Marine Mammal Commission

2019 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Scoping of potential regulations to protect Southern Resident killer whales from the impacts of vessel disturbance and sound in the inland marine waters of Washington State

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the 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 U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities related to building a new ammunition pier at Seal Beach, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Science Foundation

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Proposed revision to critical habitat for the endangered Southern Resident killer whale distinct population segment.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Jordan Cove Energy Project, LP to take marine mammals incidental to construction of the Jordan Cove Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) facility and ancillary activities in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the U.S. Geological Survey to conduct research on Pacific walruses in Alaska.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Applications from University of California at Davis and Stanford University to import, receive, and possess samples from Atlantic walruses and polar bears, respectively.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Alaska SeaLife Center to change the authorization under which Pacific walrus are held by the facility.

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U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Mystic Aquarium to import beluga whales for research purposes.

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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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Renewal of permit application instructions related to the Marine Mammal Protection Act and Endangered Species Act.

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U. S. Fish & Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Point Blue Conservation Science to renew its authorization 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 Marine Mammal Lab to conduct research on pinnipeds in Washington, Oregon and California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Pacific Islands Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on Hawaiian monk seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take marine mammals incidental to repairing the north jetty in Coos Bay, Oregon.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Revised permit application instructions and other related documents and forms related to the Marine Mammal Protection Act, Endangered Species Act, Fur Seal Act, and the National Inventory of Marine Mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

2020 List of Fisheries.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Red Rock Films to film killer and humpback whales in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from City of Juneau to take marine mammals incidental to conducting improvements in Statter Harbor in Auke Bay, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Carnival Corporation & PLC to take marine mammals incidental to conducting improvements at its cruise terminal in Long Beach, 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 modifying a ferry terminal in Whittier, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Wild Space Productions to film pinnipeds in Monterey Bay.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Robert Wayne to import samples from fin whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Devon Massyn to film pinnipeds off the coasts of Oregon and California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application seeking pinniped removal authority in the Columbia River and its tributaries and formation of a pinniped-fishery interaction task force.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Skipjack Offshore Energy, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to conducting high-resolution geophysical surveys offshore of Delaware and Maryland.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Applications from BBC Worldwide Americas to film cetaceans and pinnipeds in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service & National Science Foundation

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Application from Mr. Jim Erickson to take marine mammals incidental to dock replacement in Auke Bay, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Transcontinental Gas Pipe Line Company, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to installation of the Raritan Bay Loop pipeline in waters offshore of New York and New Jersey.

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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

Not yet available.

Application from U.S. Navy to extend the final rule from 2023 to 2025 to take marine mammals incidental to conducting training and research, development, test, and evaluation activities within the Hawaii-Southern California Training and Testing study area.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of intent to prepare a draft environmental impact statement and to amend the Atlantic Large Whale Take Reduction Plan.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Modification of letter of authorization for Hilcorp Alaska LLC to take marine mammals incidental to oil and gas activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Wildstar Films to photograph cetaceans and pinnipeds along the California coast.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Portland District to take marine mammals incidental to replacing dike markers in the Columbia River.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Dr. Scott Baker to import, receive, possess, and export samples from cetaceans and pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Dr. Mark Baumgartner to conduct research on North Atlantic right whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Ørsted Wind Power North America LLC to take marine mammals incidental to high-resolution geophysical surveys associated with an offshore wind project off the coast of Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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National Marine Fisheries 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 U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a test pile program at the mouth of the Columbia River.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Sea Life Park Hawaii to maintain Hawaiian monk seals for enhancement purposes.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Dr. Friedlaender to conduct research on cetaceans in the Southern Ocean.

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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 improving and constructing ferry berths in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Letter to NMFS conveying Commission’s concerns regarding the 2017-19 spike in human-caused serious injuries and deaths of North Atlantic right whales, the population’s low birthing rate and declining population size, and the need for immediate, strong measures to mitigate human-based threats to the species.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Hilcorp Alaska LLC and Eni U.S. Operating Co. Inc. to take marine mammals incidental to ice road and ice trail construction on the North Slope of Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Marine Ecology and Telemetry Research to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to take marine mammals incidental to construction of the Alaska Liquefied Natural Gas Project in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from City of Alameda to take marine mammals incidental to construction of a ferry terminal in Alameda, California.

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National Maine Fisheries Service

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Application from Scripps Institution of Oceanography to conduct research on cetaceans.

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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 conducting construction activities at the Bremerton ferry terminal.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from City and Borough of Sitka and Duck Point Development II, LLC, to take northern sea otters incidental to conducting construction projects in Sitka and Hoonah, Alaska.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Northwest Fisheries Science Center Marine Forensics Lab to import, receive, possess, and export samples from marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Deepwater Horizon Open Ocean Trustee Implementation Group draft restoration plan 2 and environmental assessment: Fish, sea turtles, marine mammals, and mesophotic and deep benthic communities.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from James Harvey to amend his permit to conduct research on cetaceans in waters off California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Pebble Limited Partnership draft environmental impact statement for proposed Pebble Mine Project, Alaska.

