[MARMAM] Comments Requested: Proposed Rule for the Taking of Marine Mammals Incidental to the Navy's Training and Testing Activities in the Northwest Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area

Leah Davis - NOAA Federal leah.davis at noaa.gov
Fri May 22 12:38:15 PDT 2020

Hi all,

NOAA Fisheries is proposing to authorize seven-year regulations under the
Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) to govern the incidental take of marine
mammals by the U.S. Navy’s training and testing activities in the Northwest
Training and Testing (NWTT) Study Area from November 2020 through November
2027. NOAA Fisheries’ proposed regulations require mitigation and
monitoring measures that are expected to reduce adverse impacts to marine

NOAA Fisheries and the Navy have worked together to develop a comprehensive
suite of mitigation measures including procedural mitigations that reduce
the likelihood of mortality, injury, hearing impairment, and more severe
behavioral responses for most species, as well as time/area mitigation that
further protect areas where marine mammals conduct important behaviors
and/or sensitive species congregate, which reduces the likelihood of takes
that are likely to impact reproduction or survival. NOAA Fisheries and the
Navy have developed a robust monitoring plan specifically for these
training and testing activities to help better understand the effects of
Navy activities on protected marine species.

●       The NWTT Study Area includes air and water space off the coasts of
Washington, Oregon, and northern California; in the Western Behm Canal,
Alaska; and portions of waters of the Strait of Juan de Fuca and Puget
Sound, including Navy pierside and harbor locations in Puget Sound (see map
of the NWTT Study Area here).

Please visit our NWTT webpage for more information
about this action or
for more information on NOAA’s incidental take program under the MMPA.


*Leah Davis*
*Marine Resources Management Specialist*
*Office of Protected Resources*
*National Marine Fisheries Service*
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