[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 12 (Friday, January 17, 1997)]
[Pages 2656-2657]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-1152]


[I.D. 010997B]

Endangered Species; Permits

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

ACTION: Notice of receipt of application for a research permit (P625).


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Sarah V. Mitchell of NOAA Gray's 
Reef National Marine Sanctuary (P625) has applied in due form for a 
scientific research permit to take listed loggerhead sea turtles.

DATES: Written comments or requests for a public hearing on this 
application must be received on or before February 18, 1997.

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review by appointment in the following offices:
    Office of Protected Resources, F/PR3, NMFS, 1315 East-West Hwy., 
Room 13307, Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226 (301-713-1401); and
    Director, Southeast Region, NMFS, NOAA, 9721 Executive Center 
Drive, St. Petersburg, FL 33702-2432 (813-893-3141).
    Written comments, or requests for a public hearing on this 
application should be submitted to the Chief, Endangered Species 
Division, Office of Protected Resources.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Sarah V. Mitchell, NOAA Gray's Reef National

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Marine Sanctuary (P625), requests a research permit under the authority 
of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543) and 
NMFS regulations governing listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR 
parts 217-227).
    The applicant requests a five-year research permit to take up to 25 
listed loggerhead sea turtles each year in the waters within and 
adjacent to the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary and on Wassaw, 
Ossabaw, Sapelo, or Blackbeard Islands on the Georgia coast. The 
turtles would be taken for examination, tagging, testing, observation, 
collection of biological information, rehabilitation if necessary, and 
release. Turtles would be acquired by takes from the wild and also from 
sources authorized to incidentally capture. Animals would be tagged 
with flipper (inconel), and PIT (passive inductive transponder) tags, 
radio, sonic, or satellite telemeters. Biological information would be 
collected in the form of blood samples. All information gathered would 
augment an extensive sea turtle database used to study population 
trends, migrations, habitat, and diving behavior.
    Those individuals requesting a hearing should set out the specific 
reasons why a hearing on this particular application would be 
appropriate (see ADDRESSES). The holding of such hearing is at the 
discretion of the Assistant Administrator for Fisheries, NOAA. All 
statements and opinions contained in this application summary are those 
of the applicant and do not necessarily reflect the views of NMFS.

    Dated: January 13, 1997.
Robert C. Ziobro,
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 97-1152 Filed 1-16-97; 8:45 am]