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Environmental assessment on the issuance of permit no. 16556 for ecological research on protected sea turtles in the western North Atlantic Ocean
  • Published Date:
    2013
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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 Serviee (NMFS) proposes to issue scientific research Permit No. 16556 to NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (Responsible Party: Dr. William Karp) to continue ecological research on protected sea turtles. The purpose of this research is to provide data on sea turtle abundance, distribution, ecology, behavior, genetics, population dynamics, and interactions with fisheries. The information would be used to develop, implement, and evaluate conservation recovery efforts for sea turtles in the North Atlantic Ocean and its estuaries and embayments. Sea turtles would be directly captured by one of several methods or come from other legal sources authorized to incidentally take sea turtles such as federally-managed fisheries. Live sea turtles would have a suite of procedures perfomed: marking, morphometrics, biological sampling, transmitter attachments, transport, and imaging before release. Sea turtles could be tracked by vessel and observed using a remotely operated vehicle. One sea turtle per species could be accidentally killed annually. Researchers would salvage tissues and parts from dead sea turtles encountered. 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 enviromnental 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.

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