Biological Opinion and Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act Essential Fish Habitat Response for the Navy’s Programmatic Proposed Marine Structure Maintenance and Pile Replacement Activities in the Northwest Region

June 04, 2019

The enclosed document contains a joint biological opinion prepared by the National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) pursuant to section 7(a)(2) of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) on the effects of the U.S. Navy’s proposed maintenance and repair programmatic and NOAA’s Protected Resources Division’s (PRD) proposal to issue to the Navy a letter of authorization for the take of marine mammals. After reviewing and analyzing the current status of the listed species and critical habitat, the environmental baseline within the action area, the effects of the proposed action, any effects of interrelated and interdependent activities, and cumulative effects, it is NMFS’ biological opinion that while the proposed action is likely to adversely affect the listed species and their critical habitat both temporarily and long term the Navy’s proposed action not likely to jeopardize the continued existence of PS Chinook salmon, HCSR chum, PS steelhead, PS/GB bocaccio, PS/GB yelloweye rockfish, SRKW, Humpback whales or destroy or adversely modify PS chinook, HCSR chum, PS/GB bocaccio, and PS/GB yelloweye rockfish, or SRKW designated critical habitats. This document also includes the results of our analysis of the action’s likely effects on essential fish habitat (EFH) pursuant to Section 305(b) of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act (MSA), and includes 15 conservation recommendations to avoid, minimize, or otherwise offset potential adverse effects on essential fish habitat.

NMFS Consultation Number: WCRO-2016-00018

Last updated by West Coast Regional Office on 06/04/2019