Marine Mammals; File No. 15488, 38361 [2011-16519]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 126 / Thursday, June 30, 2011 / Notices The workshop will be held at the Veach-Baley Federal Complex, located at 151 Patton Avenue, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. For changes in the schedule, agenda, and updated information, please check the workshop website at https:// sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/severestorms-workshop/. ADDRESSES: Brooke Stewart, National Climatic Data Center, 151 Patton Avenue, Rm. 563, Asheville, North Carolina 28801. (Phone: 828–257–3020, E-mail: brooke.stewart@noaa.gov.) This workshop will provide an update to the climate science surrounding extreme events. The intent is to make key input available to the National Climate Assessment (NCA) for consideration. Further information regarding the NCA is available at https:// www.globalchange.gov/what-we-do/ assessment). NOAA is sponsoring this workshop in support of the National Climate Assessment process. As workshop materials become available, they may be found at https:// sites.google.com/a/noaa.gov/severestorms-workshop/. Topics To Be Addressed: This conference will address all aspects of trend monitoring for severe storms. Specific topics include: Severe Thunderstorms (and associated hail and winds), tornadoes, extreme precipitation, hurricanes (winds and rainfall) and typhoons, severe snowstorms and ice storms. The workshop will consider monitoring both physical measurements of these events as well as proxy information such as socio-economic impact. Participants will consider: • what determinations can be made regarding the detection of trends; • what determinations can be made regarding possible causes of any observed trends; and • what degree of confidence is implied by the best available science regarding the detection and possible causes of trends The workshop will feature invited speakers and discussions. The workshop is designed to produce a draft detailed outline of an article for submission to a peer-reviewed journal. The report from this workshop will also include the following: (1) Maintenance/updates of the data sets related to the events considered. (2) What are the key impediments in detecting changes in the events? srobinson on DSK4SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES VerDate Mar<15>2010 16:24 Jun 29, 2011 Jkt 223001 Mary E. Kicza, NOAA Assistant Administrator for Satellite and Information Services. [FR Doc. 2011–16428 Filed 6–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: (3) How can the impediments be overcome? National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA524 Marine Mammals; File No. 15488 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division [Responsible Party: Dan Forster], to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales (Eubalaena glacialis). ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427–8401; fax (301) 713–0376; and Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristy Beard or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 3, 2010, notice was published in the Federal Register (75 FR 75458) that a request for a permit to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales had been submitted by the applicant. The requested permit has 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 permit authorizes harassment of North Atlantic right whales off the coast of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00014 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 38361 Annual activities include aerial surveys and close approach by vessel to collect right whale photo-identification and behavioral data from up to 350 whales. An additional 50 adult or juvenile whales and 20 whales older than one month would be approached by vessel to collect photo-identification and behavioral data and skin/blubber biopsy samples. The purpose of the research is to monitor North Atlantic right whale population status, demographics, habitat and anthropogenic impacts. Up to 350 bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and 200 Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) would be harassed incidental to research. The permit is valid for five years. An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human environment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the permit would 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 June 23, 2011. 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: June 24, 2011. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–16519 Filed 6–29–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA280 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to a Test Pile Program National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\30JNN1.SGM 30JNN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA524


Marine Mammals; File No. 15488

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to the 
Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Resources Division 
[Responsible Party: Dan Forster], to conduct research on North Atlantic 
right whales (Eubalaena glacialis).

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

Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 
20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376; and Southeast Region, 
NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone 
(727) 824-5312; fax (727) 824-5309.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kristy Beard or Carrie Hubard, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 3, 2010, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (75 FR 75458) that a request for a permit to 
conduct research on North Atlantic right whales had been submitted by 
the applicant. The requested permit has 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 permit authorizes harassment of North Atlantic right whales off 
the coast of Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina. Annual activities 
include aerial surveys and close approach by vessel to collect right 
whale photo-identification and behavioral data from up to 350 whales. 
An additional 50 adult or juvenile whales and 20 whales older than one 
month would be approached by vessel to collect photo-identification and 
behavioral data and skin/blubber biopsy samples. The purpose of the 
research is to monitor North Atlantic right whale population status, 
demographics, habitat and anthropogenic impacts. Up to 350 bottlenose 
(Tursiops truncatus) and 200 Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella 
frontalis) would be harassed incidental to research. The permit is 
valid for five years.
    An environmental assessment (EA) was prepared analyzing the effects 
of the permitted activities on the human environment in compliance with 
the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). 
Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the 
permit would 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 June 23, 2011.
    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: June 24, 2011.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-16519 Filed 6-29-11; 8:45 am]
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