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Arctic Open Water Meeting


When activities (such as oil and gas exploration and production or research seismic surveys) occur in Arctic waters and have the potential to affect the availability of a species or stock of marine mammals for subsistence uses, a monitoring plan for the proposed activity must be independently peer reviewed. Each spring, NOAA Fisheries holds a public Open Water Meeting in Anchorage, Alaska, that is designed to:

The Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) allows for the incidental, but not intentional, taking of small numbers of marine mammals by U.S. citizens who engage in a specified activity (other than commercial fishing) within a specified geographic region (Sections 101(a)(5)(A) and (D)).

For more information on incidental take of marine mammals, see the Incidental Take Authorizations page.

2014 Meeting Cancelled

Because of an inability to secure the necessary contracts in time, we are unable to convene the meeting on March 3-5, 2014, at the Egan Center in downtown Anchorage as previously announced. After hearing from several key participants and stakeholders that rescheduling to April would cause undue hardship, we have decided to cancel the 2014 Open Water Meeting. Our engagement with you is important to us, and we continue to value the input you provide us whether as meeting attendees or through other avenues.

2013 Meeting Documents

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2011 Meeting Documents

2010 Meeting Documents

2009 Meeting Documents

Updated: April 9, 2014