[Federal Register: October 19, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 201)]
[Page 56330]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


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

Marine Mammals; File No. 930-1486

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

ACTION: Issuance of permit amendment.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the U.S. Geological Survey, 
Biological Resources Division, Western Ecological Research Center, 6924 
Tremont Road, Dixon, CA 95620, has been issued an amended permit to 
take sea otters for purposes of scientific research.

ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review 
upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s):
    Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/
    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 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-2104).

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

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 29, 1999, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (64 FR 14886) that a request for a scientific 
research permit to take various species of marine mammals, including 
sea otters, had been submitted by the above-named organization. The 
original permit did not authorize the take of sea otters, but has been 
amended to include sea otters. The requested permit, as amended, has 
been issued 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 (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).
    Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a 
finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species which is the 
subject of this permit, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and 
policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.

    Dated: October 8, 1999.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Dated: October 5, 1999.
Kristen Nelson,
Acting Chief, Branch of Permits, Office of Management Authority, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 99-27168 Filed 10-18-99; 8:45 am]