National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Receipt of application.
Notice is hereby given that Mr. Clive Lonsdale, Lonsdale Films, 113 Fakenham Road, Great Ryburg, Norfolk NR21 7AQ, United Kingdom, has applied in due form for a permit to take orcas (Orcinus orca) and gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) for purposes of commercial photography.
Written comments must be received on or before May 25, 2000.
The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s):
Permits Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13130, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/713-2289); and
Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, 709 W 9th Street, Federal Building, Room 461, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802 (907-586-7235).End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
The subject permit is requested under the authority of § 104(c)(6) 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). Section 104(c)(6) provides for photography for educational or commercial purposes involving non-endangered and non-threatened marine mammals in the wild. NMFS is currently working on proposed regulations to implement this provision. However, in the meantime, NMFS has received and is processing this request as a “pilot” application for Level B Harassment of non-listed and non-Start Printed Page 24186depleted marine mammals for photographic purposes.
The applicant seeks authorization to inadvertently harass up to 10 orcas (Orcinus orca) and 2 gray whales (Eschrichtius robustus) during the course of filming activities in the Alaskan waters of the Bering Strait over a one year period.
Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this particular request would be appropriate.
Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301) 713-0376, provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Please note that comments will not be accepted by e-mail or by other electronic media.
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.Start Signature
Dated: April 18, 2000.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 00-10302 Filed 4-24-00; 8:45 am]
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