The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) has received a request from the U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act. NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue regulations and subsequent Letters of Authorization to the Navy to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS will consider public comments prior to issuing any final rule and making final decisions on the issuance of the requested LOAs. Agency responses to public comments will be provided in the notice of the final decision. Comments and information must be received no later than July 17, 2020.
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