Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14682, 10018, 13846, 14451, 14585, 14599, 14122, 14296, 14353, 58243-58245 [E9-27185]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 217 / Thursday, November 12, 2009 / Notices administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan. The period of review is June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008. This extension is made pursuant to section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended (the Act). DATES: Effective Date: November 12, 2009. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Angelica Mendoza or John Drury, Office 7, AD/CVD Operations, Import Administration, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, 14th Street and Constitution Avenue, NW., Washington, DC 20230, telephone: (202) 482–3019 and (202) 482–0195, respectively. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Background On July 8, 2009, the Department published the preliminary results of the administrative review of the antidumping duty order on certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan covering the period June 1, 2007, through May 31, 2008. See Certain Stainless Steel Butt-Weld Pipe Fittings from Taiwan: Preliminary Results of Antidumping Duty Administrative Review, Notice of Intent to Rescind in Part, and Notice of Intent Not to Revoke Order in Part, 74 FR 32532 (July 8, 2009). The final results for the antidumping duty administrative review of certain stainless steel butt-weld pipe fittings from Taiwan are currently due no later than November 5, 2009. Extension of Time Limits for Final Results Section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act requires the Department to issue the results in an administrative review within 120 days of the publication of the preliminary results. However, if it is not practicable to complete the review within this time period, section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act allows the Department to extend the time limit for the final results up to 180 days (or 300 days if the Department does not extend the time limit for the preliminary results) from the date of publication of the preliminary results. In accordance with section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(2), the Department finds that it is not practicable to complete the review within the original time frame (i.e., by November 5, 2009). Specifically, the Department requires additional time to review complex issues raised in the respondent Ta Chen Stainless Pipe Co. Ltd.’s case brief, including comments relating to the respondent’s qualification VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:12 Nov 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 for a constructed export price offset and the Department’s use of facts available with respect to certain aspects of respondent’s cost reporting. Because it is not practicable to complete this administrative review within the time limit mandated by section 751(a)(3)(A) of the Act and 19 CFR 351.213(h)(2), the Department is extending the time limit for completion of the final results of this administrative review by 32 days, to no later than December 7, 2009. This notice is published pursuant to sections 751(a)(1) and 777(i)(1) of the Act. Dated: November 5, 2009. Edward C. Yang, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. E9–27201 Filed 11–10–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XS81 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14682, 10018, 13846, 14451, 14585, 14599, 14122, 14296, 14353 AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received nine applications for permits or permit amendments to conduct research on marine mammals. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information regarding applicants and specific information on species affected. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before December 14, 2009. ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting the associated File No. from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the offices listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. Written comments or requests for a public hearing on these applications should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58243 F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)713–0376, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail comment the associated File Number. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The following Analysts at (301)713–2289: For File No. 14682: Kristy Beard or Carrie Hubard; File No. 10018: Carrie Hubard or Kristy Beard; File No. 13846: Amy Hapeman or Kristy Beard; File No. 14451: Kate Swails or Kristy Beard; File No. 14585: Amy Hapeman or Kristy Beard; File No. 14599: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard; File No. 14122: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard; File No. 14296: Kristy Beard or Jennifer Skidmore; File No. 14353: Carrie Hubard or Kristy Beard. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits and permit amendment are requested 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). Each of the nine applications is summarized below. For specific take numbers of each species, please refer to the associated application. Whitlow Au, Ph.D. [File No. 14682], University of Hawaii, Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, Marine Mammal Research Program, PO Box 1106, Kailua, HI 96734, requests a five-year permit to investigate the population dynamics and behavior of cetaceans around Hawaii and the Pacific, to determine aspects of the behavior and use of the acoustic environment by large whales, and to determine the effects of noise on behavior of cetaceans around Hawaii. Researchers would conduct behavioral observations, photo-identification, genetic sampling, suction-cup tagging, acoustic recording, and acoustic playbacks from vessels. Target species would be: Blainville’s beaked whale E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES 58244 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 217 / Thursday, November 12, 2009 / Notices (Mesoplodon densirostris), Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), killer whale (Orcinus orca), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima), pygmy sperm whale (K. breviceps), short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata), melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra), long-beaked common dolphin (Delphinus capensis), short-beaked common dolphin (D. delphis), striped dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), spinner dolphin (S. longirostris), pantropical spotted dolphin (S. attenuata), bottlenose dolphin (Turisiops truncatus), Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), and rough-toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis). Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D. [File No. 10018], Keiki Kohola Project, 5277 West Wooley Road, Oxnard, CA 93035, requests an amendment to Permit No. 10018, issued on June 18, 2008 (73 FR 36042). Dr. Cartwright is currently authorized to conduct humpback whale research, consisting of photoidentification, focal follows, underwater observations, and collection of sloughed skin, in Hawaiian waters. The permit holder now requests authorization to conduct similar research in Alaskan waters from May through September each year. The purpose of the amendment is to broaden the current study on humpback whale female-calf behavior and habitat choice. Field work would be based out of Kake, Alaska and focused primarily in Chatham Straits, Frederick Sound, Sumner Strait, Lynn Canal and Icy Strait. Humpback whales of all ages, including calves, would be harassed during surveys and the associated photo-identification, passive acoustics, and behavioral observations. Four other species of cetaceans (killer whales, Pacific white-sided dolphins, and harbor (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall’s porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli)) may be incidentally harassed during the research. Any killer whales observed would be photographed for identification purposes. The amended permit would expire on June 30, 2013. Jim Darling, Ph.D. [File No. 13846], Whale Trust, P.O. Box 384, Tofino, BC V0R2Z0, Canada, requests a five-year permit to study the social organization, behavior and communication of humpback whales in Hawaii (primarily off west Maui), and the population biology, ecology, and behavior of humpback and Eastern gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales along the coastlines of Washington and Alaska. Researchers would conduct photo- VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:12 Nov 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 identification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral observation (by vessel, underwater and aerial), videorecording, collection of sloughed skin, photogrammetry, biopsy sampling, playback experiments, and suction-cup and implant tagging of target whales. Whales of all ages would be harassed during surveys with the exceptions that only juvenile and adult humpbacks would be biopsy sampled and only adult humpbacks would be tagged. In Hawaii, spinner dolphins, pantropical spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and false killer whales may be incidentally harassed during research. Killer whales and Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) may be incidentally harassed in Washington or Alaskan waters during research. Joseph Mobley, Jr. [File No. 14451], University of Hawaii at Manoa, 2528 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96816, requests a five-year permit to investigate short and long-term changes in population size, habitat use, and behavior of cetaceans off the coast of eastern and western United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the Mariana Islands. Researchers would conduct aerial and vessel surveys, photoidentification, videography, and behavioral observations. Research would target numerous cetacean species including endangered blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus), fin whales (B. physalus), humpback whales, sei whales (B. borealis) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Adam Pack, Ph.D. [File No. 14585], University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 West Kawili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, requests a five-year permit to continue long-term population studies of humpback whales and other cetacean species in the Eastern, Western and Central North Pacific Ocean, primarily Hawaii and Alaska. These studies include: (1) photo-identification to determine individual life histories, social role, migration, habitat use, distribution, and reproductive states; (2) underwater videogrammetry to determine the body sizes of animals in different social roles; (3) underwater videography to document behaviors and social interactions, and to aid in sex determination; (4) passive acoustic recordings of song to trace the evolution of song in Hawaii and to examine acoustic characteristics of song in relation to singer size and life history; (5) passive acoustic recordings of nonsong vocalizations to determine acoustic properties, contexts, and functions; (6) Crittercam studies of humpbacks in different group types to help in the understanding of the humpback mating system; and (7) skin and blubber biopsy PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 sampling for sex determination, and for health assessment. In addition to humpback whales, the following species may be opportunistically studied or incidentally harassed during surveys: bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin, spotted dolphin, Risso’s dolphin, false killer whale, melon-headed whale, pygmy killer whale, rough toothed dolphin, pilot whale, striped dolphin, pygmy and dwarf sperm whales, killer whale, sperm whale, North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), fin whale, blue whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale, minke whale (B. acutorostrata), sei whale, Bryde’s whale (B. edeni), Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) and Blainville’s beaked whale. Fred A. Sharpe, Ph.D. [File No. 14599], Alaska Whale Foundation, 4739 University Way NE ι1239, Seattle WA 98105, requests a five-year permit to conduct research on the social complexity of Alaskan humpback whale bubble feeding to gain insight into the manner in which environmental and social factors shape this behavior. Research would be conducted annually and include approaches to individuals for: (1) photo-identification; (2) acoustic recordings; (3) sonar profiling; (4) pole cam observations; (5) broadcasting sounds to individuals; (6) attachment of suction cup tags; (7) aerial observations; (8) SCUBA observations; and (9) opportunistic collection of fecal material. Most activities would be conducted independently; however, photo-identification would occur before or after most other activities, and some playbacks would be broadcast concurrently to tagged individuals to document received levels and subsurface movements. No impacts to non-target species are anticipated. The applicant is also requesting opportunistic approaches to killer whales for photo-identification. The proposed activities are part of an ongoing study, and ouldl be conducted in the waters of Southeast Alaska, primarily from mid-May to midOctober. Jan Straley [File No. 14122], University of Alaska Southeast Sitka Campus, 1332 Seward Ave., Sitka, AK 99835, requests a five-year permit to study the biology of large whales in Alaskan waters to: (1) continue and expand a study of humpback whales including takes by close approach/ disturbance, biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging