Incidental Take Authorization: University of Alaska Geophysics Institute Geophysical Surveys in the Arctic Ocean
NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the University of Alaska Geophysics Institute for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a geophysical survey in the Arctic Ocean. The proposed survey would be funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. We are also requesting comments on a possible one-time, one-year renewal that could be issued under certain circumstances and if all requirements are met. We will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.