Comment on MMPA Take Regulations for Beaufort Drilling and Production Island

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to the construction and operation of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island

in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska, over the course of five years from the date of issuance. Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS is announcing receipt of Hilcorp’s request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals.

NMFS invites thepublic to provide information,suggestions, and comments on Hilcorp’sapplication and request.Comments and information mustbe received by NMFS no later than June 8, 2018.

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