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ESA Section 7 Consultation Tools for Marine Mammals on the West Coast

Section 7 of the Endangered Species Act (ESA) requires interagency consultation on activities that may affect any listed species. NOAA Fisheries conducts Section 7 consultations for ESA-listed species, including marine mammals that occur in Washington, Oregon, and California.

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