Marine Mammal Commission

2014 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Draft environmental assessment regarding manatee wildlife viewing for the Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge in Florida.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Point Blue Conservation Science to take marine mammals incidental to conducting seabird research activities in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of intent to prepare a programmatic environmental impact statement on the issuance of incidental take authorizations for beluga whales and other marine mammals in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the U.S. Air Force to take marine mammals incidental to conducting maritime weapon systems evaluation program activities at Eglin Air Force Base off Florida.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Briana Witteveen to conduct research on large whales in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary to take marine mammals incidental to black abalone research in the Farallon Islands, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of intent to prepare an environmental impact statement for Cook Inlet Lease Sale 244.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Request for information on the development of a long-term monitoring plan for marine mammals in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Permit application from the University of Alaska, Museum of the North, to collect, receive, possess, import, and export samples from marine mammals under the Service’s jurisdiction.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Science Foundation and Antarctic Support Contract to take marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey to be conducted in the Ross Sea.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory to collect, receive, possess, import, and export marine mammal samples.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Terrie Williams to conduct research on captive sea otters.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Proposed modified provisions for the Massachusetts Restricted Area as part of the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan to reduce the entanglement of right whales in commercial fishing gear.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Funding priority for conservation and recovery of Alaska Pinniped Research Program.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Amendment to Snapper Grouper Fishery Management Plan to rescind seasonal closure of black sea bass pot fishing.

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South Atlantic Fishery Management Council

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Application for the National Marine Mammal Laboratory to conduct aerial surveys of polar bears and walruses in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from the Alliance of Marine Mammal Parks and Aquariums to receive, possess, import, and export samples from marine mammals under the Service’s jurisdiction for scientific research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for information on southern right whales and sperm whales for use in five-year reviews of the their status under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Randy Sacco to receive and possess samples from dolphins for scientific research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition from the Save the Manatee Club and the Sierra Club to seasonally prohibit public access to the Three Sister Spring to minimize harassment of manatees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Ari Friedlaender to conduct research on cetaceans in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Amendment of permit to take sperm and humpback whales incidental to the California thresher shark/swordfish drift gillnet and Washington/Oregon/California sablefish pot fisheries.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Point Blue Conservation Science to amend its permit to conduct research on pinnipeds in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Christopher Marshall to import, receive, and possess dugong samples for scientific research.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Northeast Gateway to take marine mammals incidental to operation and maintenance of a liquefied natural gas facility in Massachusetts Bay.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Partnership for the Interdisciplinary Study of Coastal Oceans to take of marine mammals incidental to conducting rocky intertidal monitoring activities.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BlueCrest to take marine mammals incidental to exploratory drilling activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Coast Guard to take marine mammals incidental to replacement of structures at its Station Monterey in Monterey, California.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority to take marine mammals incidental to construction of its Central Bay Operations and Maintenance Facility in Alameda, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Apache Alaska Corporation, SAExploration, Inc., and BlueCrest Energy Inc. to take sea otters incidental to oil and gas exploration activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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U.S Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Navy to take marine mammals incidental to pile driving and removal in association with a pier replacement project in San Diego Bay.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Call for information on Beaufort Sea lease sale 242.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for training activities to be conducted from within the Temporary Maritime Activities Area in the Gulf of Alaska for five years.

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training activities to be conducted within the Temporary Maritime Activities Area in the Gulf of Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Petition submitted by the Pribilof Island Aleut Community of St. George Island, Traditional Council, to take 150 male fur seal pups per year for subsistence purposes.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of receipt of application submitted by Apache Alaska Corporation to take marine mammals by harassment incidental to seismic surveys in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Petition to reclassify the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

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Presidential Task Force on Combating Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing and Seafood Fraud.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit application from the University of Florida seeking to conduct research on manatees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services

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Petition to designate the central North Pacific humpback whale as a discrete population segment under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Maine Department of Transportation to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities in Eastport, Maine.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to pier maintenance at Naval Base Kitsap in Bremerton, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Science Foundation and Antarctic Support Contract to take marine mammals incidental to a geophysical survey in the Scotia Sea and South Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory and the National Science Foundation to take marine mammals incidental to a geophysical survey off North Carolina.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Permit application from Spiegel TV to film polar bears in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from the Port of Friday Harbor to take marine mammals incidental to a marina repair and reconstruction project in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Oregon State University’s environmental assessment for the Pacific Marine Energy Center’s South Energy Test Site.

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Federal Energy Regulatory Commission

Not yet available.

