Marine Mammals; File Nos. 18059 and 19655, 3727 [2017-00472]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 82, No. 8 / Thursday, January 12, 2017 / Notices Estimated Total Annual Burden Hours: 7,226. Estimated Total Annual Cost to Public: $13,841 in recordkeeping/ reporting costs. IV. Request for Comments 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 (including hours and cost) of the proposed collection of information; (c) ways to enhance the quality, utility, and clarity of the information to be collected; and (d) ways to minimize the burden of the collection of information on respondents, including through the use of automated collection techniques or other forms of information technology. Comments submitted in response to this notice will be summarized and/or included in the request for OMB approval of this information collection; they also will become a matter of public record. Dated: January 9, 2017. Sarah Brabson, NOAA PRA Clearance Officer. [FR Doc. 2017–00557 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF085 Marine Mammals; File Nos. 18059 and 19655 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that David Wiley, Ph.D., Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 02066 and Adam Pack, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 West Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720, have applied in due form for permits to conduct scientific research on cetaceans. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before February 13, 2017. ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review by selecting ‘‘Records Open for Public Comment’’ from the ‘‘Features’’ mstockstill on DSK3G9T082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:28 Jan 11, 2017 Jkt 241001 box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species (APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 18059 or 19655 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 these applications 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 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 these applications would be appropriate. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Young or Amy Hapeman (File No. 18059), Carrie Hubard or Shasta McClenahan (File No. 19655), (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits are requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA; 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 222–226). File No. 18059: The applicant requests a five-year scientific research permit to investigate the foraging ecology, habitat use, physiology, and acoustic and social behavior of humpback (Megaptera noveaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), minke (B. acutorostrata), and sei (B. borealis) whales in the Gulf of Maine. Up to 130 adult and juvenile humpbacks, 90 fin, 60 minke, and 70 sei whales would be approached for suction cup tagging, prey mapping, obtaining biological samples including biopsies, and photo ID. Up to 10 humpback calves, 5 fin calves, and 4 sei calves would also be approached for tagging and blow sampling. Up to 690 humpback, 480 fin, 250 minke, and 370 sei whales would be incidentally harassed during this research. PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 3727 File No. 19655: The applicant proposes to study humpback whales and other cetacean species in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands and Alaska. Research methods include passive acoustics, photo-identification, photogrammetry, opportunistic collection of fecal and skin samples, and remote biopsy sampling. A subset of humpback whales would also receive suction cup tags. Other endangered species targeted for study include: Blue (B. musculus), bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), fin, North Pacific right (Eubalaena japonica), sei, and sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and the Main Hawaiian Insular stock of false killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). An additional 21 marine mammal species would also be studied. The objectives of the research are to continue the long-term population study of the behavior, biology, and communication systems of humpback whales and other cetaceans. Specific topics to be investigated include individual life histories, social roles, migration, habitat use, distribution, and evolution of humpback song. The permit would be valid for five years. 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 activities proposed are 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 applications to the Marine Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors. Dated: January 6, 2017. Julia Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2017–00472 Filed 1–11–17; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XF084 Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Surveys Along the Oregon and California Coasts National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. AGENCY: E:\FR\FM\12JAN1.SGM 12JAN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF085


Marine Mammals; File Nos. 18059 and 19655

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of applications.

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SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that David Wiley, Ph.D., Stellwagen 
Bank National Marine Sanctuary, 175 Edward Foster Road, Scituate, MA 
02066 and Adam Pack, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Hilo, 200 West 
Kawili Street, Hilo, HI 96720, have applied in due form for permits to 
conduct scientific research on cetaceans.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before February 13, 2017.

ADDRESSES: The applications 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. 18059 or 19655 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 these applications 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 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 these applications would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Sara Young or Amy Hapeman (File No. 
18059), Carrie Hubard or Shasta McClenahan (File No. 19655), (301) 427-
8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permits are requested under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 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 222-226).
    File No. 18059: The applicant requests a five-year scientific 
research permit to investigate the foraging ecology, habitat use, 
physiology, and acoustic and social behavior of humpback (Megaptera 
noveaeangliae), fin (Balaenoptera physalus), minke (B. acutorostrata), 
and sei (B. borealis) whales in the Gulf of Maine. Up to 130 adult and 
juvenile humpbacks, 90 fin, 60 minke, and 70 sei whales would be 
approached for suction cup tagging, prey mapping, obtaining biological 
samples including biopsies, and photo ID. Up to 10 humpback calves, 5 
fin calves, and 4 sei calves would also be approached for tagging and 
blow sampling. Up to 690 humpback, 480 fin, 250 minke, and 370 sei 
whales would be incidentally harassed during this research.
    File No. 19655: The applicant proposes to study humpback whales and 
other cetacean species in the waters off the Hawaiian Islands and 
Alaska. Research methods include passive acoustics, photo-
identification, photogrammetry, opportunistic collection of fecal and 
skin samples, and remote biopsy sampling. A subset of humpback whales 
would also receive suction cup tags. Other endangered species targeted 
for study include: Blue (B. musculus), bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), 
fin, North Pacific right (Eubalaena japonica), sei, and sperm whales 
(Physeter macrocephalus) and the Main Hawaiian Insular stock of false 
killer whales (Pseudorca crassidens). An additional 21 marine mammal 
species would also be studied. The objectives of the research are to 
continue the long-term population study of the behavior, biology, and 
communication systems of humpback whales and other cetaceans. Specific 
topics to be investigated include individual life histories, social 
roles, migration, habitat use, distribution, and evolution of humpback 
song. The permit would be valid for five years.
    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 activities proposed are 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 applications to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: January 6, 2017.
Julia Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-00472 Filed 1-11-17; 8:45 am]
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