[Federal Register Volume 85, Number 120 (Monday, June 22, 2020)]
[Pages 37469-37470]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2020-13398]



Fish and Wildlife Service

[FWS-R5-ES-2020-N082; FXES11130500000-201-FF05E00000]

Endangered Species; Receipt of Recovery Permit Application

AGENCY: Fish and Wildlife Service, Interior.

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


SUMMARY: We, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, have received an 
application for a permit to conduct activities intended to enhance the 
propagation or survival of two endangered species under the Endangered 
Species Act. We invite the public and local, State, Tribal, and Federal 
agencies to comment on this application. Before issuing the requested 
permit, 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 July 22, 

ADDRESSES: Use one of the following methods to request documents or 
submit comments. Requests and comments should specify the applicant 
name and application number (e.g., TE123456):
     Email: permitsR5ES@fws.gov.
     U.S. Mail: Abby Gelb, Ecological Services, U.S. Fish and 
Wildlife Service, 300 Westgate Center Dr., Hadley, MA 01035.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Abby Gelb, 413-253-8212 (phone), or 
permitsR5ES@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 an application for a permit under 
section 10(a)(1)(A) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended 
(ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The requested permit would allow the 
applicant 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 
take 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. 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.

Permit Application Available for Review and Comment

    We invite local, State, and Federal agencies; Tribes; and the 
public to comment on the following application.

    Application No.           Applicant               Species               Location              Activity           Type of take        Permit action
TE01086D-1............  Virginia Department    Oyster mussel          Virginia............  Add activity: Health  Lethal............  Amend.
                         of Game and Inland     (Epioblasma                                  assessment research
                         Fisheries, Richmond,   capsaeformis) and                            of propagated
                         VA.                    Cumberlandian                                mussels.

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. Moreover, 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 permits to the applicant listed in this 
notice, we will publish a notice in the Federal Register.


    Section 10(c) of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).

Pamela Toschik,
Acting ARD, Ecological Services, Northeast Region.
[FR Doc. 2020-13398 Filed 6-19-20; 8:45 am]