Marine Mammals; File No. 17324, 52694-52695 [2012-21481]

Download as PDF 52694 Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 169 / Thursday, August 30, 2012 / Notices (called Recommendations) and other OIML publications for comment. NIST also leads U.S. delegations to OIML Technical Meetings. mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Additional Information All parties with an interest in the work of the OIML are requested to review and submit comments on any or all of the 24 Recommendations and Documents that will be presented for ratification by the Conference. All submitted comments will be reviewed and considered by NIST staff in the development of U.S. positions that will be put forward at the 14th Conference of OIML. Within two weeks of the comment submission deadline established in the DATES section above, all parties that submit comments will be provided with feedback from NIST staff concerning the disposition of their comments. Each of the 24 Recommendations and Documents that will be presented for ratification by the Conference has already gone through a multi-year development and review-process involving technical experts and legal metrology experts from the United States and around the world. Ratification by the Conference is the final step in this process. The Recommendations and Documents have been divided into two categories— Category 1: those already approved by the International Committee of Legal Metrology (CIML) between 2009 and 2011, and Category 2: those that are expected to be submitted directly to the Conference for ratification. Because the Recommendations and Documents in Category 2 have not yet received CIML approval, comments received on these Recommendations and Documents are of additional importance to NIST staff. The 24 Recommendations and Documents and the OIML-member nations holding the secretariat responsible for their development are listed below: Category 1 • R14, ‘‘Polarimetric saccharimeters graduated in accordance with the ICUMSA International Sugar Scale’’ (Russian Federation); • R35, ‘‘Material Measures of Length for General Use’’ (United Kingdom); • R48, ‘‘Tungsten ribbon lamps for the calibration of radiation thermometers’’ (Russian Federation); • R75, ‘‘Heat meters’’ (Germany); • R80, ‘‘Road and rail tankers with level gauging’’ (Germany); • R84, ‘‘Platinum, copper, and nickel resistance thermometers (for industrial and commercial use)’’ (Russian Federation); VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 • R92, ‘‘Wood moisture meters— Verification methods and equipment: general provisions’’ (P.R. China and United States); • R120, ‘‘Standard capacity measures for testing measuring systems for liquids other than water’’ (Switzerland); • R124, ‘‘Refractometers for the measurement of the sugar content of grape musts’’ (Russian Federation); • R127, ‘‘Radiochromic film dosimetry system for ionizing radiation processing of materials and Products’’ (United States); • R131, ‘‘Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) dosimetry systems for ionizing radiation processing of materials and products’’ (United States); • R132, ‘‘Alanine EPR dosimetry systems for ionizing radiation processing of materials and products’’ (United States); • R133, ‘‘Liquid-in-glass thermometers’’ (United States); • R134, ‘‘Automatic instruments for weighing road vehicles in motion and measuring axle loads’’ (United Kingdom); • R137, ‘‘Gas Meters’’ (Netherlands); • Amendment to R138, ‘‘Vessels for commercial transactions’’ (Japan); • R143, ‘‘Instruments for the continuous measurement of SO2 in stationary source emissions’’ (Netherlands); • B3, ‘‘OIML Basic Certificate System for OIML Type Evaluation of Measuring Instruments’’ (United States); • B10, ‘‘Framework for a Mutual Acceptance Arrangement on OIML Type Evaluations’’ (United States); and • D16, ‘‘Principles of assurance of metrological control’’ (Czech Republic). Category 2 • R46. ‘‘Active electrical energy meters’’ (Australia); • R106, ‘‘Automatic railweighbridges’’ (United Kingdom); • R126, ‘‘Evidential Breath Analyzers’’ (France); and • D1, ‘‘Considerations for a law on metrology’’ (United States). Parties with an expressed interest in particular topics may obtain copies of the OIML Conference technical agenda, including copies of the Recommendations to be ratified, from the OIML International Conference Web site at http://bucharest.oiml.org, at the OIML Web site at www.oiml.org, or from the NIST International Legal Metrology Program. Dated: August 24, 2012. Willie E. May, Associate Director for Laboratory Programs. [FR Doc. 2012–21460 Filed 8–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–13–P PO 00000 Frm 00019 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC137 Marine Mammals; File No. 17324 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Georgia Aquarium Inc., 225 Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313, has applied in due form for a permit to import eighteen (18) beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) for public display purposes. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or electronic comments must be received on or before October 29, 2012. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/ permits/georgia_aquarium_belugas.htm or 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. You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA–NMFS– 2012–0158, by any of the following methods: • Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA–NMFS–2012–0158 in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from the resulting list and click on the ‘‘Comment Now’’ icon on the right of that line. • Mail: Submit written comments to Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. • Fax: (301)713–0376; Attn: Jennifer Skidmore. Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, may not be SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\30AUN1.SGM 30AUN1 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 77, No. 169 / Thursday, August 30, 2012 / Notices considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept anonymous comments (enter ‘‘N/A’’ in the required fields if you wish to remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats only. NMFS will hold a public meeting to inform interested parties of the permitting process and solicit comments on the application and accompanying draft environmental assessment. The meeting will be held on October 12, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at the NOAA Silver Spring Metro Center Complex, NOAA Science Center, 1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. This meeting is accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Jennifer Skidmore, (301)427–8401 (voice) or (301)713–0376 (fax), at least five days before the scheduled meeting date. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jennifer Skidmore or Kristy Beard, (301)427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). Georgia Aquarium requests authorization to import 18 wild caught beluga whales from the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station in Russia to the United States for the purpose of public display. All 18 beluga whales were collected in Sakhalin Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk in 2006, 2010, and 2011. Approximately six (6) animals would be transported to the Georgia Aquarium facility in Atlanta, GA, and the remaining animals would be transported to four other U.S. partner facilities; Sea World of Florida, Sea World of Texas, Sea World of California, and Shedd Aquarium pursuant to breeding loans. Georgia Aquarium and its U.S. partners are: (1) Open to the public on regularly scheduled basis with access that is not limited or restricted other than by charging for an admission fee; (2) offer conservation and educational programs VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:07 Aug 29, 2012 Jkt 226001 based on professionally accepted standards of the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; and (3) hold Exhibitor’s Licenses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131– 59). In addition to determining whether the applicant meets the three public display criteria, NMFS must determine whether the applicant has demonstrated that the proposed activity is humane and does not represent any unnecessary risks to the health and welfare of marine mammals; that the proposed activity by itself, or in combination with other activities, will not likely have a significant adverse impact on the species or stock; and that the applicant’s expertise, facilities and resources are adequate to accomplish successfully the objectives and activities stated in the application. A draft environmental assessment (EA) 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 permit. The draft EA is available for review and comment simultaneous with the permit application. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: August 27, 2012. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–21481 Filed 8–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration 52695 The meeting will be held on September 18, 2012 from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. ADDRESSES: The meeting will be at the Embassy Suites Philadelphia Airport, 9000 Bartram Avenue, Philadelphia, PA 19153; telephone: (215) 365–4500. Council address: Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 674–2331. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Christopher M. Moore Ph.D., Executive Director, Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 800 N. State Street, Suite 201, Dover, DE 19901; telephone: (302) 526–5255. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The purpose of this meeting is to review fishery performance and create an AP Fishery Performance Report for Spiny Dogfish. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, in accordance with the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (Magnuson-Stevens Act), those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Actions will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under Section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. DATES: Special Accommodations The meeting is physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to M. Jan Saunders at the Mid-Atlantic Council Office, (302) 526–5251, at least 5 days prior to the meeting date. Dated: August 27, 2012. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2012–21427 Filed 8–29–12; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P RIN 0648–XC189 Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council; Public Meeting National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice of a public meeting. AGENCY: The Mid-Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s (Council) Spiny Dogfish Advisory Panel (AP) will meet in Philadelphia, PA. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00020 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Sea Grant Advisory Board National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting. 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[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 169 (Thursday, August 30, 2012)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-21481]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC137


Marine Mammals; File No. 17324

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Georgia Aquarium Inc., 225 
Baker Street, Atlanta, GA 30313, has applied in due form for a permit 
to import eighteen (18) beluga whales (Delphinapterus leucas) for 
public display purposes.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or electronic comments must be received on 
or before October 29, 2012.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review online at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/georgia_aquarium_belugas.htm or 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.

