Marine Mammal Commission

2009 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Please note that Agency responses can be found in Appendix A of the Commission’s 2009 Annual Report.

 

Permit requests (9) from Whitlow Au, Ph.D.; Jim Darling, Ph.D.; Joseph Mobley, Jr.; Adam Pack, Ph.D.; Fred A. Sharpe, Ph.D., Janice Straley; Briana Witteveen, Ph.D., Ann Zoidis, and Rachel Cartwright, Ph.D., for authorization to take by harassment North Pacific humpback whales and various other species of cetaceans for scientific research

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Point Reyes Bird Observatory, Conservation Science, for authorization to take small numbers of California sea lions, Pacific harbor seals, northern elephant seals, and Steller sea lions by Level B harassment

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposal to designate critical habitat for the polar bear

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Department of the Interior

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Permit request from David E. Clapham, M.D., Ph.D., for authorization to import from Germany biological samples from polar bears collected in Canada

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Permit request from Robert Pilley for authorization to take by Level B harassment up to 112 Atlantic bottlenose dolphins annually over a two-year period

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule and 12-month finding regarding a petition to list the spotted seal under the Endangered Species Act

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Natalija Lace, University of Southern Mississippi to take by harassment up to seven manatees being maintained for rehabilitation at Lowry Park Zoo, Tampa, Florida

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Permit request from Southeast Fisheries Science for authorization to take by Level B harassment and skin and blubber biopsy sampling various numbers of all cetacean species that may occur in study areas in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea, including blue whales, fin whales, sei whales, humpback whales, sperm whales, and North Atlantic right whales, and to import into the United States tissue samples collected in international waters and in other countries

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Planned acquisition by the Department of the Navy of two non-releasable, rehabilitated California sea lions from the Marine Mammal Care Center and the Marine Mammal Center

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Tom S. Smith, Brigham Young University, for authorization to take by Level B harassment up to 18 polar bears annually over a five-year period

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from the Sonoma County Water Agency for authorization to take small numbers of Pacific harbor seals, California sea lions, and northern elephant seals by harassment

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Daniel P. Costa, Ph.D., for amendment of permit authorizing research on Weddell seals in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Paul Ponganis, Ph.D., for authorization to take by harassment 10 adult female California sea lions annually to investigate the role of blood oxygen store depletion in the dive behavior and foraging ecology

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Provincetown Center for Coastal Studies for authorization to take by harassment North Atlantic right whales during aerial and vessel surveys and suction-cup tagging activities

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Louis L. Jacobs, Southern Methodist University, for authorization to collect and import the remains of mummified pinnipeds for analysis and archiving at the university’s Shuler Museum of Paleontology

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National Science Foundation

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Proposed regulations to govern the taking of marine mammals during Navy exercises within the Mariana Islands Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Eglin Air Force Base for renewal of its incidental harassment authorization for activities within the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition to list the Pacific walrus subspecies as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Oregon Coast Aquarium for authorization to import up to eight harbor seals from Canada

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from George Watters for modification of an existing permit to expand research activities on pinnipeds

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National Science Foundation

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Request from Daniel P. Costa, Ph.D., for authorization under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 to conduct research on Weddell seals

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National Science Foundation

See notation at top of page.

Request from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory for authorization to conduct research on marine mammals

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National Marine Fisheries Service

See notation at top of page.

Request from Alaska Department of Fish and Game for amendment of an existing permit to conduct research on harbor, spotted, ringed, bearded, and ribbon seals

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition to revise designated critical habitat for the Florida manatee

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife

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Request from Shane Moore the extension of an existing permit to take killer whales, gray whales, and minke whales during close approach for filming

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society for authorization to take seals and sea lions incidental to restoration and maintenance of the light station

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Scott Kraus, Ph.D., for authorization to take by harassment North Atlantic right whales during aerial and vessel surveys, and biopsy sampling

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Colleen Reichmuth, Ph.D., for authorization to continue perceptual and cognitive evaluations of pinnipeds at Long Marine Laboratory, Santa Cruz, CA

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from NMFS Office of Science and Technology for authorization to take by harassment beaked whales and other odontocetes while studying what characteristics of sound cause behavioral responses in these deep-diving cetaceans

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Emma Napper, Ph.D., for authorization to take by Level B harassment southern sea otters during filming of mother-pup interactions in Monterey Harbor, CA

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request for permit amendment from the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, to increase from 500 to 1,500 yearly the number of Pacific walruses to be harassed during research.

