[Federal Register Volume 76, Number 153 (Tuesday, August 9, 2011)]
[Pages 48880-48881]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2011-20233]

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Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R9-IA-2011-N159; 96300-1671-0000-P5]

Endangered Species; Marine Mammals; Receipt of Applications for 

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 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 comments or requests for documents on or before 
September 8, 2011. We must receive requests for marine mammal permit 
public hearings, in writing, at the address shown in the ADDRESSES 
section by September 8, 2011.

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, section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, 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: GTWT, LLC. dba Bang 57 Ranch, Okeechobee, FL; PRT-48053A
    The applicant requests a permit to authorize interstate and foreign 
commerce, export, and cull of excess barashingh (Rucervus duvauceli) 
from the captive herd maintained at their facility for the purpose of 
enhancement of the survival of the species. This notification covers 
activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year period.
Applicant: University of Michigan, Museum of Zoology, Ann Arbor, MI; 
    The applicant requests a permit to import biological samples from 
howler monkeys (Alouatta palliata mexicana, Alouatta pigra, and 
Alouatta palliata x Alouatta pigra hybrids), collected in the wild in 
Mexico, for the purpose of scientific research. This notification 
covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year 
Multiple Applicants
    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.
Applicant: Dennis Campbell, Dora, AL; PRT-48113A
Applicant: Harry Sanders, Fairfield, PA; PRT-48527A
Applicant: Stephen Pasquan, Belvedere, CA; PRT-45900A
Applicant: James Kelly, Fort Smith, AR; PRT-47165A

B. Endangered Marine Mammals and Marine Mammals

Applicant: Sea to Shore Alliance, Sarasota, FL; PRT-37808A
    The applicant requests a permit to take, import, and export manatee 
specimens from West Indian manatees (Trichechus manatus) and West 
African manatees (Trichechus senegalensis) for the purpose of 
scientific research. Up to 50 T. manatus would be tagged and sampled 
and up to 2,000 animals would be subjected to harassment each year; 
samples from up to 50 live T. senegalensis and an unlimited number of 
samples from dead animals would be imported each year. This 

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covers activities to be conducted by the applicant over a 5-year 
Applicant: Red Rock Films, Chevy Chase, MD; PRT-48293A
    The applicant requests a permit to photograph polar bears (Ursus 
maritimus) on North Slope, Alaska, for commercial and educational 
purposes. This notification covers activities to be conducted by the 
applicant over 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.
[FR Doc. 2011-20233 Filed 8-8-11; 8:45 am]