Biological Opinion on the Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization to BP Exploration (Alaska), Inc. for Marine 3D Ocean Bottom Sensor Seismic Activities
Biological opinion on the potential effects to listed species of 3-D ocean bottom sensor seismic surveys in the U.S. Beaufort Sea Prudhoe Bay, Alaska, by BPXA during the 2014 Open Water Season. NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2014-9369
This opinion considers the effects of the authorization of an IHA to take marine mammals by harassment under the MMPA incidental to open-water seismic surveys to BPXA in the state and federal waters of Prudhoe Bay in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, Alaska from July 1 to September 30, 2014. These actions have the potential to affect the endangered bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), threatened Arctic subspecies of ringed seal (Phoca hispida hispida), and threatened Beringia distinct population segment (DPS) of bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus barbatus). There is no critical habitat designated for these species.
Action Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service's Office of Protected Resources - Permits and Conservation Division