Daily Rules, Proposed Rules, and Notices of the Federal Government
The National Science Foundation, as directed by the Antarctic Conservation Act of 1978 (Pub. L. 95-541), as amended by the Antarctic Science, Tourism and Conservation Act of 1996, has developed regulations for the establishment of a permit system for various activities in Antarctica and designation of certain animals and certain geographic areas a requiring special protection. The regulations establish such a permit system to designate Antarctic Specially Protected Areas.
The applications received are as follows:
Take and Enter Antarctic Specially Protected Areas. The applicant plans to enter ASPA158-Hut Point, ASPA 122-Arrival Heights, ASPA 157-Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Turtle Rock, and Bratina Island to collect soil samples and take permafrost measurements. These sites are specifically targeted because of the nature of their geology, climatic influences, and topography. Two sites will be sampled as reference controls (Cape Royds-ASPA 157 and Bratina Island) for the study of temporal and spatial scales of various types of disturbances in and around McMurdo Station. The other sites (Arrival Heights-ASPA 122 and Hut Point-ASPA 158), have been sampled in past field seasons and are slated to be sampled as part of the ongoing environmental monitoring program.
ASPA158-Hut Point, ASPA 122-Arrival Heights, ASPA 157-Backdoor Bay, Cape Royds, Turtle Rock, and Bratina Island.
December 12, 2012 to December 31, 2012.
Enter Antarctic Specially Protected Areas and Import into the USA. The applicant plans to enter ASPA 116-New
ASPA 116-New College Valley, Cape Bird, ASPA 121-Cape Royds, and ASPA 124-Cape Crozier.
January 1, 2012 to February 25, 2012.