[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries Proposed Rule under MMPA - Navy SURTASS LFA incidental take regulations

Jonathan Shannon - NOAA Federal jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
Wed Apr 26 07:49:14 PDT 2017


Good morning,

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to issue five-year regulations
<https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2017/04/27/2017-08066/taking-and-importing-marine-mammals-taking-marine-mammals-incidental-to-us-navy-operations-of>
under the Marine Mammal Protection Act to govern the incidental take of
marine mammals by the U.S. Navy’s operation of Surveillance Towed Array
Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) SONAR in certain areas of
the world’s oceans for the period of August 15, 2017 to August 15, 2022.



The Navy’s activities are likely to result in the incidental take of marine
mammals by exposing them to low frequency sonar signals. The potential
takes authorized by this action are Level B Harassment or behavioral
disturbance takes. No level A Harassment takes (potential injury) are
expected (or authorized) based on results from the past 14 years of
operations and computer modeling of potential takes. No lethal takes are
requested or authorized under the MMPA for this action.



This will be NOAA Fisheries’ fourth rulemaking for SURTASS LFA sonar
operations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. NOAA Fisheries’ proposed
regulations and the subsequent Letters of Authorization include required
mitigation and monitoring measures that are expected to reduce adverse
impacts to marine mammals.



The public is invited to comment on the proposed regulations through
Regulations.gov <http://www.regulations.gov/#!docketDetail;D=
NOAA-HQ-2017-0037> beginning 4/27/17 for thirty days.



Please visit http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/permits/incidental/ for more
information on NOAA’s incidental take program under the MMPA.


Thank you,


Jonathan Shannon
*Outreach Specialist*

*NOAA Fisheries Office of Protected Resources*Office: 301-427-8431
jonathan.shannon at noaa.gov
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