Comment on proposed USGS Take Authorization for Northwest Atlantic Ocean

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service has received a request from United States Geological Survey forauthorization to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey in the northwestAtlantic Ocean. Pursuant to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS is requestingcomments on its proposal to issue an incidental harassment authorization to incidentallytake marine mammals during the specified activities. NMFS will consider public commentsprior 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.Comments and information must be received no later than July 2, 2018.

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