Biological Opinion Alaska Marine Lines’ Lutak Dock RoRo Modification Project, Lutak Inlet, Haines, AK (POA-2019-00108)
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) Biological Opinion Alaska Marine Lines’ Lutak Dock RoRo Modification Project, Lutak Inlet, Haines, Alaska (POA-2019-00108), NMFS Consultation Number: AKRO-2019-01875
In this document, the action agencies are NMFS, Office of Protected Resources Permits and Conservation Division (PR1), which proposes to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) permitting Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) Level B take of western DPS Steller sea lions and Mexico DPS humpback whales, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District, Regulatory Division (Corps), which proposes to issue a Department of the Army permit to authorize removal and installation of structures in navigable waters of the United States. These authorizations are associated with Alaska Marine Lines’ (AML) proposal to replace the existing degraded roll-on/roll-off steel cargo bridge (RoRo) ramp on the west side of the existing Lutak Dock, located approximately four miles (mi) north of Haines, Alaska, in Lutak Inlet(Figure 1), with a work window between mid-June and end of October 2020. The consulting agency for this proposal is NMFS’s Alaska Region (AKR). This document represents NMFSAKR’s biological opinion (opinion) on the effects of this proposal on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitat.