. A portion of the meeting will be closed to the public. VerDate Nov<24>2008 15:01 Jul 22, 2009 Jkt 217001 DATES: The STAC meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 through Thursday, August 6, 2009, from 8:30am to 5:30pm. The portion of the meeting held from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 will be closed to the public. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Council Office Conference Room, 1164 Bishop Street, Suite 1400, Honolulu, HI; telephone: (808)522– 8220. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kitty M. Simonds, Executive Director; telephone: (808) 522–8220. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The STAC will review the Council’s sea turtle conservation program and other relevant activities, and produce recommendations for future program activities. The meeting will be closed to the public from 9:30am to 5:30pm on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 to discuss confidential employment and other internal administrative matters, in accordance with Section 302 (i)(3)(A)(ii) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act. All other portions of this meeting will be open to the public. Agenda 8:30 a.m. Wednesday, August 5, 2009 1. Introduction and Approval of the Agenda 2. Review of Recommendations from the 4th STAC Meeting 3. Overview of Council Projects 4.–9. STAC Discussion on Contracts and Other Internal Administrative Matters (Closed Sessions) 8:30 a.m. Thursday, August 6, 2009 10. Fishery Impacts Offset Analysis 11. Update of Sea Turtle Interactions in Hawaii-based Fisheries 12. Updates from STAC Members: Ongoing Projects and Recent Developments 13. Overview of Agency Activities 14. Top 20 Research Questions to Inform Marine Turtle Conservation 15. Funding Priorities for the next 5 years 16. Council Project Proposal Protocol 17. Recommendations from the STAC 18. Next meeting and meeting wrapup The order in which agenda items are addressed may change. The Committee will meet as late as necessary to complete scheduled business. Special Accomodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Kitty M. Simonds, (808)522–8220 (voice) or (808)522–8226 PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 36463 (fax), at least five days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: July 20, 2009 Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–17511 Filed 7–22–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ29 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Boom Exercise Drills at Point Mugu, California AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; proposed incidental harassment authorization; request for comments. SUMMARY: NMFS received an application from Naval Base Ventura County (NBVC) Point Mugu for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to boom deployment exercises at Point Mugu, California. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to NBVC Point Mugu to take, by Level B harassment only, one species of marine mammal during the specified activity. DATES: Comments and information must be received no later than August 24, 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 PR1.0648– XQ29@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. Instructions: All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted to http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm without change. All Personal Identifying Information (for E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 140 (Thursday, July 23, 2009)]
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[FR Doc No: E9-17543]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-ZP93


Marine Mammals; File No. 14341

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

ACTION:  Notice; issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that Karen Terio, DVM, PhD, Zoological 
Pathology Program, College of Veterinary Medicine, University of 
Illinois, LUMC Room 0745, Building 101, 2160 South First Street, 
Maywood, IL 60153, has been issued a scientific research permit to 
import marine mammal specimens for scientific research.

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

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 9, 2009, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (74 FR 10035) that a request for a scientific 
research permit 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 (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 permit authorizes the importation of unlimited biological 
samples from up

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to 200 individuals per year of the orders Cetacea (all species) and 
Pinnipedia (with the exception of walruses) from yet to be determined 
locations outside the U.S. All samples will be imported for diagnostic 
testing to determine the causes of outbreaks or unusual natural 
mortalities, investigations into the ecology of diseases in free-
ranging animals, or unexpected mortalities in captive populations. All 
biological specimens will originate from animals found deceased in 
nature, collected opportunistically during the animals' capture by 
other researchers possessing permits for such activities, or from 
specimens legally held in captivity outside the U.S.A. No live animals 
will be taken from the wild for research. The permit is issued for a 
period of 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 
activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to 
prepare an environmental assessment or 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: July 17, 2009.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-17543 Filed 7-22-09; 8:45 am]
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