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U. S. Army Corps of Engineers

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

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Application from Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a marine geophysical survey in the northeast Pacific Ocean.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Hilcorp Alaska to take marine mammals incidental to construction, operation, and maintenance of the Liberty Drilling and Production Island in the Beaufort Sea, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Dr. Engelhaupt to conduct research on marine mammals in the Atlantic, Pacific, Arctic, and Southern Oceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Pacific Whale Foundation to amend its permit to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to repairing a bulkhead at Naval Station Mayport, Florida.

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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 Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities to take marine mammals incidental to modifying a ferry terminal in Auke Bay, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to extend the final rule from 2023 to 2025 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

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Application from Vineyard Wind, LLC, to take marine mammals incidental to construction of commercial wind energy turbines and associated facilities off Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

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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Application from U.S. Navy to take pinnipeds incidental to conducting target and missile launches from San Nicolas Island, 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.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Avangrid Renewables, LLC to take marine mammals incidental to high-resolution geophysical surveys in support of wind energy development off North Carolina.

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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 Chevron’s Richmond Refinery Long Wharf in Richmond, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Lars Bejder to conduct research on cetaceans in Hawaii and Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Sea to Sea Productions to conduct filming activities on gray seals in Maine and New Hampshire.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Duck Point Development II, LLC, to marine mammals incidental to construction of a cruise ship berth and lightering float on Chichagof Island, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program to amend its permit to conduct research and enhancement activities on marine mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Santa Cruz Port District to take marine mammals incidental to replacing a seawall in Santa Cruz, California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to take marine mammals incidental to conducting various monitoring, research, and enforcement activities within the Eastern Massachusetts National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Navy to take marine mammals incidental to conducting construction activities in association with modification of a dry dock and berths in Kittery, Maine.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Hilcorp Alaska to take marine mammals incidental to conducting various oil and gas-related activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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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 a marine geophysical survey in the Gulf of Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the City of Ketchikan to take marine mammals incidental to removal of an underwater pinnacle in Ketchikan, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Request for renewal of application from Equinor Wind US LLC (formerly Statoil Wind US LLC) to take marine mammals incidental to site characterization surveys off New York.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Hilcorp Alaska, Harvest Alaska, and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation, to take northern sea otters incidental to conduction various oil and gas-related activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Application from Marine Mammal Health and Stranding Response Program to conduct research on walrus, polar bears, sea otters, and manatees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement to conduct training and research, development, testing, and evaluation activities within the Northwest Training and Testing study area.

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U. S. Navy

Not yet available.

Application from Dr. Costa to amend his permit to conduct research on northern elephant seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Dr. Vazquez-Medina to import, receive, posses, and/or export samples from cetaceans and pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Brookfield Zoo to import three bottlenose dolphins for public display.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Federal Aviation Administration to take marine mammals incidental to replacement of the Biorka Island dock in Alaska.

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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, testing, and routine military operations that use Surveillance Towed Array Sensor System Low Frequency Active sonar.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition to ban imports of fish and fish products from New Zealand fisheries that may cause the death or serious injury to Maui dolphins.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to conduct research on West Indian manatees.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from Benjamin Hubert to import, receive and possess samples from humpback whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Hilcorp Alaska, LLC, Harvest Alaska, LLC, and the Alaska Gasline Development Corporation to take sea otters incidental to conducting oil and gas exploration, development, production, and transportation activities in Cook Inlet, Alaska.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from the 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 on Northwest Seal Rock off the coast of Crescent City, California.

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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 marine mammals incidental to conducting rocky intertidal monitoring activities along the California and Oregon coasts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Applications from Southeast Fisheries Science Center and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department to take marine mammals incidental to conducting fisheries research surveys.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the City and Borough of Sitka to take marine mammals incidental to repair of the O’Connell Bridge Lightering Float in Sitka, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the National Wildlife Health Center to possess, receive and/or export samples from northern sea otters, walruses, polar bears, and West Indian manatees.

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

Not yet available.

Application from City and Borough of Juneau to take marine mammals incidental to conducting a waterfront improvement project in Juneau, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from David Johnston to receive and possess samples from northern fur seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Sean Todd to import, receive, possess, and/or export samples from cetacean and pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Samuel Wasser to conduct research on cetaceans in the Salish Sea.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed policies and procedures for the National Inventory of Marine Mammals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

Not yet available.

Application from Daniel Zitterbart to conduct research on humpback whales in Antarctica.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from U.S. Air Force to take marine mammals incidental to conducting rocket and missile launch activities, rocket recovery activities, and overflight operations at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft Supplemental Environmental Impact Statement/Overseas Environmental Impact Statement for conducting training and research, development, testing, and evaluation activities conducted in the Mariana Islands Training and Testing study area.

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U. S. Navy

Not yet available.

Environmental Studies Plan for Fiscal Years 2020–2022.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

Not yet available.

Application from Heather Liwanag to conduct research on northern elephant seals in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from White Pass and Yukon Route to take marine mammals, incidental to conducting construction activities at the Railroad Dock in Skagway, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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