The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, seeks public comment on a proposed incidental harassment authorization under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This proposed IHA would authorize the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting aircraft operations, lighthouse renovation, and light maintenance activities on the St. George Reef Light Station on Northwest Seal Rock (NWSR) in the northeast Pacific Ocean. The proposed dates for this action would be April 2014 through March 2015. Comments and information on the proposed IHA must be received by NMFS on or before March 20, 2014.
One interesting aspect of this proposed IHA is NMFS’ discussion of marine mammal functional hearing groups and the acoustic criteria associated with each group.
Click here for Federal Register notice of proposed IHA.