Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar, 41867 [E9-19873]

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E9–19907 Filed 8–18–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XQ19 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active Sonar AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of two Letters of Authorization. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued two one-year Letters of Authorization (LOAs) to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to the U.S. Navy’s operation of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar operations to the Chief of Naval Operations, Department of the Navy, 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350 and persons operating under his authority. DATES: Effective from August 16, 2009, through August 15, 2010. Copies of the Navy’s April 1, 2009, LOA application letter, the LOAs, the Navy’s 2008 annual report and the Navy’s 2007 5–Year Comprehensive Report are available by writing to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3225, by telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES ADDRESSES: VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:53 Aug 18, 2009 Jkt 217001 INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm#applications. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jeannine Cody, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a military readiness activity if certain findings are made and regulations are issued. Authorization may be granted for periods of 5 years or less if NMFS finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s), and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for certain subsistence uses. In addition, NMFS must prescribe regulations that include permissible methods of taking and other means effecting the least practicable adverse impact on the species and its habitat, and on the availability of the species for subsistence uses, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance. The regulations also must include requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. Regulations governing the taking of marine mammals incidental to the U.S. Navy’s operation of SURTASS LFA sonar were published on August 21, 2007 (72 FR 46846), and remain in effect through August 15, 2012. They are codified at 50 CFR part 216 subpart Q. These regulations include mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements for the incidental taking of marine mammals by the SURTASS LFA sonar system. For detailed information on this action, please refer to the August 21, 2007 Federal Register Notice and 50 CFR part 216 subpart Q. Summary of LOA Request NMFS received an application from the U.S. Navy for two LOAs, one covering the USNS ABLE (T-AGOS 20) and one covering the USNS IMPECCABLE (T-AGOS 23), under the regulations issued on August 21, 2007 (72 FR 46846). (The R/V Cory Chouest has been retired and has been replaced by the USNS ABLE.) The Navy requested that these LOAs become effective on August 16, 2009. The PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 41867 application requested authorization, for a period not to exceed one year, to take, by harassment, marine mammals incidental to employment of the SURTASS LFA sonar system for training, testing and routine military operations on the aforementioned ships in areas of the North Pacific Ocean. Monitoring and Reporting In compliance with NMFS’ 2007 SURTASS LFA sonar regulations, the Navy submitted an annual report for SURTASS LFA sonar operations during 2007–2008. The Navy also submitted a comprehensive report on SURTASS LFA sonar operations and the mitigation and monitoring activities conducted under the LOAs issued under its previous rule for the 2002 through 2007 period. A copy of these reports can be viewed and/or downloaded at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm#applications. In accordance with the current SURTASS LFA sonar regulations (50 CFR 216.186), the Navy’s has submitted classified quarterly mission reports, and its annual report for the 2008–2009 LOA is due on September 30, 2009. Upon receipt, NMFS will post this annual report on the same Internet address. Authorization NMFS has issued two LOAs to the U.S. Navy, authorizing the incidental harassment of marine mammals incidental to operating the two SURTASS LFA sonar systems for training, testing and routine military operations. Issuance of these two LOAs is based on findings, described in the preamble to the final rule (August 21, 2007, 72 FR 46846)) and supported by information contained in the Navy’s required reports on SURTASS LFA sonar, that the activities described under these two LOAs will have no more than a negligible impact on marine mammal stocks and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the affected marine mammal stocks for subsistence uses. These LOAs remain valid through August 15, 2010, provided the Navy remains in conformance with the conditions of the regulations and the LOAs, and the mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements described in 50 CFR 216.184–216.186 (August 21, 2007, 72 FR 46846) and in the LOAs are undertaken. Dated: August 13, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–19873 Filed 8–18–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S E:\FR\FM\19AUN1.SGM 19AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XQ19


Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals 
Incidental to Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System 
Low Frequency Active Sonar

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

ACTION:  Notice; issuance of two Letters of Authorization.

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SUMMARY:  In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), 
as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given 
that NMFS has issued two one-year Letters of Authorization (LOAs) to 
take marine mammals by harassment incidental to the U.S. Navy's 
operation of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency 
Active (SURTASS LFA) sonar operations to the Chief of Naval Operations, 
Department of the Navy, 2000 Navy Pentagon, Washington, DC 20350 and 
persons operating under his authority.

