Protecting and recovering marine species is a core mission for NOAA Fisheries. As part of a “Species in the Spotlight” initiative, NOAA Fisheries has developed a 5-year action plan for Alaska’s Cook Inlet beluga whales.
Yakutat Bay on the eastern Gulf of Alaska is a glacial fjord influenced by the activity of major tidewater glaciers at its head and is a region of high marine biodiversity. Two marine mammal species that live there year-round are the beluga whale,
This Opinion considers the effects to ESA-listed species from the proposed issuance of an Incidental Harassment Authorization and Corps Letter of Permission (Standard Permit) authorizing the Cook Inlet Pipeline Cross-Inlet Extension Project.