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Incidental Take Authorization: University of California Santa Cruz Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off California and Oregon (2020-2025)


Marine Mammal Protection Act
Action Status
Final Rule


NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the University of California Santa Cruz’s Partnership for Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (UCSC/PISCO), has issued regulations and a Letter of Authorization to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys along the Oregon and California coasts over the course of five years. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

PISCO 2019 LOA Fig 2 biodiversity site OPR1.jpg

Biodiversity survey transects at Cambria, CA

Last updated by Office of Protected Resources on 08/22/2023