[Federal Register Volume 82, Number 234 (Thursday, December 7, 2017)]
[Page 57730]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 2017-26391]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XF871

Marine Mammals; File No. 21339

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

ACTION: Notice; receipt of application.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Kerri Smith, University of Texas 
at El Paso, 500 West University Ave., El Paso, Texas 79968, has applied 
in due form for a permit to receive, import and export marine mammal 
specimens for scientific research.

DATES: Written, telefaxed, or email comments must be received on or 
before January 8, 2018.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review by selecting ``Records Open for Public Comment'' from the 
``Features'' box on the Applications and Permits for Protected Species 
(APPS) home page, https://apps.nmfs.noaa.gov, and then selecting File 
No. 21339 from the list of available applications.
    These documents are also available upon written request or by 
appointment in the 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.
    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. 21339 
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: Jennifer Skidmore, (301) 427-8401.

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 proposes to receive, import, and export samples from 
up to 150 Sowerby's beaked whale (Mesoplodon bidens) and 130 samples 
from 13 other species of non-ESA listed cetaceans. The objectives of 
this research are to: (a) Investigate life history characteristics of 
these species using stable isotope analysis; and (b) improve techniques 
of stable isotope analysis in marine mammal studies. Samples would 
include bone, teeth, baleen, and muscle tissue from museum and research 
collections. No takes of live animals would be authorized under this 
permit. The permit would be valid for up to five years after issuance.
    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: December 4, 2017.
Julia Harrison,
Chief, Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 2017-26391 Filed 12-6-17; 8:45 am]