NMFS Requires PAM in Arctic Seismic IHA

The U. S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization to SAExploration, Inc. to take, by harassment, small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a marine 3-dimensional (3D) ocean bottom node seismic survey program in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska, during the 2014 Arctic open-water season.

The U.S. Marine Mammal commission was the only commenter on NMFS’ proposed IHA for SAExploration. One MMC comment was: “that NMFS verify that SAE will conduct passive acoustic monitoring before, during, and after seismic activities.”

NMFS’ response to this comment was: