Marine Mammals; File No. 23807, 60767 [2020-21334]

Download as PDF Federal Register / Vol. 85, No. 188 / Monday, September 28, 2020 / Notices consistency appeal 160 days after the Notice of Appeal is published in the Federal Register. 15 CFR 930.130(a)(1). However, the CZMA authorizes the NOAA Administrator to stay the closing of the decision record for up to 60 days when the NOAA Administrator determines it is necessary to receive, on an expedited basis, any supplemental information specifically requested by the NOAA Administrator to complete a consistency review or any clarifying information submitted by a party to the proceeding related to information in the consolidated record compiled by the lead Federal permitting agency. 15 CFR 930.130(a)(2), (3). After reviewing the decision record developed to date, the NOAA Administrator has decided to solicit supplemental and clarifying information. In order to allow time for the receipt of this information, the NOAA Administrator hereby stays closure of the decision record, currently scheduled to occur on September 28, 2020, until November 27, 2020. NOAA has provided access to publicly available materials and related documents comprising the appeal record on the following website: https:// www.regulations.gov/docket?D=NOAAHQ-2020-0058. Adam Dilts, Chief, Oceans and Coasts Section, NOAA Office of the General Counsel. [FR Doc. 2020–20869 Filed 9–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–JE–P DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration [RTID 0648–XA500] Marine Mammals; File No. 23807 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 Plimsoll Productions Limited, 51–55 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LY, United Kingdom (Responsible Party: Anuschka Schofield), has applied for an amendment to Permit No. 23807. DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before October 28, 2020 ADDRESSES: These documents are available upon written request via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. SUMMARY: VerDate Sep<11>2014 18:25 Sep 25, 2020 Jkt 250001 Written comments on this application should be submitted via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 23807 in the subject line of the email comment. Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request via email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@ noaa.gov. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate. Erin Markin or Carrie Hubard, (301) 427– 8401. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: The subject amendment to Permit No. 23807 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. 23807, issued on June 11, 2020 (85 FR 35637), authorizes the permit holder to film bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) by land, vessel, and unmanned aircraft systems in coastal waters off of Charleston County, South Carolina, for a wildlife documentary series that reveals the unique behaviors and adaptations that set different families of animals apart. The permit holder is requesting the permit be amended to include authorization to increase the number of bottlenose dolphins that can be filmed from 630 to 720, annually. In addition, the permit holder is requesting to expand the filming area to up to 3 miles offshore from Charleston County. The expanded study area and increased takes will allow the permit holder to film dolphins feeding near shrimp boats, another adaptive behavior. The permit expires on December 31, 2024. 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. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Dated: September 23, 2020. Julia Marie Harrison, Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service. [FR Doc. 2020–21334 Filed 9–25–20; 8:45 am] BILLING CODE 3510–22–P PO 00000 Frm 00016 Fmt 4703 Sfmt 4703 60767 DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration RTID 0648–XA492 Marine Mammals; File No. 22382 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 SeaWorld, LLC. (Responsible Party: Christopher Dold, DVM), 9205 Southpark Center Loop, Suite 400, Orlando, Florida 32819, to import one stranded, nonreleasable (captive) adult female Pacific white-sided dolphin (Lagenorhynchus obliquidens) for public display purposes. SUMMARY: The permit and related documents are available online at https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/ seaworld-permit-application-importpacific-white-sided-dolphin. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Courtney Smith or Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427–8401. SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 12, 2020, notice was published in the Federal Register (85 FR 14467) that a request for a public display import permit 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.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216). The permit authorizes the importation of one stranded, non-releasable (captive) adult female Pacific white-sided dolphin from Vancouver Aquarium (Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada) to SeaWorld of Texas (San Antonio, Texas) for public display purposes. The permit will expire on September 15, 2023, or upon the importation of the dolphin, whichever occurs first. The permit authorizes the importation only, which may occur over the 3-year duration of the permit. Once the dolphin is transported to SeaWorld of Texas, a permit is not required for its holding under public display. 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. ADDRESSES: E:\FR\FM\28SEN1.SGM 28SEN1

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[RTID 0648-XA500]


Marine Mammals; File No. 23807

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 Plimsoll Productions Limited, 51-
55 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LY, United Kingdom (Responsible 
Party: Anuschka Schofield), has applied for an amendment to Permit No. 
23807.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before October 28, 2020

ADDRESSES: These documents are available upon written request via email 
to [email protected].
    Written comments on this application should be submitted via email 
to [email protected]. Please include File No. 23807 in the 
subject line of the email comment.
    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a 
written request via email to [email protected]. The request 
should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application 
would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Markin or Carrie Hubard, (301) 
427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 23807 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. 23807, issued on June 11, 2020 (85 FR 35637), authorizes 
the permit holder to film bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus) by 
land, vessel, and unmanned aircraft systems in coastal waters off of 
Charleston County, South Carolina, for a wildlife documentary series 
that reveals the unique behaviors and adaptations that set different 
families of animals apart. The permit holder is requesting the permit 
be amended to include authorization to increase the number of 
bottlenose dolphins that can be filmed from 630 to 720, annually. In 
addition, the permit holder is requesting to expand the filming area to 
up to 3 miles offshore from Charleston County. The expanded study area 
and increased takes will allow the permit holder to film dolphins 
feeding near shrimp boats, another adaptive behavior. The permit 
expires on December 31, 2024.
    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: September 23, 2020.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2020-21334 Filed 9-25-20; 8:45 am]
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