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Biological Opinion on the Issuance of Incidental Harassment Authorization to ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC for Alaska LNG Geophysical & Geotechnical Program in the Waters of Cook Inlet, 2015

August 13, 2015

This opinion considers the effects of the authorization of an IHA to take marine mammals by harassment under the MMPA incidental to conducting geophysical and geotechnical surveys in Cook Inlet, Alaska between August 14, 2015 and November 30, 2015.

The activities outlined in this analysis have the potential to take marine mammals by “Level B” harassment as a result of marine habitat disturbance and sound energy introduced to the marine environment.

Action Agencies: NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources, Permits and Conservation Division (NMFS PRl) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Alaska District

NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2015-9474

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 06/05/2020

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