Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 138 (Thursday, July 18, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 138 (Thursday, July 18, 2019)]
[Pages 34371-34372]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
[FR Doc No: 2019-15304]
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Marine Mammals and Endangered Species
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
ACTION: Notice; issuance of permits and permit modifications.
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have
been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as
ADDRESSES: The permits and related documents are available for review
upon written request or by appointment in the Permits and Conservation
Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway,
Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone: (301) 427-8401; fax: (301)
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Erin Markin (Permit No. 21858-01),
Jennifer Skidmore (Permit No. 20610-01), and Sara Young (Permit Nos.
22289, 22293, and 22298); at (301) 427-8401.
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: 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 the
table below.
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                                                                      Previous Federal     Permit or amendment
     Permit No.               RIN                  Applicant           Register notice        issuance date
20610-01...........  0648-XF801             David Portnoy, Ph.D.,    84 FR 24103; May    June 27, 2019
                                             Texas A&M University,    24, 2019.
                                             Corpus Christi, TX
21858-01...........  0648-XG332             NMFS Greater Atlantic    84 FR 20618; May    June 25, 2019.
                                             Regional Fisheries       10, 2019.
                                             Office, 55 Great
                                             Republic Drive,
                                             Gloucester MA 01930
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Julie Crocker).
22289..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Fisheries         84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             Science Center's         16, 2019.
                                             Marine Mammal
                                             Laboratory (MML), 7600
                                             Sand Point Way NE,
                                             Seattle, WA 98115-0070
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             John Bengtson).
22293..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Sea Life Center   84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             (ASLC), P.O. Box 1329,   16, 2019.
                                             301 Railway Avenue,
                                             Seward, AK 99664
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Tara Reimer).
22298..............  0648-XG913             Alaska Department of     84 FR 15597; April  June 21, 2019.
                                             Fish and Game (ADF&G),   16, 2019.
                                             P.O. Box 25526,
                                             Juneau, AK 99802-5526
                                             (Responsible Party:
                                             Michael Rehberg).
    For Permit Nos. 20610-01 and 21585-01, 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 (EA) or environmental impact statement (EIS).
    For Permit Nos. 22289, 22293, and 22298, a determination was made
that the activities authorized are consistent with the Preferred
Alternative in the Final Programmatic EIS for Steller Sea Lion and
Northern Fur Seal Research (NMFS 2007). A supplemental EA (NMFS 2014)
was prepared for the addition of unmanned aerial surveys to the suite
of Steller sea lion research activities analyzed under the EIS and
concluded that issuance of the permits would not have a significant
adverse impact on the human environment. An environmental review memo
was prepared to summarize these findings.
    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 policies set
forth in Section 2 of the ESA.
    Authority: The requested permits have been issued under the Marine
Mammal Protection Act 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 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
parts 222-226), as applicable.
    Dated: July 15, 2019.
Julia Marie Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2019-15304 Filed 7-17-19; 8:45 am]