[Federal Register: July 25, 2005 (Volume 70, Number 141)]
[Page 42535-42536]
From the Federal Register Online via GPO Access [wais.access.gpo.gov]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

[I.D. 052505A]

Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries 
Service Permit No. 960-1528; 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 permit amendment request.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Museum of Natural History 
Collections, Department of Environmental Studies, University of 
California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064 [Principal Investigator: Tonya Haff], 
has requested an amendment to scientific research permit no. 960-1528/

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or e-mail comments must be received on or 
before August 24, 2005.

ADDRESSES: The amendment request and related documents are available 
for review upon written request or by appointment in the following 
    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;
    Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long 
Beach, CA 90802-4213; phone (562)980-4001; fax (562)980-4018; and
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-
    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 or 
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service. 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: 
Permit No. 960-1582/PRT017891.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Ruth Johnson or Jennifer Skidmore, 
Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301)713-2289; and Monica Farris, 
Branch of Permits, USFWS (1-800-358-2104).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject amendment to permit no. 960-
1582/PRT017891 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.), the regulations governing the taking, 
importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 
parts 17 and 222-226) and the Fur Seal Act. of 1966, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1151 et seq.).
    Permit no. 960-1528/PRT017891 authorizes the Holder to acquire, 
import/export marine mammal specimens of the Orders Cetacea, Pinnipedia 
and Sirenia for purposes of scientific research and for deposit into a 
museum collection. The import/export may occur on a worldwide basis. 
The Holder now requests a 5-year extension of the joint NMFS and USFWS 
    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.

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    Dated: July 13, 2005.
Stephen L. Leathery,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Dated: July 18, 2005.
Charlie R. Chandler,
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 05-14618 Filed 7-22-05; 8:45 am]