Marine Mammals; File No. 21476, 13908 [2019-06871]

Download as PDF 13908 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 67 / Monday, April 8, 2019 / Notices Review Workshop is an Assessment Summary documenting panel opinions regarding the strengths and weaknesses of the stock assessment and input data. Participants for SEDAR Workshops are appointed by the Gulf of Mexico, South Atlantic, and Caribbean Fishery Management Councils and NOAA Fisheries Southeast Regional Office, HMS Management Division, and Southeast Fisheries Science Center. Participants include data collectors and database managers; stock assessment scientists, biologists, and researchers; constituency representatives including fishermen, environmentalists, and NGO’s; International experts; and staff of Councils, Commissions, and state and federal agencies. The items of discussion during the Assessment Webinar are as follows: 1. Using datasets and initial assessment analysis recommended from the in-person workshop, panelists will employ assessment models to evaluate stock status, estimate population benchmarks and management criteria, and project future conditions. 2. Participants will recommend the most appropriate methods and configurations for determining stock status and estimating population parameters. 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. Action will be restricted to those issues specifically identified in this notice and any issues arising after publication of this notice that require emergency action under section 305(c) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act, provided the public has been notified of the intent to take final action to address the emergency. Special Accommodations These meetings are physically accessible to people with disabilities. Requests for sign language interpretation or other auxiliary aids should be directed to the Council office (see ADDRESSES) at least 5 business days prior to each webinar. Note: The times and sequence specified in this agenda are subject to change. jbell on DSK30RV082PROD with NOTICES Authority: 16 U.S.C. 1801 et seq. Dated: April 3, 2019. Rey Israel Marquez, Acting Deputy Director, Office of Sustainable Fisheries, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–06892 Filed 4–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P VerDate Sep<11>2014 17:45 Apr 05, 2019 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XG853 Marine Mammals; File No. 21476 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Lars Bejder, Ph.D., University of Hawaii at Manoa, 46–007 Lilipuna Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct scientific research on cetaceans. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before May 8, 2019. 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. 21476 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 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: Shasta McClenahan or Carrie Hubard, (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.), 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 SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00047 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 9990 the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226). The applicant requests a five-year research permit to study cetaceans to: (1) Understand fundamental biology, ecology, abundance, and habitat use; (2) analyze and develop quantitative methods to evaluate social structures and the fine scale behavior and energetics between individuals; and (3) facilitate impact assessment and mitigation procedures to lessen impact of human activities on cetaceans. Up to 32 species of marine mammals may be targeted including the following ESA listed species: blue (Balaenoptera musculus), bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), fin (B. physalus), Hawaiian insular false killer (Pseudorca crassidens), humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), sei (B. borealis), sperm (Physeter macrocephalus), and Western North Pacific gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales. Research may occur year-round in U.S. and international waters of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, Alaska, and U.S. territories. Research will include unmanned aerial surveys and vessel surveys for counts, photography, video recording, and photogrammetry. Vessel surveys may also include underwater photography and video recording, passive acoustic recording, biological sampling (skin and blubber biopsy, sloughed skin, exhaled air, and feces), and suction-cup tagging. See the application for complete numbers of animals requested by species and procedure. 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: April 3, 2019. Amy Sloan, Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–06871 Filed 4–5–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P E:\FR\FM\08APN1.SGM 08APN1

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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 67 (Monday, April 8, 2019)]
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[FR Doc No: 2019-06871]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XG853


Marine Mammals; File No. 21476

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 Lars Bejder, Ph.D., University of 
Hawaii at Manoa, 46-007 Lilipuna Road, Kaneohe, Hawaii 96744, has 
applied in due form for a permit to conduct scientific research on 
cetaceans.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before May 8, 2019.

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. 21476 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 also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by 
email to [email protected]. 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: Shasta McClenahan or Carrie Hubard, 
(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.), 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).
    The applicant requests a five-year research permit to study 
cetaceans to: (1) Understand fundamental biology, ecology, abundance, 
and habitat use; (2) analyze and develop quantitative methods to 
evaluate social structures and the fine scale behavior and energetics 
between individuals; and (3) facilitate impact assessment and 
mitigation procedures to lessen impact of human activities on 
cetaceans. Up to 32 species of marine mammals may be targeted including 
the following ESA listed species: blue (Balaenoptera musculus), bowhead 
(Balaena mysticetus), fin (B. physalus), Hawaiian insular false killer 
(Pseudorca crassidens), humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), sei (B. 
borealis), sperm (Physeter macrocephalus), and Western North Pacific 
gray (Eschrichtius robustus) whales. Research may occur year-round in 
U.S. and international waters of the Pacific Ocean near Hawaii, Alaska, 
and U.S. territories. Research will include unmanned aerial surveys and 
vessel surveys for counts, photography, video recording, and 
photogrammetry. Vessel surveys may also include underwater photography 
and video recording, passive acoustic recording, biological sampling 
(skin and blubber biopsy, sloughed skin, exhaled air, and feces), and 
suction-cup tagging. See the application for complete numbers of 
animals requested by species and procedure.
    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: April 3, 2019.
Amy Sloan,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-06871 Filed 4-5-19; 8:45 am]
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