| Supplemental environmental assessment for issuance of modifications to scientific research permits nos. 1578-00 and 1595-03 to conduct scientific research on protected shortnose sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine - :4067 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Supplemental environmental assessment for issuance of modifications to scientific research permits nos. 1578-00 and 1595-03 to conduct scientific research on protected shortnose sturgeon in the Gulf of Maine
  • Published Date:
    2011
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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), Office of Protected Resources, proposes to issue modifications to two scientific research permits for takes of shortnose sturgeon in the wild, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR Parts 222-226). The Permit modifications addressed in this SEA are for Permit No. 1578-00 issued to the Maine Division of Marine Resources (MDMR) in 2006, and Permit No. 1595-03 issued to Michael Hastings of the University of Maine (UM) in 2009. This SEA, therefore, supplements the prior respective EA and SEA, and all other minor permit modifications. Permit No. 1578 currently authorizes research focusing on the location of spawning habitat, feeding habitat, and migratory pathways of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) in the Kennebec River, between Augusta and Waterville, Maine. The proposed modification (File 1578-01) would change research objectives, as well as expand the geographic scope of the research, increasing numbers of sturgeon sampled, acoustic tags deployed, and new research methods including: borescoping, Floy anchor tagging, blood collection, gastric lavage, electronarcosis and scute sampling. Permit 1595-03 currently assesses the distribution, abundance, movements and spawning of shortnose sturgeon in the lower Penobscot River and Estuary. The objectives and action area of research would not be changed in the proposed modification (File 1595-04); however, it proposes increased numbers of sturgeon captured, lower water temperatures for sampling adults and juvenile sturgeon, and new research methods including: scute sampling, Floy anchor tagging, fall egg and larvae sampling, electronarcosis and gastric lavage. Both permit modifications would assist researchers in the future development of collaborative research programs in the Gulf of Maine (GOM) determining the number and size of extant populations of shortnose sturgeon in the GOM and the rate of exchange between coastal river systems"--Abstract (p. [1]-2); Portfolio comprised of three related PDF documents digitized and organized by: NOAA Office of Program Planning and Integration (PPI) National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) staff.

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