Incidental Take Authorization: NOAA Fisheries NWFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean

Overview

Authority
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Effective
08/27/2018

Summary

NOAA Fisheries, upon request of NOAA Fisheries' Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC), hereby issues regulations to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted in the Pacific Ocean over the course of five years. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/14/2018