Incidental Take Authorization: Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird and Pinniped Research in Central California (2020)
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue), for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting seabird research activities in central California. Point Blue’s activities are identical to activities previously analyzed and for which take was authorized by NOAA Fisheries. We are requesting comments on our proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take 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.