National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Receipt of request to modify research permits 1178 and 1295.
Notice is hereby given of the following actions regarding permits for takes of endangered and threatened species for the purposes of scientific research and/or enhancement under the Endangered Species Act (ESA): NMFS has received a request to modify permits (1178 and 1295) from Dr. Michael Sissenwine, of Northeast Fisheries Science Center.
Comments or requests for a public hearing on any of the new applications or modification requests must be received at the appropriate address or fax number no later than 5 p.m. eastern standard time on November 26, 2001.
Written comments on any of the new applications or modification requests should be sent to the appropriate office as indicated below. Comments may also be sent via fax to the number indicated for the application or modification request. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-mail or the Internet. The applications and related documents are available for Start Printed Page 54234review in the indicated office, by appointment:
For permits 1178, 1295: Endangered Species Division, F/PR3, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone:301-713-1401, fax: 301-713-0376).Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Lillian Becker, Silver Spring, MD (phone: 301-713-2319, fax: 301-713-0376, e-mail: Lillian.Becker@noaa.gov)End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
Issuance of permits and permit modifications, as required by the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543) (ESA), is based on a finding that such permits/modifications: (1) are applied for in good faith; (2) would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species which are the subject of the permits; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA. Scientific research and/or enhancement permits are issued under section 10 (a)(1)(A) of the ESA. Authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits. Permits and modifications are issued in accordance with and are subject to the ESA and NMFS regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 222-226).
Those individuals requesting a hearing on an application listed in this notice should set out the specific reasons why a hearing on that application would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such hearing is at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. All statements and opinions contained in the permit action summaries are those of the applicant and do not necessarily reflect the views of NMFS.
Species Covered in This Notice
The following species are covered in this notice:
Threatened and endangered Green turtle (Chelonia mydas)
Endangered Hawksbill turtle (Eretmochelys imbricata)
Endangered Kemp's ridley turtle (Lepidochelys kempii)
Endangered Leatherback turtle (Dermochelys coriacea)
Threatened Loggerhead turtle (Caretta caretta)
Modification Requests Received
The applicant requests a modification to Permit 1178. Permit 1178 authorizes the tagging, handling, collection of skin biopsies, and release of the above listed turtles. Modification #3 would authorize the importing and exporting of dead turtles and turtle specimens to/from the US and to import live turtles for the purpose of rehabilitation.
The applicant requests a modification to Permit 1295. Permit 1295 authorizes the tagging, handling, biopsy, and release of the above listed turtles. Modification #1 would authorize the importing and exporting of dead turtles and turtle specimens to/from the US and to import live turtles for the purpose of rehabilitation.Start Signature
Dated: October 22, 2001.
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 01-27042 Filed 10-25-01; 8:45 am]
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