Endangered Species; File No. 16547-01, 19217 [2013-07342]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 61 / Friday, March 29, 2013 / Notices zones to be considered at future public hearings and Council meetings. Although non-emergency issues not contained in this agenda may come before this group for discussion, those issues may not be the subject of formal action during this meeting. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically listed in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the Council’s intent to take final action to address the emergency. 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: March 26, 2013. Tracey L. Thompson, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–07362 Filed 3–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XA713 Endangered Species; File No. 16547– 01 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice, issuance of permit modification mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 11110 Kimages Road; Charles City, Virginia 23030 [Albert Spells: Responsible Party], has been issued a permit modification to take Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) for purposes of scientific research. ADDRESSES: The permit modification and related documents are available for review 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 • Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930; VerDate Mar<15>2010 17:34 Mar 28, 2013 Jkt 229001 phone (978) 281–9328; fax (978) 281– 9394. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Colette Cairns, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 7, 2012, notice was published in the Federal Register (77 FR 73024) that a request for a scientific research permit modification to take Atlantic sturgeon had been submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit modification has been issued 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 parts 222–226). Permit No. 16547 currently authorizes the permit holder to: evaluate the abundance of Atlantic sturgeon within the Chesapeake Distinct Population Segment (DPS); including the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries above and below 22 parts per thousand salinity. Researchers are currently authorized to capture adult, juvenile and early life stages (ELS) of Atlantic sturgeon using gill nets, trawls, fyke nets, trammel nets, pound nets and egg mats; and to measure, weigh, tissue sample, Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tag, and Floy tag appropriately sized animals. A subset can be tagged either externally or internally with telemetry tags dependent on the life stage (adult, sub-adult and juvenile) and the salinity level where captured; or also externally satellite tagged. The permit holder now is authorized to: telemetry tag adult or juvenile Atlantic sturgeon with either internal or external telemetry tags without respect to salinity level in the waters of Virginia and Maryland. All previous activities are authorized; however, the numbers of adult and sub-adult Atlantic sturgeon taken will be reduced from 425 to 350 per year, while numbers of juvenile Atlantic sturgeon taken will be reduced from 175 to 125 annually. The permit holder is also authorized to internally telemetry tag 50 juvenile Atlantic sturgeon. The numbers of ELS will also be increased from 25 to 50 annually while using a film crew to document the activity. The modification will be valid until the permit expires on April 5, 2017. Dated: March 26, 2013. Helen Golde, Acting Chief, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–07342 Filed 3–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00039 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 19217 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC430 Small Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Cape Wind’s High Resolution Survey in Nantucket Sound, MA National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of an incidental harassment authorization. AGENCY: SUMMARY: In accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Cape Wind Associates (CWA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to pre-construction high resolution survey activities in Nantucket Sound. DATES: Effective April 1, 2013, through March 31, 2014. ADDRESSES: A copy of the IHA and application are available by writing to Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910. An electronic copy of the application containing a list of references used in this document may be obtained by visiting the internet at: http:// www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/ incidental.htm#applications. NMFS prepared its own Environmental Assessment (EA) and Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) in 2011, which are available at the same internet address. Documents cited in this notice may be viewed, by appointment, during regular business hours, at the aforementioned address. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Michelle Magliocca, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Background Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D) of the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) direct the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request, the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specific geographical region if certain findings are made and either regulations are issued or, if the taking is limited to harassment, a notice of a proposed E:\FR\FM\29MRN1.SGM 29MRN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XA713


Endangered Species; File No. 16547-01

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

ACTION: Notice, issuance of permit modification

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the United States Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 11110 Kimages Road; Charles City, Virginia 23030 
[Albert Spells: Responsible Party], has been issued a permit 
modification to take Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus 
oxyrinchus) for purposes of scientific research.

ADDRESSES: The permit modification and related documents are available 
for review 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
     Northeast Region, NMFS, 55 Great Republic Drive, 
Gloucester, MA 01930; phone (978) 281-9328; fax (978) 281-9394.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Malcolm Mohead or Colette Cairns, 
(301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On December 7, 2012, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (77 FR 73024) that a request for a scientific 
research permit modification to take Atlantic sturgeon had been 
submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit 
modification has been issued 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 parts 222-226).
    Permit No. 16547 currently authorizes the permit holder to: 
evaluate the abundance of Atlantic sturgeon within the Chesapeake 
Distinct Population Segment (DPS); including the Chesapeake Bay and its 
tributaries above and below 22 parts per thousand salinity. Researchers 
are currently authorized to capture adult, juvenile and early life 
stages (ELS) of Atlantic sturgeon using gill nets, trawls, fyke nets, 
trammel nets, pound nets and egg mats; and to measure, weigh, tissue 
sample, Passive Integrated Transponder (PIT) Tag, and Floy tag 
appropriately sized animals. A subset can be tagged either externally 
or internally with telemetry tags dependent on the life stage (adult, 
sub-adult and juvenile) and the salinity level where captured; or also 
externally satellite tagged.
    The permit holder now is authorized to: telemetry tag adult or 
juvenile Atlantic sturgeon with either internal or external telemetry 
tags without respect to salinity level in the waters of Virginia and 
Maryland. All previous activities are authorized; however, the numbers 
of adult and sub-adult Atlantic sturgeon taken will be reduced from 425 
to 350 per year, while numbers of juvenile Atlantic sturgeon taken will 
be reduced from 175 to 125 annually. The permit holder is also 
authorized to internally telemetry tag 50 juvenile Atlantic sturgeon. 
The numbers of ELS will also be increased from 25 to 50 annually while 
using a film crew to document the activity. The modification will be 
valid until the permit expires on April 5, 2017.

    Dated: March 26, 2013.
Helen Golde,
Acting Chief, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries 
Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-07342 Filed 3-28-13; 8:45 am]
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