Biological Opinion on the Issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization to Fairweather LLC for Anchor Retrieval Activities in the U.S. Chukchi and Beaufort Seas, Alaska
Biological opinion on the effects of the proposed activities on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitat for those species during the 2016 open water season.
This opinion considers the effects of the issuance of an IHA to take marine mammals by harassment under the MMPA incidental to anchor retrieval operations by Fairweather in the U.S. Beaufort and Chukchi Sea from June 22 to October 31, 2016. These actions have the potential to affect the endangered bowhead whale (Balaena mysticetus), endangered fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus), endangered humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae), endangered North Pacific right whale (Eubalaena japonica), endangered western Steller sea lion (Eumatopias jubatus) distinct population segment (DPS), threatened Arctic subspecies of ringed seal (Phoca hispida hispida), and threatened Beringia DPS of bearded seal (Erignathus barbatus nauticus), as well as the designated critical habitats for North Pacific right whale and Steller sea lion.
Action Agency: NOAA Fisheries Alaska Region, Protected Resources Division
NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2016-9526