Marine Mammal Commission

2008 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Please note that a complete list of the 2008 Commission letters and agency responses can be found in Appendix A of the Commission’s 2008 Annual Report.

 

Comments and recommendations on a request for an incidental harassment authorization from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on use of the best available science to carry out provisions of the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on multiple applications from Conservation Force regarding requests to import polar bear trophies from Canada

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on a petition to expand critical habitat boundaries for Hawaiian monk seals in the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the Jacksonville (FL) Transportation Authority for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on proposed regulations related to the taking of marine mammals incidental to the Navy’s Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training activities

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on proposed regulations related to the taking of marine mammals incidental to the Navy’s Southern California Range Complex training activities

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a petition to list three ice seal species as threatened or endangered

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a draft environmental assessment related to proposed changes to regulations governing consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act

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Department of the Interior

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Comments and recommendations on an advance notice of proposed rulemaking on implementation of section 304(d) of the National Marine Sanctuaries Act

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National Ocean Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the PRBO Conservation Science for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a draft environmental assessment for managing the deep-set longline fishery in the eastern Pacific Ocean

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a draft environmental impact statement on training operations in the Cherry Point Range Complex

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Comments and recommendations on a draft environmental statement on activities at the Keyport Range Complex

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Comments and recommendations on the draft environmental impact statement on proposed Undersea Warfare Training Range activities

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Comments and recommendation on a draft fishery management plan for regulating offshore marine aquaculture in the Gulf of Mexico

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National Marine Fisheries Service and Gulf of Mexico Fisheries Management Council

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Comments and recommendations on the draft 2008 stock assessment reports for marine mammals

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on proposed changes to regulations governing consultation under section 7 of the Endangered Species Act

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Commenting on the planned establishment of Institutional Animal Care and Use Committees at the Service’s science centers

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from Scripps Institution of Oceanography for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the final environmental impact statement regarding efforts to reduce ship strikes of North Atlantic right whales

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Utilities and the Aleutian East Borough for an incidental harassment authorization

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule to revise guidelines for National Standard 1 under the Magnuson-Stevens Act

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rulemaking regarding the draft Atlantic Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on possible initiation of a new five-year OCS oil and gas leasing program

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Minerals Management Service

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Comments and recommendations on the advisability of requiring written reports on certain activities

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Department of Commerce

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Comments and recommendations on the request from Eglin Air Force Base for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule to amend the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft revised stock assessment report for the southern sea otter

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule to revise the format of the Lists of Endangered and Threatened Wildlife and Plants

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory for an incidental take authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments on need for an enforcement presence at the Children’s Pool, La Jolla CA

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Department of Commerce

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Comments on the Service’s intent to promulgate small-take regulations for activities at Vandenberg AFB

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments on the draft environmental impact statement for proposed authorization of the Makah whale hunt

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the Sanctuary draft management plan and environmental assessment

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Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary

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Comments and recommendations on the notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the 2009 List of Fisheries

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule on environmental review for fishery management actions

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on proposed amendment of regulations governing vessels authorized to fish for tuna in the eastern tropical Pacific Ocean

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments on the Navy’s draft environmental impact statement on activities at its Jacksonville Range Complex

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the U.S. Navy seeking a Letter of Authorization relative to activities at its Cherry Point Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the U.S. Navy seeking a Letter of Authorization relative to activities at the Keyport Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from United Launch Alliance for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed rule to establish a mandatory ship reporting system in the Monument

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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the California Department of Transportation for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the U.S. Navy seeking a Letter of Authorization relative to activities at the Hawaii Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from Shell Offshore, Inc., for an incidental take authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from PGS Onshore, Inc., for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft management plan for the Monument

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Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument

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Comments and recommendations on the Fish and Wildlife Service’s final rule listing the polar bear as a threatened species

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Department of the Interior

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Comments and recommendations on a request from Shell Offshore, Inc., for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments on the agency’s notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement on oil and gas sale #214 in the North Aleutian Basin

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Minerals Management Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposal to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan and defer the effective date of certain regulations

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the University of Texas, Institute of Geophysics, for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from ConocoPhillips Alaska, Inc., for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendation on a proposed rule to prohibit krill harvesting in the Exclusive Economic Zone along the U.S. West Coast

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft revised stock assessment report for the northern sea otter stock in Washington state

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from BP Exploration (Alaska) for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a request from the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation for an incidental harassment authorization

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on a proposed marina development on the Orange River, Florida, and its potential effects on the Florida manatee

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft environmental impact statement on the Navy’s Southern California Range Complex activities

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command

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Comments and recommendations on the Navy’s planned training operations in the Southern California Range Complex

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the Navy’s plans for shock-testing the Mesa Verde

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft 2008 stock assessment reports for northern sea otters in Alaska

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Regarding its decision to delay for six months a decision on whether to list the Cook Inlet beluga whale population as endangered.

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Department of Commerce

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Comments and recommendations on the draft/overseas environmental impact statement examining the individual and cumulative efforts of naval training and exercises in the Gulf of Alaska.

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Northwest

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Seeking support for efforts to maintain warm-water refuges to enhance survival of Florida manatees.

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The Honorable Charlie Crist, Governor of Florida

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Seeking support for efforts to provide alternative warm-water refuges for Florida manatees.

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Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission

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Comments and recommendations seeking support for efforts to provide alternative warm-water refuges for Florida manatees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Comments and recommendations on the potential revision of protection measures for Steller sea lions.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments on the advance notice of proposed rulemaking regarding the taking of stranded marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Commenting on the revised draft framework for developing the National System of Marine Protected Areas.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Regarding support for co-management of subsistence harvests of marine mammals.

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Indigenous Peoples’ Council for Marine Mammals

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Commenting on the draft/overseas environmental impact statement on planned activities on the Hawaii Range Complex.

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Navy Pacific Missile Range

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Comments and recommendations on proposed amendments to regulations concerning experimental and exempted fishing permits and scientific research activities under the Magnuson-Stevens Fishery Conservation and Management Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Commenting on the draft/overseas environmental impact statement concerning Atlantic Fleet Active Sonar Training activities.

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Atlantic

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Requesting support for a scientific research cruise related to efforts to conserve and protect the vaquita.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Commenting on a draft environmental impact statement concerning a proposed wind farm in Nantucket Sound.

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Minerals Management Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft supplemental environmental impact statement on the Cook Inlet beluga whale harvest.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on plans to prepare a comprehensive conservation plan for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Additional comments on the draft environmental assessment on reducing the impact of California sea lions on salmon near Bonneville Dam, Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the draft environmental assessment on reducing the impact of California sea lions on salmon near Bonneville Dam, Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Comments and recommendations on the final environmental impact statement on the proposed Knik Arm bridge, Alaska.

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Comments and recommendations on Coast Guard plans to prepare a port access route study for waters off Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

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Department of Homeland

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