[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 226 (Friday, November 22, 2013)]
[Page 70067]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-27976]

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-HQ-IA-2013-N262; FXIA16710900000P5-123-FF09A30000]

Marine Mammals; 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 marine mammals. With some exceptions, Marine Mammal Protection Act 
(MMPA) prohibits activities with listed species unless Federal 
authorization is acquired that allows such activities.

DATES: We must receive comments or requests for documents on or before 
December 23, 2013. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit 
public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section by December 23, 2013.

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 email DMAFR@fws.gov.

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


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 email 
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 street 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, email 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, and in consideration of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 
1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), along with Executive Order 
13576, ``Delivering an Efficient, Effective, and Accountable 
Government,'' and the President's Memorandum for the Heads of Executive 
Departments and Agencies of January 21, 2009--Transparency and Open 
Government (74 FR 4685; January 26, 2009), which call on all Federal 
agencies to promote openness and transparency in Government by 
disclosing information to the public, we invite public comment on these 
permit applications before final action is taken. 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 

III. Permit Applications

A. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: BBC Television, Bristol, England; PRT-05202B
    The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus 
maritimus) in the vicinity of Kaktovik/Barter Island, Alaska, from 
land-based vehicles and boats for commercial and educational purposes. 
This notification covers activities to be conducted by the applicant 
for a 1-year period.
    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.

Brenda Tapia,
Program Analyst/Data Administrator, Branch of Permits, Division of 
Management Authority.
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