National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Issuance of permit modification.
Notice is hereby given that Dr. Raymond Carthy has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1299.
The amendment 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; phone (301) 713-2289; fax (301) 713-0376;
Southeast Region, NMFS, 9721 Executive Center Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432; phone (727) 570-5301; fax (727) 570-5320.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Ruth Johnson or Carrie Hubard, (301) 713-2289.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On July 12, 2002, notice was published in the Federal Register (67 FR 48442) that a modification of Permit No. 1299, issued May 24, 2001 (66 FR 29934), had been requested by the above-named individual. The requested modification has been granted under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222-226).
The permit modification increases the take of green sea turtles from 100 each to 200 each due to the unexpected numbers of turtles caught in the research area and extends to duration of the Permit to December 2004.
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: April 1, 2003.
Stephen L. Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 03-8553 Filed 4-7-03; 8:45 am]
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