Marine Mammals; File No. 20430, 30092-30093 [2019-13594]

Download as PDF 30092 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 26, 2019 / Notices Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS Dr. David Weller, Research Biologist, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center Dr. Jeffrey Moore, Research Biologist, Marine Mammal and Turtle Division, NMFS, Southwest Fisheries Science Center For the Makah Tribe Jonathan Scordino, Marine Mammal Biologist, Makah Tribe Marine Mammal Program John W. Bickham, Ph.D., Geneticist and Professor Emeritus, Department of Wildlife & Fisheries Sciences, Texas A&M University John R. Brandon, Ph.D., Biometrician Joshua L. Reid, Ph.D., Historian and Professor, University of Washington Greig Arnold, Member of the Makah Tribe and former Chairman, Vice Chairman, and member of the Makah Tribal Council Polly DeBari, Member of the Makah Tribe Maria Pascua, Member of the Makah Tribe Daniel J. Greene, Sr., Member of the Makah Tribe Brett Sommermeyer, Esq., Sea Shepherd Legal For AWI Donald J. Schubert, Wildlife Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute Dr. Naomi Rose, Wildlife Biologist, Animal Welfare Institute For Peninsula Citizens for the Protection of Whales Margaret Owens, Member, Peninsula Citizens for the Protection of Whales New Issues Identified jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES Dated: June 21, 2019. Barry A. Thom, Regional Administrator, West Coast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–13613 Filed 6–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P For SSL The following issue was not included in the notice of hearing published on April 5, 2019 (84 FR 13639): Is the ENP stock currently undergoing an Unusual Mortality Event (UME)? If so, does this merit further consideration before a waiver may be granted? Any person desiring to participate as a party at the hearing on the new issue of fact must file a notice of intent to participate with the NMFS West Coast Region Regional Administrator by certified mail, postmarked no later than July 8, 2019, as described in the DATES and ADDRESSES sections above. Scheduling of the Hearing The hearing on this matter is currently scheduled to begin on August 12, 2019 in the Jackson Federal VerDate Sep<11>2014 Building, Seattle, WA. At the prehearing conference, several parties requested a change in the date of the proceeding due to issues concerning the availability of witnesses and counsel. The parties are briefing the presiding officer on this issue. If the presiding officer reschedules the hearing, a notice will be published in the Federal Register. The presiding officer, Judge George J. Jordan, prepared the contents of this notice. A copy of the draft notice Judge Jordan submitted to the NMFS Regulations Unit for filing with the Office of the Federal Register (OFR) was made available to all parties to this proceeding. The NMFS Regulations Unit reviewed the notice to ensure consistency with the OFR filing requirements. NMFS was otherwise not involved in the review of the contents of the notice. The signature of NMFS West Coast Regional Administrator Barry Thom is required to authorize the filing of the notice with the OFR. 18:47 Jun 25, 2019 Jkt 247001 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RIN 0648–XE938 Marine Mammals; File No. 20430 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 James Harvey, Ph.D., Moss Landing Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 20430. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before July 26, 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 home page, https:// apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 20430 from the list of available applications. SUMMARY: PO 00000 Frm 00011 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 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 Amy Hapeman, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 20430 is requested 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 (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. 20430, issued on March 30, 2017 (82 FR 29053), authorizes the permit holder to conduct research on 12 species of marine mammals in California waters to study their distribution, movement, diet, foraging, and acoustic behaviors. Permitted research activities include passive acoustic recordings, behavioral observations, photography, photoidentification, videography, biological sampling (skin and blubber biopsy or sloughed skin), tagging (suction cup or dart/barb), and tracking. Additionally, a small number of non-target marine mammals may be incidentally harassed during research. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to (1) authorize aerial surveys by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for photography, video recording, and photogrammetry for a new research objective to determine morphometric measurements to better understand reproductive health, growth rates, maneuverability, and energy capacity; (2) increase the number of takes for humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) to 500 Level B E:\FR\FM\26JNN1.SGM 26JNN1 Federal Register / Vol. 84, No. 123 / Wednesday, June 26, 2019 / Notices harassment takes, 50 suction-cup tags, and 35 dart/barb tags, annually, due to their increased presence in the research area; and (3) increase the number of incidental disturbance takes for California sea lions (Zalophus californianus) to 1,000 individuals, annually. 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: June 21, 2019. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2019–13594 Filed 6–25–19; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [0648–XR004] Marine Mammals; File No. 21163 National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce. ACTION: Notice; receipt of application. AGENCY: Notice is hereby given that Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research, 2468 Camp McKenzie Trl NW, Seabeck, WA 98380 (Responsible Party: Greg Schorr), has applied in due form for a permit to conduct research on and import specimens of 38 marine mammal species including the following endangered species and Distinct Population Segments (DPSs): Cook Inlet DPS of beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas), blue whale (Balaenoptera musculus), Main Hawaiian Islands Insular DPS of false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens), fin whale (B. physalus), Western North Pacific DPS and Central America DPS of humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), Southern resident DPS of killer whale (Orcinus orca), North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), sei whale (B. borealis), and sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus). jbell on DSK3GLQ082PROD with NOTICES SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:47 Jun 25, 2019 Jkt 247001 Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before July 26, 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. 21163 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: Amy Hapeman or Sara Young, (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.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). The applicant requests a five-year permit to assess the biology and ecology of cetaceans in U.S. and international waters along the U.S. west coast south to the Baja California Peninsula, Hawaii and Alaska. The main research objectives are to investigate cetacean (1) distribution, abundance, stock structure, habitat use and demographics, (2) behavioral ecology, (3) population health and exposure to potential stressors, and (4) behavioral responses to military sound sources. Research would be conducted from vessel and aerial platforms (manned and DATES: PO 00000 Frm 00012 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 30093 unmanned aircraft systems), for: Counts, sample collection (prey remains, fecal, sloughed skin, skin and blubber biopsy, breath), observations, acoustic recordings, acoustic playbacks, photoidentification, videography, photogrammetry, tagging and tracking. Researchers may incidentally disturb seven pinniped species, including the endangered Western DPS of Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus) and Hawaiian monk seals (Neomonachus schauinslandi), during studies. Biological samples collected in international waters may be imported and re-exported. See the application for take numbers requested. 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: June 21, 2019. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. 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[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 123 (Wednesday, June 26, 2019)]
[Notices]
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From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2019-13594]


