Marine Mammals; File Nos. 10018, 13846, 14451, 14585, 14599, 14122, 14296, and 14353, 43150-43152 [2010-18130]

Download as PDF 43150 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 141 / Friday, July 23, 2010 / Notices initiated the first antidumping duty administrative review on certain steel nails from the PRC, covering 158 companies. See Initiation of Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Administrative Reviews and Request for Revocation in Part, 74 FR 48224 (September 22, 2009) (‘‘Initiation Notice’’). Due to withdrawals of request for review, we are rescinding this administrative review with respect to 31 companies.1 Partial Rescission of Review WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES The applicable regulation, 19 CFR 351.213(d)(1), states that if a party that requested an administrative review withdraws the request within 90 days of the publication of the notice of initiation of the requested review, the Secretary will rescind the review. The regulation further states that the Secretary may extend the deadline if it is reasonable to do so. On January 26, 2010, Petitioner2 requested an extension of the deadline for withdrawal of administrative review. On February 16, 2010, the Department extended the deadline for withdrawal of administrative review requests by 10 days.3 Petitioner withdrew its review request with respect to 31 exporters of subject merchandise within the deadline. Furthermore, respondent Tianjin Xiantong Material & Trade Co., Ltd. (‘‘Tianjin Xiantong’’) also withdrew its request for a review within the deadline. 1 These companies include: 1) Beijing Daruixing Nails Products Co., Ltd.; 2) Beijing Hong Sheng Metal Products Co., Ltd.; 3) Beijing Hongsheng Metal Products Co., Ltd.; 4) Chongqing Hybest Tools Group Co., Ltd.; 5) Guangdong Foreign Trade Import & Export Corporation; 6) Hebei Cangzhou New Century Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.; 7) Jining Huarong Hardware Products Co., Ltd.; 8) Mingguang Abundant Hardware Products Co., Ltd.; 9) PT Enterprise Inc.; 10) Qingdao Jisco Co., Ltd.; 11) Qingdao Koram Steel Co., Ltd.; 12) SDC International Australia Pty., Ltd.; 13) Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co., Ltd.; 14) Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Import and Export Co., Ltd.; 15) Shanghai Seti Enterprise International Co., Ltd.; 16) Shanghai Yueda Nails Industry Co., Ltd.; 17) Shanxi Hairui Trade Co., Ltd.; 18) Shanxi Pioneer Hardware Industrial Co.. Ltd.; 19) Shanxi Tianli Industries Co.; 20) Shanxi Yuci Broad Wire Products Co., Ltd.; 21) S–mart (Tianjin) Technology Development Co., Ltd.; 22) Suntec Industries Co., Ltd.; 23) Suzhou Xingya Nail Co., Ltd.; 24) Tianjin Lianda Group Co., Ltd.; 25) Tianjin Universal Machinery Imp &Exp Corporation; 26) Union Enterprise (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.; 27) Wuhu Xin Lan De Industrial Co., Ltd.; 28) Xi’an Metals & Minerals Import and Export Co., Ltd.; 29) Xuzhou CIP International Group Co., Ltd.; 30) Zhaoqing Harvest Nails Co., Ltd.; and 31) Tianjin Xiantong. 2 Mid Continent Nail Corporation (‘‘Petitioner ). 3 See Certain Steel Nails from the People’s Republic of China: Extension of the Deadline for Withdrawal of Administrative Review Requests, dated February 16, 2010 (‘‘Extension Letter’’). VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 Assessment Rates The Department will instruct U.S. Customs and Border Protection ‘‘CBP’’) to assess antidumping duties on all appropriate entries. For those companies for which this review has been rescinded and which have a separate rate from a prior segment of this proceeding, antidumping duties shall be assessed at rates equal to the cash deposit of estimated antidumping duties required at the time of entry, or withdrawal from warehouse, for consumption, in accordance with 19 CFR 351.212(c)(2). Accordingly, the Department intends to issue appropriate assessment instructions directly to CBP 15 days after publication of this notice for the following companies: 1) Beijing Daruixing Nails Products Co., Ltd.; 2) Chongqing Hybest Tools Group Co., Ltd.; 3) Guangdong Foreign Trade Import &Export Corporation; 4) Hebei Cangzhou New Century Foreign Trade Co., Ltd.; 5) Jining Huarong Hardware Products Co., Ltd.; 6) Mingguang Abundant Hardware Products Co., Ltd.; 7) PT Enterprise Inc.; 8) SDC International Australia Pty., Ltd.; 9) Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Group Co., Ltd.; 10) Shandong Oriental Cherry Hardware Import and Export Co., Ltd.; 11) Shanghai Seti Enterprise International Co., Ltd.; 12) Shanghai Yueda Nails Industry Co., Ltd.; 13) Shanxi Hairui Trade Co., Ltd.; 14) Shanxi Pioneer Hardware Industrial Co.. Ltd.; 15) Shanxi Tianli Industries Co.; 16) Shanxi Yuci Broad Wire Products Co., Ltd.; 17) S–mart (Tianjin) Technology Development Co., Ltd.; 18) Suntec Industries Co., Ltd.; 19) Tianjin Lianda Group Co., Ltd.; 20) Tianjin Universal Machinery Imp &Exp Corporation; 21) Union Enterprise (Kunshan) Co., Ltd.; 22) Wuhu Xin Lan De Industrial Co., Ltd.; 23) Xi’an Metals & Minerals Import and Export Co., Ltd.; 24) Xuzhou CIP International Group Co., Ltd.; 25) Zhaoqing Harvest Nails Co., Ltd.; 26) Suzhou Xingya Nail Co., Ltd.; 27) Beijing Hong Sheng Metal Products Co., Ltd.; 28) Beijing Hongsheng Metal Products Co., Ltd.4; and 29) Tianjin Xiantong. This administrative review will continue with respect to the 4 Beijing Hong Sheng Metal