National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Application for scientific research permit 1515.
Notice is hereby given that NMFS has received a scientific research permit application relating to Pacific salmon. The proposed research is intended to increase knowledge of species listed under the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and to help guide management and conservation efforts.
Comments or requests for a public hearing on the application must be received at the appropriate address or fax number (see ADDRESSES) no later than 5p.m. Pacific daylight-saving time on February 14, 2005.
Written comments on the application should be sent to Protected Resources Division, NMFS, F/NWO3, 525 NE Oregon Street, Suite 500, Portland, OR 97232-2737. Comments may also be sent via fax to 503-230-5435 or by e-mail to resapps.nwr@NOAA.gov.Start Further Info
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Species Covered in This Notice
The following listed species (evolutionarily significant unit) is covered in this notice:
Chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha): threatened upper Willamette River (UWR).
Scientific research permits are issued in accordance with section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR 222-226). NMFS issues permits based on findings that such permits: (1) are applied for in good faith; (2) if granted and exercised, would not operate to the disadvantage of the listed species that are the subject of the permit; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and policy of section 2 of the ESA. The authority to take listed species is subject to conditions set forth in the permits.
Anyone requesting a hearing on the 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.
Water Works Consulting (WWC) is requesting a 2-year research permit to annually capture, handle, and release juvenile UWR chinook salmon. The research would take place in an artificial side-channel to the Willamette River, Oregon. The purposes of the research are to determine how such side-channels function compared to natural, river-created ones and whether the side-channel provides habitat for native fishes. The WWC intends to determine juvenile fish presence and abundance in the spring and late summer of 2005 and 2006. The research would benefit listed chinook by determining how effectively such side-channels help restore salmon habitat. The WWC proposes to capture the fish using seines and boat electrofishing equipment. Captured fish would be identified, counted, checked for tags and marks, and released. The WWC does not intend to kill any of the fish being captured, but a small number may die as an unintended result of the activities.
This notice is provided pursuant to section 10(c) of the ESA. NMFS will evaluate the application, associated documents, and comments submitted to determine whether the application meets the requirements of section 10(a) of the ESA and Federal regulations. The final permit decisions will not be made until after the end of the 30-day comment period. NMFS will publish notice of its final action in the Federal Register.Start Signature
Dated: January 7, 2005.
Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-757 Filed 1-12-05; 8:45 am]
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