NMFS Requires MMPA Permit Applicant for Cook Inlet to Use NMFS’ new Acoustic Guidance

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has published (1) Its intent to prepare an Environmental Assessment to analyze the environmental impacts of issuing annual incidental harassment authorizations pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act for the taking of marine mammals incidental to anthropogenic activities in the waters of Cook Inlet, Alaska, for the 2017 season; and (2) its intent to continue an annual cycle for issuing MMPA IHAs in Cook Inlet such that companies planning to submit IHA applications for work to be conducted in Cook Inlet in 2017 do so by no later than October 15, 2016.

In addition, NMFS has referred prospective applicants to NMFS’ new Technical Guidance for Assessing the Effects of Anthropogenic Sound on Marine Mammal Hearing, “which should be used in the analysis of auditory effects.”

Click here for NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this action.


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