Products Co., Ltd. and Beijing Hongsheng Metal Products Co., Ltd. appear to be slight variations of the name for a single company. Beijing Hong Sheng Metal Products Co., Ltd. received a separate rate as a producer/exporter in the original investigation, and Beijing Hongsheng Metal Products Co., Ltd. was the producer in a combination rate with the exporter Hebei Cangzhou New Century Foreign Trade Co., Ltd., for which this review is also being rescinded. As such, the Department is rescinding the review for both variations of the name. PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 remaining companies in the Initiation Notice. The Department cannot order liquidation for companies which, although they are no longer under review as a separate entity, may still be under review as part of the PRC–wide entity. In this case, the Department cannot order liquidation for certain companies that have not received a separate rate, as an exporter, from the prior investigation. See Certain Steel Nails from the People’s Republic of China: Final Determination of Sales at Less Than Fair Value and Partial Affirmative Determination of Critical Circumstances, 73 FR 33977 (June 16, 2008). Therefore, the Department cannot, at this time, order liquidation of entries for the following companies: 1) Qingdao Jisco Co., Ltd.; and 2) Qingdao Koram Steel Co., Ltd. The Department intends to issue liquidation instructions for the PRC–wide entity 15 days after publication of the final results of this review. Notification to Importers This notice serves as a final reminder to importers for whom this review is being rescinded, as of the publication date of this notice, of their responsibility under 19 CFR 351.402(f)(2) to file a certificate regarding the reimbursement of antidumping duties prior to liquidation of the relevant entries during this review period. Failure to comply with this requirement could result in the Secretary’s presumption that reimbursement of the antidumping duties occurred and the subsequent assessment of double antidumping duties. This notice is issued and published in accordance with section 777(i)(1) of the Tariff Act of 1930, as amended, and 19 CFR 351.213(d)(4). Dated: June 30, 2010. John M. Andersen, Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Antidumping and Countervailing Duty Operations. [FR Doc. 2010–18107 Filed 7–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XX69 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 10018, 13846, 14451, 14585, 14599, 14122, 14296, and 14353 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 141 / Friday, July 23, 2010 / Notices Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permits. Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued seven permits and one permit amendment to conduct research on marine mammals. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information regarding permittees. ADDRESSES: The permits and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The following Analysts at (301)713–2289: For 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: On November 12, 2009, notice was published in the Federal Register (74 FR 58243) that requests for permits and an amendment to a permit to conduct scientific research on marine mammals had been submitted by the above-named applicants. The requested permits and amendment have been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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 parts 222–226). The following summarizes each permit. Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D. [File No. 10018], Keiki Kohola Project, 5277 West Wooley Road, Oxnard, CA 93035, was issued an amendment to Permit No. 10018, originally issued on June 18, 2008 (73 FR 36042). Permit No. 10018 authorized Dr. Cartwright to conduct humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) research, consisting of photo-identification, focal follows, underwater observations, and collection of sloughed skin, in Hawaiian waters. This amendment, Permit No. 10018–01, authorizes the conduct of similar research in Alaskan waters from May through September each year. Field work will be based out of Kake, Alaska and focused primarily in Chatham Straits, Frederick Sound, Sumner Strait, WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 Lynn Canal and Icy Strait. Humpback whales of all ages, including calves, will be harassed during surveys and the associated photo-identification, passive acoustics, and behavioral observations. Four other species of cetaceans (killer whales (Orcinus orca), Pacific whitesided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), and harbor (Phocoena phocoena) and Dall’s porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli)) may be incidentally harassed during research. Observed killer whales will be photographed for identification purposes. The amended permit expires on June 30, 2013. Jim Darling, Ph.D. [File No. 13846], Whale Trust, P.O. Box 384, Tofino, BC V0R2Z0, Canada, was issued a five-year permit to study humpback whales in Hawaii (primarily off west Maui) and humpback and Eastern gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales along the coastlines of Washington and Alaska. Researchers will conduct photoidentification, passive acoustic recording, behavioral observation (by vessel, underwater and aerial), videorecording, collection of sloughed skin, photogrammetry, biopsy sampling, playback experiments, and/or suctioncup and implant tagging of target whales. Whales of all ages will be harassed during surveys with the exceptions that only juvenile and adult humpbacks will be biopsy sampled and only adult humpbacks will be tagged. In Hawaii, spinner (Stenella longirostris), pantropical spotted (S. attenuata), and bottlenose dolphins (Turisiops truncatus) and false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) 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, was issued a five-year permit to study cetaceans off the east and west coast of the United States, Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the Mariana Islands. Researchers will 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) during aerial and vessel surveys for photo-identification, videography, and behavioral observations. Adam Pack, Ph.D. [File No. 14585], University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 West Kawili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, was issued a five-year permit to study humpback whales and other cetacean species in the Eastern, Western and Central North PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 43151 Pacific Ocean, primarily Hawaii and Alaska. These studies include: (1) photo-identification; (2) underwater videogrammetry; (3) underwater videography; (4) passive acoustic recordings; (5) Crittercam studies; and (6) skin and blubber biopsy sampling. In addition to humpback whales, the following species may be opportunistically studied or incidentally harassed during vessel surveys: bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin, spotted dolphin, Risso’s dolphin (Grampus griseus), false killer whale, melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra), pygmy killer whale, rough toothed dolphin (Steno bredanensis), pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), striped dolphin (S. coeruleoalba), pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia spp.), killer whale, sperm whale, North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), fin whale, blue whale, Cuvier’s beaked whale (Ziphius cavirostris), minke whale (B. acutorostrata), sei whale, Bryde’s whale (B. edeni), Fraser’s dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) and Blainville’s beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris). Fred A. Sharpe, Ph.D. [File No. 14599], Alaska Whale Foundation, 4739 University Way NE #1239, Seattle WA 98105, was issued a five-year permit to conduct research on humpback whales. Research will include aerial observations and vessel-based approaches to individuals for: (1) photoidentification; (2) acoustic recordings; (3) sonar profiling; (4) pole cam observations; (5) broadcasting sounds to individuals; (6) attachment of suction cup tags; (7) SCUBA observations; and (8) opportunistic collection of fecal material. The permit also authorizes opportunistic approaches to killer whales for photo-identification. The activities will be conducted annually 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, was issued a five-year permit to study large whales in Alaskan waters. Research will include vessel-based approaches: (1) to humpback whales for biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging and acoustic playbacks; (2) to sperm whales for biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging, fishing modifications, and acoustic playbacks; (3) to killer whales for biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging, and acoustic playbacks; (4) to gray, minke, fin, sei, blue, and North Pacific right whales for biological sampling and tagging; and (5) to E:\FR\FM\23JYN1.SGM 23JYN1 WReier-Aviles on DSKGBLS3C1PROD with NOTICES 43152 Federal Register / Vol. 75, No. 141 / Friday, July 23, 2010 / Notices incidentally harass and collect dead parts from prey including humpback, gray, minke, sei and fin whales, harbor porpoise, Dall’s porpoise, Pacific whitesided 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, was issued a five-year permit to conduct scientific research on cetaceans yearround in the Gulf of Alaska, with emphasis on gray, fin, humpback, and killer whales. Takes will 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 will be taken by close approach to collect photographs and biopsy samples. Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall’s porpoise, harbor porpoise, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and Northern fur seals will be incidentally harassed during research activities. Ann Zoidis [File No. 14353], Cetos Research Organization, 33 Echo Ave., Suite 5, Oakland, CA 94611, was issued a five-year permit to conduct scientific research on humpback and minke whales in Hawaiian waters. Research will occur annually from January through March. Humpback whale research will be focused in the Au’au Channel near Maui. Research activities will include photo-identification, behavioral observations, passive acoustic recording, and underwater photo/videography. Suction cup tags will be deployed on humpback whales. Minke whales will be approached for photo-identification anywhere within the main Hawaiian islands. Short-finned pilot, pygmy and dwarf sperm, pygmy killer, false killer, Cuvier’s beaked, and melon-headed whales and bottlenose, Risso’s, rough-toothed, spinner, and pantropical spotted dolphins will 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) was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human environment. Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the permits and amendment will not significantly impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of an environmental impact statement was not required. That determination is documented in a Finding of No VerDate Mar<15>2010 15:15 Jul 22, 2010 Jkt 220001 Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on July 14, 2010. Issuance of these permits, as required by the ESA, was based on a finding that such permits: (1) were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. 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: July 20, 2010. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2010–18130 Filed 7–22–10; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–S COMMITTEE FOR PURCHASE FROM PEOPLE WHO ARE BLIND OR SEVERELY DISABLED Procurement List Additions Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled. ACTION: Additions to the Procurement List. AGENCY: This action adds products and services to the Procurement List that will be furnished by nonprofit agencies employing persons who are blind or have other severe disabilities. DATES: Effective Date: 8/23/2010. ADDRESSES: Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Disabled, Jefferson Plaza 2, Suite 10800, 1421 Jefferson Davis Highway, Arlington, Virginia 22202–3259. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Barry S. Lineback, Telephone: (703) 603–7740, Fax: (703) 603–0655, or email CMTEFedReg@AbilityOne.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Additions On 5/28/2010 (75 FR 29994–29995) and 6/4/2010 (75 FR 31768–31769), the Committee for Purchase From People Who Are Blind or Severely Disabled published notices of proposed additions to the Procurement List. After consideration of the material presented to it concerning capability of qualified nonprofit agencies to provide the products and services and impact of the additions on the current or most recent contractors, the Committee has determined that the products and services listed below are suitable for procurement by the Federal Government under 41 U.S.C. 46–48c and 41 CFR 51– 2.4. 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. 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 products and services to the Government. 2. The action will result in authorizing small entities to furnish the products and services 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 products and services proposed for addition to the Procurement List. End of Certification Accordingly, the following products and services are added to the Procurement List: Products Padded Bright Self Stick Notes NSN: 7530–01–285–8355—Padded, yellow, 4 x 6″ unruled self stick notes. NSN: 7530–01–385–7560—Padded, bright, 1– 1/2 x 2″ self stick notes. NPA: Association for the Blind & Visually Impaired & Goodwill Ind. of Greater Rochester, Rochester, NY. 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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XX69


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

AGENCY:  National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and

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ACTION:  Notice; issuance of permits.

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SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued seven permits and 
one permit amendment to conduct research on marine mammals. See 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for additional information regarding 
permittees.

ADDRESSES:  The permits and related documents are available for review 
upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: See 
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  The following Analysts at (301)713-
2289: For 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: On November 12, 2009, notice was published 
in the Federal Register (74 FR 58243) that requests for permits and an 
amendment to a permit to conduct scientific research on marine mammals 
had been submitted by the above-named applicants. The requested permits 
and amendment have been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act of 1972, as amended (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 
parts 222-226). The following summarizes each permit.
    Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D. [File No. 10018], Keiki Kohola Project, 
5277 West Wooley Road, Oxnard, CA 93035, was issued an amendment to 
Permit No. 10018, originally issued on June 18, 2008 (73 FR 36042). 
Permit No. 10018 authorized Dr. Cartwright to conduct humpback whale 
(Megaptera novaeangliae) research, consisting of photo-identification, 
focal follows, underwater observations, and collection of sloughed 
skin, in Hawaiian waters. This amendment, Permit No. 10018-01, 
authorizes the conduct of similar research in Alaskan waters from May 
through September each year. Field work will 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, will be harassed during surveys and the associated 
photo-identification, passive acoustics, and behavioral observations. 
Four other species of cetaceans (killer whales (Orcinus orca), Pacific 
white-sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens), and harbor (Phocoena 
phocoena) and Dall's porpoises (Phocoenoides dalli)) may be 
incidentally harassed during research. Observed killer whales will be 
photographed for identification purposes. The amended permit expires on 
June 30, 2013.
    Jim Darling, Ph.D. [File No. 13846], Whale Trust, P.O. Box 384, 
Tofino, BC V0R2Z0, Canada, was issued a five-year permit to study 
humpback whales in Hawaii (primarily off west Maui) and humpback and 
Eastern gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales along the coastlines of 
Washington and Alaska. Researchers will 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/or suction-
cup and implant tagging of target whales. Whales of all ages will be 
harassed during surveys with the exceptions that only juvenile and 
adult humpbacks will be biopsy sampled and only adult humpbacks will be 
tagged. In Hawaii, spinner (Stenella longirostris), pantropical spotted 
(S. attenuata), and bottlenose dolphins (Turisiops truncatus) and false 
killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens) 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, was issued a five-year permit 
to study cetaceans off the east and west coast of the United States, 
Hawaii, Alaska, Guam, and the Mariana Islands. Researchers will 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) during 
aerial and vessel surveys for photo-identification, videography, and 
behavioral observations.
    Adam Pack, Ph.D. [File No. 14585], University of Hawaii at Hilo, 
200 West Kawili St., Hilo, HI, 96720, was issued a five-year permit to 
study 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; (2) underwater 
videogrammetry; (3) underwater videography; (4) passive acoustic 
recordings; (5) Crittercam studies; and (6) skin and blubber biopsy 
sampling. In addition to humpback whales, the following species may be 
opportunistically studied or incidentally harassed during vessel 
surveys: bottlenose dolphin, spinner dolphin, spotted dolphin, Risso's 
dolphin (Grampus griseus), false killer whale, melon-headed whale 
(Peponocephala electra), pygmy killer whale, rough toothed dolphin 
(Steno bredanensis), pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus), striped 
dolphin (S. coeruleoalba), pygmy and dwarf sperm whales (Kogia spp.), 
killer whale, sperm whale, North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena 
japonica), fin whale, blue whale, Cuvier's beaked whale (Ziphius 
cavirostris), minke whale (B. acutorostrata), sei whale, Bryde's whale 
(B. edeni), Fraser's dolphin (Lagenodelphis hosei) and Blainville's 
beaked whale (Mesoplodon densirostris).
    Fred A. Sharpe, Ph.D. [File No. 14599], Alaska Whale Foundation, 
4739 University Way NE 1239, Seattle WA 98105, was issued a 
five-year permit to conduct research on humpback whales. Research will 
include aerial observations and vessel-based 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) SCUBA 
observations; and (8) opportunistic collection of fecal material. The 
permit also authorizes opportunistic approaches to killer whales for 
photo-identification. The activities will be conducted annually 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, was issued a five-year 
permit to study large whales in Alaskan waters. Research will include 
vessel-based approaches: (1) to humpback whales for biological 
sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging and acoustic playbacks; (2) 
to sperm whales for biological sampling, suction cup and satellite 
tagging, fishing modifications, and acoustic playbacks; (3) to killer 
whales for biological sampling, suction cup and satellite tagging, and 
acoustic playbacks; (4) to gray, minke, fin, sei, blue, and North 
Pacific right whales for biological sampling and tagging; and (5) to

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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, was issued a five-year permit to conduct scientific 
research on cetaceans year-round in the Gulf of Alaska, with emphasis 
on gray, fin, humpback, and killer whales. Takes will 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 will be taken by close approach to collect photographs and 
biopsy samples. Pacific white-sided dolphins, Dall's porpoise, harbor 
porpoise, Steller sea lions, harbor seals, and Northern fur seals will 
be incidentally harassed during research activities.
    Ann Zoidis [File No. 14353], Cetos Research Organization, 33 Echo 
Ave., Suite 5, Oakland, CA 94611, was issued a five-year permit to 
conduct scientific research on humpback and minke whales in Hawaiian 
waters. Research will occur annually from January through March. 
Humpback whale research will be focused in the Au'au Channel near Maui. 
Research activities will include photo-identification, behavioral 
observations, passive acoustic recording, and underwater photo/
videography. Suction cup tags will be deployed on humpback whales. 
Minke whales will be approached for photo-identification anywhere 
within the main Hawaiian islands. Short-finned pilot, pygmy and dwarf 
sperm, pygmy killer, false killer, Cuvier's beaked, and melon-headed 
whales and bottlenose, Risso's, rough-toothed, spinner, and pantropical 
spotted dolphins will 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) was prepared 
analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human 
environment. Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that 
issuance of the permits and amendment will not significantly impact the 
quality of the human environment and that preparation of an 
environmental impact statement was not required. That determination is 
documented in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on 
July 14, 2010.
    Issuance of these permits, as required by the ESA, was based on a 
finding that such permits: (1) were applied for in good faith; (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are 
consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the 
ESA.
    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: July 20, 2010.
Tammy C. Adams,
Acting Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2010-18130 Filed 7-22-10; 8:45 am]
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