[Federal Register: August 14, 2001 (Volume 66, Number 157)]
[Page 42677-42678]
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Fish and Wildlife Service

Notice of Re-Opening of Comment Period for Marine Mammal Permit 
Applications; PRT-020575 and 043001

    The Fish and Wildlife Service is re-opening the comment period for 
applications submitted by Aquamarine Fukushima, Iwaki, Japan, PRT-
020575, and Ibaraki Prefectural Oarai Aquarium, Ibaraki, Japan, PRT-
043001, to conduct certain activities with marine mammals, 
specifically, the taking of northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris lutris) 
from the wild in Alaska for export and public display in Japan. These 
applications were submitted to satisfy the requirements of the Marine 
Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and 
the regulations governing marine mammals (50 CFR 18). A notice of 
receipt of these applications for a permit was published in the Federal 
Register on June 15, 2001 (66 FR 32635). The comment period closed on 
July 15, 2001. On July 20, 2001, and July 23, 2001, the applicants 
submitted additional information in support of their applications. The 
reopening of the comment period will allow all interested parties to 
review the new information and provide the Service with any additional 
comments regarding these applications. In re-opening this comment 
period the Service further notifies the public that current information 
indicates the proposed activities, if authorized, qualify as 
categorical exclusions under the National Environmental Policy Act as 
described in Federal Register, vol. 62. No. 11, 1/16/97, and 
Departmental Manual 516 DM 6 Appendix 1, Section 1.4 C. Therefore, the 
Service does not anticipate holding a public hearing regarding these 
proposed activities.
    Documents and other information submitted with these applications 
are available for review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy 
Act and Freedom of Information Act, by any party who submits a written 
request for a copy of such documents to the following office within 30 
days of the date of publication of this notice: U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, 
Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203.
    Written data, comments, or requests, should be sent to the U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 4401 N. 
Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, Virginia 22203, telephone 703/358-
2104 or fax 703/358-2281. These data, comments,

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or requests must be received within 30 days of the date of publication 
of this notice.

    Dated: August 3, 2001.
Monica Farris,
Senior Permit Biologist, Branch of Permits, Division of Management 
[FR Doc. 01-20382 Filed 8-13-01; 8:45 am]