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Federal Register / Vol. 68, No.

138 / Friday, July 18, 2003 / Notices 42689

causing material injury, or threatening part 216), and the Fur Seal Act of 1966, porpoise (Phocoenoides dalli), harbor
to cause material injury, to a U.S. as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et seq.). seals (Phoca vitulina), Pacific white-
industry. A negative ITC determination The permit authorizes the collection sided dolphins (Lagenorhynchus
will result in the investigation being and receipt of an unlimited number of obliquidens), Northern fur seals
terminated; otherwise, this investigation tissue samples (including, but not (Callorhinus ursinus), and Steller sea
will proceed according to statutory and limited to, teeth/bone, blubber, muscle, lions (Eumetopias jubatus) for the
regulatory time limits. blood, skin, vibrissae, placenta, fetus, purposes of scientific research.
This notice is issued and published reproductive tracts, stomach and ADDRESSES: The permit application and
pursuant to section 777(i) of the Act. intestinal tracts, heart, liver, lungs, related documents are available for
kidney and other vital organs) taken
July 14, 2003. review upon written request or by
from carcasses of harbor seals and
Joseph A. Spetrini, appointment in the following office(s):
northern fur seals that were killed
Acting Assistant Secretary for Grant Aldonas, during legal subsistence hunts in Permits, Conservation and Education
Under Secretary. Alaska. The purposes of the research are Division, Office of Protected Resources,
[FR Doc. 03–18321 Filed 7–17–03; 8:45 am] to determine contaminant loads in NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room
BILLING CODE 3510–DS–S tissues to study whether exposure to 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910,
contaminants may be a contributing (301)713–2289; and
factor to poor survival and reproduction Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box
DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE of these species, and to determine 21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668,
steroid hormone levels in the tissues of (907)586–7221.
National Oceanic and Atmospheric
these species to develop methods to FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT: Jill
Administration
study the reproductive rate and Lewandowski or Gene Nitta, (301) 713–
population structure of marine 2289.
[I.D. 063003B]
mammals. Tissues collected from SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: The
Marine Mammals; File No. 881–1709 subsistence hunts and from stranded subject permit is requested under the
animals may be exported (and re- authority of the Marine Mammal
AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries imported) to Canada for analyses and to Protection Act of 1972, as amended
Service (NMFS), National Oceanic and other countries world-wide for future (MMPA; 16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the
Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), opportunistic research is also Regulations Governing the Taking and
Commerce. authorized. The permit has been issued Importing of Marine Mammals (50 CFR
ACTION: Issuance of permit. for a five-year period. part 216), the Endangered Species Act of
Dated: July 11, 2003. 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531
SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Jo- et seq.), the regulations governing the
Stephen L. Leathery,
Ann Mellish, Ph.D., University of taking, importing, and exporting of
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education
Alaska Fairbanks and Alaska SeaLife Division, Office of Protected Resources, endangered and threatened species (50
Center, 301 Railway Avenue, P.O. Box National Marine Fisheries Service. CFR 222–226), and the Fur Seal Act of
1329, Seward, Alaska 99664, has been [FR Doc. 03–18338 Filed 7–17–03; 8:45 am] 1966, as amended (16 U.S.C. 1151 et
issued a permit take tissue samples from seq.).
BILLING CODE 3510–22–S
harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) and
The applicant requests a five-year
northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus)
scientific research permit to: (1) develop
for purposes of scientific research. DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE long term sighting histories of
ADDRESSES: The permit and related individual humpback whales to assess
documents are available for review National Oceanic and Atmospheric stock structure, life history parameters,
upon written request or by appointment Administration feeding behaviors, social behaviors of
in the following office(s): [I.D. 070903A] feeding populations, and population
Permits, Conservation and Education estimates; (2) collect and compare data
Division, Office of Protected Resources, Marine Mammals; File No. 1049–1718 on killer whale predation in
NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room southeastern Alaska, the Gulf of Alaska
13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone AGENCY: National Marine Fisheries
Service, National Oceanic and and Aleutian Islands; and (3) collect
(301)713–2289; fax (301)713–0376; and data to assess the distribution,
Alaska Region, NMFS, P.O. Box Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
Commerce. abundance, and foraging ecology of fin
21668, Juneau, AK 99802–1668; phone whales in the Gulf of Alaska. All
(907)586–7221; fax (907)586–7249. ACTION: Receipt of application for new
research will take place in Alaskan
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION CONTACT:
permit.
waters.
Amy Sloan or Ruth Johnson, (301)713– SUMMARY: Notice is hereby given that Specifically, the applicant is
2289. Kate M. Wynne, University of Alaska requesting takes by close approach for
SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION: On May 1, Fairbanks, School of Fisheries and photo-identification, behavioral
2003, notice was published in the Ocean Sciences, 118 Trident Way, observation, passive acoustic recording,
Federal Register (84 FR 23286) that a Kodiak, Alaska 99615 has applied in biopsy sampling and incidental
request for a scientific research permit due form for a permit to take humpback harassment. In addition, the applicant is
to take the species identified above had whales (Megaptera novaeangliae), killer requesting authorization to collect and/
been submitted by the above-named whales (Orcinus orca), sperm whales or export dead parts from the following
individual. The requested permit has (Physeter macrocephalus), fin whales prey species during killer whale
been issued under the authority of the (Balaenoptera physalis), sei whales predation studies: humpback, gray,
Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, (Balaenoptera borealis), minke whales minke, sei, fin and sperm whales;
as amended (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), the (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), gray harbor and Dall’s porpoise; Pacific
Regulations Governing the Taking and whales (Eschrichtius robustus), harbor white-sided dolphins; Northern fur and
Importing of Marine Mammals (50 CFR porpoise (Phocoena phocoena), Dall’s harbor seals; and Steller sea lions.

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