[Federal Register Volume 74, Number 152 (Monday, August 10, 2009)]
[Page 39920]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: E9-19085]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

RIN 0648-XQ17

Marine Mammals; File No. 14497

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

ACTION:  Notice; issuance of permit.


SUMMARY:  Notice is hereby given that The Mirage Casino-Hotel, 3400 Las 
Vegas Blvd. South, Las Vegas, Nevada 89109 [David Blasko, Responsible 
Party] has been issued a permit to import two bottlenose dolphins 
(Tursiops truncatus) for public display.

ADDRESSES:  The permit and related documents are available for review 
upon written request or by appointment in the following office(s):
    Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 
20910; phone (301)713-2289; fax (301)713-0376; and
    Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 West Ocean Blvd., Suite 4200, Long 
Beach, CA 90802-4213; phone (562)980-4001; fax (562)980-4018.

FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:  Jennifer Skidmore or Kristy Beard, 

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On April 27, 2009, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (74 FR 19068) that a request for a public display 
permit to import two male bottlenose dolphins from Dolphin Quest in 
Hamilton, HM FX, Bermuda to The Mirage Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, 
had been submitted by the above-named organization. The requested 
permit has been issued under the authority of the Marine Mammal 
Protection Act of 1972, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), and the 
regulations governing the taking and importing of marine mammals (50 
CFR part 216).
    In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 
(42 U.S.C. 4321 et seq.), a final determination has been made that the 
activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to 
prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.

    Dated: August 4, 2009.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of 
Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. E9-19085 Filed 8-7-09; 8:45 am]