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Interim Report of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force

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Council on Environmental Quality

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Permit modification request from Robert Garrott, Ph.D., for authorization to temporarily attach temperature-logging tags on Weddell seal pups

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National Science Foundation

See notation at top of page.

Notice of intent to prepare an environmental assessment for lease sale 215 in the Gulf of Mexico

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Minerals Management Service

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Permit request from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for authorization to satellite-tag and biopsy-sample walruses off western Alaska

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from the U.S. Marine Corps and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for authorization to take Atlantic bottlenose dolphins incidental to blasting and dredging at Blount Island, Duval County, FL

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for permit amendment from Charles Grossman, Ph.D., for authorization to acquire larynxes from necropsied Florida manatees to investigate mechanics of manatee vocalizations

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Permit request from University of Alaska Museum for authorization collect, receive, import, and export unspecified numbers of cetacean and pinniped parts

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft 2009 stock assessment reports for marine mammals

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National Marine Fisheries Service

See notation at top of page.

Proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items for the 15th Conference of Parties, Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES)

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Draft 2009 stock assessment reports for the southern Beaufort Sea and Chukchi/Bering Seas stocks of polar bears

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Fish and Wildlife Service

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Draft proposed 5-year Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program and notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement

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Minerals Management Service

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Draft 2009 stock assessment report for the Pacific walrus

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Fish and Wildlife Service

See notation at top of page.

Continuation of reporting requirements relative to the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

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Department of Commerce

See notation at top of page.

Safety and Environmental Management Systems for Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Operations

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Minerals Management Service

See notation at top of page.

Final environmental impact statement addressing the Port Dolphin LLC liquefied natural gas deepwater port

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U.S. Coast Guard

See notation at top of page.

Draft 2009 stock assessment reports for the Florida and Puerto Rico stocks of West Indian manatees

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Fish and Wildlife Service

See notation at top of page.

Harbor seals and aquaculture operations in Drake’s Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore

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Alliance for Local Sustainable Agriculture

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Permit application from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Guidance for Monitoring the Recovery of Pacific Northwest Salmon and Steelhead Listed under the Federal Endangered Species Act

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National Marine Fisheries Service

See notation at top of page.

Request from Naval Base Ventura County Point Mugu, CA, for authorization to take by harassment Pacific harbor seals incidental to a boom exercise

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to modify regulations implementing the Harbor Porpoise Take Reduction Plan

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take by Level B harassment small numbers of 26 species of marine mammals incidental to military readiness training operations in the Northwest Training Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take by Level A and B harassment small numbers of eight species of marine mammals incidental to military readiness training operations in the Gulf of Mexico Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rulemaking regarding the List of Fisheries for 2010

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Natural Resources Science Plan

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Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument

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Request from United Launch Alliance for renewal of an authorization to take small numbers of pinnipeds incidental to activities related to the Delta IV/Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle, South Vandenberg AFB

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Robert A. Garrott, Ph.D., for a permit modification

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National Science Foundation

See notation at top of page.

