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Marine Mammals; File No. 15802

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ACTION:

Notice; requested change to permit application.

SUMMARY:

Notice is hereby given that the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, 100 Eighth Avenue SE., St. Petersburg, FL 33701 [Gregg Poulakis, Responsible Party], has requested a change to the application for a permit (File No. 15802).

DATES:

Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or before March 5, 2012.

ADDRESSES:

The application and related documents are available for review by selecting “Records Open for Public Comment” from the Features box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File No. 15802 from the list of available applications.

These documents are also available 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) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376; and

Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, Florida 33701; phone (727) 824-5312; fax (727) 824-5309.

Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division:

  • By email to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov (include the File No. 15802 in the subject line of the email),
  • By facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or
  • At the address listed above.

Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:

Jennifer Skidmore or Colette Cairns, (301)427-8401.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION:

The subject permit is requested 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).

On July 28, 2011 (76 FR 45230), notice was published that a permit had been requested by the applicant for scientific research and monitoring of smalltooth sawfish (Pristis pectinata) populations of Florida, primarily in the greater Charlotte Harbor estuarine system by gillnet, seine, or longline. These animals would be handled, measured, passive integrated transponder, roto, and external satellite tagged, tissue and biopsy sampled, examined by ultrasound, and released. Receipt of sawfish samples acquired through strandings, law enforcement confiscations, or other permitted researchers is also requested. The applicant also seeks authorization to capture green (Chelonia mydas), hawksbill (Eretmochelys imbricata), Kemp's ridley (Lepidochelys kempii), leatherback (Dermochelys coriacea), and loggerhead (Caretta caretta) sea turtles. Sea turtles would be measured, photographed, and released. On December 14, 2011 (76 FR 77781), notice was published clarifying the number of sawfish takes requested and the addition of blood sampling to the proposed activities. The applicant is requesting to amend the application to request the modification of the acoustic/satellite attachment methods to be the same as those currently authorized under another sawfish permit. The permit is requested for a duration of 5 years.

Dated: January 31, 2012.

Carrie W. Hubard,

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

[FR Doc. 2012-2486 Filed 2-2-12; 8:45 am]

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