[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries Seeks Public Review/Comment on Proposed Incidental Take Regulations for Gulf of Mexico

Benjamin Laws - NOAA Federal benjamin.laws at noaa.gov
Thu Jun 21 09:07:18 PDT 2018


 Today, NOAA Fisheries released for public review and comment proposed
Incidental Take Regulations pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act
(MMPA), related to geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico. NOAA
Fisheries is taking action in response to an October 2016 petition from the
Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM), to promulgate regulations
governing the authorization of take of marine mammals incidental to oil and
gas industry geophysical surveys conducted in support of hydrocarbon
exploration and development on the outer continental shelf in the Gulf of
Mexico from approximately 2018 through 2023.

NOAA Fisheries proposes to issue regulations including appropriate
mitigation and monitoring measures to reduce impacts to marine mammals. The
proposed regulations are based on extensive reviews of scientific
literature on the effects of noise on marine mammals and their habitat as
well as public comment received on BOEM’s petition.

BOEM has responsibility for permitting these surveys and is the agency
charged with making decisions about energy development in waters of the
outer continental shelf.

Under the MMPA, NOAA Fisheries is charged with the conservation and
protection of marine mammals, including the appropriate authorization of
otherwise prohibited incidental take of marine mammals. We are accepting
public comment on the proposed regulations until 08-21-2018. You can find
the proposed regulations, supporting documentation, and links to provide
public comment here (
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-oil-and-gas-industry-geophysical-survey-activity-gulf-mexico
).
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