DATES:  Effective from August 16, 2009, through August 15, 2010.

ADDRESSES:  Copies of the Navy's April 1, 2009, LOA application letter, 
the LOAs, the Navy's 2008 annual report and the Navy's 2007 5-Year 
Comprehensive Report are available by writing to P. Michael Payne, 
Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3225, by telephoning the contact 
listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm#applications. Documents 
cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular 
business hours, at the aforementioned address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jeannine Cody, Office of Protected 
Resources, NMFS (301) 713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

Background

    Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs 
the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but 
not intentional taking of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in 
a military readiness activity if certain findings are made and 
regulations are issued.
    Authorization may be granted for periods of 5 years or less if NMFS 
finds that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or 
stock(s), and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the 
availability of the species or stock(s) for certain subsistence uses. 
In addition, NMFS must prescribe regulations that include permissible 
methods of taking and other means effecting the least practicable 
adverse impact on the species and its habitat, and on the availability 
of the species for subsistence uses, paying particular attention to 
rookeries, mating grounds, and areas of similar significance. The 
regulations also must include requirements pertaining to the monitoring 
and reporting of such taking.
    Regulations governing the taking of marine mammals incidental to 
the U.S. Navy's operation of SURTASS LFA sonar were published on August 
21, 2007 (72 FR 46846), and remain in effect through August 15, 2012. 
They are codified at 50 CFR part 216 subpart Q. These regulations 
include mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements for the 
incidental taking of marine mammals by the SURTASS LFA sonar system. 
For detailed information on this action, please refer to the August 21, 
2007 Federal Register Notice and 50 CFR part 216 subpart Q.

Summary of LOA Request

    NMFS received an application from the U.S. Navy for two LOAs, one 
covering the USNS ABLE (T-AGOS 20) and one covering the USNS IMPECCABLE 
(T-AGOS 23), under the regulations issued on August 21, 2007 (72 FR 
46846). (The R/V Cory Chouest has been retired and has been replaced by 
the USNS ABLE.) The Navy requested that these LOAs become effective on 
August 16, 2009. The application requested authorization, for a period 
not to exceed one year, to take, by harassment, marine mammals 
incidental to employment of the SURTASS LFA sonar system for training, 
testing and routine military operations on the aforementioned ships in 
areas of the North Pacific Ocean.

Monitoring and Reporting

    In compliance with NMFS' 2007 SURTASS LFA sonar regulations, the 
Navy submitted an annual report for SURTASS LFA sonar operations during 
2007-2008. The Navy also submitted a comprehensive report on SURTASS 
LFA sonar operations and the mitigation and monitoring activities 
conducted under the LOAs issued under its previous rule for the 2002 
through 2007 period. A copy of these reports can be viewed and/or 
downloaded at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm#applications.
    In accordance with the current SURTASS LFA sonar regulations (50 
CFR 216.186), the Navy's has submitted classified quarterly mission 
reports, and its annual report for the 2008-2009 LOA is due on 
September 30, 2009. Upon receipt, NMFS will post this annual report on 
the same Internet address.

Authorization

    NMFS has issued two LOAs to the U.S. Navy, authorizing the 
incidental harassment of marine mammals incidental to operating the two 
SURTASS LFA sonar systems for training, testing and routine military 
operations. Issuance of these two LOAs is based on findings, described 
in the preamble to the final rule (August 21, 2007, 72 FR 46846)) and 
supported by information contained in the Navy's required reports on 
SURTASS LFA sonar, that the activities described under these two LOAs 
will have no more than a negligible impact on marine mammal stocks and 
will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the 
affected marine mammal stocks for subsistence uses.
    These LOAs remain valid through August 15, 2010, provided the Navy 
remains in conformance with the conditions of the regulations and the 
LOAs, and the mitigation, monitoring, and reporting requirements 
described in 50 CFR 216.184-216.186 (August 21, 2007, 72 FR 46846) and 
in the LOAs are undertaken.

    Dated: August 13, 2009.
James H. Lecky,
Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-19873 Filed 8-18-09; 8:45 am]
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