Marine Mammal Commission

2023 Marine Mammal Commission Letters and Agency Responses

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Designation of Kotzebue Sound beluga whales as separate stock under the MMPA.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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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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Amendment application from Daniel Costa to conduct research on northern elephant seals.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Iris Segura-García to receive and import cetacean parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Amendment application from the North Slope Borough to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of scoping regarding the establishment of a take reduction team to address interactions between humpback whales and the sablefish pot fishery on the West Coast.

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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 Oregon State University to conduct research on marine mammals in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Southern Oceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed designation of the Chumash Heritage National Marine Sanctuary.

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NOAA Office of National Marine Sanctuaries

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Proposed rule to authorize Atlantic Shores Offshore Wind LLC to take marine mammals incidental to the construction and operation of the Atlantic Shores South wind farm project.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Brent Stewart to conduct research on pinnipeds in California.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from José Pablo Vázquez-Medina to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed critical habitat designation for Rice’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Notice of Intent to prepare draft programmatic environmental impact statement regarding increasing the availability of prey to Southern Resident killer whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Robin Trayler to import marine mammal parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from James Lloyd-Smith to conduct research on California sea lions along the coasts of California, Oregon, and Washington.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Commission’s recommendation to the National Marine Fisheries Service to reconvene the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Team to address a mortality and serious injury rate that exceeds the Potential Biological Removal.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Follow-up on the National Marine Fisheries Service’s response to the Commission’s recommendations regarding a proposed amendment to the Pelagic Longline Take Reduction Plan.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Tamara McGuire to conduct research on Cook Inlet beluga whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft five-year Conservation Plan for the depleted Eastern Pacific Stock of the Northern Fur Seal (Laaqudan).

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Erin Ashe to conduct research on marine mammals in Washington State.

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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 refurbishing the Hydaburg Seaplane Base in Hydaburg, Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Environmental Studies Program, FY24-25 Studies Development Plan.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Proposed rule to authorize Park City Wind LLC to take marine mammals incidental to the construction and operation of the New England Wind Offshore Wind Farm.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Petition to establish vessel speed restrictions and other vessel-related measures to protect Rice’s whales.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Marine Mammals Management to conduct research on northern sea otters.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Update to its Technical Guidance for assessing the effects of anthropogenic sound on marine mammal hearing: Underwater and in-air thresholds for the onset of auditory injury and temporary threshold shifts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Alaska Whale Foundation to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to authorize the taking of marine mammals incidental to construction and operation of the Dominion Energy Virginia in waters off Virginia.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from John Wise Sr. to receive, import, and export marine mammal parts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to authorize the taking of marine mammals incidental to construction and operation of the Empire Wind, LLC wind energy facility, located in waters off New York and New Jersey in the New York Bight.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Sarah Kienle to conduct research on pinnipeds.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft 2022 Stock Assessment Reports.

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U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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An application from Howard Rosenbaum to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft 2022 Stock Assessment Reports.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Draft environmental impact statement for construction and operation of the SouthCoast wind energy project off southern New England.

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management

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Application from the Northeast Fisheries Science Center to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Northwest Fisheries Science Center to take marine mammals for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Maryland Zoo to import parts of the Amazon river dolphin for scientific research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Pacific Whale Foundation to conduct research on cetaceans in Hawaiian waters.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to authorize the taking of marine mammals incidental to construction and operation of the Sunrise Wind, LLC wind energy facility in waters south of Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Amendment application from Heather Liwanag to take pinnipeds for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Mystic Aquarium to conduct research on marine mammal parts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Yara Bernaldo de Quiros to conduct research on marine mammal parts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Cristy Gonzalez Barrientos to import, export, and receive marine mammal parts for research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources to conduct research on cetaceans.

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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 testing and training activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Institute for Marine Sciences to conduct research on marine mammal parts.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from the Center for Whale Research to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Amendment applications from Dr. Doug Nowacek to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed changes to take estimates for regulations governing taking of marine mammals incidental to geophysical survey activities in the Gulf of Mexico.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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

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U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

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Amendment application from Jan Straley to conduct research on cetaceans in Alaska.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Application from Cantata Bio to import a specimen from a humpback whale for scientific research.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Amendment application from Iain Kerr to conduct research on cetaceans.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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Proposed rule to authorize taking of marine mammals incidental to construction and operation of the Revolution Wind, LLC wind energy facility in waters southeast of Rhode Island.

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National Marine Fisheries Service

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