Biological Opinion Crowley Fuels Dock Expansion and Upgrade (POA-2018-00199)
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) Biological Opinion Crowley Fuels Dock Expansion and Upgrade in Kotzebue, Alaska (POA-2018-00199), NMFS Consultation Number: AKRO-2020-00125
For the actions described in this document, the action agencies are the United States Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) which proposes to permit the renovation of Crowley Fuels’ dock in Kotzebue, AK, and the NMFS Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division (hereafter referred to as the Permits Division or PR1). The Permits Division plans to issue an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) pursuant to section 101(a)(5)(D) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA) (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.) for harassment of marine mammals incidental to the proposed activities (83 FR 40234). When issued, the IHA will be valid from June 1, 2020 through September 2020, and will authorize the incidental harassment of two ESA-listed pinniped species, the threatened Beringia Distinct Population Segment (DPS) bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus nauticus) and threatened Arctic ringed sea (Phoca hispidahispida). The Corps determined that there will be no effect to the endangered bowhead whale (Balanea mysticetus), the endangered fin whale (Balaneoptera physalus), the threatened Mexico DPS humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), or the endangered Western North Pacific DPS humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae).
The consulting agency for this proposal is NMFS’s Alaska Region (AKR). This document represents our biological opinion (opinion) on the proposed actions and their effects on endangered and threatened species.