National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Issuance of permit amendment.
Notice is hereby given that Inwater Research Group Inc. has been issued a modification to scientific research Permit No. 1356.
The modification 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)427-2521;
Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727)824-5312; fax (727)824-5517.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patrick Opay or Ruth Johnson, (301)713-2289.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
On February 23, 2005, notice was published in the Federal Register (70 FR 8767) that a modification of Permit No. 1356, issued July 11, 2002 (67 FR 45959), had been requested by the above-named organization. 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 modification authorizes the Holder to attach satellite transmitters to a subset of the green sea turtles already authorized to be captured under the existing permit. It also allows researchers to conduct sampling all months of the year and to modify their study area to include a 30 kilometer area extending south, west and north of the Marquesas Keys.
Issuance of this modification, as required by the ESA was based on a finding that such permit modification (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of any endangered or threatened species, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.Start Signature
Dated: May 6, 2005.
Stephen L. Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 05-9516 Filed 5-11-05; 8:45 am]
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