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Research and Other Activities: Incidental Take Authorizations

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IN PROCESS

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery Activities in California (2017-18)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS open until 11/24/2017 - -

SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from Space Exploration Technology Corporation (SpaceX) for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to boost-back and landing of Falcon 9 rockets at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California, and at contingency landing locations in the Pacific Ocean. Pursuant to the MMPA, NMFS is requesting comments on its proposal to issue an IHA to SpaceX to incidentally take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, during the specified activity.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Fishery Independent Monitoring Activities (2017-2022)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

SUMMARY: NMFS has received an application from the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department requesting authorization for the take of bottlenose dolphins incidental to fishery-independent monitoring activities in Texas over a 5-year period. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


NMFS AFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans (2018-2023)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

SUMMARY: NMHS has received a request from the NMFS Alaska Fisheries Science Center (AFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Pacific and Arctic Oceans. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


NMFS NWFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean (2018-2023)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

SUMMARY: We received a request from the NMFS Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in the Pacific Ocean. We are proposing regulations to govern that take.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


NMFS SEFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Atlantic Ocean (2018-2023)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center (SEFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Atlantic Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


NMFS PIFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean (2018-2023)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
IN PROCESS closed - -

SUMMARY: NMFS has received a request from the NMFS Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center (PIFSC) for authorization to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research, over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in multiple geographical regions in the Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


ACTIVE

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory Marine Geophysical Surveys in the Southwest Pacific Ocean (2017-2018)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 10/27/2017 10/27/2017-10/26/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to marine geophysical surveys in the Southwest Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Scripps Institution of Oceanography Low-Energy Geophysical Survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 9/22/2017 9/22/2017-9/21/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to a low-energy marine geophysical survey in the northeastern Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

University of Hawaii Marine Geophysical Survey in the Central Pacific Ocean (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 9/14/2017 9/14/2017-9/13/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to the University of Hawaii to incidentally take, by Level A and Level B harassment only, small numbers of marine mammals during a marine geophysical survey in the Central Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Point Blue Conservation Science Seabird and Pinniped Research, Central CA (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 7/03/2017 7/07/2017-7/06/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to Point Blue Conservation Science for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seabird and pinniped research activities in central California.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Fireworks Displays in California (2017-2022)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 6/15/2017 7/04/2017-7/03/2022

SUMMARY: NMFS, upon request from the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary, has issued regulations pursuant to the MMPA to govern the taking of marine mammals incidental to commercial fireworks displays permitted within the Sanctuary in California waters, over the course of five years. These regulations, which allow for the issuance of LOAs for the incidental take of marine mammals, 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 and establish requirements pertaining to the monitoring and reporting of such taking.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:


Alaska Aerospace Corporation Space Vehicle and Missile Launch Operations at Kodiak Island, AK (2017-2022)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 3/24/2017

4/24/2017-4/25/2022

SUMMARY: NMFS, upon the request of the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, has issued regulations governing the take of marine mammals incidental to space vehicle and missile launch operations on Kodiak Island, AK, over the course of 5 years (2017-2022). These regulations allow for the issuance of LOAs for the incidental take of marine mammals during the specified activities.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:

University of Santa Cruz Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off CA and OR

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 2/24/2017 2/21/2017-2/22/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), at the University of California Santa Cruz, to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys off the California and Oregon coasts.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:

USFWS Eastern Mass. National Wildlife Refuge Complex Monitoring and Research

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 2/24/2017 4/01/2017-3/31/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to the USFWS Eastern Mass. National Wildlife Complex for authorization under the MMPA to take marine mammals, incidental to seabird and shorebird monitoring and research within the Complex. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:

St. George Reef Light Station Restoration Activities (2017-2018)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 2/13/2017 2/19/2017-2/18/2018

SUMMARY: NMFS has issued an IHA to the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting aircraft operations, lighthouse renovation, and light maintenance activities on the St. George Reef Light Station on Northwest Seal Rock in the northeast Pacific Ocean, in 2017-2018.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Documents:


