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Environmental assessment for the issuance of scientific research permits for research on humpback whales and other cetaceans
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    Issuance of scientific research permits for research on humpback whales and other cetaceans
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    "The proposed action is issuance of eight five-year scientific research permits and one amendment to a five-year scientific research permit that would authorize aerial surveys, vessel surveys for behavioral observations, photo-identification, underwater photography and videography, collection of sloughed skin and feces, sampling whale blows, passive acoustic recordings, export and re-import of parts, tags attached by suction cup or by implanting darts, barbs, or a portion of the tag into the skin and blubber, biopsy sample collection, and acoustic playbacks on humpback whales and other cetacean species. The purposes of pinniped research are to conduct population assessments to determine abundance, distribution patterns, length frequencies, and breeding densities. Specific objectives for each permit vary, but all would continue long-term research. Impacts from these activities would be short-term and minimal to individual animals and negligible to the species. A biological opinion concluded that the proposed action would not likely jeopardize the continued existence of the species and would not likely destroy or adversely modify designated critical habitat. The permits would be valid for five years; the amendment would expire on June 30, 2013"--Cover letter.
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