and acoustic playbacks; (2) study sperm whale movements, foraging behavior and depredation on longline fishing gear to reduce interactions involving takes by close approach/disturbance, biological sampling, suction cup and satellite E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1 jlentini on DSKJ8SOYB1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 217 / Thursday, November 12, 2009 / Notices tagging, fishing modifications and acoustic playbacks; (3) study killer whale seasonal movements, foraging, migration patterns and depredation, including takes by close approach/ disturbance, biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging and acoustic playbacks; (4) enhance the body of knowledge, stock structure and current status through research activities involving close approach/ disturbance, biological sampling and tagging of gray, minke, fin, sei, blue, and North Pacific right whales; and (5) study killer whale predation events, photograph, observe, collect tissue samples, incidentally harass and collect dead parts from prey including: humpback, gray, minke, sei and fin whales, harbor porpoise, Dall’s porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphin, Northern fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Steller sea lion, and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). Briana Witteveen, Ph.D. [File No. 14296], University of Alaska Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 118 Trident Way, Kodiak, AK 99615, requests a five-year permit to conduct scientific research on cetaceans yearround in the Gulf of Alaska, with emphasis on examining prey use and foraging patterns of gray, fin, humpback, and killer whales and exploring the responses of humpback whales to acoustic deterrent devices. Takes would occur by close approach to collect photographs, recordings of vocalizations, biopsy samples, prey parts, sloughed skin, to attach suction cup tags, and to document response to acoustic deterrents. Sei, blue, minke, sperm, and right whales would be taken by close approach to collect photographs and biopsy samples. Other species of marine mammals might be incidentally harassed during research activities. Ann Zoidis [File No. 14353], Cetos Research Organization, 33 Echo Ave., Suite 5, Oakland, CA 94611, requests a five-year permit to conduct scientific research on humpback and minke whales in Hawaiian waters. Research would occur January through March. Humpback whale research would be focused in the Au’au Channel near Maui. The objectives of the research are to examine: (1) underwater activity budgets of humpback whales, including during non-daylight hours; (2) mother/ calf/escort interactions, including sound production and vocal/behavioral responses to sounds by conspecifics; (3) habitat use; and (4) any behavioral and/ or acoustic reactions to passing vessel traffic. Research activities would include photo-identification, behavioral observations, passive acoustic VerDate Nov<24>2008 16:12 Nov 10, 2009 Jkt 220001 recording, and underwater photo/ videography. Suction cup tags would be deployed on humpback whales, including calves. Minke whales would be approached for photo-identification anywhere within the main Hawaiian islands. Twelve other cetacean species may be incidentally harassed during research activities. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an environmental assessment (EA) will be prepared to examine whether significant environmental impacts could result from issuance of the proposed scientific research permits and permit amendment. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of these applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Documents may be reviewed in the following locations: 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; Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115–0700; phone (206)526–6150; fax (206)526–6426; Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone (907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249; Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802–4213; phone (562)980–4001; fax (562)980–4018; Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700; phone (808)944–2200; fax (808)973–2941; Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978)281–9300; fax (978)281– 9333; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727)824–5312; fax (727)824–5309. Dated: November 5, 2009. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–27185 Filed 11–10–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 58245 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XS83 Endangered and Threatened Species: Recovery Plan Preparation for the Threatened Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American Green Sturgeon AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of intent to prepare a recovery plan; request for information. SUMMARY: NMFS announces its intent to develop a recovery plan for the Southern Distinct Population Segment of North American green sturgeon (Acipenser medirostris; hereafter, ‘‘sDPS green sturgeon’’) and also requests information from the public. The sDPS green sturgeon is listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). NMFS is required by the ESA to develop and implement recovery plans for the conservation and survival of ESA-listed species. NMFS will be coordinating with state, Federal, tribal, and local entities in California, Oregon, Washington, Canada, and Alaska to develop the recovery plan. DATES: Information related to this notice will be accepted, and incorporated appropriately, at any time during the recovery planning process. However, the first meeting of the recovery team is scheduled for December 10–11, 2009, and therefore information must be received by December 8, 2009, to be included during that meeting. In order to best facilitate a smooth process, NMFS strongly encourages public participation as early as possible. An initial meeting with stakeholders is likely to occur in early 2010. ADDRESSES: You may submit information by any of the following methods: • E-mail: Information may be submitted by e-mail to swrsturgeon.recovery@noaa.gov. Include in the subject line of the e-mail the following identifier: Information for sDPS green sturgeon recovery plan. • Mail: David Woodbury, National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Region, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Santa Rosa, CA 95404–4731. • Fax: (707) 578–3435, Attention: David Woodbury. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: David Woodbury, NMFS Southwest Region, at (707) 575–6088 or David.P.Woodbury@noaa.gov. E:\FR\FM\12NON1.SGM 12NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XS81


Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14682, 10018, 13846, 14451, 14585, 
14599, 14122, 14296, 14353

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

ACTION:  Notice; receipt of applications.

