Incidental Take Authorization: Service Pier Extension Project on Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington
NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the United States Department of the Navy (Navy) to incidentally harass, by Level A and Level B harassment, marine mammals during construction activities associated with the Service Pier Extension (SPE) project at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor, Washington.
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the United States Navy for the re-issuance of a previously issued IHA with the only change being effective dates that are one year later (July 16, 2020 – July 15 2021). The initial IHA authorized take of five species of marine mammals. The project has been delayed and none of the work covered in the initial IHA issued in 2018 will be initiated under the effective dates of that IHA (July 16, 2019 through July 15, 2020). The scope of the activities and anticipated effects remain the same, authorized take numbers would not change, and the required mitigation, monitoring, and reporting would remain the same as authorized in the 2018 IHA referenced above. We are, therefore, issuing a second IHA to cover the incidental take analyzed and authorized in the initial IHA.