Marine Mammals; File No. 17670, 39749-39750 [2015-16911]

Download as PDF mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 132 / Friday, July 10, 2015 / Notices Background: The CINTAC was established under the discretionary authority of the Secretary of Commerce and in accordance with the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C. App.), in response to an identified need for consensus advice from U.S. industry to the U.S. Government regarding the development and administration of programs to expand United States exports of civil nuclear goods and services in accordance with applicable U.S. laws and regulations, including advice on how U.S. civil nuclear goods and services export policies, programs, and activities will affect the U.S. civil nuclear industry’s competitiveness and ability to participate in the international market. Topics to be considered: The agenda for the Thursday, July 23, 2015 CINTAC meeting is as follows: Closed Session (9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.) 1. Discussion of matters determined to be exempt from the provisions of the Federal Advisory Committee Act relating to public meetings found in 5 U.S.C. App. (10)(a)(1) and 10(a)(3). Public Session (3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m.) 1. International Trade Administration’s Civil Nuclear Trade Initiative Update. 2. Civil Nuclear Trade Promotion Activities Discussion. 3. Public comment period. The meeting will be disabledaccessible. Public seating is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Members of the public wishing to attend the meeting must notify Mr. Jonathan Chesebro at the contact information below by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 17, 2015 in order to preregister for clearance into the building. Please specify any requests for reasonable accommodation at least five business days in advance of the meeting. Last minute requests will be accepted, but may be impossible to fill. A limited amount of time will be available for pertinent brief oral comments from members of the public attending the meeting. To accommodate as many speakers as possible, the time for public comments will be limited to two (2) minutes per person, with a total public comment period of 30 minutes. Individuals wishing to reserve speaking time during the meeting must contact Mr. Chesebro and submit a brief statement of the general nature of the comments and the name and address of the proposed participant by 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 17, 2015. If the number of registrants requesting to make statements is greater than can be reasonably accommodated during the meeting, ITA may conduct a lottery to VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:51 Jul 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 determine the speakers. Speakers are requested to bring at least 20 copies of their oral comments for distribution to the participants and public at the meeting. Any member of the public may submit pertinent written comments concerning the CINTAC’s affairs at any time before and after the meeting. Comments may be submitted to the Civil Nuclear Trade Advisory Committee, Office of Energy & Environmental Industries, Room 4053, 1401 Constitution Ave. NW., Washington, DC 20230. For consideration during the meeting, and to ensure transmission to the Committee prior to the meeting, comments must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. EDT on Friday, July 17, 2015. Comments received after that date will be distributed to the members but may not be considered at the meeting. Copies of CINTAC meeting minutes will be available within 90 days of the meeting. Man Cho, Acting Director, Office of Energy and Environmental Industries. [FR Doc. 2015–16930 Filed 7–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–DR–P Minority Business Development Agency [Docket No: 150623548–5548–01] Guidance on MBDA Applications for Federal Funding; Correction Minority Business Development Agency, Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting; correction. AGENCY: The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) published a notice in the Federal Register of July 1, 2015, a document announcing a public meeting to be held during the MBDA National Training Conference on July 23, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time (EST). The document contained an incorrect time. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: For additional information please contact: Ms. Nakita Y. Chambers, Program Manager, Telephone (202) 482–0065, email nchambers@mbda.gov. SUMMARY: Correction In the Federal Register of July 1, 2015 in FR Doc. 2015–16188, on page 37597, in the third column, correct the DATES caption to read: PO 00000 Frm 00005 Fmt 4703 The public meeting will be held on Thursday, July 23, 2015; 1:00 p.m.– 3:30 p.m. CDT. The meeting will be available via webinar. Please submit your written questions to Nakita Y. Chambers (See FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT) no later than July 10, 2015. DATES: Dated: July 6, 2015. Josephine Arnold, Chief Counsel. [FR Doc. 2015–16836 Filed 7–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XC014 Marine Mammals; File No. 17670 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543 (Responsible Party: William Karp, Ph.D.), has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 17670–02. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before August 10, 2015. ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for review by 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 also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713–0376, or by email to NMFS.Pr1 Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 17670 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 Sloan or Courtney Smith, (301) 427–8401. SUMMARY: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE Sfmt 4703 39749 E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1 39750 Federal Register / Vol. 80, No. 132 / Friday, July 10, 2015 / Notices The subject amendment to Permit No. 17670–02 is requested 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). Permit No. 17670–00 issued on April 11, 2013 (77 FR 64959), authorized the permit holder to take gray (Halichoerus grypus), harbor (Phoca vitulina),, harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus), and hooded (Cystophora cristata) seals in waters within or proximal to the U.S. EEZ from North Carolina northward to Maine, during conduct of stock assessment research, including estimation of distribution and abundance, determination of stock structure, habitat requirements, foraging ecology, health assessment and effects of natural and anthropogenic factors. Types of take include harassment during shipboard, skiff, and aircraft transect and photoidentification surveys, and scat collection; and, capture with tissue sampling and instrument or tag attachment. A limited number of research-related mortality is also allowed, as well as world-wide import and export of pinniped samples. The permit was amended on two occasions via minor amendments: Permit No. 17670–01 authorized sampling of pinniped carcasses aboard commercial fishing vessels; and, Permit No. 17670– 02 authorized nail clipping and fecal loop sampling during permitted captures. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to include authorization to (1) increase the number of gray and harbor seals harassed annually during research; (2) add use of unmanned aircraft systems to survey seals; (3) increase the number of gray and harbor seals captured and handled for sampling and instrumentation, and increase the frequency of sampling; (4) increase the number of biopsy samples (from one to two) taken during sampling; (5) add harassment from photo-identification of gray seals to study pup molting; (6) increase the number of gray and harbor seal samples imported/exported annually; (7) increase unintentional mortality including via euthanasia in the event sick or injured seals are inadvertently captured. Take numbers are enumerated in the amendment request take tables. 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 mstockstill on DSK4VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: VerDate Sep<11>2014 19:51 Jul 09, 2015 Jkt 235001 prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: July 7, 2015. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–16911 Filed 7–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD953 Marine Mammals; File No. 19108 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to Daniel P. Costa, Ph.D., University of California at Santa Cruz, Long Marine Laboratory, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, to conduct research on northern elephant seals (Mirounga angustirostris) throughout their range in the U.S. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 27, 2015, notice was published in the Federal Register (80 FR 30212) that a request for a permit to conduct research on the species identified above had been submitted by the above-named applicant. The requested permit has been issued 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). Permit No. 19108 authorizes continued research on northern elephant seal population status, reproduction, diving and fasting, physiology, and metabolism. Research methods include behavioral SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00006 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 observations, marking, capture and sampling, instrumentation, translocation, short-term captive holding, physiology studies, and acoustic studies. Research is permitted from California to Washington, but ˜ occurs primarily at Ano Nuevo. Incidental harassment and mortalities of northern elephant seals, and incidental harassment of California sea lions (Zalophus californianus), northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus), and Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) of the Eastern Distinct Population Segment is authorized. The permit expires June 30, 2020. 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 activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement. Dated: July 7, 2015. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2015–16914 Filed 7–9–15; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XD939 Marine Mammals; File No. 19526 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that a permit has been issued to Adam White, BBC Natural History Unit, The Limes, Lea, Malmesbury Wiltshire, SN16 9PG United Kingdom, to conduct commercial or educational photography on four species of cetaceans and five species of pinnipeds. ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review 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. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 15, 2015, notice was published in the SUMMARY: E:\FR\FM\10JYN1.SGM 10JYN1

