Marine Mammals; File No. 16163, 37878-37879 [2012-15445]

Download as PDF 37878 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2012 / Notices Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700; phone (808) 944–2200; fax (808) 973–2941. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division: • By email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov (include the File No. in the subject line of the email), • By facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or • At the address listed above. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation 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 Colette Cairns, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested 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 222–226). The PIFSC requests a five-year research permit to continue long-term monitoring of the status of green and hawksbill sea turtles in the remote U.S. Islands and Territories in the Central Pacific excluding Hawaii to begin longterm monitoring to estimate abundance, size ranges, health status, habitat use, foraging ecology, local movements, and migration routes for green and hawksbill sea turtles. Researchers would capture, examine, measure, flipper and passive integrated transponder tag, weigh, skin and blood sample, and attach transmitters on 220 green and 165 hawksbill sea turtles annually before release. Researchers also may collect the carcasses, tissues and parts of dead sea turtles encountered during surveys. Dated: June 19, 2012. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–15442 Filed 6–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648-XA626 Marine Mammals; File No. 16163 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and AGENCY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Jun 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment. Notice is hereby given that the Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC, Dr. M. Bradley Hanson, Principal Investigator), 2725 Montlake Blvd. East, Seattle, WA 98112–2097, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 16163. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before July 25, 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. 16163 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION. 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. 16163 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation 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: Laura Morse or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 16163 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. 16163, issued on June 5, 2012 (77 FR 35657), authorizes takes of forty-two species of marine mammals in all U.S. and international waters in the Pacific Ocean, including waters of Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Harassment of all species of cetaceans will occur through vessel SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00010 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 approach for sighting surveys, photographic identification, behavioral research, opportunistic sampling (breath, sloughed skin, fecal material, and prey remains), acoustic imaging with echosounders, and aerial surveys. Twenty-seven cetacean species and unidentified mesoplodon species will be biopsied, dart, and/or suction-cup tagged. Ultrasound sampling will be directed at killer whales including the Southern Resident stock. Active acoustic playback studies will be directed at Southern Resident killer whales. Import and export of marine mammal prey specimens, skin and blubber, sloughed skin, fecal and breath samples obtained is authorized. The permit is valid until June 6, 2017. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to increase the takes associated with Level B harassment from 25 each per year to 2500 for shortbeaked common (Delphinus delphis) and long-beaked common (D. capensis) dolphins. The purpose of the take increase is to correct an error in original application. An environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) (signed June 4, 2012) prepared for the permit analyzed the effects of Level B harassment of long- and short beaked common dolphins and the determination was made that preparation of an environmental impact statement was not required. NMFS has further determined that the proposed increase in takes would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of a supplemental environmental assessment is not required. The EA and FONSI are available upon request. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the amendment request to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Documents may be reviewed in the following locations: Permits and Conservation 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; and E:\FR\FM\25JNN1.SGM 25JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 122 / Monday, June 25, 2012 / Notices Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814–4700; phone (808) 973–2935; fax (808)973–2941. Dated: June 20, 2012. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–15445 Filed 6–22–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Patent and Trademark Office [Docket No. PTO–P–2012–0026] The event will be held at the USPTO in the Madison Auditorium on the concourse level of the Madison Building located at 600 Dulany Street, Alexandria, Virginia 22314. For Event Registration: There is no fee to register for the event and registration will be on a first-come, first-serve basis. Early registration is recommended because seating is limited. Registration on the day of the event (July 10, 2012) will be permitted on a space-available basis beginning at 8:30 a.m., Eastern Standard Time. To register, please provide your name and phone number to CPC_Users_Day@uspto.gov. ADDRESSES: FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Cooperative Patent Classification External User Day United States Patent and Trademark Office, Commerce. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) is hosting a Cooperative Patent Classification (CPC) External User Day event at its Alexandria Campus. CPC is a partnership between the USPTO and the European Patent Office (EPO) in which the Offices have agreed to develop a joint patent classification system that will incorporate the best classification practices of the two Offices. This CPC event is the next step, in a series of steps, to be undertaken by the USPTO in educating and informing external stakeholders about the current development and future implementation plans of the CPC. DATES: The event will be held on Tuesday, July 10, 2012, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST), and ending at 12:00 p.m. EST. erowe on DSK2VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Mar<15>2010 14:55 Jun 22, 2012 Jkt 226001 Derris Banks, Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3700, by telephone at (571) 272–4419, or by electronic mail message at derris.banks@uspto.gov, or Linda Dvorak, Supervisory Patent Examiner, TC 3700, by telephone at (571) 272–4764, or by electronic mail message at linda.dvorak@uspto.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Key USPTO executive staff and project managers will brief attendees on a general introduction and overview of the CPC, as well as introduce information concerning external user interaction, accessibility, training and outreach related to the CPC. The CPC will be a detailed classification system that is International Patent Classification (IPC)based and will enable patent examiners to efficiently conduct thorough patent searches. CPC will incorporate the best classification practices of both the U.S. and European systems. The USPTO and the EPO also believe that the CPC will enhance efficiency and support work sharing initiatives with a view to PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 37879 reducing unnecessary duplication of work. For further information about the CPC, please visit www.cpcinfo.org. Dated: June 19, 2012. David J. Kappos, Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the United States Patent and Trademark Office. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 122 (Monday, June 25, 2012)]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA626


Marine Mammals; File No. 16163

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 the Northwest Fisheries Science 
Center (NWFSC, Dr. M. Bradley Hanson, Principal Investigator), 2725 
Montlake Blvd. East, Seattle, WA 98112-2097, has applied for an 
amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 16163.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before July 25, 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. 16163 
from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the following offices: See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.
    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. 16163 
in the subject line of the email comment.
    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a 
written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation 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: Laura Morse or Jennifer Skidmore, 
(301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 16163 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. 16163, issued on June 5, 2012 (77 FR 35657), authorizes 
takes of forty-two species of marine mammals in all U.S. and 
international waters in the Pacific Ocean, including waters of Alaska, 
Washington, Oregon, California, and Hawaii. Harassment of all species 
of cetaceans will occur through vessel approach for sighting surveys, 
photographic identification, behavioral research, opportunistic 
sampling (breath, sloughed skin, fecal material, and prey remains), 
acoustic imaging with echosounders, and aerial surveys. Twenty-seven 
cetacean species and unidentified mesoplodon species will be biopsied, 
dart, and/or suction-cup tagged. Ultrasound sampling will be directed 
at killer whales including the Southern Resident stock. Active acoustic 
playback studies will be directed at Southern Resident killer whales. 
Import and export of marine mammal prey specimens, skin and blubber, 
sloughed skin, fecal and breath samples obtained is authorized. The 
permit is valid until June 6, 2017.
    The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to increase 
the takes associated with Level B harassment from 25 each per year to 
2500 for short- beaked common (Delphinus delphis) and long-beaked 
common (D. capensis) dolphins. The purpose of the take increase is to 
correct an error in original application.
    An environmental assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant 
Impact (FONSI) (signed June 4, 2012) prepared for the permit analyzed 
the effects of Level B harassment of long- and short beaked common 
dolphins and the determination was made that preparation of an 
environmental impact statement was not required. NMFS has further 
determined that the proposed increase in takes would not significantly 
impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of a 
supplemental environmental assessment is not required. The EA and FONSI 
are available upon request.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the amendment request to the 
Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.
    Documents may be reviewed in the following locations:
    Permits and Conservation 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; and

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    Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808) 973-2935; fax (808)973-2941.

    Dated: June 20, 2012.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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