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Endangered and Threatened Species; Take of Anadromous Fish

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


Receipt of an application to modify an existing scientific research/enhancement permit (1180) and request for comment.


Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received an application for a permit modification from Thomas R. Payne & Associates (TRPA) in Arcata, CA (1180). The modified permit would affect four Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) of salmonids identified in the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section. This document serves to notify the public of the availability of the permit modification application for review and comment before a final approval or disapproval is made by NMFS.


Written comments on the permit application must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on October 9, 2002.


Written comments on the modification request should be sent to the appropriate office as indicated below. Comments may also be sent via fax to the number indicated for the request. Comments will not be accepted if submitted via e-mail or the Internet. The applications and related documents are available for review by appointment at: Daniel Logan, Protected Species Division, NMFS, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-6528 (ph: 707-575-6053, fax: 707-578-3435). Documents may also be reviewed by appointment in the Office of Protected Resources, F/PR3, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226 (301-713-1401).

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Daniel Logan at phone number 707-575-6053, or e-mail:

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Issuance of permits and permit modifications, as required by the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973 (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543), 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. 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 a 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

This notice is relevant to the following one endangered and three threatened salmonid ESUs: Endangered Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha), threatened Central Valley Spring-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central Start Printed Page 57222California Coast steelhead (O. mykiss) and threatened Central Valley steelhead.

Modification Request Received

TRPA requests a modification to permit 1180 for takes of adult and juvenile ESA-listed Chinook salmon and steelhead associated with studies monitoring the distribution and relative abundance of fish populations, data evaluations, and habitat monitoring. Presently, permit 1180 authorizes intentional takes of adult and juvenile threatened Southern Oregon/Northern California Coast coho salmon (O. kisutch), threatened Central California Coast coho salmon and endangered Southern California coast steelhead. This requested modification would add intentional takes of threatened Central Valley Spring-run Chinook salmon, endangered Sacramento River Winter-run Chinook salmon, threatened Central California Coast steelhead, and threatened Central Valley steelhead to TRPA’s permit.

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Dated: September 3, 2002.

Phil Williams,

Chief, Endangered Species Division, National Marine Fisheries Service.

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[FR Doc. 02-22835 Filed 9-6-02; 8:45 am]