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SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received nine 
applications for permits or permit amendments to conduct research on 
marine mammals. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional 
information regarding applicants and specific information on species 
affected.

DATES:  Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before December 14, 2009.

ADDRESSES:  The applications and related documents are available for 
review by selecting ``Records Open for Public Comment'' from the 
Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species 
(APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting the 
associated File No. from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the offices listed in SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    Written comments or requests for a public hearing on these 
applications should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and 
Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 
East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those 
individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons 
why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate.
    Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301)713-0376, 
provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and 
postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period.
    Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 
providing e-mail comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the associated File Number.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  The following Analysts at (301)713-
2289:
    For File No. 14682: Kristy Beard or Carrie Hubard; File No. 10018: 
Carrie Hubard or Kristy Beard; File No. 13846: Amy Hapeman or Kristy 
Beard; File No. 14451: Kate Swails or Kristy Beard; File No. 14585: Amy 
Hapeman or Kristy Beard; File No. 14599: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard; 
File No. 14122: Amy Sloan or Kristy Beard; File No. 14296: Kristy Beard 
or Jennifer Skidmore; File No. 14353: Carrie Hubard or Kristy Beard.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits and permit amendment are 
requested 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).
    Each of the nine applications is summarized below. For specific 
take numbers of each species, please refer to the associated 
application.
    Whitlow Au, Ph.D. [File No. 14682], University of Hawaii, Hawaii 
Institute of Marine Biology, Marine Mammal Research Program, PO Box 
1106, Kailua, HI 96734, requests a five-year permit to investigate the 
population dynamics and behavior of cetaceans around Hawaii and the 
Pacific, to determine aspects of the behavior and use of the acoustic 
environment by large whales, and to determine the effects of noise on 
behavior of cetaceans around Hawaii. Researchers would conduct 
behavioral observations, photo-identification, genetic sampling, 
suction-cup tagging, acoustic recording, and acoustic playbacks from 
vessels. Target species would be: Blainville's beaked whale

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(Mesoplodon densirostris), Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), 
killer whale (Orcinus orca), humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), 
dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima), pygmy sperm whale (K. breviceps), 
short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), false killer 
whale (Pseudorca crassidens), pygmy killer whale (Feresa attenuata), 
melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra), long-beaked common dolphin 
(Delphinus capensis), short-beaked common dolphin (D. delphis), striped 
dolphin (Stenella coeruleoalba), spinner dolphin (S. longirostris), 
pantropical spotted dolphin (S. attenuata), bottlenose dolphin 
(Turisiops truncatus), Risso's dolphin (Grampus griseus), Pacific 
white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), and rough-toothed 
dolphin (Steno bredanensis).
    Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D. [File No. 10018], Keiki Kohola Project, 
5277 West Wooley Road, Oxnard, CA 93035, requests an amendment to 
Permit No. 10018, issued on June 18, 2008 (73 FR 36042). Dr. Cartwright 
is currently authorized to conduct humpback whale research, consisting 
of photo-identification, focal follows, underwater observations, and 
collection of sloughed skin, in Hawaiian waters. The permit holder now 
requests authorization to conduct similar research in Alaskan waters 
from May through September each year. The purpose of the amendment is 
to broaden the current study on humpback whale female-calf behavior and 
habitat choice. Field work would be based out of Kake, Alaska and 
focused primarily in Chatham Straits, Frederick Sound, Sumner Strait, 
Lynn Canal and Icy Strait. Humpback whales of all ages, including 
calves, would be harassed during surveys and the associated photo-
identification, passive acoustics, and behavioral observations. Four 
other species of cetaceans (killer whales, Pacific white-sided 
dolphins, and harbor (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall's porpoises 
(Phocoenoides dalli)) may be incidentally harassed during the research. 
Any killer whales observed would be photographed for identification 
purposes. The amended permit would expire on June 30, 2013.
    Jim Darling, Ph.D. [File No. 13846], Whale Trust, P.O. Box 384, 
Tofino, BC V0R2Z0, Canada, requests a five-year permit to study the 
social organization, behavior and communication of humpback whales in 
Hawaii (primarily off west Maui), and the population biology, ecology, 
and behavior of humpback and Eastern gray (Eschrichtius robustus) 
whales along the coastlines of Washington and Alaska. Researchers would 
conduct photo-identification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral 
observation (by vessel, underwater and aerial), video-recording, 
collection of sloughed skin, photogrammetry, biopsy sampling, playback 
experiments, and suction-cup and implant tagging of target whales. 
Whales of all ages would be harassed during surveys with the exceptions 
that only juvenile and adult humpbacks would be biopsy sampled and only 
adult humpbacks would be tagged. In Hawaii, spinner dolphins, 
pantropical spotted dolphins, bottlenose dolphins and false killer 
whales may be incidentally harassed during research. Killer whales and 
Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) may be incidentally harassed in 
Washington or Alaskan waters during research.
    Joseph Mobley, Jr. [File No. 14451], University of Hawaii at Manoa, 
2528 McCarthy Mall, Honolulu, HI 96816, requests a five-year permit to 
investigate short and long-term changes in population size, habitat 
use, and behavior of cetaceans off the coast of eastern and western 
United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the Mariana Islands. 
Researchers would conduct aerial and vessel surveys, photo-
identification, videography, and behavioral observations. Research 
would target numerous cetacean species including endangered blue whales 
(Balaenoptera musculus), fin whales (B. physalus), humpback whales, sei 
whales (B. borealis) and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus).
    Adam Pack, Ph.D. [File No. 14585], University of Hawaii at Hilo, 
200 West Kawili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, requests a five-year permit to 
continue long-term population studies of humpback whales and other 
cetacean species in the Eastern, Western and Central North Pacific 
Ocean, primarily Hawaii and Alaska. These studies include: (1) photo-
identification to determine individual life histories, social role, 
migration, habitat use, distribution, and reproductive states; (2) 
underwater videogrammetry to determine the body sizes of animals in 
different social roles; (3) underwater videography to document 
behaviors and social interactions, and to aid in sex determination; (4) 
passive acoustic recordings of song to trace the evolution of song in 
Hawaii and to examine acoustic characteristics of song in relation to 
singer size and life history; (5) passive acoustic recordings of non-
song vocalizations to determine acoustic properties, contexts, and 
functions; (6) Crittercam studies of humpbacks in different group types 
to help in the understanding of the humpback mating system; and (7) 
skin and blubber biopsy sampling for sex determination, and for health 
assessment. In addition to humpback whales, the following species may 
be opportunistically studied or incidentally harassed during surveys: 
bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin, spotted dolphin, Risso's dolphin, 
false killer whale, melon-headed whale, pygmy killer whale, rough 
toothed dolphin, pilot whale, striped dolphin, pygmy and dwarf sperm 
whales, killer whale, sperm whale, North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena 
japonica), fin whale, blue whale, Cuvier's beaked whale, minke whale 
(B. acutorostrata), sei whale, Bryde's whale (B. edeni), Fraser's 
dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) and Blainville's beaked whale.
    Fred A. Sharpe, Ph.D. [File No. 14599], Alaska Whale Foundation, 
4739 University Way NE 1239, Seattle WA 98105, requests a 
five-year permit to conduct research on the social complexity of 
Alaskan humpback whale bubble feeding to gain insight into the manner 
in which environmental and social factors shape this behavior. Research 
would be conducted annually and include approaches to individuals for: 
(1) photo-identification; (2) acoustic recordings; (3) sonar profiling; 
(4) pole cam observations; (5) broadcasting sounds to individuals; (6) 
attachment of suction cup tags; (7) aerial observations; (8) SCUBA 
observations; and (9) opportunistic collection of fecal material. Most 
activities would be conducted independently; however, photo-
identification would occur before or after most other activities, and 
some playbacks would be broadcast concurrently to tagged individuals to 
document received levels and subsurface movements. No impacts to non-
target species are anticipated. The applicant is also requesting 
opportunistic approaches to killer whales for photo-identification. The 
proposed activities are part of an ongoing study, and ouldl be 
conducted in the waters of Southeast Alaska, primarily from mid-May to 
mid-October.
