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Supplemental environmental assessment for issuance of a modification to scientific research permit no. 10022-01 to conduct research on protected sea turtles
  • Published Date:
    2011
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    United States, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration., Office of Program Planning and Integration, ; United States, National Marine Fisheries Service., Office of Protected Resources, ;
  • Description:
    The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS), Office of Protected Resources, proposes to issue a modification to scientific research Permit No. 10022-01 for takes of sea turtles in the wild, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 15 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 purpose of the permitted research is to gather information on sea turtle species assemblage, population abundance, size classes, growth, seasonal movements, natal origin, and overwintering behaviors. The proposed modification would allow for further assessment of habitat use by different sea turtle species and providing blood samples from wild-caught turtles for baseline data in determining physiological pathways of cold-stunning effects. The action area of the permit would not change: research would continue to take place in the waters along the Florida Panhandle in the northern Gulf of Mexico. NMFS prepared an environmental assessment (EA) for issuance of the permit in 2008 and a supplemental EA (SEA) for the issuance of a modification in 2010. Based on those analyses, NMFS determined that issuance of Permit No. 10022 and 10022-01, respectively, would not significantly impact the quality of the human environment. The proposed modification would authorize standard tagging procedures, blood sampling and temporary carapace marking on sea turtles, and would include associated mitigation measures for those activities. This SEA evaluates the potential impacts to the human environment from issuance of the proposed permit modification by supplementing the 2010 SEA's assessment of potential impacts on sea turtles, specifically those that may result from the proposed changes in field procedures.

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