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Incidental Take Authorization: Bay State Wind LLC Marine Site Characterization Surveys for Renewable Energy off the Coast of Massachusetts in the Area of OCS-A 0500


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Affected Species
Fin Whale
Humpback Whale
Minke Whale
Sperm Whale
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Atlantic Spotted Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin
Long-Finned Pilot Whale
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
Atlantic White-Sided Dolphin
Harbor Porpoise
Gray Seal
Harbor Seal


NOAA Fisheries issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to high-resolution geophysical (HRG) survey investigations associated with marine site characterization activities off the coast of Massachusetts in the area of the Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS-A 0500) and along cable routes to the coast of Massachusetts (the Study Area). 

Photo of ocean from sahore with poles receding into the distance
Project Location Map


Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 02/17/2021