[Federal Register Volume 61, Number 47 (Friday, March 8, 1996)]
[Page 9438]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 96-5570]


[I.D. 030196C]

Marine Mammals

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

ACTION: Issuance of scientific research permit no. 987 (P598).


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Dr. Jim Darling, P.O. Box 384, 
Tofino, British Columbia, Canada VOR 2Z0,, has been issued a permit to 
take (harass) humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) for purposes of 
scientific research.

ADDRESSES: The permit and related documents are available for review 
upon written request or by appointment in the following offices:
    Permits Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-
West Highway, Room 13130, Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301/713-2289);
    Director, Southwest Region, NMFS, 501 W. Ocean Boulevard, Suite 
4200, Long Beach, CA 90802-4213 (310/980-4016); and
    Coordinator, Pacific Area Office, Southwest Region, NMFS, 2570 Dole 
Street, Room 106, Honolulu, HI 96822-2396 (808/955-8831).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On January 25, 1996, notice was published in 
the Federal Register (61 FR 2232) that the above-named applicant had 
submitted a request for a scientific research permit to take up to 200 
humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) over a 2-year period, by 
harassment in the course of behavioral and photo-identification studies 
and biopsy sampling in waters of the Hawaiian Islands. 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.), the 
Regulations Governing the Taking and Importing of Marine Mammals (50 
CFR part 216), the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973, as amended (16 
U.S.C. 1531 et seq.), and the Regulations Governing the Taking, 
Importing, and Exporting of Endangered Fish and Wildlife (50 CFR part 
    Issuance of this permit, as required by the ESA, was based on a 
finding that such permit: (1) Was applied for in good faith; (2) will 
not operate to the disadvantage of the endangered species which is the 
subject of this permit; and (3) is consistent with the purposes and 
policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA.

    Dated: March 1, 1996.
Ann D. Terbush,
Chief, Permits and Documentation Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 96-5570 Filed 3-7-96; 8:45 am]