Marine Mammals; File No. 13927, 27441-27442 [2012-11306]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 91 / Thursday, May 10, 2012 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Mansfield, MA 02048; telephone: (508) 339–2200. The written comment period has been extended and should be sent to Paul Howard, Executive Director, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. Comments may also be sent via fax to (978) 465–3116 or submitted via email to comment@nefmc.org with ‘‘Comment on Small Mesh Multispecies Amendment 19’’ in the subject line. Requests for copies of the public hearing document and other information should be directed to Paul J. Howard, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950; telephone: (978) 465–0492. The public hearing document is also accessible electronically via the Internet at http:// www.nefmc.org/mesh/index.html. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Paul J. 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Written comment period has been extended on the draft amendment and must be received by 5 p.m. EDT, Thursday, May 24, 2012 and may be mailed to the Council office at the address above, faxed to (978) 465–3116 or emailed to: comment@nefmc.org (attention/subject line: Comment on Small Mesh Multispecies Amendment 19). Special Accommodations The hearing is physically accessible to people with physical disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Paul J. Howard (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:18 May 09, 2012 Jkt 226001 Dated: May 7, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–11280 Filed 5–9–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA774 Marine Mammals; File No. 13927 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. James H.W. Hain, Associated Scientists at Woods Hole, Box 721, Woods Hole, MA 02543, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 13927. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before June 11, 2012. 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 home page, https://apps.nmfs. noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 13927 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: Permits and Conservation 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 and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. 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 email 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. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00026 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 27441 FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Amy Hapeman, (301) 427–8401. The subject amendment to Permit No. 13927 is requested 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 (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 No. 13927, issued on October 19, 2011 (76 FR 67151), authorizes the permit holder to take North Atlantic right (Eubalaena glacialis) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) during aerial and vessel surveys off the U.S. southeast coast. Bottlenose (Tursiops truncatus) and Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) may be incidentally harassed during research activities. The field season is December through April. The permit is valid through October 31, 2016. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to increase take numbers of North Atlantic right whales from 50 to 100 per year during aerial surveys and from ten to 60 per year during vessel surveys. The permit holder is not increasing his research effort or asking for changes to methodologies, location, species, field season, or permit duration. The permit holder is requesting the increase because the take numbers he originally requested and is currently authorized do not allow him to conduct his research as planned. Without the increases, a few groups of whales could exhaust his take numbers. As a result, he would have to end his field seasons prematurely and would lose the opportunity to collect data on whales only observed at the end of the season. A draft supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) has been prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), to examine whether significant environmental impacts could result from issuance of the proposed scientific research permit. The draft SEA is available for review and comment simultaneous with the scientific research permit application. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM 10MYN1 27442 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 91 / Thursday, May 10, 2012 / Notices Dated: May 7, 2012. Tammy C. Adams, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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IV. Financial Disclosure and Conflicts of Interest III. Compensation and Status as Government Employees FirstNet Board members will be appointed as federal government employees. FirstNet Board members 1 See Middle Class Tax Relief and Job Creation Act of 2012 § 6201, Public Law 112–96, 126 Stat. 156 (2012). 2 Id. § 6204(a). 3 Id. § 6204(b). 4 Id. § 6204(b)(1). 5 Id. § 6204(b)(1)(d). 6 Id. § 6204(b)(2)(B)(i). 7 Id. § 6204(b)(2)(A). PO 00000 Frm 00027 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 FirstNet Board members will be required to comply with certain federal conflict of interest statutes and ethics regulations, including some financial disclosure requirements. FirstNet Board members will generally be prohibited from participating on any particular matter that will have a direct and predictable effect on his or her personal financial interests or on the interests of the appointee’s spouse, minor children, or non-Federal employer. V. Selection Process At the direction of the Secretary of Commerce, NTIA has been conducting outreach to the public safety community and industry to solicit nominations for candidates to the Board who satisfy the statutory requirements for membership. In addition, by this Notice, the Secretary of Commerce, through NTIA, will accept expressions of interest from any individual or organization who wishes to propose a candidate. All parties wishing to be considered should submit their full name, address, telephone number, email address, a current resume, and a statement of qualifications referencing the Act’s eligibility requirements as described in this Notice. The Secretary of Commerce will select FirstNet Board candidates based on the eligibility requirements in the Act and input and recommendations from NTIA. Board candidates will be evaluated based on their ability to contribute to the goals and objectives of FirstNet as set forth in the Act. Board candidates will be vetted through the Department of Commerce. FirstNet Board candidates may be subject to an appropriate background check for security clearance. 8 Id. E:\FR\FM\10MYN1.SGM § 6204(g)(1). 10MYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 91 (Thursday, May 10, 2012)]
[Notices]
[Pages 27441-27442]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-11306]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA774


Marine Mammals; File No. 13927

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. James H.W. Hain, Associated 
Scientists at Woods Hole, Box 721, Woods Hole, MA 02543, has applied 
for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 13927.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before June 11, 2012.

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 home 
page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 13927 
from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the following offices:
    Permits and Conservation 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 and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. 
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 email 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: Carrie Hubard or Amy Hapeman, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 13927 is 
requested 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 (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 No. 13927, issued on October 19, 2011 (76 FR 67151), 
authorizes the permit holder to take North Atlantic right (Eubalaena 
glacialis) and humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) during aerial 
and vessel surveys off the U.S. southeast coast. Bottlenose (Tursiops 
truncatus) and Atlantic spotted dolphins (Stenella frontalis) may be 
incidentally harassed during research activities. The field season is 
December through April. The permit is valid through October 31, 2016. 
The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to increase take 
numbers of North Atlantic right whales from 50 to 100 per year during 
aerial surveys and from ten to 60 per year during vessel surveys. The 
permit holder is not increasing his research effort or asking for 
changes to methodologies, location, species, field season, or permit 
duration. The permit holder is requesting the increase because the take 
numbers he originally requested and is currently authorized do not 
allow him to conduct his research as planned. Without the increases, a 
few groups of whales could exhaust his take numbers. As a result, he 
would have to end his field seasons prematurely and would lose the 
opportunity to collect data on whales only observed at the end of the 
season.
    A draft supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) has been 
prepared in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 
1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), to examine whether significant 
environmental impacts could result from issuance of the proposed 
scientific research permit. The draft SEA is available for review and 
comment simultaneous with the scientific research permit application.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.


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    Dated: May 7, 2012.
Tammy C. Adams,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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