Tagged: Marine Conservation

An offshore wind farm in the United Kingdom. (Credit: Statkraft/Flickr)

Requests For comments On Marine Mammals

The National Marine Fisheries Service has received an application from Deepwater Wind Block Island, LLC for an Incidental Harassment Authorization to take marine mammals, by harassment, incidental to the installation of the Block Island Wind Farm Export and Inter-Array Cables.

A new rule aims to protect marine mammals from becoming bycatch. (Credit: Boyd Amanda/ U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

Takes Of Marine Mammals Incidental To Russian River Estuary Management Activities

In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization to the Sonoma County Water Agency to incidentally harass three species of marine mammals during estuary management activities conducted at the mouth of the Russian River, Sonoma County, California.

A juvenile yellowfin sole, Limanda aspera. (Credit: NOAA)

Other Fisheries Notices – Rock Sole

The National Marine Fisheries Service is exchanging unused rock sole Community Development Quota for yellowfin sole CDQ acceptable biological catch reserves in the Bering Sea and Aleutian Islands management area.

Sturgeon (Acipenser) at the Oregon Zoo (Credit: Wikimedia commons)

Requests For Comments On Fisheries

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service invites the public to comment on the applications for recovery permits to conduct activities with the purpose of enhancing the survival of endangered species.

Representative Stacey Plaskett of the U.S. Virgin Islands (Credit: Rmotta / wikimedia)

Successes And Challenges With Endangered Species Listings

A joint hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee’s Health Care, Benefits, and Administrative Rules and Interior Subcommittees examined the barriers to removing federal protections, or delisting species from the Endangered Species Act of 1973 (ESA).

Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator (Credit: http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/images/GinaMcCarthy-th.jpg)

Committee Clashes On Increasing EPA Funding

During the Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works oversight hearing to examine the President’s FY 2017 budget request, Chairman James Inhofe (OK) was highly disparaging of the requested budgetary increases for climate change, while Ranking Member Barbara Boxer (CA) lauded EPA’s efforts to protect human health and the environment.