Incidental Take Authorization: Berth III New Mooring Dolphins Project in Ketchikan, Alaska
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the City of Ketchikan, Alaska (COK) for the re-issuance of a previously issued incidental harassment authorization (IHA) with the only change being effective dates. The initial IHA authorized take of nine species of marine mammals, by Level A and Level B harassment, incidental to construction associated with the Berth III New Mooring Dolphins Project in Ketchikan, AK. The project has been delayed and none of the work covered in the initial IHA has been conducted. The initial IHA was effective from October 1, 2021, through September 30, 2022. The COK has requested re-issuance with new effective dates of October 1, 2022, through September 30, 2023. The scope of the activities and anticipated effects remain the same, authorized take numbers are not changed, and the required mitigation, monitoring, and reporting remains the same as included in the initial IHA. NOAA Fisheries is, therefore, issuing a second identical IHA to cover the incidental take analyzed and authorized in the initial IHA.
NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to the City of Ketchikan, Alaska to incidentally harass, by Level A and B harassment, marine mammals during construction activities associated with the Berth III New Mooring Dolphins Project in Ketchikan, AK.