Biological and Conference Opinion on the Issuance of Permit No. 18529 to Jan Straley for Research on Marine Mammals in the Gulf of Alaska, Pursuant to Section 10(a)(l)(A) of ESA
This biological opinion assesses the effects of scientific research of whales in the Gulf of Alaska on ESA-listed species and designated critical habitat in the area.
On April, 20, 2010 the NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources Permits and Conservation Division submitted a draft Environmental Assessment to the NOAA Fisheries' Office of Protected Resouces ESA Interagency Cooperation Division for the proposed issuance of permit number (No.) 14122: Biology of Large Whales in Alaskan Waters to Jan Straley and seven additional permits to other scientific researchers. Permit No. 14122 was a five year permit, which was later given a one year extension, and ends on July 31, 2016.