[MARMAM] Notice: Final Rule for the Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the U.S. Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active (SURTASS LFA) Sonar Training and Testing Activities

Kate Goggin - NOAA Federal kate.goggin at noaa.gov
Mon Aug 12 06:55:08 PDT 2019


NOAA Fisheries will issue seven-year regulations under the Marine Mammal
Protection Act (MMPA) to govern the incidental take of marine mammals by
the U.S. Navy’s Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active
(SURTASS LFA) sonar training and testing activities in the central and
western North Pacific and eastern Indian Oceans from August 2019 to August
2026.

This will be NOAA Fisheries’ fourth rulemaking for Navy SURTASS LFA sonar
training and testing activities under the MMPA. NOAA Fisheries’ final
regulations and the subsequent Letter of Authorization, as well as the ESA
Biological Opinion, include required mitigation and monitoring measures
that are expected to reduce adverse impacts to marine mammals.

The Navy’s SURTASS LFA sonar activities are likely to result in the
incidental take of marine mammals by exposing them to sonar. The takes
authorized by this action are Level B harassment in the form of behavioral
disturbance and temporary threshold shift. No Level A harassment or serious
injury or mortality is expected or authorized.

Please visit our SURTASS LFA sonar webpage for more information on this
action
<https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/action/incidental-take-authorization-us-navy-operations-surveillance-towed-array-sensor-system-0>
or https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/node/23111 for more information on NOAA’s
incidental take program under the MMPA.

Kate Goggin
HQ Office of Protected Resources
Lead Communications Specialist
(301) 427-8400 Main
(301) 427-8411 Direct
Kate.Goggin at noaa.gov
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