Proposed aerial surveys of harbor seals in Lake Iliamna, Alaska

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take small numbers of five species of marine mammals by Level B harassment incidental to military readiness training operations in the Naval Undersea Warfare Center, Keyport Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule regarding the Hawaii-based shallow-set longline fishery

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center for amendment of an existing permit

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit request from Russell Fielding to import biological specimens from Risso’s spinner, and spotted dolphins and short-finned pilot whales from St. Vincent and the Grenadines

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Developing an interagency ocean policy

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Council on Environmental Quality

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Planned update of “Charting the Course for Ocean Science in the United States for the Next Decade”

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Joint Subcommittee on Ocean Science and Technology

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Requests from multiple applicants for permits to conduct research on threatened and endangered Steller sea lions and depleted northern fur seals

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Continuation of reporting requirements relative to federally controlled fisheries

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Department of Commerce

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Request from Shell Offshore, Inc., and Shell Gulf of Mexico, Inc., for authorization to take by harassment marine mammals incidental to seismic surveys in the Chukchi Sea

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Intent to conduct a review of the effects of oyster farming in Drake’s Estero on harbor seals

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ational Parks Conservation Association/ Sierra Club

See notation at top of page.

Request from University of Illinois, Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory, to import biological samples from manatees, dugongs, sea otters, marine otters, walruses, and polar bears

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Scripps Institution of Oceanography to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to ocean-bottom seismic surveys in the Pacific Ocean

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Gregory Bossart, Ph.D., for a permit to conduct scientific research on bottlenose dolphins in the Indian River Lagoon, Florida

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory for a permit to take polar bears and walruses by harassment incidental to conducting aerial surveys in the Chukchi and Bering Seas

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Continuation of reporting requirements relative to the North Pacific Groundfish Observer Program

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Department of Commerce

See notation at top of page.

Request from Neptune LNG, LLC, for authorization to take by harassment seals, toothed whales, and baleen whales incidental to operation of a liquefied natural gas port in Massachusetts Bay

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for authorization to take by harassment small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a marine seismic survey in the northeast Pacific Ocean

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, for amendment of a permit to conduct research on Pacific walruses

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Stacy Kim under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 to launch a remotely operated vehicle under the Ross Ice Shelf, White Island, Antarctica

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National Science Foundation

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Proposal to issue regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to activities at the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Panama City, Florida

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Planned postponement of the 2009 dolphin and ecosystem assessment research cruises in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Whitlow W. L. Au, Ph.D., for amendment of a permit to tag cetaceans and conduct acoustic playback studies on the effects of noise in cetacean behavior in waters off Hawaii

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Ocean World to import three captive-born female California sea lions from Germany for public display

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to military readiness training operations in the Gulf of Mexico Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Continuation of reporting requirements relative to the incidental take of marine mammals in commercial fisheries

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Department of Commerce

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Continuation of reporting requirements relative to issuance of permits to take marine mammals

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Department of Commerce

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Five-year review of the status of the southern sea otter under the Endangered Species Act

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Proposed rule to authorize the Port of Anchorage to harass small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a five-year marine terminal redevelopment project

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the Mirage Casino-Hotel in Las Vegas, NV, to import two adult male captive-born bottlenose dolphins from Bermuda

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the U.S. Geological Survey, Alaska Science Center, for amendment of a permit for research on polar bears

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Proposed rule regarding illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing activities and bycatch of protected living marine resources

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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quest from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center for amendment of a permit authorizing harassment of harbor seals and gray seals incidental to collection of scats and harbor seal pup carcasses

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Advance notice of proposed rulemaking on designation of critical habitat for the endangered Cook Inlet stock of beluga whales

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Peter Tyack, Ph.D., for a scientific research permit to harass various species of beaked whales and large delphinids

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the U.S. Air Force, 30th Space Wing, to harass Pacific harbor seals incidental to proposed scientific research at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory for amendment of a permit to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to scientific research

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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roposed regulations to authorize the Naval Air Weapons Station to take three species of marine mammals by Level B harassment incidental to launch activities near San Nicolas Island, California

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for reconsideration of the Service’s denial of requests to import polar bear trophies from Canada under an enhancement permit authorization

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from the Navy for promulgation of regulations to authorize the incidental take of marine mammals relative to military readiness training operations in the Marina Islands Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the Navy for promulgation of regulations to authorize the incidental take of marine mammals relative to military readiness training operations in the Cherry Point Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the Alaska Museum of Natural History for a public display permit for a sea otter skeleton

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Cindy Lee Van Dover for modification of a permit to export vertebrae from a North Atlantic right whale to Antarctica

