National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Issuance of permit amendment.
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Michael J. Moore, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution, Woods Hole, MA 02543, has been issued an amendment to scientific research Permit No. 1032.
The amendment and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s):
Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/713-2289);
Regional Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, (978/281-9250); and
Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, 9721 Executive Center Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432 (813/570-5312).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ruth Johnson, 301/713-2289.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On December 10, 1999, notice was published in the Federal Register (64 FR 73523) that an amendment of Permit No. 1032, issued April 18, 1997 (62 FR 23229), had been requested by the above-named individual. The requested amendment has been granted 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 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222-226), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.).
The Permit, as amended, authorizes at-sea biopsy darting of large whales, blubber acoustic assay, passive acoustic listening, and inadvertent harassment of large whales in Atlantic Ocean, international waters and Caribbean.
Issuance of this amendment, as required by the ESA was based on a finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species which is the subject of this permit, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.Start Signature
Dated: June 8, 2000.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 00-15021 Filed 6-13-00; 8:45 am]
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