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Public Comment on Amendment to Permit No. 781-1824-01, NMFS Satellite Tagging Permit Application - December, 2010

Federal Register: November 9, 2010
Permit authorizes the permit holder to conduct research to determine the abundance, distribution, movement patterns, habitat use, contaminant levels, prey, behavior, energetics, and stock structure of cetacean species in the eastern North Pacific off the coast of Washington, Oregon, and California. These studies are carried out through vessel surveys, photo-identification from large and small vessels, biological sample collection, passive acoustic monitoring, and satellite/radio and data log/time-depth tagging and tracking.

Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, at the address listed above. Comments may also be submitted by facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or by e-mail to NMFS.Pr1Comments@noaa.gov. Please include File No. 781-1824 in the subject line of the e-mail comment.

SUPPLEMENTAL ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT ON THE EFFECTS OF ISSUANCE OF A SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH PERMIT AMENDMENT FOR RESEARCH ON THE EASTERN NORTH PACIFIC SOUTHERN RESIDENT KILLER WHALE (ORCINUS ORCA) PERMIT NO. 781-1824-02

SRKW tagging frequently asked questions (prepared by NOAA)

Comments must be received by NMFS by December 23, 2010.

Comments by:

The Center for Whale Research, San Juan Island WA

The Whale Museum, Friday Harbor WA

North Island Marine Mammal Stewardship Association

NMFS response to NIMMSA

Scientific Research Group

Diane McNally, Victoria BC

Pacific Whale Watch Association

Peter Mieras, BC Dive Community

Orca Network

Marine Education and Research Society