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Environmental assessment on the effects of the issuance of a scientific research permit (file no. 14759) to conduct scientific research on shortnose sturgeon in North Carolina rivers
  • Published Date:
    2010
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    United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources, ; United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ;
  • Description:
    "The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to issue a scientific research pennit (File No. 14759) to Joseph Hightower, Ph. D. (North Carolina Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC 27695), to take shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) in the wild for purposes of scientific research pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The applicant is seeking a five-year scientific research permit assessing the presence, abundance, and distribution of shortnose sturgeon within North Carolina river basins (Chowan, Roanoke, and Cape Fear and estuaries) and Albemarle Sound using non-lethal sampling methods. The researcher proposes to combine hydroacoustic surveys (using side-scan and DIDSON sonar) and gill nets, to annually capture, measure, weigh, genetic tissue sample, PIT tag and Floy tag up to 15 shortnose sturgeon annually from the Chowan and Cape Fear River Basins and Albemarle Sound. He also proposes similar activity capturing up to 25 shortnose sturgeon annually from the Roanoke River Basin. A sub-set of up to five sub-adults or adults from each river basin and Albemarle Sound would be anesthetized and implanted with internal sonic transmitters each year. Manual tracking and passive detections of telemetered fish at fixed receiver stations would provide infonnation about movement, seasonal distribution and habitat use"--Abstract (p. [1]).

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