Biological Opinion on the Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization to BP Offshore, Inc. for Seismic Surveys in the Simpson Lagoon in 2012

June 21, 2012

This opinion addresses authorization by NOAA Fisheries of the incidental and unintentional taking of bowhead whales, ringed seals, and bearded seals due to ocean bottom cable seismic surveys by BP in the Simpson Lagoon area of the Beaufort Sea. NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2015-9470

This opinion will address authorization by NOAA Fisheries of the incidental and unintentional taking of bowhead whales, ringed seals, and bearded seals due to ocean bottom cable seismic surveys by BP in the Simpson Lagoon area of the Beaufort Sea. Section 101 (a)(5) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), directs the Secretary of Commerce to allow, upon request by U.S. citizens engaged in a specific activity (other than commercial fishing) in a specified geographical region, the incidental but not intentional taking of small numbers of marine mammals if certain findings are made. Such authorization may be accomplished through regulations and issuance of letters of authorization under those regulations, or through issuance of an incidental harassment authorization (IHA).

Action Agency: National Marine Fisheries Service, Office of Protected Resources

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 12/31/2019

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