The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued an incidental harassment authorization to the United States Department of the Navy to incidentally harass, by Level B harassment, marine mammals during Ice Exercise 2018 activities within the Beaufort Sea and Arctic Ocean north of Prudhoe Bay, Alaska. This IHA is issued under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. The Navy’s activities are considered a military readiness activity pursuant MMPA, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. This authorization is applicable from February 1, 2018 through May 1, 2018.
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