[MARMAM] NOAA Fisheries Issues Five Incidental Harassment Authorizations in Atlantic

Benjamin Laws - NOAA Federal benjamin.laws at noaa.gov
Fri Nov 30 09:26:56 PST 2018


Today, NOAA Fisheries issues five incidental harassment authorizations
(IHAs) pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), related to
planned geophysical surveys in the Mid- and South Atlantic. NOAA Fisheries
is taking action in response to requests from five separate companies.

The issued IHAs include appropriate mitigation and monitoring measures to
reduce impacts to marine mammals. The requirements are based on extensive
reviews of scientific literature on the effects of noise on marine mammals
and their habitat as well as review of public comment received on the
proposed IHAs.

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. You can find the
issued IHAs and supporting documentation here (
https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-oil-and-gas-industry-geophysical-survey-activity-atlantic).
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