Endangered Species Permit No. 1578-01 and Permit No. 1595-04, 3092 [2011-1039]

Download as PDF 3092 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 12 / Wednesday, January 19, 2011 / Notices Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: January 13, 2011. James P. Burgess, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–1025 Filed 1–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA147 Endangered Species Permit No. 1578– 01 and Permit No. 1595–04 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendments. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given the following applicants have been issued a modification to research permits (Permit Nos. 1578 and 1595–03) to take shortnose sturgeon for purposes of scientific research: Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) (Gail S. Wippelhauser, Principal Investigator), 21 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333 (Permit No. 1578); and Michael M. Hastings, University of Maine, 5717 Corbett Hall, Orono, ME 04469, (Permit No. 1595–03). ADDRESSES: The permit amendments and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices(s): • Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 713–2289; fax (301) 713–0376; and • Northeast Region, NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978) 281–9328; fax (978) 281–9394. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Colette Cairns, (301) 713–2289. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 24, 2010, notice was published in the Federal Register (75 FR 58350) that a request for an amendment to Permit No. 1578 and Permit No. 1595–03 to conduct research on shortnose sturgeon had been submitted by the above-named organizations. The requested permit modifications have been issued under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 mstockstill on DSKH9S0YB1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:04 Jan 18, 2011 Jkt 223001 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). Permit Modification No. 1578–01 The existing permit authorized sampling of 500 shortnose sturgeon adults and sub-adults annually in the main stem of the Kennebec River between Augusta, ME and Lockwood Dam focusing on the location of spawning and foraging habitat, migratory pathways, and effects of river flow on migration and habitat use. The researcher is now authorized to document the use of other river systems by shortnose sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) capturing up to 600 from (1) The Kennebec River mouth to Lockwood Dam; (2) the Androscoggin River mouth to Brunswick Dam; (3) the Sheepscot River mouth to Reversing Falls; (4) the Sasanoa River, the Back River, and Sagadahoc Bay; (5) Tottman Cove; and (6) the lower Saco River. New research methods include: use of Floy tags for external identification; endoscopic examination with borescopes to verify sex; blood sampling; gastric lavage for diet analysis; scute sampling for elemental analysis; and electro-narcosis for anesthetization. Researchers are also authorized an increase in the number of fish acoustically tagged (up to 60 annually); and an increase of early life stage sampling (up to 60 annually) in the Kennebec complex and Saco River. Permit Modification No. 1595–03 The objectives of the original research remains the same as the modification, assessing the distribution, movements, abundance and spawning of shortnose sturgeon in the Penobscot River system; however, the number of shortnose sturgeon captured with gill and trammel nets is increased from 200 to 300 annually. Other new research activities include: (1) Lowering the minimum water temperature to 0°C in order to sample shortnose sturgeon adults and sub-adults; (2) using Floy tags for externally identifying; (3) using electronarcosis for anesthetization; (4) using scute sampling for elemental analysis; (5) using gastric lavage for diet analysis; and (6) including September to December to sample early life stages. As required by the ESA, issuance of this permit was based on a finding that such permit: (1) Was applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. PO 00000 Frm 00018 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 Dated: January 12, 2011. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–1039 Filed 1–18–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA100 Taking and Importing Marine Mammals: Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Navy’s Mission Activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of a Letter of Authorization. AGENCY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), as amended, and implementing regulations, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued a one-year Letter of Authorization (LOA) to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to the U.S. Navy’s Research, Development, Test and Evaluation (RDT&E) mission activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division (NSWC PCD) to the Commander, U.S. Naval Surface Warfare Center Panama City Division, 110 Vernon Avenue, Panama City, FL 32407–7001 and persons operating under his authority. DATES: Effective from January 21, 2011, through January 20, 2012. ADDRESSES: Copies of the Navy’s September 2, 2010, LOA application, the LOA, the Navy’s 2010 marine species monitoring report and the Navy’s 2010 annual mission activities report are available 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, 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: Shane Guan, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS (301) 713–2289 x137. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\19JAN1.SGM 19JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA147


Endangered Species Permit No. 1578-01 and Permit No. 1595-04

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendments.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given the following applicants have been 
issued a modification to research permits (Permit Nos. 1578 and 1595-
03) to take shortnose sturgeon for purposes of scientific research:
    Maine Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) (Gail S. Wippelhauser, 
Principal Investigator), 21 State House Station, Augusta, ME, 04333 
(Permit No. 1578); and
    Michael M. Hastings, University of Maine, 5717 Corbett Hall, Orono, 
ME 04469, (Permit No. 1595-03).

ADDRESSES: The permit amendments and related documents are available 
for review upon written request or by appointment in the following 
offices(s):

 Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver 
Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 713-2289; fax (301) 713-0376; and
 Northeast Region, NMFS, Protected Resources Division, 55 Great 
Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978) 281-9328; fax (978) 
281-9394.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Colette Cairns, 
(301) 713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On September 24, 2010, notice was published 
in the Federal Register (75 FR 58350) that a request for an amendment 
to Permit No. 1578 and Permit No. 1595-03 to conduct research on 
shortnose sturgeon had been submitted by the above-named organizations. 
The requested permit modifications have been issued under the authority 
of 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).

Permit Modification No. 1578-01

    The existing permit authorized sampling of 500 shortnose sturgeon 
adults and sub-adults annually in the main stem of the Kennebec River 
between Augusta, ME and Lockwood Dam focusing on the location of 
spawning and foraging habitat, migratory pathways, and effects of river 
flow on migration and habitat use. The researcher is now authorized to 
document the use of other river systems by shortnose sturgeon in the 
Gulf of Maine (GOM) capturing up to 600 from (1) The Kennebec River 
mouth to Lockwood Dam; (2) the Androscoggin River mouth to Brunswick 
Dam; (3) the Sheepscot River mouth to Reversing Falls; (4) the Sasanoa 
River, the Back River, and Sagadahoc Bay; (5) Tottman Cove; and (6) the 
lower Saco River. New research methods include: use of Floy tags for 
external identification; endoscopic examination with borescopes to 
verify sex; blood sampling; gastric lavage for diet analysis; scute 
sampling for elemental analysis; and electro-narcosis for 
anesthetization. Researchers are also authorized an increase in the 
number of fish acoustically tagged (up to 60 annually); and an increase 
of early life stage sampling (up to 60 annually) in the Kennebec 
complex and Saco River.

Permit Modification No. 1595-03

    The objectives of the original research remains the same as the 
modification, assessing the distribution, movements, abundance and 
spawning of shortnose sturgeon in the Penobscot River system; however, 
the number of shortnose sturgeon captured with gill and trammel nets is 
increased from 200 to 300 annually. Other new research activities 
include: (1) Lowering the minimum water temperature to 0[deg]C in order 
to sample shortnose sturgeon adults and sub-adults; (2) using Floy tags 
for externally identifying; (3) using electro-narcosis for 
anesthetization; (4) using scute sampling for elemental analysis; (5) 
using gastric lavage for diet analysis; and (6) including September to 
December to sample early life stages.
    As required by the ESA, issuance of this permit was based on a 
finding that such permit: (1) Was applied for in good faith; (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) is 
consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the 
ESA.

    Dated: January 12, 2011.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-1039 Filed 1-18-11; 8:45 am]
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