National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
Notice; modification of scientific research permit.
Notice is hereby given that a request for modification of scientific research Permit No. 1227 submitted by the National Marine Fisheries Service, Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) has been granted.
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; and
Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213; phone (562)980-4001; fax (562)980-4018.Start Further Info
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
Patrick Opay or Kate Swails, (301)713-2289.End Further Info End Preamble Start Supplemental Information
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 December 31, 2005, to December 31, 2006, for takes of leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea) sea turtles. The permit allows the SWFSC to conduct sea turtle research in the Pacific Ocean. The purpose of the research is to identify critical forage habitats, genetic stock structure, migratory corridors, and potential fishery impacts on this species in the Pacific Issuance of this modification, 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 any threatened and endangered species; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.Start Signature
Dated: January 5, 2006.
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-128 Filed 1-9-06; 8:45 am]
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