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Environmental assessment issuance of a permit for sea turtle research for bycatch reduction in commercial fisheries (file no. 16253)
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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, ;
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    "The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) proposes to issue scientific research permit No. 16253 to NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (Responsible Party: Bonnie Ponwith, Ph.D.). The purpose of this research is to evaluate modifications to commercial fishing gear to mitigate sea turtle interactions in Atlantic and Gulf of Mexico Trawl Fisheries and Longline Fisheries. The evaluations and subsequent gear modifications could help reduce incidental sea turtle bycatch. The research would also provide data to improve stock assessments, assess the impact of anthropogenic activities, and better manage and recover sea turtle species. Some sea turtle captures would be authorized by the proposed permit during trawl research in state fisheries; other sea turtles would be legally captured incidental to Federally managed fisheries. Turtles would be handled, measured, weighed, photographed, flipper tagged, passive integrated transponder tagged, skin biopsied, and released. Under NOAA Administrative Order 216-6, NMFS' issuance of scientific research permits is generally categorically excluded from the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 requirements to prepare an environmental assessment (EA) or environmental impact statement. However, for this permit NMFS prepared an EA to facilitate a more thorough assessment of potential impacts on endangered and threatened sea turtles. This EA evaluates the potential impacts to the human environment from issuance of the proposed permit"--Abstract from EA; 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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