    You may submit comments on this document, identified by NOAA-NMFS-
2012-0158, by any of the following methods:
     Electronic Submission: Submit all electronic public 
comments via the Federal e-Rulemaking Portal www.regulations.gov. To 
submit comments via the e-Rulemaking Portal, enter NOAA-NMFS-2012-0158 
in the keyword search. Locate the document you wish to comment on from 
the resulting list and click on the ``Comment Now'' icon on the right 
of that line.
     Mail: Submit written comments to Chief, Permits and 
Conservation Division, at the address listed above.
     Fax: (301)713-0376; Attn: Jennifer Skidmore.
    Instructions: Comments must be submitted by one of the above 
methods to ensure that the comments are received, documented, and 
considered by NMFS. Comments sent by any other method, to any other 
address or individual, or received after the end of the comment period, 
may not be

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considered. All comments received are a part of the public record and 
will generally be posted for public viewing on www.regulations.gov 
without change. All personal identifying information (e.g., name, 
address, etc.) submitted voluntarily by the sender will be publicly 
accessible. Do not submit confidential business information, or 
otherwise sensitive or protected information. NMFS will accept 
anonymous comments (enter ``N/A'' in the required fields if you wish to 
remain anonymous). Attachments to electronic comments will be accepted 
in Microsoft Word or Excel, WordPerfect, or Adobe PDF file formats 
only.
    NMFS will hold a public meeting to inform interested parties of the 
permitting process and solicit comments on the application and 
accompanying draft environmental assessment. The meeting will be held 
on October 12, 2012, from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The meeting will be held at 
the NOAA Silver Spring Metro Center Complex, NOAA Science Center, 1301 
East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. This meeting is accessible 
to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation 
or other auxiliary aids should be directed to Jennifer Skidmore, 
(301)427-8401 (voice) or (301)713-0376 (fax), at least five days before 
the scheduled meeting date.

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking 
and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).
    Georgia Aquarium requests authorization to import 18 wild caught 
beluga whales from the Utrish Marine Mammal Research Station in Russia 
to the United States for the purpose of public display. All 18 beluga 
whales were collected in Sakhalin Bay of the Sea of Okhotsk in 2006, 
2010, and 2011. Approximately six (6) animals would be transported to 
the Georgia Aquarium facility in Atlanta, GA, and the remaining animals 
would be transported to four other U.S. partner facilities; Sea World 
of Florida, Sea World of Texas, Sea World of California, and Shedd 
Aquarium pursuant to breeding loans. Georgia Aquarium and its U.S. 
partners are: (1) Open to the public on regularly scheduled basis with 
access that is not limited or restricted other than by charging for an 
admission fee; (2) offer conservation and educational programs based on 
professionally accepted standards of the Alliance of Marine Mammal 
Parks and Aquariums and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums; and (3) 
hold Exhibitor's Licenses by the U.S. Department of Agriculture under 
the Animal Welfare Act (7 U.S.C. 2131-59).
    In addition to determining whether the applicant meets the three 
public display criteria, NMFS must determine whether the applicant has 
demonstrated that the proposed activity is humane and does not 
represent any unnecessary risks to the health and welfare of marine 
mammals; that the proposed activity by itself, or in combination with 
other activities, will not likely have a significant adverse impact on 
the species or stock; and that the applicant's expertise, facilities 
and resources are adequate to accomplish successfully the objectives 
and activities stated in the application.
    A draft environmental assessment (EA) 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 permit. The draft EA 
is available for review and comment simultaneous with the permit 
application.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: August 27, 2012.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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