[Federal Register: June 20, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 117)]
[Page 35396-35397]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Fish and Wildlife Service

[I.D. 052605A]

Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries 
Service File No. 1008-1637; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. 

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

ACTION: Receipt of application.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that John Wise, Ph.D., Maine Center for 
Toxicology and Environmental Health, University of Southern Maine, P.O. 
Box 9300, Portland, ME 04104, has applied in due form for an amendment 
to Permit No. 1008-1637-01.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before July 20, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review upon written request or by appointment (See SUPPLEMENTARY 
    Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this 
application should be mailed to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and 
Education 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) 427-2521, 
provided the facsimile is confirmed by hard copy submitted by mail and 
postmarked no later than the closing date of the comment period.
    Comments may also be submitted by e-mail. The mailbox address for 
providing email comments is NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Include in the 
subject line of the e-mail comment the following document identifier: 
File No. 1008-1637/MA100875.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Amy Sloan or Jennifer Skidmore, Office 
of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 713-2289.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit amendment 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 parts 18 and 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 17 and 
    Permit No. 1008-1637-01 authorizes Dr. Wise to receive and import 
and export (to and from Canada) hard and soft parts from all marine 
mammal species under NMFS jurisdiction for purposes of developing cell 
lines to determine tissue levels of metals in marine mammal species and 
to establish a national resource of cell lines for use as model systems 
in the investigation of various factors related to marine mammal health 
(e.g., toxicity of metals, virology, etc.). The cell lines may not be 
sold for profit or used for commercial purposes. Marine mammal parts 
may be obtained and cell lines developed from the following sources: 
import from stranded dead marine mammals collected as part of 
government-authorized marine mammal stranding response operations along 
the coast of British Columbia, Canada; stranded dead marine mammals in 
the United States (U.S.); marine mammals that have died during 
rehabilitation efforts in the U.S.; animals killed during subsistence 
harvests; soft parts that are discharged naturally by a living 
threatened or endangered species in the wild; animals that died 
incidental to commercial fishing if such taking is legal, or other 
legal operations of the U.S. and Canada; and specimens collected during 
permitted research activities in the U.S. Exports to Canada of such 
parts or cell lines are authorized.

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    The applicant requests authorization to (1) import and export parts 
and cell lines worldwide; and (2) add USFWS species to the permit, 
including walrus (Odobenus rosmarus), polar bear (Ursus maritmus), 
northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris lutris), southern sea otter (Enhydra 
lutris nereis), marine otter (Lontra felina), dugong (Dugong dugon), 
West Indian manatee (Trichechus manatus), Amazonian manatee (Trichechus 
inunguis), and West African manatee (Trichechus senegalensis). The 
applicant requests a 5-year amendment.
    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.
    Documents may be reviewed in the following locations:
    Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 
20910; phone (301) 713-2289; fax (301) 427-2521;
    Northwest Region, NMFS, 7600 Sand Point Way NE, BIN C15700, Bldg. 
1, Seattle, WA 98115-0700; phone (206) 526-6150; fax (206) 526-6426;
    Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box 21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668; phone 
(907) 586-7221; fax (907) 586-7249;
    Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long 
Beach, CA 90802-4213; phone (562) 980-4001; fax (562) 980-4018;
    Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808) 973-2935; fax (808) 973-2941;
    Northeast Region, NMFS, One Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-
2298; phone (978) 281-9200; fax (978) 281-9371;
    Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, St. Petersburg, FL 
33701; phone (727) 824-5312; fax (727) 824-5309; and
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-

    Dated: June 14, 2005.
Stephen L. Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Dated: June 14, 2005.
Charlie R. Chandler,
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 05-12107 Filed 6-17-05; 8:45 am]