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National Science Foundation

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Request from the Navy for promulgation of regulations to authorize the incidental take of marine mammals relative to military readiness training operations in the Northwest Training Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Urging commitment of funds to support efforts to conserve and recover the vaquita in the Gulf of California

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Department of State

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Request from Karen Terio, D.V.M., Ph.D., for a scientific research permit to import samples from up to 200 cetaceans and pinnipeds from locations outside the United States

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Regarding the deaths of three sea otters under a permit issued to the U.S. Geological Survey

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request for an incidental harassment authorization from Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge and Algonquin Gas Transmission relative to operating a liquid natural gas port facility and associated pipeline

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the Southwest Fisheries Science Center for amendment of permit authorizing harassment of short-beaked and long-beaked common dolphins during vessel and aerial surveys and by bio-sampling

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft environmental impact statement on the Beaufort Sea and Chukchi Sea Planning Areas Oil and Gas Lease Sales

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Minerals Management Service

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Draft environmental impact statement on proposed naval activities in the Mariana Islands Range Complex

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U.S. Navy

See notation at top of page.

Request from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory for amendment of a permit and a request from LGL Alaska Research Associates for a scientific research permit for work related to Cook Inlet beluga whales

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from Ann Zoidis for amendment of a scientific research permit to authorize the taking by harassment of up to 100 minke whales annually

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine, for a scientific research permit to obtain or receive samples from up to 250 manatees annually

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Niladri Basu, Ph.D., for a scientific research permit to obtain and import tissue samples from polar bears taken by indigenous hunters in Canada, Greenland, Norway and Russia

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Niladri Basu, Ph.D., for a scientific research permit to obtain and import marine mammal tissue samples from Denmark

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed critical habitat for the southwest Alaska distinct population segment of northern sea otters

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Draft environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement regarding training activities at the Northwest Training Range Complex

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Draft environmental impact statement/overseas environmental impact statement regarding training activities at the Navy’s Gulf of Mexico Range Complex

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Request from Charles Grossman, Ph.D., for renewal of a scientific research permit for work on manatees

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Request from Ross D.E. MacPhee, Ph.D., to modify a permit issued under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 to allow collection of marine mammal bones and teeth

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National Science Foundation

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Request from Robert Pitman, to modify a permit issued under the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 to allow collection of unidentified prey items

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National Science Foundation

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Request from Mark Baumgartner, Ph.D., for amendment of a scientific research permit to authorize tagging of several species of large whales in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Arctic Oceans

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from SeaWorld, Inc., for extension and amendment of permit authorizing permanent maintenance of a non-releasable, rehabilitated Guadalupe fur seal

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for scientific research permit, James Hain, Ph.D., for studies involving large whales, including North Atlantic right whales

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition from Center for Biological Diversity for a ban on importing swordfish and swordfish products from certain countries under section 101(a)(2) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed “Policy and Guidance for Implementation of the Steller Sea Lion and Northern Fur Seal Research Permits and Grants Program”

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for an incidental harassment authorization from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory relative to marine seismic surveys in the South and East China Seas and the Philippines

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for an incidental harassment authorization from CGGVeritas relative to a geophysical and seismic survey in the U.S. Beaufort Sea

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for an incidental harassment authorization from the Port of Anchorage relative to Phase II of a five-year marine terminal redevelopment project

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for an incidental harassment authorization from the U.S. Navy relative to proposed training activities in the Undersea Warfare Training Range off the U.S. East Coast

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take six cetacean species incidental to training activities in the Jacksonville (FL) Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed amendment to Animal Welfare Act regulations to add a new section requiring contingency planning and training at research facilities and by dealers, exhibitors, intermediate handlers, and carriers

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

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Proposed regulations to authorize the U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training activities in the Virginia Cape study area

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request from the U.S. Geological Survey to export frozen tissue samples from northern sea otters found dead or dying along the coasts of Washington and Alaska

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Proposed regulations pertaining to the activities of the 30th Space Wing, U.S. Air Force, incidental to activities at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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