Endangered Species; File No. 1551, 48146 [2011-20074]

Download as PDF 48146 Federal Register / Vol. 76, No. 152 / Monday, August 8, 2011 / Notices DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA620 Endangered Species; File No. 1551 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit modification. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC), 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149 (Responsible Party: Bonnie Ponwith), has requested a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1551–02. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or before September 7, 2011. ADDRESSES: The application 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 File No. 1551–03 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available 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, FL 33701; phone (727) 824–5312; fax (727) 824–5309. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, at the above address. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. in the subject line of the e-mail comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject modification to Permit No. 1551–02 is requested under the mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:57 Aug 05, 2011 Jkt 223001 authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (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). Permit No. 1551, issued on July 24, 2008 (73 FR 44225), authorizes research on loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles in coastal and inshore waters of the North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Turtles may be taken by harassment during aerial and vessel surveys and direct capture. Researchers may also access animals legally captured incidental to fishing activities. Researchers are authorized to conduct a variety of sampling and tagging activities in order to collect biological and ecological information on these species that will aid conservation of the species. The SEFSC requests a modification to the permit to increase the number of sea turtles (an additional 75 leatherback, 1,150 loggerhead, 75 green, 100 Kemp’s ridley, and 900 unidentified hardshell sea turtles annually) that may be harassed during aerial surveys. This work would assess potential injury from Mississippi Canyon 252 oil on sea turtle populations in the northern Gulf of Mexico as part of the post-spill Natural Resources Damage Assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon event. The modification would be valid through July 1, 2013. Dated: August 2, 2011. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2011–20074 Filed 8–5–11; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA160 Marine Mammals; File No. 15330 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 Robin Baird, PhD, Cascadia Research, 2181⁄2 W. 4th Avenue, Olympia, WA 98501 to take SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00030 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 marine mammals in the Pacific Ocean for the purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Laura Morse or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On February 25, 2011, notice was published in the Federal Register (76 FR 10560) that a request for a permit to conduct research on forty species of cetaceans and unidentified mesoplodon and baleen species in all U.S. and international waters in the Pacific Ocean, including Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, Hawaii, and other U.S. territories had been submitted by the above-named 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.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). Authorized research will include harassment of 40 cetacean species through vessel approach for sighting surveys, photographic identification, behavioral research, opportunistic sampling (breath, sloughed skin, fecal material, and prey remains), and aerial over-flights for the purpose of locating animals and conducting aerial validation studies. All cetacean species (except harbor porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), right whales (Eubalaena japonica), and Cook Inlet beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas)) and unidentified mesoplodon and baleen species will be targeted for dart and/or suction-cup tagging. Import and export of marine mammal prey specimens, sloughed skin, fecal and breath samples obtained is authorized. Seven species of pinnipeds may be incidentally harassed during research activities. The permit is valid until August 1, 2016. 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 E:\FR\FM\08AUN1.SGM 08AUN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA620


Endangered Species; File No. 1551

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit modification.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS, Southeast Fisheries Science 
Center (SEFSC), 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 33149 (Responsible 
Party: Bonnie Ponwith), has requested a modification to scientific 
research Permit No. 1551-02.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before September 7, 2011.

ADDRESSES: The application 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 File 
No. 1551-03 from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available 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, FL 
33701; phone (727) 824-5312; fax (727) 824-5309.
    Written comments on this application should be submitted to the 
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, at the above 
address. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, 
or by e-mail to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include the File No. 
in the subject line of the e-mail comment.
    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a 
written request to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education 
Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the 
specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be 
appropriate.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject modification to Permit No. 1551-
02 is requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 
1973, as amended (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).
    Permit No. 1551, issued on July 24, 2008 (73 FR 44225), authorizes 
research on loggerhead (Caretta caretta), green (Chelonia mydas), 
Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), olive ridley (Lepidochelys 
olivacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), and leatherback 
(Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles in coastal and inshore waters of the 
North Atlantic, Gulf of Mexico and Caribbean Sea. Turtles may be taken 
by harassment during aerial and vessel surveys and direct capture. 
Researchers may also access animals legally captured incidental to 
fishing activities. Researchers are authorized to conduct a variety of 
sampling and tagging activities in order to collect biological and 
ecological information on these species that will aid conservation of 
the species.
    The SEFSC requests a modification to the permit to increase the 
number of sea turtles (an additional 75 leatherback, 1,150 loggerhead, 
75 green, 100 Kemp's ridley, and 900 unidentified hardshell sea turtles 
annually) that may be harassed during aerial surveys. This work would 
assess potential injury from Mississippi Canyon 252 oil on sea turtle 
populations in the northern Gulf of Mexico as part of the post-spill 
Natural Resources Damage Assessment of the BP Deepwater Horizon event. 
The modification would be valid through July 1, 2013.

    Dated: August 2, 2011.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2011-20074 Filed 8-5-11; 8:45 am]
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