Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14856 and 14809, 1620-1621 [2016-00455]

Download as PDF 1620 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2016 / Notices FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Coral Reef Conservation Program Coral Reef Conservation Program, Office for Coastal Management, National Ocean Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. ACTION: Notice of public meeting, notice of public comment. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given of a public meeting of the U.S. Coral Reef Task Force (USCRTF). The meeting will be held in Washington, DC, at the U.S. Department of Interior South Building, 1925 Constitution Avenue NW. The meeting provides a forum for coordinated planning and action among federal agencies, state and territorial governments, and nongovernmental partners. The meeting will be held Thursday, February 18, 2016. Additional workshops will be on Tuesday February 16; Wednesday, February 17; and Friday, February 19. 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Donna Rivelli, Deputy Associate Assistant Administrator for Management and Deputy CFO/CAO, Ocean Services and Coastal Zone Management, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. [FR Doc. 2016–00017 Filed 1–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XB157 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14856 and 14809 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendments. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that major amendments to Permit No. 14809–01 and Permit No. 14856–03 have been issued to Douglas Nowacek, Ph.D., Duke University Marine Laboratory, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., Beaufort, NC 28516 and Bruce R. Mate, Ph.D., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR 97365, respectively. ADDRESSES: The permit amendments 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 EastWest Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427– 8401; fax (301) 713–0376. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Hapeman or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 29, 2015 and April 2, 2015, notices were published in the Federal Register (80 FR 36975 and 80 FR 17721, respectively) that a request for amendments to Permit Nos. 14809–01 and 14856–03 to conduct research on SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00023 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 marine mammals had been submitted by the above-named applicants. The requested permit amendments have 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), 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. 14809–01 authorizes Dr. Nowacek to conduct comparative research on 34 species/stocks of cetaceans in the North Atlantic, North Pacific and Southern Oceans. Authorized activities include suction cup tagging, acoustic playbacks, passive acoustics, biopsy sampling, photoidentification, behavioral observations, and incidental harassment during vessel surveys. The research objectives are to: (1) Document baseline foraging and social behavior of cetacean species under different ecological conditions; (2) place these behaviors in a population-level context; and (3) determine how these species respond to various natural sound sources. The permit has been amended (No. 02) to authorize the use of dart/barb tags during tagging efforts on Cuvier’s beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris), short-finned pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus), Risso’s dolphins (Grampus griseus), Arnoux’s beaked whales (Berardius arnuxii), Antarctic minke whales (Balaenoptera bonaerensis) and endangered humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) during vessel surveys. The permit is valid through March 31, 2019. Permit No. 14856–03 authorizes Dr. Mate to take 66 species of cetaceans and 12 species of pinnipeds in U.S. and international waters worldwide for scientific research. The purposes of the research are to: (1) Identify migration routes; (2) identify specific feeding and breeding grounds; (3) characterize local movements and dive habits in both feeding and breeding grounds, and during migration; (4) examine the relationships between movements/dive habits and prey distribution, time of day, geographic location, or physical and biological oceanographic conditions; (5) characterize whale vocalizations; (6) characterize sound pressure levels to which whales are exposed; and (7) gather photoidentification and behavioral information. Researchers are authorized to conduct aerial and vessel surveys and a suite of research activities including: Observations, biopsy sampling, tagging, E:\FR\FM\13JAN1.SGM 13JAN1 Federal Register / Vol. 81, No. 8 / Wednesday, January 13, 2016 / Notices and import, receive or export parts. The permit has been amended (No. 04) to increase the number of humpback whales that may be taken by Level B harassment during surveys from 1,000 to 2,000 animals annually. The permit expires December 31, 2018. In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) (NEPA), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed for Permit No. 14809– 02 is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement. A supplemental EA analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human environment was prepared for Permit No. 14856–04 in compliance with NEPA. Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the permit would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment and that preparation of an environmental impact statement was not required. That determination is documented in a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on October 27, 2015. As required by the ESA, issuance of the permits was based on a finding that each permit: (1) Was applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Dated: January 6, 2016. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2016–00455 Filed 1–12–16; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE384 Endangered Species; File No. 19496 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. asabaliauskas on DSK5VPTVN1PROD with NOTICES AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Mariana Fuentes, Florida State University, 532 Hart Street, Tallahassee, FL 32301, has applied in due form for a permit to take loggerhead (Caretta caretta), Kemp’s ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), green (Chelonia mydas), and hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) sea SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 16:59 Jan 12, 2016 Jkt 238001 turtles for purposes of scientific research. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before February 12, 2016. 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. 19496 from the list of available applications. 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[Federal Register Volume 81, Number 8 (Wednesday, January 13, 2016)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XB157


