Marine Mammal Commission

2016 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Application from the St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take marine mammals incidental to aircraft operations, restoration and maintenance activities, and tour operations at the St. George Reef Light Station on Northwest Seal Rock off the coast of Crescent City, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed creation of hard caps on the take of sperm, fin, humpback, and short-finned pilot whales, and bottlenose dolphins in the CA/OR Drift Gillnet Fishery.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Ann Pabst to conduct research activities on cetaceans in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BBC to conduct filming activities on southern sea otters in California.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Fish and Game to conduct research activities on harbor seals in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from David Johnston to conduct research activities on killer and minke whales in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from North Slope Borough to conduct research activities on polar bears and walruses in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Joseph Wilson to conduct filming activities on killer and minke whales in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from John Durban to conduct research on cetaceans in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from Excelerate Energy, L.P. and TetraTech, Inc. on behalf of Northeast Gateway Energy Bridge, L.P. and Algonquin Gas Transmission L.L.C. to take marine mammals incidental to operation, maintenance, and repair of the Northeast Gateway liquefied natural gas port and the Algonquin Pipeline Lateral facilities in Massachusetts Bay.

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from the City of Kodiak Port and Harbors to take marine mammals incidental to replacement of a transient float in Kodiak, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Joseph Wilson to conduct filming activities on killer and minke whales in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposal to list the North Island subspecies of Hector’s dolphin (the Māui dolphin) as endangered and the South Island subspecies of Hector’s dolphin as threatened under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft programmatic environmental impact statement regarding proposed geological and geophysical activities on the Gulf of Mexico Outer Continental Shelf.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Application from James Harvey to conduct research on cetaceans in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application for Exempted Fishing Permit to test deep-set swordfish buoy gear off the U.S. West Coast.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District to take marine mammals incidental to rehabilitation of a jetty system in Oregon and Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Interim final regulations to prohibit approaching humpback whales in Hawaii.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Southwest Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on pinnipeds in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from SMRU Consulting North America, LLC, to conduct research on marine mammals in waters off Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Rachel Cartwright to amend her permit to conduct research activities on cetaceans in Hawaii, California, and Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed regulations to prohibit swimming with and approaching Hawaiian spinner dolphins.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Commenting on a Canadian Action Plan to reduce entanglements of North Atlantic right whales and possible useful measures to mitigate right whale deaths and injuries from fishery interactions.

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Canadian Department of Fisheries and Oceans

Not yet available.

The Draft Road Map to outline their national implementation strategy for their ecosystem-based fisheries management agency policy.

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National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Not yet available.

Application from California Department of Fish and Wildlife-Central Region to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities in association with a tidal marsh restoration project in Elkhorn Slough, California.

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National Marine Mammal Commission

Not yet available.

Comments on RESTORE Act Draft Comprehensive Plan Update 2016 for the Gulf of Mexico.

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Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Geological Survey to amend its permit to conduct research on captive polar bears.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Navy to conduct a waterfront restoration project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar.

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U. S. Navy

Not yet available.

Application from George Watters to conduct research on pinnipeds in Antarctica and the South Shetland Islands.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from Craig Matkin to conduct research on cetaceans in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Scott Kraus to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Center for Coastal Studies to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales in waters off New England.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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2017 List of Fisheries.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Neptune LNG LLC to take marine mammals incidental to maintenance, repair, and decommissioning activities at its liquefied natural gas Deepwater port off the coast of Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Environmental impact statement for Lease Sale 244 within the Cook Inlet, Alaska, Outer Continental Shelf planning area.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Proposed time area closures for black sea bass pot fishing in the Southeastern United States to protect North Atlantic whales

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from SeaWorld, LLC, to take one non-releasable male Pacific walrus for the purpose of public display.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to take marine mammals incidental to reconstruction of the ferry terminal in Gustavus, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Stephen Trumble to import, possess, and receive samples from cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Chicago Zoological Society to import, receive, possess, and export samples from Peruvian fur seals and South American sea lions.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from University of California Santa Cruz to import, receive, and possess samples from polar bears.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Services

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to demolition and replacement of the fuel pier at Naval Base Pt. Loma in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Janice Straley to conduct research on cetaceans in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Passion Planet to film northern sea otters in Washington.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from California Department of Transportation to take marine mammals incidental to conducting dismantling and demolition activities associated with replacement of the east span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BBC Natural History Unit to film marine mammals in California during a one-year period.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Allyson Hindle to modify her permit to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from U.S. Air Force to take marine mammals incidental to conducting long range strike weapon systems evaluation program activities at the Pacific Missile Range Facility off Kauai, Hawaii.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Environmental assessment for commercial wind lease issuance and site assessment activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf off New York.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from BlueCrest Alaska Operating, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to conducting oil and gas exploration activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Response to Service actions regarding the June 2016 polar bear meeting and Alaska Nanuuq Commission.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

