NMFS Issues Regulations Authorizing Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to  Oil and Gas Activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service, upon request from Hilcorp Alaska LLC has issued hereby regulations governing the unintentional taking of marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska, over the course of five years (2019-2024). These regulations, which allow for the issuance of Letters of Authorization for the incidental take of marine mammals during the described activities and specified timeframes, prescribe the permissible methods of taking and other means of effecting the least practicable adverse impact on marine mammal species or stocks and their habitat, as well as requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

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