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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XE938


Marine Mammals; File No. 20430

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 James Harvey, Ph.D., Moss Landing 
Marine Laboratories, 8272 Moss Landing Road, Moss Landing, CA 95039, 
has applied for an amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 20430.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before July 26, 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 
home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 
20430 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 Amy Hapeman, 
(301) 427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 20430 is 
requested 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 (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. 20430, issued on March 30, 2017 (82 FR 29053), 
authorizes the permit holder to conduct research on 12 species of 
marine mammals in California waters to study their distribution, 
movement, diet, foraging, and acoustic behaviors. Permitted research 
activities include passive acoustic recordings, behavioral 
observations, photography, photo-identification, videography, 
biological sampling (skin and blubber biopsy or sloughed skin), tagging 
(suction cup or dart/barb), and tracking. Additionally, a small number 
of non-target marine mammals may be incidentally harassed during 
research.
    The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to (1) 
authorize aerial surveys by unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for 
photography, video recording, and photogrammetry for a new research 
objective to determine morphometric measurements to better understand 
reproductive health, growth rates, maneuverability, and energy 
capacity; (2) increase the number of takes for humpback whales 
(Megaptera novaeangliae) to 500 Level B

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harassment takes, 50 suction-cup tags, and 35 dart/barb tags, annually, 
due to their increased presence in the research area; and (3) increase 
the number of incidental disturbance takes for California sea lions 
(Zalophus californianus) to 1,000 individuals, annually.
    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: June 21, 2019.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-13594 Filed 6-25-19; 8:45 am]
 BILLING CODE 3510-22-P