NMFS Publishes Regulations Governing Marine Corps Takes in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act governing the unintentional taking of marine mammals, incidental to training operations at the Brant Island Bombing Target (BT–9) and Piney Island Bombing Range (BT–11) located within the Marine Corps’ Cherry Point Range Complex in Pamlico Sound, North Carolina from March 2015 to March 2020. These regulations allow NMFS to issue a Letter of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Marine Corps’ specified activities and timeframes, set forth the permissible methods of taking, set forth other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, and set forth requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of the incidental take.

These regulations are effective March 13, 2015 through March 12, 2020.

Click here to read NMFS’ notice of these regulations.

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