Incidental Take Authorization: Orsted Wind Power LLC Site Characterization Surveys for Renewable Energy off the Coast of New England in the Areas of OCS-A 0486, OCS-A 0487, and OCS-A 0500


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NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Orsted Wind Power LLC (Orsted) to take marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys off the coast of New England in the areas of Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS-A 0486, OCS-A 0487, and OCS-A 0500) and coastal waters where one or more cable route corridors will be established. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to Orsted to incidentally take, by Level B harassment only, small numbers of marine mammals during the specified activities. We will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.

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Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 07/25/2019