Air Force Applies for Gulf of Mexico Take Authorization

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service NMFS has received an application from the U.S. Department of the Air Force, Headquarters 96th Air Base Wing, Eglin Air Force Base, requesting an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to a Maritime Weapon Systems Evaluation Program within the Eglin Gulf Test and Training Range in the Gulf of Mexico.

Eglin AFB’s activities are military readiness activities per the Marine Mammal Protection Act, as amended by the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2004. Per the MMPA, NMFS requests comments on its proposal to issue an Authorization to Eglin AFB to take, by harassment, two species of marine mammals during the specified activity for a period of one year. Comments are due to NMFS byJan 7, 2015.

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