[Federal Register: May 21, 2010 (Volume 75, Number 98)]
[Page 28650-28651]
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Fish and Wildlife Service


Receipt of Applications for Permit

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of applications for permit.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities 
with endangered species, marine mammals, or both. With some exceptions, 
the Endangered Species Act (ESA) and the Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) prohibit activities with listed species unless a Federal permit 
is issued that allows such activities. Both laws require that we invite 
public comment before issuing these permits.

DATES: We must receive requests for documents or comments on or before 
June 21, 2010. We must receive requests

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for marine mammal permit public hearings, in writing, at the address 
shown in the ADDRESSES section by June 21, 2010.

ADDRESSES: Brenda Tapia, Division of Management Authority, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, 4401 North Fairfax Drive, Room 212, Arlington, VA 
22203; fax (703) 358-2280; or e-mail DMAFR@fws.gov.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Brenda Tapia, (703) 358-2104 
(telephone); (703) 358-2280 (fax); DMAFR@fws.gov (e-mail).

I. Public Comment Procedures
A. How Do I Request Copies of Applications or Comment on Submitted 
    Send your request for copies of applications or comments and 
materials concerning any of the applications to the contact listed 
under ADDRESSES. Please include the Federal Register notice publication 
date, the PRT-number, and the name of the applicant in your request or 
submission. We will not consider requests or comments sent to an e-mail 
or address not listed under ADDRESSES. If you provide an email address 
in your request for copies of applications, we will attempt to respond 
to your request electronically.
    Please make your requests or comments as specific as possible. 
Please confine your comments to issues for which we seek comments in 
this notice, and explain the basis for your comments. Include 
sufficient information with your comments to allow us to authenticate 
any scientific or commercial data you include.
    The comments and recommendations that will be most useful and 
likely to influence agency decisions are: (1) Those supported by 
quantitative information or studies; and (2) Those that include 
citations to, and analyses of, the applicable laws and regulations. We 
will not consider or include in our administrative record comments we 
receive after the close of the comment period (see DATES) or comments 
delivered to an address other than those listed above (see ADDRESSES).
B. May I Review Comments Submitted by Others?
    Comments, including names and street addresses of respondents, will 
be available for public review at the address listed under ADDRESSES. 
The public may review documents and other information applicants have 
sent in support of the application unless our allowing viewing would 
violate the Privacy Act or Freedom of Information Act. Before including 
your address, phone number, e-mail address, or other personal 
identifying information in your comment, you should be aware that your 
entire comment--including your personal identifying information--may be 
made publicly available at any time. While you can ask us in your 
comment to withhold your personal identifying information from public 
review, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so.
II. Background
    To help us carry out our conservation responsibilities for affected 
species, the Endangered Species Act of 1973, section 10(a)(1)(A), as 
amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and our regulations in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17, and the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and our 
regulations in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 18, 
require that we invite public comment before final action on these 
permit applications. Under the MMPA, you may request a hearing on any 
MMPA application received. If you request a hearing, give specific 
reasons why a hearing would be appropriate. The holding of such a 
hearing is at the discretion of the Service Director.
III. Permit Applications
A. Endangered Species

Applicant: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, George Jordan, Pallid 
Sturgeon Recovery Coordinator, Billings, MT; PRT-03492A

    The applicant requests a permit to export 50 otoliths (structures 
of the inner ear system in fishes) from 25 Pallid sturgeon 
(Scaphirhyncus albus), obtained from the pallid sturgeon repository, 
for the purpose of enhancement of the species. This notification covers 
activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.

Applicant: George Carden Circus Intl., Inc., Springfield, MO; PRT-
128999 and 12311A

    The applicant requests permits to re-export (12311A) and re-import 
(128999) one male captive-born Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) to 
worldwide locations for the purpose of enhancement of the species 
through conservation education. This notification covers activities to 
be conducted by the applicant over a 3-year period.

Applicant: Brooks Puckett, Plano, TX; PRT-11231A

    The following applicants each request a permit to import the sport-
hunted trophy of one male bontebok (Damaliscus pygargus pygargus) 
culled from a captive herd maintained under the management program of 
the Republic of South Africa, for the purpose of enhancement of the 
survival of the species.
B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, Anchorage, 
AK; PRT-067925

    The applicant requests an amendment to the permit to increase in 
the number of takes of northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris kenyoni) in 
Alaska, to allow takes of northern sea otter (Enhydra lutris lutris) in 
Washington, and to increase the number of samples of northern sea otter 
(Enhydra lutris lutris) to be imported from for the purpose of 
scientific research. This notification covers activities to be 
conducted by the applicant over the remainder of the 5-year period for 
which the permit would be valid.
    Concurrent with publishing this notice in the Federal Register, we 
are forwarding copies of the above applications to the Marine Mammal 
Commission and the Committee of Scientific Advisors for their review.

    Dated: May 14, 2010.
Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst, Branch of Permits, Division of Management Authority.
[FR Doc. 2010-12222 Filed 5-20-10; 8:45 am]