Request for information on preparation of 2017 – 2022 Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas leasing program.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Application from the Marine Corps to take bottlenose dolphins incidental to training operations at the Cherry Point Range Complex.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from SAExploration, Inc. to take marine mammals incidental to seismic survey program in Beaufort Sea.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from ExxonMobil to take marine mammals incidental to the installation of six conductor pipes in the Santa Barbara Channel, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Stephen Trumble to amend his permit for the import/export of earplugs of whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Notice of intent to prepare an environmental assessment on Principle Power wind energy development off Oregon.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Geological Survey to take marine mammals incidental to a geophysical survey in the western North Atlantic.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Jamie Lloyd-Smith to amend his permit to conduct research on California sea lions.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Yukon Route Productions to film walrus subsistence hunt.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Terrie Williams to conduct research on Weddell Seals in McMurdo Sound, Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from Renegade Pictures to film polar bears.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Call for information to determine potentially significant issues related to the outer continental shelf offshore New York for future wind energy leasing.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from Heather Liwanag to receive, import, and export marine mammal specimen for scientific research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request comments on authorization of incidental take of whales by Hawaii longline fisheries.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit amendment application from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory to amend its pinniped permit for research activities in Washington and Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Poles d’images to film polar bears in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to construction of a wharf at Naval Base Kitsap in Bangor, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Matson’s Laboratory to possess, receive, import, and export polar bear teeth.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Glacier Bay National Park to take small numbers of pinnipeds incidental to conducting seabird surveys.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Monterey Bay Aquarium to conduct research on sea otters.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Proposed amendment to the Bottlenose Dolphin Take Reduction Plan to reduce bycatch from the species’ northern North Carolina Estuarine Stock.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Open Lens Productions to film walruses at Round Island, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Alan Springer to conduct research on walruses in Bristol Bay, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Robert Pitman, Southwest Fisheries Science Center, to conduct research on numerous cetacean species in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from National Marine Mammal Laboratory to amend its permit to conduct research on northern fur seals in Alaska and California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Fish and Game to conduct research on Steller sea lions in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory to amend its permit to conduct research on pinnipeds in Seattle, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from ABR, Inc. to conduct research on sea otters in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to take marine mammals incidental to a three-dimensional seismic survey in North Prudhoe Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BP Exploration (Alaska) Inc. to take marine mammals incidental to a geohazard survey in Foggy Island Bay, Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Buccaneer Alaska Operation, LLC to take marine mammal incidental to exploratory drilling in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Application withdrawn.

Environmental assessment on an interim policy lease for wind resources data collection off Tybee Island, Georgia.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from Steven Kazlowski to photograph polar bears in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Terrie Williams to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska SeaLife Center to conduct research on Steller sea lions in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Alaska SeaLife Center to conduct research on captive Steller sea lions.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Tamara McGuire to amend her permit to conduct research on beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Lease request from the Northwest National Marine Renewable Energy Center to conduct marine hydrokinetic technology testing on the Outer Continental Shelf off Newport, Oregon.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Application from the National Marine Mammal Laboratory to conduct research on Steller sea lions.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Southeast Fisheries Science Center to amend its permit to include satellite dart tagging of cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Deepwater Wind Block Island Transmission LLC to take marine mammals incidental to construction of the Block Island Transmission System off Rhode Island.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Deepwater Wind Block Island Wind Farm to take marine mammals incidental to construction of the Block Island Wind Farm off Rhode Island.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from City of San Diego to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities associated with the Children’s Pool lifeguard Station in La Jolla, CA.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Fish and Game to amend its permit to include photo-identification of gray whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Fish and Game to amend its permit to include various survey methods for ice seals and the use of remotely-delivered sedatives to capture adult bearded seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Coast Guard to take marine mammals incidental to repair activities at Station Monterey in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Mervi Kunnasranta to film harbor seals in Lake Iliamna, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Southwest Fisheries Science Center to amend its permit to include additional survey methods and tagging of numerous cetacean species.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Furie Operating Alaska LLC to take marine mammals incidental to a proposed 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft National Marine Fisheries Service Stock Assessment Reports for marine mammals occurring in U.S. waters.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Threat of hydropower dam construction to the critically endangered freshwater dolphins in the Mekong River.

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U.S. Department of State

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training and testing in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing area (MITT).

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Lamont Doherty Earth Observatory to take marine mammals incidental to a Northwest Atlantic seismic survey off New Jersey.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to missile launches from San Nicolas Island, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Dr. Alejandro Acevedo-Gutierrez to conduct research on harbor seals in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Northwest Fisheries Science Center Forensic Laboratory to acquire, possess, import, and export parts from marine mammals worldwide.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Sonoma County Water Agency to take marine mammals incidental to Russian River estuary management activities in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Aleut Community of St. Paul Island to add northern fur seal habitat-use studies and extend the permit for one year.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to road and airfield repairs on San Nicolas Island, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Cape Wind Associates to take marine mammals incidental to a high-resolution geophysical survey in Nantucket Sound off Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition to exempt dredged channels from vessel speed restrictions in seasonal management areas that protect endangered North Atlantic right whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take small numbers of pinnipeds by harassment incidental to aircraft operations and restoration and maintenance activities at the St. George Reef Light Station off the coast of Crescent City, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft guidance regarding the acoustic thresholds for activities causing an onset permanent threshold shift and temporary threshold shift for marine mammal species under the Service’s jurisdiction.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Navy to take marine mammals incidental to training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities to be conducted from 2015 to 2020 within the Northwest Training and Testing study area.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities to be conducted from 2015 to 2020 within the Northwest Training and Testing study area.

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Naval Facilities Engineering Command Northwest

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Draft Programmatic and Phase III Early Restoration Plan and Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement regarding early restoration in the Gulf of Mexico.

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Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment Trustees

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Application from Versar to amend its permit to conduct research on cetaceans and pinnipeds along the Atlantic coast.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit application from Dr. Darlene Ketten to receive, possess, import, and export samples from any species under National Marine Fisheries Service jurisdiction during a five-year period.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit application from the BBC to take sea otters incidental to filming activities in Cordova Harbor, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Apache Alaska Corp. to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a 3D seismic survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Science Foundation to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to a marine geophysical survey to be conducted in the Dumont d’Urville Sea off the coast of East Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company to take small numbers of marine mammals incidental to operations associated with the expansion of a sub-sea natural gas pipeline system from Lower New York Bay Lateral to onshore delivery on Rockaway peninsula.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit amendment application from the Pacific Whale Foundation to change the type of taking of false killer whales incidental to conducting humpback whale research to Level B harassment associated with false killer whale research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Permit application from Dr. Ari Friedlander to conduct research on killer, humpback, minke, and Arnoux’s beaked whales in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Permit application from the BBC to take polar bears incidental to filming activities in Barrow, Kaktovik, and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.