Marine Mammal Commission

2018 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Draft regional programmatic environmental assessments for the National Marine Sanctuaries.

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National Ocean Science

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Draft Programmatic Environmental Assessment for Federally-Regulated Offshore Oil and Gas Activities in the Southern California Planning Area.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management and Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement

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Application from Port of San Francisco to take marine mammals incidental to ferry and water taxi landing construction in San Francisco, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries 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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Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar training and testing activities in the central and western Pacific Ocean and the eastern Indian Ocean.

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U.S. Navy

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Application from Jay Rotella to amend his permit to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Proposed revisions of regulations governing the taking of fur seals for subsistence on the Pribilof Islands.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Linnea Pearson to amend her permit to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

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Application from Southeast Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on cetaceans in the Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean Sea.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Injury Assessment Plan for Upper Duwamish River, Seattle, Washington.

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National Ocean Service

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Application from Office of Naval Research to take marine mammals incidental to conducting research activities in the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Port of Kalama to take marine mammals incidental to constructing 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 Tamara McGuire to conduct research on beluga whales in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Alaska Fisheries Science Center to take marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research surveys in the Gulf of Alaska, Bering Sea, Arctic Ocean, and off the U.S. west coast.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Bureau of Ocean Energy Management to take marine mammals incidental to industry operators conducting geophysical surveys in the Gulf of Mexico.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Draft environmental impact statement on bowhead whale subsistence harvest.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Oregon State University to conduct research on cetaceans worldwide.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Aaron Roberts to amend his permit to import, receive, and possess samples from harp and hooded seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Jooke Robbins to conduct research on large whales in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Seattle Department of Transportation to take marine mammals incidental to restoration of Piers 62 and 63 in Seattle, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division to take marine mammals incidental to construction of a new Mukilteo Ferry Terminal in Mukilteo, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Plimsoll Productions to conduct filming activities on bottlenose dolphins in Florida.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting training and testing activities in the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing study area.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Linnea Pearson to amend her permit to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Icon Films to conduct filming activities on killer whales and harbor seals in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Shaw Institute to import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from John Wise to import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Marine Mammals Management to conduct research on polar bears in Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Virginia Electric and Power Company d/b/a/ Dominion Energy Virginia to take marine mammals incidental to conducting unexploded ordnance investigation surveys off the coast of Virginia.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Geological Survey to conduct research on manatees in the southeastern United States and Puerto Rico.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Sea to Shore Alliance to conduct research on manatees in the southeastern United States.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Mote Marine Laboratory to conduct research on manatees in Florida.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Orsted LLC/Bay State Wind LLC to take marine mammals incidental to conducting marine site characterization surveys off the coast of Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Ketchikan Dock Company to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a berth expansion project in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Venoco, LLC, to transfer to Chevron USA, Inc., an authorization to take marine mammals incidental to conducting pile replacement at the Casitas Pier in Carpinteria, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Kitsap Transit to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities at the Annapolis Ferry Terminal in Port Orchard, Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division to take marine mammals incidental to reconfiguring the Seattle Ferry Terminal at Colman Dock in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Deepwater Wind New England, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to conducting marine site characterization surveys off the coast of Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Chesapeake Tunnel Joint Venture to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities for the Parallel Thimble Shoal Tunnel Bridge Project in Virginia.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from ABR, Inc.–Environmental & Research Services to conduct research on marine mammals in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC to take sea otters incidental to conducting aerial surveys for oil and gas exploration in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Northeast Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on pinnipeds in the Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Scripps Institution of Oceanography to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a marine geophysical survey in the north Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from 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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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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Application from Chevron to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities at its Richmond Refinery Long Wharf in Richmond, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting pier construction activities at the Naval Submarine Base New London in Groton, Connecticut.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from California Department of Transportation to take marine mammals incidental to demolition and reuse 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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Alabama Trustee Implementation Group’s Draft Restoration Plan II and Environmental Assessment: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats; Habitat Projects on Federally Managed Lands; Nutrient Reduction; Sea Turtles; Marine Mammals; Birds; and Oysters.

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Alabama Trustee Implementation Group (c/o U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Not yet available.

Application from Garden State Offshore Energy, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to marine site characterization surveys off the coast of Delaware as part of the Skipjack Wind Project.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Coast Guard to take sea otters incidental to replacement of structures at the Coast Guard Station in Monterey, California.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Washington State Department of Transportation Ferries Division to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities at Bremerton and Edmonds ferry terminals in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a wharf recapitalization project in Mayport, Florida.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Call for Information and Nominations for the 2019 Proposed Oil and Gas Lease Sale for the Beaufort Sea Planning Area

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available

Request for information for the 5-year status reviews of fin and sei whales, and the Western North Pacific gray whale Discrete Population Segment under the Endangered Species Act.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Northwest Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on cetaceans in the Pacific Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft revised stock assessment report for the northern sea otter stock in Washington state.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take marine mammals incidental to conducting confined blasting in Tampa Harbor in Florida.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities within the Atlantic Fleet Training and Testing study area.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Robert Garrott to amend his permit to conduct research on Weddell seals in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Pacific Whale Foundation to conduct research on false killer whales in Hawaii.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Patricia Fair to import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from common bottlenose dolphins.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to take marine mammals incidental to replacing a dock and ferry terminal in Tenakee Springs, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to extending a service pier at Naval Base Kitsap Bangor in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting marine structure maintenance and pile replacement activities at multiple facilities in Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Harvest Alaska LLC to take marine mammals incidental to pipeline installation in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from City of Astoria to take pinnipeds incidental to bridge replacement in Astoria, Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Waikiki Aquarium to conduct research on Hawaiian monk seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft 2017 Stock Assessment Reports.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Statoil Wind U.S. LLC to take marine mammals incidental to site characterization surveys off New York as part of the Empire Wind Project.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take pinnipeds incidental to conducting seabird, shorebird, and other monitoring and research activities within the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Shannon Atkinson to import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from cetaceans and pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Issuance of a waiver of the Marine Mammal Protection Act’s taking moratorium for three wetland restoration projects in Louisiana as directed by Public Law 115-123.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Proposed Program for the 2019-2024 National Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) Oil and Gas Leasing Program.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from Center for Whale Research to conduct research on marine mammals in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from St. George Reef Lighthouse Preservation Society to take pinnipeds 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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Application from Daniel Costa to conduct research on pinnipeds in Antarctica.

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National Science Foundation

Not yet available.

Application from Mystic Aquarium to collect, import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from cetaceans and pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Science Foundation

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Draft Strategic Restoration Plan and Environmental Assessment #3: Restoration of Wetlands, Coastal, and Nearshore Habitats in the Barataria Basin, Louisiana

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Louisiana Deepwater Horizon Trustee Implementation Group

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from North Slope Borough to collect, import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from nine species of marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Northeast Fisheries Science Center to conduct research primarily on cetaceans in the Atlantic Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from BBC to film southern sea otters in California.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from U.S. Air Force to take marine mammals incidental to conducting testing and training activities at Eglin Air Force Base in the Gulf of Mexico.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Establishment of a Willamette River Pinniped-Fishery Interaction Task Force and application from Oregon seeking pinniped removal authority.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Proposed critical habitat designation for insular population of false killer whales in the Main Hawaiian Islands.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to construction activities in association with a waterfront restoration project at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard in Kittery, Maine.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.