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09/28/2020

Incidental Take Authorization: Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird and Pinniped Research in Central California (2020)

NOAA Fisheries has received a request from Point Blue Conservation Science (Point Blue), for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting seabird research activities in central California. Point Blue’s activities are identical to…
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09/28/2020

Nominations to the Marine Mammal Scientific Review Groups

As required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, the Secretary of Commerce established three independent regional scientific review groups (SRGs) to provide advice on a range of marine mammal science and management issues. NOAA Fisheries conducted a…
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10/05/2020

Incidental Take Authorization: U.S. Navy Testing and Training Activities in the Point Mugu Sea Range Study Area

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 Point Mugu Sea Range Study Area for a period of seven years, from October, 2021 through…
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10/05/2020

90-Day Finding on a Petition to List the Black Teatfish as Threatened or Endangered under the Endangered Species Act

We, NOAA Fisheries, announce a 90-day finding on a petition to list the black teatfish (Holothuria nobilis) as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act (ESA). We find that the petition presents substantial scientific or commercial…
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10/09/2020

Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment for NEFSC Research Now Available for Comment

NOAA Fisheries is inviting public comments on a Draft Supplemental Programmatic Environmental Assessment (SPEA) for fisheries research conducted and funded by the Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC). The purpose of this draft SPEA is to…
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10/19/2020

MMPA List of Fisheries for 2021 Proposed Rule

NOAA Fisheries publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2021, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2021 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals. NOAA Fisheries…
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10/21/2020

Guidelines for Safely Deterring Marine Mammals

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) allows for specified persons to employ measures to deter marine mammals from damaging fishing gear and catch, damaging personal or public property, or endangering personal safety, as long as these measures do not…
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10/30/2020

Initiation of a 5-Year Review of Five Foreign Sturgeon Species

NMFS announces the initiation of a 5-year review for the following five foreign sturgeon species: Adriatic sturgeon (Acipenser naccarii), European sturgeon (A. sturio), Chinese sturgeon (A. sinensis), Sakhalin sturgeon (A. mikadoi), and…
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