Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits, 64481-64482 [2013-25458]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 209 / Tuesday, October 29, 2013 / Notices Council address: New England Fishery Management Council, 50 Water Street, Mill 2, Newburyport, MA 01950. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Thomas A. Nies, Executive Director, New England Fishery Management Council; telephone: (978) 465–0492. National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC) The Committee will continue development of potential alternatives for FY2014 and FY2015 (default) specifications being considered in Framework 25. Specifications include days-at-sea allocations, access area allocations, individual fishing quota (IFQ) allocations for the general category fishery, a hard total allowable catch (TAC) for the Northern Gulf of Maine (NGOM) area and target TAC for vessels with a general category incidental catch permit. The Committee will also finalize other measures being considered: (1) Measures for unused 2012 and 2013 Closed Area I access area trips; and (2) accountability measures for Southern New England/Mid Atlantic (SNE/MA) windowpane flounder. The Committee will make final recommendations for the Council to consider for 2014 Council work priorities. Finally, there will be a presentation from the Northeast Regional Ocean Council (NROC) about regional ocean planning efforts, specifically fishing characterization maps that have been developed. Other issues may be discussed. 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. 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[FR Doc. 2013–25570 Filed 10–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:15 Oct 28, 2013 Jkt 232001 Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research (OAR), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Department of Commerce (DOC). ACTION: Notice of open meeting. This notice sets forth the schedule of a forthcoming meeting of the DoC NOAA National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee (NCADAC). Time and Date: The meeting will be held Monday, November 18, 2013 from 3:15 p.m.–5:00 p.m. Eastern time. Place: This meeting will be a conference call. Public access and materials will be available at the office of the U.S. Global Change Research Program, Conference Room A, Suite 250, 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue NW., Washington, DC 20006. The public will not be able to dial into the call. Please check the National Climate Assessment Web site for additional information at http://www.globalchange.gov/what-wedo/assessment. Status: The meeting will be open to public participation with a 5-minute public comment period from 4:45–4:55 p.m. The NCADAC expects that public statements presented at its meetings will not be repetitive of previously submitted verbal or written statements. In general, each individual or group making a verbal presentation will be limited to a total time of two minutes. Written comments should be received in the NCADAC DFO’s office by Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to provide sufficient time for NCADAC review. Written comments received by the NCADAC DFO after Wednesday, November 13, 2013 will be distributed to the NCADAC, but may not be reviewed prior to the meeting date. Special Accommodations: These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for special accommodations may be directed no later than 12 p.m. on Wednesday, November 13, 2013 to Dr. Cynthia Decker, SAB Executive Director, SSMC3, Room 11230, 1315 East-West Hwy., Silver Spring, MD 20910. Matters To Be Considered: Please refer to the Web page http:// www.nesdis.noaa.gov/NCADAC/ Meetings.html for the most up-to-date meeting agenda, when available. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00015 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 64481 Dr. Cynthia Decker, Designated Federal Officer, National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee, NOAA, Rm. 11230, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, Maryland 20910. (Phone: 301–734–1156, Fax: 301–713–1459, Email: Cynthia.Decker@ noaa.gov. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Climate Assessment and Development Advisory Committee was established in December 2010. The committee’s mission is to synthesize and summarize the science and information pertaining to current and future impacts of climate change upon the United States; and to provide advice and recommendations toward the development of an ongoing, sustainable national assessment of global change impacts and adaptation and mitigation strategies for the Nation. Within the scope of its mission, the committee’s specific objective is to produce a National Climate Assessment. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Dated: October 23, 2013. Jason Donaldson, Chief Financial Officer/Chief Administrative Officer, Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2013–25608 Filed 10–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–KD–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC371 Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permits. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that six individuals and institutions have been issued Letters of Confirmation for activities conducted under the General Authorization for Scientific Research on marine mammals. See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a list of names and address of recipients. ADDRESSES: The Letters of Confirmation and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office: 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. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1 64482 Federal Register / Vol. 78, No. 209 / Tuesday, October 29, 2013 / Notices mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division, (301)427– 8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The requested Letters of Confirmation have been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The General Authorization allows for bona fide scientific research that may result only in taking by level B harassment of marine mammals. The following Letters of Confirmation (LOC) were issued in Fiscal Year 2013. File No. 17235: Issued to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center, Virginia Beach, VA on November 21, 2012, authorizes close approach, photoidentification, video, behavioral observations, and passive acoustic recordings of 17 cetacean species and 4 pinniped species in inland and offshore waters of Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. The focus species is bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) and the primary study area is off Virginia Beach. Objectives for the bottlenose dolphin project are to: (1) Collect and maintain a long-term record of bottlenose dolphins in coastal waters of Virginia and (2) provide data to the Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalog to test the hypothesized stock structure for this species. Other objectives include to: (1) Collect distribution, group size, and photo-id data on cetaceans and pinnipeds in the larger study area and (2) identify and monitor pinniped haul out sites in Virginia and North Carolina and to track the abundance and residency of individual seals. The LOC expires on November 30, 2017. File No. 17418: Issued to James Ha, Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, WA on February 19, 2013, authorizes close approach, photoidentification, behavioral observations, and focal follows of bottlenose dolphins in the Middle Keys, Florida. Specifically, the study area ranges from Lignumvitae Key to the northeast shore of Big Pine Key and includes bay and ocean waters out to two miles. Objectives are to: (1) Begin an in-depth population demographic study of bottlenose dolphins in the area and (2) identify foraging strategies and determine what percentage of resident dolphins is influenced by anthropogenic sources of food. The LOC was originally supposed to expire on February 28, 2018. However, on July 25, 2013, Dr. Ha requested that his LOC be terminated with an immediate effective date, so LOC No. 17418 is no longer valid. VerDate Mar<15>2010 18:15 Oct 28, 2013 Jkt 232001 File No. 17988: Issued to Jessica Weiss Taylor of the Outer Banks Center for Dolphin Research, Kill Devil Hills, NC, on April 5, 2013, for research activities including vessel surveys, close approach, photo-identification, and behavioral observations, including focal follows of bottlenose dolphins in waters of North Carolina. Specifically the study area comprises the Roanoke, Croatan, Currituck, Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean to a maximum distance of 5 miles offshore. Objectives are to: (1) Investigate patterns of seasonal and year-round residency in the northern Outer Banks; (2) estimate local abundances of dolphins in the northern Outer Banks seasonally and year-round; (3) identify and characterize any biological and/or ecological stressors on bottlenose dolphins in the northern Outer Banks; (4) describe the social structure of bottlenose dolphin populations in the northern Outer Banks through examination of social networks and male pair bonds; and (5) promote awareness of bottlenose dolphin conservation throughout the local and visiting community. The LOC expires on April 15, 2018. File No. 13427: Originally issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation [Responsible Party: Gregory D. Kaufman], Wailuku, HI, on June 4, 2008, authorizes the close vessel approach, photo-identification, focal follows, and acoustic recordings of 16 cetacean species within the waters of Maui County, Hawaii to estimate the abundance and distribution of odontocete species in the area. This study was modified on June 11, 2013, to extend the duration of the LOC until June 15, 2014, add a Co-investigator, and remove authorization to take the endangered Hawaiian insular stock of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). This LOC was cancelled on June 20, 2013, when a new LOC (File No. 18101) was issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation. File No. 18101: Issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation [Responsible Party: Gregory D. Kaufman], Wailuku, HI, on June 20, 2013, authorizes close vessel approaches, photo-identification, focal follows, and acoustic recordings of 15 cetacean species within the waters of Maui County, Hawaii to estimate the abundance and distribution of odontocete species in the area. The LOC replaces No. 13427 and expires on June 21, 2018. File No. 18152: Issued to Barbara Brunnick, Ph.D., Jupiter, FL, on September 11, 2013, for research activities including vessel surveys, close approach, photo-identification, and PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 behavioral observations of bottlenose dolphins. The research objective is to continue developing a photoidentification catalog and database to address questions regarding the local abundance, population ecology, life history, habitat utilization, social structure, habitat health, and residency patterns of Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose dolphins. If other dolphin and whale species are encountered, the applicant may collect information on them. This LOC replaces File No. 13386 and expires on September 10, 2018. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activities are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Dated: October 23, 2013. P. Michael Payne, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2013–25458 Filed 10–28–13; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE Office of the Secretary [Docket ID DoD–2013–OS–0207] Proposed Collection; Comment Request Defense Acquisition University, DoD. ACTION: Notice. AGENCY: In compliance with Section 3506(c)(2)(A) of the Paperwork Reduction Act of 1995, the Defense Acquisition University announces a proposed public information collection and seeks public comment on the provisions thereof. Comments are invited on: (a) Whether the proposed collection of information is necessary for the proper performance of the functions of the agency, including whether the information shall have practical utility; (b) the accuracy of the agency’s estimate of the burden of the proposed information collection; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the information collection on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\29OCN1.SGM 29OCN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC371


