Marine Mammals; File No. 18881, 8060-8061 [2015-03017]

Download as PDF tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES 8060 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices signed on May 25, 2010, by the U.S. and Turkish Governments, which set forth the objectives and structure of the Council. The Terms of Reference may be viewed at: http://www.trade.gov/mac/ terms-of-reference-us-turkey-businesscouncil.asp. The Council is intended to facilitate the exchange of information and encourage bilateral discussions of business and economic issues, including promoting bilateral trade and investment and improving the business climate in each country. The Council brings together the respective business communities of the United States and Turkey to discuss such issues of mutual interest and to communicate their joint recommendations to the U.S. and Turkish Governments. The Council consists of the U.S. and Turkish cochairs and a Committee comprised of private sector members. 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Name and address of the headquarters of the applicant’s company; 3. Location of incorporation of the applicant’s company; 4. Percentage share of U.S. citizen ownership in the company; 5. Size of the company in terms of number of employees; 6. Dollar amount of the company’s export trade to Turkey; 7. Dollar amount of the company’s investments in Turkey; 8. Nature of the company’s investments, operations or interest in Turkey; 9. An affirmative statement that the applicant is a U.S. citizen or otherwise legally authorized to work in the United States; 10. An affirmative statement that the applicant is neither registered nor required to register as a foreign agent PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 under the Foreign Agents Registration Act of 1938, as amended; 11. An affirmative statement that the applicant meets all other eligibility requirements; 12. A brief statement of why the applicant should be considered; 13. A brief statement of how the applicant meets the four listed criteria, including information about the candidate’s ability to initiate and be responsible for activities in which the Council will be active. Applications will be considered as they are received. All candidates will be notified of whether they have been selected. Dated: February 4, 2015. Jay A. Burgess, Director of the Office of European Country Affairs (OECA). [FR Doc. 2015–02721 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DA–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD711 Marine Mammals; File No. 18881 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the Texas Sealife Center, 14220 South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, [Responsible Party: Tim Tristan], has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus). DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before March 16, 2015. 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 (APPS) home page, https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 18881 from the list of available applications. These documents are also available upon written request or by appointment in the 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. Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. Comments may SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 30 / Friday, February 13, 2015 / Notices 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 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: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD763 South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (SAFMC); Public Meetings National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: Amy Hapeman or Howard Goldstein; phone: (301) 427–8401. ACTION: 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). The applicant requests a five-year permit to conduct research on bottlenose dolphins in the bay, sound, estuary and near-shore coastal waters of Texas in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the research is to: (1) Develop and maintain standardized photo-identification catalogs; (2) characterize fine-scale population structure and dynamics; (3) estimate abundance for strategic stocks; (4) establish baseline patterns of distribution, habitat use, site-fidelity, diet, and contaminant loads; (5) analyze dolphin behavior in relation to anthropogenic activities; and (6) identify potential risks to the population. Proposed methods include vessel surveys for photographic identification, focal follows, behavioral observation, and biopsy sampling. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. 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. SUMMARY: tkelley on DSK3SPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: February 6, 2015. Perry F. Gayaldo, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–03017 Filed 2–12–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 21:56 Feb 12, 2015 Jkt 235001 Notice of public meetings. The South Atlantic Fishery Management Council (Council) will hold meetings of the: Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and the Ecosystem-Based Management Committee; the Law Enforcement Advisory Panel; Southeast Data, Assessment and Review (SEDAR) Committee (partially Closed); Scientific and Statistical Committee (SSC) Selection Committee; Protected Resources Committee; Spiny Lobster Committee, Snapper Grouper Committee; King and Spanish Mackerel Committee; Executive Finance Committee; Golden Crab Committee; Data Collection Committee; and a meeting of the Full Council. The Council will also hold a Council Member Visioning Workshop for the Snapper Grouper Fishery. The Council will take action as necessary. The Council will also hold an informal public question and answer session regarding agenda items and a formal public comment session. The Council meeting will be held from 9 a.m. on Monday, March 2, 2015 until 1:30 p.m. on Friday, March 6, 2015. DATES: ADDRESSES: Meeting address: The meeting will be held at the King and Prince Hotel, 201 Arnold Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522; telephone: (800) 342–0212 or (912) 638–3631; fax: (912) 638–7699. Council address: South Atlantic Fishery Management Council, 4055 Faber Place Drive, Suite 201, N. Charleston, SC 29405. Kim Iverson, Public Information Officer, SAFMC; telephone: (843) 571–4366 or toll free: (866) SAFMC–10; fax: (843) 769–4520; email: kim.iverson@ safmc.net. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The items of discussion in the individual meeting agendas are as follows: SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: PO 00000 Frm 00007 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 8061 Council Member Visioning Workshop, Monday, March 2, 2015, 9 a.m. Until 12 noon 1. Council members will receive a recap of the December 2014 Visioning Workshop, review the draft snapper grouper goals and objectives, receive a summary of statistics for the snapper grouper fishery, and discuss planning and timelines for collecting public input on the Draft Vision Blueprint. 2. Council members will discuss next steps and provide guidance to staff. Joint Habitat and Environmental Protection Committee and EcosystemBased Management Committee, Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The committees will receive an update on the status of Coral Amendment 8, an overview of the updated Beach Renourishment Policy Statement and hold a South Atlantic Ecosystem Session. 2. The committees will develop recommendations and provide guidance to staff. Law Enforcement Advisory Panel Meeting (Concurrent Session), Monday, March 2, 2015, 1:30 p.m. Until 5:30 p.m. 1. The advisory panel (AP) will receive updates on recently completed and developing amendments to fishery management plans, receive a presentation on the status of Joint Enforcement Agreements, and overviews of the following amendments under development by the Council: Snapper Grouper Amendment 35 (removing species from the fishery management unit and measures to address endorsements for the commercial golden tilefish fishery); Snapper Grouper Amendment 36 (Spawning Special Management Zones); and Regulatory Amendment 16 (modifications to the black sea bass pot fishery seasonal closure). The AP will also discuss remote sensing as a tool to monitor marine protected area compliance. 2. The AP will develop recommendations for the Council. SEDAR Committee, Tuesday, March 3, 2015, 8:30 a.m. Until 9 a.m. (Partially Closed) 1. The committee will develop SEDAR appointment recommendations for the SEDAR 41 stock assessment (red snapper and gray triggerfish) Data Best Practices Procedure Workshop. 2. The committee will receive an update on SEDAR Activities and updates from NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC). E:\FR\FM\13FEN1.SGM 13FEN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 30 (Friday, February 13, 2015)]
[Notices]
[Pages 8060-8061]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-03017]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XD711


Marine Mammals; File No. 18881

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 Texas Sealife Center, 14220 
South Padre Island Drive, Corpus Christi, TX 78418, [Responsible Party: 
Tim Tristan], has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research 
on bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before March 16, 2015.

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 
(APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File 
No. 18881 from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the 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.
    Written comments on this application should be submitted to the 
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. 
Comments may

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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 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 Howard Goldstein; 
phone: (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).
    The applicant requests a five-year permit to conduct research on 
bottlenose dolphins in the bay, sound, estuary and near-shore coastal 
waters of Texas in the northwestern Gulf of Mexico. The purpose of the 
research is to: (1) Develop and maintain standardized photo-
identification catalogs; (2) characterize fine-scale population 
structure and dynamics; (3) estimate abundance for strategic stocks; 
(4) establish baseline patterns of distribution, habitat use, site-
fidelity, diet, and contaminant loads; (5) analyze dolphin behavior in 
relation to anthropogenic activities; and (6) identify potential risks 
to the population. Proposed methods include vessel surveys for 
photographic identification, focal follows, behavioral observation, and 
biopsy sampling.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that 
the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to 
prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.
    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: February 6, 2015.
Perry F. Gayaldo,
Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine 
Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-03017 Filed 2-12-15; 8:45 am]
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