Tagged: Marine Mammals

The U.S. Capitol Building. (Credit: Architect of the Capitol.)

Ocean Policy Wrap Up for June 2016

Oceans month 2016 saw the reauthorization of the Freedom of Information Act become law, defense appropriations and COMPETES reauthorization advance, and a number of ocean-related bills be introduced in the House and Senate.

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.

House Committee on Natural Resources Republicans thwart rule change requests by Democrats.(Credit: P.D.Tillman/U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service)

List of Fisheries for 2016

The National Marine Fisheries Service published its final List of Fisheries (LOF) for 2016, as required by the Marine Mammal Protection Act, which reflects new information on interactions between commercial fisheries and marine mammals.

Northern Sea Otter (Enhydra lutris) is a marine mammal species that occurs in Alaska (Credit: Gregory Smith/Flickr)

Guidelines For Assessing Marine Mammal Stocks

NMFS has incorporated public comments into revisions of the guidelines for preparing stock assessment reports (SARs) pursuant to section 117 of the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA). The revised guidelines are now complete and...