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Incidental Take Authorizations Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

Take of marine mammals is prohibited under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, with certain exceptions. Provided certain findings are made, NOAA Fisheries may issue incidental take authorizations allowing the unintentional “take” of marine mammals incidental to specified activities, including construction projects, scientific research projects, oil and gas development, and military exercises.

Overview

Authority
Marine Mammal Protection Act
Permit Type
For Marine Mammals
Estimated Processing Time
5-8 months (IHA) / 9-18 months (LOA)