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The subject permit is requested under the authority of the Endangered Species Act of 1973, as amended (ESA; 16 U.S.C. 1531
The applicant requests a 5-year permit to conduct research on green and hawksbill sea turtles around protected bays of St. Thomas and St. John, U.S. Virgin Islands. The purpose of the research is to assess the ecological movements of juvenile green and hawksbill sea turtles. Researchers would directly capture up to 40 adult, subadult, or juvenile green sea turtles using tangle nets and up to 40 juvenile and subadult hawksbill sea turtles by hand or using dip nets each year. No more than 40 total sea turtles (both species combined) would be captured in a year. The following procedures would be conducted on sea turtles: Count/survey, attach flipper and passive integrated transponder tags, attach acoustic transmitters using epoxy or a combination of wire and epoxy, measure, photograph, weigh, and sample tissue. Sea turtles would then be released within four hours of capture. Sea turtles might be unintentionally re-captured within a year.