| Supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) on the issuance of a modified scientific research permit (file No. 16482-01) to the Warnell School of Forest Resources, Fisheries Division, to conduct scientific research on endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in Georgia and Florida waters : a supplement to the 2012 EA entitled "Environmental assessment for the issuance of 12 scientific research permits for research on Atlantic sturgeon" - :4962 | National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) | National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA)
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Supplemental environmental assessment (SEA) on the issuance of a modified scientific research permit (file No. 16482-01) to the Warnell School of Forest Resources, Fisheries Division, to conduct scientific research on endangered shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon in Georgia and Florida waters : a supplement to the 2012 EA entitled "Environmental assessment for the issuance of 12 scientific research permits for research on Atlantic sturgeon"
  • Published Date:
    2014
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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, ; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, North Florida Ecological Services Field Office,
  • Description:
    In response to the receipt of an application for a permit modification from Warnell School of Forest Resources, Fisheries Division [hereinafter, Permit Holder, and Douglas Peterson, PhD, Responsible Party (RP)/Principal Investigator (PI)], University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia 30602], NMFS, Office of Protected Resources (PR) proposes to modify Permit No. 16482 to include additional "takes" of shortnose sturgeon (Acipenser brevirostrum) and Atlantic sturgeon (Acipenser oxyrinchus oxyrinchus) pursuant to the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531 et seq.).The permit holder proposes to continue studying the population dynamics and seasonal habitat use of Atlantic sturgeon in the rivers and estuaries as currently authorized in Permit 16482 in the Savannah (GA/SC), Ogeechee (GA), Altamaha (GA), Satilla (GA), and Saint Marys Rivers (GA/FL). The Permit Holder is authorized to capture Atlantic sturgeon with gill nets and trammel nets and also measure, weigh, genetic tissue sample, PIT tag and Floy tag, acoustic tag, laparoscope, biopsy, anesthetize, gastric lavage, fin ray clip, acoustic tag and to collect early life stages. However, the permit holder now proposes to combine takes of shortnose sturgeon, which were previously authorized under separate permits while fishing concurrently for Atlantic sturgeon. One existing shortnose sturgeon permit in Georgia waters would be terminated when the modification is issued, while other expired shortnose sturgeon permits would be reapplied for as previously authorized. The permit holder also requests taking 100 blood samples from both species captured from the Altamaha River. Further, the modification expands the project area to include northeast Florida's Nassau and St. Johns rivers and adjoining waterways, as well as to authorize the take of shortnose and Atlantic sturgeon. The modification would be valid through the expiration date of the original permit on April 5, 2017.

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