NMFS NEFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Atlantic Ocean (2016-2021)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 9/13/2016 9/12/2016-9/09/2021

SUMMARY: We have issued regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted by the NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center (NEFSC) over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in the Atlantic Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents: 


NMFS SWFSC Fisheries and Ecosystem Research Activities in the Pacific Ocean (2015-2020)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 10/30/2015 10/30/2015-10/29/2020

SUMMARY: We issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional take of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to fisheries research conducted by the NMFS Southwest Fisheries Science Center (SWFSC) over the course of 5 years from the date of issuance, in the California Current Research Area (off the U.S. west coast), the Eastern Tropical Pacific Research Area, and the Antarctic Research Area (in the Antarctic Scotia Sea).

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:

 



WITHDRAWN

 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) Gulf Sturgeon Research in the Gulf of Mexico

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
WITHDRAWN
closed
-
-

On January 27, 2012, we received a complete application from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service requesting authorization for take of four species of marine mammal incidental to sturgeon research in the Gulf of Mexico over a 5-year period. On April 2, 2014, FWS withdrew its request for authorization.


EXPIRED

Quintillion Subsea Cable Laying Operations in U.S. Arctic (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 6/23/2017 7/01/2017-11/15/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to a Quintillion Subsea Operations, LLC, for authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting subsea cable-laying and maintenance activities in the Beaufort, Bering, and Chukchi seas.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research in Alaska (2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 4/28/2017 5/1/2017-9/30/2017

SUMMARY:NMFS issued an IHA to Glacier Bay National Park to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, of harbor seals incidental to conducting seabird research from May through September, 2017. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory/NSF Seismic Survey in Southeast Pacific Ocean (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 8/01/2016 8/01/2016-7/31/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the Southeast Pacific Ocean.  

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:

SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Recovery in California and the Pacific Ocean (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/19/2016 6/30/2016-6/29/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to SpaceX to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to the boost-back and landing of Falcon 9 rockets at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California and in the Pacific Ocean offshore Vandenberg Air Force Base.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

 Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Fireworks Displays in California (2012-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED
closed
06/28/2012
06/28/2012-
06/28/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an LOA and regulations under the MMPA to govern the unintentional taking of California sea lions and harbor seals, by harassment, incidental to professional fireworks displays within the Sanctuary in California waters, for the period of July 4, 2012-July 3, 2017. These regulations 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 monitor and report such taking.

Incidental Take Authorization:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:

City of San Diego Sand Quality Study at Children's Pool Beach (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/27/2016 6/1/2016-5/30/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the City of San Diego's Transportation and Storm Water Department,  to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to a sand quality study at Children's Pool beach in La Jolla, California. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Point Blue Seabird Research in Central CA (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/13/2016 5/16/2016-5/15/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Point Blue Conservation Science to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seabird research activities on Southeast Farallon Island, Ano Nuevo Island, and Point Reyes National Seashore in central California, May 2016 to May 2017.p>

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

 


UC Santa Cruz Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off CA and OR (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 2/03/2016 2/03/2016 - 2/02/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), at the University of California Santa Cruz, to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys off the California and Oregon coasts. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

St. George Reef Light Station Restoration Activities (2016-2017)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 2/17/2016 2/19/2016 - 2/18/2017

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting aircraft operations, lighthouse renovation, and light maintenance activities on the St. George Reef Light Station on Northwest Seal Rock in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supplemental Documents:


Fairweather LLC Anchor Retrieval in Chukchi and Beaufort Seas (2016) 

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 7/01/2016 7/01/2016-10/31/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Fairweather LLC to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to the retrieval of large seafloor anchors and associated gear in the Chukchi and Beaufort Seas. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:

Quintillion Subsea Cable Project in U.S. Arctic Waters (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/31/2016 6/01/2016-10/31/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Quintillion Subsea Operations, Inc.,  to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment, incidental to fiber optic cable laying operations in the offshore waters of the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort Seas between Nome and Oliktok Point, AK. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:


Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research in Alaska (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 5/13/2016 5/16/2016-9/30/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Glacier Bay National Park to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, of harbor seals incidental to conducting seabird research from May through September, 2016. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


Lamont-Doherty/NSF Seismic Survey in the South Atlantic Ocean (2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
ACTIVE closed 1/4/2016 1/4/2016 - 3/31/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory in collaboration with the National Science Foundation to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the South Atlantic Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents


Alaska Aerospace Corp. Space Vehicle and Missile Launch Operations at Kodiak Launch Complex, AK (2011-2016)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 02/16/2011 03/22/2011-
03/22/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS, upon application from the Alaska Aerospace Corporation, issued regulations to govern the unintentional taking of small numbers of marine mammals incidental to rocket launches from the Kodiak Launch Complex on Kodiak Island, AK. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supplemental Documents:


 Point Blue Seabird Research Activities in Central California

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 1/30/2015 1/31/2015 - 1/30/2016

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Point Blue Conservation Science to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to seabird research activities on Southeast Farallon Island, Ano Nuevo Island, and Point Reyes National Seashore in central California from January 2015 through January 2016.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supplemental Documents:

 Lamont-Doherty/NSF Seismic Survey in the Mediterranean Sea (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 10/16/2015 11/19/2015 - 12/31/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the eastern Mediterranean Sea.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:

Glacier Bay National Park Seabird Research in Alaska (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 05/13/2015 05/15/2015 - 09/31/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Glacier Bay National Park to take marine mammals, by Level B harassment only, of harbor seals incidental to conducting seabird research from May through September, 2015. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


 Lamont-Doherty/NSF Seismic Survey in the NW Atlantic Ocean Offshore New Jersey (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 05/07/15 06/01/2015 - 08/31/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, and Rutgers University to take, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals, incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off the New Jersey coast in summer 2015.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


 USGS Marine Seismic Survey in the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 08/21/2014 08/21/2014-
08/20/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory of Columbia University, and National Science Foundation, to take, by Level B harassment only, marine mammals incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in the Atlantic Ocean off the Eastern Seaboard, from August-September 2014 and April-August 2015.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


BLM Land Survey Activities in the Eastern Aleutian Islands, AK (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 06/09/2015 06/09/2015 - 07/31/2015

Summary: NMFS issued an IHA to the Bureau of Land Management to take marine mammals, by harassment incidental to conducting a one-day field-based land survey of cultural sites located on a small island within the eastern Aleutian Islands archipelago for a land claim made by an Alaska Regional Native Corporation under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act. 

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


Scripps Seismic Survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 05/15/52015 05/18/2015 - 07/30/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), on behalf of SIO and the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a low-energy marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean, East of New Zealand, May 18, 2015 through July 30, 2015.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents:


 NSF / ACS Low-Energy Research Seismic Survey in the Ross Sea, Antarctica

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 1/22/2015 1/24/2015 -
4/9/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Polar Programs, and Antarctic Support Contract on behalf of Louisiana State University, to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a low-energy marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the Ross Sea, January to April, 2015.  

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


 Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary Rocky Intertidal Monitoring Surveys off CA

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 1/14/2015 1/14/2015 -
1/30/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the National Ocean Service's Office of National Marine Sanctuaries Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring work and searching for black abalone, components of the Sanctuary Ecosystem Assessment Surveys from January 14 - January 30, 2015.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supporting Documents:


 Point Blue Seabird and Pinniped Research Activities in Central California

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 01/30/2014 01/31/2014-
01/30/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to Point Blue Conservation Science, authorizing take marine of mammals, by harassment, incidental to seabird and pinniped research activities on Southeast Farallon Island, Ano Nuevo Island, and Point Reyes National Seashore in central California from December 2013-December 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supporting Documents:


 UCSC PISCO Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off CA and OR Coasts (2015)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 12/09/2014 12/17/2014-
12/16/2015

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys off California and Oregon coasts.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:


 UCSC PISCO Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off CA and OR Coasts (2014)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 12/10/2014 12/17/2014-
12/16/2014

