WASHINGTON, May 18 -- National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has issued a notice called: Takes of Marine Mammals Incidental to Specified Activities; Taking Marine Mammals Incidental to SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC's Marine Site Characterization Surveys Off Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
The notice was published in the Federal Register on May 18 by Catherine Marzin, Deputy Director, Office of Protected Resources, National Marine Fisheries Service.
Summary: In accordance with the regulations implementing the Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA) as amended, notification is hereby given that NMFS has issued an incidental harassment authorization (IHA) to SouthCoast Wind Energy, LLC (SouthCoast Wind; formerly known as Mayflower Wind Energy, LLC) to incidentally harass marine mammals during marine site characterization surveys off Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
For more information, contact Kelsey Potlock, Office of Protected Resources, NMFS, (301) 427-8401. Electronic copies of the original application and supporting documents (including NMFS Federal Registernotices of the original proposed and final authorizations, and the previous IHA), as well as a list of the references cited in this document, may be obtained online at: https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/permit/incidental-take-authorizations-under-marine-mammal-protection-act.In case of problems accessing these documents, please call the contact listed above.
The full text of the notice can be found at: http://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2023-05-18/html/2023-10592.htm
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