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Draft National Procedure for Permit Applications To Retain Releasable Rehabilitated Marine Mammals for Public Display

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has developed a draft national Procedural Directive clarifying the process for eligible permit applicants to obtain releasable marine mammals for public display purposes under the Marine Mammal Protection...

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Dec 15, 2017
notice
Navy application for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Ice Exercise 2018 (ICEX18) activities proposed within the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean

NMFS has received a request from the United States Department of the Navy (Navy) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to Ice Exercise 2018 (ICEX18) activities proposed within the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska....

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Nov 20, 2017
proposed rule
Proposed List of Fisheries for 2018

The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) publishes its proposed List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2018, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The LOF for 2018 reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and...

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Nov 13, 2017
final rule
Approach Regulations for Humpback Whales in Waters Surrounding the Islands of Hawaii Under the Marine Mammal Protection Act

We, NOAA Fisheries, are issuing regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to prevent take by protecting humpback whales (Megaptera novaeangliae) from the detrimental effects resulting from approach by humans within 200 nautical...

Effective Date
Oct 11, 2016
Marine Mammal Protection Act Humpback Whale
final rule
Technical Amendments and Recodification of Alaska Humpback Whale Approach Regulations

We, NOAA Fisheries, are making technical amendments to and recodifying Alaska humpback whale approach regulations within the Code of Federal Regulations with only minor, technical revisions. Specifically, we are recodifying the regulations...

Effective Date
Oct 11, 2016
Marine Mammal Protection Act Humpback Whale