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Endangered Species; Permit No. 1190

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


Scientific research permit modification.


Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research permit no. 1190 submitted by the NMFS Pacific Islands Region, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814 has been granted.


The amendment and related documents are available for review upon written request or by appointment in the following offices: 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; and Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Start Printed Page 5320Kapiolani Blvd., Ste. 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814, phone (808) 973-2935; fax (808) 973-2941.

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Patrick Opay, (301) 713-1401 or Carrie Hubard, (301) 713-2289.

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The requested amendment 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 provisions of 50 CFR 222.306 of the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened fish and wildlife (50 CFR 222-226).

The modification extends the expiration date of the Permit from March 31, 2004, to March 31, 2005, for takes of green (Chelonia mydas), loggerhead (Caretta caretta), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata) and olive ridley (Lepidochelys olivacea) sea turtles.

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 threatened and endangered species which are the subject of this permit; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.

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Dated: January 29, 2004.

Stephen L. Leathery,

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

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[FR Doc. 04-2305 Filed 2-3-04; 8:45 am]