[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 83 (Wednesday, April 29, 2020)]
[Pages 23840-23842]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-09080]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R1-ES-2020-N070; FXES11130100000-201-FF01E00000]

Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Applications

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

ACTION: Notice of receipt of permit applications; request for comments.


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received 
applications for permits to conduct activities intended to enhance the 
propagation and survival of endangered species under the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended. We invite the public and local, State, 
Tribal, and Federal agencies to comment on these applications. Before 
issuing the requested permits, we will take into consideration any 
information that we receive during the public comment period.

DATES: We must receive your written comments on or before May 29, 2020.

ADDRESSES: Document availability and comment submission: Submit 
requests for copies of the applications and related documents and 
submit any comments by one of the following methods. All requests and 
comments should specify the applicant name and application number 
(e.g., Dana Ross TE-08964A-2):
     Email: permitsR1ES@fws.gov.
     U.S. Mail: Marilet Zablan, Program Manager, Restoration 
and Endangered Species Classification, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish 
and Wildlife Service, Pacific Regional Office, 911 NE 11th Avenue, 
Portland, OR 97232-4181.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Colleen Henson, Regional Recovery 
Permit Coordinator, Ecological Services, (503) 231-6131 (phone); 
permitsR1ES@fws.gov (email). Individuals who are hearing or speech 
impaired may call the Federal Relay Service at 1-800-877-8339 for TTY 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 
invite the public to comment on applications for permits under section 
10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 
1531 et seq.). The requested permits would allow the applicants to 
conduct activities intended to promote recovery of species that are 
listed as endangered under the ESA.


    With some exceptions, the ESA prohibits activities that constitute 

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of listed species unless a Federal permit is issued that allows such 
activity. The ESA's definition of ``take'' includes such activities as 
pursuing, harassing, trapping, capturing, or collecting, in addition to 
hunting, shooting, harming, wounding, or killing.
    A recovery permit issued by us under section 10(a)(1)(A) of the ESA 
authorizes the permittee to conduct activities with endangered or 
threatened species for scientific purposes that promote recovery or for 
enhancement of propagation or survival of the species. These activities 
often include such prohibited actions as capture and collection. Our 
regulations implementing section 10(a)(1)(A) for these permits are 
found in the Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 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.

Permit Applications Available for Review and Comment

    Proposed activities in the following permit requests are for the 
recovery and enhancement of propagation or survival of the species in 
the wild. The ESA requires that we invite public comment before issuing 
these permits. Accordingly, we invite local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies and the public to submit written data, views, or arguments 
with respect to these applications. The comments and recommendations 
that will be most useful and likely to influence agency decisions are 
those supported by quantitative information or studies.

                         Applicant, city,
  Application  number         state             Species            Location        Take activity   Permit action
TE-826600.............  Dr. Melissa        Lanai tree snail   Hawaii...........  Harass by         Renew
                         Price,             (Partulina                            survey,
                         University of      semicarinata)                         capture,
                         Hawaii at Manoa,   Lanai tree snail                      handle,
                         Honolulu, HI.      (Partulina                            measure, mark,
                                            variabilis)                           attach
                                            Newcomb's tree                        transmitters
                                            snail (Newcombia                      (Oahu tree
                                            cumingi) Oahu                         snails only),
                                            tree snail                            biosample,
                                            (Achatinella                          release,
                                            spp.).                                captive
                                                                                  propagate, and
TE-72088A.............  National Oceanic   Green sea turtle   Hawaii, American   Harass by         Amend
                         and Atmospheric    (Chelonia mydas)   Samoa, Guam,       survey;
                         Administration,    Hawksbill sea      Commonwealth of    monitor;
                         Pacific Islands    turtle             the Northern       capture;
                         Fisheries          (Eretmochelys      Mariana Islands,   handle;
                         Science Center,    imbricata)         Federated States   excavate nests,
                         Honolulu, HI.      Leatherback sea    of Micronesia,     collect eggs;
                                            turtle             Republic of the    captive-rear
                                            (Dermochelys       Marshall           hatchlings;
                                            coriacea)          Islands,           biosample;
                                            Loggerhead sea     Republic of        identify; tag;
                                            turtle (Caretta    Palau, and         deploy data
                                            caretta).          Pacific Remote     loggers in
                                                               Islands Areas.     nests; attach
                                                                                  devices and
                                                                                  food, and
                                                                                  growth rates;
                                                                                  and salvage.
TE-19045C.............  Hawaii Division    Anthricinan        Hawaii...........  Harass by         Amend
                         of Forestry and    yellow-faced bee                      capture,
                         Wildlife,          (Hylaeus                              collect,
                         Honolulu, HI.      anthracinus)                          handle,
                                            Lanai tree snail                      biosample,
                                            (Partulina                            captive
                                            semicarinata)                         propagate,
                                            Lanai tree snail                      release, mark,
                                            (Partulina                            monitor, and
                                            variabilis)                           salvage.
                                            Newcomb's tree
                                            snail (Newcombia
                                            cumingi) Oahu
                                            tree snail
TE-48278D.............  Archipelago        Band-rumped storm- Hawaii...........  Harass by         Amend
                         Research and       petrel                                survey, monitor
                         Conservation,      (Oceanodroma                          nests, capture,
                         Kalaheo, HI.       castro) Hawaiian                      handle, band,
                                            petrel                                biosample and
                                            (Pterodroma                           scent research
                                            sandwichensis).                       (band-rumped
                                                                                  only), release,
                                                                                  burrows and
                                                                                  array, and

Public Availability of Comments

    Written comments we receive become part of the administrative 
record associated with this action. 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 request in your comment that we 
withhold your personal identifying information from public review, we 
cannot guarantee that we will be able to do so. All submissions from 
organizations or businesses, and from individuals identifying 
themselves as representatives or officials of organizations or 
businesses, will be made available for public disclosure in their 

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Next Steps

    If we decide to issue a permit to the applicants listed in this 
notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.


    We publish this notice under section 10(c) of the Endangered 
Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Rolland White,
Assistant Regional Director-Ecological Services, Pacific Region.
[FR Doc. 2020-09080 Filed 4-28-20; 8:45 am]