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Marine Mammals; File Application No. 1004-1656

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


Notice of reopening of comment period.


The National Marine Fisheries Service is reopening the comment period for the application submitted by Funtime, Inc. d/b/a Six Flags Worlds of Adventure, 1060 North Aurora Road, Aurora, OH 44202, to import two killer whales (Orcinus orca) for the purposes of public display.


Written or telefaxed comments must be received on or before March 27, 2002.


The application and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s):

Permits, Conservation and Education 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, Glouster, MA, 01930-2298 (978/281-9116).

Written comments or requests should be submitted to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

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 other electronic media.

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Jennifer Skidmore or Amy Sloan,(301/713-2289).

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The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the Regulations Governing the Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals (50 CFR part 216).

A notice of receipt of this application was published on November 30, 2001 (66 FR 59781). The comment period closed on December 31, 2001. Based on substantive comments received during the initial comment period, NMFS requested additional information from the applicant. On February 12, 2002, the applicant submitted additional information in support of their application. This action, reopening of the comment period, will allow all interested parties to review the new information and provide NMFS with any additional comments regarding this application. In reopening this comment period NMFS finds that a public hearing is not warranted because NMFS has determined that the issues raised by the comments can be clarified in writing. However, NMFS is providing through this action an opportunity for additional written comments or requests.

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Dated: February 19, 2002.

Ann D. Terbush,

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

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[FR Doc. 02-4449 Filed 2-22-02; 8:45 am]