[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 58 (Wednesday, March 26, 1997)]
[Pages 14448-14449]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-7706]



Notice of Permit Applications Received Under the Antarctic 
Conservation Act of 1978 (P.L. 95-541)

AGENCY: National Science Foundation.

ACTION: Notice of permit applications received under the Antarctic 
Conservation Act of 1978, Pub. L. 95-541.


SUMMARY: The National Science Foundation (NSF) is required to publish 
notice of permit applications received to conduct activities regulated 
under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978. NSF has published 
regulations under the Antarctic Conservation Act at Title 45 Part 670 
of the Code of Federal Regulations. This is the required notice of 
permit applications received.

DATES: Interested parties are invited to submit written data, comments, 
or views with respect to these permit applications by April 15, 1997. 
Permit applications may be inspected by interested parties at the 
Permit Office, address below.

ADDRESSES: Comments should be addressed to Permit Office, Room 755, 
Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation, 4201 Wilson 
Boulevard, Arlington, Virginia 22230.

Nadene G. Kennedy at the above address or (703) 306-1033.

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The National Science Foundation, as directed 
by the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Public Law 95-541), has 
developed regulations that implement the ``Agreed Measures for the 
Conservation of Antarctic Fauna and Flora'' for all United States 
citizens. The Agreed Measures, developed by the Antarctic Treaty 
Consultative Parties, recommended establishment of a permit system for 
various activities in Antarctica and designation of certain animals and 
certain geographic areas as requiring special protection. The 
regulations establish such a permit system to designate Specially 
Protected Areas and Sites of Special Scientific Interest.
    The application received is follows:
Permit Application: 98-001
1. Applicant
    Ronald G. Koger, Project Director, Antaractic Support Associates, 
461 Inverness Drive East, Suite 300, Englewood, Colorado 80112-5121

Activity for Which Permit Is Requested

    Taking. The applicant proposes to remove antaractic animals from 
the Palmer Station pier and other operational areas as is necessary for 
operational safety and well being of the animals and U.S. Antarctic 
Program participants. The affected animals include, but are not limited 
to: Elephant Seas (Mirounga leonina), Fur Seals (Arctocephalus 
gazella), Crabeater Seals (Lobodon carcinophagus), Adelie

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Penguins (Pygoscelis adeliae), Gentoo Penguins (Pygoscelis papua) 
Chinstrap Penguins (Pygoscelis antarctica), and Brown Skua (Catharacta 
loonbergi). Periodically, native seal, penguin and skua species enter 
the station pier and other operational areas. Such invasions pose 
operational safety concerns, as well as potential harm to the animals. 
Removal activities will be conducted in a nonlethal and humane manner 
in order to cause as little disturbance as possible. Herding and 
reporting procedures have been developed to monitor removal activities.


    Palmer Station pier and all other station operational areas.


    April 1, 1997 to April 1, 2000.
Nadene G. Kennedy,
Permit Office, Office of Polar Programs.
[FR Doc. 97-7706 Filed 3-25-97; 8:45 am]