[Federal Register Volume 78, Number 186 (Wednesday, September 25, 2013)]
[Pages 59051-59052]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Printing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2013-23279]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R6-ES-2013-N212; FXES11130600000D2-123-FF06E00000]

Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants; Recovery Permit 

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of availability; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, invite the public to 
comment on the following applications to conduct certain activities 
with endangered or threatened species. With some exceptions, the 
Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (Act), prohibits activities 
with endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows 
such activity. The Act requires that we invite public comment before 
issuing these permits.

DATES: To ensure consideration, please send your written comments by 
October 25, 2013.

ADDRESSES: You may submit comments or requests for copies or more 
information by any of the following methods. Alternatively, you may use 
one of the following methods to request hard copies or a CD-ROM of the 
documents. Please specify the permit you are interested in by number 
(e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX).
     Email: permitsR6ES@fws.gov. Please refer to the respective 
permit number (e.g., Permit No. TE-XXXXXX) in the subject line of the 
     U.S. Mail: Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and Wildlife 
Service, P.O. Box 25486-DFC, Denver, CO 80225.
     In-Person Drop-off, Viewing, or Pickup: Call (303) 236-
4212 to make an appointment during regular business hours at 134 Union 
Blvd., Suite 645, Lakewood, CO 80228.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Kathy Konishi, Permit Coordinator, 
Ecological Services, (303) 236-4212 (phone); permitsR6ES@fws.gov 



    The Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) prohibits activities with 
endangered and threatened species unless a Federal permit allows such 
activity. Along with our implementing regulations in the Code of 
Federal Regulations (CFR) at 50 CFR 17, the Act provides for permits 
and requires that we invite public comment before issuing these 
    A permit granted by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Act 
authorizes the

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permittees to conduct activities with U.S. endangered or threatened 
species for scientific purposes, enhancement of propagation or 
survival, or interstate commerce (the latter only in the event that it 
facilitates scientific purposes or enhancement of propagation or 
survival). Our regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these 
permits are found at 50 CFR 17.22 for endangered wildlife species, 50 
CFR 17.32 for threatened wildlife species, 50 CFR 17.62 for endangered 
plant species, and 50 CFR 17.72 for threatened plant species.

Applications Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies and the public to 
comment on the following applications. Documents and other information 
the applicants have submitted with their applications are available for 
review, subject to the requirements of the Privacy Act (5 U.S.C. 552a) 
and Freedom of Information Act (5 U.S.C. 552).

Permit Application Number: TE046427

Applicant: Landry's Downtown Aquarium, Curator of Fish, Inverts and 
Herps, 700 Water Street, Denver, CO.

    The applicant requests an amendment to hold gila topminnow 
(Poeciliopsis occidentalis) and boccacio (Sebastes paucispinis) in 
aquaria upon donation and transfer from other accredited facilities for 
public display and education for the purpose of enhancing the species' 
survival. The applicant requests an extension of their current permit 
to 2018 to hold bonytail (Gila elegans), Colorado pikeminnow 
(Ptychocheilus Lucius), humpback chub (Gila cypha), razorback sucker 
(Xyrauchen texanus), desert pupfish (Cyprinodon macularius), green sea 
turtle (Chelonia mydas), and white sturgeon (Acipenser transmontanus) 
for public display and education for the purpose of enhancing the 
species' survival.

Permit Application Number TE98300A

Applicant: Amni Opes Institute, LLC, 21112 Limestone Avenue, Bend, OR.

    The applicant requests a permit to take (harass by survey) pallid 
sturgeon (Scaphirhynchus albus), white sturgeon (Acipenser 
transmontanus), razorback sucker (Xyrauchen texanus), bonytail chub 
(Gila elegans), Colorado pikeminnow (Ptychocheilus Lucius), and 
humpback chub (Gila cypha) in conjunction with population monitoring 
activities in Colorado and Montana for the purpose of enhancing the 
species' survival.

National Environmental Policy Act

    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act (42 U.S.C. 
4321 et seq.), we have made an initial determination that the proposed 
activities in these permits are categorically excluded from the 
requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental 
impact statement (516 DM 6 Appendix 1, 1.4C(1)).

Public Availability of Comments

    All comments and materials we receive in response to this request 
will be available for public inspection, by appointment, during normal 
business hours at the address listed in the ADDRESSES section of this 
    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.


    We provide this notice under section 10 of the Act (16 U.S.C. 1531 
et seq.).

    Dated: September 18, 2013.
Michael G. Thabault,
Assistant Regional Director, Mountain-Prairie Region.
[FR Doc. 2013-23279 Filed 9-24-13; 8:45 am]