[Federal Register: October 8, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 195)]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


U,S. Fish and Wildlife Service
[I.D. 092799C]

Marine Mammals; File No. 960-1528

AGENCIES: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic 
and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce; U.S. Fish and wildlife 
Service (FWS), Interior.

ACTION: Receipt of application.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the University of California 
Museum of Natural History Collections, Department for Environmental 
Studies, Santa Cruz, CA 95064, has applied in due form for a permit to 
take all species of Cetacea, Pinnipedia, and Sirenia for purposes of 
scientific research.

DATES: Written or telefaxed comments must be received on or before 
November 8, 1999.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review upon written request or by appointment. (See SUPPLEMENTARY 

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ruth Johnson, 301/713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 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.), the 
regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of 
endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222-226), and the Fur Seal 
Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.).
    The Applicant requests authorization to import marine mammal parts 
from salvaged specimens worldwide. No specimens will be collected from 
live animals in the wild. Only specimens from salvaged animals dead at 
sea or on shore, dead incidental to a commercial fishery where such 
fishery is legal, and dead as a result of natural causes. Specimens 
will be deposited in the Museum for scientific study that will 
contribute to baseline data on the distribution, age and growth, 
assimilation of environmental contaminants, DNA analysis reproductive 
and other biological aspects of marine mammals.
    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.
    Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this 
application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits and Documentation 
Division, F/PR1, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West 
Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910. Those individuals 
requesting a hearing should set forth the specific reasons why a 
hearing on this particular request would be appropriate.
    Comments may also be submitted by facsimile at (301) 713-0376, 
provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and 
postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period. Please 
note that comments will not be accepted by e-mail or by other 
electronic media.
    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.
    Documents associated with this application are in the following 
    Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13130, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/
    Regional Administrator, Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, 
Juneau, AK 99802-1668 (907/586-7221);
    Regional Administrator, Northeast Region, NMFS, One Blackburn 
Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930, (978/281-9250);
    Regional Administrator, Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point 
Way, NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 1, Seattle, WA, 98115-0070 (206/526-6150);

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    Regional Administrator, Southeast Region, NMFS, 9721 Executive 
Center Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432 (813/570-5312);
    Regional Administrator, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean 
Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 (562/980-4001); and
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Management Authority, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-2104).

    Dated: September 28, 1999.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Dated: September 30, 1999.
Kristen Nelson,
Acting Chief, Branch of Permits, Office of Management Authority, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
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