Permit No. 87-1851-04 changes the expiration date of the permit from January 31, 2012 to December 31, 2012, and authorizes capture, tagging, and sampling of 35 Weddell seals, andweighing 35 Weddell seal nursing pups, during 2012. The amendment also increases the number of authorized mortalities from 3 to 4 annually, but does not increase the number authorized over the duration of the permit (eight total).
In compliance with the National Environmental Policy Act of 1969 (42 U.S.C. 4321et seq.), a final determination has been made that the activity proposed is categorically excluded from the requirement to prepare an environmental assessment or environmental impact statement.
Dated: November 4, 2011.
P. Michael Payne,
Chief, Permits, Conservation and Education Division, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.