SUMMARY: NMFS issued an IHA to the Partnership for Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans (PISCO) at the University of California Santa Cruz (UCSC) for an IHA to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring surveys off California and Oregon coasts.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


UCSC PISCO Rocky Intertidal Monitoring off OR and CA Coasts (2013)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 12/16/2013 12/17/2013-
12/16/2014

SUMMARY: We received an application from Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Studies of Coastal Oceans (PISCO), requesting an Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to rocky intertidal monitoring activities along the Oregon and California coasts for a one-year period.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supporting Documents:


NSF and ASC's Low-Energy Seismic Survey in the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 09/19/2014 09/20/2014-
12/01/2014

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to the National Science Foundation (NSF) Division of Polar Programs and Antarctic Support Contract (ASC) on behalf of two research institutions, University of Texas at Austin and University of Memphis, to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a low-energy marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents:


Lamont-Doherty/NSF Marine Seismic Survey in Atlantic Ocean off NC

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 09/12/2014 09/15/2014-
10/31/2014

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (Lamont-Doherty) in collaboration with the National Science Foundation (Foundation), for an Incidental Harassment Authorization (Authorization) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting a marine geophysical (seismic) survey in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast from September through October 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supporting Documents


Glacier Bay National Park, Alaska, Seabird Monitoring and Research (2014)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 09/02/2014 09/02/2014-
09/30/2014

SUMMARY: We received an application from Glacier Bay National Park to take, by Level B harassment only, one species of marine mammal incidental to conducting seabird research from July 22, 2014-September 30, 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:


NSF/L-DEO Marine Seismic Survey in Atlantic Ocean off New Jersey (2014)

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 07/01/2014 07/01/2014-
08/17/2014

SUMMARY: We issued an Incidental Harassment Authorization to Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory, in collaboration with the National Science Foundation, to take, by Level B harassment only, 26 species of marine mammals, incidental to conducting a marine seismic survey in the northwest Atlantic Ocean off the New Jersey coast in summer 2014.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Environmental Analyses:

Supplemental Documents


2013 Office of Naval Research Acoustic Technology Experiments in the Pacific Ocean

Status Public Comment Period Issued Date Effective Dates
EXPIRED closed 06/28/2013 07/01/2013-
06/30/2014

SUMMARY: We issued an IHA to U.S. Navy's Office of Naval Research (ONR) to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to conducting Acoustic Technology Experiments in the western North Pacific Ocean.

Incidental Take Authorization Documents:

Supporting Documents:


Expired Actions (pre-summer 2014):

Applicant Application EA/EIS Documents
2014 NSF Marine Low-Energy Seismic Survey off the Antarctic East Coast

Issued IHA
[pdf]

Revised IHA Application
[pdf]

Addendum to IHA Application
[pdf]

Original IHA Application
[pdf]

Revised IEE/EA
[pdf]

Initial Environmental Evaluation/ Environmental Assessment (IEE/EA)
[pdf]

Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance

Federal Register Notice of Proposed IHA

2013 L-DEO Marine Seismic Survey in the Northeast Atlantic Ocean (June-July)

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

Environmental Assessment (NMFS)
[pdf]

Environmental Analysis
[pdf]

90-day monitoring report
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of issuance

Federal Register notice of proposed IHA

2013 USGS Low-Energy Marine Seismic Survey in the deep water of the Gulf of Mexico

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

USGS FONSI
[pdf]

USGS EA
[pdf]

Draft EA
[pdf]

Draft NEPA Determination
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance

Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Public Comments Received
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of proposed IHA

2013 L-DEO Seismic Survey on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]
NMFS EA
[pdf]

NMFS FONSI
[pdf]

NSF Analysis
[pdf]

Monitoring Report (2013)
[pdf]

Public Comments (MMC)
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance

2012-2013 Gulf of the Farallones NMS Abalone Survey

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

EA
[pdf]

FONSI
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance

Biological Opinion
[pdf] [8.7 MB]