90-day finding on a petition to list the Taiwanese humpback dolphin as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Alaska Oil and Gas Association seeking authorization to take polar bears and walruses incidental to oil and gas operations in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Aleut Community of St. Paul to conduct research on pinnipeds in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from St. George Traditional Council to conduct research on pinnipeds in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from SeaWorld LLC to permanently maintain up to six non-releasable Guadalupe fur seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Quintillion Subsea Operation, LLC, to take walruses incidental to subsea cable-laying activities in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Laura Graham to conduct research on captive polar bears.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center to take marine mammals incidental to fisheries research activities in the Pacific Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Fairweather, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to anchor-retrieval activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the San Francisco Bay Area Water Emergency Transportation Authority to take marine mammals incidental to ferry terminal expansion and renovations in San Francisco, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Outer Continental Shelf Oil and Gas Leasing Proposed Program for 2017–2022 and associated Draft Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Application from Living Planet Productions/Silverback Films to conduct filming activities on bottlenose dolphins in Florida.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BlueCrest Alaska Operating, LLC to take northern sea otters incidental to conducting oil and gas exploration activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Proposed rule to designate the Sakhalin Bay-Nikolaya Bay-Amur River stock of beluga whales as depleted.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to receive, possess, import, and export samples from marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Service’s Office of Science and Technology to conduct research on marine mammals off California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Paul Ponganis to conduct research on California sea lions in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Municipality of Skagway to take marine mammals incidental to reconstruction of the ore terminal in Skagway Harbor, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Silverback Films to film southern sea otters in California.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to cable-laying operations for the Block Island Wind farm off Rhode Island.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Randall Davis to conduct research on northern sea otters in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Idaho, Oregon, and Washington seeking authority for lethal removals of predatory California sea lions at Bonneville Dam.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to amend its regulations implementing the Animal Welfare Act as they pertain to marine mammals.

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Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service

Not yet available.

Application from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to take marine mammals incidental to conducting three marine geophysical surveys in the southeastern Pacific Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from DONG Energy Massachusetts LLC to take marine mammals incidental to geophysical and geotechnical surveys off Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BBC to amend its permit to film southern sea otters in California and northern sea otters in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Information on the Indus River dolphin for use in a 5-year review of the species’ status under the Endangered Species Act of 1973.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Proposed rule for standardized bycatch reporting methodology.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Space Explorations Technology Corporation to take marine mammals incidental to conducting rocket recovery activities at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Interim final rule to enhance documentation and captain training requirements associated with the dolphin-safe label on tuna products.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Port of Kalama to take marine mammals incidental to construction of the Kalama Manufacturing and Marine Export Facility on the Columbia River in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Jim Darling to conduct research on cetaceans in Hawaii and Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft monitoring plan for nine distinct population segments of the humpback whale not listed as threatened or endangered under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Final Report on the Atlantic Coast Port Access Route Study.

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U.S. Coast Guard

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities in Port Angeles, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the City of San Diego to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a sand quality survey at the Children’s Pool in La Jolla, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed reclassification of the West Indian manatee from endangered to threatened.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from California State University, Bakersfield to conduct research on pinnipeds held at rehabilitation facilities in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Quintillion Subsea Operations, LLC, to take marine mammals incidental to conducting cable-laying activities in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Glacier Bay National Park to take marine mammals incidental to conducting seabird surveys in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft environmental assessment for the issuance of annual incidental take authorizations for oil and gas activities in 2016 in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

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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Proposed rule on the Seafood Monitoring Program.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

A revision to the revised 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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Marine Stewardship Council’s Public Comment Draft Report addressing Certification Requirements for the Northeastern Tropical Pacific purse seine tuna fishery of Mexico.

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SCS Global Services

Not yet available.

Application from Evin Hildebrandt to receive, possess, and create cell lines from cetaceans.

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National Fisheries Service

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Application from Pam Miller to receive, possess, and export samples from marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from ExxonMobil Alaska LNG LLC to take marine mammals incidental to geophysical and geotechnical survey in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

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

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Application from Sonoma County Water Authority to take marine mammals incidental to construction and maintenance activities in association with estuary management activities at the Russian River near Jenner, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from National Marine Mammal Laboratory to conduct research on pinnipeds in Alaska.

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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 conduct research activities on Steller sea lions in Alaska

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Anthony Pagano to conduct research on captive polar bears.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Washington State Department of Transportation to take marine mammals incidental to upgrading the Coupeville Ferry Terminal on Whidbey Island, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Indianapolis Zoo to take one non-releasable male Pacific walrus for the purpose of public display.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Proposed resolutions, decisions, and agenda items being considered for the Conference of Parties of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Ann Zoidis to conduct research on cetaceans in Hawaii and the Mariana Islands.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of intent to prepare an environmental assessment and call for information and nominations for commercial wind leasing and site assessment activities on the Atlantic Outer Continental Shelf offshore South Carolina.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Request for comments on the incidental taking of five endangered or threatened populations of marine mammals in various Bering Sea and Aleutian Island trawl and longline fisheries in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Port of Anchorage to take marine mammals incidental to a test pile program in Anchorage, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from UniSea, Inc., to take marine mammals incidental to dock construction activities in Unalaska, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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