Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the Explosive Removal of Offshore Structures in the Gulf of Mexico, 58600 [E9-27316]

Download as PDF 58600 Federal Register / Vol. 74, No. 218 / Friday, November 13, 2009 / Notices made via first class mail at a cost of 44 cents per submission. Therefore, the total estimated postage cost for this collection is $1,126 (2560 responses × $0.44). IV. Request for Comments Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they will also become a matter of public record. Dated: November 5, 2009. Susan K. Fawcett, Records Officer, USPTO, Office of the Chief Information Officer. [FR Doc. E9–27331 Filed 11–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–16–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XS78 Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals; Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the Explosive Removal of Offshore Structures in the Gulf of Mexico srobinson on DSKHWCL6B1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of a letter of authorization. SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued a one-year Letters of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals incidental to the explosive removal of offshore oil and gas structures (EROS) in the Gulf of Mexico. DATES: This authorization is effective from November 10, 2009 through November 9, 2010. VerDate Nov<24>2008 17:07 Nov 12, 2009 Jkt 220001 The application and LOAs are available for review by writing to P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 EastWest Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910–3235 or by telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Howard Goldstein or Ken Hollingshead, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 301–713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) directs the NMFS to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by United States citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region, if certain findings are made by NMFS and regulations are issued. Under the MMPA, the term ‘‘taking’’ means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill or to attempt to harass, hunt capture, or kill marine mammals. Authorization for incidental taking, in the form of annual LOAs, may be granted by NMFS for periods up to five years if NMFS finds, after notification and opportunity for public comment, that the taking will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) of marine mammals, and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where relevant). 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 (i.e., mitigation), and on the availability of the species for subsistence uses, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating rounds, and areas of similar significance. The regulations also must include requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. Regulations governing the taking incidental to EROS were published on June 19, 2008 (73 FR 34889), and remain in effect through July 19, 2013. For detailed information on this action, please refer to that Federal Register notice. The species that applicants may take in small numbers during EROS activities are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus), Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), ADDRESSES: PO 00000 Frm 00004 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 pantropical spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata), Clymene dolphins (Stenella clymene), striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris), rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus), melonheaded whales (Peponocephala electra), short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus). Pursuant to these regulations, NMFS has issued an LOA to Tarpon Operating & Development, L.L.C. 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: November 6, 2009. James H. Lecky, Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. E9–27316 Filed 11–12–09; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XS84 North Pacific Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council and Alaska Board of Fisheries. SUMMARY: The North Pacific Fishery Management Council (Council) and the Alaska Board of Fisheries will meet in Anchorage, AK. DATES: The meeting will be held on December 8, 2009, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be held at the Anchorage Hilton Hotel, 500 W 3rd Avenue, Aleutian Room, Anchorage, AK. Council address: North Pacific Fishery Management Council, 605 W. 4th Ave., Suite 306, Anchorage, AK 99501–2252. E:\FR\FM\13NON1.SGM 13NON1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XS78


Incidental Taking of Marine Mammals; Taking of Marine Mammals 
Incidental to the Explosive Removal of Offshore Structures in the Gulf 
of Mexico

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

ACTION:  Notice; issuance of a letter of authorization.

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SUMMARY:  In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) 
and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS 
has issued a one-year Letters of Authorization (LOA) to take marine 
mammals incidental to the explosive removal of offshore oil and gas 
structures (EROS) in the Gulf of Mexico.

DATES:  This authorization is effective from November 10, 2009 through 
November 9, 2010.

ADDRESSES:  The application and LOAs are available for review 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 20910-3235 
or by telephoning the contact listed here (see FOR FURTHER INFORMATION 
CONTACT), or online at: http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental.htm. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by 
appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned 
address.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Howard Goldstein or Ken Hollingshead, 
Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 301-713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Section 101(a)(5)(A) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 
1361 et seq.) directs the NMFS to allow, upon request, the incidental, 
but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by 
United States citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than 
commercial fishing) within a specified geographical region, if certain 
findings are made by NMFS and regulations are issued. Under the MMPA, 
the term ``taking'' means to harass, hunt, capture, or kill or to 
attempt to harass, hunt capture, or kill marine mammals.
    Authorization for incidental taking, in the form of annual LOAs, 
may be granted by NMFS for periods up to five years if NMFS finds, 
after notification and opportunity for public comment, that the taking 
will have a negligible impact on the species or stock(s) of marine 
mammals, and will not have an unmitigable adverse impact on the 
availability of the species or stock(s) for subsistence uses (where 
relevant). 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 (i.e., 
mitigation), and on the availability of the species for subsistence 
uses, paying particular attention to rookeries, mating rounds, and 
areas of similar significance. The regulations also must include 
requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking. 
Regulations governing the taking incidental to EROS were published on 
June 19, 2008 (73 FR 34889), and remain in effect through July 19, 
2013. For detailed information on this action, please refer to that 
Federal Register notice. The species that applicants may take in small 
numbers during EROS activities are bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops 
truncatus), Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis), pantropical 
spotted dolphins (Stenella attenuata), Clymene dolphins (Stenella 
clymene), striped dolphins (Stenella coeruleoalba), spinner dolphins 
(Stenella longirostris), rough-toothed dolphins (Steno bredanensis), 
Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus), melon-headed whales (Peponocephala 
electra), short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), and 
sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus).
    Pursuant to these regulations, NMFS has issued an LOA to Tarpon 
Operating & Development, L.L.C. 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: November 6, 2009.
James H. Lecky,
Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. E9-27316 Filed 11-12-09; 8:45 am]
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