Marine Mammals; File Nos. 14856 and 14809

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

ACTION: Notice; issuance of permit amendments.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that major amendments to Permit No. 
14809-01 and Permit No. 14856-03 have been issued to Douglas Nowacek, 
Ph.D., Duke University Marine Laboratory, 135 Duke Marine Lab Rd., 
Beaufort, NC 28516 and Bruce R. Mate, Ph.D., Hatfield Marine Science 
Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR 97365, respectively.

ADDRESSES: The permit amendments 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 Hapeman or Carrie Hubard, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On June 29, 2015 and April 2, 2015, notices 
were published in the Federal Register (80 FR 36975 and 80 FR 17721, 
respectively) that a request for amendments to Permit Nos. 14809-01 and 
14856-03 to conduct research on marine mammals had been submitted by 
the above-named applicants. The requested permit amendments have 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), 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. 14809-01 authorizes Dr. Nowacek to conduct comparative 
research on 34 species/stocks of cetaceans in the North Atlantic, North 
Pacific and Southern Oceans. Authorized activities include suction cup 
tagging, acoustic playbacks, passive acoustics, biopsy sampling, photo-
identification, behavioral observations, and incidental harassment 
during vessel surveys. The research objectives are to: (1) Document 
baseline foraging and social behavior of cetacean species under 
different ecological conditions; (2) place these behaviors in a 
population-level context; and (3) determine how these species respond 
to various natural sound sources. The permit has been amended (No. 02) 
to authorize the use of dart/barb tags during tagging efforts on 
Cuvier's beaked whales (Ziphius cavirostris), short-finned pilot whales 
(Globicephala macrorhynchus), Risso's dolphins (Grampus griseus), 
Arnoux's beaked whales (Berardius arnuxii), Antarctic minke whales 
(Balaenoptera bonaerensis) and endangered humpback whales (Megaptera 
novaeangliae) during vessel surveys. The permit is valid through March 
31, 2019.
    Permit No. 14856-03 authorizes Dr. Mate to take 66 species of 
cetaceans and 12 species of pinnipeds in U.S. and international waters 
worldwide for scientific research. The purposes of the research are to: 
(1) Identify migration routes; (2) identify specific feeding and 
breeding grounds; (3) characterize local movements and dive habits in 
both feeding and breeding grounds, and during migration; (4) examine 
the relationships between movements/dive habits and prey distribution, 
time of day, geographic location, or physical and biological 
oceanographic conditions; (5) characterize whale vocalizations; (6) 
characterize sound pressure levels to which whales are exposed; and (7) 
gather photo-identification and behavioral information. Researchers are 
authorized to conduct aerial and vessel surveys and a suite of research 
activities including: Observations, biopsy sampling, tagging,

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and import, receive or export parts. The permit has been amended (No. 
04) to increase the number of humpback whales that may be taken by 
Level B harassment during surveys from 1,000 to 2,000 animals annually. 
The permit expires December 31, 2018.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.) (NEPA), a final determination has been made 
that the activity proposed for Permit No. 14809-02 is categorically 
excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment 
(EA) or environmental impact statement.
    A supplemental EA analyzing the effects of the permitted activities 
on the human environment was prepared for Permit No. 14856-04 in 
compliance with NEPA. Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined 
that issuance of the permit would not significantly impact the quality 
of the human environment and that preparation of an environmental 
impact statement was not required. That determination is documented in 
a Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on October 27, 2015.
    As required by the ESA, issuance of the permits was based on a 
finding that each permit: (1) Was applied for in good faith; (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) is 
consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the 
ESA.

    Dated: January 6, 2016.
Julia Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2016-00455 Filed 1-12-16; 8:45 am]
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