Incidental Take Authorization: Alaska Department of Transportation Metlakatla Seaplane Facility Refurbishment Project, Metlakatla, Alaska
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to pile driving/removal and down-the-hole drilling activities during maintenance improvements to the existing Metlakatla Seaplane Facility in Southeast Alaska. NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. We are also requesting comments on a possible one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met. We will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.