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


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Affected Species
Sperm Whale
Dwarf Sperm Whale
Pygmy Sperm Whale
Baird’s Beaked Whale
Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Hubb's Beaked Whale
Blainville's Beaked Whale
Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale
Perrin’s Beaked Whale
Lesser Beaked Whale
Stejneger's Beaked Whale
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Long-Beaked Common Dolphin
Short-Beaked Common Dolphin
Pacific White-Sided Dolphin
Northern Right Whale Dolphin
Risso’s Dolphin
Killer Whale
Short-Finned Pilot Whale
Harbor Porpoise
Dall’s Porpoise
Guadalupe Fur Seal
Northern Fur Seal
California Sea Lion
Steller Sea Lion
Harbor Seal
Northern Elephant Seal


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.

Photo of RV Bell Shimada

Photo of RV Bell Shimada

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/29/2023