Incidental Take Authorizations for Research and Other Activities

This page lists Incidental Take Authorizations for research and other activities. Applications are typically posted to this page when public review is initiated. An Interactive Map can be viewed that shows recent and in process authorizations.

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Authorizations In Process

The following authorizations are currently in process.

United States Geological Survey Geophysical Survey in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
In Process 7/2/18 -- --

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from United States Geological Survey (USGS) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NOAA Fisheries is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities.

Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird and Pinniped Research in Central California (2018)

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to seabird and pinniped research activities in central California. 

Glacier Bay National Park Seabird and Climate Research

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received an application from the National Park Service requesting authorization for the take of harbor seals incidental to seabird and climate monitoring activities in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska over a five year period.

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Fishery Independent Monitoring Activities 

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received an application from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department requesting authorization for the take of bottlenose dolphins incidental to fishery-independent monitoring activities in Texas over a 5-year period. 

NOAA Fisheries AFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans 

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the NOAA Fisheries Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of five years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. 

NOAA Fisheries NWFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the NOAA Fisheries Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of five years from the date of issuance, in the Pacific Ocean. We are proposing regulations to govern that take.

NOAA Fisheries SEFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Atlantic Ocean 

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the NOAA Fisheries Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Atlantic Ocean.

NOAA Fisheries PIFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean 

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

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has received a request from the NOAA Fisheries Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Pacific Ocean.

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Active Authorizations

The following authorizations are currently active.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Low-energy Marine Geophysical Survey in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active Closed 6/11/2018 6/11/2018-6/10/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a low-energy marine geophysical survey in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean. 

USFWS Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex Monitoring and Research

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active Closed 4/13/2018 4/1/2018- 3/31/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during survey activities associated with the seabird and shorebird monitoring project at the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex. 

St. George Reef Light Station Restoration Activities in the Northeast Pacific Ocean (2018)

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active Closed 4/13/2018 2/19/2018- 2/18/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society (Society) to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals during aircraft operations, lighthouse renovations, and tour operations associated with preservation of the St. George Reef Lighthouse Station on Northwest Seal Rock (NWSR) in the northeast Pacific Ocean in 2018-2019. 

University of California Santa Cruz Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off California and Oregon (2018)

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
In Process closed 3/16/2018 3/12/2018-3/11/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) the the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans, at the University of California Santa Cruz, to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys off the California and Oregon coasts.

Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research and Climate Monitoring, Alaska 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 02/15/2018 3/1/2018- 2/28/2019

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to the National Park Service for authorization to take one species of marine mammal incidental to glaucous-winged gull and climate monitoring research activities in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska. 

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery Activities in California 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 11/30/2017 12/01/2017-11/30/2018

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to Space Exploration Technology Corporation (SpaceX) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to boost-back and landing of Falcon 9 rockets at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and at contingency landing locations in the Pacific Ocean.

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Marine Geophysical Surveys in the Southwest Pacific Ocean

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 10/27/2017 10/27/2017-10/26/2018

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to marine geophysical surveys in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Low-Energy Geophysical Survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 9/22/2017 9/22/2017-9/19/2018

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a low-energy marine geophysical survey in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

University of Hawaii Marine Geophysical Survey in the Central Pacific Ocean

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 9/14/2017 9/14/2017-9/13/2018

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to the University of Hawaii to incidentally take, by Level A and Level B harassment only, small numbers of marine mammals during a marine geophysical survey in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird and Pinniped Research in Central California

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active IHA closed 7/03/2017 7/07/2017-7/06/2018

Summary: NOAA Fisheries has issued an IHA to Point Blue Conservation Science for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seabird and pinniped research activities in central California.

Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Fireworks Displays in California 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active LOA closed 6/15/2017 7/04/2017-7/03/2022

Summary: NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, has issued an LOA and regulations to govern the taking of marine mammals incidental to commercial fireworks displays permitted within the Sanctuary in California waters, over the course of five years (2017-2022).

Alaska Aerospace Corporation Space Vehicle and Missile Launch Operations at Kodiak Island, Alaska 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active LOA closed 3/24/2017 4/24/2017-4/25/2022

Summary: NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, has issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional take of marine mammals incidental to space vehicle and missile launch operations on Kodiak Island, Alaska, over the course of five years (2017-2022). 

NOAA Fisheries NEFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Atlantic Ocean 

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active LOA closed 9/13/2016 9/12/2016-9/09/2021

Summary: NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the NOAA Fisheries Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC), has issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted by over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in the Atlantic Ocean.

NOAA Fisheries SWFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean

Status Public Comment Date Issued Effective Dates
Active LOA closed 10/30/2015 10/30/2015-10/30/2020

Summary: NOAA Fisheries, upon request from the NOAA Fisheries Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC), has issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research over the course of five years, in the California Current Research Area (off the U.S. west coast), the Eastern Tropical Pacific Research Area, and the Antarctic Research Area (in the Antarctic Scotia Sea).

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Withdrawn and Inactive

For documents related to withdrawn applications for Authorization and inactive Authorizations, please contact us.

Applicant Activity Authorization Type Effective Dates
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Gulf Sturgeon Research in the Gulf of Mexico IHA --
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Expired Authorizations

For documents related to expired authorizations, please contact us.

Applicant Activity Authorization Type Effective Dates
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex Seabird and Shorebird Monitoring and Research IHA 4/01/2017-3/31/2018
University of California Santa Cruz Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off California and Oregon IHA 2/21/2017- 2/20/2018
St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society Light Station Restoration Activities in California IHA 2/19/2017- 2/18/2018
Quintillion Subsea Operations, LLC Subsea Cable Laying Operations in U.S. Arctic IHA 7/01/2017-11/15/2017
Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research in Alaska IHA 5/1/2017-9/30/2017
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Seismic Survey in Southeast Pacific Ocean IHA 8/01/2016-7/31/2017
SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery in California  IHA 6/30/2016-6/29/2017
Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Fireworks Displays in California LOA 06/28/2012-
06/28/2017
City of San Diego Sand Quality Study in La Jolla, California IHA 6/1/2016-5/30/2017
Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird Research in Central California IHA 5/16/2016-5/15/2017
UC Santa Cruz Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off California and Oregon IHA 2/03/2016 - 2/02/2017
St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society St. George Reef Light Station Restoration Activities IHA 2/19/2016 - 2/18/2017
Fairweather, LLC Anchor Retrieval in Chukchi and Beaufort Seas IHA 7/01/2016-10/31/2016
Quintillion Subsea Operations, Inc Subsea Cable Laying in U.S. Arctic IHA 6/01/2016-10/31/2016
Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research in Alaska IHA 5/16/2016-9/30/2016
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Seismic Survey in the South Atlantic Ocean IHA 1/4/2016 - 3/31/2016
Alaska Aerospace Corporation Space Vehicle and Missile Launch Operations in Alaska LOA 03/22/2011-
03/22/2016
Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird Research in Central California IHA 1/31/2015- 1/30/2016

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Seismic Survey in the Mediterranean Sea IHA 11/19/2015- 12/31/2015

Glacier Bay National Park

Seabird Research in Alaska IHA 05/15/2015- 09/31/2015
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

Seismic Survey in the NW Atlantic Ocean Offshore New Jersey

IHA 06/01/2015- 08/31/2015

USGS 

Seismic Survey in Atlantic Ocean off Eastern Seaboard IHA 08/21/2014-
08/20/2015

BLM

Land Survey Activities in the Eastern Aleutian Islands, AK IHA 06/09/2015- 07/31/2015
Scripps Institution of Oceanography

Seismic Survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand

IHA 05/18/2015- 07/30/2015
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