The United States National Marine Fisheries Service has issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization (IHA) to Cape Wind Associates (CWA) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to pre-construction high resolution survey activities in Nantucket Sound. This IHA is issued under the U.S. Mammal Protection Act . It is effective April 25, 2014, through April 24, 2015. CWA will conduct a high resolution geophysical survey in order to acquire remote-sensing data around Horseshoe Shoal which will be used to characterize resources at or below the seafloor. The purpose of the survey is to identify any submerged cultural resources that may be present and to generate additional data describing the geological environment within the survey area.
Click here to read Federal Register notice granting this IHA.