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Environmental assessment on the effects of issuing a permit for scientific research on endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in the Hudson River
  • Published Date:
    2012
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  • Corporate Authors:
    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 five-year scientific research permit (Permit No. 17095) to Energy Nuclear Operations Inc., 450 Broadway, Suite 3, Buchanan, NY 10511, pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.). The action would exempt the permit holder from takes of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) and Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) under the ESA, by capture, harassment, wounding and harm during bona fide scientific research. The purpose of the research would be to monitor sturgeon abundance and distribution through the Hudson River Biological Monitoring Program (HRBMP). The action area includes the Hudson River from River Mile 0 (Battery Park, Manhattan) to River Mile 152 at Troy Dam (Albany, NY). The focus of the monitoring program is fish identification, mark and recapture, and enumeration within defined Hudson River region and depth strata. Researchers would be authorized to non-lethally capture, handle, measure, weigh, scan for tags, insert passive integrated transponder (PIT) and dart tags, photograph, tissue sample, and release up to 82 shortnose sturgeon and 82 Atlantic sturgeon annually. Additionally, researchers would be permitted to lethally take up to 40 shortnose sturgeon eggs and/or larvae and 40 Atlantic sturgeon eggs and/or larvae (ELS) annually"--Abstract.

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