The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published notice of NMFS’ issuance of an incidental harassment authorization to BP Exploration, Inc. This IHA authorizes BP to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting an ocean-bottom sensor seismic survey in Prudhoe Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the 2014 open water season. NMFS issues this IHA in accordance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act and NMFS’ MMPA regulations. This IHA is effective July 1, 2014, through September 30, 2014.
This IHA, and NMFS’ response to the Marine Mammal Commission comments on it, are available here.