National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Receipt of an application for an enhancement permit (1361).
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 an application for an enhancement permit from Mr. Robert Metzger, of Metzger Wildlife Surveys (1361).
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 March 15, 2002.
Written comments on the new application should be sent to the appropriate office as indicated below. Comments may also be sent via fax to the number indicated for the application. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-mail or the Internet. The applications and related documents are available for review in the indicated office, by appointment:
Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, 1315 East West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (phone:301-713-2289, 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 Start Printed Page 6692 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)
The applicant is applying for a 5-year permit to trawl for turtles, as needed, at dredge and other construction/destruction sites to remove the turtles to a safe location. The turtles will be captured, tagged, measured and released offshore away from the dredging activities. The applicant expects to capture and relocate 95 green, 11 hawksbill, 160 loggerhead, 14 Kemp's ridley and 4 leatherback turtles on the Atlantic coast and 105 green, 17 hawksbill, 160 loggerhead, 50 Kemp's ridley and 11 leatherback turtles on the Gulf coast.Start Signature
Dated: February 7, 2002.
Acting Chief, Permits, Conservation, and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 02-3522 Filed 2-12-02; 8:45 am]
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