Marine Mammals and Endangered Species

Published date20 November 2019
Citation84 FR 64048
Record Number2019-25078
CourtCommerce Department,National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Federal Register, Volume 84 Issue 224 (Wednesday, November 20, 2019)
[Federal Register Volume 84, Number 224 (Wednesday, November 20, 2019)]
                [Pages 64048-64049]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2019-25078]
                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 amendments.
                SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that permits or permit amendments have
                been issued to the following entities under the Marine Mammal
                [[Page 64049]]
                Act (MMPA) and the Endangered Species Act (ESA), as applicable.
                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: Shasta McClenahan (Permit No. 18786-
                04), Sara Young (Permit No. 23197) and Carrie Hubard (Permit No.
                23117); 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.
                 Previous Federal Permit or amendment
                 Permit No. RIN Applicant Register notice issuance date
                18786-04........... 0648-XD900 NMFS Office of 84 FR 21332; May October 3, 2019.
                 Protected Resources, 14, 2019.
                 Marine Mammal Health
                 and Stranding Response
                 Program, 1315 East
                 West Highway, Silver
                 Spring, MD 20910
                 (Responsible Party:
                 Teri Rowles, D.V.M.,
                23117.............. 0648-XR031 BBC Worldwide Americas, 84 FR 45997; October 24, 2019.
                 1120 Avenue of the September 3, 2019.
                 Americas, New York, NY
                 10036 (Responsible
                 Party: Orla Doherty).
                23197.............. 0648-XR038 Wildstar Films, South 84 FR 47499; October 17, 2019.
                 Parade Mansions, 71 September 10,
                 Oakfield Road, Bristol 2019.
                 BS8 2BB, U.K.
                 (Responsible Party:
                 Hugh Pearson).
                 In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) of
                1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that
                the activities proposed for Permit Nos. 23117 and 23197 are
                categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental
                assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement.
                 For Permit No. 18786-04, an EA was prepared for the original permit
                in compliance with NEPA, to examine whether significant environmental
                impacts could result from issuance of the proposed scientific research
                permit. Based on the analyses in the EA, NMFS determined that issuance
                of the original permit would not significantly impact the quality of
                the human environment and that preparation of an environmental impact
                statement was not required. That determination was documented in a
                Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI), signed on June 29, 2015. The
                activities in the amendment are consistent with the analyses in the
                original EA and no additional NEPA analysis was required for the
                issuance of this amendment. The original EA and FONSI are available
                upon request.
                 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: November 14, 2019.
                Julia Marie Harrison,
                Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected
                Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
                [FR Doc. 2019-25078 Filed 11-19-19; 8:45 am]
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