[Federal Register: December 29, 1999 (Volume 64, Number 249)]
[Page 73017]
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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration


U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
[I.D. 110299C]

Marine Mammals; File No. 932-1489-01

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

ACTION: Issuance of permit amendment.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that the Marine Mammal Health and 
Stranding and Response Program (MMHSRP), National Marine Fisheries 
Service, 1315 East-West Highway, Silver Spring, MD 20910, has been 
issued an amendment to scientific research and enhancement Permit No. 

ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review 
upon written request or by appointment:  See SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION.


SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On March 25, 1999, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (64 FR 14435) that a request for a scientific 
research and enhancement permit to take all species in the Orders 
Cetacea, Pinnipedia, Sirena, and polar bear, sea otter and marine otter 
had been submitted by the above-named organization. The permit was 
issued July 2, 1999 (64 FR 37933) 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 part 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 fish and wildlife (50 
CFR parts 217-227), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 
1151 et seq.) to only take species of the Orders Cetacea and Pinnipedia 
(except walrus). The Permit is amended to include species of Order 
Sirenia and polar bear, sea and marine otters. The amendment is issued 
under authority of the above citations and the MMPA (16 U.S.C. 1361 et 
seq), applicable regulations (50 CFR part 18), ESA (16 U.S.C. 1531 et 
seq), and applicable regulations (50 CFR part 17).
    Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a 
finding that such permit (1) was applied for in good faith, (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species which is the 
subject of this permit, and (3) is consistent with the purposes and 
policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.
    Documents may be reviewed in the following locations:
    Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/
    Alaska Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, P.O. Box 
21668, Juneau, AK 99802-1668 (907/586-7221);
    Northeast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, One 
Blackburn Drive, Gloucester, MA 01930-9250 (978/281-9250);
    Northwest Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, 7600 
Sand Point Way, NE, BIN C15700, bldg. 1, Seattle, WA 98115-0070;
    Southeast Region, National Marine Fisheries Service, NOAA, 9721 
Executive Center Drive North, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432 (727/570-
    Southwest Region, National Marine fisheries Service, NOAA, 501 west 
Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 (562/980-4001);
    Coordinator, Pacific Area Office, National Marine Fisheries 
Service, NOAA 2570 Dole Street, Room 106, Honolulu, HI 96822-2396 (808/
    U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Office of Management Authority, 
4401 N. Fairfax Drive, Arlington, VA 22203 (1-800-358-2104);
    Field Supervisor, Jacksonville Field Office, 6620 South Point Drive 
South, Suite 310, Jacksonville, FL 32216-0312 [904-232-2580, Fax: 904-
    Field Supervisor, Ventura Field Office, 2493 Portola Road, Suite B, 
Ventura, CA 93003 [805-644-1766, Fax: 805-644-3958]; and
    Marine Mammals Management, 1101 E. Tudor Road, Anchorage, AK 99503-
6199 [907-786-3800, Fax: 907-786-3816).

    Dated: December 20, 1999.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.

    Dated: December 20, 1999.
Kristen Nelson,
Acting Chief, Branch of Permits, Office of Management Authority, U.S. 
Fish and Wildlife Service.
[FR Doc. 99-33855 Filed 12-28-99; 8:45 am]
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