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Supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) on the issuance of a modification to scientific research permit no. 16547 to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to conduct research on Atlantic sturgeon in the Chesapeake Bay and coastal waters [March 2013
  • Published Date:
    2013
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Details:
  • 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:
    NMFS proposes to issue a modification to scientific research permit No. 16547 to the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), 11110 Kimages Road; Charles City, Virginia 23030 [Albert Spells: Responsible Party], authorizing scientific research on endangered Atlantic sturgeon pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.c. 1531 et seq.) and the regulations governing the taking, importing, and exporting of endangered and threatened species (50 CFR 222-226). The modification would be valid through April 5, 2017. Permit No. 16547 currently permits the permit holder to: evaluate abundance of Atlantic sturgeon within the Chesapeake Bay Distinct Population Segment (DPS), including the entirety of the Chesapeake Bay and its tributaries above and below 22 parts per thousand (ppt) salinity. Researchers are authorized to capture adult, juvenile and early life stages (ELS) of Atlantic sturgeon using gill nets, trawls, fyke nets, trammel nets, pound nets and egg mats; and to measure, weigh, tissue sample, PIT and Floy tag appropriately sized animals. Dependent on the life stage and the salinity level, a subset may be telemetry tagged internally or externally. The permit holder now requests to: telemetry tag adult sub-adult or juvenile Atlantic sturgeon with either internal or external telemetry tags without respect to salinity level within the same action area. However, the numbers of adult and sub-adult Atlantic sturgeon requested would be reduced from 425 to 350 per year; the numbers of juveniles would be reduced from 175 to 125 annually, and the sub-set of juveniles requested to be telemetry tagged is increased to 50 from 25, including the option for internal telemetry tagging. Finally, the number of ELS proposed would increase from 25 to 50 annually to document spawning in other rivers. All other aspects of the currently permitted activity--the action area, capture methods, incidental takes, impacts to other listed species, types of research activities, and objectives--would remain the same.

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