Comment on Proposed IHA off Delaware coast

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from Garden State Offshore Energy, LLC, for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys off the coast of Delaware as part of the Skipjack Wind Project in the area of the Commercial Lease of Submerged Lands for Renewable Energy Development on the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS–A 0482) and along potential submarine cable routes to a landfall location in Maryland or Delaware.

Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS requests comments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to incidentally take marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS will consider public comments prior to making any final decision on the issuance of the requested MMPA authorizations and agency responses will be summarized in the final notice of our decision.

NMFS’ Federal Register notice of this proposed action discusses studies on the marine life effects of seismic

NMFS must receive any comments and information no later than May 4, 2018.

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