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Biological Opinion on Lease Sale 244, Cook Inlet, Alaska 2017–2022

September 13, 2017

Biological opinion on the potential effects of oil and gas exploration activities in Lease Sale 244, Cook Inlet, on endangered and threatened species and designated critical habitats.

This opinion considers the effects of the authorization of oil and gas exploration activities for LS 244 under the OCSLA from September 2017 to September 2022. These actions have the potential to affect the:

  • endangered Cook Inlet beluga whale (Delphinapterus leucas)
  • endangered fin whale (Balaenoptera physalus)
  • endangered Western North Pacific DPS humpback whale
  • threatened Mexico DPS humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae)
  • endangered western DPS Steller sea lion (Eumatopias jubatus)
  • designated critical habitat for Cook Inlet beluga whale and Steller sea lion

Action Agencies: Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement (BSEE)

NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2016-9580

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 07/21/2022

Section 7 Consultation Biological Opinions Cook Inlet Beluga Whale Fin Whale Humpback Whale Steller Sea Lion