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Marine Mammals; File No. 978-1791

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


Notice; issuance of permit amendment.


Notice is hereby given that Paul E. Nachtigall, PhD, Marine Mammal Research Program Hawaii Institute of Marine Biology, P.O. Box 1106, Kailua, Hawaii 96734 has been issued a minor amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 978-1791-00.


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 Kapiolani Blvd., Room 1110, Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808) 944-2200; fax (808) 973-2941.

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Amy Sloan or Carrie Hubard, (301) 713-2289.

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The requested amendment has been granted under the authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).

The original permit, issued on February 9, 2006 (71 FR 8279) authorizes the permit holder to conduct hearing measurements on stranded whales and dolphins in the U.S. through February 28, 2011. The minor amendment (No. 978-1791-01) extends the duration of the permit through February 28, 2012, but does not: Change the manner in which animals may be taken, increase the number of animals authorized to be taken, or add new species or geographic locations.

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Dated: February 7, 2011.

P. Michael Payne,

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

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[FR Doc. 2011-3136 Filed 2-10-11; 8:45 am]