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Permits and Conservation Division, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, 1315 East-West Highway, Room 13705, Silver Spring, MD 20910; phone (301) 427-8401; fax (301) 713-0376; and
Southeast Region, NMFS, 263 13th Avenue South, Saint Petersburg, FL 33701; phone (727) 824-5312; fax (727) 824-5309.
Written comments on this application should be submitted to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division
* By email to
* By facsimile to (301) 713-0376, or
* At the address listed above.
Those individuals requesting a public hearing should submit a written request to the Chief, Permits and Conservation Division at the address listed above. The request should set forth the specific reasons why a hearing on this application would be appropriate.
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 continue long-term research on the demographics and movements of green, loggerhead, hawksbill, and Kemp's ridley sea turtles in Florida waters. This research would take place in and around the Dry Tortugas National Park, and in the coastal waters off Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. The objectives of the research are to: (1) Obtain information on fine-scale temporal and spatial patterns of sea turtle habitat use and movement patterns inside and outside the National Park; (2) examine diet through stable isotope analysis; and (3) determine genetic distinctiveness and connectivity to other populations. Researchers would capture sea turtles by rodeo capture, cast net, tangle net, dip net or hand capture. Turtles would be weighed, measured, flipper tagged, passive integrated transponder tagged, blood sampled, tissue sampled, scute sampled, epibiota sampled, fecal sampled, undergo gastric lavage, temporarily carapace marked, photographed, and released. A subset of turtles would be fitted with some combination of up to three telemetry tags—e.g., satellite tag, acoustic transmitter, and/or accelerometer,—and tracked; upon recapture, these animals would have the tags removed.