[Federal Register Volume 77, Number 58 (Monday, March 26, 2012)]
[Pages 17458-17459]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2012-7252]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XB110

Marine Mammals; File No. 17159

AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and 
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Commerce.

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Simon Nash, Parthenon 
Entertainment Ltd, 34 Whiteladies Road, Bristol, BS8 2LG, United 
Kingdom, has applied in due form for a permit to conduct commercial or 
educational photography

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on spinner dolphins (Stenella longirostris).

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before April 25, 2012.

ADDRESSES: These documents are also available upon written request or 
by appointment in the following offices:
    Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, 
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone 
(301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376; and
    Pacific Islands Region, NMFS, 1601 Kapiolani Blvd., Rm. 1110, 
Honolulu, HI 96814-4700; phone (808) 944-2200; fax (808) 973-2941.
    Written comments on this application should be submitted to the 
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, at the address listed above. 
Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by 
email to [email protected]. Please include the File No. in the 
subject line of the email comment.
    Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a 
written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the 
address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons 
why a hearing on this application would be appropriate.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Carrie Hubard or Kristy Beard, (301) 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The subject permit is requested under the 
authority of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended 
(MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking 
and importing of marine mammals (50 CFR part 216).
    The applicant is requesting authorization to film spinner dolphins 
near Midway Atoll in the Pacific Ocean. Dolphins would be approached 
during morning and late afternoon when they are typically active, but 
would not be approached during their mid-day resting period. Filming 
techniques include above water from a vessel, a pole-mounted underwater 
camera, and a waterproof camera used by a snorkeling cameraman. Up to 
1,300 dolphins could be approached annually during filming activities. 
Footage would be used primarily for a television documentary about 
Hawaiian wildlife that would be aired on Animal Planet in the U.S. and 
elsewhere internationally. The initial filming period is scheduled for 
two weeks in June/July 2012. The permit would be valid for five years.
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), an initial determination has been made that 
the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to 
prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.
    Concurrent with the publication of this notice in the Federal 
Register, NMFS is forwarding copies of the application to the Marine 
Mammal Commission and its Committee of Scientific Advisors.

    Dated: March 20, 2012.
Tammy C. Adams,
Acting Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2012-7252 Filed 3-23-12; 8:45 am]