Comment on Navy MMPA Authorizations for Northwest Training and Testing Study Area

The U.S. National Marine Fisheries Service published notice that NMFS has NMFS received a request from the U.S. Navy for authorization to take marine mammals

incidental to training and testing activities conducted in the Northwest Training and Testing Study Area for a period of seven years, from November, 2020 through November, 2027.  The NWTT Study Area is composed of established maritime operating and warning areas in the eastern North Pacific Ocean region, including areas of the Strait of Juan de Fuca, Puget Sound, and Western Behm Canal in southeastern Alaska.

Pursuant to regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act, NMFS invites the public to provide information, suggestions, and comments on the Navy’s application and request for the development and implementation of regulations governing the incidental taking of marine mammals.

Comments and information must be received by NMFS no later than September 5, 2019.

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