The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, in response to a request under the Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972 from BlueCrest Alaska Operating LLC, proposes to
authorize the incidental taking by harassment of small numbers of northern sea otters from the Southcentral stock in Cook Inlet, Alaska, from date of issuance—October 31, 2016.
BlueCrest has requested this authorization for their planned oil and gas exploration activities. FWS anticipates no take by injury or death and includes none in this proposed authorization, which would be for take by harassment only.
FWS will consider comments it receives on or before June 13, 2016.