Federal Register Notice

2012-2013 UCSC PISCO Rocky Intertidal Monitoring

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

EA
[pdf]

FONSI
[pdf]

Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Public comment letter (MMC)
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice

2012-3 PRBO Seabird and Pinniped Research in Central California

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Renewal Application
[pdf]

 

Comments Received
[pdf]

Federal Register notice

2012 Farallon Islands Bird Mitigation Research Trial IHA Application
[pdf]
  Federal Register Notice
2012 L-DEO Seismic Survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean

Issued IHA for Cascadia Thrust Zone northern area and Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic survey
[pdf]

Issued IHA for Cascadia Thrust Zone southern survey area
[pdf]

Issued IHA for Juan de Fuca Plate study area
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

Signed NSF EA
[pdf]
EA Attachment 1
[pdf]

EA - NSF
[pdf]

EA - LGL
[pdf]

Cascadia Thrust Zone Structures Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Cascadia Subduction Margin Geohazards Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Juan de Fuca Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Incidental Take Statement for Cascadia Thrust Zone northern area and Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic survey
[pdf]

Letter to NSF on Cascadia Thrust Zone northern area and Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic survey
[pdf]

Biological Opinion for Cascadia Thrust Zone northern area and Cascadia Subduction Zone seismic survey
[pdf]

Biological Opinion for Cascadia Thrust Zone southern survey area
[pdf]

Letter to NSF on Cascadia Thrust Zone southern survey Biological Opinion
[pdf]

Incidental Take Statement for Cascadia Thrust Zone southern survey
[pdf]

Biological Opinion for Juan de Fuca Plate study area
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Proposed IHA
[pdf]

2012 L-DEO Marine Low-Energy Seismic Survey in the Pacific Ocean, Line Islands

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

NSF EA
[pdf]

90-day monitoring report
[pdf]

Comments Received
[pdf]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]

2012 Scripps Institution of Oceanography low-energy marine seismic survey by the R/V Melville in the South-Eastern Pacific Ocean

 

Issued IHA
[pdf]

Revised IHA Application
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

NSF EA
[pdf]
Attachment to NSF EA
[pdf]

NMFS EA
[pdf]

NSF Draft EA
[pdf]

Draft EA Attachment
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of proposed IHA
[pdf]

2012 Black Abalone Research by Dr. VanBlaricom on San Nicolas Island, CA IHA Application
[pdf]
EA (2005)
[pdf]

FONSI (2005)
[pdf]
Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2012 L-DEO Marine Seismic Survey in the Pacific Ocean, off Shatsky Rise

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

NSF DEA
[pdf]

NSF Report (Attachment 1)
[pdf]

90-day monitoring report
[pdf]

Comments Received
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

2012 L-DEO Marine Seismic Survey in the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]
NSF EA (2012)
[pdf]

LGL EA (2012)
[pdf]

2010 NSF EA
[pdf]

2010 LGL EA
[pdf]
Comments Received (MMC)
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

2010 Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2012 U.S. Navy Agulhas Return Current Research Project (ARC12) IHA Application
[pdf]
 

Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

2011 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (L-DEO) Marine Seismic Survey in Central Pacific Ocean

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]

EA- LGL
[pdf] [1.5 MB]

EA- NSF
[pdf]

90-day monitoring report
[pdf]

Comments Received
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

2011 Scripps Institution of Oceanography Low-Energy Marine Seismic Survey in the Western Tropical Pacific Ocean

Issued IHA
[pdf] [3.6 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.2 MB]

NSF EA
[pdf] [2.5 MB]

LGL EA
[pdf] [1.3 MB]
Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

Comments Received
[pdf] [12.1 MB]

Federal Register Notice of Receipt
[pdf]
2011 UAGI Marine Seismic Survey in the Arctic Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]
Draft EA
[pdf] [7.4 MB]
90-day Monitoring Report
[pdf] [1.9 MB]

Comments Received
[pdf] [1.3 MB]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

Plan of Cooperation
[pdf]
2011 USGS Marine Geophysical Survey in the Central-Western Bering Sea Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.3 MB]
Draft EA
[pdf] [3.4 MB]

Mitigation and Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]
*Correction to Federal Register notice
[pdf]

2011 Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory (LDEO) Marine Seismic Survey in Western Gulf of Alaska Issued IHA
[pdf] [1.7 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.2 MB]
L-DEO EA
[pdf] [3.5 MB]

NSF EA
[pdf] [3.3 MB]

90-day Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

MMC Comments
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice
[pdf]

2011 USGS Marine Geophysical Survey in the Central Gulf of Alaska

Issued IHA
[pdf] [4.5 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf]

Draft EA
[pdf] [2.2 MB]

90-day Monitoring Report
[pdf] [1.2 MB]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

MMC Comments
[pdf] [4.1 MB]

Federal Register Notice of Proposed IHA
[pdf]

2011 L-DEO Marine Seismic Survey in the Pacific Ocean, off Costa Rica Issued IHA
[pdf] [5.8 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.3 MB]
NMFS EA
[pdf]

NMFS FONSI
[pdf] [7.8 MB]

NSF Report
[pdf] [2.2 MB]

NSF FONSI
[pdf] [3.2 MB]

90-day monitoring report
[pdf]

MMC Comments
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Receipt and Information
[pdf]

2011 USFWS Polar Bear Captures Issued IHA
[pdf] [1.6 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf]
EA (final)
[pdf] [1.7 MB]

FONSI
[pdf]
Federal Register Notice of Proposed IHA
[pdf]
2010 Parsons Slough Sill Project in Monterey County, CA IHA Application
[pdf] [3.7 MB]
 

Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

Federal Register Notice of Receipt
[pdf]

2010 USGS Seismic Survey in the Arctic Ocean

Issued IHA
[pdf] [4.5 MB]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.6 MB]

Addendum to IHA Application
[pdf]

Final EA
[pdf] [6.9 MB]

Draft EA
[pdf] [1.7 MB]


 

USGS 2010 Monitoring Report
[pdf] [7.8 MB]

Federal Register Notice of Issuance
[pdf]

AEWC Comments
[pdf]

Federal Register notice &
[pdf]

Comments Received
[pdf] [4.1 MB]

2009 Rice University Low-Energy Marine Seismic Survey in the Northwest Atlantic Ocean Signed IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf]
EA
[pdf] [1.4 MB]

Draft EA (NSF)
[pdf]
Monitoring Report
[pdf] [1.2 MB]

Federal Register notice of issued IHA
[pdf]

Federal Register notice of proposed IHA
[pdf]
2009 Scripps Seismic Survey in the Northeastern Pacific Ocean Modified IHA
[pdf]

Signed IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.3 MB]
EA
[pdf] [1.1 MB]

Record of NEPA Compliance
[pdf]
Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2009 L-DEO Marine Geophysical Survey in the Northeast Pacific Ocean Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA
[pdf] [1.1 MB]
NSF EA
[pdf]

L-DEO EA Report
[pdf] [3.8 MB]
Monitoring Report
[pdf] [3.1 MB]

Public Comments
[pdf]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2008 L-DEO Taiger Southeast Asia Seismic Modified IHA
[pdf]

Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf] [2.7 MB]
Supplemental EA
[pdf] [1.0 MB]

EA
[pdf] [6.4 MB]
Monitoring Report
[pdf] [14.2 MB]

Federal Register notice: Issuance of IHA
[pdf]

Public Comments
[pdf] [12.9 MB]

Public Comment Period Extended
[pdf]

Federal Register notice: proposed IHA
[pdf]
2008 L-DEO Marine Geophysical Survey in the Southwest Pacific Ocean Issued IHA
[pdf]

IHA Application
[pdf] [1.0 MB]
EA
[pdf] [1.9 MB]
Monitoring Report
[pdf] [2.1 MB]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]
2008 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service on Rat Island, Alaska IHA
[pdf]
EA
[pdf] [1.4 MB]
Monitoring Report
[pdf]

Federal Register notice
[pdf]


Updated: Nov 16, 2017