NMFS Still Using Historical Acoustic Criteria to Regulate Seismic

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Apache Alaska Corporation for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska, between March 1, 2014, and December 31, 2014. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act , NMFS requests comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to Apache to take, by Level B harassment only, five species of marine mammals during the specified activity.

NMFS must receive any comments and information on this IHA no later than January 29, 2014.

NMFS is still using 160, 180 and 190 dB to regulate seismic in this proposed IHA.

Click here to read Federal Register notice of proposed IHA.


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