2018-09959. Marine Mammals and Endangered Species  

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    AGENCY:

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

    ACTION:

    Notice; issuance of permits and permit amendments.

    SUMMARY:

    Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable.

    ADDRESSES:

    The permits 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.

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    FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

    Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 21419 and Permit No. 21251), Courtney Smith Start Printed Page 21766(Permit No. 21321), and Shasta McClenahan (14450-05, 14856-06, 16239-03, 17312-01, 18636-01, and 20556-01); at (301) 427-8401.

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    SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

    Notices were published in the Federal Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit or permit amendment had been submitted by the below-named applicants. To locate the Federal Register notice that announced our receipt of the application and a complete description of the research, go to www.federalregister.gov and search on the permit number provided in the table below.

    Permit No.RINApplicantPrevious Federal Register noticePermit or amendment issuance date
    14450-050648-XS35NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (Responsible Party: Bonnie Ponwith, Ph.D.), 75 Virginia Beach Drive, Miami, FL 3314982 FR 55804; November 24, 2017April 23, 2018.
    14856-060648-XB157Bruce R. Mate, Ph.D., Hatfield Marine Science Center, Oregon State University, Newport, OR 9736582 FR 55804; November 24, 2017April 23, 2018.
    16239-030648-XC268Dan Engelhaupt, Ph.D., 1209 Independence Blvd., Virginia Beach, VA 2345582 FR 55804; November 24, 2017April 23, 2018.
    17312-030648-XC268Scripps Institution of Oceanography (Responsible Party: John Hildebrand, Ph.D.), University of California, 8635 Discovery Way, La Jolla, CA 9209382 FR 55804; November 24, 2017April 23, 2018.
    18636-010648-XE075Iain Kerr, D.H.L., Ocean Alliance, 32 Horton Street, Gloucester, MA 0193082 FR 55804; November 24, 2017April 23, 2018.
    20556-010648-XF508Georgia Department of Natural Resources (Responsible Party: Jonathan Ambrose), 2070 U.S. Highway 278 Southeast, Social Circle, GA 3002582 FR 32328; July 13, 2017April 30, 2018.
    212510648-XG039Waikiki Aquarium (Responsible Party: Dr. Andrew Rossiter), 2777 Kalakaua Avenue, Honolulu, HI 9681583 FR 7455; February 21, 2018April 30, 2018.
    213210648-XG047Pacific Whale Foundation (Responsible Party: Stephanie Stack, M.Sc.), 300 Maalaea Road, Suite 211, Wailuku, HI 9679383 FR 8655; February 28, 2018April 23, 2018.
    214190648-XG029Shannon Atkinson, Ph.D., University of Alaska Fairbanks, 17101 Point Lena Loop Road, Juneau, AK 9980183 FR 7454; February 21, 2018April 23, 2018.

    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 activities proposed in Permit Nos. 20556-01, 21251, 21321, and 21419 are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

    For Permit Nos. 14450-05, 14856-06, 16239-03, 17312-01, and 18636-01, an environmental assessment (EA) was prepared analyzing the effects of the permitted activities on the human environment in compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.). Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance of the permit amendments 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 April 23, 2018.

    As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA.

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    Authority: The requested permits have been issued under 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), as applicable.

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    Dated: May 7, 2018.

    Julia Marie Harrison,

    Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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    [FR Doc. 2018-09959 Filed 5-9-18; 8:45 am]

    BILLING CODE 3510-22-P

Document Information

Published:
05/10/2018
Department:
Commerce Department
Agency:
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
EntryType:
Notice
Action:
Notice; issuance of permits and permit amendments.
Document Number:
2018-09959
Pages:
21765-21766 (2 pages)
SectionNoes:
PDF File:
2018-09959.pdf