NMFS Issues Take Authorization for Cook Inlet Seismic

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has issued regulations governing related Letters of Authorization in response to a request from Apache Alaska Corporation for authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to its oil and gas exploration seismic survey program in Cook Inlet, Alaska. According to NMFS, “This action will put the applicant into compliance with the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) and minimize impacts to marine mammals in Cook Inlet.” These regulations are effective August 19, 2016 through July 20, 2021.

Click here for NMFS’ Federal Register notice of these regulations, which contains additional detail about them and NMFS’ response to comments on them.

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