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Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

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


Notice; issuance of permits and permit amendments.


Notice is hereby given that permits and permit amendments have been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable.


The permits and related documents are available for review upon written request via email to

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Shasta McClenahan (Permit No. 23467-01); Jennifer Skidmore (Permit Nos. 18902-01 and 19590-02), and Erin Markin (Permit No. 23836); at (301) 427-8401.

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Notices were published in the Federal Register on the dates listed below that requests for a permit or permit amendment had been submitted by the below-named applicants. To locate the Federal Register notice that announced our receipt of the application and a complete description of the research, go to and search on the permit number provided in Table 1 below.

Table 1—Issued Permits and Permit Amendments

Permit No.RTIDApplicantPrevious Federal Register noticeIssuance date
18902-010648-XD856Colleen Reichmuth, Ph.D., Long Marine Laboratory, University of California at Santa Cruz, 100 Shaffer Road, Santa Cruz, CA 9506481 FR 2846; January 19, 2016August 31, 2020.
19590-020648-XE022Terrie M. Williams, Ph.D., Long Marine Laboratory, University of California Santa Cruz, 115 McAllister Way, Santa Cruz, CA 9506080 FR 59738; October 2, 2015August 31, 2020.
23467-010648-XA119Sarah Conner, Wild Space Productions, St. Stephens House, Colston Avenue, Bristol, BS1 4ST, United Kingdom85 FR 21837; April 20, 2020August 3, 2020.
238360648-XA232Wildstar Films, Ltd., Embassy House, Queens Avenue, Bristol, BS8 1SB, United Kingdom (Responsible Party: Jo Harvey)85 FR 36377; June 16, 2020August 21, 2020.

In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

As required by the ESA, as applicable, issuance of these permit was based on a finding that such permits: (1) Were applied for in good faith; (2) will not operate to the disadvantage of such endangered species; and (3) are consistent with the purposes and Start Printed Page 58038policies set forth in Section 2 of the ESA.

Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the MMPA of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216), the ESA of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222-226), as applicable.

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Dated: September 14, 2020.

Julia Marie Harrison,

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

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[FR Doc. 2020-20495 Filed 9-16-20; 8:45 am]