Marine Mammals; File No. 21585

Cited as:85 FR 35415
Court:National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration
Publication Date:10 Jun 2020
Record Number:2020-12497
Federal Register, Volume 85 Issue 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)
[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 112 (Wednesday, June 10, 2020)]
                [Pages 35415-35416]
                From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office []
                [FR Doc No: 2020-12497]
                National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
                RTID 0648-XA223
                Marine Mammals; File No. 21585
                AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and
                Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.
                ACTION: Notice; receipt of application for permit amendment.
                SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Oregon State University, Marine
                Mammal Institute, 2030 Southeast Marine Science Drive, Newport, OR
                97365 (Responsible Party: Bruce Mate, Ph.D.)., has applied for an
                amendment to Scientific Research Permit No. 21585.
                DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or
                before July 10, 2020.
                ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for
                review by selecting ``Records Open for Public
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                Comment'' from the ``Features'' box on the Applications and Permits for
                Protected Species (APPS) home page,, and
                then selecting File No. 21585 from the list of available applications.
                These documents are also available upon written request via email to
                [email protected].
                 Written comments on this application should be submitted via email
                to [email protected]. Please include File No. 21585 in the
                subject line of the email comment. Alternatively, comments may be
                submitted by mail to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division,
                Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room
                13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401 or by facsimile to
                (301) 713-0376.
                 Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a
                written request via email to [email protected] or to the Chief,
                Permits and Conservation 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: Shasta McClenahan or Amy Hapeman,
                (301) 427-8401.
                SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to Permit No. 21585 is
                requested under the authority of 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 (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.),
                the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of
                endangered and threatened species (50 CFR parts 222-226), and the Fur
                Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.).
                 Permit No. 21585, issued on December 20, 2018 (84 FR 4441, February
                15, 2019), authorizes the permit holder to conduct research on 67
                species of marine mammals including the following endangered or
                threatened species and stocks of cetaceans: Blue (Balaenoptera
                musculus), bowhead (Balaena mysticetes), Cook Inlet beluga
                (Delphinapterus leucas), fin (B. physalus), gray (Eschrichtius
                robustus), humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), Main Hawaiian Islands
                insular false killer (Pseudorca crassidens), North Pacific right
                (Eubalaena japonica), sei (B. borealis), Southern Resident killer
                (Orcinus orca), Southern right (E. australis), and sperm (Physeter
                macrocephalus) whales. Authorized research may occur during vessel and
                manned aerial surveys for Level B harassment activities including
                observation, photography, passive acoustic recording, echosounders for
                prey mapping, and collection of sloughed skin. The permit also
                authorizes Level A harassment activities including biopsy sampling and
                deep-implant tagging. The permit holder is requesting the permit be
                amended to increase the permitted takes from 500 to 900 annually for
                the Level B harassment activities for humpback whales. No changes to
                the permitted objectives, methods, or Level A harassment activities are
                proposed. The permit expires on December 31, 2023.
                 In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969
                (42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that
                the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to
                prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.
                 Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal
                Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine
                Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.
                 Dated: June 4, 2020.
                Julia Marie Harrison,
                Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected
                Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
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