Marine Mammals; Issuance of Permits

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permits.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that six individuals and institutions 
have been issued Letters of Confirmation for activities conducted under 
the General Authorization for Scientific Research on marine mammals. 
See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION for a list of names and address of 
recipients.

ADDRESSES: The Letters of Confirmation and related documents are 
available for review upon written request or by appointment in the 
following office:
    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.

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FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Office of Protected Resources, Permits 
and Conservation Division, (301)427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The requested Letters of Confirmation have 
been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 
1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the regulations 
governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). 
The General Authorization allows for bona fide scientific research that 
may result only in taking by level B harassment of marine mammals. The 
following Letters of Confirmation (LOC) were issued in Fiscal Year 
2013.
    File No. 17235: Issued to the Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science 
Center, Virginia Beach, VA on November 21, 2012, authorizes close 
approach, photo-identification, video, behavioral observations, and 
passive acoustic recordings of 17 cetacean species and 4 pinniped 
species in inland and offshore waters of Maryland, Virginia, and North 
Carolina. The focus species is bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) 
and the primary study area is off Virginia Beach. Objectives for the 
bottlenose dolphin project are to: (1) Collect and maintain a long-term 
record of bottlenose dolphins in coastal waters of Virginia and (2) 
provide data to the Mid-Atlantic Bottlenose Dolphin Catalog to test the 
hypothesized stock structure for this species. Other objectives include 
to: (1) Collect distribution, group size, and photo-id data on 
cetaceans and pinnipeds in the larger study area and (2) identify and 
monitor pinniped haul out sites in Virginia and North Carolina and to 
track the abundance and residency of individual seals. The LOC expires 
on November 30, 2017.
    File No. 17418: Issued to James Ha, Ph.D., University of 
Washington, Seattle, WA on February 19, 2013, authorizes close 
approach, photo-identification, behavioral observations, and focal 
follows of bottlenose dolphins in the Middle Keys, Florida. 
Specifically, the study area ranges from Lignumvitae Key to the 
northeast shore of Big Pine Key and includes bay and ocean waters out 
to two miles. Objectives are to: (1) Begin an in-depth population 
demographic study of bottlenose dolphins in the area and (2) identify 
foraging strategies and determine what percentage of resident dolphins 
is influenced by anthropogenic sources of food. The LOC was originally 
supposed to expire on February 28, 2018. However, on July 25, 2013, Dr. 
Ha requested that his LOC be terminated with an immediate effective 
date, so LOC No. 17418 is no longer valid.
    File No. 17988: Issued to Jessica Weiss Taylor of the Outer Banks 
Center for Dolphin Research, Kill Devil Hills, NC, on April 5, 2013, 
for research activities including vessel surveys, close approach, 
photo-identification, and behavioral observations, including focal 
follows of bottlenose dolphins in waters of North Carolina. 
Specifically the study area comprises the Roanoke, Croatan, Currituck, 
Albemarle, and Pamlico Sounds and the adjacent Atlantic Ocean to a 
maximum distance of 5 miles offshore. Objectives are to: (1) 
Investigate patterns of seasonal and year-round residency in the 
northern Outer Banks; (2) estimate local abundances of dolphins in the 
northern Outer Banks seasonally and year-round; (3) identify and 
characterize any biological and/or ecological stressors on bottlenose 
dolphins in the northern Outer Banks; (4) describe the social structure 
of bottlenose dolphin populations in the northern Outer Banks through 
examination of social networks and male pair bonds; and (5) promote 
awareness of bottlenose dolphin conservation throughout the local and 
visiting community. The LOC expires on April 15, 2018.
    File No. 13427: Originally issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation 
[Responsible Party: Gregory D. Kaufman], Wailuku, HI, on June 4, 2008, 
authorizes the close vessel approach, photo-identification, focal 
follows, and acoustic recordings of 16 cetacean species within the 
waters of Maui County, Hawaii to estimate the abundance and 
distribution of odontocete species in the area. This study was modified 
on June 11, 2013, to extend the duration of the LOC until June 15, 
2014, add a Co-investigator, and remove authorization to take the 
endangered Hawaiian insular stock of false killer whales (Pseudorca 
crassidens). This LOC was cancelled on June 20, 2013, when a new LOC 
(File No. 18101) was issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation.
    File No. 18101: Issued to the Pacific Whale Foundation [Responsible 
Party: Gregory D. Kaufman], Wailuku, HI, on June 20, 2013, authorizes 
close vessel approaches, photo-identification, focal follows, and 
acoustic recordings of 15 cetacean species within the waters of Maui 
County, Hawaii to estimate the abundance and distribution of odontocete 
species in the area. The LOC replaces No. 13427 and expires on June 21, 
2018.
    File No. 18152: Issued to Barbara Brunnick, Ph.D., Jupiter, FL, on 
September 11, 2013, for research activities including vessel surveys, 
close approach, photo-identification, and behavioral observations of 
bottlenose dolphins. The research objective is to continue developing a 
photo-identification catalog and database to address questions 
regarding the local abundance, population ecology, life history, 
habitat utilization, social structure, habitat health, and residency 
patterns of Atlantic spotted (Stenella frontalis) and bottlenose 
dolphins. If other dolphin and whale species are encountered, the 
applicant may collect information on them. This LOC replaces File No. 
13386 and expires on September 10, 2018.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the 
activities are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare 
an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

     Dated: October 23, 2013.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2013-25458 Filed 10-28-13; 8:45 am]
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