Permits: Endangered species,

 
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[Federal Register: October 21, 1998 (Volume 63, Number 203)]

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DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

[I.D. 101498E]

Endangered Species; Permits

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

ACTION: Receipt of applications for scientific research permits (1180, 1181, 1182, 1183).

SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the following entities have applied for scientific research permits authorizing the take of endangered and/or threatened species: Thomas R. Payne and Associates (TRPA) in Arcata, CA (1180), Mendocino Redwood Company (MRC) in Calpella, CA (1181), San Rafael Department of Public Works (SRDPW) in San Rafael, CA (1182), and Ross N. Taylor (RNT) in McKinleyville, CA (1183).

DATES: Written comments or requests for a public hearing on any of these applications must be received on or before November 20, 1998.

ADDRESSES: The applications and related documents are available for review in the following office, by appointment:

Protected Species Division, NMFS, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, Santa Rosa, CA 95404-6528 (707-575-6066);

Office of Protected Resources, F/PR3, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226 (301-713-1401).

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Tom Hablett, Protected Species Division, NMFS, Santa Rosa Office (707-575-6066).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: TRPA, MRC, SRDPW and RNT request permits under the authority of section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543) and the NMFS regulations governing ESA- listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 217-227).

Those individuals requesting a hearing on these requests for permits should set out the specific reasons why a hearing would be appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such a hearing is at the discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. All statements and opinions contained in the above application summaries are those of the applicant and do not necessarily reflect the views of NMFS.

Species Covered Under In Notice

(1) The following populations of coho salmon (Oncorhynchus kisutch): threatened southern Oregon/northern California coast (T- SONCC), threatened Central California coast (T-CCC).

(2) The following populations of steelhead trout (Oncorhynchus mykiss): endangered southern California coast, threatened south-central California coast, threatened Central California coast (T-CCC), and threatened Central Valley.

Applications Received

Salmon and steelhead studies conducted by TRPA, MRC, SRDPW and RNT consist of four assessment tasks for which ESA-listed fish are proposed to be taken: (1) Presence/absence, (2) population estimates, (3) spawner surveys, and (4) tissue/scale sampling for genetic studies. ESA-listed juvenile fish will be observed or captured, anesthetized, handled (weighed, measured, fin-clipped), allowed to recover from the anesthetic, and released. Adult carcasses will be measured, sampled for tissues, and be returned to the collection site. Indirect mortalities associated with the research are also requested.

TRPA (1180) requests a 5-year permit for takes of adult and juvenile, T-CCC and T-SONCC coho salmon, and adult and juvenile, southern California coast, and adult and juvenile, south-central California coast, T-CCC, and Central Valley steelhead associated with fish population studies throughout the Evolutionarily Significant Units (ESUs) within California.

MRC (1181) requests a 5-year permit for takes of adult and juvenile, T-CCC coho salmon associated with fish population studies on MRC properties within the ESU.

SRDPW (1182) requests a 5-year permit for takes of adult and juvenile, T-CCC steelhead associated with fish population studies in Marin County within the ESU. SRDPW also requests authorization to rescue stranded fish.

RNT (1183) requests a 5-year permit for takes of adult and juvenile, T-CCC and T-SONCC coho salmon associated with fish population studies throughout the ESUs.

Dated: October 14, 1998. Kevin Collins, Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

[FR Doc. 98-28228Filed10-20-98; 8:45 am]

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