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


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule
Affected Species
Gray Whale
Humpback Whale
Minke Whale
Sei Whale
Fin Whale
Blue Whale
Bryde’s Whale
Sperm Whale
Dwarf Sperm Whale
Pygmy Sperm Whale
Blainville's Beaked Whale
Baird’s Beaked Whale
Cuvier's Beaked Whale
Hubb's Beaked Whale
Ginkgo-Toothed Beaked Whale
Lesser Beaked Whale
Perrin’s Beaked Whale
Longman's Beaked Whale
Stejneger's Beaked Whale
Common Bottlenose Dolphin
Striped 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
Rough-Toothed Dolphin
Pantropical Spotted Dolphin
Spinner Dolphin
Fraser's Dolphin
Dusky Dolphin
Melon-Headed Whale
False Killer Whale
Pygmy Killer Whale
South American Sea Lion
Southern Right Whale
Southern Bottlenose Whale
Arnoux’s Beaked Whale
Hourglass Dolphin
Long-Finned Pilot Whale
Antarctic Fur Seal
Southern Elephant Seal
Crabeater seal
Leopard Seal
Spectacled Porpoise
Weddell Seal


NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources has issued an LOA and regulations to govern the unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted by the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) in the California Current Research Area (off the U.S. west coast), the Eastern Tropical Pacific Research Area, and the Antarctic Research Area (in the Antarctic Scotia Sea) over the course of five years from the date of issuance.

Map of research areas

Map of research areas

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/07/2023