[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 54 (Thursday, March 20, 1997)]
[Page 13367]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-6983]


[I.D. 031397C]

Endangered Species; Permits

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

ACTION: Issuance of scientific research permit 1030.


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that on March 12, 1997, NMFS issued 
Scientific Research Permit 1030 to Sarah V. Mitchell, of NOAA Gray's 
Reef National Marine Sanctuary (P625), to take listed loggerhead sea 
turtles for the purpose of scientific research subject to certain 
conditions set forth therein.

ADDRESSES: The application, permit, 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).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: Notice was published on January 17, 1997 (62 
FR 2656) that an application had been filed by Sarah V. Mitchell, NOAA 
Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary (P625), to take listed loggerhead 
sea turtles as authorized by 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 217-222).
    Issuance of this permit allows the applicant to take listed 
loggerhead sea turtles (Caretta caretta) for examination, tagging, 
observation, collection of morphometric measurements, and release. The 
purpose of the authorized research, as stated in the application, is to 
investigate population trends, migrations, habitat, and diving behavior 
of loggerhead turtles in the Gray's Reef National Marine Sanctuary.
    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 listed species that 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 13, 1997.
Robert C. Ziobro,
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 97-6983 Filed 3-19-97; 8:45 am]