[Federal Register Volume 62, Number 74 (Thursday, April 17, 1997)]
[Page 18757]
From the Federal Register Online via the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov]
[FR Doc No: 97-9960]



National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
[I.D. 041497B]

Endangered Species; Permits

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

ACTION: Issuance of modification 1 to permit 991 (P599).


SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that NMFS has issued a modification to 
a permit that authorizes takes of an Endangered Species Act-listed 
species for the purpose of scientific research, subject to certain 
conditions set forth therein, to the California Department of Water 
Resources in Sacramento, CA (CDWR).

ADDRESSES: The application and related documents are available for 
review in the following offices, by appointment:
    Office of Protected Resources, F/PR3, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, 
Silver Spring, MD 20910-3226 (301-713-1401); and
    Protected Species Division, NMFS, 777 Sonoma Avenue, Room 325, 
Santa Rosa, CA 95404-6528 (707-575-6066).

SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The modification to a permit was issued 
under the authority of section 10 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973 
(ESA) (16 U.S.C. 1531-1543) and the NMFS regulations governing ESA-
listed fish and wildlife permits (50 CFR parts 217-222).
    Notice was published on December 30, 1996 (61 FR 68721) that an 
application had been filed by CDWR (P599) for modification 1 to permit 
991. Modification 1 to permit 991 was issued to CDWR on March 24, 1997. 
Permit 991 authorizes CDWR takes of juvenile, endangered, Sacramento 
River winter-run chinook salmon (Oncorhynchus tshawytscha) associated 
with scientific research. For modification 1 to permit 991, CDWR is 
authorized an annual take of juvenile, ESA-listed fish associated with 
a fisheries study of the Yolo Bypass, a floodplain adjacent to the 
Sacramento River where large numbers of salmon are trapped when high 
flows recede. Study results will be used to provide recommendations for 
ecosystem restoration options, to identify actions to minimize adverse 
effects to juvenile salmon, and to make habitat restoration efforts as 
harmless to fish as possible. Modification 1 is valid for the duration 
of the permit. Permit 991 expires on June 30, 1999.
    Issuance of the permit modification, as required by the ESA, was 
based on a finding that such action: (1) Was requested in good faith, 
(2) will not operate to the disadvantage of the ESA-listed species that 
is the subject of the permit, and (3) is consistent with the purposes 
and policies set forth in section 2 of the ESA and the NMFS regulations 
governing ESA-listed species permits.

    Dated: April 14, 1997.
Robert C. Ziobro,
Acting Chief, Endangered Species Division, Office of Protected 
Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
[FR Doc. 97-9960 Filed 4-17-97; 8:45 am]