NMFS Issues MMPA Regulations for BP Operations in the Beaufort

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which authorize BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc., to unintentionally take marine mammals incidental to BP’s operation of offshore oil and gas facilities in the U.S. Beaufort Sea, Alaska, for the period January 2014–January 2019. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization  for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.  NMFS continues to use 180 and 190 dB to establish exclusion zones.

Click here to read Federal Register notice of this authorization.





Leave a Reply

Please Answer: *