The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued to the U.S. Navy regulations under the Marine Mammal Protection Act. These regulations govern the Navy’s unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to the Joint Logistics Over-the-Shore training activities conducted in Virginia and North Carolina, from June 2015 through June 2020. These regulations allow NMFS to issue a Letter of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the Navy’s 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 June 2, 2015, through June 2, 2020.
Click here to read NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this action.