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[Federal Register Volume 80, Number 132 (Friday, July 10, 2015)]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2015-16911]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XC014


Marine Mammals; File No. 17670

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 NMFS Northeast Fisheries 
Science Center, 166 Water Street, Woods Hole, MA 02543 (Responsible 
Party: William Karp, Ph.D.), has applied for an amendment to Scientific 
Research Permit No. 17670-02.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before August 10, 2015.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review by 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 also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by 
email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 17670 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 Sloan or Courtney Smith, (301) 
427-8401.

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SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 17670-02 
is requested 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).
    Permit No. 17670-00 issued on April 11, 2013 (77 FR 64959), 
authorized the permit holder to take gray (Halichoerus grypus), harbor 
(Phoca vitulina),, harp (Pagophilus groenlandicus), and hooded 
(Cystophora cristata) seals in waters within or proximal to the U.S. 
EEZ from North Carolina northward to Maine, during conduct of stock 
assessment research, including estimation of distribution and 
abundance, determination of stock structure, habitat requirements, 
foraging ecology, health assessment and effects of natural and 
anthropogenic factors. Types of take include harassment during 
shipboard, skiff, and aircraft transect and photo-identification 
surveys, and scat collection; and, capture with tissue sampling and 
instrument or tag attachment. A limited number of research-related 
mortality is also allowed, as well as world-wide import and export of 
pinniped samples. The permit was amended on two occasions via minor 
amendments: Permit No. 17670-01 authorized sampling of pinniped 
carcasses aboard commercial fishing vessels; and, Permit No. 17670-02 
authorized nail clipping and fecal loop sampling during permitted 
captures.
    The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to include 
authorization to (1) increase the number of gray and harbor seals 
harassed annually during research; (2) add use of unmanned aircraft 
systems to survey seals; (3) increase the number of gray and harbor 
seals captured and handled for sampling and instrumentation, and 
increase the frequency of sampling; (4) increase the number of biopsy 
samples (from one to two) taken during sampling; (5) add harassment 
from photo-identification of gray seals to study pup molting; (6) 
increase the number of gray and harbor seal samples imported/exported 
annually; (7) increase unintentional mortality including via euthanasia 
in the event sick or injured seals are inadvertently captured. Take 
numbers are enumerated in the amendment request take tables.
    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 this application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: July 7, 2015.
Julia Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2015-16911 Filed 7-9-15; 8:45 am]
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