NMFS Proposes MMPA Take Regulations for USAF Operations in GOM

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from the United States Air Force USAF, 96th Civil Engineer Group/ Environmental Planning Office 96 CEG/ CEIEA at Eglin Air Force Base for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting testing and training activities in the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range in the Gulf of Mexico over the course of five years, from February 4, 2018 to February 3, 2023. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA), NMFS is proposing regulations to govern that take, and requests comments on the proposed regulations. These regulations include some discussion seismic operations and effects.

To be considered, NMFS must receive any comments and information no later than January 26, 2018.

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