[Federal Register: June 13, 2006 (Volume 71, Number 113)]
[Page 34064]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


Fish and Wildlife Service

[I.D. 051806G]

Marine Mammals and Endangered Species; National Marine Fisheries 
Service File No. 31-1741; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service File No. 

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

ACTION:  Notice; receipt of application for amendment.


SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that the Wildlife Conservation Society 
(WCS), 2300 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY 10460 (Dr. Howard C. Rosenbaum, 
Principal Investigator) has requested an amendment to scientific 
research Permit No. 31-1741/MA081663.

DATES:  Written or telefaxed comments must be received on or before 
July 13, 2006.

ADDRESSES: The application request and related documents are available 
for review upon written request or by appointment in the following 
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Division of Management Authority, 
4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203; phone (800) 
358-2104; fax (703) 358-2281; and
    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.
    Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this 
application should be mailed to the Chief, Branch of Permits, Division 
of Management Authority, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 4401 North 
Fairfax Drive, Room 700, Arlington, VA 22203. 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 (703) 358-2281, 
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 e-mail comments is managementauthority@fws.gov; include in 
the subject line of the e-mail comment the following document 
identifier: File No. 31-1741/MA081663.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Monica Farris, Division of Management 
Authority, US Fish and Wildlife Service, (703) 358-2104.

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.) and the regulations governing 
the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR parts 18).
    The WCS Conservation Genetics Program, a collaboration between WCS 
and the American Museum of Natural History, maintains one of the 
largest collections of marine mammal tissues and specimens in the 
world. WCS wishes to amend their current permit to obtain, import and 
export/re-export specimens and materials from polar bears (Ursus 
maritimus), including shed hair, feces, and DNA and tissue samples from 
the wild, tissue banks, and collaborators. Such tissues would be 
obtained by co-investigators or other named individuals and 
institutions working under their own permits. Export of specimens or 
tissues, irrespective of their source, would be made on temporary loan 
basis only to bona fide institutions for the sole purpose of exhibit or 
scientific research. The permit would be amended for the remainder of 
the 5-year period of the currently authorized permit.
    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 activities proposed are categorically excluded from the requirement 
to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact 
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, FWS is forwarding copies of this application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: June 7, 2006.
Charlie R. Chandler,
Chief, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service.

    Dated: June 7, 2006.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E6-9208 Filed 6-12-06; 8:45 am]