    Jan Straley [File No. 14122], University of Alaska Southeast Sitka 
Campus, 1332 Seward Ave., Sitka, AK 99835, requests a five-year permit 
to study the biology of large whales in Alaskan waters to: (1) continue 
and expand a study of humpback whales including takes by close 
approach/disturbance, biological sampling, suction cup and satellite 
tagging and acoustic playbacks; (2) study sperm whale movements, 
foraging behavior and depredation on longline fishing gear to reduce 
interactions involving takes by close approach/disturbance, biological 
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tagging, fishing modifications and acoustic playbacks; (3) study killer 
whale seasonal movements, foraging, migration patterns and depredation, 
including takes by close approach/disturbance, biological sampling, 
suction cup and satellite tagging and acoustic playbacks; (4) enhance 
the body of knowledge, stock structure and current status through 
research activities involving close approach/disturbance, biological 
sampling and tagging of gray, minke, fin, sei, blue, and North Pacific 
right whales; and (5) study killer whale predation events, photograph, 
observe, collect tissue samples, incidentally harass and collect dead 
parts from prey including: humpback, gray, minke, sei and fin whales, 
harbor porpoise, Dall's porpoise, Pacific white-sided dolphin, Northern 
fur seal (Callorhinus ursinus), Steller sea lion, and harbor seal 
(Phoca vitulina).
    Briana Witteveen, Ph.D. [File No. 14296], University of Alaska 
Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and Ocean Sciences, 118 Trident Way, 
Kodiak, AK 99615, requests a five-year permit to conduct scientific 
research on cetaceans year-round in the Gulf of Alaska, with emphasis 
on examining prey use and foraging patterns of gray, fin, humpback, and 
killer whales and exploring the responses of humpback whales to 
acoustic deterrent devices. Takes would occur by close approach to 
collect photographs, recordings of vocalizations, biopsy samples, prey 
parts, sloughed skin, to attach suction cup tags, and to document 
response to acoustic deterrents. Sei, blue, minke, sperm, and right 
whales would be taken by close approach to collect photographs and 
biopsy samples. Other species of marine mammals might be incidentally 
harassed during research activities.
    Ann Zoidis [File No. 14353], Cetos Research Organization, 33 Echo 
Ave., Suite 5, Oakland, CA 94611, requests a five-year permit to 
conduct scientific research on humpback and minke whales in Hawaiian 
waters. Research would occur January through March. Humpback whale 
research would be focused in the Au'au Channel near Maui. The 
objectives of the research are to examine: (1) underwater activity 
budgets of humpback whales, including during non-daylight hours; (2) 
mother/calf/escort interactions, including sound production and vocal/
behavioral responses to sounds by conspecifics; (3) habitat use; and 
(4) any behavioral and/or acoustic reactions to passing vessel traffic. 
Research activities would include photo-identification, behavioral 
observations, passive acoustic recording, and underwater photo/
videography. Suction cup tags would be deployed on humpback whales, 
including calves. Minke whales would be approached for photo-
identification anywhere within the main Hawaiian islands. Twelve other 
cetacean species may be incidentally harassed during research 
activities.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an environmental assessment (EA) will be 
prepared to examine whether significant environmental impacts could 
result from issuance of the proposed scientific research permits and 
permit amendment.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of these applications to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.
    Documents may be reviewed in the following locations:
    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;
    Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 
1, Seattle, WA 98115-0700; phone (206)526-6150; fax (206)526-6426;
    Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668; phone 
(907)586-7221; fax (907)586-7249;
    Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long 
Beach, CA 90802-4213; phone (562)980-4001; fax (562)980-4018;
    Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808)944-2200; fax (808)973-2941;
    Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 
01930; phone (978)281-9300; fax (978)281-9333; and
    Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, 
Florida 33701; phone (727)824-5312; fax (727)824-5309.

    Dated: November 5, 2009.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-27185 Filed 11-10-09; 8:45 am]
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