Biological Opinion - National Park Service Monitoring Activities in Alaska’s National Parks

March 01, 2019

Endangered Species Act (ESA) Section 7(a)(2) Biological Opinion, National Park Service Monitoring activities in Alaska’s National Parks: Glaucous-winged Gull and Climate Monitoring & Research in Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska and Marine Bird and Mammal Monitoring in National Parks and adjoining coastlines in the Northern Gulf of Alaska. NMFS Consultation Number: AKR-2019-9851

The National Park Service (NPS) proposes to conduct gull research and weather monitoring studies in Glacier Bay National Park (GLBA) and marine mammal and bird surveys through the Southwest Alaska Network (SWAN) of National Parks Inventory and Monitoring Program. The NOAA Fisheries Permits Division proposes to issue a Letter of Authorization (LOA) pursuant to section 101(a)(5)(A) of the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972, as amended (MMPA) (16 U.S.C. 1361 et seq.), to NPS for harassment of marine mammals incidental to the proposed activities (83 FR 64078). When issued, the LOA will be valid from 2019 through 2024, and will authorize the incidental harassment of endangered western Distinct Population Segment (DPS) Steller sea lions.

Action Agencies: National Marine Fisheries Service (NOAA), Office of Protected Resources,Permits and Conservation Division and National Park Service, Glacier Bay National Park and Southwest Alaska Network

Last updated by Alaska Regional Office on 11/22/2019

Biological Opinions Section 7 Consultation