NMFS Seeks Comment on Shell Exploratory Drilling IHA for the Chukchi

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Shell Gulf of Mexico Inc. for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to offshore exploration drilling on Outer Continental Shelf leases in the Chukchi Sea, Alaska. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS requests comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to Shell to take, by Level B harassment only, 12 species of marine mammals during the specified activity. NMFS must receive any comments and information no later than April 3, 2015.

Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this Shell IHA application.

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