Incidental Take Authorizations for Military Readiness Activities

This page lists Incidental Take Authorizations for Military Readiness Activities. Applications are typically posted once public review is initiated.

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Authorizations In Process

The  Authorizations below are in process:

U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) along Atlantic and Gulf coasts

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
In Process Closed -- --

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to the training and testing activities conducted in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area from October 2018 through October 2023.

U.S. Navy Hawaii Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT)

Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
In Process Closed -- --

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Study Area for a period of five years, from December 26, 2018 through December 25, 2023.

    U.S. Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    In Process Closed -- --

    Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System (SURTASS) Low Frequency Active sonar in areas of the world’s oceans (with the exception of Arctic and Antarctic waters and certain geographic restrictions), from August 16, 2017 through August 15, 2022.  

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    Active Authorizations

    The  Authorizations below are active:

    U.S. Air Force Testing and Training Activities in Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range at Eglin Air Force Base, FL

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 2/08/2018 2/13/2018- 2/12/2023

    Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued regulations and an LOA to the U.S. Air Force, Eglin Air Force Base 96th Test Wing for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting testing and training activities in the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range in the Gulf of Mexico over the course of five years. 

    U.S. Air Force 86 Fighter Weapons Squadron Long Range Strike Weapon Systems Evaluation Program, Kauai, HI 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 8/22/2017 8/21/2017-8/22/2022

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Air Force 86 Fighter Weapons Squadron, NOAA Fisheries has issued a LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the taking of marine mammals incidental to Long Range Strike Weapons System Evaluation Program exercises off Kauai, Hawaii, from August 2017 through August 2022.

    U.S. Navy Training Activities in the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 4/26/2017 4/26/2017- 4/26/2022

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries has issued a LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the taking of marine mammals incidental to the training activities conducted in the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Study Area (GOA TMAA) from May 2017 through May 2022.

    U.S. Navy Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 11/09/2015 11/09/2015 - 11/08/2020

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries has issued LOAs and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area from November 2015 through November 2020. 

    U.S. Navy Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT), South of Japan

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 07/31/2015 08/03/2015 - 08/03/2020

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries has issued a LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing (MITT) Study Area from August 2015 through August 2020.

    U.S. Navy Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore Training in VA and NC 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 06/02/2015 06/02/2015 - 06/01/2020

     

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the take marine mammals incidental to conducting Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore (JLOTS) training activities in Virginia and North Carolina, from June 2015 through June 2020.

    U.S. Marine Corps Training Activities in Pamlico Sound, NC 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 03/13/2015 03/13/2015 - 03/12/2020

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Marine Corps, NOAA Fisheries has issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern to the take of marine mammals incidental to training operations at the Marine Corps' Cherry Point Range Complex in North Carolina from March 2015 through March 2020. 

    U.S. Navy Target and Missile Launch Activities at San Nicolas Island, CA 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 06/6/2014 06/3/2014 - 06/3/2019

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy's Naval Air Warfare Center Weapons Division, NOAA Fisheries has issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern to the take of marine mammals incidental to missile launch operations at San Nicolas Island, California.

    Eglin AFB Precision Strike Weapons and Air-to-Surface Gunnery Exercises 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 03/05/2014 03/05/2014 - 03/04/2019

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Headquarters 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, NOAA Fisheries has issued a LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern to the take of marine mammals incidental to testing and training activities associated with Precision Strike Weapon and Air-to-Surface gunnery missions, both of which are military readiness activities, at Eglin AFB, Florida, from March 2013 through March 2019.

    Vandenberg AFB Launch and Harbor Maintenance Activities 

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 03/26/2014 03/26/2014 - 03/26/2019

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Headquarters 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, NOAA Fisheries has issued a LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern to the take of marine mammals incidental to launches, aircraft, and helicopter operations from Vandenberg Air Force Base launch complexes and Delta Mariner operations, cargo unloading activities, and harbor maintenance dredging, from March 2014 through March 2019. NOAA Fisheries issued a modified LOA in January 2018.

    U.S. Navy Hawaii Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) (2013-2018)

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 12/24/2013 12/26/2013 - 12/25/2018

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries has issued regulations under the MMPA to govern the take of marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing (HSTT) Study Area from December 2013 through December 2018.  These regulations allow us to issue Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy's specified activities and timeframes, set forth the permissible methods of taking, set forth other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, and set forth requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of the incidental take.

    U.S. Navy Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) (2013-2018)

    Status Public Comment Issued Date Effective Dates
    Active LOA Closed 12/04/2013 11/13/2013 - 11/14/2018

    Summary: Upon application from the U.S. Navy, NOAA Fisheries has issued regulations under the MMPA to govern the take of marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing (AFTT) Study Area from November 2013 through November 2018. These regulations allow us to issue Letters of Authorization (LOA) for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy's specified activities and timeframes, set forth the permissible methods of taking, set forth other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, and set forth requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of the incidental take.

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    Expired Authorizations

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    Applicant Activity Authorization Type Effective Dates
    U.S. Navy Ice Exercise 2018 (ICEX18) Activities in the Arctic IHA 2/1/2018- 5/1/2018
    Eglin Air Force Base Maritime Weapons System Evaluation Program Testing and Training IHA 2/04/2017-2/03/2018
    U.S. Air Force 86 Fighter Weapons Squadron Long Range Strike Weapon Systems Evaluation Program (2016-17) IHA 10/01/2016-09/30/2017
    U.S. Navy Operations of Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar (2012-2017) LOA 08/15/2012-
    08/15/2017
    Eglin Air Force Base NEODS Training Operations (2012-2017) LOA 4/23/2012-
    4/24/2017
    U.S. Navy Training Activities in the Gulf of Alaska Temporary Maritime Activities Area (2011-2016) LOA 05/04/2011-
    05/04/2016
    U.S. Air Force Maritime Weapons Systems Evaluation Program Offshore FL (2016) IHA 2/4/2016 - 2/3/2017
    U.S. Navy West Coast Civilian Port Defense Activities (2015) IHA 10/25/2015-12/31/2015
    U.S. Navy Mariana Islands Range Complex, south of Japan (2010-2015) LOA 08/03/2010-
    08/03/2015
    U.S. Air Force Maritime Weapon Systems Evaluation Program (WSEP) near Florida Panhandle (2015) IHA 02/06/2015-
    4/1/2015
    U.S. Navy Testing AN/AQS-20A Mine Reconnaissance Sonar System in the Navy's NSWC Panama City Division Testing Range, FL IHA 07/27/2013-
    07/26/2014
    U.S. Air Force Maritime Strike Operations at Eglin Air Force Base, FL IHA 8/19/2013-
    8/18/2014
    U.S. Navy Silver Strand Training Complex exercises near San Diego Bay, CA IHA 07/18/2013-
    07/17/2014
    U.S. Marine Corps Training Activities in Pamlico Sound, NC IHA 06/17/2013-
    06/14/2014
    U.S. Navy 2012 Training in the Northwest Training Range Complex (NWTRC) LOA 11/12/2012-11/09/2015
    U.S. Navy 2012 Training in the Mariana Islands Range Complex (MIRC) LOA 8/12/2012-8/03/15
    U.S. Navy Gulf of Mexico (GOMEX) Range Complex Training Exercises LOA 3/18/2011-3/17/2012
    U.S. Navy 2012 Training in 12 Range Complexes and U.S. Air Force Space Vehicle and Test Flight Activities in California LOA 2/1/2012-2/06/2014
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