MNFS’ Draft Proposed GOM Take Rules

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published a discussion of its draft proposed rules for “Taking marine Mammal incidental to Geophysical Surveys in the Gulf of Mexico.”  This NMFS discussion includes a draft

–“Statement of Need”

–“Summary of the Legal Basis”


–“Anticipated Costs and Benefits” and


This discussion has probably been changed since it was published in late 2017. Since then, the draft proposed rules have been reviewed by OMB/OIRA. As of June 20, 2018, NMFS has not yet published any proposed GOM Take Rules for comment.

Click here to read this discussion.

Click here to read OMB/OIRA’s conclusion-of-review notice for these draft proposed rules.



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